Monday, April 21, 2008

Meeting Donald Kraybill

On Saturday night, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting esteemed Anabaptist scholar, Donald B. Kraybill. Kraybill and his son-in-law Daniel Rodriguez were signing their book The Amish of Lancaster County at Barnes & Noble in Lancaster. I think I flabbergasted him by presenting ten of his books and asking him to sign them. He was most gracious and said this was an historic moment and requested that Daniel make several photos of us together. We talked for quite awhile and I'm sure I was the typical star-struck fanboy, but I tried to carry on a pseudo-academic conversation with the master of all that is Amish himself. We compared stories and he asked me which families I knew and so on. He then held a wonderful book discussion and I felt like I had just sat at the foot of the master. It made me want to pack up, enroll at Elizabethtown and get a degree in this stuff. It was a truly awesome experience that I won't ever forget.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Turkey Hill Ice Cream

In one of my earlier posts I was recounting the flavors I had on my last visit to Amish Country. Here is an update.

Gertrude Hawk Box of Chocolates: This is a limited edition flavor that was slated for February. It was hard to find when I first got to PA, but by the early part of the week we were able to find it. This has a milk chocolate ice cream base that is truly amazing. It also has white chocolate pieces, raspberry chocolate cups, and chocolate covered almonds. This is one of the better ice creams I've had.

Black Raspberry: This was a favorite among my Amish friends. I found it to be very good for a basic fruit flavor. I tend to favor ice cream with more inclusions, but it was quite food.

Chocolate Marshmallow: I love marshmallow swirl in ice cream and this is one of the best flavors I've had. I need to stock up on this.

Philadelphia Style All-Natural Vanilla Bean: This was great, we used it to make root beer floats with the Amish. It was gone pretty quickly.

The Spa at Intercourse Village

The next time you visit Lancaster County, I highly recommend spending some time at The Spa at Intercourse Village. On my recent visit I had a one hour therapeutic massage and my wife had a spa pedicure. We both had a wonderful experience. My therapist was named Sam and she was an extremely nice lady who made me feel comfortable and carried on a conversation with me while she did my massage. She and I had a lot in common, namely our love of brown buttered noodles and Turkey Hill tea. The massage experience was great and helped ease the tension in my worn down neck and back. After the massage I was given a snack and some water while my wife's spa pedicure finished up. The prices are reasonable and the staff is great. So, next time you are in Amish Country, take some time for yourself and visit the Spa.