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Weekend Roundup 9/18

This month just won’t stop. Thanks to everyone who came out last night for another great Happy Hour at MoMo’s! As usual, I’ll have a recap post up by the weekend.

Tonight, I’ll be sharing free samples (and glass giveaway!) at The Garlic Poet, while Shea Quinn does his thing (7-9 p.m.)

On Friday, I’m attending a SURPRISE party! Woohoo, then, like chilling out. You know how I like my Fridays by now.

#TBT to #sbhh at Felicita in 2012 and when my husband had a cane.

#TBT to #sbhh at Felicita in 2012 and when my husband had a cane.

Saturday morning, I return to my cohosting duties on The Bruce Bond Late Afternoon Show on Saturday morning on 92.1 WTPA “The Rock.” Following, a house-warming party.

My weekend is capped with the Sunday night Steelers game, though before that I’ll be modeling wedding dresses at the Park Inn Wedding Show (Tierney too!) with Taylored for You, which is where I bought my dress for my wedding.

Of course, as you know, this weekend, along with the bulk of September, is PACKED, including at least ample wine and beer festivals — and loads more. Grab a pen and plan out your weekend now!

Need more inspiration? Tune in tomorrow morning during the 7  o’clock hour to Glenn & Bob on The River 97.3 for “Sara’s Weekend Picks.”


What are you doing this weekend?


5 Ways to Come Back After a Bad Race

A friend of mine had a bad race at the Harrisburg Half Marathon last week. She had trained hard, but last Sunday, she just didn’t have a good race and was disappointed in her results. Knowing about my Boston Marathon experience, she asked me, “How did you come back from that? How do you get over a bad race?”

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It’s true, in the days — sometimes weeks after a race gone “bad,” it can be tough to focus on anything else. After Boston, I had a really hard time dealing with it. I was so disappointed in my experience, and I felt like I never wanted to run another race again. Luckily, I’ve gotten over that, but it took some time.

Here’s my advice on coming back from a disappointing race:

Ditch the watch. I’ve written about this before, but I never wear a watch when I run. I map everything out prior to when I run, and just go for it.  I know that most runners think that’s crazy, but it works for me. It makes me actually enjoy running because I am not staring at my wrist. I am not classifying this run as good or bad by what my pace is.  I am just running. If I need a slow day, my legs make that decision for me. If I need a fast day, I pick it the hell up and go for it. Running without  a watch has made me love running for what running is. Not for how fast or slow I am. This really helped me after Boston, because I never knew how fast I was running. I just ran to run.

Don’t blow it out of proportion. It’s ONE race. Maybe you had a bad day. Maybe you didn’t sleep well the night before, maybe you didn’t eat enough, maybe you didn’t taper enough, etc. Just because you had a shitty race, does not make you a shitty runner. Pick yourself up.

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CATEGORIES: Fitness, Running


September is National Bourbon Heritage Month

So, you know how every other day seems to be a “National [insert food or beverage] Day”? Well, National Bourbon Heritage Month — you’re in it — is actually a Congressionally-recognized salute to our country’s official liquor.

September celebrates the bourbon industry’s long American history, legacy and tradition.

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Kentucky is the birthplace of bourbon; a true bourbon can only be made in the United States. Corn must comprise at least 51 percent — but not more than 79 percent of the grain. This is what gives bourbon its sweeter flavor profile over rye-based whiskies. Master distillers may create a single-barrel bourbon from a single superior barrel, or a small-batch bourbon by blending a few of the best barrels.

Fun fact: There are more bourbon barrels in Kentucky than there are people.

Love bourbon — or want to get to know it better? Check out these Great Bourbon Cocktails of the Season from Raise Your Spirits, a local blog crafted by mixologist/consultant Michael Nagy. See more:

Pennsylvania Fine Wine & Good Spirits also offers some bourbon-y cocktails to try:

Country Boy Old Fashioned

  • Country Boy Old Fashioned1-3 sugar cubes
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 cherry (without stem)
  • 1 half orange slice
  • 2 oz Jim Beam Bourbon
  • Splash of seltzer, lemon-lime soda or ginger ale

Place first four ingredients in an old fashioned glass and muddle until sugar is dissolved. Add cracked ice and pour in bourbon. Top with a splash of seltzer, lemon-lime soda or ginger ale; stir gently. Garnish with a fresh slice of orange.

Knob Creek Bourbon Fizz – by Chef Michael Symon

  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 1⁄2 oz simple syrup
  • 1⁄2 oz lemon juice
  • 11⁄2 oz Knob Creek Bourbon
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 oz orange soda

Muddle two sprigs of thyme and simple syrup in a shaker. Add lemon juice, bourbon, egg white and ice. Shake vigorously for one minute. Strain over fresh ice and top with thyme.

Find more bourbon and bourbon-based recipes on Pa. Fine Wine & Good Spirits Pinterest Board!

CATEGORIES: Food/Drink, Pennsylvania


What’s on Tap: Dawson Flinchbaugh

I’ve known Dawson Flinchbaugh since my first post-college job at a local magazine, where I was called upon to be a judge for the Keystone Regional Chili Cookoff, held annually during Kipona.

We became fast friends, and I was there for the opening of Flinchy’s. Not long after, he, his wife Betty and a handful of his fellow travelers (many high school friends of Betty’s!) also took me under their wing when I joined them on a trip to Egypt in 2004.

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We’ve shared about a million stories — and plenty of drinks — since then. But Dawson’s long been an active participant in the greater Harrisburg area, from his time with Harrisburg River Rescue to, of course, his alter ego, “Chief Chili.”

This month’s What’s on Tap, the web series partnership with GK Visual, features the one and only Dawson Flinchbaugh (well, actually there are a couple Dawsons now …). Grab a drink, and take a watch:

Dawson Flinchbaugh from What’s On Tap with Sara Bozich on Vimeo.

For more, be sure to “Like” What’s on Tap with Sara on Facebook.

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Giveaway: Central Pennsylvania Oktoberfest – Oct. 4

In just a few weeks, Hershey Harrisburg Craft Beer Country hosts its second annual celebration of the local craft beer industry.

Central Pennsylvania Oktoberfest will be held Saturday, Oct. 4 at Hollywood Casino.

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The event features samples from 20 breweries, including the independent breweries of Hershey Harrisburg Craft Beer Country, complemented by authentic German-style Oktoberfest food. Your ticket includes a souvenir pint glass, plus, enjoy live music from Johnny Cash Tribute — Mr. David Stone.

A special VIP ticket includes early access, free food and small batch specialty beers from each brewery.

Tickets are $75 (VIP), $30 (GA/advance; $40/door). Designated driver tickets are just $10 and include two free sodas or waters.


This week, we’re giving away a pair of VIP tickets ($150 value!). Complete your entries by using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Psst – we’re also giving away a boatload of General Admission tickets over on our Facebook page

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HAPPY HOUR, Pumpkin Beers, 5Ks, Rubicon & MORE

Did you catch me live with Bruce Bond yesterday morning? No? Well, tune in every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to listen to us discuss news and chat with guests. Bonus: “Like” our page on Facebook.

After radio, I visited Appalachian Brewing Co.’s 17th annual Capital City Invitational Beer Fest and had a great afternoon chatting with folks and trying new beers (and some old favorites).


Unfortunately, our evening plans were thwarted, but I ended up on the phone with one of my best friends for nearly two hours, so that helped salvage the night.

Today, we’re watching football (stress free!), cooking and prepping for the coming days.

A busy week is ahead: Be sure to add our HAPPY HOUR at MoMo’s to your Wednesday schedule.

Here’s what else there is read:

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16 Pumpkin Beers to Try This Season

Football is here. The air is cool. Yep, it’s officially time for pumpkin beers.

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Here are some of the pumpkin beers I have my eye on:

Elysian Punkaccino - This beer officially combines a few of my favorite things: pumpkin, coffee and beer. Punkuccino is brewed with cold brewed coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Elysian’s home town of Seattle as well as pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. The combination has got to be amazing, and I can’t wait for it to pop up here in Harrisburg. Expect to see it on tap and in 22oz bottles.

Evo Jacques au Lantern - This is one beer I can’t seem to keep my hands off of. I think what sets this pumpkin beer apart is that it has more actual pumpkin flavor than the intense spice flavor. Also, it isn’t overly sweet like some can be. I’ve already seen this brew on tap around town but don’t sleep on it, like most pumpkin beers it won’t be around long.

ABC Rutty Buck - A newer addition to Appalachian Brewing Co.’s lineup, Rutty Buck is a pumpkin ale brewed with rye malts providing for a different depth of flavor. Rye usually adds a spicier flavor to beers and with this one, it seems to enhance the nutmeg and pumpkin flavors you’d expect to find in a pumpkin ale. Plus, nothing pays homage to our local season change better than a name like Rutty Buck as we start seeing deer road side again this time of year.

Pizza Boy Punk’in Disorderly – Al says he’s got his pumpkin beer all ready to go, he’s just waiting for it to feel like the right time of year to launch it. Fair enough. Last year, this beer had a pile of marshmallow fluff in it and seriously was straight up amazing. Keep an eye on the Al’s of Hampden Facebook page for the launch of this great pumpkin beer.

Brewery at Hershey Flash Gourd’n - Be sure to grab a glass of this at their Merlot/Pumpkin Beer release party tomorrow. This brew uses an Oktoberfest as a base and the pumpkin flavor is added later making it the epitome of fall beers.

What pumpkin beer list would be complete without the classic tried and true favorites? Be sure to also grab: Dogfish Head Punkin, Southern Tier PumkingTroegs Master of Pumpkins, Springhouse Braaaiins! and Fegley’s Devious Pumpkin.

On the hunt for a harder to find pumpkin beer? Add these to your ISO list:

Want even more inspiration? Follow “The Pumpkin Beer Guy” on Facebook. Sara did a story on him last year, which you can read here.


Weekend Roundup 9/11

After a harried week, I’m ready for the weekend. Tonight, we’re doing a little informal happy hour imbibing at the Brewhouse before heading home to watch the Steelers game. Be sure to check out intern Jimi’s take on the Thursday night matchup.

Tomorrow, it’s all R&R, before a busy Saturday.


I’ll begin the day as co-host of The Bruce Bond Late Afternoon Show on Saturday Morning on 92.1 WTPA from 9 a.m. to noon – Tune in! Afterwards, I’m heading over for ABC’s Capital City Invitational Beer Fest, one of my favorites, before a preview dinner at brand-new-and-not-yet-open The Mill in Hershey.

On Sunday, since our game isn’t on, we’ll probably do yard work, etc. and prep for another busy week.

Mark  your calendar for Wednesday, and join us at HAPPY HOUR at MoMo’s BBQ and Grill, featuring plenty of free samples and fun.

This weekend, along with the bulk of September, is PACKED, including at least ample wine and beer festivals — and loads more. Grab a pen and plan out your weekend now!

Need more inspiration? Tune in tomorrow morning during the 7  o’clock hour to Glenn & Bob on The River 97.3 for “Sara’s Weekend Picks.”


What are you doing this weekend?


Steelers v. Ravens: Biggest rivalry gets the biggest stage

The NFL’s best rivalry will be in the spotlight in the season premier of Thursday Night Football on CBS as the Pittsburgh Steelers clash with the Baltimore Ravens (8 p.m.).

Both teams are coming off of division games to play another division rival in a short turn around. The Ravens lost to the Bengals in a close but sloppy game, and the Steelers were able to snatch victory from the Browns after giving up a 24-point lead.

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If history is any indicator, this game will be close. Ten of the last 12 games played between the teams have been decided by three points or less. The Steelers hold the all-time regular season series lead 20-16. The Ravens, however, have won the last three primetime matchups. These teams have a lot of history, and it’s safe to say they dislike each other and that is putting it mildly.

The Ravens are coming into this game dealing with an unusual situation that could be a major distraction for the team. They recently released their all-pro running back Ray Rice, who was originally suspended for only two-games for domestic violence.

A video recently released by TMZ shows a lot more violence than was originally known and the team had no choice but to cut him completely. The NFL has also suspended him indefinitely.


CATEGORIES: Pennsylvania, Sports

HAPPY HOUR: MoMo’s BBQ & Grill Sept. 17

It’s BACK! Join us for a FREE Happy Hour at MoMo’s BBQ & Grill on Wednesday, Sept. 17

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MoMo’s BBQ & Grill
307 Market St., Harrisburg
Wednesday, Sept. 17
5:30-8 p.m.
RSVP appreciated but not mandatory.

FEATURING: Finch’s Beer Co. – get FREE samples & pint glass!

  • $3 Jim Beam Maple & Jim Beam Fire drinks
  • $3 Drafts of Finch’s Threadless IPA
  • FREE snacks
  • & more!

This event is FREE and open to the PUBLIC. See you there!

CATEGORIES: Food/Drink, Harrisburg, SBHH

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