Category: Pennsylvania

The City Tavern Menu has the most delicious corn chowder I have ever tasted.
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City Tavern Philadelphia: Great Food With a Side of Colonial American History

Among the old city Philadelphia restaurants, City Tavern Philadelphia stands out not only for being the oldest tavern in Philly but for Chef Walter Staib’s recipes which pay homage to colonial-era cooking. Established in 1773, when Philadelphia was the pre-eminent city in colonial America, the City Tavern was the haunt of everyone that mattered in

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The Garden of Reflection 9-11 Memorial in Bucks County
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The Garden of Reflection: A Local 9/11 Memorial For A National Tragedy

Although everyone associates New York City with the tragic events of 9/11, that day affected other people near and far.  There are  the obvious consequences such as the tightening of airline security and the wars to eradicate the Taliban. Less known is the fact that some of the victims came from 2 hours away where

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Covered Bridge in Bucks County Pennsylvania
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The Covered Bridges of Bucks County

Did you know that Pennsylvania has the most covered bridges of any state?  There are 219 covered bridges left in the state.  I set out to explore some of the historic covered bridges of Bucks County in Pennsylvania courtesy of the very handy covered bridge tour put out by the county authorities. With a landscape

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Elmo Loves You and Sesame Place

When my children were younger, they loved Elmo from the US hit children’s show, Sesame Street, with a passion that defied explanation.  They loved everything about Elmo – his pet goldfish, squeaky helium voice and limited repertoire of ways to express his love. My parents live in Pennsylvania near Sesame Place, a theme park for

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On A Roll Like A Philly Cheesesteak

In Philadelphia, the cheesesteak is a culinary institution. It’s a fast food you can get in food trucks, delis and small restaurants. Opinion varies on which are the best cheesesteak restaurants in Philadelphia but we went’ with a traditional favourite, Jims Steaks. The cheesesteak is a long roll filled with thinly sliced steak sautéed with

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The Amazing Crayola Experience Tour

Crayola for me is the smell of childhood.  My neat-freak mother did not like the mess that Play Doh made and so would steer me towards the Crayola box every time I wanted to do anything artsy.  Pretty much all the time because my parents were definitely of the ilk that children should be seen

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Cherry blossom festival in washington D.C.
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Cherry Blossom Festival in Philadelphia

Most people have heard about the National Cherry Blossom Festival that is held in Washington D.C. every spring in celebration of the friendship between Japan and the United States.  You can even keep track of the cherry blossoms (sakura in Japanese) that burst into colour on Bloom Watch.  This year the peak bloom in the

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Crossing into History

We spent Christmas Day doing something completely different.  We went to the 61st annual re-enactment of George Washington’s historical crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night in December 1776.  The area is now designated as Washington Crossing Historic Park. As every American school child knows, George Washington and his troops were almost at the

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Experiencing Amish Country with Children

My children were fascinated with Amish country.  What do you mean no TV?!  Not even DS?!  Confusion abounded that such a world existed today and not in the time before dinosaurs (when their mother was a little girl). With the children’s curiosity piqued, our family really enjoyed the sights of Lancaster county.  We drove through

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