Find It Friday: Garlic Knot Crust Pizza, Christmas City Cluckery + More

Cool experiences, eats and things to do in the Lehigh Valley.

The Find It Friday series features our top five favorite finds of the week, ranging from dining & food news and people doing cool things to events and new businesses in and around the Lehigh Valley. Essentially, if it’s cool and we found it, we’re telling you about it.

Top Food, Drinks and Shopping in the Lehigh Valley This Week

Friday, January 8, 2021

This week, our Find It Friday series features garlic knot crust pizza, the Christmas City Cluckery, a pressed bouquet shop, herbal tonic and gourmet olive oil.

1. Garlic Knot Crust Pizza

There are so many outrageous pizza variations at The Pizza Joint, making it extremely difficult to pick just one ridiculously delicious menu item, but we decided to go with the garlic knot crust pizza, because you can customize any pizza order with a garlic knot crust and we’re obviously never ordering pizza any other way again. Another notable menu item dubbed as “Lunch Box Pizza,” a mouth-watering pizza variety box,

2. Christmas City Cluckery

SteelStacks just announced the opening of their curbside pick-up pop-up kitchen featuring all things fried chicken. You’ll find fried chicken salad and a Southern fried chicken tender sandwich, as well sides like five-cheese mac & cheese, collard greens and baked beans, plus dessert options like doughnut holes with caramel and chocolate dipping sauces and maple brown sugar bread pudding. The kitchen is only open on certain days of the week but the full schedule is available on their website.

3. Pressed Bouquet Shop

Starting out as a one-woman show, Amelia of the Pressed Bouquet Shop in Easton now employs a team of pressers and designers, and has recently opened a brick-and-mortar shop in Easton dedicated to preserving flower arrangements. Focusing on the pressing & framing of special occasion flowers. The shop also offers fun gift items such as petal toss bags, flower pedal sachets and floral pressed frames, all available for order on their website.

4. Herbal Tonic

For those of you who want something a little healthier Tooth of the Lion Farm in Schuykill County has a treasure trove of herbal teas, tonics and elixirs that provide energy and balance, sleep, stress and anxiety support and so much more. All products from Tooth of the Lion are certified naturally grown and are local, transparent and fresh. Each tonic has a specific healing purpose, and a variety can be found at the Highmark Farmstand at the Easton Public Market

5. Gourmet Olive Oil

Accustomed to high-caliber olive oil as a child in Greece, Dr. Nicholas Varvarelis wanted to make the olive oil of his family orchards in Amaliapoli, Greece available to the Lehigh Valley and so Vitality Orchards was born. This Slatington company offers Family Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Early Harvest Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil all available for easy online ordering.

Friday, December 18, 2020

This week, our Find It Friday series features hot chocolate French toast sticks, a Netflix light display, Nutella-filled marshmallows, digital pet portraits and a dessert cocktail.

1. Hot Chocolate French Toast Sticks

When your menu item starts with hot chocolate, we’re automatically saying yes. As part of Apollo Grill’s Holiday Brunch Menu offered only on the weekends from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., you have the opportunity to order the deliciousness that is a hot chocolate French toast stick. Considered an appetizer, these French toast sticks are covered in cocoa powdered sugar and marshmallow drizzle with chocolate sauce. Maybe pair that with a curbside espresso martini to-go for a real boozy brunch at home.

2. Netflix "Here for the Holidays" Light Display

Only six towns in the United States received the privilege of having their Main Street decorated as a result of a collaboration between Netflix and Blue Revolver Inc. and, lucky for us, Stroudsburg was one of them. Every night between 6th & 7th Streets, the town of Stroudsburg becomes illuminated with a grand light display as an effort to bring cheer during these unprecedented times. If you’re looking for something to do to spark some holiday cheer, we suggest a drive to Stroudsburg to enjoy it.

3. Nutella-Filled Marshmallows

The name alone justifies why this menu item made this list—um, a NUTELLA-FILLED MARSHMALLOW?! A special item on Jay’s Local menu, these marshmallows are chockfull of Nutella and lightly toasted on the outside. Pretty much the makings of gourmet s’more sans graham cracker—but really, since you’re grabbing these to-go, why not smush it in between a pair of graham crackers you have sitting in the cupboard just waiting for this gourmet pairing?

4. Digital Pet Portraits

For all of you pet owners out there, we have a super fun and easy photo opportunity for your pet that supports a local shelter. All you have to do is grab a photo of your pet facing the camera and the team at Peaceable Kingdom will make sure it’s edited with the background of your choice. You can choose between your pet sitting on a holiday chair or the centerfold of a wreath. If you have absolutely no luck getting your pet to pose in your own photoshoot, this is the perfect solution.

5. Stroop There It Is Cocktail

If you’re familiar with European sweet treats, you’ve probably heard of or eaten a Stroopwafel. These Dutch desserts resemble a compressed waffle and have become something of a holiday staple. Social Still has taken them to the next level by incorporating their delicious flavor into a craft cocktail masterpiece. Their recent “Stroop There It Is” cocktail features their Sasquatch Maple Bourbon, gingerbread liqueur and stroopwafel syrup.

Friday, December 11, 2020

This week, our Find It Friday series features sparkle maple syrup, a mobile movie theater, floral art, whimsy children’s pillows and baked-to-order cookies.

1. Sparkle Maple Syrup

Why settle for regular ‘ol maple syrup when you can have syrup that sparkles? This limited release syrup by Runamok Maple of Fairfax, Vermont, was created for the sole purpose of bringing a smile to your face as you’re enjoying its sweet goodness on your pancakes, apples, French toast or their suggested maple lemonade. It’s made with a food-safe pearlescent mica so the sparkles are tasteless and you get to enjoy their pure maple syrup at its best.

2. Mobile Movie Theater

The Moving Picture Cinema (TMPC) is a retro-themed mobile movie theater that hosts indie films at unique venues throughout southeastern PA and beyond. They’ve taken TMPC on the road and have hosted outdoor screenings at a variety of outdoor venues as well as drive-in experiences throughout the Valley and Philadelphia area. They even offer private rentals if you want to host a screening in your backyard. They’re currently booking at reduced rates for spring 2021.

3. Floral Art

Another beautiful Instagram we found ourselves scrolling through is Fenimore & Rutland. Owner Marly combines her love for paper and flowers by creating beautiful floral art, wreaths, arrangements and letterpress designs. In the summer months, she creates arrangements from her self-proclaimed fake floral farm and offers local deliveries or porch pick-ups. Her newest shop and website will be launching soon.

4. Whimsy Children's Pillows

Paul Et Madeleine is known for their baby & children hand stitched wares with a French twist, but one of their cutest offerings is their French-inspired pillows in fairy-tale like shapes. They’re currently featuring cloud & star variations that your little one will just love. A website is in the works, but you can reach out to them via email at info@pauletmadeleine to place an order. Also, check out for their adorable face masks for adults and children, holiday pouches & reusable holiday gifts

5. Baked-To-Order Cookies

La Madame Biscuit bakes a variety of cookie combinations, but her holiday specialties are not to be missed. To name a few, she has The Nutcracker, a white hazelnut dough stuffed with Ferrero Roucher chocolate, and My Jolly Peppermint, a peppermint dough filled with peppermint, white chocolate and milk chocolate chips topped with crunchy peppermint candy and Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark. She also offers variety tins and gift boxes to give you a little taste of everything.

Friday, December 4, 2020

This week, our Find It Friday series features a one-chair barbershop, Candyland train car, Secret Pie Society, cheese subscription and grazing boards.

1. One-Chair Barbershop

We can’t quite put our finger on what it is that makes Nate Storck and The Keystone Barber Shop so cool, but maybe that’s just the point—it can’t be explained. It could be the design aesthetic and complete remodel that Nate did himself, or it could be the fact that The Keystone Barber Shop focuses on the whole experience of a haircut. So much so, that there’s only one chair in the entire shop, featuring a longer than normal appointment time so Nate can provide a true one-on-one experience.

2. Candyland Train Car

Boyertown’s famous Colebrookdale Railroad is making their holiday excursion train rides extra special this year with the introduction of their ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas excursion nighttime train ride featuring their open-air Candyland train car. Guests are encouraged to wear their pajamas as they enjoy hot cocoa and a reading of the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Complimentary cocoa, cookies and gifts from Santa are included.

3. Secret Pie Society

The name alone spurs all sorts of questions and wonder about its meaning. Is there truly such a thing as a secret society centered around an all-American dessert? We’re here to confirm that indeed, yes, there is such a thing as a Secret Pie Society and it’s headquartered in Easton. The duo behind Pie + Tart created the Secret Pie Society where members can choose between a three-, six- or 12-month membership in which they receive a secret seasonal pie or tart each month.

4. Cheese Subscription

As if a pie subscription wasn’t the best thing we heard this week, we got word about a cheese subscription that’s in the works and this one is delivered right to your door! Talk about exactly what we needed in 2020. Flint Hill Farm of Coopersburg is working on putting together a monthly artisan cheese box that will include five 4 ½- to 5-ounce hand chosen Alpine goat or Jersey cow cheeses. Each cheese will have a corresponding card highlighting wine for pairing and tasting options.

5. Grazing Boards

Cheesejawn, a local service that creates cheese boxes, boards and grazing tables. Eliminating all of the work you would have to do yourself. You can choose from a variety of seasonal offerings or standard platter sizes ranging from the mini jawn of a four-by-four platter that feeds one to a full cheese board that serves eight to 10 or a full-blown grazing table customized to fit your needs. And a fun fact? Barre3 members get a special discount.

Friday, November 13, 2020

This week, our Find It Friday series features a private museum dining experience, a seasonal ice cream sandwich, a holiday harvest experience, a music showroom and cozy fire tables.

1. Private Museum Dining Experience at The Sun Inn

History buffs and foodies alike, you’re going to love this experiential dining opportunity in Historic Bethlehem. The Sun Inn is giving guests a night to step back in time and dine in their own private museum room. Following a brief history lesson, you’ll get a three-course prix fixe dinner from Chef Billy Grunewald of the Tavern at the Sun Inn. While the whole concept is such a unique way to experience history, we think the most exciting part may be picking your museum room in which to dine.

2. Apple Cider Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwich

We’re not ready to say goodbye to apple cider doughnuts just yet, and Owowcow is fueling our dessert fire with this too-good-to-be-true combination. They’ve taken two apple cider doughnuts from Solebury Orchards in New Hope and put their classic House Vanilla smack in the middle to give you an ice cream doughnut sandwich. Who needs real sandwiches?! And in case you didn’t know, Owowcow prides themselves on hand-crafting their ice cream from scratch daily, using only the finest local ingredients.

3. Holiday Harvest Experience

Known as the Valley’s Best Pumpkin Patch, Grim’s Orchard and Family Farms is debuting an entirely new experience this holiday season. Every weekend from November 7 to December 20, they will be offering a whole variety of seasonal fun. You can enjoy fire pits with smores kits, hard cider, mulled cider and wine, apple cannons and paintball, fresh cut fries, pick-your-own veggies, lawn games, holiday shopping and more. They also offer $7.95 packages if you’d like to bundle a variety of activities.

4. Music Showroom

You can just feel the artistic vibe flowing out from behind the doors of this modern space created by The Sound Parcel. The Sound Parcel new concept location ties their whole mission together of serving as a discovery platform for professional musicians, recording engineers and gear enthusiasts. Set up as a gear gallery of sorts, they stock a highly curated selection of guitars, amps, effects and accessories in a relaxed but creative setting.

5. Coffeehouse Fire Tables

As if the Secret Garden atmosphere of Three Birds Coffee house wasn’t cozy enough, they went ahead and added fire pit tables to their outdoor garden space for the winter season. These fire pit tables and outdoor seating are first-come, first-served and are available during their hours of operation on Saturdays and Sundays. Known for their specialty pour over and drip coffees, Three Birds also has a variety of herbal and special teas as well as 32 & 64-ounce iced coffee growler to-go options.

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