I am stuck in the office with no chance of escape, your pix made me extremely hungry
Thanks for sharing, it all looked good!!
How was the first of the season eggnog??
Thanks so much for a great post! You made me wish I could have been there!
nice pics, Ruby Rose..
I always get excited over homemade ice cream shops!
Yum, yum, yum..Roossy, you would LOVE our Italian deli here, as well.
Very nice….. I wish we had a decent Italian Deli here.
You can shop for me anytime..
I dont think I would have a problem with anything you would bring home!..
Nice write up!
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
NOTE: This trip was on 11/3/07 but I just realized I never posted it. Health issues prevent me from going on the type of Roadfood trips I d like to but I still try to take the road less traveled in everyday shopping.
I usually do my food shopping early on Saturday mornings and try to be back home by 10 or 10:30 at the very latest. I buy the majority of fresh foods at our farmers markets or locally owned stores and got to a regular grocery store for canned goods, trash bags, etc. once a month. I thought you might enjoy seeing a few of the many places we have to shop in the Lehigh Valley area of PA. The farthest is about 10 to 12 miles from my house and these are the ones I visited this morning.
Stop #1 Whitehall PA. Although it s only about a mile from the area s three malls, it seems like a thousand miles from the Italian food represented by Olive Garden, Bravo!and Buca di Beppo located in there.
Stravino s is a typical neighborhood corner market, spotlessly clean and staffed by multiple generations of the same family. They open at 6:30 A.M., when the van arrives bringing grocery bags of freshly baked bread and rolls imported from Calandra s in Newark NJ.
Here are a few of the meats they sell and use in their hoagies. There s an equal size case of cheeses. They make their own sausages but only three kinds hot, sweet with fennel seeds and sweet without the fennel.
Stravino s has a much larger variety of deli items than the few shown here store roasted red peppers, various olives including both green and black cerignolas, marinated peppered fresh mozzarella balls, etc.
There are the usual canned goods, dried pasta, candies, olive oils and vinegars, huge jars of capers and anchovies and a selection of serving dishes and platters imported from Italy. These are the everyday kind and you d have to have a really big family to use them because the smallest one in the picture is nearly two feet in diameter. The fancier ones were on a shelf too high for me to photograph.
A few of the items I bought:
Stop #2 � mile away from Stop#1
The Allentown Farmers Market, other middle eastern markets, and some local grocery chains sell Soumaya pita bread but nothing beats buying it from their retail store while it s still warm from the ovens in the bakery to the rear of the store. They also make pita brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with zataar and flat meat pies (those on Saturdays only). Their deli carries the usual salads and spreads, meat and spinach pies, Bulgarian feta cheese and hot and cold sandwiches but the bread is the star of the show.
I didn t take any photos inside Soumaya but clockwise from bottom meat pie, spinach pie, tabouli, baba:
Stop#4 Wehr s roadside stand Orefield PA
Picked up apples, cabbage, squash, potatoes, etc. I left my camera in the car but took this photo about this time last year. Looks just the same this year except for a few more fingerprints on the door.
Stop#4 Crystal Springs Dairy Store about a mile off the main route (873) in Schnecksville PA
This sign is right inside the door. Although small, they are an IGA store and have all the canned goods, pet food, baking supplies, meat & poultry, etc. to fulfill all the basics of a grocery store.
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Lehigh Valley PA Food Shopping
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