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HOLIDAY PARTY: The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey Dec. 6

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WIN FREE Thanksgiving Day Brunch for up to four guests (value: $127.80) at Best Western Premier the Central Hotel & Conference Center.

The Thanksgiving Buffet runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Central Ballroom. Reservations Preferred: Call (717) 561-2800

Thanksgiving at The Central Hotel is a holiday tradition unlike any other. Our chef has prepared a menu featuring the finest traditional ingredients certain to exceed your dining expectations.

Served in the elegant Central Ballroom, Thanksgiving at the Central Hotel is a culinary dream, reminiscent of a bygone era of grand buffets and lavish feasts. Live piano music and genuine, friendly service make this an event to remember.

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Have a Craft Beer Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just a week away and I know you’re preparing your shopping list to make sure the family is impressed. This year, put that wine bottle away, and make it a craft beer Thanksgiving. There are many different ways to incorporate craft beer into this gluttonous holiday, my mouth is watering just thinking about it right now.


For your craft beer Thanksgiving, you don’t have to serve a special beer with every course, you can cook with it too (or instead).

Let’s start with side items. There are tons of recipes out there to make some awesome food with beer such as Coconut Porter Brussel Sprouts, Beer-Battered Green Beans with Tarragon AioliBeer Mac n Cheese, and Garlic Herb Beer Butter Potatoes.

Plus, you can offer up more than pumpkin pie with desserts like Brown Ale Sea-Salted Peanut Butter Brownie Bars or No Bake Cream Cheese Caramel Pumpkin Ale Pie.

For the main event, it’s got to be Beer Brined Turkey.


Weekend Roundup 11/20

What a strange, packed but great week — friends and supporters, you really nailed this one.

Last night, I hit up the #hbgtweetup specifically in memory of our friend, Jersey Mike. #StayPositive — Better yet, #RunPositive with us this spring.


#tbt Post first Booze Cruise “prom” pic with Jerz.

Tonight, the plan includes a trip to the Garlic Poet (I’m falling behind my weekly quota of Chef Kurt’s food!), then possibly a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau over at Flinchy’s.

Tomorrow, it’s “Out with Bruce & Sara” as I take Bruce on a tour of Harrisburg, starting with some 3rd in the Burg activities, hitting up dinner, cocktails, then a final stop at 704, which Bruce is excited is now nonsmoking (and you should be too).

We’ll talk about about our night the next morning on The Bruce Bond Late Afternoon Show on Saturday Morning from 9 a.m. to noon on 92.1 WTPA — Tune in!

That night, it’s to the theatre for me! I’m joining friemds to see An Ideal Husband at Gamut Theatre.

Sunday, it’s brunch with a longtime friend at the ever-lovely note. I’m very excited to be heading back.

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? 


Project Runway’s Jay McCarroll Trunk Show Saturday in Carlisle

Andy and I both used to be huge Project Runway fans — in the early seasons, I loved that it was relatively drama-free (as in, no drama for the sake of drama — but eventually that changed), plus I loved the brusque critiques of Heidi Klum, Michael “I only wear jeans and black blazers” Kors, and the pre-Mikayla Maroney perpetually unimpressed Nina Garcia.

We eventually stopped watching after a few seasons thanks to a DVR conflict and the fact they extended the show to 90 minutes to add in seemingly unnecessary drama. We just liked seeing the clothes the contestants created — and well, season 2’s Santino was always entertaining to watch.

Anyway, this isn’t really the point.

What is — is that Project Runway season one winner — and Pennsylvania native — Jay McCarroll  is hosting a Trunk Show at the downtown Carlisle’s Harmony Society this Saturday.

What: Jay McCarroll Trunk Show
Date: Saturday, Nov. 22
Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Harmony Society, 136 W. High St., Carlisle
Cost: FREE

Come shop Jay’s latest collection of dresses, shirts, accessories, handmade pieces, and more. This is a great opportunity to pick up a unique holiday gift and to meet one of the most talented and creative people we know!

It’s a great opportunity to check out Harmony Society, whose cool wares I’ve been spying on Instagram, and a reminder to shop local this holiday season.


No Goal Race? No Problem

As November winds down, most runners’ big fall races are over. Whether you were aiming for a one-mile PR or finishing a marathon, you’re done. Congrats!

After finishing your goal race, it’s common to feel a little lost, or as some refer to it as “the post-marathon blues.” If you followed a training plan, it’s no longer there to guide you. Your motivation may not be as high because you’ve reached your goal, so why keep that 5 a.m. alarm?

hbg marathon kelly

As an added bonus, the cold has come in, and suddenly, sleeping in sounds much more appealing than logging a few miles for seemingly no reason through snow and the dark.

On the other hand, sometimes after a race, it’s hard not to abide by your runs. In the week after my last race, I was craving a run. I took a few days off, and when I felt like my body was ready to run, I ran. Slowly.

To me, a Saturday or Sunday morning feels hollow without a run. It’s how I like to start my weekends. But I also know when the inevitable snow and ice come, I too will be struggling to get out there. Here’s what keeps me motivated when I have no races on the horizon:



Fusion Fire to appear TONIGHT on ‘Restaurant Redemption’

One of our favorite restaurants is Fusion Fire. It’s super close to home, the food is great, and owners Frank and Viv have become friends. It’s become one of our go-to spots for a good meal, and we often bring friends for their first visit as well.

In fact, if you like sushi and haven’t tried their Thursday night Sushi Club, you’re missing out.

sushi club

And while it’s true that the their original intention to focus on Chinese Hot Pot didn’t quite pan out as planned, there’s much to discover at this local BYOB. They use fresh vegetables and meats, sauces and stocks are made fresh, and every dish made to order.

This summer, Frank and Vivian Dominick were sought out to appear on the Cooking Channel’s Restaurant Redemption, a reality restaurant makeover show. Its host, Ching-He Huang, travels the country to help update struggling Asian restaurants.

Producers were tight-lipped about the episode’s details, and even Frank admitted he’s not sure on the episode’s final details.

The episode airs tonight at 10 p.m. on the Cooking Channel. We’ll be watching!

Giveaway: Urban Churn

Adam Brackbill noticed a trend one summer: Everyone was complaining about the lack of ice cream options in Harrisburg.

Brackbill’s own family had been hand-making ice cream for centuries, and it wasn’t long before the idea clicked to provide this service for city dwellers — hand-churned ice cream, but with an urban twist: Thus, Urban Churn was born.

I eventually put the two and two together… why not bring my family’s tradition here to Harrisburg.  I could revive the traditional way on making ice cream, but make it more fun.  Crazy flavours, like Chocolate Guinness Ice Cream, or Maple / Bacon / Waffle Ice Cream!  This, to me was a no-brainer.  

Modern creameries use stainless steal equipment and an electronic freezing method. However, at Urban Churn, they make ice cream the traditional way by freezing from a combination of salt, ice and churning it by hand.

Urban Churn

Urban Churn’s ingredients also set it apart — they refuse to use ingredients that they can’t pronounce — and instead focus on using real, natural ingredients and flavors and churning in small batches.

You can find Urban Churn ice cream at a variety of local vendors, like Midtown  Cinema, Little Amps, Cafe 1500, The Garlic Poet and more. You also can purchase Urban Churn ice cream online — in fact, this year a gift card or monthly ice cream subscription would make a great holiday gift.

Urban Churn also will be providing samples at the Holiday Party with at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey on Dec. 6!

This week, we’re giving away a $30 gift card to Urban Churn.

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Giveaway: Arooga’s 15

Congratulations to Arooga’s! Their second location — Rt. 15 (Camp Hill) — celebrates another anniversary this weekend.


To celebrate, they’ll throw an Arooga’s-style party on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, that includes:

  • “Arooga’s Food Face Off” with a grilled cheese sandwich eating contest on Friday at 10 p.m.  First place wins $200 cash, second place wins $50 Arooga’s gift card, and third place wins $25 Arooga’s gift card.
  • DJ on Friday starting at 9 p.m.
  • Half Price Happy Hour Friday and Saturday 10 p.m. to midnight.  Every craft, every draft, every drink, and every shot is half priced.
  • 49 cent boneless wings and $5 Bud Light pitchers Friday and Saturday.


PLUS, on Friday, you won’t want to miss the Troegs Tap Takeover starting at 5 p.m., featuring Troegs Mad Elf, Troegs Dreamweaver, Troegs Scratch 162-Fresh Hop IPA, Troegs Scratch 164 Pale Lager, and Troegs Mad Dreams, which is 50/50 Mad Elf and Dreamweaver.

To celebrate, we’re giving away a $50 Arooga’s gift card — good at any location.

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Steelers need convincing win to regain confidence

After an abysmal showing against the Jets, the Pittsburgh Steelers will look to show they are still one of the best in the NFL against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville on Monday Night Football.

Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense were one of the most talked about topics in the NFL these past few weeks but the Jets put a surprising halt to that when they held the Steelers to just one touchdown.

They seemed to revert back to their old ways by not being able to punch it in once they got in the red zone.

They turned the ball over once and had to settle for field goals the rest of their chances. To add to the offensive red zone woes, Shaun Suisham missed a 23-yard field goal.

After a terrible performance like that, you would expect the Steelers to be playing with a sense of urgency to prove that the offense “still has it.”

Tennessee is not a great defensive team. They are middle of the pack in passing but are almost last in rushing defense. The Titans give up more than 130 yards a game.

Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount should find some holes to run through against the porous run defense of the Titans, and this could open up the passing game for the Steelers.

Roethlisberger still put up more than 350 yards last week, but the problem again was turnovers and impotence once in the red zone.

Even though the defense gave up 20 points they still showed improvement. They only gave up two touchdowns on the day and one came after Antonio Brown fumbled at their own 20 yard-line.


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MxPx House Show, FAB, Dogfish Inn, Pizza Boy, #Beercation, MORE

What a lovely weekend with great friends.

I’m trying to take off Fridays, so I pampered myself with a manicure during Polished Salon’s Customer Appreciation Party and Open House on Friday. No joke, this is the best manicure I’ve ever had  — and I impressed myself by not smudging even one corner of it!

Mike Herrera of MxPx playing a private house show.

Mike Herrera of MxPx playing a private house show.

By night, we were treated to something rather special. Our friends booked a private house show with pop-punk musician Mike Herrera of MxPx! This was such a cool thing. I only remembered a handful of songs  from my youth, but Mike was so cool and talented, and it was such a fun time. Thank you, Nate and Lauren, for sharing this with your friends!

Saturday morning, I took to the airwaves with Bruce Bond (Like us, please!). We hung out with PJ Delaye and Justin Tappan.

I was supposed to do yoga afterwards, but had responsibilities at home, including prepping for my evening out with some FABulous friends.


The LGBT Center of Central PA hosted its annual Fall Achievement Benefit, and I was not only a guest but a program advertiser — plus I contributed some good beer and tickets to my Holiday Party to the silent auction. The event was at the Sheraton, and we enjoyed a lovely evening with wine and good company. I also won some prizes, including what will be a Christmas gift for Buddy, and a massage at the new Hand and Stone Massage & Facial Spa at The Shoppes at Susquehanna.

Afterwards, we hit 704 and eventually Stallions because I whined about wanting to dance and then didn’t anyway.

It’s football Sunday and I want wings and beer, but instead I *think* we’re doing MYO Bloodys back at 704 (now non-smoking, friends), then I was kindly invited to a Friendsgiving dinner!

ANYWAY, we wrote a bunch of stuff, and I’m going to lay it all out for you:

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