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Tasty Tuesday: Cherry Love

In this week’s Tasty Tuesday, we find a simple and quick way to use cherries in dessert, without taking too much time or creating too much heat in the kitchen.

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Laini’s List of Things to Do This Weekend in the Lehigh Valley – June 22, 23, 24

As it is the closest weekend to the Summer Solstice, I think this is the most perfect time for the Allentown Freak Out. Enjoy what will be one awesome weekend!

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Laini’s List of Things to Do This Weekend in the Lehigh Valley – June 16, 17, 18

Here is this week’s list of what’s going on in the Lehigh Valley. Run with the Champ, go to a giant sale and find recycled things, and take the kids to SteelStacks for an educational sing-a-long. Whatever you do, have a great weekend!

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Laini’s List of Things to Do This Weekend in the Lehigh Valley – June 8–10

After taking a very overdue week off, the list of 9’s back this week, and with it is the return of Katie Vogel! Welcome back, Katie!

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The View From the Presidential Suite in the Sands Casino Resort Hotel

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Grand Opening of the Sands Hotel. I think this view was one of my favorite parts of the tour.

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Laini’s List of Things to Do This Weekend in the Lehigh Valley – May 25–28

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, Lehigh Valley! There is absolutely no reason to feel like you need to leave this weekend. There’s probably more going on here than at any beach. Enjoy!

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Freddy Awards to Take Center Stage

The Lehigh Valley’s own Tony Awards for high school musicals, the Freddys, which happens tonight!

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Laini’s List of Things to Do This Weekend in the Lehigh Valley – May 18–21

Happy Weekend, Lehigh Valley! You are free to move about the Valley.

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Laini’s List of Things to Do This Weekend in the Lehigh Valley – May 4–6

Happy First Weekend of May! In some ways, this feels like it will be the first weekend of summer. Who cares what the calendar says? Let the season begin!

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Five Cool Places for a Mexican Experience, Part Dos

Feeling like a little Mexican food, with Cinco de Mayo on the horizon? Here are five cool places in the Lehigh Valley for a Mexican experience.

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Tasty Tuesday: Shelton Brothers Beer Dinner at Black & Blue

Special beers + special dinner + special place=Shelton Brothers Beer Dinner at Black & Blue in Easton.

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Laini’s List of Things to Do This Weekend in the Lehigh Valley – April 27–29

Happy last weekend of April! You are free to move about the Valley. It’s weekends like this that make me wish we had light rail connecting our downtowns.

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Five Cool Ways to Think Outside the Big Box: Hardware Stores

This week’s story looks at hardware stores, and is the first in a recurring series of places where you can shop locally, think independently, and leave the big box stores in the dust.

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Three Walks in the Woods

This week we’re excited to have the insights of nature lover and writer Andrew Kleiner, who is sharing his thoughts about three of his favorite walks in the Lehigh Valley.

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Tasty Tuesday: Mexican Food? Si, por favor!

Rice, beans, cheese, and margaritas? What’s not to love?

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And the Winner of the Food Poetry Contest Is . . .

So we found out that people WILL write for food. And they will VOTE for food poetry, too. What a contest!

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Ladybug Love from Laini

What do you see on your walks? Do you see the little things? The big things? It’s amazing what’s all around us. We just need to stop and look.

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Laini’s List of Things to Do This Weekend in the Lehigh Valley – Earth Day Weekend

Happy Earth Day Weekend! You are free to move about the Valley.

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Tasty Tuesday: Will You Write for Food?

Write an ode to food, and win a $100 gift certificate toward dinner at Emeril’s Italian Table.

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