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.
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...
The restaurant business isn’t always easy. It’s even more difficult for independent owners who lack the luxury of moving money around during anticipated, or unexpected, downturns.
If a non-chain lasts more than a few years, it’s more than likely that they are doing something right and able to weather the storms that come their way (both literally and figuratively). Dolce Vita is one such establishment that has such staying power.
Some may remember the restaurant’s original location on South E...
The new Lower Paxton Township Historical Commission is on the hunt for horses. Well, not just any horses, but old, handcrafted ones that some township residents may remember fondly.
There was, for instance, the old Inn 22 horse that long graced the grounds of the restaurant located five miles east of Harrisburg on Route 22.
“We’re still looking for that horse,” said Lower Paxton Township Historical Commission Chairman Joe Murphy.
Then there were the carousel horses you once could find on a fa...
The upside of living in Central Pennsylvania is that it's within driving distance of so many destinations. The downside is that the winters sometimes seem interminable, which leaves a six-month window to sightsee, unless you feel like contending with Mother Nature pitching a fit and stomping all over the best-laid plans. It doesn't help that most museums and other attractions are open from May through October. When you factor in the weekly obligations that often take precedence over wayfaring...
LIBATIONS THIS AGE-OLD BEVERAGE IS GAINING A LARGE MODERN FOLLOWING. BY STEPHANIE KALINA-METZGER THE RISE OF ROSÉ r Rosé, which dates back to ancient Greece, has become especially popular in recent years. osé is having a major moment. Over the last 13 years, exports of rosé from Provence, France, to the U.S. have increased by double digits. The multifaceted drink is particularly high in demand during the spring and sum-mer months, and pairs well with nearly every-thing on the lighter sid...
In my circle of friends, I’m the one who usually does the cooking.
That’s not a complaint, as chopping, tasting and experimenting all speak to my Zen, as long as I have sufficient time, that is. Another challenge is adding new dishes to the rotation. Time and time again, I seem to revert to the same old recipe rut.
This is when I start thinking about cooking classes to help me expand my repertoire. Fortunately, several of our area’s top chefs are ready to lend a hand, taking time out from the...
Dive into local flavor with place-based cuisine and unique epicurean experiences.
By Stephanie Kalina-Metzger
Travel is all about authentic experiences, and one of the best ways to immerse yourself in local culture is through cuisine: the flavors and dining customs that are unique the area. According to a recent survey conducted by AAA, approximately 75 percent of Americans feel that food and dining are an important part of their travel experiences. Four out of five have toured wineries and d...