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Harmony can be found in Middletown, Pa. This spot was recommended highly by someone I met at a folklore fair. We instantly bonded over our love of food. Stepping into this space in the sleepy town of Middletown surprised me in the best possible way. It by far is the best Chinese food I have had to date. Visit with an open mind and hungry stomach. No where on the menu will you find General Tso's or egg drop soup. This is Chinese provincial cuisine. You will be feasting on a taste of X'ian. I have been a few times, but always on my own. My next visit I hope to bring a group cause food always taste better when shared. Howard Dong, the proprietor shares his love for food, and makes you feel right at home once you enter. When I first met Howard, he warmly welcomed me as if he had known me for years. He enthusiastically describe each dish on the menu with historical detail without sounding like he was citing a book report or listing ingredients. If you happen to find yourself within 50 miles of the Harrisburg region, I highly recommend you visit. house special salad Meet Howard Pork Belly Jasmine Tea panna cotta
I will admit that I do not know a great deal about beers, but one thing is for sure, Pennsylvania is the place where the rise of craft brews has been growing at an exponential pace in the last 20 years. I will enlist the help of social media , experts and owners to chime in on where they see the future of craft brews heading. I will start here in York, Pa and follow the beer trail throughout the greater part of the Keystone State. I've heard of people planning their vacations around specific places to eat, so my hopes this topic will inspire travelers to plan their next "beercation" in Pa. I have lost count of how many times I have gone out to a brewery and have been overwhelmed of all of the choices. From lagers, to ales, to sours to meades, where do I even begin? I hope this segment draws the interest of several of you to chime in, and expand both my knowledge as well help out other novices out there. My intent is to to enhance one's drinking and dining experience. The more we all know, and become comfortable in ordering what we want , the better the overall approach to beer. Of course, I am directly speaking to those out there like myself, but I am sure the experts could always pick up a thing or two. --- Beer and wine index I can't forget to direct everyone to the content that has been curated to date on this forum. My topic will mainly focus on PA breweries, but there could be a lot learned from the wealth of information already posted in our index --- I asked on Facebook where to start, and in nearly two clicks I had a response that lead me to the Brewers of Pennsylvania There is a wealth of resources here starting with a map of breweries, to a digital trail map as well as numerous other features. The mission of BOP is as follows: The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP) is a 501c6 trade association that brings together leaders of Pennsylvania based breweries, businesses that support brewing and enthusiast members in order to promote and protect the brewing industry in the state.We strive to advocate for and promote awareness of BOP members; to increase the visibility of local beers through marketing, events, and consumer education; and to foster a healthy, ethical, and growth-focused beer industry. Here is a link to their blog. Brewin', kat