Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Vinola's Restaurant... A stylish restaurant near Harvest Moon Bed and Breakfast

You know,

As I look for new and interesting places to dine here in Lancaster County within close driving distance to our bed and breakfast, I find myself being forever intrigued by the choices that are being offered of late. Both new and also those new to me, the pallet of cuisines are catching up to that of larger cities.

Of the restaurants that I must get to, few interest me as much as Vinola's does. You see, at the Harvest Moon we suggest different places for our guest to go to. They often want to stay local and therefore we offer to them a few of the places in our neck of Lancaster County. Mazzi's and Lily's on Main for something special. Shady Maple for that never ending Lancaster County Smorgasbord. And of course the many family restaurants that dot the area.

However one that has just recently opened up but twelve minutes from us is called Vinola's. A restaurant in the next town of Leola opened their doors back in November with little fanfare. The chef well known in these parts formerly ran The Pub in New Holland.

Our guest have concluded that this place is one that should be on our "reccommend" list. We will soon be going and enjoying the newest restaurant available. Once we do... we'll let you know.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Harvest Moon in Lancaster MOONS the public!!!

Hey there everyone,

Hope you all are having a great time this winter. Not much left of it... or is there? Well I think only Mother Nature can answer that and perhaps maybe Punxsutawney Phil. How ever you look at it, it is still cold, we still have a bit of weather to get through and summer will be here before long and then we will all be complaining how hot it is.

Our little post here is just stepping back a bit. I'm stepping away from the food subject just a bit to bring to light some new information here at the Harvest Moon Bed and Breakfast in Lancaster.

You see, when we moved to Lancaster and decided to open a bed and breakfast, we had no idea what it would be called. Silly names like Thistle Hill, (because of the thistle on the hill in front of our house) Marjorie's ( because of the former owner), or even 311 East Main, ( how original is that) Well, none of them fit so we knocked it out of our heads for a while and then the Fall came and the word Harvest just came out and ultimately moon was an obvious connection.

The phrase Harvest Moon refers is the moon at and about the period of fullness that is nearest to the autumnal equinox. You can find out more from Wikipedia

Well we decided to give the Harvest Moon a whole new meaning here at the Harvest Moon bed and breakfast. What does it really mean you might ask, another meaning? Hmmm... how could that be. Just wait!!

We would like to MOON you... for being such great readers of our BLOG, Followers of our Facebook, guest at our Bed and Breakfast and of course our Tweeters leaving Tweets on Twitter. All you have to do is to write a line about us with a link to our website on any of these social media networks and we will send you a $25 gift certificate for your next visit here at the Harvest Moon.

Let us know where and how you linked to us so we can take a peek. We love to watch the connections. Then once you do, get ready for a good ole fashioned "HOOTENANNY" cause we are aiming to MOON you.

We really love to MOON our guest, readers, followers and so on. Won't you let us MOON you? What could be better? Be sure to let us know so we can send out your gift certificate. It is our way of staying connected and... well MOONING you!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Lancaster Chicken Pot Pie

So, what do you all think of chicken pot pie. I love it. Never did I realize until I moved here in Lancaster to open our Bed and Breakfast would it have a different twist to it. You see, typically for me, a pot pie would be made using chicken and vegetables in a thick sauce and served inside as a pie, with crispy crust. Nothing like it just coming out of the oven bubbling through the crust. It really is a treat. However, moving here somebody did something different.

I was at a PA Dutch restaurant one day before we opened the bed and breakfast, and I was really in the mood for Pot Pie. Soooo, I ordered it off the menu. Salad came first; you know with the pickled goodies that they do so well down here. It really was good. Then the soup, I love a good chicken dumpling soup. It was a cold winter day and it really hit the spot. Then they took my plates away and said the pot pie would be out soon. WOW, the anticipation was building, I could not stand it any more. I was screaming inside so loud. You see, it has been a long time since I had a really good pot pie.

Well out came the pot pie. I was curious at first, not seeing any vegetables on the plate, concerned me. I asked where the vegetables were, they told me that I ordered a salad, and I said well yeah but where are the vegetables? They said once again you ordered a salad, I said I know, but pot pie is suppose to have vegetables.

I then started pushing the meal around with my fork and saw that the crust, or lack there of was mush, almost noodle like. I questioned it as well and said why is the crust mushy. They said what are you talking about? I was totally suprised. This is not what my mother made, ( well she really did not cook, but that is a story for another time) but this is not what I am use to. What could this be, a crustless, vegetableless pot pie? I had to deal, suck it up and move forward.

And so I did, found out that it really was not bad, not what I was expecting, but not bad. From that day on, I come to realize that it is just a little different here. Not bad or good, but just different. And it does grow on you, heck I have even picked up the accent a bit. Needless to say being born in Baltimore, living in MA. for about 16 years and then moving here, well I am just a bit confused. All in all, the pot pie is decent.

So if you are out here vacationing and can't seem to get a piece of pot pie, you know the real pie, just give me a shout, although I am not open for lunch or dinner, there may just be a piece in the refridgerator, I could cook it up here at the bed and breakfast just for you for your morning meal.