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Valentine’s Day in Harrisburg? Why not?! Grab your person, hit the town, and enjoy a variety of special activities you both will love! *heart emoji*

If you’re on a quest for food and fun, look no further than the Millworks! They are located on Verbeke Street near one of the oldest farmers markets in the country. Millworks offers quality food in their restaurant and hand-crafted beer at their brewery, DELISH! After your meal, feast your eyes on some local art as you peruse their art gallery and shop. (Brownie Points: they serve a KILLER brunch on Sundays between 10am and 2pm.)

Reflect together at the Susquehanna Art Museum for their “Looking In: Portraits and Their Stories” exhibit. This particular show goes up on February 10th and will be available for viewing until May 20th. (Pro Tip: If you’re looking for a date on the cheap side, go to the exhibit on Friday, February 16th between 5pm and 8pm for free admission!)

Susquehanna Art Museum

Located on North Third Street, Midtown Scholar Bookstore is not your ordinary bookstore. This refurbished theater and department store holds 200,000 books along with various events, live performances, and a cafe. (Side note: Midtown Scholar also has 2 million books available online for purchase, including rare books and various signed copies.)

Feel the love and the beat as you head to Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center for dinner, drinks, and some dirty dancing on Valentine’s Day! Los Monstros will be serving up some salsa and merengue music live on stage as you enjoy an energetic and romantic evening together!

Mix up your V-Day by going out with friends and testing your strategy skills in an escape room setting. Outside the Box provides a challenging adventure filled with puzzles and riddles. If you’re in a large group, consider booking an outbreak raceroom to compete against friends in the same challenge!

Make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet!

We’ve chosen a few of our favorite restaurants and eateries for you to try out! These restaurants are currently featuring seasonal, heart-warming yummies for you to enjoy on a crisp autumn day.

There truly is nothing better than a hearty bowl of Mr. Bill’s clams and a Wacker Brewing Co. pilsner!
Available at Horse Inn!

PERKUP & CO.Photo by Madison DeWispelaere
A cup of warm apple cider with caramel, whipped cream and cinnamon is the perfect treat on this crisp fall day!


It’s back! The pumpkin cheesecake crepe from Rachel’s Cafe and Creperie is truly a fan favorite. People wait all year long for this delicious dessert to reappear on the menu. And, if you eat it for breakfast, we won’t tell!


BUZZOh no, you didn’t. This amazing grilled sandwich is filled with turkey, gouda, sweet potato mash, spinach, and onions on Thom’s cranberry pecan bread. “Happy fall, y’all.”



Roburrito’s is currently grinding out their pumpkin seed salsa! Add it to your next Trinity or Burritodilla… Mmmm…

One of the things I (Emily) love most about warmer weather is the first time I get to sit outside for a meal and an ice cold beer (or one or two or three perfect pina coladas). Most times when I’m desperate for a meal, but also HANGRY as hell, I wish I had a compiled list in front of me giving all the best places in Lancaster city with outdoor seating. So, I figured why not compile a list myself?

Please feel free to comment if we’ve missed any:

The Waterfront
680 Millcross Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 390-8777

Iron Hill Brewery
781 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 291-9800

The Belvedere Inn
402 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 394-2422

The Pressroom
26 W King St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 399-5400

114 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 290-8080

Taproom: 25 W King St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 399-4009
Brewing Company: 209 Hazel St, Lancaster, PA 17516
(717) 984-2530

Annie Bailey’s
28 East King Street, #30, Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 393-4000

Rachel’s Creperie
201 W Walnut St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 399-3515

Isaac’s Deli
25 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 394-5544

John J. Jeffries
300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 431-3307

Lancaster Brewing Company
302 N Plum St, Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 391-6258

Now, unfortunately, it looks as though we won’t be able to bring our furry friends to eat outdoors with us much longer due to a recently enforced PA law… but, don’t even get me started on that!


There are so many things we could say about BUZZ, located at 38 West King Street. BUZZ is a little to-go cafe window, with a full espresso bar and a menu that changes with the seasons.

The purpose of BUZZ is simple. Get your coffee, your breakfast sandwich, or your salad or lunch sandwich to go. It’s really quick and super painless! There are so many secret little elements about BUZZ that we want to share with you, too! Did you know that by following their Instagram (@buzzkingst) you can get 5% off your order by saying the daily BUZZ word when ordering? Did you know that they play recordings of live music every single day? Did you know they deliver from 11am to 2pm within radius? Did you know you can pre-order online? Did you know that Michael Sirianni, the owner of BUZZ, is one of the nicest and happiest human beings you’ll ever meet?

BUZZ is the little cafe window right outside of the beloved Aussie and the Fox, but they are a separate entity.

38 West King Street, Lancaster, PA, 17603
(717) 559-BUZZ
Open Monday through Saturday, 7am to 3pm.
Delivery between 11am and 2pm within radius.

Instagram: @buzzkingst

Order online! Go to and click on the orange button that says “See Menu & Order.”


Everyone speaks burrito. But Silantra has a different dialect. And they’re straight killin’ it.

#TTDLanc experienced a burrito from Silantra Asian Street Kitchen for the first time ever last week. Our stomachs growled and we quivered with anticipation as we watched customers before us building their custom scallion pancake wraps, salads, and rice bowls. With a 4.9 rating on Yelp, you know you have to try it!

Here are some examples of combinations you can get:
scallion pancake wrap / salad / rice bowl
brown rice / coconut rice / bed of greens
chicken / steak / shrimp /mushroom /tofu
pepper and onion / steamed broccoli / seaweed salad / edamame salad / wasabi coleslaw / lettuce / spinach / cucumber / cilantro/ teriyaki garlic sauce / sesame ginger sauce / sweet and sour sauce / mandarin orange vinaigrette / yellow coconut curry / cooler than the underside of your pillow hot sauce / sriracha / hoisin

Hungry yet? Order online for pick-up!





C’est Si Bon – It’s So Good009_093015_Barbaret

Perhaps this has happened to you. You’re walking or driving along somewhere in our beautiful Lancaster County, when suddenly something new catches your eye in the landscape. A new store front or structure beckons you to come for a closer look and at the conclusion of your enchanted meeting of this new establishment, a hometown crush is born! My latest such encounter happened when I first caught sight of the deliciously stunning and inviting storefront of Bistro Barberet & Bakery at 26 East King Street, Downtown. The way the light from the sun-drenched summer day bounced off the jewel-colored pastries in the bakery window left me no choice but to venture in with curiosity and saunter out with a bag full of sweets. If you follow me on twitter, you know this first meeting was the beginning of an enduring love affair that fulfills my girlish whims of decadence, beauty, indulgence, luxury and carbohydrates. Since that first encounter I have walked many others through the hot pink bakery doors and stood with them beneath glittering chandeliers as they tried to decide on which patisserie to try first. I was so excited to have an opportunity to sit down with the man behind the Bakery/Bistro, Cedric Barberet, and share his vision for merging the food and philosophy of France with the charm and community of Lancaster!

Comme il faut – As it should be

Cedric and his wife Estelle have made their mark on the industry from working for Donald Trump in Florida to Le Bec Fin & Buddakan in Philadelphia. They visited Lancaster several years ago, but on a recent visit back to the little city, they felt something different was happening here and they wanted to be a part of it. As plans to open the bakery fell into place, they added to that idea, an attached wine and tapas bar. However, as excitement for the venture built, Cedric says the plan kept getting bigger and bigger until they arrived at the Bakery & Bistro developing full meals and menus.  Barberet beamed,  “[In our excitement] we kept saying, ‘Oh we should have this, and people might want to try this’ ” until the menu expanded to include unique and French inspired items for lunch, dinner, brunch and happy hour.

001_093015_Barbaret (1)Haute cuisine -‘High cooking’ a compliment to the food and the chef

Cedric and his executive chef Tyler Boell plan to delight your palette with the perfect combination of local, fresh goods and international flavor.  They get the majority of their ingredients from Lancaster Central Market and some local organic vendors, but some ingredients they insist on bringing in from elsewhere to make sure they are providing their customers with what they feel is the Crème de la crème . Barberet suggests if you want to find a french baguette in Lancaster, his bakery is the place to come. The dough is imported from a revered baker in France and then baked fresh at the King Street Bakery when it arrives. The coffee they serve is his personal favorite and he makes sure his Baristas and staff are all trained in how to procure you the perfect cup. He’s working though, to perfect the fine balance between his French influence and his new community. Cedric has been trying some local favorites since his move to Lancaster, from chicken and waffles (which left Barberet missing “the sauce”) to scrapple, which is actually being featured in a crepe on the brunch menu at the bistro! The Je ne sais quoi can be found in the blend, the merge, the harmony between an elevated dining experience and a place you are welcomed, embraced and comfortable to pop by for a drink after work, or linger over three courses with your friends, family, love.

011_093015_BarbaretMangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup – Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly

Barberet Bakery and Bistro wants to be a part of every Lancastrians everyday life.

“It looks like a fancy place, but we are very affordable for what we are doing here.” says Barberet, who wants to be a daily part of our community and not reserved for just your special occasions. His vision is to bring the more luxurious “French” way of dining, socializing, and savoring to his new community here in Lancaster. He says they work hard to be prompt and cognizant of your busy schedule but when time permits, he hopes you’ll stay awhile to savor the food and the company. Of course, you must save room for dessert, or at least plan to take some home for later. With Cedric standing by on our interview day, I had the distinct and delectable privilege of tasting some more of his artfully decadent yet surprisingly light desserts. Each one was more delicious than the next. The perfect combinations of textures give some of his layered desserts a complexity that makes them even more enjoyable. The eclairs were by far the best I’ve tasted…anywhere.

Food is art, it’s celebration and comfort and sustenance. If you aren’t sure where to begin on your first visit to the Bistro, take a cue from the Master; Here is what Cedric Barberet described as his favorite meal of the moment:

A glass of red wine with some cured meats and fresh cheese to start. Then the Steak Frittes from the Bistro menu, followed by a pear or strawberry tart for dessert.

No matter what YOU are in the mood for, from a drink after work, dinner with your family or some bakery items to go, make sure to come soon and see what makes this new addition to Lancaster to special.

“We are so grateful to be here,” says Barberet, “Estelle was just telling me that of all the places she has worked from France to Philadelphia, the people here are the most genuine, and happy and nice”.

Photographs by Matthew Tennison


Strasburg PA is know for many wonderful Lancaster treasures. Take a ride on a steam train at the Strasburg Railroad and afterwards stop by the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, visit one of the many antique shops and even stay in a railroad motel called The Red Caboose. Don’t forget to pick up an ice cream at the creamery in the square and so much more. Now the quaint town of Strasburg can add a funky, modern cafe to the list of wonderful shops, stops and attractions. Introducing The Speckled Hen Coffee & Kitchen, this bright and airy cafe not only serves great coffee by local roaster Passenger coffee but their food is fresh, healthy and filling!

The facade of the building doesn’t do the interior justice but it adds to the charm. Once inside your eyes are drawn to the crisp white and gray walls adorned with über chic rooster branding and, lucky for us parents, the kids are drawn to the spacious play area. Yes, mom and dads, you can sip your coffee in peace while the kids play with toys and trains, of course.


The staff was friendly, service was fast and I have to say, it’s a nice addition to the Strasburg food scene. I look forward to our next visit and their green smoothie (a must for smoothie lovers)!

Have you been to the Speckled Hen yet? Tell us what you thought of the cafe, food and the space.


141 E. Main St.
Strasburg, PA 17579

Mon-Sat 7am-9pm
Breakfast Served | 7am – 1pm
Lunch & Dinner Served | 11am-8pm