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Savor Hand-Held Comfort at Drip

Savor Hand-Held Comfort at Drip

Wrapping two hands around a golden, toasted brioche bun packed with hearty flavors – whether a well-dressed burger or another appealing protein offered at Drip – transmits a primal message of ownership: This is a personal dish that discourages companions from poaching a taste. Leaning forward for that first big bite, shoulders may even hunch slightly, a protective stance a... »

Frozen Assets

Frozen Assets

Indulging in Ice Wine Sumptuously sweet and intensely flavored, ice wine ranks among the world’s finest – and often most expensive – dessert wines. More than extraordinary taste, however, makes this wine so appealing: Knowing the effort that goes into crafting this appropriately named elixir invites splurge-worthy sipping during the holidays. (If none of the traditional ce... »

Best I Ever Had: Crab Cake at Brick Tavern Inn

Best I Ever Had: Crab Cake at Brick Tavern Inn

There’s an unpretentious elegance in well-crafted Brick Tavern Crab Cakes, a menu mainstay for decades. Tender morsels of delicate lump crab take center stage in their signature version of this beloved dish, made from “our famous recipe”—which fans claim is superior to Maryland offerings.  “We’re keeping the tradition alive, and that’s important,” says Executive Chef Scott... »

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hecktown Oaks: Now Open

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hecktown Oaks: Now Open

Last month, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) opened its first newly built hospital in almost 50 years with the completion of Phase 1 of Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Hecktown Oaks in Lower Nazareth Township, Northampton County. The campus on Hecktown Road just off Route 33 features a 201,000-square-foot hospital, 35,000-square-foot Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, 60,000-... »

Responding To The  Northampton County  Community

Responding To The Northampton County Community

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hecktown Oaks Innovative State-of-the-Art Facility to Open July 1 Listening to the Northampton County community was a key step in developing plans for Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Hecktown Oaks, a brand-new Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) campus scheduled to open July 1, 2021. LVH–Hecktown Oaks will offer the community access to a number of speci... »

Striving For Sustainability

Striving For Sustainability

Founded in New York City in 1833 and located in the Lehigh Valley since 1838, C.F. Martin & Co. guitar company has held a growing tradition of sustainability, addressing emerging environmental issues such as our earth’s dwindling forest resources.  Stringed instruments such as guitars have traditionally been crafted with a combination of four quintessential woods—spruc... »

A Look Inside the Mind of a Brain Surgeon

A Look Inside the Mind of a Brain Surgeon

Q & A with Walter Jean, MD What drew you to medicine and neurosurgery? A: Neurosurgery is a field that attracts people who like tough challenges. It is emotionally taxing because procedures have high stakes for the patients. It is technically challenging because neurosurgeons work in a very small place inside the skull. But we have the ability to make people who are re... »

Best I Ever Had: the Big Mick burger at Drip: The Flavor Lab

Best I Ever Had: the Big Mick burger at Drip: The Flavor Lab

Let’s face it: The burger is part of America’s gastro-cultural DNA. And all too often this dietary staple is consumed with negligible engagement of critical faculties. Ho-hum hamburgers, eaten from habit and/or convenience, dull expectations. Fortunately, Drip: The Flavor Lab—a casual Hellertown bistro offering indoor, outdoor, and takeout dining—reinvigorates the palate w... »

Mushroom Hunting

Mushroom Hunting

After having survived the long cold winter of 2020 and as the Pennsylvania earth warms, our bodies crave the outdoors. This is the time of year when an elusive treasure, morel mushrooms, are breaking through the surface. One would think that scouring the woods to find a mushroom to eat seems like a desperate attempt at survival, but it is really more about nourishing the s... »

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... »

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