To sweeten the deal, there will be FREE pizza, plus I “helped” brew a #March12Maibock with The Brewery at Hershey, which will be released at the party! (Brewmaster Ryan and I share the same birthday, along with a few other special guests!)
This event is FREE and open to the PUBLIC.
Special prizes for other March babies. (Don’t forget your I.D.) Plus, other samples and freebies. Hope to see you there!
Enjoy the talent of some of the area’s best theater performers with a special FREE presentation this Saturday at the Harrisburg Mall.
Running from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Center Court, cast members from some of the best theater programs in the Harrisburg area will perform a special Broadway Showcase for patrons of the Harrisburg Mall.
Cast members from Bishop McDevitt (Seussical the Musical), Harrisburg Christian Performing Arts Center (High School Musical Jr), TapNArts Dance Studio (Annie), Open Stage of Harrisburg (hits from various shows and their Wish Upon a Star program), Encore Home School Productions and the Hershey Area Playhouse (Gypsy) are scheduled to sing a selection of songs from their respective shows.
Plus, I’ll be your host for the Broadway Showcase. See you there!
It’s been a pretty stellar weekend so far. We started with Happy Hour at Moe’s (forcing our city friends to the west shore for a soon-to-be-monthly reign), and I followed that up with a marathon shopping day with my mom (our annual birthday tradition), then dinner at Hellenic Kouzina and drinks with good friends.
Me & Mom – before I dropped a hot wing on my shirt.
My plan today is: office work, gym, laundry, read magazines, cook something amazing, cuddle on couch with the dog. Maybe in that order, maybe not.
I don’t know what happened, but it was a light week on the blog, and my desk is filled yet again. I’m still working on finding that balance of desk time and in-person time. Any tips from those of you with similar schedules?
By the way, if you haven’t yet — “spring forward” your clocks and watches.
Beer lovers can attend a special “Meeting of the Malts” on March 27 with high-profile craft beer industry folks — there are 4 options: pre-event drinks, 5-course beer pairing & panel discussion, post-event drinks, or a VIP ticket to all three.
Does anyone else feel like this is the winter that just will not die? To beat my winter blahs I’ve been focusing on the fact that spring is just right around the corner. When warmer weather comes knocking, spring beers answer the door with crispy hops and lighter body than their winter counterparts. This year, you can look forward to the return of great annual releases as well as a few new faces joining the crowd.
In the “oldie but a goodie category” I’m leading off with my all-time favorite warmer weather brew Bell’s Oberon. My ode to this ale gets longer and longer each year, but nothing will make you feel better than a nice cold one of these on that first day when the air smells fresh again. I like to think of it as a less-intense wheat beer. Think Dreamweaver-light. Oberon is a wheat ale brewed with a spicy hop build creating a bit of peppery-ness but is balanced completely by its smooth citrus flavor leaving a hint of orange in the finish. While Bell’s claims this is their summer seasonal it’s early arrival on March 24 makes it a spring brew in my book.
What a week! Tonight my husband and I finally have a date night together — after a work thing for him, of course. We’re hoping to head to The Garlic Poet for their spring menu launch. Read my recent dining review. But I’m also pretty excited for Happy Hour tomorrow. I’ve been craving beer and wings all week since we made the plans, and we’re heading to Moe’s after work.
Dinner specials at Hellenic Kouzina.
On Saturday, my mom and I have our annual birthday shopping extravaganza. I’m in the market for some new shoes (among other things, I’m sure). After that, we’re headed back to Hellenic Kouzina for another double date — can’t wait!
I’m planless for Sunday — and just fine with that.
You can tell that we’re optimistic for warmer weather, as there are loads of events going on this weekend, from live music to art shows to wine trails and more.
I love reading what other runners are into — what works for them and what doesn’t. Even though everyone has different needs, strengths and weaknesses, it’s always helpful to hear fresh ideas for training and recovery.
Here are a few new-to-me items that guide me with running and recovery:
Compression pants – I thought these were so goofy at first, and truthfully, squeezing in and out of them is a workout in itself! However, I’ve been wearing them after longer runs, sometimes even under my dress pants at work, and I’ve noticed a huge difference in recovery. My legs bounce back quicker, and I’m not nearly as sore. They are definitely on the pricey side (I am pretty sure they are the most expensive pants I own!), but I think it’s a worthy investment.
The Meeting of the Malts will be held at Hotel Bethlehem and Bethlehem Brew Works, barely 90 minutes from Harrisburg, and will include a beer sampling and five-course beer pairing dinner, alongside the panel discussion. Additional opportunities to sample unique small batch beers are available before and after the event.
On Friday I went to the eye doctor for the first time in five years. Turns out, though I thought I was having trouble seeing as far away as I once did, I’m extremely farsighted. Apparently all this computer work, reading and TV watching should be giving me a big headache, and once the new prescription is filled I’ll now have to wear glasses during those activities (all the time?). Also, even though I’m hardly 35 (10 days), it seems I might develop glaucoma.
Despite my eye problems, we’re having a low-key weekend. Yesterday, we met up with some fellow beer writers at Al’s of Hampden. It was the first visit for a few of our friends, and brewer Terry Hawbaker was kind enough to give us a small tour.
Today I’m cleaning my kitchen, contemplating brunch, then eventually heading to an Oscar-watching/wine-tasting party before the snow buries us yet again.
Despite being a short week for me, we kept busy. Here’s what you may have missed:
One of my best and longest friends moved to Indiana (the state!) a few years ago. Last weekend I visited her for some QT, and we planned a special dinner out to celebrate our combined birthdays (a day late for her; a few weeks early for me). Beth chose the Cerulean Restaurant, which is located in an adorable little area on Winona Lake.
Of course, I scoped the restaurant in advance and was incredibly impressed by the beverage menu, which featured well-curated craft beer, liquor, wine and cocktail lists. Beth had recommended the restaurant’s beef entrees as well as the sushi from her own experiences.
First, of course, was cocktails. Beth is pregnant, and the bartender kindly mixed up their Cranberry Thyme Fizz without booze, while I started with the Corsair, made with North Shore Aquavit, ginger Kombucha and lemongrass.
Many of us get stuck in a rut when it comes to the things that we love. Whether it’s food, drink or the same Happy Hour spot, it can be difficult to challenge ourselves to try something new. And while the saying may go, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” there’s yet another mantra I prefer: “Variety is the spice of life.”
It can be intimidating to buy and try something new — and that goes for beer as well. Here are a few easy ways to branch out:
The sampler is your friend. I rarely commit to buying a case of beer whether it’s one that I know I love or not. There’s just something about having that mix in the fridge that makes me a happier camper. When purchasing unknown beer for the first time, it’s not a bad idea to add one to your mixed 6-pack, that way you’re not committing to an entire case, or even a whole 6-pack of something you could potentially hate. Also, when visiting a brewery, the sampler tray is your friend. This gives you just enough beer to get a feel for the brew from mouthfeel to aroma and taste. Once again, you haven’t even committed to an entire pint thus opening up your options and feeling less guilt about hating something.