In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,350 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options such as the eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs and slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.
Every year, as the snow starts falling, the town of Jim Thorpe dusts off a charming sense of nostalgia and channels the holiday spirit for their Olde Time Christmas celebration. A parade at the end of November heralds the tree lighting, which in turn kicks off weekends of lights, stage plays, and Victorian touches that evoke A Christmas Carol without all of the blood-thirsty aliens Dickens was so fond of. Historic mansions combine with small-town elegance to create an ideal tableau for the festival, which hosts events that include a gingerbread house contest, historic ghost walks, and a live nativity. Kids hop on a train with Santa while others settle in for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, sending the staccato of clipping and clopping through the streets. Dulcet notes from a choir glide through the air at local churches while patrons walk to and fro amongst local businesses and a stand of handmade wreaths.
• For $10, you get $20 worth of new American fare for lunch. • For $25, you get $50 worth of new American fare for dinner. The Albright Restaurant's flavor apothecaries sate packs of urbane eaters with eclectically elegant salads, sandwiches, and hearty entrees for lunch and dinner within a historic Civil War–era mansion. Warm up teeth for an evening noshing, smiling, and ceremoniously clacking the melody from the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" with a starter of mini crab cake frittes ($9.50) before sinking them into to a succulent centerpiece dish, such as the rack of lamb ($31) or orange-barbecue-glazed salmon ($23). The thick hand-cut new york strip steak, like most of the dinner entrees, comes equipped with a side of potato and the vegetable du jour ($26). Lunch patrons can cool down torrid tongues with a cold sandwich such as the BLT with avocado ($6.50), or bundle up taste buds in the warmer bread-swaddled selections, which include the spinach-and-onion-laced chicken breast sandwich ($7.99) and the American burger served on a kaiser roll ($7.99).
Through the Looking Glass’s culinary wizards deftly silence hunger pangs with meticulously prepared lunch and dinner menus of upscale fare, welcoming diners to bring along their favorite libations within an eatery emanating romantic vibes. Pairs of midday munchers can bridge the gap between breakfast and second lunch with a leisurely lunch that kicks off with sizzling spoonfuls of soup, such as a zing-infused crab soup with cayenne pepper. Then, mouth dive into a petite filet-mignon sandwich that snuggles grilled tenderloin, sautéed mushrooms, and grilled peppers into the embrace of homemade bread, or sate herbivorous cravings sans chlorophyll injections with a portobello-mushroom salad dappled with sun-dried tomatoes.