Lehigh Valley

15 ways to stay cozy (or get moving) in the Lehigh Valley This Week (1/22 - 1/28)

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By Siobhan DeRemer

MONDAY

SouthSide Bethlehem Restaurant Week
Just when you thought you were done touring Easton and Saucon Valley’s restaurant specials, now the SouthSide of Bethlehem has its chance! Enjoy discounted lunch and dinner selections all along SouthSide this week (through Jan 27). One of our fave offerings: Lit’s 2 macarons and drip coffee for just $5! Click the link for menus and hours.

Adult Winter Reading Program (9am - 9pm / Free)
Sign up at the Allentown Public Library to spend the winter reading (twist our arms, right??) and you could win a Chromebook among other fantastic prizes. Attend a library session, sign up, log your page-turners, and win prizes. Runs through March 3rd!

Bethlehem Food Co-op Mixer with The Yoga Loft (5:30pm - 7:30pm / Free)
Join the BFC for a fun evening of socializing, eating, drinking, and yoga-ing with community members at The Yoga Loft in Southside Bethlehem. Free yoga demos, drink samples from Social Still, soups/smoothies from Playa Bowls, and if you’re one of the first to join the Co-op, you get $35 in yoga bucks to use at the Yoga Loft!

TUESDAY

Taco Tuesday at Social Still (4pm - 10pm)
Not much is better than a $5 taco plate and a $5 local craft beer to keep your week going. Even if beer isn’t your jam, grab some tacos and enjoy one of Social Still’s insanely well crafted cocktails on the side instead!

WEDNESDAY

Beer Run Club at Bethlehem Brew Works (6:30 - 8pm / Free)
Come warm up and run a 5K through historic Bethlehem before you enjoy a fresh craft beer from BBW’s selection. Bonus: Stay for Steel Trap Trivia at the Steelgaarden that starts at 9pm!

Belly Dance Returns (7:45pm - 8:45pm / Prices vary)
Want to get your belly dance game to another level? Check out this mixed level class offered at Easton Yoga that covers essential moves and some short combos and foot patterns.

THURSDAY

Pints & Pics (6pm - 9pm / Free)
Presented by Dan’s Camera City at Hijinx Brewery in Allentown, grab a beer and chat to your photographer heart’s content about photo gear. Lighting and a model will be set up so bring your own gear and chat with other local photogs about the best LV locations and more. Register for free here.

Valley Community Orchestra Concert (7pm / Free)
Enjoy the sounds of this community group formed to keep music skills intact for those who may not have the chance to perform professionally.

FRIDAY

LV Pet Expo (4pm - 9pm / $4-11)
The biggest celebration of pets of all kinds in the LV is back at the Allentown Fairgrounds. Starting today and running through the weekend, head into Ag Hall (with your pet!) to check out local vendors, performing pups, alpacas, and so much more. Grab tickets online to save money (so you can buy more treats at the show, of course).

SATURDAY

ArtsQuest Annual Souper Bowl IX (12pm - 3pm / $35)
Football fans, step aside. It’s soup time! Grab your tickets and head to the SteelStacks for the Ninth Annual Souper Bowl benefitting the Arts Education Fund. Enjoy 19 (!) locally concocted stews, chowders, and gumbos while playing the raffle and listening to live music. VIPs are sold out, but general admission is still available and ArtsQuest members get a discount!

Moravian Apothecary Tour (1pm - 2pm / $15)
Calling all history buffs! Head to the Moravian Museum for this walking tour around historic Bethlehem to learn how the Moravians treat ailments & what types of medical practices were established in early Bethlehem. Explore the Apothecary that ran from 1743 - 1952 and represents what is left of the oldest continually operated drug store in the United States.

SUNDAY

Historic Bethlehem Restaurant Week Begins
'Tis the season to check out some of the best food the Valley has to offer! This week, it’s downtown Bethlehem’s chance. Through Feb 3, find special prices for lunch and dinner at some of your favorite Main & Broad Street eateries. Check the link for menus!

Opening Day of “Women of Vision” (12pm - 4pm / Free)
On Sundays when admission to the Allentown Art Museum is free, it’s the perfect day to see the newest exhibit “Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment” featuring 100 images from female photojournalists telling their story through images taken on assignments all around the globe. Opening Day features workshops and special presentations centered around the new exhibit, but if you’ve got Sunday plans, the exhibition runs through April 8.

Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Club at Moravian Book Shop (3:30pm - 4:30pm / Free)
Can’t get enough of sci-fi reads and need a friendly group to discuss and geek out with? Look no further than the monthly meeting of the Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Club! Call to find out what the monthly pick is, get your read on, and then meet up to chat about it. Free and open to all!

Dessert Class at Seasons, Bethlehem (5:30pm - 7:30pm / $25)
Just in time for celebrating love in February, learn how to make expert-level tiramisu, truffles, and ice cream in this hands-on cooking class. Free glass of wine and 10% Seasons’ delicious oils and vinegars, too!

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Photo by Alfons Morales on Unsplash.

14 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK IN THE LEHIGH VALLEY (11/13 - 11/19)

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by Siobhan DeRemer

We're here again highlighting healthy, fun, and wellness-friendly events happening all around the Lehigh Valley this week! Mark your calendars and check back here each week for even more options; as always, let us know if we missed something or you'd like to add to this list each week.

MONDAY

Spirits & Wellness with Body Elite at Triple Sun Spirits (7pm - 9pm/ $15)
Join the trainers and experts from Body Elite in Allentown (if you didn't make the Open House last week or you want even more info!), a health club centered on wellness and health education in addition to fitness. They're pairing a short training session with the small-batch mixology of Triple Sun Spirits. Come find out what BE is all about and enjoy local spirits. More info and sign up here.

As we've mentioned on other Monday lists, if you want to start your week of with a little mindfulness and yoga, head to the Yoga Loft at 6:30pm with Melanie Smith Yoga for a $16 drop-in class from their Empowered in Practice series.

TUESDAY

It's Health-Forward Tuesday in the LV this week. The three events we found are centered around your health questions, wellness solutions, and natural remedies for health concerns.

Essential Oils for Cold and Flu Season (1pm - 3pm/ $30) 
Join Certified Aromatherapist,The Aroma Girl, Suzanne Stout, at Beleno Healing Center for 2 hours of learning how essential oils can help you breathe easier this winter. Bonus: you get to create and take home your own aromatherapy! More info and tickets here.

Answers to Your Thyroid Questions (6pm - 7pm/ Free)
One of our founders battles with a thyroid disease, and she’ll be the first to tell you: there are a LOT of questions. Here’s a free way to get some of yours answered at Kirshner Health Solutions in Allentown! More info and tickets here.

Intestinal Hyperpermeability "Leaky Gut" Class (6pm - 7pm/ Free)
Join Herbalist Cheryl Karcher at Nature's Way in Easton as she explains how important the intestinal health is to the entire body, combating chronic health issues and how to improve and heal your gut. Event is free, but registration is required. More info here.

WEDNESDAY

Healthy Living Wednesday at Easton Public Market (2pm - 3pm/ Free)
Easton Public Market has healthy recipes and options on the top of their list and this event every third Wednesday of each month helps you put eating well at the top of your list, too. This free event includes Nutritionists Alison Unger and Carissa Hrichak from Easton Hospital for tips, techniques, and recipes with your health as the focus. The healthy cooking demos and recipes focus on delicious and nutritious foods with health benefits for you and your family. More info here.

Healing Hands Massage and Wellness Center Grand Re-Opening (5pm - 8pm/ Free)
One of our favorite massage and wellness centers in the area has expanded to three floors of services and they are having an Open House to thank those who have made it possible! Enjoy a complimentary chair massage, cocktail, foot soaks, and food by Corked on Main Street in Bethlehem to celebrate this local wellness success. More info here.

THURSDAY

Wine'd Down Workshop at Banana Factory: Succulent Wall Hanging (6:30pm - 9pm/ $55)
Create a succulent-inspired wall hanging using wool, fabric, and yarn to weave a beautiful, impossible-to-kill (our favorite part!) piece of artwork for yourhome or to give as a gift. Teaching Artist Mallory Zondag will lead the class, and a voucher for a glass of wine or beer will be provided to students to get the creative juices flowing! All materials are included. This class is for students aged 21 and older. More info here.

FRIDAY

Grand Opening of Cafe Frais in Allentown (8am - 8pm/ Free)
The chefs behind the Tre Locally Sources food truck have opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Allentown and their grand opening promises to be a yummy one. Highlighting local ingredients and fresh brunch/lunch ideas, this place seems like it'll be on our list of favorites soon! More info here

SATURDAY

Saturday Sample Sale at Essence of Health (11am - 2pm/ Free)
We love a good try-before-you-buy situation. Sip some traditional Ayurvedic beverages or some delicious bone broth while you learn more about what Essence of Health in Easton has to offer! More info here.

LV Vegan s'MAC DOWN (2pm - 5pm / Free)
12 local LV vegan chefs are here to fulfill your mac & cheese needs! Open to the public, you can try the local takes on this comfort food, vote for your favorite, and see what other restaurants in the area have for vegan options, too. More info here

SUNDAY

Paddle Board Yoga at Allentown YMCA (1:30pm - 2:30pm/ Free)
Fall may have finally arrived in the Lehigh Valley, but you can close your eyes and pretend you’re on a warm, still lake during this paddle board yoga class. And thanks to Cancer Support Community Greater Lehigh Valley, this class is free to anyone affected by cancer. Get more info and register here

Yoga and Brunch at the Easton Public Market (8am-9:30am / Cost: $18)
Is this the best Sunday ever?! I think so. Join Easton Yoga and Greenmouth Table at the Easton Public Market for the ultimate #selfcareSunday! More info here

Pints & Poses Yoga at the Brewery (10am - 11am/ $20)
This month’s Pints & Poses event will be held at the Tap Room at Weyerbacher! $20 gets you a great yoga class, a beer cocktail, and snacks—what more could you ask for? Grab your mat and get tickets here.

*Got an event we should list in upcoming weeks? Shoot us an email here or leave a comment to be considered. We have final approval for all listings, but we love suggestions!

Local Spirits Highlight: Triple Sun Spirits

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by Siobhan DeRemer

Late fall is officially here in the Lehigh Valley (my flannel is out in full form) and that's the signal to move the outdoor wine and beer drinking inside, or at least to your closest fire pit. And what better to throw in your glass as you warm up than a pour of some local booze? The Valley has a number to choose from, but we're throwing a spotlight on our friends at Triple Sun Spirits.

Paired with the mind and passion of former brewer Kristofer Kwant, the spirits at Triple Sun are created in-house with an authentic small-batch style, giving them character and utilizing an environmentally friendly process. Kwant's got his sights set on providing the Valley with not only top-notch artisanal spirits, but also a community business that involves other local makers in its process. So far, Triple Sun has partnered with Hardball Cider and Weyerbacher, with more to come in the future. Their location is also a hotspot in Emmaus, situated right next to Yergey Brewing Company, and host to delicious local food trucks and events of all kinds (including one of our favorites: Yoga Happy Hour). 

You can currently grab their Caribbean-style rum (light, dark, and golden), gin, apple brandy, corn whiskey, and stouted whiskey directly at the distillery, by ordering online, checking out some of the local establishments that serve Triple Sun spirits (House & Barn and Hardball Cider on Main are just a few), or browsing your local Wine & Spirits. The distillery also has a cocktail menu to rival some of the best bars in the area and it changes with the seasons. One of our favorites is apple brandy hot cider and since bourbon is on the schedule to be released in September 2018, we'll be back to try an Old Fashioned or ask for it neat and enjoy all the unadulterated flavors. 

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For more info, to plan a visit, or to see what events are coming up, visit Triple Sun's site and follow them on social media (Instagram, Facebook). If you make a visit and love everything you drink and see, consider picking up some holiday gifts to share the Triple Sun love with friends and family.

The genius mixologists at this Emmaus distillery are jumping on the fall bandwagon and providing us with a recipe for their Pumpkin Spice Gin Sour. The name and directions are as basic as they come—not to mention delicious! Pick up a bottle of their gin and try it out.

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Pumpkin Spice Gin Sour

2 oz Triple Sun Spirits Co. gin
Juice from half a lemon
1 Tbsp pumpkin puree
0.5 oz Monin Pumpkin Spice syrup
Dash of Fee Brothers Old Fashioned bitters
Pumpkin spices and rosemary, for garnish

Put first 5 ingredients in ice and shake for 1 minute; pour through strainer into coup glass. Then, garnish with pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove) and a sprig of rosemary.

 

15 Things You Should Do This Week in the Lehigh Valley (10/30-11/5)

15 Things You Should Do This Week in the Lehigh Valley (10/30-11/5)

It finally feels like fall in the Lehigh Valley, and that calls for good food, proper Fests, and warm comfort. This week is bringing you all of that, plus three (!) race opportunities on Sunday. We're totally going to need at least one of those after all this Halloween candy! Cheers to another week full of ways to live well.

What's Inside: Sato Salon Organics Rose Facial Scrub

Learn all about the benefits of organic rose petals, lemon juice, sugar as Allison Holub, owner of Sato Salon Organics, takes you through her signature Rose Facial Scrub

10 Healthy (Last-Minute!) Holiday Gifts To Buy In The Lehigh Valley

By Nina Elias & Stephanie Eckelkamp

Attention! There's less than a week until Christmas and the start of Chanukah. Which means you need to get your butt in gear with the gift shopping. Luckily, we've got a short and sweet curated list of our favorite gifts for foodies, yogis, health nuts, and enlightenment seekers. The best part? All are from local retailers. So you can feel good about supporting the little guy and spend zero time waiting for packages to arrive. Now go do some shopping!

Sato Salon Organics Rose Facial Scrub & Lemon Sage Body Scrub ($14)
During winter, my skin is inevitably rough, dry, and flaky. My new go-to solution: Sato Salon Organic's sugar scrubs. They combine sugar to slough off dead skin, coconut oil to rehydrate and nourish, and specific ingredients with anti-aging and antioxidant properties such as rose petals, lemon zest, and sage. -SE

Reflexology and Float Package from Metta Relaxation Co. ($100--holiday special!)
Give your Groupon addiction a rest and give that health nut in your life a new kind of relaxation: a reflexology session and float from Metta Relaxation Co. in Bethlehem. Floating, according to Metta's website, "is pure relaxation in nine hundred pounds of pharmaceutical-grade Epsom salt dissolved in ten inches of water warmed to skin temperature." Without gravity, the outside world, or your body's processes keeping you down, you can relax and meditate on a whole new level. I love that you can pair it with reflexology for a truly detoxifying day. -NE

House of Metalworks Lotus Flower Friendship Bracelet ($20)
I'm totally in love with House of Metalworks, a new handmade jewelry shop in Emmaus, located right under Armetta's Pizza. This piece in particular caught my eye. Probably because it has such cool meaning behind it: "The Lotus Flower grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment." -SE

Easton Public Market Gift Card
If you have a lot of foodie friends, you can't go wrong with a gift card to Easton Public Market. It's accepted at each of their vendors (Mister Lee's Noodles, Tolino Vineyards, and Chocodiem just to name a few) and can even be used for the cooking classes that take place at their on-site kitchen. -SE

Social Still Spiced Rum 
Okay, okay, we get it. Spiced rum isn't exactly a "healthy" holiday gift. But when combined with some hot apple cider, this stuff is seriously life changing. Bring one to your next holiday party and you're sure to make a few new friends. Pick up a bottle at Social Still or at your local Fine Wine & Good Spirits store in the PA section. -SE

Monocacy Coffee Co. "Jolly" Holiday Coffee Blend ($13)
The perfect gift for coffee lovers? Coffee, of course. But be sure to make it this festive roast with notes of fruit, sweetness, and molasses from local Bethlehem roaster Monocacy Coffee Co. Bags are available for purchase online, and are often sold at Greenmouth Juice Bar & Cafe, but shoot them an email (info@monocacycoffee.com) for the location nearest you that carries them. -SE

Soy Candle from Loose Threads Boutique ($12.99)
I used to think candles were the lamest gifts in the WORLD. Now, they are near the top of my wish list. I don't mean your every day, run-of-the-mill candle—I'm talking about healthy, naturally scented candles that fill your home with an authentic aroma that won't exacerbate asthma or disrupt your body's natural processes like artificial fragrances do. They're hard to find and they're often expensive. These handmade, 100% soy candles fit the bill. Beyond using natural fragrances, these soy candles burn cleaner than paraffin, making them a safer snag for you and your family (including pets!). -NE

Holiday Breakfast Sampler from the Granola Factory ($35)
I spent many years as a sluggish, foggy no-breakfast gal—now, I can't live without the magical, superhuman powers a high energy, whole food breakfast gives me. And how lucky are we to have an artisanal granola bakery right here in the LV?! This gift is perfect for the person in your life that insists on breaking their fast with bagels and donuts...or nothing at all! Plus, the gorgeous aroma of this ethically-sourced coffee is strong enough to wake up even the deepest of sleepers. -NE

Yukato Yoga 6-Pack of Classes + Yoga Mat Bag (or 30-Min Massage) ($100--holiday special!)
This yoga studio in Bethlehem Township (which just celebrated its 1st anniversary) is offering two delightful holiday packages: 6 yoga classes + the choice of a gorgeous yoga mat bag designed by LV local Emily Moore, or a 30-minute massage. While you're waiting for your class to start, lounge on one of the comfy couches, browse their selection of hand-crafted yogi jewelry, or sip on some locally brewed kombucha. -SE

Lehigh Valley Kombucha ($75 for 12 wine bottles--holiday special!)
I'm a little kombucha obsessed. So I was pumped to discover that Gary of Lehigh Valley Kombucha is offering a kick-ass reduced holiday rate when you buy 12 bottles (normally $120!). So grab a couple for yourself and some of your closest friends, and give the gift of health and awesome taste this year. The best part: Their seasonal flavor is cranberry! -SE