Category Archives: LIFESTYLE

Fun holiday event coming to CD High

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It’s holiday mayhem for a troupe of traveling actors performing Charles Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol.

The actors playing Scrooge and Tiny Tim have suddenly quit, but the show must go on. The stage manager and prop boy have stepped in to fill their roles with only one small problem; they do
not know how to act. What is the cast to do?

Come see how this zany group of actors save the show and the holidays with Doris Baizley’s retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Performances will take place on Thursday November 29th, Friday November 30th, Saturday December 1st at 7:00 pm, and Sunday December 2nd at 1:00 pm. Tickets for students, seniors, and
alumni are $5 and adults are $8. All tickets are sold at the door.

The Sunday matinee will benefit Toys for Tots. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to receive one free admission.

There will be live music before the show and during intermission, plus concessions complete with Christmas cookies and holiday drinks.

It’s a fun holiday event for the whole family and a great start to the holiday season.

Central Dauphin High school is located at 437 Piketown Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17112. For more information and to see the cast of characters, CLICK HERE or email Tricia Larson at

How to get happy & healthy today in Central PA

By Anne Long
For Linglestown Gazette

We all want to be the best version of ourselves: happy and healthy. But, we might not know where to start making the change, especially if we’ve been stuck in a cycle of eating out, snacking on too many tasty treats, and not taking care of ourselves. It’s easier than you think, though!

First, it’s deciding that you want to make a change. Then, it’s the food. After that comes the exercise. It’s really that simple, but it takes some work.

If you’re still unsure, let me give you some tips and resources to help you get healthy, today!


Many people are surprised to find that exercise, while it does help, only counts for a small portion of health. The majority of what determines how healthy we are is the food we put in our bodies. This is also the hardest aspect of health to change. That’s why, when we make a resolution to be healthy, we should have a plan of attack in terms of diet.

The best thing to do is to eat clean – meaning food with a few, simple ingredients. These are whole foods, fresh from farm to table, and meals made exactly how you want it to be, by your own hands without any additives. This can be hard to stick to, especially when there are so many tasty treats calling your name at the grocery store.

Here are some local and quick resources that will make it easier to stick to that happy and healthy grocery list.

Farmer’s Markets

Strites’ Orchard is a great place to get local, fresh produce. You can even bring the family to help gather it! The orchard offers a “U-Pick” schedule where you and whomever can come and pick some of the in-season produce they offer. For a bigger selection, just pop into the store and bakery. More often than not, they will have fresh fruit and vegetables at a cheaper price than the grocery store. And, it’s a good way to support local farmers and operations.

They’re located at 1000 Strites Road Harrisburg, Pa 17111 and are open Mon-Fri: 8am – 7pm / Sat: 8am – 5pm / Sunday: 11am – 4pm.

Health Food Store

The Healthy Grocer located in Camp Hill has so many options that will satisfy all cravings and desires! Inside, products are certified organic, non-GMO, and tailored to fit your diet and health goals.

There’s the Healthy Deli – where you can get wraps, sandwiches, and smoothies made to order. Right next to it is a cold case with ready-to-eat, grab-and-go dinners, dips, sides, salads and sandwiches. Their bakery selection sports sweet treats with only organic and natural ingredients – making them a healthier take on your traditional desserts.

They also have two aisles dedicated to vitamins and supplements that help support deficiencies. Whether you need some more Iron or Vitamin D supplements, a multi-vitamin, protein powder, superfood powders, or hormonal therapies, they have them. Just to the left of the supplements is a small, select section of organic produce from local farmers. This takes you toward the back where they have bulk bins for days. They even have a gluten-free baking aisle!

I come here for all things vegan and specialty – either when I’m in a pinch, or just want to order a smoothie.

The Healthy Grocer is located at 3800 Trindle Road Camp Hill, PA 17011and is open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm, and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest

When I first started changing the way that I was eating, I quickly realized that healthy options weren’t always available. That meant that when I was looking for my next meal, it would most likely have to come from my own hands. The thought of cooking was daunting, especially considering how complicated recipes could be. Thankfully, though, there’s Pinterest!

This social media app uses pictures to represent all kinds of products, blog posts, websites, etc. When you click on a “pin” you get taken to the website where the pin is linked to, if it is linked to one. This was invaluable for when I was looking for simple, easy recipes. There are so many!

All you have to type into the search bar is “easy healthy recipe”. Pinterest then finds pins that match your search and even offers more keywords to help you narrow down your results.

Using these recipes I found, I was able to get better at cooking and trying my hands at recipes in the kitchen. My family even got involved; they loved having someone cook for them. Since then, we’ve slowly been making healthier meal choices.

Meal Plans

If finding recipes and trying to decide what’s healthy and what’s not is too stressful for you, there are eBooks and programs out there that often come with shopping guides and meal plans to help you kick start a health journey.

I only recently started experimenting with my diet beyond just being vegan. After finding inspiration from some vegans on YouTube and how they were eating, I decided to try them. I began with adopting a high carb, low fat diet, using HighCarbHannah’s eBook Lean and Clean. Then, I experimented with a more balanced diet, using KateFruitFlower’s eBook Freedom Food. Both of these eBooks came with shopping lists and day-by-day meal plans and recipes to use. (I actually reviewed Freedom Food on my blog – alonglifesite.)

While I experienced different physical results on the meal plans, I found that not having to think about choosing or planning my next meal and meal prepping was incredibly relaxing for my mind. Plus, following a plan made it easier to eat clean and healthy because that’s all that I would buy at the grocery store. And, all the recipes were delicious – if they weren’t I didn’t make them again.

Final Tips:

  • Before you decide to change anything about your diet, do your research and then stick to
    your decision.
  • Stick to the grocery list you make and don’t deviate from it.
  • Give yourself a short timeline to start with: two to three weeks. After that, try a month or two. It takes about 21 days for habits to start forming and results to show.


Once you tackle the kitchen, it’s time to get moving. I know that a lot of people complain about exercise. They just can’t find the motivation, or they hate running, or it’s too hot outside. But, that’s not an excuse. Changing requires discipline, and there are so many forms of exercise that there has to be one that appeals to you.

Fitness Classes

Another way to jumpstart your health and wellness journey is to exercise. And, exercise doesn’t always mean going to the gym, or playing a sport, or running. It could mean attending fitness classes.

Over the winter, at WebpageFX, there would be a boxing class run by a Thrive Fit Co. trainer. These classes got me moving in a different way than running did, and I got to try out some new exercise that I wouldn’t be able to otherwise. Plus, it was a free trial. Some gyms offer similar deals. This also includes yoga studios, if that’s more your thing.

Thrive Fit Co. is a boxing, group fitness, and bootcamp fitness company that will soon be opening a studio in Harrisburg.

Running Programs (C25K)

If you’re looking to get into running but aren’t sure where to start, I would highly recommend this app! C25K stands for “Couch to 5k” and it’s a running program that uses interval training three days a week to help you work up to running a 5k (3.1 miles; roughly 30 minutes straight). The app provides a warm-up walk period, run period, and cool down period, while signaling with sound and voice commands when you should start and stop. It’s extremely user-friendly and it instilled a goal and sense of accomplishment in me after each workout was completed. Plus, it’s free.

I loved it so much, that I went on to the next progression: 10k Trainer, which does the same thing except it works you up to running a 10k (6.2 miles; roughly 60 minutes straight).


Free workouts from high intensity interval training (HIIT), weight-lifting, Pilates, circuit training, to yoga … if it’s fitness, it’s on YouTube. My favorite channels are Yoga by Adriene and MadFit. Using the videos, you can watch and then write down the workouts to do yourself. Or, if you don’t want to do exactly what they are, then you can write down your favorite exercises to make a program that’s customized to your interests and goals.

Public Places and Spaces

Once you have your method of exercise picked out, it’s time to find a place to do it. Whether it’s walking or running, you have plenty of options to choose from.


I like going to parks to get out in nature, especially when I’ve found I’ve circled my neighborhood one too many times.

Wildwood Nature Center in Harrisburg is about a 3.1 mile loop of Wildwood Lake. It’s where my mom and I like to do long, hilly walks. In the winter and spring, my dad and I would come and do a running loop along the boardwalks. He also likes the lakeside trails for running. And, we’re not the only ones. Many runners, walkers, and bikers are out here with us, getting their exercise in.

Boyd Big Tree Preserve (pictured) with its iconic view from the electric lines is a great place for a hike. Just over Blue Mountain Parkway, this state park has 12 miles of hiking trails. You can combine trails for a longer hike, or just stick to the shorter ones if you like.

Riverfront Park along Front Street in Harrisburg is also a great place to find fitness folks. Sure, there are many people walking their dogs, going for a jog, and biking; but there’s also fitness stations as you get closer to Uptown. The steps down to the river also let your take a canoe or kayak out for a spin. And, the trail goes all the way down to Phoenix Park, over the old railroad. But, if you don’t want to go too far, stop at City Island and take a swing at the batting cages or go for a round of mini golf. It’s a great way to get the whole family involved. And you can’t beat the view from the river.

Final Tips:

  • Start slow. Don’t do more than your body is ready for.
  • Do workouts that you love. You don’t want to feel like you’re forcing yourself to
    workout. The best way to stick to an exercise routine is to enjoy it.
  • Don’t expect immediate results. You’re not going to see changes overnight. They need
    time, like habits, to develop.


You can make changes on your own, but you have a better chance of sticking to a plan when you get others involved and have their support.

Get the Family Involved

Unless you want it to be, changing your diet and exercise doesn’t have to be lonely. Now, don’t force it on your loved ones, but ask them if they would like to cook with you, try a new recipe for dinner, go on a hike or a walk, or go for a run with you. Not only will you be changing yourself for the better, you’ll have someone there to hold you accountable and – possibly – make a lifestyle change, too.

Facebook Communities

For running, food, and fitness, there are thousands of Facebook groups and communities to join. Some are local, others are national, but they all fill the support you might be lacking from the people in your life. Not everyone wants to change or understands why others might want to
change. The important thing is to not let their misunderstanding affect your decision to improve your health and wellness. Eventually, they will come around. But, until they do, there are others
far and wide there to push and motivate you. You only have to reach out.

From there, you may discover running groups, or free fitness classes that are offered in your
community. I know that for the summer, there was free yoga outside Broad Street Market in
Harrisburg on Saturday mornings. Because I followed Broad Street Market on Facebook, they let me know when the events were happening.


No matter how many resources and tips I give you or that you find, the ONLY way to achieve
your health goals is through YOU. To get the results, you have to put in the time and the effort.

So, my last tip for you is to SCHEDULE.

Sit down and schedule time to go out and buy only the healthy groceries on your list (only what’s on the list).

Schedule time to meal prep if you’re busy during the week. Plan out your meals and write them

Schedule time to work out – build a run, walk, hike, or gym session into your days.

Finally, schedule time to give yourself all the love and appreciation you deserve.

Now, get out and start living your happiest, healthiest life!

You’re invited to a shindig!

By Charles Zinn
Linglestown Gazette intern

Here’s a great way to extend the July 4th holiday into the weekend!

Trinity Presbyterian Church located on Locust Lane across from the vo-tech school, is throwing their 3rd annual shindig this Friday, July 6, starting at 5:30 p.m. – and Gazette readers are invited!

Here’s the building to look for to attend the shendig.

All ages are welcomed to enjoy free food and fun lawn games followed by the 1970s movie “At the Dumpling Gang” that will be shown at dusk.

“There will be lawn games like nine square in the air, bocce ball, corn hole, spike ball, and several other yard type games,” said Mike Wolcott, the youth and family Pastor at the church.

The menu includes includes summer classics like hamburgers and hot dogs.

Wolcott further encouraged people to bring lawn chairs and blankets as the movie will be played outside.

“It was a fun time,” said Rachel Skinner, one of the members of the church who attended last year’s shindig. “A lot of people came, a lot of people from the community were invited.”

If you’re looking for something to do this upcoming Friday evening, head out to Trinity to enjoy fun games and free food with your neighbors across the community!

Linglestown gets auto detailer

By Charles Zinn
Linglestown Gazette intern

CR Automotive Detailing is opening its doors in the Linglestown village in a beautifully remodeled garage in the square.

While it is not fully opened yet, customers can come and get car washes at 50-percent off this Friday and Saturday only.

“You get all our CR wash packages and any à la carte items” said Cameron Shirk, a manager at the store.

This will only apply to car washes, as there will not be price drop for car detailing. He also said this week is a training week, so service will be a little slower than when the business is fully up and running.

Karl Martin of Lower Paxton Township said he was very pleased with the car washes at CR and is considering getting a membership for his household.

“Our grand opening is still up in the air. We’re not sure yet, but our soft opening is this upcoming Monday,” said Shirk. He expects the grand opening to happen sometime around July.

The doors will officially open up at CR Automotive Detailing this Monday, but if you’re looking to get your car washed at a lower price, make sure to stop at the shop either today or tomorrow!
Photos provided by CR Automotive Detailing

10 summer activities that cost almost nothing

By Anne Long
For Linglestown Gazette

The weather is warmer, the sun is back in the sky, and the temperatures are rising. It is the most relaxing and refreshing time of the year: SUMMER!

Now, not only is the sun out and myself with it; but it’s also around longer, adding hours onto our days. With this seemingly “extra” time, you might not know how to spend it and really take advantage of the nice weather; you might even think it costs too much money to really have fun. But that shouldn’t deter you from getting out of the house. It’s time to get outside and soak up some necessary Vitamin D! And, you’d be surprised about how much you time you can spend without spending too much cash.

#1 … Cleaning Out

If you must stay inside, whether from rain or stormy weather, you can still get moving and relax with cleaning out. Make it a scavenger hunt or a game with your family! See who can recycle, donate, or trash the most unused and discarded items. The one with the most gets to choose a treat or place for dinner that night. Or, if you don’t just want to get rid of your extra things, hold a rummage or yard sale. With less clutter in the home, not only will everything be clean, but your mind will be less cluttered as well.

The same works for outside! A fresh look does wonders for peace of mind. Whether it’s the garden shed, the garage, or the garden, the outside of your house could use a facelift after a long winter and turbulent spring. Do your flowers and cluttered spaces a favor by putting in a few hours to make them look as good as the weather feels.

#2 … Gardening

If you don’t have a garden to clean up, you should get a garden, and fill it with whatever plants you want. You can plant annual flowers that only require a couple seeds and a lot of love. Walking around my neighborhood, and even in the city, I see all different kinds: tulips, hyacinths, pansies, daffodils, daylilies, and lavender.


#3 … Walking or Jogging

My mother and I love to take walks when the weather’s nice, and I usually walk to work all the time. You get to see and smell all the fragrances from all the flowers and take in the beautiful clear skies and blossoming trees.

Taking a walk or light jog not only gets you working off some of the comfort food eaten during
the winter, but it gets your moving and also lets you see the world in a new way. Everything seems to be in bloom and rejuvenated, even the people you see along the way.

Summer and sunshine just makes everyone smile.

#4 … Hiking

Nothing gets you more in touch with nature or outdoors for a prolonged period of time than hiking. If you live in Central Pennsylvania, you’re lucky. A quick search for nearby trails is only a web search away. Or, even if you don’t have a mountain range close by you, there are parks and nature centers dedicated to celebrating the outdoors and all its beauty, where you can spend an hour or two.

My favorites in Harrisburg are Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area, just over the mountain in Fishing Creek, and Wildwood Nature Center, located just off Cameron Street and Industrial Drive.

#5 … Running a Race

If walking or hiking is too slow for you, there are plenty of charity or fun 5ks, 10ks, and half marathons to take part in. It’s a great way to bond with a community of runners and people who just like to enjoy moving their bodies outside. Plus, it’s something you can do with the entire family, regardless of fitness level. One of my favorites is the Color Run.

#6 … Backyard Reading

If you still don’t feel like moving, take your leisure activities to the backyard. There’s nothing like a good afternoon spent in the sun reading a book. You can take your favorite chair or just set out a blanket/towel. It’s a great opportunity to get a soft tan without the crowding of the pool or the beach.


#7 … Have a Picnic

Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, your family will appreciate a fresh change from the normal take out or formal evening dining scene. Picnics are so easy to put together as well! Just pack a cooler of your favorite drinks or bottles of water; pick up some of your favorite snacks: chips, pretzels, granola bars, veggies, fruit; and make sandwiches or salads for the main dish.

#8 … Chalk

Another great family activity, no matter how old you are, is chalk! Go beyond the hopscotch design and allow yourself to get creative. See how many colors and stories you can create before the rain showers come and wipe them away.

#9 … Car Wash

If cooling down instead of working up a sweat is something you would rather do, then hook up the hose and get out the sponges. Washing your car or vehicle in the driveway saves you money and gives you something to pass the hot daytime hours. And, in the end, you have a shiny vehicle looking like it just drove off the lot.

#10 … Festivals and Markets

There are so many springtime festivals full of fresh flowers, fruits, crafts, vegetables, and other creations. Flea markets are moving outside, like the Harrisburg (HBG Flea), which is the first Saturday of every month. Farmer’s markets are getting in more produce than ever, like Strites Orchard. And, more often than not, somewhere nearby there’s a music or festival of some kind that you can go to for just the day. Harrisburg’s Independence Day Celebration on July 4th is one event that is a great option for spending the day with the family.

Enjoying the nice weather and longer days doesn’t have to put a dent in your wallet. There’s so much to do as long as you get creative and just look to relax. The possibilities are endless, even if summer is not.

Reserve your spot in Memorial Day parade

On May 28, 2018 at 1 p.m. American Legion Post 272 will sponsor our 99th parade.

This parade will pay tribute to those who have served, are serving, and most importantly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country. A parade has been conducted by our American Legion Post every year since the first one on September 6, 1919.

The Linglestown Area Civic Association will again hold the Linglestown Memorial Day Mile run/walk at 12 noon. Linglestown Road from the Linglestown Firehouse to Balthasar Street will be closed from 11:45 a.m. until the parade ends at approximately 3 p.m.

Please pre-register to participate in the parade by contacting the Post Commander at

We appreciate the participation of all who help celebrate those veterans who have gone before us.

Robert H. Hoke, Linglestown Post 272, was chartered on 24 October 1919, and is one of the largest veteran organizations in Central Pennsylvania with over 800 Legionnaires.

The American Legion- was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1919; today it has over 1.75
million members.

The Department of Pennsylvania American Legion- is headquartered in nearby

For Additional Information Contact:
Ken Stambaugh, Commander
American Legion Post 272
505 N. Mountain Rd.
Linglestown, PA 17112

Mystery Lifestyle Guy does a local distillery

The Midstate Distillery at 1817 N. Cameron Street in the city was somewhat of a surprise for me. I had no idea it existed until I met some friends for cocktails there a few weeks ago.

The distillery was started by two brothers-in-law, Brian and Dan, and they have created “Harrisburg’s First Distillery since Prohibition.” They have a serious commitment to sourcing their ingredients locally and supporting local businesses.

These guys have done a wonderful job of converting an industrial space into a very comfortable, enjoyable tasting room. More importantly, they have managed to distill some great spirits.

Their Iron & Ice Vodka is spot on and great for mixers, as is their Firehouse Vanilla Vodka (which when mixed with root beer made me very happy).

They have recently released their first bourbon which given a few moments “on the rocks to open up” is sure to warm the hearts of any bourbon lover.

The dynamic duo also distills a corn moonshine they call Pennsyltucky Moonshine that comes in 80 or 140 proof grades. And be sure to try one of the cherries that has been soaked in the 140 proof moonshine because it is sure to put a smile on your face and a warm glow on your cheeks.

There are several other tasty spirits available, but I will let you discover them at your own leisure to reduce the risk of sounding like I have a drinking problem.

Great job Dan and Brian for creating a great place for us here in Harrisburg.

Please drink responsibly if you check out Midstate Distillery based on my take on the place.

Until next time,

Village barber said to be a cut above

By Steve Crimmel
For Linglestown Gazette

As cars zip through the hamlet of Linglestown, it’s hard to notice the barber ‘s pole sign just west of the square. For 60 years though, and roughly 35 at that location and a previous nine years by the roundabout, Ron Stine has been cutting hair.

Growing up in a family of 12 in Waynesboro, Ron knew the meaning of hard work, conservatism, responsibility and a job well done.

After moving to Linglestown, he and wife Nancy, a local career realtor, raised their sons in Linglestown.

In addition to enjoying daily interactions with his clients, Ron ‘s hobbies have included competitive target shooting, a sport that he has won numerous awards through the years. He also enjoys following his grandson’s successful wrestling career, watching Penn State football, and spending time with his family.

It’s rare today that an individual spends 60 years in one profession. For Ron, it has been a very rewarding and interesting journey and one he would do all over again, according to customers.

Those that are his more long-term customers enjoy his wry smile, stories of his sons and family (especially his son’s State Police trooper stories), old-time “social media barbershop style,” and his views on life.

Ron is a Linglestown treasure to those of us that know him and has always been a cut above.

Congratulations Ron Stine for reaching a career milestone!

Satisfy your fish fry fix at Holy Name

By Erika Weber-Broody
For Linglestown Gazette

If you are part of the pack that fasts on Fridays during Lent, you are no stranger to the traditional fish fry. There seem to be countless options across central Pennsylvania to indulge, including a good spot right here in Lower Paxton Township.

Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church at 6190 Allentown Blvd. opens its doors on Fridays from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., welcoming hungry folks for what I call a bargain price based on a quick internet search of other local spots offering similar grub.

My husband and I both went with the standard $8 option after a short wait in line, which is a choice of battered cod or baked tilapia along with technically three sides. We both opted for roasted red potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and apple sauce. Other options included green beans, corn, macaroni and cheese, french fries, or fruit cocktail. The portions were generous and absolutely delicious. We hope to make it back again.

On top of great food, there’s great, friendly service. Volunteers are busy in the kitchen and in the dining area, quickly busing and cleaning spaces to make sure there’s always a place setting ready for the next hungry guest.

Each week the church also offers a featured dish. This coming week, March 2, diners can select a $13 option of crab-stuffed flounder. The standard meal price of $8 is for those 13 and older. Kids ages 6-12 are just $5, and kids under 5 eat for free according to the church’s website.

So, if you are craving some seafood on Friday stay local and give a good traditional fish fry a try. The dinners run at Holy Name Fridays through March 23.

Mystery Lifestyle Guy finds good eats close to home

I often forget about places that are right in front of me In the thrash of trying to figure out where to meet family or friends for a meal out. Then while driving or walking I see these places and think “why don’t we go there because it’s right here.”

This just happened to me the other day when meeting my father and two of my daughters for breakfast.

In the middle of the fury of texts I remembered St. Thomas Restaurant, the small, quaint diner-type restaurant on the square in Linglestown. I had not been there in a very long time and suggested we meet there.

The St. Thomas Restaurant was very busy. Almost all the tables were occupied. A friendly waitress greeted us while serving hot breakfast dishes and coffee. I noticed that there appeared to be one cook in the very small kitchen.

My dad thought it was a little “tight” but I think we determined “cozy” was a better description.

The restaurant was very bright and clean. The coffee was the typical diner variety. I had a Greek omelet and and home fries. My oldest had biscuits and gravy and my middle daughter had a veggie omelet. I believe my dad had one of the “specials” that had two eggs, bacon and toast. All the food was fresh, hot and delicious.

St. Thomas Restaurant offers a great selection of diner food as well as some Middle-Eastern and North African dishes.

They are open for breakfast and serve food until the middle of the afternoon. This is a great stop for breakfast or lunch. There is parking in the rear as well as along Linglestown Road out front.

When you’re finished and if you have a few minutes, walk up the street to the Mud Queen Pottery studio and spend a few minutes in their merchandise room. It’s a wonderful place to pick up some beautifully hand-crafted pottery pieces for your home.

I am drinking coffee out on my Mud Queen coffee mug even now as I write.

Until next time,

Photo of St. Thomas Restaurant by Jillian Newcomer

Experience a bit of Britain in Lancaster

Linglestown Gazette’s mystery travel and food guy returns with a foodie adventure just beyond your backyard.

For years my travels to and from Southeast Asia gave me many overnights or two-day layovers in London. These stops allowed me the opportunity to explore Britain’s pub scene.

The pubs I frequented always served great food in simple fashion and each with a unique atmosphere. It thrills me when I find these place close to home!
Quips Pub in Lancaster, Pa., is one of these places.

Quips has done an awesome job of capturing the feel of an authentic British pub. With the exception that you can actually sit down and order food with a waitress, one might think they were in London. The bar is well stocked with great domestic and imported beers.

The chef has never disappointed me. He does a wonderful job producing consistent, traditional British pub fare with some unique inspirational twists.

I often default to the classic fish and chips (Tuesday’s special) that is wrapped in newspaper and served with a side of mushy peas. One of my best friends hasn’t looked at the menu in a long time as he always orders the cottage pie. My daughter follows his example and orders bangers and mash.

I was thrilled when I saw that Quips serves beer in 20-ounce imperial pints. I wish our American bars would throw out their 12- or 16-ounce pint glasses and get on board with this concept.

If you decide to give Quips a try, I have two recommendations:

  1. Quips is a small “cozy” pub, so call ahead for a reservation.
  2. Order the Scottish egg for an appetizer.

Until next time,

Mystery Lifestyle Writer Has 2017 Top Picks

Looking over my travel notes from the past year’s eating, drinking and exploring moments, I began reflecting on what were some places I either discovered for the first time or found myself returning to on a regular basis.

This is not a  “Best of ” list for 2017, but rather some of my top picks within our community and no further than an hour’s drive.

Diner: Blue Ridge Family Restaurant – Harrisburg
British Pub: Quips Pub – Lancaster
Tavern: Harper’s Tavern – Annville
Microbrewery: Pizza Boy Brewing Company – Enola
Winery: Waltz Vineyards Estate WineryManheim
Distillery: Mid-State Distillery – Cameron Street, Harrisburg
Burger & Fries: Port Clinton Hotel – Port Clinton (just north of Cabelas)
Sub: The Sandwich Man – Allentown Blvd, Harrisburg
Coffee: St Thomas Roasters – Linglestown
BBQ: Blazing Swine Barbeque – Wherever you can find them. Tom and Brian Whiston, you guys ROCK!
Mexican: Taco King – Allentown Blvd, Harrisburg
Indian: Bollywood – 2nd Street, Harrisburg
Thai: Chalit’s Thai Bistro – Mechanicsburg
Hotel: Cork Factory Hotel – Lancaster
Breakfast: St. Thomas Restaurant – on the square in Linglestown
Lunch: McGrath’s Pub – Harrisburg
Dinner: Bull’s Head Tavern – Lititz

Just a few thoughts and ideas inspired by my wonderings in 2017.

Until next time,