I hope you didn’t forget that we are still on our Lancaster County Foodie Adventure! We have now come to dinner at Speckled Hen on Day 2. Yes, we have come back to Speckled Hen a second time because it is that delicious. We also found out that it was “Taco Night”, so how could we pass that up?
We ordered two starters: the Smoky Beef Nachos and the Chips and Guacamole. The nachos were some of the best I have ever had. Corn tortilla chips were topped with shredded cheese, jalapeno, verdant view beef (from a local farm in PA), roasted corn, and bell peppers. Sour cream and salsa was served on the side.
Now onto the tacos! My mom ordered the Kickin’ Chicken Tacos. Turmeric seasoned chicken lays inside flour tortillas along with bibb lettuce, cilantro, jalapeno sauce, and shredded cheese. This chicken had a lot of flavor from the turmeric but it wasn’t over powering. A little white rice on the side and a squeeze of lime and you are good to go!
Laura ordered the Sweet and Smoky Tacos. These were out of this world amazing and a great spin on breakfast for dinner. Caramelized onion and bacon is glazed in spicy honey and paired with roasted corn, bell pepper, and scrambled eggs. Look at these beauties…..
I went with the Beef and Queso Tacos. These are your classic tacos, simple and fresh. Flour tortillas filled with local beef, a queso sauce, bibb lettuce, and pico de gallo, boom done….delicious.
The twins didn’t get tacos but they did get one of the most amazing sandwiches ever, the Grilled Chunky Monkey. This grilled sandwich has crunchy peanut butter, Nutella, banana, and cinnamon. Who wouldn’t want to eat that every single day of their life?
Even though we were totally stuffed, we ordered coffee and dessert anyway, because we love to eeeaaatttt! We saw something on the menu that Laura has been dying to try, Affogato. Affogato is ice cream served with espresso. You pour the espresso down over the top of the ice cream and the result is magical. I went with a cup of regular coffee and a piece of Lemon Cheesecake.
This was the perfect ending to a great day in Lancaster County. Speckled Hen never disappoints. Their fresh and local plates are not what you expect when you walk into this coffee shop but it is the nicest surprise, isn’t it? We hope to be back sometime on a Wednesday night for “Burger Night”, stay tuned!
141 E Main Street
Strasburg, PA 17579
Welcome back to our journey through Lancaster County! We have seen many delicious places so far but we aren’t done yet. We have now reached one of my favorite spots…September Farm. Oh my goodness this place is amazing! Incredible! Beautiful! We love love love September Farm. We never make a Lancaster trip without coming here and doing some delicious eating and shopping. Let me show you why we love it so much.
September Farm Cheese is a family owned business where they share their passion for making delicious cheese from their own dairy cows. In 2013, they expanded from a shop on their farm and built a brand new facility where they both sell and make their cheese. Their cheese is out of this world delicious with many different flavors of Cheddar, Jack, and their newest addition, Gouda. September Farm is more than just a cheese shop. They feature a bakery, specialty food items, ice cream shop, and the most delicious soups and sandwiches at their deli. Let’s get started!
The day we visited they had local produce for sale on the front porch. It looked so lovely I had to snap a few pictures.
Walking into the shop, the first thing we saw was Razz M’ Tazz Snack Mix. My mom and Laura completely and utterly love this snack mix. It’s full of nuts, cranberries, and white chocolate. Yum!
At September Farm, cheese is everywhere and they have samples, lots and lots of samples. I love this because there are so many wonderful flavors and you get to try them all before deciding which ones will win your heart and go home with you. Some of my favorite flavors are: Joy’s Tomato Basil Jack, Chives and Dill Jack, Horseradish Cheddar, and the Smoked Gouda.
For the cheese making, they bring the milk directly from the farm and make it right where you can watch. A lot of love goes into making that cheese.
September Farm also carries many specialty food items. From chips and salsa, to crackers and dip mixes, as well as some adorable kitchen items such as bowls, mugs, and tea kettles. You are sure to find something you will love.
Look at how everything is displayed so nicely. They make it so warm and inviting. I could spend all day here.
One of the main things I love about September Farm, and something you should never miss out on, is their Sandwich Shop. Oh my word, they have the most wonderful soups and sandwiches! Now, I tell you that you shouldn’t miss out on it but the day we visited we did miss out. We had just eaten (we constantly ate on this trip) and we just weren’t ready for lunch yet. Which is very very sad because their sandwich “The Honey Brooker” was calling my name. In fact, it always calls my name and that is what I always get. It’s a toasted sandwich with turkey, bacon, tomato, cheese and thousand island dressing. So delicious!
Before you head out the door don’t forget to grab an ice cream cone for the road. They have many flavors to choose from and even have specialty cones.
So what did you think? I bet you want to take a trip there and experience it for yourself, and you should. You know what I just realized while looking at their website…you can order their cheese online! That is life changing. September Farm Cheese delivered to my front door? Sign me up!
I can’t wait to show you what other tasty places we found on our trip.
Thank you September Farm for sharing your passion of delicious cheese with all of us!
September Farm Cheese
5287 Horseshoe Pike
Honey Brook, PA 19344
Olde Stone Guesthouse
Good morning! Waking up at the bed and breakfast was so refreshing. Watching the sun come up over the corn fields, seeing horses grazing in the pasture, and being served a delicious homemade breakfast was a great way to start the day. I stayed in the Larkspur Room which was very comfortable and the twins were able to stay in their portable cribs in a spare room. Last night after dinner we went to a bookstore where I purchased a new book. I stayed up late on the couch in the living room reading and it was so peaceful. A home away from home. After waking up and getting ready for the day, we went out on the front porch swing to wait for breakfast to be served.
Florence, the innkeeper, had the dining room table set beautifully for us. Water, juice, and coffee were served as we waited for the other guests to join us. Once everyone arrived, Florence brought the food to the table, prayed over our meal, and sat to eat breakfast with us. I have never had an innkeeper pray and sit with us and I loved it! We were able to get to know her and she was really interested in what our plans were for the day. She also introduced us to the other guests to get conversations going.
Breakfast was delicious! She made her, I’m going to say famous, Buttermilk Syrup. My sister Laura has stayed with Florence before and actually got the recipe for this syrup and makes it quite often. We like to serve it with fruit at home which is totally life changing and amazing. It is the best syrup EVER! Florence served it alongside fluffy pancakes which was a heavenly combination. You could also make your own parfait with the yogurt, homemade granola, fresh fruit, and candied pecans. One of my favorite things to eat for breakfast is yogurt topped with all sorts of goodies so this was right up my alley. Yum! We also had delicious sausages.
After breakfast, I let Danny and Mackenzie run off some energy outside and of course we had to go pet the horses. My sister Laura and I both rode horses growing up, Laura still does, and we have passed on our obsession to Mackenzie. If she sees a horse she has to say hello. After the horses were thoroughly greeted, we got in the car to start another day of exploring. Our first stop was Hillside Bulk Foods.
Olde Stone Guesthouse
1599 Swan Road
Atglen, PA 19310
Hillside Bulk Foods
Hillside Bulk Foods is an Amish grocery store that is a must visit every time we are in Lancaster County. I always stock up on everything I need for the baking section of my pantry. I don’t know what it is about it but I love the way everything is in clear bags. A lot of Amish stores sell their products this way and maybe it’s the foodie in me but I think it is very cool. As I walk around I get inspired thinking…I can put these in cookies or I have never seen this type of flour I will try it. It gets my creative juices flowing and I can’t wait to get home and transfer everything from the bags into my nicely labeled glass containers (I will have to do a pantry tour. I reorganized it last year and always make sure I have everything on hand to bake something up last minute). Not only do they have everything you could possibly need to stock your pantry but they have it at great prices.
Hillside Bulk Foods
1403 W Kings Highway
Gap, PA 17527
The adventure isn’t over yet! We have lots more to see! Stay tuned!