McDonald’s Offers Free Coffee For Breakfasters

Logo of McCafé (McDonald's).

Logo of McCafé (McDonald’s). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald’s is offering free coffee to its customers for a limited time as competition for the breakfast crowd intensifies.

The world’s biggest hamburger chain announced Friday that participating U.S. locations will offer small cups of McCafe coffee at no charge during breakfast hours from March 31 through April 13.

McDonald’s said that this is the first time it’s ever had a free coffee event nationwide. Its McCafe product line, which also includes iced coffees and other drinks, debuted in the U.S. in 2009.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20140328_ap_1b9a662a7c944ed3b68c30a4a37c9644.html#zKZw22x0Fl9EoVrC.99

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McDonald’s Eyes Extending Breakfast Hours

English: An Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich fr...

English: An Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich from McDonald’s, as bought in North America. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) – McDonald’s is in the early stages of looking at whether it can make breakfast available later in the day.

Fans of the Egg McMuffin and Sausage Biscuit have long wanted the option to get breakfast at McDonald’s after 10:30 a.m. But offering both the breakfast and lunch menu was considered logistically impossible, given the tight kitchen spaces of the restaurants.

Still, it’s an option the chain is eyeing more seriously at a time when people’s eating habits are changing – particularly those coveted customers in their 20s and 30s known as Millennials.

“We know, as an example, that breakfast on the weekend cut off at 10:30 doesn’t go very well,” Jeff Stratton, head of McDonald’s USA, said in an interview.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20140224_ap_3712c07188854fe899dd44747e6f8a65.html#gCH1TTcZDmOVmBFU.99

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Pancakes, All You Can Eat, Will Benefit Pottstown Music Education

POTTSTOWN, PA — So do you like pancakes?

Do you really, REALLY like pancakes.

Then you need to get yourself, family, friends and neighbors down to the Goodwill Fire Company on Saturday morning when an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The breakfast includes the afore-mentioned pancakes, plus bacon, sausage, coffee, tea, water and orange juice.

Tickets are $7 in advance and Friday is the last day to buy advance tickets.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20131022/pancakes-all-you-can-eat-will-benefit-pottstown-music-education

New Cafe Opens In Downtown Reading

Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United Stat...

Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States with township and municipal boundaries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reading PA – The customers of the cafe on the first floor of the M&T Bank building didn’t have much time to be disappointed when Dessert Dreamz moved to West Reading in June.

That’s because the cafe at 50 N. Fifth St. was vacant for only about a week until it reopened with the name Reggie’s Place.

Reggie McMullen, 54, of Cumru Township said she has worked in the food industry all of her life and served as catering manager for Panera Bread.

Building owner Alan Shuman knew of McMullen’s experience and contacted her when he found out Dessert Dreamz would be moving.

Read more: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=502219

TriCounty Landlords Breakfast

Presented by the TCN Homeless Services Program

 

Thursday, February 21, 8:30 am – 10:00 am

 

(Snow Date Thursday, February 28 same time and location)

Zion United Church of Christ

209 Chestnut Street, Pottstown

(Corner of Hanover & Chestnut Streets)

Informative Speakers; Networking Opportunities; Connections to Social Service Agencies in the Community; Information to Help Make Your Job Easier

For more information contact TriCounty Community Network at (610) 705-3301

www.TCNetwork.org

Breakfast With Santa At Pottstown YMCA

Christmas in the post-War United States

Christmas in the post-War United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Freedom Valley YMCA at Pottstown, 724 North Adams Street, will host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, November 24th from 8 to 11 am.   Santa’s making his list and checking it twice, so plan to share a pancakes & sausage breakfast with Jolly Ole St. Nick.   Proceeds benefit the YMCA’s Seahawk National Swim Team.  Photos ops with Santa will also be available.

Tickets are available at the Y in advance or at the door – $3 for ages 3-11; $5 for ages 12 and older and children under 3 eat free.

For more information, call 610.323.7300 orwww.fvymca.org.

Are You Prepared For An Emergency?

In the event of a natural disaster, would you know what to do?   Attend Tuesday’s TCN Membership Meeting and learn how to Make a Family Emergency Preparedness Plan!

Tuesday, April 17, 8am-10am

 Montgomery County Community College, West Campus

Community Room, 101 College Drive, Pottstown

Presented by the

TCN Environmental Awareness Program

Special thanks to our breakfast sponsor
Manatawny Manor

 For more information or to register call 610-705-3301, Ext. 2.

 Membership Meeting Agenda

8:00am-8:30am Breakfast & Networking

8:30am-8:40am Introductions

8:40am-8:50am Announcements

8:50am-9:00am Breakfast Sponsor Presentation

9:00am-10:00am Presentation

 Become a Breakfast Sponsor!

Sponsor an upcoming TCN membership meeting and receive 10 minutes on the agenda to promote your business or organization. 
You will also receive your own resource table to display marketing materials. 
For more information please call 610-705-3301, Ext. 2 or email sponsor@tcnetwork.org.      

 Meeting Fees

Meetings are free for members.

$25 fee for non-members.

If you would like to join TCN or to see if your membership is current, please call 610-705-3301, Ext. 2 or email membership@tcnetwork.org.

TCN Winter 2012 Membership Meeting Schedule

TCN Winter 2012 Membership Meeting Schedule

Date & Time

Location

Topic

Tuesday
February 21

8am-10am

Montgomery County Community College, West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown

Build Up Youth

Tuesday

March 20

8am-10am

Montgomery County Community College, West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown

Caregivers Support & Resources

 

Membership Meeting Agenda

8:00am-8:30am Breakfast & Networking

8:30am-8:40am Introductions

8:40am-8:50am Announcements

8:50am-9:00am Breakfast Sponsor Presentation

9:00am-10:00am Presentation

Become a Breakfast Sponsor!

Sponsor an upcoming TCN membership meeting and receive 10 minutes on the agenda to promote your business or organization. 
You will also receive your own resource table to display marketing materials. 
For more information please call 610-705-3301, Ext. 2 or email sponsor@tcnetwork.org.      

Meeting Fees

Meetings are free for members.

$25 fee for non-members.

If you would like to join TCN or to see if your membership is current, please call 610-705-3301, Ext. 2 or email membership@tcnetwork.org.

The Pottstown Cup – A Review

I had dinner at The Cup tonight and it was like visiting an old friend.

The place was packed, which is a great sign.  When I passed by this week I noticed there were a good amount of cars in the parking lot.  They opened Monday and it was a struggle to wait until Friday night to eat there.

I was hoping the menu would be more reflective of when Gerber’s owned the restaurant instead of the new incarnations which were too upscale and expensive for the type of establishment The Cup is.  Sandwiches, inexpensive platters and of course desserts, including ice cream, are back on the menu! 

This North End eatery has been a favorite and frequent spot for many Pottstown area residents.  When we walked in the door we immediately saw a family we know.  Once we made our way back to the dining room we saw three more couples we know.  For a moment I felt like I was at Cheers, where everybody knows your name.  In the past, many people at here once a week, or more.

There was only one item on the menu that I saw over $10.00 and that was a steak.  Most platters ranged from $6.95 to $9.95 and come with one vegetable and the soup and salad bar.  Of course sandwiches, hoagies, steaks, club sandwiches, salads and appetizers were on the menu and moderately priced as well.  There were specials on the board when you first walked in along with the regular menu items.

There were two soups, which I would say were homemade.  New England clam chowder and Italian Wedding (I think). We both had the Clam Chowder and were quite pleased.  The salad bar is small but has enough items to make a decent salad.  Rolls and butter were delivered to the table as well.

My girlfriend ordered the Chopped Steak which comes with sautéed onions and gravy.  She skipped the gravy but one of the couples we know said the gravy was good.  I ordered the Fried Haddock (two pieces) which comes with homemade tartar sauce.  We each ordered mashed potatoes as our one vegetable.

When the food came it was hot, prepared as requested and delicious.  The chopped steak was moist but not greasy.  It was a nice size!  My haddock was moist; it was not greasy nor was it over cooked.  The two pieces of fish were ample.  The mashed potatoes were instant but I didn’t expect they would be real.

The service was good.  Things were a little chaotic because they were very busy and this is the first week, however we had no complaints.  We were asked several times how the food was and did we need refills or anything else.  Everyone was friendly and attentive.

I give two Roy’s Rants thumbs up and hope business stays brisk.  I for one really missed The Cup and hope it is back to stay! 

The Cup is located at 903 N. Charlotte Street in Pottstown’s North End.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served.   Breakfast is served all day.

Pottstown’s Newest Breakfast Spot – Ice House!

Ice House recently started serving breakfast.  This morning I made a spur of the moment visit and must confess that it was excellent!  I have eaten at Ice House for years and have always enjoyed their food, so I was expecting big things from breakfast and was not disappointed.

Ice House hired a new breakfast chef and came up with a pretty comprehensive breakfast menu.  My friend and I both ordered the same thing but with variations.  One of the best deals on the menu is their combination platter.  Two eggs (any style), two pancakes or pieces of French toast, two strips of bacon or sausage patties and toast (white, wheat or rye).  There was so much food we each had two plates!  I had scrambled eggs, sausage patties, rye toast and French toast.  My friend had eggs over easy, bacon, French toast and either white or wheat toast.

The French toast is made with two thick slices of brioche.  The sausage patties are huge, made fresh and the bacon is thick sliced.  You also get your choice of homemade jam for your toast (strawberry, blueberry or raspberry).  I had strawberry and my friend had blueberry…OMG!  A breakfast fit for a king or queen, for only $7.99!

In addition to what we ordered, there are breakfast sandwiches, omelets, breakfast scrambles, eggs Benedict, creamed chipped beef and the list goes on and on.  Another homemade delight on the menu is donuts.  My friend had one with breakfast and took six home.  $2.49 for a half-dozen and $4.99 a dozen.  She said the donut was excellent!

Between adding breakfast and the new remodel, Ice House is poised to be around for another 20 years.  Two Roy’s Rants thumbs up for price, quality and quantity.  If you have not already tried Ice House for breakfast I hope you will give them a try.  I do not think you will be disappointed.

Ice House Steaks & Pizza

Corner of King and Manatawny Streets

Pottstown, PA  19464

Voice (610) 326-9999

Internet  http://icehousedelivers.com/new/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=82:breakfast-ice-house&catid=30:themenu&Itemid=78

Bistro 137 – A Restaurant Review

As promised, I visited Bistro 137 on High Street in downtown Pottstown for breakfast this morning.  I have some interior shots for you and a review of breakfast.

When my breakfast companion and I entered the restaurant we were cheerfully greeted by what appeared to be the owner and two young women who were servers.  We were the only customers for a little while but while we were there 4-5 people came in and ordered breakfast to go.

The interior has been redone.  It is bright and cheerful, yet tasteful.  The menu gives diners a nice selection without overwhelming them with too many choices.

My friend ordered coffee and I ordered hot tea.  Coffee and tea come in three sizes, small, medium and large.  We both ordered a medium, which is a nice size.  My friend likes a good cup of coffee.  Her rating on the coffee was excellent (and she has high standards).

A wooden box was brought to the table and I was allowed to choose my tea from at least a dozen flavors.  Since it was breakfast, I stuck with good old Lipton.  Sweeteners are on the table.  Skim milk, whole milk and half and half are available for those who like a little cow with their beverage.  Hot drinks come in paper cups like at Wawa, with a cozy to keep your hand from getting too hot and a lid.  This is nice if you don’t finish your beverage; you can walk right out the door with it.  Mediums are $1.85.

We both decided on an omelet.  My friend ordered the American omelet and I ordered the Italian omelet.  They come with a choice of bread or roll.  We both decided on a roll with some basil in it.  I especially thought that would be a nice compliment to my Italian omelet.  After a reasonable amount of time, the food emerged from the kitchen.  It was hot and delicious. 

The Italian omelet is filled with Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, peppers and onions.  It was a nice size and had just the right amount of each ingredient.  The basil roll was large and excellent (just the right amount of basil).  The server brought us butter for our rolls and for once there was enough butter!

My friend’s American omelet was filled with American cheese and bacon.  She thoroughly enjoyed it!  It appeared to have a decent amount of bacon in it.  The omelets were the same size, so their portion control is consistent.  She had the same basil roll and enjoyed it as well.

The atmosphere is casual, comfortable and we enjoyed a nice conversation about movies while we were there.  Good place to grab a bite with family or friends and relax.  Prices won’t kill your budget either.  The omelets were $4.50 each.  Our total bill, including drinks and tax was $13.46

We give two Roy’s Rants thumbs up to Bistro 137.  We plan on making a return trip to review their lunch menu.

Hours of operation are daily from 7:30am to 2:30pm. 

Voice:  (484) 300-4829

Internet: www.bistro137.com

Bistro 137 Opens On High Street In Downtown Pottstown

We have a new restaurant in the 100 block of High Street in downtown Pottstown.  Bistro 137 opened this week. 

They are open daily between 7am and 2:30pm serving breakfast and lunch.  I stopped in to grab a menu so that my readers will know about this new addition to our downtown.

Located in the building that formerly housed Churchill, Bistro 137 has a nice offering at very reasonable prices.  Breakfast includes bagels, pancakes, waffles, french toast, Danish, muffins, turnovers, oatmeal, low-fat granola with yogurt, yogurt, eggs, omelets and hash browns.  Everything on the breakfast menu is under $5!

Lunch includes appetizers, salads, cold sandwiches or wraps, New York style sandwiches and wraps, Bistro 137 signature sandwiches and wraps, Panini and soups.  Nothing over $9.

Drinks include coffee, tea, smoothies (a variety of flavors) soda, juice, bottled water and an expresso bar!

Bistro 137 also does catering!

I will be stopping in and giving Bistro 137 a try soon.  Look for a restaurant review!

Voice (484) 300-4826

Fax (484) 300-4829

Email: bistro137@gmail..com

Internet: www.bistro137.com