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Digital Detox

Digital Detox

Do you check your email before you’ve gotten out of bed? Do you have a Pavlovian response when your phone bings, buzzes or beeps? Have you interrupted a conversation, an intimate moment or a family meal with real live people because there’s a new post on Instagram? If you’ve answered “yes” to even one of these questions, you’re a good candidate for what is referred to as a... »

Growing up an Elf in Christmas Village

Growing up an Elf in Christmas Village

PHOTOS BY KONNOR DURANTE Christmas was always the most wonderful time of the year on the Koziar family farm in Jefferson Township, Berks County. “It was amazing, even to us,” says Sonia Koziar, co-owner of the world-famous Koziar’s Christmas Village near Bernville and one of four siblings who grew up on the farm, witnessing its transformation from a year-round agricultural... »

The Beginner’s Guide to Drinking Scotch

The Beginner’s Guide to Drinking Scotch

Scotch is a type of whisky produced in Scotland, typically from malt grains. (Bourbon, another type of whiskey, is mainly made from corn mash and produced in the United States.) The term “whisky” itself is an English version of the Scottish Gaelic “uisge beatha”—literally “water of life.”  While there are many types of whiskys, Scotch and bourbon are the most popular. To b... »

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... »

Golf with a Shotgun

Golf with a Shotgun

Introduction To Sporting Clays The concept of sporting clays originated in England and is sometimes described as “golf with a shotgun.” While one need not be a hunter to participate, targets at various stations along the course simulate the flight of fowl – such as ducks – or ground game – such as rabbits. This region is host to one of the largest sporting clay venues in t... »

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... »

Bridgeton House on the Delaware

Bridgeton House on the Delaware

Photos courtesy of Bridgeton House & Jumping Rocks Photography LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Bridgeton House on the Delaware, a country inn originally built as a private residence in 1936 and having realized many incarnations before serving in its current capacity as an award-winning getaway, is the only true riverside bed-and-breakfast acommodation serving visitors to... »

Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

A home is typically a person’s single largest purchase and investment. It’s essential, then, that when renovating or remodeling your home, you avoid some of the most common mistakes that can leave you disappointed. The following list can help save you stress, time and money.  Safety first – watch for lead paint. If your home was built prior to 1978, it may contain le... »

Best I Ever Had: Surf & Turf Oysters at Bolete

Best I Ever Had: Surf & Turf Oysters at Bolete

A consummate connection between land and sea, Surf & Turf Oysters always make a huge splash on Bolete’s rotating menu. Built on a half-shell foundation, this half-dozen freshly-shucked raw-oyster app features one of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay signature varieties, either mild-and-silky East Beach Blonde or small, plump and briny Wild Goose, harvested closer to the ... »

Eureka! The Baker Institute

Eureka! The Baker Institute

An old adage maintains that “If you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.” That may be true, but the path to innovation can be daunting. Fortunately, the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation at Lehigh University provides students with many ways to encourage forward-thinking and problem solving. The center was endowed ... »

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