Happy New Year! The Chinese calendar declares this the year of the rabbit, a period that’s meant to be relaxing and reflective. Ease into it by reclining in front of giant bowls of amazing Cantonese and Schezwan dishes at one of the area’s best Chinese restaurants. From casual Chinatown haunts to gourmet Main Line menus, there’s a pair of chopsticks with your name on them.
- NAME Melissa Auman Greiner
- BIO Melissa Auman Greiner is a born and bred Philly girl with a soft spot for the city's growing food and fashion scenes, leafy green squares and sultry summers. Just don't get her started on the inadequacy of SEPTA. With a journalism degree from Syracuse University and experience covering the city's tourism, food and shelter markets, she brings HL the area's best from Main Line to shoreline, focusing on hot spots as well as no-fail classics. During those few hours she's not writing or sleeping, Greiner enjoys the simple pleasures in life: old-fashioned cocktails, hand-crafted cheese, the smell of hydrangea and time with her husband and baby boy.
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Two weeks and counting, loves, until Valentine’s Day. Sure, we understand that it’s a commercial invention steeped in overpriced gifts and forced affection, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also just happen to be the day you decide to inject some spice back into a relationship. Suggestion #1: head to one of these five area shops and come home with a dainty little bag of silk and lace instead of the annual fading flowers. We think you can handle the rest.
February means Valentine’s Day … which means that restaurant chefs throughout the area will be showcasing special menus over the big weekend (many of which we’ll be profiling for you here in the next few days). But Stella Blu, that sweet little romantic dining room in West Conshohocken, is wondering why hold back? Instead of keeping their special lobster menu tucked away, they are offering it all through February.
No matter your mood, it’s always the right time for a taste of the sweet stuff. From old school favorites like Lemonheads and Dots to more modern creations, we adore every little candy bite from the sweet to the sour. Grab a bag and pile in the goodies at one of these Philly treat shops.
Milk or dark, unadulterated or jam-packed with oozy, gooey fillings, it’s hard to say no to the allure of chocolate. Step inside one of these top area chocolatiers, and you’ll find the draw irresistible. From local ingredients to off-the-wall flavor combos, they are masters of the art.