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Dessert and Aperitifs

Alton Brown has declared the Little Gem Lettuces salad at Luca to be the best he’s ever had, so naturally, Luca has been on DO.’s radar for quite a while. We visited Luca and became huge advocates for their dessert. Luca is the perfect place to go to split a dessert, paired with one of their aperitifs (or even an aperitif flight). Aside from their wood-fired pizzas, Luca is known for their unique selection of various aperitifs! Aperitifs are a type of liqueur typically consumed before a meal to help stimulate the appetite.
Luca — 436 West James Street / Reserve a Table

Sunset in Buchanan Park + Cocoa

Bring some blankets and bundle up! Don’t forget to pick up some hot cocoa at your favorite local cafe! Quietly watching the sunset on the hill at Buchanan Park will surely spark the love within. Now, go make out!
Buchanan Park — 901 Buchanan Avenue

 

Wine Crawl

Download the Lyft app and get ready for a wine crawl! Start at Checkers Bistro. Then walk right over to Fenz. You can make your way to John J. Jeffries right around the corner, and end at The Fridge (yes, they have wine). What a perfect idea for a wintery night. Oh, and don’t be shy— order some appetizers and dessert, too!

 

Checkers Bistro — 398 Harrisburg Avenue
Fenz — 398 Harrisburg Avenue, Suite 100
John J. Jeffries — 300 Harrisburg Avenue, inside Lancaster Arts Hotel
The Fridge — 534 North Mulberry Street

Cheers, fellow Pennsylvanians!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, but what the heck is a Buddha bowl?

Well, besides being the most hipster consumable item you could ever throw together (hashtag trendinnnng), they’re extremely well-balanced meals and really good for your health.  The idea behind the Buddha bowl is that you’re pairing foods with certain characteristics (vegetables, healthy grains, and protein) in an attractive arrangement, all in one dish right in front of you.

As Rachel Ray always says (well, I never actually heard her say these words because I usually watch her on mute with captions), “You eat with your eyes first.” And hot damn—Buddha bowls are pretty as hell.

This was the first diagram I ever found about a year ago that introduced the concept of Buddha bowls to me. It breaks things down by category, but also includes a fun little pie chart where it breaks down exactly how much of each item you should put in your bowl to reach complete foodgasm nirvana.

That about breaks it down for you all! Send us your beautiful creations, and get inspired here.

 

There are numerous articles out there claiming to know what people actually want for the holidays, but are they what people actually want? Here is a list of gifts that DO. thinks your list of recipients will love this holiday season! Feel free to comment with great gift ideas of your own!

Car Wash Voucher

Car washes are something people want, but don’t often dedicate funds towards—so what better way to say “happy holidays” than with the gift of a clean ride? Shop local: Mister Car Wash & Express Lube.

Movie Theatre Gift Card

Who doesn’t love movies? Gift your loved ones or friends a movie theatre gift card so they can spend some much-needed personal time on their own or with their partner to see a flick. Ideas: Regal Cinemas or Penn Cinema.

Gas Gift Card

Most people drive a vehicle and those who do obviously need gas to get around! Quick, easy and guaranteed to be a great gift. Ideas: Sheetz, Turkey Hill, Wawa, Rutters.

Makeup

Don’t know what to get someone for the holidays? Help cut costs for makeup lovers by giving the gift of face magic! Ideas: ELF is inexpensive and cruelty-free!

K-Cups for Keurig

If your person is a coffee lover and owns a Keurig, get them some delicious K-Cups. This is an easy and unexpected gift that they will be thankful for! Ideas: you can get cheap K-Cups at Ollie’s.

Alcohol

A bottle of wine or whiskey never hurts for those wine or whiskey lovers in your life. Shop local: get them a gift card for Tellus 360, The Pressroom, Springhouse or The Belvedere!

Bath & Body Anything

Literally, anything from Lush (cruelty-free!), The Body Shop, or Bath & Body Works—lotion, soap, hand sanitizer, or fragrance would be a delightful gift. Shop local: Bona Dea Apothecary, Lyes & Lathers(vegan!).

Coffee Gift Card

Because who doesn’t want a quick coffee buzz? Shop local: Perkup & Co.Square One, Passenger, BUZZ, Copper Cup as a drive-through option.

A Wine Key or Bottle Opener

We all know that wine keys and bottle openers have a magical way of disappearing. Replenish your loved one’s kitchen gadgets with these easy and inexpensive gifts. Shop local: Mise En Place Kitchen Store.

Building Character

If you’ve never been to Building Character, you should stop in! This place is FILLED with handmade local products that are super unique that would make great gifts!

 

We hope this list helps with any holiday gift-giving anxiety! Happy Holidays from DO.

DO. Lancaster has found some delectable wintery brews that’ll keep you warm AF during the much awaited cold right around the corner! As always, please drink responsibly. Stay safe as you enjoy some of our faves!

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
925 Plaza Blvd, Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 320-8840

BJ’s has just added their limited edition annual release of Grand Cru! This incredible Belgian tripel is actually quite light and won’t leave you feeling like a belly full of jelly this winter season. This lovely, warming beer comes in a fun BJ’s glass. Order this beer as soon as you’re seated, because the deeper flavors come out the more it warms!

Our server Bridget told us that BJ’s Grand Cru pairs perfectly with their Cherry Chipotle Salmon and their Spicy Pig Tavern Cut Pizza! Drooling yet?!

Brownie Points: BJ’s has gluten-free, vegetarian, AND vegan options available!

 

 

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
781 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 291-9800

 

Head brewer Pim “Dutch” Harmsen recently released Iron Hill’s winter beers: Russian Imperial Stout and Reindeer’s Revenge (formerly known as Rudolph’s Revenge).

Iron Hill is actually known around the world for their Russian Imperial Stout. In fact, they won a silver medal for it at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado! You’ll taste complexities of coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and tobacco in this full-bodied beer that’s so dark you can’t see through your pint glass—or, wait, did you just get way too drunk? No, it’s just that dark. Iron Hill’s Russian Imperial is sweet yet bright, as it’s brewed with American hops. Pim also suggests aging this beer as it’s an excellent candidate for the process!

Reindeer’s Revenge is effing amazing, y’all. An American tripel, this delicious beer is brewed like a tripel but set-hopped with American hops. Those wonderful banana and clove notes come through, as well as piny, resinous, juicy flavors as well. This yummy brew isn’t super sweet and is the perfect companion to your soul on a cold winter’s night!

Fun (but super unfair) Fact: Apparently Disney had a hissy fit over Iron Hill’s use of the name Rudolph and filed a cease and assist that they change their beer name! The result was renaming the beer to Reindeer’s Revenge. Still the same amazing beer, just named after a generic deer rather than the one with a very shiny nose. 

 

DO. has compiled a list of amazing latke recipes — one recipe per 8 days of Hanukkah, to be exact! We begin with the classic potato latke and move into more experimental recipes! Have fun exploring these, and feel free to comment with your favorite recipe below.

 

One Latke Per Day of Hanukkah:

 


DAY ONE 
Classic Crispy Latkes – made with matzo meal


DAY TWO Sweet Onion Latkes with Chive Sour Cream – a delicious twist to your typical topping


DAY THREE Spinach and Feta Latkes – flavorful and colorful


DAY FOUR Gluten Free Harissa Sweet Potato Latkes with Spiced Yogurt, Mint, and Pomegranate


DAY FIVE 
Zucchini Latkes with Tatziki Sauce – a lighter take on the classic latke


DAY SIX 
Waffle Maker Latkes – a super crispy recipe you don’t have to keep an eye on

 


DAY SEVEN Jalapeno Latkes with Avocado Cream Sauce – a sassy, spicy alternative


DAY EIGHT 
Curried Carrot Latkes – see step 9 in this recipe

DO. Lancaster traveled throughout Lancaster in search of their favorite fall flavors! We stopped at BJ’s, Iron Hill and Pour. Definitely make your way to one of these spots tonight when you’re enjoying the night before Thanksgiving. And please—stay safe.

 

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
925 Plaza Blvd, Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 320-8840

 

We were greeted with a friendly smile and were provided incredibly professional service from our server Bridget and the rest of the staff. BJ’s started out as a deep dish pizza restaurant in California and now with 198 locations across the nation, the company decided to make an impression here in Lancaster, PA. Lucky us!

DO. got the chance to taste their own Pumpkin Ale—and holy moly, was it delicious! The freshness of this ale was perfectly matched with its overall lightness. We tasted the perfect amount of spice and bite in this juicy little glass.


In addition to their beers, we also got the chance to taste some food. The Spinach Artichoke Dip was absolutely to die for (seriously, some of the best we’ve ever had) with bottomless, warmed chips. We also tasted their Peruvian Quinoa Bowl and Barbacoa Cauliflower Pita Tacos. Both were super fulfilling on a rather gray day.

And, to finish it off, we tried the Monkey Bread Pizookie. OMFG. We’re honestly speechless. Go try it. Tonight. No, right now. Just drop whatever you’re doing and go try it, please.

 

We were overall impressed with the amazing service we received and the quality of everything we consumed. Stay tuned for our next blog highlighting some of their deliciously-festive holiday brews.

Brownie Points: BJ’s has gluten-free, vegetarian, AND vegan options available! Boom.

 

 

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
781 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 291-9800

 

Head brewer Pim “Dutch” Harmsen was a fantastic and entertaining host during our tasting at the beloved Iron Hill Brewery. Wait, can we also talk about how much we love the name “Pim?!” Pim, you freaking ROCK.

DO. got to taste the brewery’s infamous Pumpkin Ale. This English style pale ale has pumpkin meat straight up mashed into it during the brewing process. Instead of hops, Pim and his team throw in a dash of pumpkin pie spice – for real, just a tad, don’t get crazy. The end result is a golden, translucent beer. Our favorite part of this seasonal brew was the well-rounded taste rather than depending on sweetness alone for the appeal. Tipping the pint back was easy with this beer, and we definitely agreed it was one of the few pumpkin beers we could easily drink two pints (or more) in a sitting. Try it with a delicious cinnamon sugar rim some added flavor! Bomb.

Pim also let us taste something a little on the wild side–a spicy version of their Russian Imperial Stout made with ghost pepper extract on cask. This sassy lil’ beverage is served on an English hand pump cask at the bar and the fire from the pepper extract creeps up on you just as your senses begin to process the flavor. Customers love the combination of the chocolate notes along with the full bodied spice. Bomb. Straight Bomb. Can we say bomb again? Bomb.


Brownie Points: the Ghost Pepper Imperial Stout was released today along with their Reindeer’s Revenge and Russian Imperial Stouts for the winter season. Stay tuned for another blog post in a couple weeks focused on these two beers. You won’t want to miss this shit! Seriously, don’t be lame, read the blog.

 

 

POUR
114 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 290-8080

At Pour, bar manager Lee Noble fed us an aggressively poured (as instructed on the label) Sweet Potato Ale Nitro by Vault Brewery. The brewer cooks otherwise starchy sweet potatoes to release their deep sugars. Paired with molasses for sweetness and a combination of vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon for spice, this cozy beverage also includes lactose sugar—giving it a rather creamy flavor. Do you love creamy fall desserts? Then believe you me, you’re gonna LOVE this special brew.

As the pumpkin beer craze has been occurring for quite some time, breweries all across the United States have been creating the feeling of fall in their beers without using only pumpkin. Definitely check out POUR’s incredibly unique beer, liquor, and wine selection as well as their upcoming Dad’s Hat Happy Hour on First Friday in December, as well as their Drink Wine and Be Merry wine tasting event on December 6.

Brownie Points: Lee Noble is a sommelier (a wine steward) and a cicerone (beer expert). If you have any questions about what he’s pouring you, be sure to ask! He absolutely loves to nerd out with people as they sip on delicious libations from Pour on Prince!

Last evening, Creative York hosted the 2017 Monster Drawing Rally at the Central Market in downtown York, Pennsylvania. The event was sponsored by CGA Law Firm.

What is the Monster Drawing Rally?

The Creative York Monster Drawing Rally is part live art-making performance, part art-bazaar, part silent auction, and one of Creative York’s liveliest fundraising events! During the rally, artists create artwork within an hour of allotted time from start to finish right before your eyes. The live audience is then able to silently bid on the works while and after they are created. The rally offers a rare and exciting opportunity to watch artists in action and a chance to take home their completed pieces, all while supporting a good cause.

Do the artists have to create “monsters?”

Not at all! While artists were more than welcome to create monsters art, they were not limited to that subject. Individuals at the rally created mazes, collages and assemblages using magazines and record covers, clay taxidermy, felted cacti, beaded bug people, water color paintings, robot paintings, animal drawings, portraits, and so much more.

Food and drink was provided by The Busy Bee and Mudhook Brewing Co. Um, and the music as DOPE. Shawn Beck aka DJ Cache provided a chill-ass soundscape for the evening’s festivities!

2017 Monster Drawing Rally Artists included…
Kipp Allison
August Bellanca
Tina Berrier
Mark Broomell
Christopher Carpenter
Ashley Chiang
Peter Danko
Ellen Ehlenbeck
Karen Fornadel
Erica Silva Furjanic
Sam Georgieff / Poordogfarm
Angela Goetz / Black Sheep Everything
Paul Godfrey
Kara Gonzales
Brett Greiman
Sandra Grippi
Keith Gurnee
Judeth Pekala Hawkins
Mariah Hertz
Steph Holmes
Eleanor Justice
Amy Kopperude
Jeremiah Linton
Allison Moats
Carol Oldenburg
Jimmy Purkey
AnaLisia Salcedo
Dillon Samuelson
Mikayla Steele
Emily Truman
Emilyy White
Rita Whitney
Kandra Wynne
Andrew Yeager

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Monster Drawing Rallies were initially conceived by Southern Exposure in San Francisco, and have been recreated by nonprofit organizations in cities like Richmond, Brooklyn, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and now YORK through Creative York!

Creative York (formerly YorkArts) is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization located in downtown York, Pennsylvania, featuring 3 art galleries, art classes for all ages, and several community outreach programs. The proceeds of this fundraiser help Creative York’s educational and outreach programs.

We’re back with our annual centerpiece contest here at DO.

The leaves are falling and we know your tummies are grumbling and ready for some full fall plates. We would love to see how you decorate your table this year, no matter the size of the gathering. Whether you’re going for fancy or casual, we want to see what you’ve put together as your Thanksgiving table adornment. Winners receive two (2) free tickets to Zoetropolis Art House and Theater.

THE RULES:
+ Take a picture of your centerpiece, either standalone or at the table with the rest of the settings
+ Send us your picture via Facebook message
+ All submissions are due by Sunday, November 26 at 11:00pm
+ Winners are chosen on Monday, November 27
+ By submitting your photo, you give us permission to tag you in a shoutout post on Monday, November 27
+Winners receive a shoutout on our Facebook page as well as two (2) free tickets to Zoetropolis Art House and Theater — we can mail these.

 

Here are some examples of what we’re talking about:

After a few year break, the Homebrewer’s Ball is back! The Candy Factory, which has now expanded into 14,000 square feet of office and event space, will once again host this unique event right here in Lancaster in partnership with Lancaster Brewers—a club that focuses on homebrewing.

If you’ve ever had the privilege of attending the Homebrewer’s Ball in the past, then you already know you’re in for a treat! The first two Homebrewer’s Ball events served food from a catered menu. This time around, however, they will be featuring multiple restaurants with a nice mix from different cultures. “We’ve partnered with local area restaurants who specialize in world cuisine to breathe new life into the classic pairings of food and beer,” says Jeremiah Eastep, member of Lancaster Brewers.

In conjunction with an exciting and innovative evening of globally-inspired food and beers, these Lancaster-based homebrewers donate the fruits of their labor in the name of raising funds for a significant cause. This time around, all proceeds will be donated to benefit refugees and immigrant individuals.

The cost of your ticket entitles you to a relaxing evening with live music, excellent food inspired by cultures from around the glove, a DJ’ed dessert lounge, and lots of merriment.

As a charity-based event, we appreciate your support!


In compliance with Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board guidelines, any individual who is twenty-one (21) years of age or older and is not visibly intoxicated who has not made a ticket purchase will be permitted access to a sample beer taste upon request. 

Have questions about Homebrewers Ball 2017? Contact Lancaster Brewers & The Candy Factory

Purchase your tickets here: http://ow.ly/vriQ30eQg7h

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
Thewaterfrontlancaster.com

Iron Hill Brewery
781 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 291-9800
Ironhillbrewery.com

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

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

POUR
114 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 290-8080
Pouronprince.com

Springhouse
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
anniebaileys.com

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

www.rachelscreperie.com/

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

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

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

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!