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Uve' - Sparkling Superfruit / Gourmet Weightloss!Uve' - Sparkling Superfruit / Gourmet Weightloss! Seeing as how obesity is such an issue in today’s world, it’s no surprise that we are bombarded with foods and drinks that claim to help lose weight. It’s always an added bonus when we find something that helps lose weight AND tastes delicious! Recently, I stumbled upon a bright exciting bottle of Uve’… I had...

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The River GrilleThe River Grille 243 Northampton Street in Easton is an Address you MUST etch into the address book inside your mind and go to as soon as POSSIBLE. Why? Because THAT is the address of The River Grille – One of the most amazing restaurants I’ve ever been to and one of the best restaurants YOU will ever go to!  Simply divine is an...

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Wally's Wicked WingsWally's Wicked Wings I drove by Wally's Wicked Wings several times over the past few weeks and I KNEW it would be out of this world once I actually stopped! It had the word "Wings" in it's name... WIN / WIN for me!  I was not let down when my good friend, Bristen and I went for a 'guys night out' this past week. Don't get me wrong, Wally's...

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Sugars Stage & SpiritsSugars Stage & Spirits Recently we had the pleasure of dining at the all new “Sugars” Stage & Spirits located pretty much  at the corner of 987 (Airport Rd’s end) and Point Phillips Road in Bath PA! The former Klecknersville  Hotel has been a staple in the Valley for decades and Sugars did an amazing job with their own personal remodel,...

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Ooka SushiOoka Sushi I remember when I first started eating sushi. I quickly ascended into a culinary obsession for the Japanese fast food.  Fortunately, living in the flourishing suburbs of Philadelphia allowed me to indulge whenever I wanted to as there was an amazing tiny Japanese restaurant close to my home in Doylestown, Pennsylvania...

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The Farmhouse

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Category : Emmaus, Pennsylvania, Restaurant Reviews, The Lehigh Valley

I’ve always heard of the legendary Farmhouse Restaurant in Emmaus, PA, over the past ten years and when I dined there recently, I wanted to kick myself for not ever trying this establishment years earlier! The Farmhouse, for those of you who do not know, is located  on Chestnut Street in Emmaus on the same piece of land that used to be home to Indian Creek Golf Club. You literally take Cedar Crest Boulevard to the end of the line into Emmaus, turn right, and it’s a few hundred yards on your right hand side.

The Farmhouse is an original home built  in the 18th century and pretty much ALL of the original home still stands and it is breathtaking as you walk around the 3 level restaurant. The basement leads out to an outdoor dining patio and also located in the lower level is an English Style Pub that is one of the quaintest bars I’ve ever seen. Michelle, co-owner of The Farmhouse has built a wine and beer list better than ANY restaurant I honestly have EVER been to. I’m not talking about just a lot of drinks, I’m talking about the quality and variety of drinks from all over Europe and the world that you can’t even get anywhere else! Our waiter, Greg honestly knows more about wine then anyone I’ve ever met at a restaurant. He is a great server and just a master of knowledge when it comes to the drink list! I highly recommend asking for him when you go!

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Bethlehem Brew Works – Bethlehem, PA

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Category : Bethlehem, The Lehigh Valley

Bethlehem Brew Works – www.thebrewworks.com

569 Main Street – Bethlehem, PA 18018 - 610-882-1300

Open Daily – 11:00am – 2:00am (Food until 11pm /12 Midnight Weekends)

What to do on a lazy Sunday after three days of Thanksgiving left-overs… Yup, you guessed it… Go out to eat! This particular late morning called for a good brunch with a solid Bloody Mary to be included in the necessary “vegetable” intake for the day.

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Stefano’s Sicilian Grille, Northampton, PA

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Category : Northampton, Pennsylvania, The Lehigh Valley

Stefano’s Sicilian Grille 

 5364 Nor Bath Boulevard, Northampton, PA 18067  (610) – 262-8760 

  http://www.stefanossiciliangrille.com/

When you are looking to walk into a comfortable Italian restaurant /bar and forget your bad day, Stefano’s Sicilian Grille is that place. The staff is genuinely courteous and this family owned establishment will find you to be part of the family, or the family as part of your attentive staff.   You may find Domenico serving the bar patrons finely mixed martinis or my favorite the “Italian Sunshine”… Clementine Vodka, Triple Sec, Grapefuit Juice (I use Pineapple), and Cranberry Juice.   Or the cousins cooking in the kitchen and serving up the delicious Italian food.  

  

This happens to be a frequent stop for my husband and I as we are friends of the family and the food is phenomenal. Their word-burning pizza is nothing short of incredible. And, their vodka sauce is my all time favorite. Put them together and these guys from time to time will make me my most coveted “Vodka Penne Pizza”… Just ask for it, you will not be sorry.

On this particular occasion, we had the typical Stef’s starter of their fresh, warm, soft Italian bread with a delish and a little spicy, tomato remoulade for dipping.   Forget the laziness of bringing you a small plate of olive oil with a drip of balsamic reduction or vinegar… This dipping sauce they create, trumps any of that.  

  

For our dinner, the husband ordered the “Garlic Parmesan Wings”, I am not a wings freak like he is, but I can tell you that the meat falls off the bone and the wings are crispy yet melt in your mouth.  I, on the other hand, just wanted some fried eggplant and some of their vodka sauce, otherwise I said bring me whatever…  I was delivered the “Eggplant Rollitini”. Fried eggplant tightly wrapped around fresh ricotta and spinach on a bed of soft linguine dressed in the vodka sauce with pancetta swimming in it.  I know that if I was in the position of ordering my last meal, this would be it. I think I may have found a new favorite food group: Fried Eggplant.

 

Stefano’s Sicilian Grille in Northampton is the sister restaurant to Stefano’s Restaurant on 191 in Bethlehem. Both restaurants are run by the family and keep the tight Sicilian ethics of the front man and father, Stefano Lombardo.  But just remember the real boss is wife Patty and when she isn’t there, son Tony.  And, Domenico is always cooking up a masterpiece that’s off the menu or being eye candy for the ladies at the bar.

You can get a real wood burning pizza or fresh made gelato in a variety of flavors that are never the same.  The top of the line chef’s have been working at both establishments for years, Why?… Because they love it.  These well trained chef’s go to far reaches to please their patrons. They always go off the menu.

 

And, if you want to eat there on a weekend, make sure you call ahead.  The Valley loves the Stefano’s restaurants, you’ll notice any time you pop in, well respected business owners, doctors, and lawyers in the Valley are there relaxing and enjoying the fine food. You can get away with incognito casual wear or donning your best Hugo Boss or Elie Tahari suits right after work. Either way, you’ll fit right in.

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Emeril’s Bone-in Ribeye Medium Rare at Emeril’s Chophouse, Sands Casino, Bethlehem PA! OMG, one of the BEST steaks I’ve ever had to date and NO dipping sauce please! Definitely not required…

The World FAMOUS Anchor Bar in Buffalo New York. Where Buffalo wings were invented! Met the owner…awesome dude! (BTW, you can buy their sauce at Wegmans and some other local grocery stores!)


China House 3. Tilghman Square Shopping Center, Allentown PA! Their hibachi is awesome! Filet and Lobster I recommend! If the owner is there, she may give you a sip of what you see below. Kweichow! It tastes like jet fuel! Apparently it’s what they give Diplomats, Presidents, Celebrities, in China… It certainly made us think we were! ;)

My wife introduced me to Datillo’s Deli. It’s in North Philadelphia a skip and jump off of Roosevelt Boulevard. I discovered that a real roasted pork sandwich is hard to find…I guess you can say an ‘authentic’ one with their clear sauce, homemade rolls, cheese, and pork…this place is THE place to get it. Their mac salads are also pretty amzing! It took us hours to find the place on the internet and over the phone, since the wife has a short term memory… We weren’t sure of the name then we finally found it!

The famous Waldorf Astoria. New York City. Enough said.  Just amazing, rustic, full of history, and had a ton of character. Our friend John hooked us up for the wife’s Birthday with this awesome cheese/fruit/wine plate in our room when we arrived!

Edge Restaurant – Bethlehem, PA

Category : Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, The Lehigh Valley

74 W Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018 – (610) 814-0100 – edgerestaurant.net

           Our ”Gourmet Guy” promotion at WLEV and Cat Country 96 in The Lehigh Valley with EDGE sold out of their gift cards in 90 minutes! This means you should read this and GO there!

My wife and I had the pleasure of dining with our good friends at EDGE in Bethlehem. Edge is located on Broad Street at the intersection of Broad and Main – arguably one of the best “corners” in The Lehigh Valley. There is so much going on in downtown historic Bethlehem with the shops, eateries, etc. that EDGE just feels like it was ALWAYS supposed to be right here!  Living close by, we have frequented it often for happy hour appetizers. My wife, loves the Wednesday “Ladies Night” and of course, I’m NOT invited… But that’s okay! From the beautiful relaxed ambiance and decor, to the restaurant layout, staff, food, and all around experience and knowledge of cuisine – EDGE is by far one of the BEST places to dine in the area. (Legend has it that Larry Holmes’ son had his birthday party there that night so even the stars stop by!)

Our server Jamie has been with EDGE for a long time and Restaurant Manager Jessie Dech said that Jamie is his ‘Floor Captain’. That he is! Jamie has EVERYTHING in his head from the specials, to the regular menu items, to why certain wines go with certain dishes. I highly recommend asking for him!  Jesse is also a master of pairing wine with food at EDGE. The place was packed on this particular Thursday night which means they are doing something right!

We began our EDGE experience with a round of wine. We had the house Cabernet out of California, a Merlot from the same region, and a White Wine Spritzer. 

Appetizers could not come soon enough as we know how good they already are! My wife had one of her favorites-the Escargot special! It was amazing, served with a tomato cream sauce, onions, and in a puff pastry! Not the traditional way I’ve seen it but that is why EDGE is so great…they do things differently. We also had Tuna Tartare with Crispy Wontons and an amazing Tarragon Gnocchi – Duck Confit along with Truffle Parmesan Sauce and Crispy Shallots.

 All of those mixed together in my mouth was heaven. Sherri had their famous Shrimp Cocktail Martini with Caper Horseradish Sauce and Mal had an Endive and Roasted Beet Salad and it honestly was something I never would order but I tried it and it was out of this world! Say hello to a guy that now likes BEETS at EDGE.

Dinner was on my mind since about 11am! I ordered the Black Angus New York Strip Steak Medium Rare, Frisee, Truffle Parmesan Frites, and Au Poivre Sauce! How do you think it was? Right! Perfect! Plus they do it right! Executive Chef, Tim Widrick is amazing. I was speaking with one of EDGE Restaurant’s managing partners, Fran, and he reinforced what I just said. I was talking about the steak and Fran told me they pan sear it first then when it’s cooked to order, they let it rest. NOT a lot of places do it right like that. EDGE does!

 My wife enjoyed the Long Island Duck Breast which was so tender and juicy.  It came with Sourdough Spaetzle, Broccolini, and Dried Cherry Gastrique. Yum!

 Mal went outside the box and got the New Zealand Rack of Lamb with Green Olive Yogurt & Drizzle and I was lucky enough to get a taste!  Those of you who never have had lamb…EDGE is the place to try it! 

 Sherri enjoyed the Grilled Hawaiian Butterfish on a Salad of Baby Spinach along with Hydro Bibb Lettuce, Romaine Hearts, Parsley, Wonton Crutons, and a Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette. I have rarely seen Butter Fish on a menu before and being a seafood lover, I had a bite. It was SO RICH and delicious. Not too overpowering from a fish standpoint so if you like fish but don’t like that ‘fishy’ taste, THIS is a great dish!

We finished up with a sampling of Warm Banana Pound Cake with Maraschino Cherry Ice Cream, a Salted Carmel Chocolate Tart, and Mal and Sherri split a Toasted Coconut Molasses Tiramisu.  Mal said it’s not traditional Tiramisu so he wanted to try it…Mal fell in love! I had some too and the coconut was a nice crunchy addition to pair with the creamy Tiramisu! 

All in all, EDGE is a place we’ve been to before and a place we’ll be back to…a lot! A big thanks to Fran, Chef Tim, Jessie, Jamie, Glenn, and Kim @ EDGE. Gourmet Guy went home stuffed and happy and we had a wonderful night with wonderful friends! We’ll see you soon…my wife especially for “Ladies Night”!

Hometown Heroes’ – Bethlehem, PA

Category : Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, The Lehigh Valley

Rice Balls

     For $3.50 these cheese and rice filled fried creations are one of a kind in the Lehigh Valley! Served with hot marinara sauce! MMMMmmmmmm! If you can find Hometown Heroes on Geopp Street hidden in Bethlehem, you must go there! Owner’s John and Pauley (Brooklyn transplants Father and Son), serve up some incredible sandwiches with old brooklyn italian flare. It’s a small place, maybe 10 seats at the bar and a few tables, but this is one of those places that you can’t help but feel incredibly comfortable and leave very well fed. There isn’t one person that we’ve taken there in the last few years its been open that didn’t love it! the wife LOVES the pierogies. Gets them every time.