When the cold winter days seem to be dragging on forever, find warmth in some of the Valley’s favorite comfort foods.
Sweet Potato Fries
There’s nothing like having warm, sweet and salty food in the colder months…or any month for that matter. I love fresh cut fries, but I love, love, love fresh cut sweet potato fries. Anytime I see them on a menu I always get them. My favorite by a landslide are the ones from Hellenic Kouzina. They are cut and fried to perfection and have honey drizzled on top, finished with a sprinkle of cinnamon. They are really more like a dessert, but who doesn’t love the idea of a side dish, for lunch or dinner, that’s more like a dessert?
Tea & Scones
When it’s cold and dreary outside I love ducking into one of the Valley’s warm, cozy tea parlors to indulge in hot teas and fluffy scones. Try Camellia’s Sin Tea Room for a full tea lunch complete with multiple courses of freshly prepared delights like savory soups, delicate tea sandwiches, and sinfully sweet desserts. Or, make a reservation for a Super Scone Sunday at Sweet Remembrances for three sweet and savory scones matched with seasonal fruits, rich jam, sweet cream, cinnamon butter, and lemon curd. Either shop offers different menu options and lengthy lists of green, black, white and herbal teas waiting to be brewed for you.
Pennsylvania Farm Show Food
What’s more comforting than the Pennsylvania staples you can purchase at the Farm Show food court? It only comes around once a year, but Farm Show food is just what a body craves during the cold days of early January. Whether it’s potato donuts, deep fried mushrooms, funnel cakes, or the milkshakes (yes, cold milkshakes can comfort you), click here to read more about some of the delicious options.
Coffee & A Crepe
If you’re looking for something to warm you up on a cold winter day, a Café Mocha and sweet crepe from Helena’s Chocolate Cafe & Creperie is the perfect pairing. The Café Mocha is made using a decadent hot chocolate and a shot of espresso. There are always interesting crepes combinations to try, but I prefer the classic with a sweet Nutella filling. After my visits to Helena’s, I leave feeling energized and ready to take on the day!
I believe that chocolate is a comfort food year round. Adding a little chocolate after a meal or in the middle of the afternoon warms my soul and brightens my day. Chocolate doesn't always have to mean candy, although I am partial to a truffle or two from the Lindt Chocolate Factory Outlet. Chocolate also comes in liquid form like the warm and delicious hot chocolate from Square Bean or Cornerstone Coffee. And, finally, chocolate also tastes great as a baked good -- for example, the chocolate coffee mousse cup from Pennsylvania Bakery. Pick whatever form of chocolate is your favorite and watch your day get better.
Breakfast Sandwich & Coffee
Winter weather makes it hard to jump out of bed and get excited for the day. That’s why when it’s blustery out, and I still need to get out the door for work, I like to treat myself to a delicious breakfast sandwich from Brew Crumberland’s Best in New Cumberland. My favorite is the sausage, egg, and cheese on a pretzel roll. They are so consistently good, and all the ingredients are excellent. The toasty, cheesy sandwich makes me forget the chilly temps. I also like to pair it with their house coffee or one of the seasonal flavors like Dutch Apple and Gingerbread. While I love breakfast sandwiches, you really can’t go wrong with the food choices. They make all their own baked goods as well. I love supporting a local business and added bonus – they have a convenient drive through!