Freelance writer w/focus on hotels, hospitality, travel, food, trends and health. Blog: cheeseplatesandroomservice.com. Column: Discerning Diner at cumberlink.com Work appears in 27 publications.
Good chefs know when they have a winning recipe and while they may tinker around the edges, they recognize the importance of keeping the dish as close to the original as possible.
Such is the case with the Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group. The group, which operates 21 Red Robin restaurants across eastern and central Pennsylvania, recently named a new CEO to take the place of former CEO Jim Ryan, who retired. For Mike Axiotis, it will be business as usual, for the most part anyway.
When you mention the "winter doldrums," almost everyone gets it. The "summer doldrums" are practically unheard of, that is, unless you're a Pennsylvanian. We toughed out a long winter thinking that dry, sunny days would make an entrance around June. Unfortunately, that didn't happen this year. In fact, we survived the wettest summer on record and almost every plan was scuttled by pesky precipitation. As I made plans for a winter getaway, I learned that St. Petersburg, Florida enjoys an averag...
Nestled in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in Fayette County is the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, a 2,000-acre playground offering an array of amenities to appeal to a wide range of travel tastes.
This fall, I took advantage of the opportunity to spend some time at the popular resort. The extraordinary art displayed throughout the property, as well as other interesting features, inspired me to learn more about the destination's history, its founder, its im...
When Josh Feldman made the decision to work in Manhattan, he was faced with a dilemma, wondering what to do with his beloved dog, Guvner, while he toiled long hours on the job.
After a bit of research, he decided on doggie daycare.
Impressed by his experience, he decided to start his own doggie daycare/boarding business when he returned to Harrisburg, opening up in a former plasma center on N. 7th Street. In just two short years, Keystone K9 was attracting more business than it could handle i...
Emily Schmidt learned at a young age that a good cup of coffee and a cheerful disposition can brighten a room on the cloudiest of days.
“My mom said that, when I was five, I always made the coffee and would go around serving it to company,” Schmidt said.
Later on, her desire to serve people continued into waitressing jobs.
“I just loved waiting on people,” she said.
Over the years, she would move to New York, return to Pennsylvania, marry and have three children, putting on hold a dream of on...
Fall is a lovely time here in Pennsylvania. The weather is perfect for outdoor activities and the leaves enchant with a vibrant display of color. For those of us who dread cold weather, it's also a time to savor the remaining vestiges of autumn before we are forced to hunker down for what often seems like an interminable winter.
If you're itching to get away, fall is also a fantastic time of year to visit the picturesque Poconos.
Fred Rogers may no longer be with us, but his memory lives on in the hearts of many. With the release of the “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” documentary, Rogers’ popularity has grown to include a new generation of fans.
The Mister Rogers' Trail celebrates the man and his message.
When Angela Tatum decided to indulge her wanderlust and explore Ireland, she weighed her options and decided that timeless memories are too important to trust to chance.
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Harrisburg's Telugu Association focused on language preservation and giving back to the community.
One thing that can be said about Flinchy’s restaurant on Hummel Avenue in Camp Hill is that it has withstood the test of time. In an era when the average lifespan of an independent restaurant is a mere five years, Flinchy’s has tripled that, and having done so, recently took steps to update their décor.
The public is invited to join in the celebration at a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Although it has been years since I’ve eaten at Flinchy’s, I did notice that every time I drove by, the...
Written by Stephanie Kalina-Metzger. If you are a foodie or health enthusiast, chances are good that you have recently encountered matcha in various forms across restaurant menus and social media posts. The finely ground powder is made of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. It pairs well with a wide range of ingredients and adds a green hue to many foods, which has only added to its popularity.
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Contemporary photos credit: Photographs courtesy of Randolph Harris, Lancaster.
For historical images photo credit: From the collection of Randolph Harris.
Those familiar with the Underground Railroad know that it wasn’t an actual railroad, but a means by which African American slaves escaped to the free states and Canada during the early-to-mid 19th century. Pennsylvania, it turns out, paved the way for African American slav...
The 14-square mile area, located in Charles County, Maryland, is well within sight of Quantico Marine Base and located in Nanjemoy.
My friends warned me that I’d get wet and cautioned against taking along a camera. For once, I wished I hadn’t listened. But for a small splash from the paddles, I emerged dry thanks to the soft launch located onsite. My seasoned kayak buddy knew better and carted his camera along to capture a few moments of the memorable trip.
From April through October, Atlanti...
Nothing makes taste buds dance like Thai food. The exotic cuisine known for its spicy flavors ranks high on the scale of food Americans crave the most.
Ingredients like garlic, shallots, lemongrass, chilies, galangal, basil, kaffir lime and coconut milk are pressed into service and oft-paired with protein and noodles to make fresh, bright and taste-tingling dishes.
Thankfully our area has a few options for indulging those Thai cravings, and Carlisle Thai Cuisine is one of them. Located at 141...