Welcome back to our Lancaster County Foodie Adventure! It’s still day one (yes, we covered a lot of ground in half a day) and we have arrived at Stoltzfus Meats.
Can I vent really quick? I have had two, yes TWO, baking fails in the past 24 hours. Last night I made, well tried to make, brownies using a recipe I know well and they turned out super dry. I wanted to cry when I tried them. So I threw them away. Yeah, threw them away! Now I am mourning the loss of those ingredients. Today I needed to make a replacement, so I found a chocolate cupcake recipe on Pinterest that looked divine. Once again, they did not turn out like they should have. They do taste really good but they aren’t the prettiest things. There is nothing more aggravating to me than having something not bake up correctly. When I open the oven to a fail, I just want to scream “Why!??” and crumple to the floor where I will lay in a puddle of my own tears. The culprit to my baking fails? My oven. Oh oven, why must your temperature not regulate correctly? Why do you make it so hard for me to bake? I am dreaming of better days with a brand new oven that loves me and will bake and bake all day long until my hearts content. Okay, just needed to get that off my chest. Onto Stoltzfus Meats!
Stoltzfus Meats has been in business for more than 60 years and they offer a large variety of…. you guessed it, MEAT! In 1954, Amos Stoltzfus began taking products from Lancaster County to a farmer’s market in Delaware. As the demand for what he provided grew, Amos started making and selling his own high quality products. He continued selling at the farmer’s market until he opened his own retail store in 1966. Today Stoltzfus Meats and Deli is run by Amos’ son Myron who had the vision for this location on Center Street. This location has both a shop side and a restaurant side where you can sit down and enjoy a delicious sandwich among other things.
They have hams, steaks, bacon, sausages, bologna, scrapple, jerky…I could go on and on. There are so many delicious things packed into this cute little store. They carry both frozen and fresh meats. I couldn’t get a good picture of the meat case because the glare on my camera was so bad, but trust me, the steaks were beautiful! I did get a picture of the jerky which I bought for Laura, Mom, and I to sample but I snuck off and ate it all myself….it was too good to share.
They also have a great selection of spices and seasonings to give whatever meat you choose some great flavor. I picked up some steak rub and some spice rub for vegetables. Laura and I loved the peanut butter making stand. Who doesn’t love samples? So many different kinds of peanut butter makes my heart happy. I highly recommend going to Stoltzfus Meats and seeing all they have to offer. If you are from out of town make sure you take a cooler and some ice packs with you so you can stock up on some really quality meat.
My Purchases: Lysanders All Natural Spice Rub for Veggies, Sweet Bologna Snack Sticks with Cheese, and Myron’s Steak Rub.
Stoltzfus Meats and Deli
14 Center Street
Intercourse, Pa 17534
Next stop…..Corner Coffee Shop!
After leaving Stoltzfus Meats, we headed right next door to the Corner Coffee Shop for a little caffeine boost. This adorable coffee shop is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee, no matter how you like it, and just relax. If I was a local, I would probably take my laptop there and do whatever it is people do on their laptops in coffee shops….oh I have a blog now, I could work on that! The barista was very friendly and didn’t at all mind our indecisiveness while ordering. We ended up asking her for recommendations.
Laura chose the Sweet Bee Latte which is flavored with vanilla and honey. So good! I got the Crème Brulee Latte. This has caramel and white chocolate and is topped with cinnamon and raw sugar. How can you go wrong with that? My mom went with her ever faithful choice, the iced latte. We all really enjoyed our drinks and they gave us just the boost we needed to continue on with our adventure! Next up, dinner!
Corner Coffee Shop
3526 Old Philadelphia Pike
Intercourse, PA 17534
The second stop of our Lancaster County adventure was Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop. This sits in the middle of some beautiful Amish country and is a true authentic Amish bakery. They call themselves the all original “no chain bakery”. Who would want to go to a chain bakery in Lancaster anyways? That’s a big no, no! You have to go where they have the good stuff. Let me show you all they have to offer.
With homemade breads, pies, rolls, cinnamon buns, whoopie pies, cookies, and cakes, you are sure to find something you will love. They bake everything daily so you know everything is really fresh. Some of the items may still even be warm! Their specialty is the Dutch ShooFly Pie which is made with molasses and topped with crumbs.
Doesn’t that all look delicious? As if that wasn’t enough, they also make homemade ice cream. They have traditional flavors like chocolate and vanilla but if you are looking to get more creative try the blueberry cheesecake or the Mississippi mud. If the weather is nice, take your ice cream outside and enjoy the beautiful view. They have a playground and a petting zoo for the kids. The twins really enjoyed talking with the goats and chickens.
Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop is also a gift shop filled with really cute handmade crafts and home décor.
I hope you are enjoying our tasty tour of Lancaster County so far. I can’t wait to show you what’s next!
Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop
542 Gibbons Road
Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505
We arrived in Strasburg, PA around lunch time and I knew what the first stop had to be before anything else could be done…Speckled Hen. I have been listening to my sister rave about this place for months. She would probably make the 2 1/2 hour drive just for their iced coffee. I couldn’t stand to see it on Snapchat anymore. I needed to go there for myself. Speckled Hen, I have finally arrived.
When you walk in to Speckled Hen you may think, oh this is a cute little coffee shop, and it is. They do have really
really good coffee, but they don’t just do coffee. They do food. Really delicious, fresh, simple, local, food. Lunch and iced coffee were our missions. We started with our iced coffees which are served in cute mason jars. My sister was right… that’s some good iced coffee. We ordered Avocado Toast to share. Whole grain toast is slathered in avocado and topped with feta cheese, lime juice, and cherry tomatoes. This could be lunch everyday for me.
I ordered the Smoked Panini which has all the good things in life: turkey, bacon, smoked gouda, feta, cheddar, tomato and pesto mayo. If you put three types of cheese on my sandwich and make it all gooey, I am a happy girl. This sandwich very much lived up to its name with lots of smokey flavor.
Laura went with the Black Bean Burger. This was topped with cheddar, spinach, tomato, onion, and pesto mayo. Now I will admit, I am not one to look at a menu and get excited about a vegetarian burger. Nope. I want meat. A real burger. BUT this burger was amazing. So great in fact that you don’t miss the meat at all (look at me broadening my culinary horizons). It was slightly spicy and full of flavor. Not what I expected at all.
My mom ordered the Chicken Salad. Their house made Chicken Salad has candied walnuts and feta in it. It is placed on a bed of mixed greens and served with a poppyseed dressing. This salad was nice and light. Perfect for lunch on a hot day. The candied walnuts added sweetness which contrasted the tartness of the apples. Delicious!
Of course we couldn’t leave without trying one of the delicious items in their display case. We chose this stunning Espresso Cupcake with Peanut Butter Icing. This was the perfect ending to our meal. Full of chocolate flavor and that peanut butter icing…just let me eat that by the spoonful.
So this foodie trip has gotten off to a great start. We are now obsessed with Speckled Hen and little did we know we would be back the next night for dinner.
Stay tuned as I post where else we went on our first day!
141 E Main St., Strasburg, PA 17579
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania is one of my favorite places to be. My sister Laura fell in love with it while interning at a Bed and Breakfast there and has become very familiar with the area. She loves to go up whenever she can and sometimes the twins and I are lucky enough to go along. I too have quickly fallen in love with it and wish I could move there tomorrow! The gently rolling hills are filled with beautiful Amish farms where they work hard to maintain their way of life. Many farms have roadside stands where Amish families sell what they have grown or made. Laura knows all the delicious places to eat and shop and happily volunteers to be our tour guide. I knew I needed to go on another trip so I could blog about it (oh the sacrifices us food bloggers have to make). My Mom, Laura, the twins and I stayed two nights at the Old Stone Guesthouse in Atglen and spent a few days driving around and eating lots of amazing food.
Now, there was way too much deliciousness on this trip for one blog post. Consider this a sneak peek. I have listed all the places that we visited below and as I post about each place, that name will become a link and take you to read all about it.
I hope you enjoy!
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