Pittsburgh to Berlin, OH
Events of Saturday, September 15 to Sunday, September 23, 2012
As you can see from the title of the post, we went back to Amish country in Berlin, OH after leaving Pittsburgh. We love the Holmes County area and decided to return for a week or so before heading south even though the weather had turned markedly cooler. We had several days while we were in Pittsburgh with highs that barely made it into the 60s, and there were a couple of nights with lows in the 30s; but we still decided to take our time heading south so we could relax for a week in Amish country.
Our 9 days in Pittsburgh were hectic with all our appointments, but we had time for a little fun. During our visit, we shared dinner most evenings with Lora and J. Michael. The ladies went shopping on Saturday because Kohl's was having a big sale. Margery got some new threads and a new watch. Paul went to Lowe's and Home Depot to look around to gather information for some possible future projects.
On Sunday, we went to church with Lora and J. Michael and watched part of the Steeler game and the NASCAR race in the afternoon. We had dinner with Lora and J. Michael Sunday evening, and J. Michael's mom joined us. We always enjoy spending time with Mary Ann when we're in town.
Last year, we took Paul's step mom to a Chinese restaurant called Empire Palace for her birthday. We really liked Empire Palace, so we decided to go there for lunch after our morning dentist appointments on Tuesday since the dentist office was very close to the restaurant.
Empire Palace is a little different from most Chinese restaurants. The decor doesn't have the stereotypical red paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling and a mural of dragons on the wall. The decor is a bit more sophisticated, but the menu has all the familiar items including our favorite - General Tso's chicken. Lunch specials run $7.50 to $9.00 and include your choice of soup (egg drop, hot and sour or wonton) or an egg roll plus your choice of steamed or fried rice. We both had shrimp egg rolls and fried rice with our General Tso's chicken. We were looking forward to our meal because it was so delicious when we were there last spring. Empire Palace didn't disappoint. It was as good as we remembered.
On Wednesday, we took Paul's step mom to lunch for her birthday. This year, she chose Atria's Restaurant and Tavern. Atria's lunch menu includes pasta and seafood dishes as well as sandwiches and burgers. Entreés range in price from $10 to $15 and include a side dish such as pasta, rice or a vegetable. Sandwiches and burgers are about the same price as the lunch entreés and include fries, slaw or home made potato chips.
Atria's is currently having their Oktoberfest celebration that included several German specialties. Paul's step mom had sauerbraten with red cabbage and spätzle. Margery, Lora and Paul all had half a rotisserie chicken wrap with a cup of sherry crab soup. We thought the serving sizes were a little small for the price, but everything was delicious.
On Thursday, Margery met one of her former co-workers at TGI Friday's for lunch. They had a great time catching up.
Paul had lunch with some of his co-worker buds on Friday. They also had a lot of fun, and Paul learned about all the changes that are going on where he used to work. He was very glad he is retired.
Saturday was the day we did our weekly cleaning of the motor home and did some of our pre-departure chores such as dumping, checking tire pressures and checking oil. Lora and J. Michael went about some of their usual weekend activities earlier in the day. Margery and Lora got in another afternoon of shopping which resulted in finding a few more bargains including a dress we were happy to get as an early gift for Lora's late-October birthday.
On Saturday evening, Lora and J. Michael treated us to dinner at the nearby Bahama Breeze to celebrate Paul's birthday.
Bahama Breeze gets pretty crowded after about 5:30 or 6:00 PM on a Saturday evening, but we got there early enough to beat the crowds. We shared an appetizer of firecracker shrimp. For dinner, the ladies had almond-crusted talapia, J. Michael had curried shrimp and rice and Paul had Jamaican jerk chicken.
We shared a chocolate island for dessert. Yum!
On Sunday, we said our good-byes and headed back to Scenic Hills RV Park in Berlin, OH. We got the same site we had when we were at Scenic Hills before we went to Pittsburgh.
While in Berlin, we planned on having a few more meals at Der Dutchman and meeting up with a college friend of Margery. Beyond that, we weren't sure what we would find to do. Stay tuned.