Tapas is a local, Spanish Restaurant. For this Happy Hour, Brian Panella wanted to really light the place up for the evening!!!
I have walked past Tapas countless times when I am in Bethlehem. It has been on my list of places to check out. The happy hour gave me a perfect reason to stop by. I am very glad I did. I really didn't know what to expect.
When I walked in, the place was busy. Tapas is split into two sections, a dining room and main bar area. I was in the main bar area.
Atmosphere: Tapas is a very relaxing place to go. It has a cross between an upscale restaurant and slightly historical feel. When I say upscale, I mean low light, low key feel. In comparison to a sports bar / typical family restaurant.
Food: I admit to never trying or hearing of tapas before I stopped by here. They had a few on the specials menu, figured why Not? I am always open to trying new things. If you want to know what I had, see the photo. Yes, the food is very high quality and excellent taste!
Service: Sitting at the bar, I had a great view to observe the service level customers were receiving. The entire staff works hard to provide an excellent level of service. Bartenders, waitresses and manager were checking on customers, serving food and answering any questions. Yes, I did have a few. They were very helpful with suggestions on food. Like I said, first time for everything! There was not lag time in service, even though the bar was busy.
Employee Interaction: No complaints here. The staff joked around with each other. Bartenders were not bumping into another. I did not observe any attitudes or tension between the staff.
Overall Recommendation: Even if you have never heard of tapas (food), stop in here! You will find the combination of food / atmosphere / service, a welcome break and escape from your day. Place Tapas (restaurant), high on your list if you are in the Lehigh Valley. Stop in. Say hi. Try the drinks (alcohol / non-alcohol). Try some new food. You never know, this may become a regular stop.
Will I be back: Yes! For all the reasons I have stated. Thanks to Brian and the staff at Tapas. To the staff: You made a great / first-time impression on this journalist.
I wanted to give this cafe a quick mention. Today was the second time I stopped by. The first was at the grand opening. Like most places, they had a Valentine's Day event. I am single, so, scratch the "dinner for two" part. I see what the food and service were like.
I arrived around 4:15. The place was empty. No big deal. Early for dinner. After having a short conversation with the person at the counter, I decided on a BLT. I was informed they had free samples of potato chips. Sounds good to me. The BLT was good. This may sound strange, but, I was impressed with the chips. I asked what brand and was told none. They are made at A Taste of Soul. Leaving the skins on is a key to the taste.
The service, excellent. I did not even realize there was a slight delay. Until someone apologized for it.
A Taste of Soul has a good variety in their menu. The layout is very relaxing. Tables along the counter with a main dining section in the back. It's a place with good food where you can take a break from life.
Tangles is a hair Salon and Spa located at 2414 Butler St. I decided to stop by after receiving an invite to the event. The re-grand opening sounded interesting. I always look for new things to write about. The event started at 4. I arrived a little after 6. Unfortunately, due to my schedule, I will not be doing a full review. I will save that one for a few weeks. The review will be done when I have an appointment. Usual intro. done, time for a quick overview.
Looking at the event on Facebook, I expected a fairly good turnout. Well, that was an understatement.
When I walked in my first thought: "Is this a business opening or art exhibit?" I will get to the art exhibit part shortly. Tangles was packed. I wanted to get an overall feel for the salon. I, slowly, navigated my way around. The overall look was modern and somewhat artistic. Ceiling lights are hung on a curved rail going around the main styling area. Mirrors for each station have curved edges. Impressed so far with combining a traditional salon with a modern, artistic flair. Two other rooms are set off to the left and right. The front or main desk / waiting area is one. The other is hair dryers (See Professional Note). Both areas have seats for anyone waiting.
Due to time constraints and crowd, I did not have a chance to speak with any of the staff. I did observe they were very friendly and professional. I noticed people asking questions which they gladly answered. I know, everyone expects that at an opening. Not every opening has genuine enthusiasm and professionalism by it's staff. Yes, I can pick off people being real vs. fake. Trust me on this one. Overall feel and staff covered. Art exhibit opening, closing comments round this one out.
The thought of being at an exhibit opening has a few reasons. Champagne and food were one, providing a more upscale feel to the event. Food samples were Carrabba's. Add that restaurant to my list. The overall layout of Tangles is another reason. I mentioned the mirrors and lights. A window with waterfall caught my attention.
Closing Comments: Everyone there appeared to enjoy themselves. I spoke with a few people. They were impressed with Tangles, not just the event but the salon and staff. I noticed at least one appointment was made. There will be two more articles on Tangles Salon & Spa. Next up, I will try to meet with the owner and speak with some of the staff. Last one: review while having a styling appointment.
Professional Note: I am not an expert on Salons by a long shot! I go in, tell the stylist what I want. Let her work the magic, pay and leave. Like other categories I review, there are specific points I look for. Hair salons are no different.
I want to apologize for not speaking with the staff in this quick review. I try to make interaction a major part of every review I write. Giving you a good feel for any business and it's staff is very important to me. I will post more photos in the next two articles / reviews. As always, comments are always welcome! Thanks for reading this. :)