Lisa J. Gotto

They say where there’s smoke there’s fire, and this may certainly be true when it comes to the Weekend at Burnie’s cocktail offered up by Social Still on Bethlehem’s south side. Rumor has it that this concoction isn’t just smoking in appearance, ... Read more

Restaurant Reviews

Regulars know that the place to be on Wednesday mornings, around 10 a.m., is BAKED Bakery & Café in Emmaus because that is when this flavorful fall-themed treat pops hot and fresh out of the oven, says owner and chief baker, Melissa Walters. W... Read more


The Watermelon Margherita at The Brick pizzeria and restaurant in Bethlehem might just be the perfect concoction for those steamy summer days when you want something refreshing, but need a cocktail to help shake off the day. This lip-smacking ... Read more


When that summertime heat really kicks in, relief can often be found in the form of a large dish or tall cone of some frosty delight. You shouldn’t confuse this delish-looking dish of frozen confection for ice cream, however, as it is a treat of ... Read more


It’s what we’ve been waiting for all winter: The time when we transition from our indoor lifestyles and practices to our outdoor endeavors. Sometimes that time can’t come soon enough, especially if you love to garden. So if you are anxious to get... Read more


Envy. Yes, it’s true. Upon seeing the set up at Kitchen Potager this past summer, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to be the caretaker of such a place. Reality. I stink as a gardener. If it’s green, it’s gone. Truth is, the only ... Read more


You gotta get up pretty early to be a chef or food prepper at Meals on Wheels of Northampton County (MOWNC). I would have to say like 2 a.m. or earlier since their shifts start at 3 a.m. That’s when things really start cooking at the Fritch Avenu... Read more

Volunteer Spotlight

Gail Lehman, proprietor and foodie behind the newest little eatery on the corner of East Broad and Center Streets, Back Door Bakeshop, is the first to admit that her road to a career in the kitchen wasn’t the most clearly defined. Read more


Upon arriving at the Raub Middle School in Allentown for my annual Career Day address, I realize how much life has changed in this country and in the Lehigh Valley. Read more


Oh boy, the blogs are coming along painfully slow for me these days, I must admit. I thought when I first started doing these that I would be religiously noting everything we do here. After all, I kept a journal—as most writers do—for many years.... Read more


So I recently had this wonderful opportunity to get away from it all to this charming rustic farmhouse property. Though just a scant 30-minute drive from my home in Bethlehem, I felt I was a world away from everything at Hemphill Farm in Al... Read more

Business Bits

There was a packed house last night at the Hampton Winds restaurant on the campus of Northampton Community College-packed with billboard nominees and alums for its first-ever Billboard Magazine Preview Party. Read more


I had the occasion to go to a fun retail opening this past weekend in Easton. Yes, Easton! Read more


There are more categories and more personalities than ever on this year’s Decadent Dish list. See if your favorite restaurant is making the Valley a tastier place to live! Read more

, Restaurant Awards

So we headed down to Florida’s sunny central Eastern shores earlier in the week with suitcases bursting with spring wardrobe finds and summer swimsuits. Yes, it is time to start thinking spring—and summer! Read more


So last Sunday I worked the Eastern PA Bridal Expo at Lehigh University’s Rauch Field House, as I do every year. It’s a lovely event for those who just got engaged and are in the wedding planning process. Read more