One of the biggest drawbacks to living in Iowa is that I am half way across the country from where I grew up, and coincidentally my parents.
When I sought out summer jobs I was looking for something that would temporarily take me out of the “Field of Opportunities” and replace my scenery with something new and exciting.
When I was offered a job in Pennsylvania I immediately took it since I would be a do-able 6 hours away from my parents in Massachusetts. After much excitement and planning I finally got to visit with my parents on one of my breaks a few weekends ago.
It’s a long standing tradition to frequent the Outback Steakhouse whenever we get to see each other, so we headed straight to the nearest one in Lancaster.
For my meal I opted for a side salad and shared a small steak with my Mom.
After some catch-up conversation we headed back to our hotel for the night and took an evening stroll to a local ice cream shop. Still in the camp frame of mind I ordered the closest thing I could to a Smores: graham cracker ice cream, marshmallow + hot fudge.
After a glorious nights sleep we woke up for a delicious morning breakfast of oatmeal with some peanut butter and then we headed downtown.
We stumbled upon an indoor market bustling with people, vendors and local goodies of all kinds.
We swung by the Herb Shop and got some herbs and delicious homemade teas.
And we checked out some organic, locally grown produce.
I even learned about lemon cucumbers, which I had never heard of before.
After the market we took a few non-Christmas family photos and geared up for a quick lunch.
We drove past Five Guys and I suggested we stop after hearing a few positive things about it from different people.
I settled on the standard burger + fry combo and was satisfied with both of my choices. It was definitely a step up from its fast-food counterparts, but it was fast-food nonetheless!
We hopped back into the car and headed straight to the closest winery we could find: Tamanend.