Hungry in Harrisburg: A community blog

Join recent transplant Joelle Shea as she discovers food in central Pennsylvania for the first time. Get information on the restaurants she tries, as well as recipes and cooking tips.

In summer, the song sings itself

Written by Joelle Shea, Community blogger | May 10, 2012 12:36 AM

In summer, the song sings itself – William Carlos Williams

Sure, warmer weather and sunshine signal summertime to most, but for those of us who care enough about food to read this blog, our palate is often the one to notify us of the change of seasons.

In the past week, I've had a few glorious tastes of summer:

Strawberries – did you know May is National Strawberry Month? (Sidenote, you would have known if you follow me on twitter). Strawberries, in all of their tarty, sweet,  nutritious goodness are a sure herald of summer. Eat them raw, put in them in a drink or bake them in dessert- happy Strawberry month!

Ballpark Hotdog – I went to my first Harrisburg Senators game last week, and they won! I'm probably their lucky charm.  Anyway, there was a lot I appreciated about the park as a newcomer to Central PA – easy and relatively cheap parking, clean facilities, ballpark fare and friendly faces.  After a few innings, I realized that the main difference between games here and games in DC is that I was seeing families - parents and kids – together at the park. In major cities, it's just impossible to afford a trip to a ballpark as a family.

Also, Sena-tators? How have I lived this long without eating homemade potato chips off a stick?!

Summer Drinks and Cocktails – bring on the Hefeweizen and fruity cocktails! Last week, I imbibed a yummy Hendricks Gin and cucumber martini at Gibraltar in Lancaster and it wet my whistle for more summer drinks – preferably outside on a patio – to come.

Those are my tastes of summer – what foods and drinks do you look forward to as the temperature rises? What restaurants, festivals or food should I check out in Central PA this summer?

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