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Food Truck Frenzy: Rolling Out the Goods

Food Truck Frenzy: Rolling Out the Goods

The Lehigh Valley is a complex web of cities, townships and municipalities, all with their own rules and regulations, which makes owning a food truck tricky business. You can’t simply pull up, park and start feeding the masses. That’s why the Greater Lehigh Valley Mobile Food Alliance was formed—to help the trucks, their drivers and the places they go all work together to get what they need: access to hungry customers.

Who’s Who in Business 2016

Who’s Who in Business 2016

Our 2016 Who’s Who in Business is the essential guide to the leading products and services offered in our local community. Who’s Who in Business is not a popularity contest. It’s an annual scientific survey conducted by the respectable independent marketing firm based in York.

Sarah Cohen

Sarah Cohen

There’s a new face at the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market, and her name is Lil Miss Organic. While the sign and business are new to the farmers’ market (they launched in February), this gluten-free and vegetarian-based company has been heating up the Lehigh Valley’s taste for organic and health-optimized foods for nearly two years.

The Ultimate Interior Design Endeavor

The Ultimate Interior Design Endeavor

Transforming a 150-Year-Old Bethlehem Home into a Modern Live-Work Space Would Prove to be This Interior Designer’s Toughest Project Yet

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The Barn Community Garden: Growing Food, Friendships and CommUnity

The Barn Community Garden: Growing Food, Friendships and CommUnity

Container Gardening

Container Gardening

Whether you have a spacious patio to work with or just the corner of a fire escape, you have plenty of room to get growing with container gardening.

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Living Well

Making Sense of Seemingly Similar Superfoods: Matcha, Maca, Sea Greens and Algae

Making Sense of Seemingly Similar Superfoods: Matcha, Maca, Sea Greens and Algae

10 Steps to a Positive Outlook

10 Steps to a Positive Outlook

Are gray skies and cold, dreary weather zapping your energy? Is going to and from work in the dark taking its toll? Does getting up in the morning feeling like sheer drudgery? You are not alone. Winter doldrums can wear down even the most optimistic. Here are ten quick and easy actions to help you keep a positive outlook and make it into spring with an upbeat attitude and more “spring” in your step.

What You Need to Know About GMO

What You Need to Know About GMO

GMO or Non-GMO: What is the big deal and why are more and more food companies looking to distance themselves from GMO-sourced foods?

Advancements in Breast Health

Advancements in Breast Health

Every October, women are bombarded with images of pink ribbons and encouraged to get a mammogram and take charge of their health. They’re also supplied with confusing statistics and controversial data. News sources claim “Mammograms don’t work, especially in young women.”

Is Holistic Health Care For You?

Is Holistic Health Care For You?

Stressed out? Fatigued? Are you dragging through your day or suffering with body aches and chronic health issues? While there are plenty of short-term fixes to address these issues, it is becoming increasingly apparent that we may not just want to seek out alternatives, we may need to seek them out.

Is Your Brain Drained?

Is Your Brain Drained?

While climbing the stairs you have a purpose, but once on the landing, do you forget what you went up for? How about that mental list of five items you know you need from the store? The first four are no problem, but you can’t seem to remember that fifth item no matter how important it may be. Ugh. We’ve all had those moments. The good news is that research shows there are ways we can train our minds now so they’ll be in better shape later.

Oh Say, Can You See?

Oh Say, Can You See?

Do you recognize yourself in any of these scenarios? Holding the restaurant menu farther and farther away in order to see it. Your eyes become more fatigued during those longer stints at the computer. Reading product ingredients at the market and recipes on the fly are a struggle.

Some Pretty Classy Moves

Some Pretty Classy Moves

Does winter weather have you feeling unmotivated and stagnant? Not seeing enough results from your current workout? It may be time to spice it up and stop doing the same old routine.

Have You Unplugged Today?

Have You Unplugged Today?

A recent Nielson report stated that the average American adult spends 11 hours per day utilizing digital media. The latest Internet Trends Annual Report notes that, on average, we check our phone 150 times a day. So what is this constant barrage of data and distractions doing to us?

Pretty Poison

Pretty Poison

Our love affair with sugar in all its forms may be creating many more serious issues than a simple sweet tooth. America’s insatiable appetite for sweets has us consuming about 90 pounds of added sugar per person, per year.

Craving Something Sweet?

Craving Something Sweet?

End that love affair with SUGAR with these simply delicious recipes provided by Susan Bianchi of Intrinsic Health Systems of Bethlehem.

Today’s LV Yoga Community

Today’s LV Yoga Community

If it seems like there is a new yoga studio opening up every day, that may not be far from the truth. Yoga is blossoming and thriving in the Lehigh Valley.

Preparing for a Woman’s Biggest Challenge: Motherhood

Preparing for a Woman’s Biggest Challenge: Motherhood

While it can be an incredibly exciting time, pregnancy and early motherhood can also be a time of high anxiety. Staying strong and healthy both physically and emotionally can help control stress and allow you to better enjoy this special time.

Super Foods

Super Foods

If you’ve been hearing the term “superfood” a lot lately, you are not alone. What is a “superfood?” Recently added to our vernacular, the term is more like a marketing strategy devised by food manufacturers to highlight a food’s potential health benefit.

Healthy New Year!

Healthy New Year!

Tired of the treadmill? Bored with biking? Getting in shape in 2014 shouldn’t be the same old routine.

Create a  More Sane Life in 2013...

Create a More Sane Life in 2013...

January, the bridge to a new year, is often seen as a time to reflect on the past and make plans for the future.

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Eat This

Red Velvet Pancakes

Red Velvet Pancakes

Your mother probably didn’t allow you to eat dessert before dinner and most certainly didn’t condone having anything remotely resembling a confection for breakfast (toaster pastries aside) but at Griddle145, Mom’s rules are made to be broken.

Guinness-Braised Short Ribs

Guinness-Braised Short Ribs

With its metropolitan flair and sleek minimalist design, River Grille is a little slice of the city right here in the Lehigh Valley.

Saucon Valley Roll

Saucon Valley Roll

Imagine traveling to the Land of the Rising Sun without such pesky essentials like a passport or a plane ticket. Better yet, imagine sampling sumptuous Japanese cuisine without having to trot halfway around the globe.

Tacodog

Tacodog

It’s a taco. It’s a hot dog. It’s a tacodog from Geakers.

El Diablo Burrito

El Diablo Burrito

Warning: The next few sentences are guaranteed to induce insatiable hunger.

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

When you prefer your meat and potatoes with a classic Irish twist then a plate of Shepherd’s Pie at McCarthy’s can be the tasty ticket.

Grumpy’s Bar-B-Que Roadhouse

Grumpy’s Bar-B-Que Roadhouse

If consuming pork at the start of a new year ensures good luck and prosperity, then a Carolina-style pulled pork sandwich from Grumpy’s Bar-B-Que in Mechanicsville has got you covered.

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Drink This

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

This rumored “cure-all” does more than just alleviate hangovers; it’s worth the sober-sip any day of the week. The Bloody Mary at Marblehead Chowder House has been on the menu since the restaurant’s opening in 1996 and has undeniably become one of their best sellers.

Candy Cane Martini

Candy Cane Martini

Looking for a way to get on Santa’s good list? Ditch the milk and cookies and leave him a libation he won’t be likely to forget.

ShawneeCraft Imperial Porter

ShawneeCraft Imperial Porter

“It’s creamy, rich and has hints of vanilla, caramel and chocolate,” owner Larry Porter says, almost wistfully.

Thai Basiltini

Thai Basiltini

Next time you dine at White Orchids Thai Cuisine, choose the drink that puts a fresh twist of lemon and Thai basil on a classic martini

Roof-Top Mojito

Roof-Top Mojito

You’ve just finished a fabulous meal at Melt and you’re ready to hit level3 lounge—what do you order?

Mango Bellinitini

Mango Bellinitini

Sometimes, it’s okay to mess with a classic—such is the case with the Mango Bellinitini at Pistachio Bar & Grille.

Voiron

Voiron

We bet that even if you fancy yourself a cocktail connoisseur you’ve never had a drink like the Voiron being served at theMINT Gastropub in Bethlehem.

It’s That  Time Again

It’s That Time Again

It takes a big man to admit when he is wrong, a big woman too, for that matter.

Having a Magical Day

Having a Magical Day

Some of the classic songs warn you about sleeping in the subway darling, and they tell you not to tug on Superman’s cape, or to not spit into the wind.

Leaving No Headstone Unturned

Leaving No Headstone Unturned

I have written in the past of my love for this time of year. Halloween is my favorite holiday, maybe because it is my birthday, maybe because it is spooky, maybe because of the candy.

A Salute to the “Edu-carers”

A Salute to the “Edu-carers”

I love this time of the year. September is full of so many good things. The weather in the Valley cools as baseball begins to heat up, scooting aside just a bit to allow football its rightful place on the big stage.

Today’s State of Vinyl

Today’s State of Vinyl

I asked my wife for a new turntable for Christmas and she obliged with a nifty device capable of converting my old vinyl into a digital format, although that wasn’t actually my goal.

Taking a Favorites Poll

Taking a Favorites Poll

It’s easy for us to come up with a short list of the favorite things in our lives. We immediately turn our attention toward fun foods, amusement parks and guilty pleasures of all sorts.

Just Tell Me What it Costs

Just Tell Me What it Costs

Once upon a time there was a car company called Saturn. You may have heard of it. But just like dinosaurs and Earth Shoes it no longer exists.

Street Games

Street Games

I cried when I heard the news of Gary Carter’s death. I don’t mind the fact that I cried, though it was just a bit embarrassing, as it occurred in the middle of La Lupita on Bethlehem’s trendy

The Digital Demon in My Bathroom

The Digital Demon in My Bathroom

I am admittedly a temperamental person. My moodiness often arrives without warning and changes just as abruptly as it came, much like the weather. I’m not proud of it. It is a sign of immaturity.

At a Kiosk Near You…

At a Kiosk Near You…

A few months ago, I mentioned that the kiosk workers at the mall seemed to be pushier than in the past. This was simply my personal observation, though I asked some of my friends and they agreed.

Caveat Emptor

Caveat Emptor

I am not a savvy shopper by a long shot, even though I consume just as much as the next guy. Sure, I have been known to clip the occasional coupon, especially since the baby has come along.

New Year, New Life

New Year, New Life

The start of this new year has me really thinking about the future. My brain hurts sometimes when I contemplate all the unanswered questions swimming around up there.

Taking Nothing for Granted

Taking Nothing for Granted

When I was a kid there was a priest in our parish who was, in my humble opinion (and probably his), a less-than-engaging public speaker. He was, however, a very smart man who began each sermon in the same manner every time by saying, “My theme for today is this…”.

Eat Something Green–for  Goodness’ Sake!

Eat Something Green–for Goodness’ Sake!

These days we are inundated with advertisements and infomercials regarding our health and how to improve it. Most deals promise a quick-fix approach to weight loss or a guarantee to look lean and mean within 90 days or so.

Get Ready . . . Get Set . . . Get involved!

Get Ready . . . Get Set . . . Get involved!

When I moved to the Lehigh Valley in 2006, I didn’t know much about the area. I could count my local friends on one hand.

Transcending Traditions

Transcending Traditions

For me, it’s the holiday traditions that make up for winter’s chill, its darkness before the evening commute and months of being a football widow.

Another Way to Say It

Another Way to Say It

A random group of writers, wonks and tech-savvy business owners have connected and built a community that began using social media. But unlike some social media groups, the group I’m referring to is based here in the Lehigh Valley.

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In the Kitchen With...

Steve Kershner

Steve Kershner

Chef Steve Kershner has worked in restaurants his entire life and he can’t imagine doing anything else. For him, it’s not really work at all. Like many successful entrepreneurs, he started early. As a teen, he logged 40 hours a week in the kitchen at Hotel Bethlehem. “So much for child labor laws,” he says, “but when you were a kid it was fun. You’re out and meeting people.” And for Kershner, the fun is still there.

Gail Lehman

Gail Lehman

Gail Lehman, proprietor and foodie behind the newest little eatery on the corner of East Broad and Center Streets, Back Door Bakeshop, is the first to admit that her road to a career in the kitchen wasn’t the most clearly defined.

Geno Nosenzo

Geno Nosenzo

A trip to Wegmans usually goes far beyond grabbing a few grocery list essentials. Ask anyone and they’re bound to gush over the prepared foods section that makes weeknight dinners possible, satisfies cravings and inevitably adds a few unexpected bucks on your grocery bill

Emily Hoffert

Emily Hoffert

In today’s fast-paced, super-sized, big-brand world it can be refreshing to dine at a place like Jumbars. Chef/Owner Paul Hoffert and his daughter, Emily, claim, “there’s no place quite like it,” and we would have to agree with them on that.

Laurin Fegley

Laurin Fegley

The phrase “word of mouth” has never had more meaning than when referring to the way clients come to Laurin Fegley.

Sweet Memories’ Jamie Smith

Sweet Memories’ Jamie Smith

Sure, Jamie Smith could tell you that her job titles include cook, baker, mom, wife, small business owner and all of that would be true. But Smith is more likely to tell you that her job is to make people happy—and that usually is a piece of cake.

The Granola Factory’s Suzanne Virgilio

The Granola Factory’s Suzanne Virgilio

Unless you live along the bustling, tree-lined streets of Downtown Bethlehem you may not know that an artisanal bakery sits on an inconspicuous narrow alleyway connecting Broad and Market Streets.

One Tribe Gourmet’s Sara Hafiz

One Tribe Gourmet’s Sara Hafiz

The concept is simple, really. A woman travels the world, sampling and learning about the cuisine of her favorite countries then returns home, eager to share her findings with her Lehigh Valley neighbors.

Chef Leah Nichols

Chef Leah Nichols

The name Rodale is synonymous with healthy living—staying active, fit and perhaps most importantly, eating well. Rodale, Inc.’s founder, J.I. Rodale, touted the benefits of organic growing and eating long before the term was understood and even longer before it became trendy to do so.

4 Valley Brunch Spots

4 Valley Brunch Spots

Brunch: It’s not quite breakfast, it’s not quite lunch, but it comes with a slice of cantaloupe at the end. So goes the line from The Simpsons, and that’s about right. Happily, we’ve seen some growth in the number of folks taking brunch foods seriously, although I’m still waiting for someone to decide to serve seriously inventive breakfast food for dinner, every night of the week.

Barbershops

Barbershops

Take the meteoric rise of the beard and man-bun in recent history not as a sign that men are giving up the fight against hair follicles, but as evidence that a greater attention to and variety in men’s grooming has emerged.

Get to Know: Wind Gap

Get to Know: Wind Gap

Originally settled by Dutch and German immigrants, “Die Wind Kapf” was once a center for slate mining. Now it's a small, quiet town in the midst of the Appalachian wilderness, a stop for hikers and a home for folks who commute to larger cities.

Get to Know: Catasauqua

Get to Know: Catasauqua

A borough of great historical significance with plenty to be proud of today, Catasauqua has gone from industrial hot spot to the Valley's latest site of innovative brownfield development. Its many mansions attract sightseers, and extraordinary businesses like Blondies Cupcakes and Hartzell's Pharmacy draw customers from across the Valley while residents enjoy a strong church community and proximity to the airport and Lehigh Valley Mall.

Get to Know: Emmaus

Get to Know: Emmaus

Emmaus may be small, but this little borough is a mighty one, from an active downtown to soul-sustaining natural assets to a thriving heart of community spirit. Passionate, committed citizens involved in countless organizations have made sure that there are tons of things to do and see as well as a quiet, comfortable quality of life.

Get to Know: Macungie

Get to Know: Macungie

Founded as Millerstown in 1776 by Peter Miller, the second oldest borough in the county changed its rather popular name in 1875 to avoid confusion. It may be only one square mile, but it's one square mile of great businesses, natural beauty and record-setting manufacture, with enticing improvements on the horizon.

Get to Know: Hellertown

Get to Know: Hellertown

Hellertown is named for one of the area’s earliest European immigrants, Christopher Heller, of Amsterdam, who arrived with his family in 1738. This little borough got a slow start, but is now home to both quaint old architecture and forward-thinking boutiques, with notable natives and exciting developments in store.

6 Local Shops that Stock the Stuffers

6 Local Shops that Stock the Stuffers

Few of us may still hang our stockings in front of the fire to dry, but that doesn’t stop us from making our modern sock-shaped gift receptacles available for Santa’s deliveries.

Autumn Adventures

Autumn Adventures

Chimneys are sending up fragrant wisps of wood smoke, spirits are astir in the centuries-old historic districts, and all the charm and magic of autumn is in its crisp, mellow prime.

Time-Saving Services for Busy Women

Time-Saving Services for Busy Women

Women are more successful than ever in the working world, but still doing just as much (if not more!) at home. You’re perfectly justified in looking for a little help when things get hectic, whether it’s to rework your wardrobe, find a sitter so you can relax on a well-deserved date night, or keep your favorite, most comfortable heels carrying you onward and upward. These services will take on your tedious concerns and trade you time, freedom and peace of mind.

Grocery Convenience Services

Grocery Convenience Services

We all know what a drag traditional grocery shopping can be, and what a drain it is on what little free time we have. Just when you think you have wheeled your last cart, local markets and delivery services have come up with some alternative ways for you to get the goods.

Cooking & Baking Classes

Cooking & Baking Classes

If your culinary comprehension limits you to grabbing takeout, frozen meals or a dull succession of sandwiches, it may be time to enliven your diet by learning to cook in one of the area’s delectable venues offering lessons, demonstrations and generous samples.

Consignment Shops

Consignment Shops

Consignment shops are a great way to keep gently-used clothing from ending up in a landfill and save (or make!) a little money while you’re at it.

Frozen Yogurt Shops

Frozen Yogurt Shops

There’s no better treat in the hot summer months than a refreshing cup of frozen yogurt, and the hip, self-serve yogurt shops popping up all over the Valley can satisfy a craving virtually anytime, anywhere.

Art Galleries

Art Galleries

The creation and appreciation of this revitalizing force is a defining human quality, and it’s not reserved for big city museums or the south of France. The Lehigh Valley is home to a wide array of talented artists and curators bringing exhilarating and thought-provoking art to your community—and maybe your walls.

Coffee Houses

Coffee Houses

The coffee house provides us with a place to fuel up with productive energy, but also, paradoxically, a place to relax with friends or a date, sipping lattes and nibbling treats in good company.

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Inside Dish

Mucho Mexican Fare, Margaritas and Tequila

Mucho Mexican Fare, Margaritas and Tequila

TWISTED OLIVE

TWISTED OLIVE

When you take a look at the menu of this downtown Bethlehem restaurant, you may see items that initially seem pretty familiar. But as the restaurant’s name suggests, they come with a twist.

Two Rivers Brewing Company

Two Rivers Brewing Company

A palpable fever-pitch of anticipation buzzed at the Cosmic Cup, his College Hill coffee shop, around Easton and, undoubtedly, among brewpub enthusiasts throughout the Valley.

Mesa Modern Mexican

Mesa Modern Mexican

Let’s take a moment to clear up some myths about Mexican food, in the name of good eats, shall we? Mexican food doesn’t have to be heavy, swimming in cheese, sauce and even more cheese.

Randall’s on the Orchard

Randall’s on the Orchard

Visiting Randall’s on the Orchard kind of reminds you of the television show Cheers, such is the warmth and camaraderie you encounter at this restaurant, opened by chef Randall Maurer in August 2011.

Shula’s Steak House

Shula’s Steak House

The story of Shula’s is the story of Don Shula, who is what they call the winningest coach in the NFL, with 347 career wins. From 1963 to 1996, when Shula was with the Baltimore Colts and the Miami Dolphins, he became one of only five coaches to win the Super Bowl two years in a row—the latter with the Dolphins.

Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan

There’s the chandelier salvaged from Hess’s, as soon as you walk in. There’s the location that occupies the same space as the once-beloved Sal’s Spaghetti House. History is alive and well—and is being served Cosmopolitan-style in Downtown Allentown.

Maxim’s 22

Maxim’s 22

Look over there. Do you see it? Those words in French on the darkened windowpanes? It’s not a mirage. We’re not in the West Village; the space here is frankly too large for the typical bistro. And we’re not in a midtown Manhattan brasserie, either—not enough neon. No, it’s Maxim’s 22, and it’s in Downtown Easton.

Blue Grillhouse

Blue Grillhouse

You might say Blue is bold and beautiful, but you would also have to say it’s big. Big as in size, with a dining room that spills out onto a former porch area and now encompasses an outdoor patio, complete with a fire pit.

Molinari’s

Molinari’s

We have all experienced 1,001 Italian-American restaurants, with red and white checkered tablecloths laden with glass shakers of red pepper, Parmesan, oregano, pre-sliced garlic bread and entrées ample enough for a small army.

Black & Blue

Black & Blue

Imagine, for a moment, that you are a prospective restaurant/bar owner. Imagine that the spot you are planning to open is so eagerly anticipated, that nearly every time you leave your house someone asks you when it will open.

Mucho Mexican Fare, Margaritas and Tequila

Mucho Mexican Fare, Margaritas and Tequila

Sharing is Caring

Sharing is Caring

Centro, one of the new kids on the block in downtown Allentown, is an Italian-inspired restaurant, but not necessarily in the way most Americans are habituated to think. There are no red-and-white checkered tablecloths on the tables. Chicken Parm does not have a spot on the menu. It’s not likely you’ll find someone offering you the obligatory house Chianti, nor garlic knots, for that matter.

Peanut Butter Bacon Cheeseburger

Peanut Butter Bacon Cheeseburger

When it comes to crazy burger combinations, you may think you’ve seen it all. From crab dip and nachos to a sunny-side-up egg and mac & cheese, chefs will do anything to out-do your favorite slice of beef.

Lee Chizmar

Lee Chizmar

If you’ve lived here long enough, you know Bolete. Maybe you’re lucky enough to have dined at this elegantly rustic space with a farm-to-table, scratch-made approach. You may have experienced the warm hospitality, a tone that’s been set by Erin Shea, the manager and wife of chef Lee Chizmar

From Crepes to Coq Au Vin

From Crepes to Coq Au Vin

“We have many customers who only know us one way or the other,” says Mary Margaret Cullen, or Mitzy, as she is known, owner of 187 Rue Principale in Emmaus. “We’re kind of like the Gemini of restaurants,” she says, laughing.

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini

Who says coffee’s just for the morning commute? This chilly cocktail combines espresso, Kahlúa and vanilla vodka to form your new favorite late-night treat.

Shawn Doyle

Shawn Doyle

Admittedly, it’s a total cliché that so many chefs have larger-than-life personalities, but it’s certainly true with Shawn Doyle of the Savory Grille. When he’s in the room, it’s impossible to miss him. With his easy laugh that rises above the din of a dining room and his gregarious nature, Doyle wants to engage you.

Joe Grisafi

Joe Grisafi

In Joe Grisafi’s kitchen aspirations, all burners are set on “high.” This supercharged restaurateur wants to change the way you think about dining and entertainment in the Lehigh Valley.

Switchback Pizza Company

Switchback Pizza Company

Andrew Foreman and Marguerite Viola, the husband-and-wife owners of Switchback Pizza Company in Emmaus, have spent countless hours doing all the hard work for your enjoyment of their pizza. And for that, the Lehigh Valley is eternally grateful.

Nittany Lion

Nittany Lion

WE ARE! The Burgery Company! This burger will have you chanting in no time, whether you are a Penn State fan or not.

Weekend at Burnie’s

Weekend at Burnie’s

They say where there’s smoke there’s fire, and this may certainly be true when it comes to the Weekend at Burnie’s cocktail offered up by Social Still on Bethlehem’s south side.

Mueller’s General Store and Kitchen

Mueller’s General Store and Kitchen

It’s a tough job taking over a beloved local restaurant. It’s a truism in life that you can’t please everyone, but some of the people you invariably are aiming to please, well, they’ve been frequenting your business for years and years.

Live & Learn

Live & Learn

I anticipate the month of September in much the same way that I anticipated going to summer camp when I was growing up. Whenever I saw photos taken at camp from the year before, it proved how much experience one can pack into a relatively short period of time, and how much I had changed since the previous year. That feeling of “going back to school” has never left me, despite the fact that I completed my formal education a decade ago.

Rustic Apple Dumpling

Rustic Apple Dumpling

Regulars know that the place to be on Wednesday mornings, around 10 a.m., is BAKED Bakery & Café in Emmaus because that is when this flavorful fall-themed treat pops hot and fresh out of the oven, says owner and chief baker, Melissa Walters.

It’s Easy Being Green

It’s Easy Being Green

“If I’m not going to do this like this, I’m not going to be open. Why bother?” says Kevin Spiegler. Such is the conviction of the chef/owner of Bistro Pomme Verte in Palmer Township. Spiegler’s talking about the ethos behind his restaurant: fresh, local and sustainable.

John Pukanecz

John Pukanecz

Chef John Pukanecz is a renowned figure on the Lehigh Valley dining scene. He’s won awards, respect from his peers and has a loyal following at his West End Allentown restaurant, Grille 3501.

Viva La France

Viva La France

It’s hard to believe Vava’s Crêperie in Bethlehem has only been open for a few short months. Owner Kathie McGlynn and her “right hand,” Colleen Wakely, know everyone who walks through the door.

Watermelon Margherita

Watermelon Margherita

The Watermelon Margherita at The Brick pizzeria and restaurant in Bethlehem might just be the perfect concoction for those steamy summer days when you want something refreshing, but need a cocktail to help shake off the day.

Gelato Stracciatella

Gelato Stracciatella

When that summertime heat really kicks in, relief can often be found in the form of a large dish or tall cone of some frosty delight. You shouldn’t confuse this delish-looking dish of frozen confection for ice cream, however, as it is a treat of even tastier proportions! This is gelato!

Summer’s Must List

Summer’s Must List

Summer feels like a time for youthful mindsets and adventuring. Summer reading, summer vacation, summer songs. If our lives are a collection of moments, the long days mean we have even more time to create authentic experiences.

A Towering Ode to Taste

A Towering Ode to Taste

There seems to be no limit to what George Paxos and his stellar team of chefs, beverage managers, staff, architects and designers can dream up for diners: they are theatrical experiences that strive to combine unique, dramatic environments with beautiful food and flawless hospitality.

Michael Joyce

Michael Joyce

Chef Michael Joyce is excited. His spinach has arrived, delivered to the restaurant’s back door by the farmer who picked it just hours ago. “Go ahead and taste these,” he says. Four leaves of bright green spinach sit on a white plate. They are perfectly formed, tender. Savored slowly and without embellishment, every bite is delicious. “They’re incredible.”

Alex’s Lemonade

Alex’s Lemonade

Fifteen years ago, a little girl suffering from neuroblastoma—a form of pediatric cancer—had a dream. Alex Scott was just four years old when she first announced her idea of hosting a lemonade stand in her front yard as a way to raise money to help fight childhood cancer.

Café Santosha

Café Santosha

Café Santosha is located somewhere likely among the unlikely: It’s in the back of a health food store located in a large shopping center. Run by Sarah Collins, 33, Café Santosha embodies the idea that meals should be put together thoughtfully, sustainably and with love.

Escape Through the Trapp Door

Escape Through the Trapp Door

Little has changed about the exterior and the concept of the Trapp Door Gastropub since its previous iteration as The Tap & Table Gastropub in Emmaus. It still feels like walking into middle Europe with its vaulted ceilings, exposed wood beams and a copper-topped bar.

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Fashion & Beauty

Gingham & Stripes

Gingham & Stripes

Old classics never looked better than when worn together. Throw on sneakers and a statement necklace and you’re ready for anything.

What Should I Wear?

What Should I Wear?

How do I resurrect my flared denim without looking like I’m stuck in the ’70s?

The Silk Scarf

The Silk Scarf

With numerous ways to wear it, this one simple accessory will put a fresh spin on just about any outfit.

Winter Warmers

Winter Warmers

Leather gloves, Fair Isle scarf and a solid beanie are all you need to stay bundled in style when the temperatures take a dive.

The Pom Pom Hat

The Pom Pom Hat

Your childhood hat just got cool. And you actually won’t be embarrassed to be seen in it.

Cold Weather Cozy

Cold Weather Cozy

Some days, all you want to do is curl up on the couch and sport a cute pair of PJs. And who can argue with that?

Bundle Up

Bundle Up

Blanket scarves are here to stay. Wear it as a cape or pair with your favorite sweater—you can’t go wrong with a cozy plaid.

2 Ways to Wear It

2 Ways to Wear It

I caved and bought one of fall’s biggest trends—culottes. My question is: What shoes can I wear with these pants to pull off this look?

Summer to Fall

Summer to Fall

Transitioning from season to season is easier than you think with a few simple wardrobe switch ups. Swap the gladiator sandals for some ankle booties and add some light outerwear (like this kimono) for a more seasonally appropriate look as you ease in to September.

Effortless Cool

Effortless Cool

Not only is this racerback dress and Chuck Taylor combo the epitome of comfort, its trendy street style vibe makes sneakers and a dress feel just right.

To Market, To Market

To Market, To Market

Strolling through bundles of fresh flowers and newly picked vegetables calls for a breezy combination of a maxi skirt and tank.

Kids Edition!

Kids Edition!

Too young for sophistication? Never!

The Cool Girl Purse

The Cool Girl Purse

An old favorite just got a facelift. Brighter, more compact and not at all nerdy, a sporty backpack is just what you need to complement that “city girl suit” of a blazer, shorts and heels.

Kicking Up the Classics

Kicking Up the Classics

My closet is filled with your traditional “must have” classic pieces and I have to say, they’re kind of boring! What can I do to spice it up?

In Print

In Print

You’ve seen this modern cheetah print on shoes and accessories, but here they pack a punch in a bold legging. The clean lines of this jacket and tee are refined with a hint of edge.

Game Day

Game Day

Watching the Super Bowl at a party with friends? Playing a pick-up game with the guys?

Après Ski

Après Ski

There’s no need for oversized parkas and pants on your next winter getaway. A form-fitting puffer vest, dark denim and trendy snow boots are all you need for a fashionable weekend in the mountains.

Holidays in Red

Holidays in Red

Pull together an outfit for your next event in no time flat by taking your go-to LBD, mixing in a pair of red pumps, a red envelope clutch and then accessorizing with a bit of sparkle and gemstones.

Oversized Comfort

Oversized Comfort

Take a comfortable pant like this flannel plaid and pair it with a loose tunic for a too-cute-for-the-couch combo.

The Hang Out

The Hang Out

Lazy-day outfits don’t necessarily mean sweats—light layers and comfy fabrics are perfect for a quick run for groceries or an afternoon shopping trip!

The Mini

The Mini

Carry the mini skirt trend right into fall by swapping your tank top for a lightweight jacket and your sandals for closed-toe heels.

Summer Cocktail Casual

Summer Cocktail Casual

Offset that vacation tan and replace your go-to summer dress with a pair of white pants, a bright tank and dressy caged heels for a polished cocktail look.

Resort Glam

Resort Glam

With bold stripes and studded accents, this isn’t your average “mom-kini”!

The Shirtdress

The Shirtdress

Throw this little dress on to run to the market or stroll the boardwalk...

Skirtin’ Around

Skirtin’ Around

Welcome the season of the skirt with a delicate lace pencil length, chambray collared shirt and platform wedges for a weekend version of your office uniform.

Maryann Riker

Maryann Riker

Maryann Riker’s ingenious creations rattle rigid categories for books and art objects. Her diverse pieces enchant and educate as they unfold in the viewers’ hands and imaginations. Exquisite design and expert execution propel these art books far beyond the limitations of traditional paintings that hang on walls for ocular consideration.

Will Harmuth

Will Harmuth

Successful paintings have the power to immediately engage the soul before the mind has a chance to dissect or critique the work. Will Harmuth’s creations exert such an influence, drawing the onlooker into frames filled with intriguing perspectives.

Yevette Hendler

Yevette Hendler

The beauty of decay and the unimpeachable majesty of nature form equally magnetic poles in the diverse work of Yevette Hendler. Romance, rot and alluring abstraction radiate out from these rich coordinates, providing a seemingly endless world of evocative images.

Adriano Farinella

Adriano Farinella

Those who look up with fascination at the ever-changing treasures of the sky will quickly connect with the painterly perspectives of Adriano Farinella. His serene and ominous articulations of aerial events place him in the company of accomplished artists such as John Constable and Ken Bushe.

Michelle Neifert

Michelle Neifert

The unpredictable delights of color, light and form are skillfully explored in the creations of Michelle Neifert. Her richly layered experiments with paint, charcoal and French pastels produce art that fills the eyes with vibrant hues. Her flair for conveying the ineffable through color makes an encounter with her work a refreshing experience.

Tina Madonia

Tina Madonia

Tina Madonia’s creations tap into the rich currents of nature without a trace of pomp or post-modern pretension. Her talent for infusing representational images with a subtle poetic flair has garnered decades of favor from both fans and galleries.

Bethlehem House Gallery

Bethlehem House Gallery

The playful and poignant poetics of space are exuberantly explored throughout the bright rooms of the Bethlehem House Gallery. This appealing structure is richly populated with fine art in a smartly furnished setting. The fertile focus on singular regional talent displayed in an inviting environment makes this a destination gallery for both inveterate art lovers and curious newcomers.

Tom Ahern

Tom Ahern

For nearly half a century, Tom Ahern has carved wooden sculptures that awaken awe and tactile curiosity in the minds and hands of many fans. His masterful body of work takes us on a fantastic tour through the kingdom of birds, both domestic and exotic. Clearly, among bird carvers worldwide, few are his equal.

Paul Harryn

Paul Harryn

Paul Harryn’s life-long passion for art continues to engender pieces that reveal visionary vistas for the viewer. An uncanny accretion of materials and his impeccable sense of editing combine to create singular worlds of wonder. After three fertile decades on the international art stage, his abilities continue to surprise and energize the public.

Danny Moyer

Danny Moyer

A curious host of antiquated objects finds new life in the collages of artist Danny Moyer. The high walls of his Bank Street Studio in Easton are filled with creations reflecting decades of fertile artistic exploration.

Jeffrey Green

Jeffrey Green

At times, the expertly executed colored-pencil creations of Jeffrey Green, of Pen Argyl, inhabit the realm of the photo-realistic. Human hands interlock, revealing a convincing world of nuanced skin tones articulated in fleshy waves of wrinkles, pores and hair.

Ed Eckstein

Ed Eckstein

Every day a dizzying array of digital images fills our eyes and then quickly fades from memory. With rare resonance, Ed Eckstein’s film-based, black and white photography lingers in the mind. His images illuminate a remarkable range of socially relevant subjects and strange situations.

Pat Millen

Pat Millen

Pat Millen’s oil paintings are a balm for the modern soul. With every tranquil, skillful stroke, her brush articulates a world filled with exquisite objects—each enchanting and charged with edifying purpose.

Devyn Briggs

Devyn Briggs

At the wide-eyed age of 23, Bethlehem artist Devyn Briggs’ deft traversal of mediums is already producing an impressive body of work. In her hands, textiles, paints and ceramics convey a deep enjoyment and awe of community, creation and the Creator. Her shape shifting-talent and her inexhaustible fervor for art marks her as a maker to watch.

Ana Hamilton

Ana Hamilton

Ana Hamilton’s rich experimentation with canvas and other surfaces reveals an exuberant array of images fashioned by her fascination with the kaleidoscopic possibilities of creation. Her art has enlivened shows in Cuba, Spain, Miami, New York and the Lehigh Valley.

Andrew Charles Price

Andrew Charles Price

The transportive photographs of Andrew Charles Price of Bethlehem achieve an elegant balance between refinement and the ever-unfolding surprises of the wild. Whether he shoots an evasive insect walking on water or a massive landscape crowned with a rainbow, Price instinctively chooses the most compelling geometry for each piece.

FAB LAB at Northampton Community College

FAB LAB at Northampton Community College

The Fab Lab is the most rare of environments where Old World skills, state of the art technologies and a phenomenal staff harmoniously converge, propelling artists, entrepreneurs and curious citizens into the realization of their dreams, passions and prototypes.

The Ronald K. De Long Gallery

The Ronald K. De Long Gallery

The Ronald K. De Long Gallery located on the campus of Penn State Lehigh Valley continues to enliven the pulse of the arts through the skillful guidance of Gallery Director and Coordinator, Ann Lalik.

Theo Anderson

Theo Anderson

Theo Anderson’s dense, 16-month journey photographing the construction of Allentown’s PPL Center Arena is being celebrated in an important show at the Allentown Art Museum running October 12, 2014, through January 4, 2015.

Sean Delonas

Sean Delonas

Sean Delonas may be best known for his nearly 23 years as the gifted Page Six cartoonist for The New York Post. However, this creative powerhouse is also an award-winning painter and illustrator whose work has enhanced the pages of newspapers, magazines and children’s books.

18th Annual Riverside Festival of the Arts

18th Annual Riverside Festival of the Arts

On September 20-21, join the adventurous and discerning citizens who will be satisfying their senses at the 18th Annual Riverside Festival of the Arts (RFA) in Easton. This highly regarded multi-media event features fine art, crafts, food, music and engaging activities for visitors of all ages.

Ann Elizabeth Schlegel

Ann Elizabeth Schlegel

There is much to admire and enjoy in the diverse creations of artist Ann Elizabeth Schlegel. One of the most prolific practitioners in our area, she has exhibited her paintings at Apollo Grill, Abruzzi on Main, The Farmhouse, the Banana Factory (for 13 years), SteelStacks, Moravian Academy, Allentown Art Museum and many other celebrated spots.

Ken Kewley

Ken Kewley

Within the walls of Ken Kewley’s home in Easton, art is as imperative as air. The creations inhabiting the space are legion, allowing visitors the luxury of pursuing their own adventurous trajectory through the three stories of his cozy abode.

June 21: Art in the Park

June 21: Art in the Park

Allentown’s eagerly anticipated 40th annual Art in the Park show features more than 95 artists from Pennsylvania and the Northeast displaying their works in the city’s lovely West Park section located at 16th and Turner Streets.

Robina Middleton & Marlana Eck

Robina Middleton & Marlana Eck

Robina Middleton and Marlana Eck share a passion for bringing new life to forgotten objects and cultural curiosities. This unique mother and daughter team have combined their diverse aesthetic energies to form the company ARTifacts.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Joyce Reed-Ebling

Joyce Reed-Ebling

“The best part of volunteering is the feeling of giving back; it’s something I love doing,” she says. “I guess helping others is in my blood, which also carries over in my job.”

Kimberly Adams

Kimberly Adams

Kimberly Adams has spent her life volunteering for a multitude of organizations, but lately, she’s focused her efforts on doing construction for Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley. As soon as she attended a few how-to workshops at her local Lowe’s, she instantly became interested in all the ways that construction can help those in need.

Stephen Flowers

Stephen Flowers

From free haircuts for the homeless to his recent debut within the craft beer community, everything that Flowers touches turns into community-revitalizing gold.

Kylee Messenlehner

Kylee Messenlehner

An active member of the junior board of directors, Kylee Messenlehner has contributed nearly 200 hours of volunteer work to Camelot for Children’s mission. Kylee puts her entire heart into her volunteer work, approaching challenges with a can-do attitude and a smile. Oh, and the kicker? She’s in tenth grade.

Natalee Hercik

Natalee Hercik

Until September 20, 2008, Natalee Hercik had been leading a fairly typical life. She and her husband, Chris, were normal, hardworking parents of two beautiful girls. They were going through life happily and providing a good home for their little ones.

Ron Blaufarb

Ron Blaufarb

When you split time between reading and reporting on numbers and refereeing football games, having keen eyesight is invaluable. You need to be able to see an erroneous number, a wayward decimal point and whether or not someone on the offensive line is holding.

Anne Giglio

Anne Giglio

Pay it forward—three small words with one powerful meaning. For this Allentown resident, it isn’t just a saying, but a lifestyle. Anne Giglio, owner of Silver Shears Salon on West Allen Street in Allentown, is a dedicated businesswoman and volunteer who has shaped her life around the idea of helping others.

The Auxiliary of St. Luke’s University Hospital

The Auxiliary of St. Luke’s University Hospital

Established in 1874, the St. Luke’s Auxiliary is one of the oldest continuously operating volunteer groups in the Lehigh Valley.

Strands of Hope

Strands of Hope

Moments after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Esther Courtright feared losing everything.

Lehigh Valley Community Benefit

Lehigh Valley Community Benefit

It is in times of tragedy that a community shows its true colors.

Off Campus Advisory Council,  Kutztown University

Off Campus Advisory Council, Kutztown University

College-age students have a reputation for being less than desirable neighbors. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to worry about late-night parties and rude tenants when they imagine living next door to a college student.

Equi-librium

Equi-librium

As the New Year is a time for making fresh starts, some people not only seek to enhance their own lives, but look for opportunities to enhance the lives of others.

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10 Make-at-Home Mother’s Day Ideas

10 Make-at-Home Mother’s Day Ideas

Treat your mom on her special day with recipes inspired from brunch traditions—with a twist. We’ve gathered a list of ten tasty, make-at-home Mother’s day specials that are sure to please whatever the preference, from a light and healthy frittata breakfast in bed to an elegant family-style French toast gathering.

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Discover Up-and-Coming Music Destinations in the Valley

Discover Up-and-Coming Music Destinations in the Valley

Fortunately for us, the Lehigh Valley offers some of the best concert-going spots. Experiencing live music—either in an intimate setting while sipping a cold one or in a vast venue with a hot new headliner—is not only festive, but often turns into an unforgettable pastime. No matter your musical taste, take advantage of this list of local concert hotspots where you can enjoy both old-time favorites and some of the Valley’s newest hidden talents.

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Rid Your Muffin Top Worries

Rid Your Muffin Top Worries

Whether you’re blessed with a 20-inch waist, consider yourself gym-faithful or just simply refuse to give up all of your refined sugar, the dreaded muffin top afflicts us all in different ways. We abhor the word, but it’s pointless to dance around that inevitable midsection fold. Yet, there are plenty of ways to dress it up. Take the fashion-focused approach—all of which are warm-weather approved—to smooth out your muffin top without having to plan for more Pilates.

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