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Ambler Restaurant Week, Hot Off The Press!

Ambler’s first Restaurant Week is getting a lot of press! Check out a few of the articles below, please share if you’ve come across others.

http://montgomerynews.com/articles/2011/07/08/entertainment/doc4e13335953e0d625599522.txt

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/the-insider/Ambler-plans-a-restaurant-week.html

http://www.montgomerynews.com/articles/2011/07/06/ambler_gazette/news/doc4e147ed07c48f190315538.txt?viewmode=fullstory

http://www.phillyburbs.com/lifestyle/dining_out/ambler-hosting-its-first-restaurant-week-in-july/article_a73820a0-9da8-11e0-921d-001a4bcf6878.html

http://www.examiner.com/restaurant-in-philadelphia/ambler-restaurant-week-trax-restaurant-cafe

http://articles.philly.com/2011-07-07/entertainment/29747342_1_wort-opentable-restaurant-week

http://articles.philly.com/2011-07-07/news/29747207_1_pig-roast-wines-wine-school

http://upperdublin.patch.com/articles/patch-guide-to-ambler-restaurant-week

http://www.montcohappening.com/ambler-restaurant-week

http://philadelphia.foobooz.com/2011/06/30/suburban-snacks-ambler-notes-and-patio-dining-in-wayne/

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Check it out!

Thanks to Ambler friend and artist, Martin Slamon, for creating this awesome flyer! Check him out at http://digidigidigi.com/.
Ambler Restaurant Week

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Calling all local artists!

Registration for the Ambler Art Stroll is still open! Join us Saturday, July 16, 11-5pm in downtown Ambler for our first ever Art Stroll. Register here.

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Ambler Donuts is open for business!

Ambler DonutsThis is seriously the last thing my “diet” needs! First, Massa opens, with its delicious pizza (I want the prosciutto pizza on a consistent basis, it’s a problem), now donuts?! I shudder to think that Rosey’s BBQ will be open in just a few short weeks. Needless to say, my diet had to be put on hold for at least one more day (never said that before) and it was well worth the delay, Ambler Donuts donuts are awesome!

The shop is small but has a wide variety of donuts, bagels, muffins, coffee and the like; all baking is done on site. The owner, Patrick, was manning the register and he was happy to report that they had a good amount of traffic for their first day open. I stopped by later in the day so they were out of a few selections, one of which Patrick says is the best, Blueberry Pie. Also no glazed, I know, an old standby but one of my faves.

Actual Ambler Donuts

There are only two of us so I couldn’t justify more than four donuts; we got a chocolate glazed, Bavarian creme, cinnamon sugar and… RED VELVET! Maybe I’m out of touch with the donut world, but I’ve never heard of a red velvet donut before. They were all delicious and not too sweet like many other donuts, that must be why we had no problem putting away four of them in record time.

Typically now would be the time to tell you the hours and other pertinent information, but I must admit that as soon as I walked in I was overcome by the heavenly smell and all of my “journalistic responsibility” went out the window, sorry ’bout that folks. I’ll check back with them and update as a comment here, wait, that means I’ll smell that smell again… damn the diet (I’ve never said that before either)! If you’re there before I am please leave the hours and info we should know below. I do know that they have a drive-through, kinda hard to miss 🙂

One last thought, donut or doughnut???

Ambler Donut Opening Day

Hours:Monday – Saturday: 5am – 8pm

Sunday: 6am – 3pm

267-419-8759

 

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Ambler Hawk

Ambler Hawk5

Last week my guy and I had tickets to see The Dave Brubeck tribute at the Ambler Theater, as usual I was jonesing for pizza, so we stopped at Massa before the show. Fortunately we got the window seat and I, of course, was facing out 🙂 Before dinner arrived we were deep in conversation and all of the sudden over my beau’s shoulder I saw a hawk dive straight down towards the street in front of Borough Hall. A few feet from the ground it made a hair pin turn and headed down Butler Ave. I sprang from my seat and grabbed my phone (aka camera), as I peered out the window I saw him sitting on top of the Ambler sign at the theater. Being the Ambler aficionado and bird lover that I am, I tore out of the restaurant hoping to get a shot of him up there, I mean could there be a more perfect perch in town? Luckily this red tailed hawk was still sitting pretty when I made it outside, the pictures are poor as I only had my phone, but better than nothing. This totally made my night!

Ambler HawkAmbler Hawk2Ambler Hawk1Ambler Hawk3

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New BYO in Ambler

Ambler welcomes Massa Pizza and Grill to town! Here is a peek at the menu and some photos, I’ll share my experiences in detail later this weekend but I’ve been there twice and have had great meals. Give them a try this weekend (closed Easter Sunday)!

Massa Pizza and Grill menu

Massa menu

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Lovely New Ambler Listing

Here is a perfect example of why I love Ambler; look at this beautiful home, they just don’t make them like this anymore! This Victorian gem was built 118 years ago and still stands the test of time. What makes this home better yet is that it is within walking distance to downtown shops, restaurants and theaters as well as the train, you can’t beat it! Looking forward to taking a tour this afternoon!

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Outdoor Dining in Ambler

Spring is in the air and I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a serious case of Spring Fever! I love this time of year and want to be outside as much as possible, heck I’d sleep outside if it was more convenient! Of all the things I like to do outside, enjoying good food and drink ranks pretty high on the list. I checked in with our local dining spots and watering holes to find out who will setting up shop al fresco this year, and the winners are…

Trax Cafe~ My favorite outdoor dining spot in Ambler by far! Trax outdoor cafeTrax has a lovely wraparound porch set against the backdrop of a beautiful vegetable and perennial garden that blooms all season long. The porch is covered so you can enjoy a nice warm day without being in the sun. Trax is open for lunch and dinner. www.traxcafe.com

KC’s Alley~ At a place named KC’s Alley, where else would you dine but in the alley? The alley is covered so it’s a great place to enjoy lunch, dinner or late night drinks on a hot day. www.kc-alley.com

Finn McCool’s~ Finn’s patio out front is easily the largest outdoor dining space in town, open for lunch, dinner and drinks. www.finnmccoolstavern.com

Saffron~ Saffron serves lunch and dinner outside, but only has two tables. The up side is they can be reserved in advance! www.saffronofphilly.com

From The Boot~ This year you will be able to enjoy lunch and dinner outside as FTB has the go ahead for dining out front. www.fromtheboot.com

Dettera~ Another lovely al fresco dining spot, like KC’s, Dettera’s outdoor space is an alley, although it doesn’t look like any alley I’ve seen before. It is beautiful and spacious, even has a fireplace for cool nights. Dinner only. www.dettera.com

Shanachie~ Enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks out front 7 days a week. www.shanachiepub.com

Zina’s Kitchen~ They have two, yes only 2, tables so it’s best to get there early (or late) or be prepared to wait to sit outside on a nice day. It may not hurt to drop the hint that more than two tables isn’t a bad idea… No website yet, but you can be their friend on facebook.

Jo-Jo’s Java Joint~ Jo-Jo’s has a huge patio out back, a great place to relax with some coffee, tea or lunch. They have free wifi, so bring your laptop for lunch and enjoy a breath of fresh air while you work. Visit Jo-Jo’s on facebook.

ToTo’s Gelateria~ A charming front porch to enjoy lunch, coffee and of course, ToTo’s famous gelato. www.totoscafeambler.com

Cone Heads~ Do breakfast or lunch at the outdoor tables or enjoy your sweet treat on the bench! www.coneheadsambler.com

Cafe Maida~ With tables out front this is the perfect spot for people watching while enjoying coffee, gelato or a lite bite. No online contact info, they’re old school, stop by or call 215.939.6250.

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Listen up Ambler!

Short of borrowing the Fruit of the Loom guys wardrobe and running the streets of Ambler I’m not sure how else to get the word out but to put pen to paper (aka, fingers to keyboard), hopefully it’s not too late. We need to quickly get the attention of locals who would love the opportunity to have locally and responsibly produced food available in Ambler. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that there are a ton of people in town who long for a walkable place to buy groceries. This is by no means a market, what it is is a chance for us to have Certified Organic produce (and more, see below!) delivered Lancaster Farmstraight from the farm to us, here in town! It is all arranged by Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative and the program is called a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). This is a subscription program where individuals and families can purchase a weekly share of the organic harvest from over 75 Lancaster County Farms.

farm fresh tomsWhat: 25 weeks of farm fresh, Certified Organic, seasonal produce, $28/week.

Where: Jo Jo’s Java Joint, 14 W Butler Avenue

When: May – October

Deadline: April 8, 2011 (no, not a joke)

Some important things to know:

  • Once you are a part of the CSA you can add on to your order, things like fruit, flowers, Community Supported Medicine and no hormone added dairy (including butter, milk, cheese, yogurt), pastured meats and eggs, baby food, Gluten Free Baked goods and other prepared food. THIS IS HUGE!
  • Once Jo-Jo’s becomes a host site (we have enough people participate) it becomes a year round site for you to obtain the items above as well as seasonal items.

By participating you are making a very important impact on our on locallocal corn field economy, your personal health and our planet. It’s really a no brainer, the only thing left to discuss is the cost. The program cost is $28 per week (here is an example of the weekly shares) for 25 weeks, the downside is that that amount must be paid in full up front. I know this is one big chunk of cash, but understanding the dynamics make it easier to bear… the money that you are paying now goes directly to the farmers to buy the seed to start the crops, your crops. This whole entire program is run by an extremely small staff whose biggest gain is sleeping better at night knowing what an important contribution they are making towards the better good of all. If you already buy Certified Organic produce at the grocery store it is typically marked up 50-150%, a considerable amount isn’t even local. Looking at an example share, I would estimate that in this economy buying that same produce but not organic, would cost about $28. If you were to purchase the example share as is, Certified Organic, at the grocery store I estimate it would probably be about $40. That is a huge savings! Because the CSA is working directly with the farmers the cost is comparable to wholesale. That being said, a share costs $700, if that is not an option for you they also allow you to purchase a half share (still a weekly delivery, half the amount of produce) for $425.

In order for Jo-Jo’s to be deemed a host site they need to fill an order for 20 shares no later than APRIL 8!!! Yes, as is in next week, therefore I’m asking you to forward this to any and all locals that you think may be interested in participating. They currently have 7 shares accounted for, so really all that is needed is 13. I think if enough people in the community know about this opportunity far more than 13 will want to get involved. The website is easy to navigate, most of your questions can be answered there, if need be you can also contact Will Hammett at Jo-Jo’s for additional information (267.470.4720). Click here to sign up and when prompted for pick up site fill in Jo-Jo’s! Let’s make this happen, Ambler!!!

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Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

That seems to be the theme of next week’s event line up in Ambler. I’m not so sure that a Michael Jackson tune is all that appropriate for the soundtrack, but I’m always up for some MJ, who’s with me? Perhaps one of the bands playing in town can put an Irish spin on it. 😉

There will be a flurry of activity in town next week, and I don’t mean the kind that comes from the sky (although I do have fond memories of walking to Shanachie in snow up to our knees for their Irish breakfast a few years ago)! The fun kicks off  at The Shanachie on St Patrick’s Day; Gerry and his crew will follow in their usual tradition opening at 9:00am to serve a traditional Irish breakfast and tickle our ears with great live music. [Please pardon the photo, imagine that there is a Guinness on the table.]

The music at Shanachie waits for no one on this festive day, live Irish music will rock the house from open to close. Will they be serving green beer? I don’t know but they will be serving good food, good drinks and as always great company so come join the fun!

ambler spring fling (1)I’m not yet aware of any Friday events, which is probably a good thing as some of you may need to recover from St Patty’s. Just don’t take too long to recover because Ambler Main Street has a great day of family fun planned for Saturday March 19th at The Ambler Spring Fling. The Fling is an all day event,11am – 4pm, that was borne of the desire for Spring and the opportunity to enjoy our charming downtown together as a community. The best way to start the day is to show up at Jo Jo’s Java Joint at 11:00 to pick up your game board and instructions for the scavenger hunt!  Merchants town wide will be participating in the hunt and will be handing out stamps as the “hunters” make their way through town. The hunt will culminate at Cone Heads where game boards will be collected and a grand prize winner will be announced. There will be plenty of activities going on downtown throughout the day; face painting, live music, chair massages, kid’s games and raffles. Participating businesses and restaurants will also be offering specials during the event. It is sure to be a fun day so come out and be a part of the community!

If that isn’t enough, Act II Playhouse has an awesome evening planned for Sunday, March 20th! Dublin Comes to Ambler is a special event featuring Irish music, poetry, food and general mayhem (or so they say). Barleyjuice, a Pan-Celtic rock band from Philly, is headlining the evening; there will also be admired local Irish actors who will be doing poetry reading and storytelling. If this isn’t cool enough, Act II is offering this unique evening to the community for FREE! They are gladly accepting donations at the door which will help support the anticipated The Pride of Parnell Street (opening March 22nd). Be there no later than 6:30pm to take part in this special night.

Hope to see you in Ambler!

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