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Iris Mccarthy

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With its dim lighting and Goth-inspired décor, the dark, broody interior of local pub Black & Blue looks like the waiting room for the underworld and that’s precisely the vibe owners Kelly-Jo Ditze and Larry Porter were seeking. One glance around... more

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In this month’s Home/Eco issue, girl-about-town Iris McCarthy sets out to find out how a young man in Ottsville is blending farm-to-table dining, local ingredients and a simple cooking philosophy in an effort to change the fast-food game. Oh, and... more

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Could this sweet treat give the cannoli a run for its money as the Italian confection of choice? Try it for yourself and see. When the moon hits your eye like a big Nutella pizza pie, that’s amore. Wait…what? Okay, so maybe Dean Martin never san... more

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Photo by Olaf Starorypinski

The Bookstore Speakeasy

It’s a strange time in the culinary world. The proliferation of cupcake shops, miniaturized bites and small plates has all but eviscerated bona fide manly food from the dining landscape—or has it? more

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Today’s dining culture is all about the mash-up, or the hybrid fusion of cuisines and at local restaurant Edge homage is paid to both French and Asian cookery. Its menu reads like a greatest hits of both cuisines offering dishes like duck c... more

Restaurant Reviews

Your mother probably didn’t allow you to eat dessert before dinner and most certainly didn’t condone having anything remotely resembling a confection for breakfast (toaster pastries aside) but at Griddle145, Mom’s rules are made to be broken. In ... more

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Looking for a way to get on Santa’s good list? Ditch the milk and cookies and leave him a libation he won’t be likely to forget. more

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The stomach growls and we can do little but answer the call. Fortunately, the Valley has ripened into a veritable food lover’s paradise with its high-end restaurants, back alley bistros and specialty confectioners. Here’s what LVS readers t... more

Restaurant Awards

With its metropolitan flair and sleek minimalist design, River Grille is a little slice of the city right here in the Lehigh Valley. more

Food

“It’s creamy, rich and has hints of vanilla, caramel and chocolate,” owner Larry Porter says, almost wistfully. more

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Hi, my name is Iris McCarthy and I’m Lehigh Valley Style’s newest food columnist; I’ve been writing about food for quite some time and I’m also the author of the book Food Lovers’ Guide to Philadelphia. more

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Imagine traveling to the Land of the Rising Sun without such pesky essentials like a passport or a plane ticket. Better yet, imagine sampling sumptuous Japanese cuisine without having to trot halfway around the globe. more

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