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Take the Happy Valley Detour

By Cara Aungst
 

Say the words “football weekend,” and you already have a picture in your mind. You know where you are going to order that pizza, what you’re going to pick up at The Book Store to bring home with you, and the bottle of wine you’ll buy. (See, it’s right there.) That’s the great thing about being in one of the best small college towns in the world, after all — it’s small! We know it by heart, and we love it.

 

Local foods alumni cannot live without

Last week, we asked Penn State alumni on Facebook what they missed the most about Happy Valley when they are away. Even now, you're probably thinking about your favorite restaurant, maybe even down to a favorite table or booth, and that food craving you can't quite satisfy anywhere else.
 

Alumni obliged with their dream food from their favorite spot, some old, some new, and some a distant memory. Here are their top picks:
 

Seasonal Food Favorites

Every season comes with an array of flavors, a bounty of culinary experiences that take our minds back to seasons past — pumpkin spice and apple pie in the fall, gingerbread and hot cocoa in the winter, the first asparagus shoots and salads of spring. Then summer comes with its sizzling barbecues, juicy watermelon, farm‑fresh corn on the cob and fruity pitchers of your favorite backyard beverages.

Your Table is Waiting at The Nittany Lion Inn

You don't have to be a guest at The Nittany Lion Inn to enjoy their food events, and that's a good thing. Because their themed dinners, indulgent buffets and locally-inspired menus are the perfect addition to your spring. Upgrade your next night out with a meal at The Dining Room, or at Whiskers, their pub-style eatery.

Try something new!

Whether you’re looking for a great donut, an ice cream treat or a massage, there are several new businesses worth checking out. Let’s take a quick spin through Happy Valley to check out what’s new and where you should go this Blue-White Weekend.

Best French Fries in Happy Valley

July 13 is National French Fry Day! Hot, crispy, seasoned fries are a delicious guilty pleasure, and despite their unhealthy reputation, deep down, everyone loves a heaping basket of fries. Happy Valley has some of the best for your indulgence; here are some favorite options to satisfy your cravings!

The Field

Valentine’s Day at the Nittany Lion Inn

The Nittany Lion Inn, in all its warm and inviting glory, is an ideal place to spend a romantic Valentine's Day evening.

Their special four-course menu will offer exquisite specialties as well as some of the Inn's most famous local favorites, like their Lobster Bisque and Death by Chocolate Cake. 

Check out the full menu below.

 

 

 

 

 

Gigi’s Is a Valentine’s Day Game-Changer

Gigi’s Southern Table always does it right, and this Valentine’s Day will be no exception. Gigi’s is offering its 2017 Valentine’s Day menu not only for V-Day on Tuesday, but Monday, too.

Take a look at the mouthwatering menu—and make your reservations before they run out!

 

 

 

 

Small Plate

Fire Roasted Manchester Farms Double Stuffed Quail

Barrel 21 Made Some Changes and You'll Love Them

On August 2, Barrel 21 reopened after a two week hiatus and came back with a new menu and new chef. Already fairly new on the scene (Barrel 21, located just in front of Otto's Pub and Brewery, originally opened just over a year ago), the restaurant is changing a few things to make their dining experience shine and their drinking experience as amazing as dining at a distillery can be. So what's different and why do you need to add this to your Happy Valley bucket list this fall?

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