Grab your pooch and join the Dog Days Parade, Saturday, August 6 at 10:00am. The parade kicks off at Ambler Savings Bank and heads through town down Butler Avenue and ends on North Main Street where there will be judging and awards! Register below and have a blast 🙂
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.
Thanks to Ambler friend and artist, Martin Slamon, for creating this awesome flyer! Check him out at http://digidigidigi.com/.
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.
This 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.
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???
Sunday: 6am – 3pm
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 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)!
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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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 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.
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 straight 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.
What: 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 local 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!!!