Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women


Name:
Erick Macek

Age:
28

Hometown:
Bethlehem, PA

Occupation:
Musician (Original Artist). Check out my website Erick Macek.com and my myspace page.

Marital Status:
Single

1. Where do you like to flirt?

I tend to be a very outgoing person, so I like to talk. In that respect, I like to flirt anywhere life takes me. So, from grocery stores, beaches, restaurants, bars, even church. I don’t think there should be a time and place to be yourself, or in this case … flirt!

2. What are your favorite places to eat and drink?

Well, it depends what type of atmosphere you’re looking for. Here’s my breakdown. Lehigh Pizza is well known locally and was voted one of the best pizza places in the area. So, you can get your pizza and 40oz fix there. Also, 3rd street Chicken and Ribs is a great place for the quick and easy.

Bringing it up a notch, Bethlehem Brew works (upstairs) and Steel Garden (downstairs) are great local places to eat and drink. FYI – Steel Garden has over 100 Belgian Beers on their menu. For a little bit more of a fun atmosphere, Starters Pub is a great place to go. The complex was built in what used to be the Johnson Machinery Shop of Bethlehem Steel.

If cozy is what you’re looking for then head over to McCarthy’s Tea Room in Donegal Square, right off Main Street. Great food and atmosphere. Also, there a great chef there. Tell Kelly I said hello.

And for dessert, you have to head over to The Cup for some ice cream. it’s right down the street from my high school. For the latest and greatest, here is a great website to check out what Bethlehem has to offer.

3. Where should we stay when we visit?

Almost without hesitation, I’d recommend the Historic Bethlehem. It’s right on main street and close to a lot of great sights and shops.

4. What qualities do you find irresistible in a woman?

Honesty and respect come to mind right off the bat. I’m a man that was brought up in a strict European (Slovak) upbringing. So, even with the modern culture, I’m all about common courtesy.

However, back to some qualities … I really get turned on by attractive women that aren’t afraid to get down n’ dirty. And by that, I mean, physical activities like hiking, fishing, camping, ice skating and so on. Getting your fingernails dirty can be hot ladies!

In regards to physical qualities, definitely eyes! However, I melt for tall girls, so I’m also a big fan of great legs :)

5. Where can we find you on a free Sunday afternoon?

Living in California, but being from Pennsylvania, I’ve morphed into such a laid back character, so outside of traveling, I love to lay on the beach, enjoy the weather by having breakfast or lunch outside. Honestly, I love good company, so I’m very carpe diem. If I’m free on a Sunday afternoon … let’s do something!

6. What do you love most about your hometown (besides our arrival)?

I love my hometown of Bethlehem. I have a lot of great memories and met a lot of great people, include people from my high school at Liberty.

But, not living there anymore, I have a great appreciation for the history of my hometown. It was a huge steel mill town that created a lot of jobs for people during the WWII era. Being Slovak, I love the history and culture that Bethlehem has provided in bringing people together.

On the FUN side of life, I LOVE Musikfest!!! Every year in August, Bethlehem holds a music and arts festival that brings people together from all around the world. I love it because a lot of my old friends come back in town just for Musikfest. It’s great because I love hanging out at the polka tent, making my way to the beer garden, eating a gyro, catching an up and coming act, then seeing a national act and still having time to hit the bars after the festival ends for the day!

7. What should we bring when we visit? What should we leave with?

We totally have all four seasons here, so pack accordingly. It tends to be very humid and hot during the summer season and below freezing in the winter season, so my suggestion is to overpack! As far as what to leave with… You have to leave with a Musikfest Beer Mug because year after year, you can reuse them. So, in essence, they become a memorabilia piece.

8. What do we absolutely have to see while we’re there?

Well, there is a lot of history, so there are museums that you can make a quick stop at, so 3rd street in Bethlehem would be a great place to visit. Also, the public library is a nice landmark to watch a sunset and at night, you can see our famous “Star of Bethlehem.” There is Main Street that you should definitely take a walk through.

9. Any areas of town we should avoid?

Honestly, there’s really not much to avoid. I guess dark alleys and look both ways before you cross.

10. Any local secrets you want to share?

A few little secrets I want to share. Moravian College and Lehigh University are the two colleges that are well known in our area. Every year on the Lehigh fields, the Philadelphia Eagles football team come and practice. Also, Transformers 2 was filmed in Bethlehem using all the old school steel mill props. Finally, Musikfest is a great event and the best kept secret of the Lehigh Valley!

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