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Best Booze for Christmas: A Guide

The countdown is on. We’re days away from holiday travel, dinners, open houses and plenty of holiday cheer.

Swing by your local Fine Wine & Good Spirits store and pick up one of these great bottles to bring to Christmas.

Someone was very good this year: Johnny Walker Blue Label Scotch Whiskey (80 Proof) $219.99 – Print this coupon to save $20.

Best bang for your buck: Fill a Tote is back through Jan. 4. Buy six qualifying wines and save an additional $12 (plus get a free tote). Pro tip: Fill the whole dang thing with Prosecco! That’s what the Bozich girls are doing.

On trend: A few years ago it was Fireball, last year it was Pinnacle Cinnabon — This year everyone is talking about Bailey’s Chocolate Cherry Irish Cream. $25.99

You so fancy: For less than $25, bring a bottle of French whiskey to toast. Bastille 1789 French Whisky on sale for $23.99.

New Year’s prep: Grab a bottle of on-sale $16.99 Chambord (plus that on-sale Prosecco: see above) to make an easy take on a Kir Royale for New Year’s Eve.

SURVEY, Gift Guides, ‘Knock’ Speakeasy, Winter Races, New Year’s Beers

Hello from snow-covered Elk County. And about eight hours of sleep — woohoo!

We started our weekend with a beer pairing dinner at Bricco with the Pennsylvania Beer Alliance (check out photos here) on Friday.

Then Saturday I joined Bruce on the radio once again before hitting the road to Elk County. We even spied some elk (about 35-50) right by the Medix Hotel.

elk

For dinner, we headed to a relatively new spot called Casali’s Italian Grille, which had a fairly impressive craft beer menu. I got an Ellicottville Brewing Co. Hot Chocolate Stout — brewed with ghost chili peppers, and we even grabbed a mixed six pack to go.

casali's

Today, we’re visiting more family, checking out a distillery in the PA Wilds, and we better watch that Steelers game.

Still have shopping to do? I have a TON of great gift ideas for you.

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Steelers make teams face tough decisions

Editor’s note: The Steelers game won’t be shown on local television this week, so get ye to a sports bar! And screw you, NFL!

In the past few years when teams would face the Steelers they would only have to stop Ben Roethlisberger and the passing attack, but this year they have to pick their poison.

The Steelers haven’t had a top-tier running back in a few years and the weight of the offense was falling on Roethlisberger. Now, they have balance and can beat a team in two ways.

A perfect example is the Tennessee game earlier this season. Big Ben couldn’t get it going, and in years past that would lead to disaster, but Le’Veon Bell put the team on his back by rushing for 204 yards, which is fourth most in Steelers history.

Bell can also beat a team by catching the ball — he might be one of the best receiving backs in the league.

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5 New Years Beers to Replace Champagne

While Christmas may still be a week away, I’m ready to talk about partying and of course New Year’s. No matter where you’re going or what you’re doing, we all toast to the New Year at midnight. This year, ditch champagne and go with a celebratory beer instead. 2015 is going to be a big year for craft beer, I can just feel it, so let’s start it off the right way. Not sure which brews to use? Don’t worry, I’ve got a few ideas:

Allagash Curieux

Borrowed with permission from Beer Street Journal

If you’ve never had a Curieux before, you’re in for a true treat. Allagash takes their Tripel, ages in in Jim Beam barrels for eght weeks, and then takes it out and re-blends it with a portion of fresh Tripel. Expect a complexity of flavor in this beer including coconut, vanilla, and oak from the barrel as well as hints of banana, apple, and honey from its base. This one makes for a great toast at 11% ABV and can be found in 750 mL cork-and-cage bottles.

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CATEGORIES: Craft Beer, Holiday

Weekend Roundup 12/18

After a long stint at the mall followed by a marathon Harrisburg Beer Week meeting, last night we hunkered down for what was supposed to be a “wrapping party,” but instead we did some much-needed relaxing.

andy buddy

TONIGHT: We’re headed to Open Stage of Harrisburg for the opening night of The SANTALAND DIARIES starring our friend, Stuart Landon. We caught him in this show a few years ago, and he was brilliant (we weren’t the only ones to think so). I’m excited for the show and a nice date night tonight with my husband. First, we’re grabbing dinner at Cork & Fork, my new Harrisburg go-to.

I’m back at the mall during the day on Friday for Torchbearer Sauces; late, we’re attending a beer dinner with the PA Beer Alliance.

Saturday morning, I’m back on the air with Bruce Bond (Tune in!), then we’re off to Elk for an early Christmas celebration. (Maybe we’ll get to one of these wineries.)

Speaking of, still shopping? Check out our Gift Guides here and on PennLive.

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? 

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7+ Winter Races to Heat up your Season

When the temperatures drop, so do the number of races. In every other season, I have no problem filling a post with a long list of nearby races, but in the winter, it’s tough to find even a handful. Let’s face it, it’s a lot easier to grab a crowd of runners in warmer weather.

kelly winter run

However, I know many of us run through the cold, snow and even ice — and a race is always a good motivator to get out there. Not to mention you feel sort of badass when you recover from the hypothermia.

Don’t miss these winter weather running tips!

Here are a few nearby races over this winter to keep your legs moving.

5K

5-Miler

10-Miler

Half Marathon

Winter Series

  • York Road Runners, Various locations and distances, eight races total, with six left

 Where are you running this winter?

CATEGORIES: Pennsylvania, Running

2014 End of Year Survey

2014 is nearly at a close, and I’d love to hear from you!

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Giveaway: Mangia Qui

It’s become a Harrisburg classic: Mangia Qui, in the shadow of the state capitol, has become a staple for city residents, legislators, weekend brunch goers, tourists and the like.

A gift card to Mangia Qui (also good at upstairs sister restaurant, Suba Tapas Bar) makes a terrific gift any time of the year. Through Dec. 23, they’re offering a 20% discount on all gift cards in any increment. Stop in to pick one up or call at (717) 233-7358.

GiftCard

While you’re at it, consider Mangia Qui and Suba for your New Year’s Eve outing.  They’ll offer a five-course dining experience with several seating options available throughout the night. The prix fixe menu will be $115/person. View the menu online, and call today for your New Year’s Eve reservations.

This week, we’re giving away a $50 Mangia Qui gift card.

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I enjoyed a terrific Thursday night out at Rubicon and Cork & Fork, but since then while everyone else is whale tasting, shopping, going out to eat or exploring the Big Apple, I’m working for the weekend, or rather, on the weekend.

Pistachio Pizza (my fave so far) and a Lagunitas IPA at Cork & Fork.

Pistachio Pizza (my fave so far) and a Lagunitas IPA at Cork & Fork.

You can find me at the Torchbearer Sauces kiosk at  the Capital City Mall today from 4 p.m. ’til close, tomorrow 5 p.m. ’til close (which is 11 p.m., by the way) and during the day Tuesday. Come buy some hot sauce! Or some mild sauce — I won’t judge you, and I’ll help you pick out the perfect gift.

torchbearer

Need shopping help? Check out our series of GIFT GUIDES.

I’m cranky and have a ton to do today, so I’m just going to dive in.

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Playoffs in reach for the Steelers

Note: This week’s game will be televised locally.

Playoffs?? You want to talk about playoffs?? Playoffs??

Yes I do.

It is no secret that the Steelers have been probably the most up and down team in the NFL this season but after all of the headaches caused so far in 2014, they have postseason play right in their cross hairs.

I know it only seems like yesterday that we were about to kick-off the season but here we are, the Steelers only have three remaining games, two of which are at home.

They travel to the Georgia Dome this week to take on the Atlanta Falcons, and after that they have back-to-back home games against the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals game could be a playoff game in itself because it could determine which team wins the division and which gets a wild card spot or which team gets in the playoffs at all.

Either way, circle Dec. 28 on your calendar – you’re going to want to watch that game.

One thing that the Steelers have going in their favor is that Cincinnati has three very tough games coming up first at the Browns, then home against Denver and then the game in Pittsburgh.

After losing to the Saints two weeks ago, the Steelers playoff hopes looked dim but a blow-out win on the road in Cincinnati was a huge step in getting back into the AFC North division race.

Now all of these scenarios sound great but it will come down to one thing: Can they do it?

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CATEGORIES: Pennsylvania, Sports

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