Photo of the Day: June 13, 2017

Another mug shot. You know you’re in for a good breakfast when this hits your table. I can’t wait to eat here when I’m in Pennsylvania next week. Dienner’s Country Restaurant, Ronks, Pennsylvania.

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: May 22, 2017

The Village Green of Lancaster, Pennsylvania may be one of the greatest mini golf courses in the country. The sweeping 18 and 23 hole courses are literally built into the countryside and forest. The trees offer a respite from the sun and heat, while the surrounding nature provides for a relaxing game. The holes are…

Photo of the Day: May 13, 2017

The iconic windmill of Dutch Haven, built in 1946. This was Lancaster County’s “first tourist attraction”. Perhaps that claim to fame was a result of being open on Sundays, which was a big no-no for a long time in the deeply religious area. I visit here every time. It’s just one of those places. Great shoo-fly…

A Story About Hot Sauce

Nothing beats the adrenaline rush brought on by spicy food. I love it. Whether it be hot sauces, a good curry, or peppers themselves, I try to have something that puts me in mild agony once a week. Flavor aside, spicy food is actually pretty healthy for you: it boosts metabolism, reduces inflammation, and some say…

Quick Hits: Hats Off to Chili’s

I took a page out of Hunter’s book and went on a Casual Crusade of my own. It’s funny that whenever I eat at a chain, I find myself comparing it to that unforgivable slop known as Applebee’s. With Will and I not wanting to drive far to eat after a long day in Lancaster last…

Travel Guide PA: Revere Tavern (Paradise)

The Revere Tavern was my favorite Lancaster restaurant as a child. I’ve always been a history buff, so maybe it was just because this was a chance to dine at a historic tavern. Built in 1740, the building served as a stagecoach stop for nearly a hundred years before it was purchased by Stephen Foster’s…

Travel Guide PA: Booze Notes on this Current Trip

Years ago, my friend Jeff said the only two things more expensive in Pennsylvania are gas and alcohol. So far, he’s been right. I always visit the liquor stores just to see if they have anything I cannot find in New Jersey, but more often than not, I walk out empty-handed. For example, Johnnie Walker…

Travel Guide PA: Saigon Cafe (Lancaster)

My first experience with Vietnamese food was a success, and in the least likely of all places. Amidst the rolling hills of Amish farmland lies the cute, little Saigon Cafe. It reminded me of a Chinese place back home, Shanghai Bun, which is an authentic, no-frills eatery. There is not much decor to speak of,…

Travel Guide PA: In Kennett Square for a Week After Christmas

I hope you all enjoyed the Travel Guide posts for Maryland and Delaware. I’m home now, but over the next few days I’ll be writing about Kennett Square (again) as we stopped there after leaving Ocean City. On this past trip, I broke one of my own cardinal rules. After mentioning it on this blog…

Stop Putting Green Stuff on My Food

We’ve all been there: the plate arrives at the table and although it probably tastes really good, it is littered with green flakes of some herb. Usually it’s parsley. Sometimes oregano or thyme. There are some occasions that call for it. At fine dining restaurants we can expect a sprig of this and a dollop of that,…

Travel Guide PA: Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli (Strasburg)

Somehow this slipped through the cracks last month when I was bringing over all my Lancaster reviews. Maybe it was prophetic.  Oh how the mighty have fallen. This used to be my favorite restaurant as a child visitor to Lancaster County. After all, it was a fun place to be a kid. One room of…