Friday Photo: Stop the Killing

You can tell that Harrisburg was ranked as 25th most dangerous city in the US in 2013 when you see citizens, like this one, asking for change. Advertisements

Fresh, authentic, flavorful: Garden Vietnamese Restaurant, Harrisburg

Garden Vietnamese, Harrisburg, is one of those odd kind of restaurants that I love to recommend. Painted mint green and positioned just on the edge of Midtown, the Garden looks just as unassuming as its Harrisburg reputation is omnipresent. When we moved to Harrisburg five years ago, the Garden was one of the first restaurants…

Au Bon Lieu, Harrisburg: Crêpes that I actually stand behind

My students at the University of Pittsburgh recently asked me what an authentic crêpe was like, and I realized I have no good answers. I only have impressions. In my head, it goes like this: a crêpe must have a simple batter made of flour, eggs, milk, and occasionally some sugar, vanilla, or salt. The…

On countrysides and coming home

You’re a young adult (whatever age that means), and you’ve been told to “get out there.” See the world. Experience new things, and become a better person because of it. I absolutely agree with this philosophy, for it was definitely applicable to me. Before going to college, I had only met a handful of people…

‘Uptown ginger brown’ cappuccino, Little Amps, Harrisburg

The “Uptown Ginger Brown” ($4.25) — a not-too-sweet cappuccino from Little Amps in Uptown — is made with ginger, fresh orange zest, and brown sugar. The first two ingredients bring a subtle brightness to the rich coffee, a tartness hidden in the rich and foamy mouthfeel. As for the third, owner Aaron Carlson prefers brown…

Friday Photo: ‘Holy basil’ seed tea, Cafe di Luna, Harrisburg

For my boyfriend Jon Hoey, a sales representative for Troegs Brewing Company, Hershey, culture can be as evident in a beverage as it is in food. This means that an international meal can be complimented by much more than regionally-grown tea or a local beer; it can include mango lassies, yogurt drinks, bubble teas, Shandy…

Friday Photo: Going Dutch (Cookie-wise) in Central Pennsylvania

This article first appeared in the August 2012 issue of TheBurg, greater Harrisburg’s community newspaper. Hold on, biscotti. Take a back seat, pizzelle. And welcome a new international cookie, the stroopwafel, to central Pennsylvania’s confection scene. A stroopwafel is a traditional Dutch cookie, literally meaning “syrup waffle.” The “stroopie” consists of gooey caramel syrup pressed…

Friday Photo: Illuminations of Harrisburg’s financial crisis

I hold Harrisburg’s Department of Public Works in high esteem — they’re up against a tough situation. On November 11, I wrote that the numerous potholes in Harrisburg are part of the visible symptoms of Harrisburg’s financial crisis.  They appear like chicken pox, displaying the disease: a car-creaking plummet on the left two lanes on…