But I can’t help it. I can’t imagine another place with so many good foodie finds in such a small area. And so many nice people. Today I’m thinking of Heather and Bob Kuban, who own Currant Thymes in Ligonier (136 E. Main Street, 724.238.2930) and Kandi Newell and her husband Dave, who run Old Linn Run Coffee Roastery, in Rector, Pennsylvania. Not only did these folks generously give samples out to the ladies on my culinary tour, but they sell some of my favorite treats to purchase for myself and for gifts.
One of my rules of stops on the tours is that the owners have to be kind and the products/services have to be the best. Heather sells some of the finest maple syrup on the planet, tapped in Rockwood on the Paul Bunyan Maple Syrup Camp. Their Maple Cream is smooth and sweet, heaven on a spoon, or on pancakes, waffles or toast, too. Heather also carries a line of towels from a company called Mu Kitchen.(The Mu is missing an umlaut – two dots – over the u, but I couldn’t find it on the WordPress symbol tab.) They’re colorful and stylish, and I especially love the ones with the built in scrubbers. Heather samples a warm spicy chocolate dessert soup, a broccoli cheese soup and a rich puff pastry hors’ deuvre filled with brie and Meyer lemon preservs. Oh my! And then there was Kandi. Working hard to promote her small batch coffee roasting business, she cheerfully explained all about their beans and the roasting process. And the subsequent brewed coffee was (is) the best. Full flavored with some zip, the Bobolink Farms Brazilian is my favorite.
My tour was called Hidden Culinary Treasures in the Laurel Highlands, but I would love it if everyone knew about these folks. They wouldn’t be so hidden, but they’ll always be treasures to me.