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  1. The Hershey Pantry in Hershey, PA. We were there this morning. Some newspaper has voted it the "best breakfast in Central PA for 15 straight years. It really is. Best muffins I've ever had: an oreo muffin was rich and dense with the top of it "scooped out." Sour cream frosting was squeezed in from a pastry tube and the top replaced. Then crumbled oreos and powdered sugar, warmed for a bit and served. Unbelievable. We brought home a chocolate peanut butter cake slice that is probably as good. Outstanding four egg omelettes, French toast, pancakes, really crisp hash browns with a crust-I cannot rave about this place enough. Easily as good as Polly's Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill, NH or the former Diner in Yountville, CA. Now the bad part: having been in business since 1930 it is locally known. Almost every car in the parking lot and on the street had PA plates. At 10:30 AM on Tuesday with 60 in the dining room there were another 20 waiting to get in. It is also CHEAP. The muffin was $2.95. The four egg Western omelette (fresh grated cheddar cheese, fresh mushrooms, country ham) with home fries and toast was $7.50 but a bargain for what we got. If you are ever in the area it is well worth a wait in line. It's also just about worth driving from D. C. to there just to have breakfast which we will probably do in the near future.
  2. Does anyone here have any familiarity with the area southeast of Pittsburgh? Specifically, New Stanton and Greensburg. Please tell me there's hope for a half decent lunch so I can make it a half-decent day...
  3. Ok. I'm resurrecting this thread and turning it serious because my folks live in Lancaster and I've eaten a couple of really nice places up that way with them. Most recently and most memorably was over the fourth of July weekend at the Bistro at the Netherlands Inn and Spa. We had a lovely dinner with cocktails and several glasses of wine, including salad and appetizers for three. The food was excellent. The space was lovely. The service was flawless. We had a lovely time and the restaurant easily rivalled far more expensive establishments in the Washington, DC area. I would happily go back there anytime.
  4. Sad news. Trickling Springs Creamery, my favorite local ice cream is shutting down. "Trickling Springs Creamery Is Abruptly Closing" by Anna Spiegel on washingtonian.com
  5. On Kobe Bryant's final game of his career, he tosses in 60 points on a career-high 50 shots. Yes, the Lakers were feeding him the ball and telling him to shoot, no the Jazz weren't playing their best defense, but who cares. All people will remember 50 years from now is 60 points in his final game. Congratulations on a legendary career, Black Mamba!
  6. You're probably wondering what in the world I'm doing writing about Max Bishop. "Who in the heck is Max Bishop?" you might ask. Bishop was the second baseman, and more importantly, the leadoff hitter, for Connie Mack's great Philadelphia Athletics (AL Champions 1929-1931, and World Series Champions 1930-1931). Still, with Al Simmons, Jimmy Foxx, and Mickey Cochrane on that team, what on earth am I doing writing about Max Bishop? Bishop had a lifetime batting average of .271, but he ranks #15 all-time in on-base percentage at an astounding .423 (just ahead of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson") - he had 100+ walks a year for 8-straight years. He didn't steal much, but I guess with the hitters following him, he didn't need to. (It isn't often you see someone with a career slash line of .271/.423/.366.)
  7. I'm headed for a 100 member (roughly) sports car club meeting in Gettysburg in October. The sophistication of the members and their wallets range across the entire universe. Once I suggested dinner in a restaurant where the median meal was about $45 and was told (by some) that was more than they spent in a week of eating out. I'm open to any and all suggestions...PLEASE! And if you happen to know of a place that can accomodate a group that large (and isn't a buffet or diner) and serves decent food, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let me know. Ken
  8. Who has a better career W-L record, Mike Mussina, or Tom Seaver? <--- These are links to their stats. Surprise! Every pitcher who has over 100 more victories than losses is in the Hall of Fame ... except for Mike Mussina. I know, I know: "Most overrated statistic there is." I don't buy it. Expect Moose to be inducted this decade, preferably with an Orioles' cap. We miss you, Mike. Even here in Northern Virginia, we miss you. New York is a bigger audience, but between Baltimore and Atlanta, you were *it*.
  9. Jeff Koons is a big-name artist: one of the most famous living artists in both America and the entire world. In fact, "Balloon Dog (Orange)" has established the record - which still stands - for "most money ever paid for an artwork by a living artist." On Nov 12, 2013, it sold for $58.4 million at a Christie's auction: "An Orange Balloon Dog Sold for $58.4M, So Here Are 10 Other Cool Jeff Koons Balloon Pieces" by Olivia B. Waxman on time.com --- "Balloon Dog (Orange)" - (DonRocks)
  10. About 15 years ago, we lucked out in an eBay thing and came in second place to buy an All-Clad (MasterChef pre the show, wonder what the trademark BS must be) set. These are probably the best pans I have worked with. Any tips on finding more at a reasonable price? Not loving the idea of paying $200-$400 per pot that I want to get.
  11. Did we really not have a thread on Wilt Chamberlain? I don't have much to say that hasn't already been said, but I'd like to list for everyone Chamberlain's single-season rebounds-per-game average in the playoffs over the course of three different decades: 1959-1960: 25.8 1960-1961: 23.0 1961-1962: 26.6 1963-1964: 25.2 1964-1965: 27.2 1965-1966: 30.2 1966-1967: 29.1 1967-1968: 24.7 1968-1969: 24.7 1969-1970: 22.2 1970-1971: 20.2 1971-1972: 21.0 1972-1973: 22.5 If I had to name five athletes of the 20th century who had the most imposing statistics, in any sport, Wilt Chamberlain would be on that list.
  12. I hadn't been to Jim Thorpe in decades - it's a place that everyone should visit for a long weekend. It's a charming mountain town, 80-miles north of Philadelphia, and 100-miles west of New York City, in Eastern-Central Pennsylvania. Even though Jim Thorpe is touristy, it's also a really charming, nice place to spend a couple of days. There are several decent places to stay (the Inn at Jim Thorpe, for example), and Jim Thorpe's final resting place is also here in town. The first roller coaster in the U.S., the Mauch Chunk Switchback Gravity Railroad, was here (you can still ride a mountain coaster at Camelback, less than an hour away). My favorite Jim Thorpe legend (about the man; not the town): Thorpe was arguably the greatest all-around athlete in history. In the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, Thorpe won the decathlon and the pentathlon (winning 8 of the 15 events outright!) - King Gustav V awarded him his medals, and said, "You, sir, are the greatest athlete in the world," to which Thorpe replied, "Thanks, King."
  13. This is extremely sad. "Philly's Restaurant Community Toasts Cocktail Maven Katie Loeb, Now in Hospice" by Danya Henninger on billypenn.com "Restaurant Community Remembering Katie Loeb" by Michael Klein on philly.com
  14. Anyone have any recommendations for the city of 3 rivers? I'm headed to a wedding this weekend and have a late Friday dinner (won't be in town until 9-ish), breakfast/lunch on Saturday and brunch on Sunday to fill. On opentable Trilogy looked kinda interesting until I saw the website. This post may later need to be cross listed so it can take the cake as Worst. Website. Ever. Thanks.
  15. Brenner's first time on "The Tonight Show" in 1971: Brenner, among other things, reflects on that performance in 2013. Wow, you talk about a deep, reflective opine - what he's saying extends far beyond stand-up comedy, but for *every* aspiring stand-up comedian, this is required viewing. In just eight minutes, he touches on a lot of fascinating things - Brenner was a true comic pioneer who really lived the transition from old-school to new-school:
  16. I just took a look at Bookluvingbabe's post (which was this community's first post) about Dining in Philadelphia, put a link in for her Salvador Dalí comment, and ended up at Philadelphia Museum of Art's website, which featured this painting representing their 2005 Dalí exhibit. I'm not going to sit here and try to explain the painting (although there are obviously two parts of the same monster, fighting itself - there's your metaphor for Civil War), but I do think it's super-cool, and I really need to find out more about the Spanish Civil War - I've always read that Ernest Hemingway covered this as a reporter, but I've never really paid much attention to what the war was actually about. (And, of course, you have one of the most iconic artworks of the 20th century dealing with the war: Pablo Picasso's "Guernica.")
  17. Since moving back home, I have gotten into a routine to just hop in my car and venture to places that I hope are interesting, and delicious. I try not to do to much research, cause I relish in the discovery of a new, and exciting spot. Easton Public Market did not disappoint. My plan was to head toward Fishtown, but made a left and 77 miles later I landed in Easton. I knew there was a Crayola factory downtown, but I had no idea the abundance of gourmet gems. My first stop was at Bank St Creamery, located in the the alley way just around the corner of the public market. Bank St Creamery, once know as the Purple Cow Creamery, was started by a husband and wife team back in 1998. Their small batch, high quality ingredient of rich ice creams serve traditional flavors like vanilla, but have local favorites like Orange bergamot, and Easton bisque. I didn't try the Easton Bisque, but should have. I think it may be similar to the Old Bay Caramel at the Charmery in Hampden, Md. Next stop, the Public Market. Right inside the door to your left there is a ramen joint, and the the right a Fish monger. As I walked deeper into the market, I knew I had landed in a delicious spot. There was a kitchen space toward the end of the market that offered classes to which I grabbed a flyer, and plan on revisiting and taking. I rounded the corner, and a wine bar was the perfect spot to rest and sample the offerings. Tolino Winery is a located in Bangor, Pa, and is family owned and operated. I had no idea there were an abundance of wineries in Pennsylvania. I learned that Chambourcin is a varietal that is common to the Mid- Atlantic .After being poured a glass, I was able to roam the Market. I glided over to Chocodiem. By far the best chocolates I have had to date. These Belgian chocolates have won numerous awards, and is endorsement by Jacque Torres, the ever charming Mr Chocolate himself. I recall Chocodiem recently opening an outpost in Clinton, NJ. The chocolates are divine. I rounded out my tasteventure with a stop at Scratch. Scatch is a farm to table pizzeria and brewery. The margherita pizza was amazing . Most of the ingredients they use are sourcedlocally, one of them being Apple Ridge Farm in Saylorsburg, Pa. On their website they list where all of the ingredients come from, and answers the calling to eating responsibly. I didn't try the brews, or spirits on account I already was two glasses in with wine. This gives me an excuse to come back and try several more of the offerings Easton Public Market has to offer. Overall, outstanding. Roaming gourmet, kat
  18. I will admit I know very little about art, but I do know, or think I do, I have discerning taste. Gallery Row in Lancanter Pa, certainly has a number of noteworthy galleries worth a visit from those outside the area. I am rarely blown away by a piece of art. Today I was impressed. A painting titled, Cervantes Dali, completely haunted me. To conclude my statement, being haunted by a composition of art is a good thing. .David Silvah, you are a master. This piece can be found at CityFolk Gallery on Prince Street. Priced at less that 2 months rent in the District can afford you this outstanding work. future art collector, kat
  19. Stayed at the Hershey Hotel last night, in a round about way of going to my bro's in NJ. Lunch was at Devon's Seafood. Had a ditzy server. After some prolonged waiting, she came up and said she didn't know we were in her station. She then forgot an extra order of clams, and sides of whipped potato and Brussels sprouts. The food was pretty good though, for Hershey. Dinner was at Trevi 5, within the Hershey Hotel. Note: the garden was pretty barren in November and the sweet lights weren't very exciting. The Italian fountain in the hotel is cool tho. Dinner was pretty good, for Hershey. Breakfast buffet was just meh. The hotel was packed with kids and the fire alarm went off at 3 a.m. The rooms are a bit dated but the service is very friendly. The restaurant area is themed to look like a courtyard with a fountain in the middle.
  20. Warren Stevens was a very recognizable character actor on many television series from the late 40s to the late aughts, and has a very recognizable face, as he's been in some of our (well, "my") favorites: Oct 9, 1955 - Perry Stanger in "Premonition" on "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" - Mar 15, 1956 - Lt. "Doc" Ostrow in "Forbidden Planet" - Nov 4, 1960 - Richard Crown in "The Strengthening Angels" on "Route 66" - Jan 19, 1962 - Nate Bledsoe in "Dead Man's Shoes" on "The Twilight Zone" - Feb 23, 1968 - Rojan in "By Any Other Name" on "Star Trek" - Dec 15, 1971 - Officer Art McCall in "The Dinosaur" on "Adam 12" -
  21. Taking the kids to see carved pumpkins in Chadds Ford (in the evening, the weekend before Halloween). During the day, we will probably have lunch at Historic Kennett Square, unless there are much better options elsewhere? During the afternoon, we'll probably go to Longwood Garden (unless there are more exciting places to a 5.5 year old?). Also need a restaurant for dinner. The kids don't eat spicy food (pansies!), nor do they seem to like red meat. They can suck down shellfish like champs though, and they don't care about how much money it costs.
  22. i fear that i may get a talking to for this, but can you really have road food on an interstate? two things immediately pop into mind- 1) "feasting on asphalt" pretty much tried to emphasize this point, to find "road food" you have to get off the interstates, and drive the backroads, i mean, can you find brain sandwiches on the interstate (digression- the best chicken fried steak i had in texas was in a restaurant somewhere west of austin and I-10 on a 2 lane highway); 2) i am reminded of charles kuralt's quote- "The interstate highway system is a wonderful thing. It makes it possible to go from coast to coast without seeing anything or meeting anybody." now, i realize that most of us don't have the time to simply traverse and lazily drive the backroads to get to our destination, and i certainly do not mean to be mean on this point. i'm just raising the greater issue of where to find "road food" in this country. (i've told my wife that one thing i would like to do is drive u.s. 50 all the way from sacto to ocean city. . .just to do it, you know?) all that being said, you can always pop on in to pittsburgh and sample their cuisine (pierogies and french fry-topped sammiches, among others).
  23. Up and down Route 15 - the only way from my Petworth house to my parents' place a bit west of Rochester. I have driven this route SO many times over the years, most recently 2 weeks ago. I actually can't say much about eating along the way. I will confess to a terrible weakness for Dairy Queen, and so will often stop there for road food. (I love onion rings. I love ice cream, even soft serve.) This last time, I stopped at a place I have looked at for years but never gone in. (and looking at their hours, I remember why. They are closed on Sundays. I usually return on Sunday. This time, it was Friday. Will have to stop on the way up next time.) Purity Candy: http://www.puritycandy.com/index.html I mean, I just couldn't resist the sign on the little board outside telling people to come in to see the 70 pound chocolate Easter Bunny! Cool as that was, I did NOT get such a thing. But I got some chocolate. And it is good. And best of all, they make wintergreen patties! I love wintergreen patties. (OK, I love pretty much everything wintergreen.) Just like peppermint patties - a creamy filling covered in chocolate. York stopped making them years ago. My grandfather used to get them (along with regular Hershey bars and peppermint patties) for picnics. He would freeze them, then split them with a sharp knife, and we would use them on s'mores (which we called smashes). I haven't seen these in so long. I didn't buy enough. I see a mail order coming soon. Also, I told my mother about them, and she wants some too. And this place is now a required stop on any trip that passes through Allenwood (factory store, right on Route 15) or Lewisburg (also right on Route 15, but I think you have to turn a corner to get to the store. Yes, looking at the map, you do. Although, it's pretty closer to Roller Mills, a nice antique mall.
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