Photo of the Day: June 9, 2017

I’ve already professed my love for Ikea—I would go there just to eat. But they have much more than their famous meatballs. There’s also an array of snacks and desserts. You can’t swing a dead cat without running into advertising for their remarkable dollar cinnamon buns. When you make your way downstairs to the item…

Photo of the Day: June 8, 2017

The original baking ovens (1861) of the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Factory in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the temperature in the room matched that of an oven. No air conditioning in the original portion of the centuries-old building. Lovely tour, but keep that in mind when visiting in the summer! July 2016.

Photo of the Day: June 7, 2017

Chicken Ravello. A simple dish consisting of thinly-sliced chicken breasts covered in Mozzarella and Marsala wine sauce. Garnished with roasted red peppers and asparagus. The ingredients manage to represent the tri colore of the Italian flag. Trattoria Rustica, Matawan, New Jersey.

Photo of the Day: June 6, 2017

I enjoy Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, Pennsylvania, as much as anyone, but most of the restaurants are overpriced and of average quality. Not the case at Nancy’s Cafe. It’s a cozy luncheonette not located in a main hub. You’ll have to look for it. Great sandwiches, soups, and dessert. June 2016.

Photo of the Day: June 5, 2017

A cold pint of City Steam Brewery’s own “Naughty Nurse Amber”. Taste-wise, it’s right up there with some of the best micro-brews I’ve ever had. Hartford, Connecticut. March 2016.

Photo of the Day: June 4, 2017

If you ever find yourself staying in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania (most likely because rooms are too expensive or sold out in King of Prussia 10 minutes away), stay at the Double Tree Philadelphia West. The interior has a grand lobby and nice bar. Check for advance pay specials through Hilton’s website. You may end up…

Photo of the Day: June 3, 2017

I love the way Bento Boxes compartmentalize everything (and I don’t even have OCD). It makes for a wonderful presentation when you do it right. Korean BBQ chicken, kale salad, udon noodles, and a fried egg…do you need anything else? Sunberry Cafe, Hartford, Connecticut. March 2016.

Restaurant Review: Hailey’s Harp and Pub (Metuchen, NJ)

Metuchen is a great food town. There are cafes, pizzerias, a fantastic ice cream shop, restaurants of every nationality you can think of, and then there’s Hailey’s Harp and Pub. Of course the food has to be good, but when it comes to pubs, the first thing I’m looking for is actually the atmosphere. Does…

Photo of the Day: June 2, 2017

Tasting a new spirit, Alibi Whiskey, on the balcony of the Fulton Steamboat Inn in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was decent, though the atmosphere made it a little easier on the palate. Spring 2016.

Photo of the Day: June 1, 2017

Another one from the Menlo Park Diner in Edison, New Jersey. The French Canadians have nothing on us with this Jersey Diner Classic: “Disco Fries”. This one features both American cheese and Mozzarella, in addition to a heaping ladle of gravy. This is as beautifully done as you will see anywhere. Hey, you don’t go…