Friday, June 26, 2009

Ahhhh, food glorious food

I admit it. I'm a food snob. I've been "poisoned" by food additives at so-called fine restaurants all over the world so many times that I don't eat out much. When I find a place that prepares fresh food well and doesn't add sulfites, MSG and other nasties, I'm a loyal fan. If it's got ambiance, and great prices so much the better.

One of my favorite places to eat in Reading, Pennsylvania is Judy's on Cherry where you can get a delicious lunch or dinner from Tuesday through Saturday. I've never had a disappointing dish or beverage at Judy's. Any occasion is the right one - a birthday, a celebration or just lunch with friends.

I just returned home after a week in New England, so we opted for an impromptu dinner on Thursday night; we managed to grab a booth for 2 before 7pm. We lucked into Judy's 5 for 5 special deal with tapas-style tidbits and drinks all priced at $5 each. Judy's has an ever-changing menu and specials on Wednesday and Thursday; be sure to get a reservation if you plan to go on the weekend.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Castle in the Clouds

If you chance to visit New Hampshire's Lakes Region, be sure to take a day trip to the Castle in the Clouds (Lucknow Estate) in Moultonborough. This preserved historic estate is not far from Lake Winnipesaukee. The building and its furnishings are open for tours, plus you can also visit the former stable (now a cafe and gift shop) and the nearby water bottling plant.

You can drive up to the top of the mountain, then take a shuttle to door of the castle and its gardens. Along the easy drive up the mountain are scenic spots where you can park and enjoy the breathtaking views. There are many riding and walking trails on the 5500 acre grounds - bring your hiking shoes or take a trail ride and enjoy a picnic lunch.

The former Lucknow Estate is a beautiful place eve in the mist and fog of an autumn rain - it's truly New Hampshire's Castle in the Clouds. The photo above is Lake Winnipesaukee, shot from one of the front bedroom windows on a rainy day in mid-October.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Everyone Deserves a Second Chance

Hollie Steel certainly has talent, and if it were me up there on that stage I think I would have broken down long before she did. Watch this touching video from Britain's Got Talent ... and oh, BTW, Hollie did get a second try at her performance and she did a smashing job - well enough to make it to the Final.