I don’t know about you, but food is always on my mind. When I’m not just thinking about it, I’m shopping, cooking, or eating. (Or calling a friend to share life-changing information about an exotic new ingredient or amazing recipe I’ve discovered.) It is my privilege to also get to write about food. In the ensuing restaurant profiles, conversations with restaurateurs, chefs, and managers reflect the passion these culinary professionals bring to their tasks—not only in the beautifully prepared dishes, but the ambiance and service that helps define their particular brand of hospitality.
These editorial profiles cover a broad spectrum of destinations, from rustic or elegantly contemporary barns to comfy country inns. You’ll also find homey spots for breakfast or lunch and stylish environments for a special evening out. There are ample candidates for exploring Italian or Mexican cuisine—though most places serving Modern American cuisine season their menus with globe-trotting ethnic tastes. Perhaps most surprisingly, you can catch a round of indoor golf or let the kiddos play a game of zombie dodgeball while enjoying friendly fare.
The main idea, basically, is to choose a destination that will fend off the dreaded winter doldrums by prying you out of the house. Superb photographs of dishes also assist in driving that decision. (It’s also noteworthy that menus across the Lehigh Valley have been expanded to feature more vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free selections.)
Of course, on a frosty day there’s nothing more appealing than a house filled with enticing cooking aromas. Dishes and drinks filling the recipe section, plus others scattered among the features, should inspire you to simmer a kettle of soup and put a cake in the oven. And having a fabulous cocktail in hand will make the process even more enjoyable.