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Cambridge Market & Cafe

28 Jun

Alright, ladies and gents, as promised, LION BITES is officially back, and what better way to start off fresh than with the discovery of a delicious and homey deli/cafe?

This discovery started out as a serious craving one of my Penn State staples: a chicken salad sandwich from Otto’s Cafe on Penn State’s main campus.  I love Otto’s.  I eat there, I study there, heck, I even work there, and I can easily say that our chicken salad is one of the best things we sell.  Well Otto’s, you may have some competition.  If a cafe located hundreds of miles away can be considered competition.  Located in downtown Bowling Green, KY (on Fairview Ave.) is Cambridge Market & Cafe.

Based on their website, I wasn’t totally sure what to expect.  An Eat n Park style set up with made to order sandwiches?  A catering outfit that just happened to sell sandwiches on the side? But, they had chicken salad and decent prices! And isn’t that what I really wanted anyways?  They even earned bonus points for having potato salad as a side! YUM.

When I first arrived, I smiled at the cozy, but large seating area.  It really was a nice and welcome feeling straight from the start, except… I wasn’t quite sure what the process was, do I order then pay? Do I order at the register? WHAT IS GOING ON!?

Well, for your reference, you order at the register.  And the ladies working there are sweet as can be.  It’s like getting lunch from your grandma in a pink visor. The selection was great, a build your own sandwich sort of thing with daily “homestyle” hot specials as well.  Of course, I came for the chicken salad.  I got it on whole wheat, with lettuce, onion (they do it right and use red onion) and tomato, a side of potato salad & a sweet tea for a total of $8.34.  Slightly more than I had been expecting to spend, but I hadn’t really planned on the tea, and for a generous helping of chicken salad, a side & a drink, I decided it was pretty reasonable.

I settled in at the outside seating area to enjoy my meal.  The true test came when I unwrapped my sandwich (which I was pleasantly surprised to find included a pickle)… does this chicken salad have grapes in it? For me, grapes completely make the chicken salad experience.  I opened the sandwich to find that, yes! There were grapes! And nuts! And it tasted just as delicious.  The grapes and nuts are a great, sweet contrast to the chicken & mayo, and I was VERY satisfied with my purchase.  The sandwich was quite large, and I was very happy to have such a generous helping of chicken salad.  I feel like sometimes places cheat you out of that.

I wasn’t as thrilled with the sweetness of the sweet tea, because I really like it sweet, but the potato salad was very satisfying, even though I was too full to finish it.

All in all, lunch was a good experience, and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone working or visiting downtown Bowling Green.  Complete with a great selection of deli sandwiches, salads, homestyle specials and homemade desserts, you’ll definitely find something to satisfy your hunger.  You’ll also enjoy the homey and friendly atmosphere, and kind staff.  Though if you’re going on your lunch break, try to get there early, because I have heard that the lines can get a little ridiculous during peak lunch hours!  Take an afternoon to enjoy this quaint little “cafe”, and let me know how you like it!

WE ARE…

 

 

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Mark Your Calenders!

17 Jan

Everyone mark your calenders and plan to make a trip to State College!
Monday, March 21st & Monday, April 18th will be the official meal dates of my HRIM 430: Cafe Laura theme dinner! We need at least 100 people to attend each dinner and would love it if you could stop by!
We’re planning a lot of great dishes and can’t wait to see you all there!

And don’t worry, even though I’m going to be pretty busy this semester, LION BITES has an update or two in the works! Get ready for Hawaiian Punch Cupcakes & Cheddar Mac n Cheese!

Please, check back for details about our theme dinner and keep your eyes open for a Facebook Event & flyers around campus! We would genuinely appreciate all of your support!

http://www.cafelaura.psu.edu

WE ARE… in shock that we’ve made it to this class already! Time’s running short here at PSU.

Restaurant Review: Faccia Luna

15 Dec

Although unfortunately I have no pictures, I HAD to write a review on this restaurant.  Located on South Atherton Street in State College PA (and two Virginia locations), this is hands down the best Italian I have ever had in State College.  I’ve been dying to try it out for months, and finally went with my mom this past weekend!

Faccia Luna is well-known in the area for their wood-oven pizzas.  DELICIOUS.  This is exactly what I was coming here to try…but we’ll get to that! Let’s start off with the appetizer we ordered: Tomato Bruschetta with fresh mozzarella cheese.  Diced chopped tomatoes with olive oil, basil & garlic top thickly sliced crusty baguettes.  Add fresh mozzarella (for $1.50) and you will be in heaven with this delicious appetizer.  I’m pretty sure we were served 5 (possibly 4)  large pieces of toasted baguette topped with a heaping mound of the tomato & basil mixture.  I highly recommend it, especially with the mozzarella.

Now, we move into entrées!  My mom ordered  crab cake caesar.  Anyone who knows me, knows I am not a fan of seafood, but I decided to be brave and take a *tiny* bite of the crab cake.  And I have to say, it was pretty good!  Would I order it? No but I don’t like seafood…should you order if it you like seafood?  YES!

And now for our feature presentation:  WOOD OVEN PIZZA.  Confronted with a list of 13 signature pizzas, options to choose my own toppings, white sauce or red sauce, 3 sizes, thick pizza or stuffed pizza, I had quite a decision to make.  I wish I could have tried them all, but ended up going with a small Roma pizza, topped with sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil.  It was not small.  It fed me for two days. And it was perfection.  Best pizza I’ve had in State College without question.  The wood-firing gave the crust an awesome sort of smokey taste, and I’m always a fan of tomatoes & mozzarella! At $11.90 for the small, it was a great value too, since it fed me two meals.  AND the crust tasted even better cold!  Toppings themselves however were better hot, and the pizza was good reheated.

While the food was amazing and everything I ever expected, I also have to comment on the appearance.  I loved that you could see into the kitchen and watch them putting the pizzas into the oven.  There was an indoor seating area & an outdoor one.  We sat in the outdoor which was sealed and cozily heated for the winter.  It was kind of nice to get the feel of an outdoor eating area in the middle of winter!

So if you ever find yourself in State College, wondering where to go for dinner, venture down South Atherton and find Faccia Luna with it’s neon sign.

In second thought…don’t. More pizza for me!!! (just kidding!)

WE ARE… happy to have found a new favorite restaurant!!!!

Ginger’s on Fashion Ave

19 Aug

Hey everyone! Sorry for the late update! It’s been a busy week!  This past weekend, I was in restaurant heaven — NEW YORK CITY!!!

I figured what better way to do my first restaurant review on LION BITES, than to do it in New York! While there were many restaurants I would have loved to have eaten at, we were on a budget (a budget spent on purses 🙂 ). It was my goal to find one interesting and good restaurant while we were there, and eventually we did when we found Ginger’s, an Szechuan & Chinese cuisine restaurant located on Fashion Ave between 37th & 38th.

For us, it was something quick & different.  We were surprised by the service, speed, taste & portions of the food here!  Especially for the prices! They hovered between $9-15ish. As soon as we were seated, our orders were taken, with each of us choosing a different dish (pretty typical, right?) & some hot tea.

What made Ginger’s not typical was how the food was served. First, it was so quick! We ordered and then our food was there, just like that! Also, while not served family-style, per se, we were each served our own HUGE portion of each dish & given an empty plate to fill with all of the different food (given that everyone is in the mood to share this is great!).  Gorgeous place settings! Love the teal!

I loved it because I enjoyed trying everyone else’s food as well as my own.  My family all went with pretty standard order dishes they stick with and love: General Tso’s Chicken, Chicken & Broccoli and Sweet & Sour Chicken.  I wanted to try something new (this was New York after all) and went with Pineapple Fried Rice with Chicken.

There are an abundant amount of selections on the menu and all of the dishes we had were great. The broccoli in the Chicken & Broccoli was so fresh tasting which really made the dish much more enjoyable than standard mediocre Chinese takeout.  The Sweet & Sour chicken was not greasy and fried as you sometimes get.  I actually enjoyed it, even though it’s not usually my favorite.  The General Tso’s was good as well and had a beautiful presentation with a cute carrot flower on the side.General Tso's Chicken

My dish was my favorite: Pineapple Fried Rice & Chicken.  I could just slightly taste the pineapple flavor in the rice which was nice.  There were vegetables, pieces of pineapple, chicken & cashews in it as well.  The cashews really made the dish in my opinion.  I can’t wait to try and replicate this dish at home!

Ginger’s is a great little place & I highly recommend it if you find yourself in the Garment District craving Chinese food, skip the random takeout stand and stop by Ginger’s! The reasonable prices, quick service & yummy food options will leave you wanting to go back again (I know I do). Just don’t be surprised if later you find yourself really hungry for pineapple fried rice!

If you want to read more reviews of Ginger’s click: Here

WE ARE… hungry for Chinese food…