Lenora Dannelke, Author at Lehigh Valley Marketplace's Posts

Torre

Torre

The sheer exuberance of Torre heightens the senses while whetting the appetite for south-of-the-border gustatory adventure. Happily, there are methods of introducing the high-energy vibe of this modern Mexican sister of Paxos Restaurants into your home environment. While constructing a glowing 3-story tower filled with 100 varieties of tequila and mezcal and splashing wall... »

Best I Ever Had: Steak

Best I Ever Had: Steak

A steak dinner is as much a statement as a meal. And where this epicurean declamation takes place matters—for instance, superbly flavorful dry-aged côte de boeuf at Minetta Tavern, a vaunted French bistro in Greenwich Village, arrives palpably enhanced by the Old New York vibe that once attracted such luminaries as Ernest Hemingway and E. E. Cummings. Closer to home, the q... »

Diana’s Cafe

Diana’s Cafe

Diana’s family-owned scratch kitchen is famously known for their diverse all-day breakfast menu made with fresh ingredients. An on-site bakery takes orders for signature cakes, pies, blueberry muffins, and more, and the adjacent Red Door Coffee Roaster provides in-house brews as well as varied 12-ounce bags to take home. Diana’s Catering can provide breakfast, lunch, or di... »

The Mint Gastropub

The Mint Gastropub

Discover a fresh take on contemporary comfort in a vibrantly upbeat atmosphere that lifts the spirits and invigorates the appetite as familiar foods are seen from an alternate perspective. A concise menu of apps, platters, salads, and sweets—revised twice a week and tweaked daily—uses modern techniques to reimagine traditional tastes with splashes of flavor from globe-trot... »

Tre Scalini

Tre Scalini

Tread three shallow steps – the eponymous Tre Scalini – of this stately Federal townhouse ristorante located on East Broad Street, Bethlehem to enter a sanctuary of warmth and calm, an environment well suited to relaxing over a meal of beautifully crafted Italian fare. While crisp white tablecloths make a clear fine-dining statement, rustic ladder-back farmhouse chairs and... »

Best I Ever Had: Vatican Vichyssoise

Best I Ever Had: Vatican Vichyssoise

Vintage Recipe Quest With the Wayback Machine set for 1993, we’re on a mission to recover a fondly remembered – and oddly named – recipe from yesteryear. The warm and soothing soup first appeared on the menu at the original iteration of The Shanty, when it occupied a notable historic hotel in Trexlertown. Tracking down the chef at that time, Mark Prostko – currently servin... »

The Sweet Spot

The Sweet Spot

Alas, the diminished daylight hours and frosty temperatures of November tend to put a damper on the spirits of avid golfers. Happily, though, technology ensures that playing conditions are always ideal at The Sweet Spot in Allentown. Five indoor Topgolf Swing Suites—high definition simulator bays —allow guests to take on the thrills of playing at Pebble Beach, plus 83 othe... »

Spinnerstown Hotel

Spinnerstown Hotel

November serves as a confluence of seasons at Spinnerstown Hotel, melding the pleasurable amenities of both summer and winter into a distinct and welcoming autumnal style. The vaulted barn-roofed deck, equipped with space heaters tucked amid the rafters, extends the outdoor dining season (a great benefit for those who revel in sweater weather), and the highly popular drive... »

Best I Ever Had: Tuscan white bean  & rosemary soup at Sette Luna

Best I Ever Had: Tuscan white bean & rosemary soup at Sette Luna

Although a year-round menu staple since day one of Sette Luna’s opening in 2006, the siren song of this classic Italian zuppe crescendoes in chilly weather. Chef/owner Josh Palmer reports making up to 5 gallons a week to satisfy fans. After being introduced to the hearty and herbaceous soup at a Lake Placid ski resort one frigid January—prior to becoming a restaurateur—Pal... »

DIY Duck

DIY Duck

Prepping Tips From Chef Shawn Doyle Duck, a premium poultry typically associated with fine dining, offers surprising approachability. “The duck in itself tastes so good, as long as you season it,” says Shawn Doyle, Chef/owner of Savory Grille in Macungie. “When I do duck breast, most of the time I just use salt-pepper, maybe some [Chinese] five spice—but not a lot.” Rather... »

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