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Weekend Roundup 7/24

Live from Chicago!

Navy Pier, Chicago, Il. circa 2011

Navy Pier, Chicago, Il. circa 2011

I said there would be no Weekend Roundup this week — and that’s true — but I couldn’t just leave you hanging. Here are some top picks for the weekend.

Of course, as usual you can find more when you tune in tomorrow morning at 7:10 a.m. to Glenn & Bob on The River 97.3 for “Sara’s Weekend Picks.” (This week as read by Bob Hauer-as-Sara Bozich.)

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National Hot Dog Day [TODAY]

It’s appropriate that we’re flying into Chicago today, since it turns out to be National Hot Dog Day (and all of July is Hot Dog Month).

I never thought those Chicago Dogs would be worth the hype, but they so, so are, and we can’t wait to have one (or two) on our trip.

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Source: Fix.com

I’ve actually written a decent amount about hot dogs in my day – Check it out:

Not into dogs? Read: Best Burger in the ‘Burg.

CATEGORIES: Food/Drink, Travel

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Sara’s Kitchen: Psycho Curry Chicken

On a humid day last week while it was tornado-ing and we were cueing up the next Orange in the New Black (We’ve mid-way through season two), I started cooking up something new (plus Torchbearer has a brand new sauce) — so it seemed like time for a new edition of Sara’s Kitchen.

Torchbearer’s new Pyscho Curry sauce melds its best-selling Oh My Garlic with habanero peppers and a medium heat curry. The result is a creamy, flavorful sauce that my husband — who generally avoids curry sauces — demanded I pick up.

Look for Torchbearer Sauces at summer festivals and of course, Wegmans – or buy online.

I basically made up this very simple recipe using vegetables from my garden, defrosted chicken and the Psycho Curry. Green beans – or even broccoli, either as a side or blanched and added in the last few minutes of cooking would have been a nice addition. Feel free to get creative.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 half onion, chopped
  • 3-4 peppers, sliced, I used gypsy and banana, because that’s what’s growing in my garden
  • 1 Serrano pepper, sliced (optional)
  • 1 lb chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 bottle Torchbearer Sauces Psycho Curry

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Heat oil in a pan on medium. When hot, brown chicken, seasoning with salt and pepper (or Adobo). Toss in veggies, cook until they begin to soften. Dump in entire bottle of Torchbearer Sauces Psycho Curry. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 or so minutes.

Meanwhile, cook rice (we used jasmine). You’ll want to start that in advance unless microwaving or using instant rice.

Serve with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream, or a cucumber yogurt sauce, you get the idea), if desired, to tame the heat. A warm piece of Naan also would be delicious.

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That simple! My husband raved about this. Psycho Curry also would be outstanding with pork and lamb.

Fun fact: While my tolerance of peppers is higher than my husband’s (I’m always getting flack for adding too much Slaughter sauce to food), the heat in curry is different. He skipped the yogurt addition, but it was practically necessary for me. And delicious.

POUR: A glass of Riesling would help offset the heat of the curry. For beer, most would say IPA, but I think a Double IPA might even balance better.

Giveaway: Campfire Music Festival

This Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29-31, Zippo presents the inaugural Campfire Outdoor Adventure and Music Festival.

This three-day festival features loads of live music from performers like Delta Spirit, Lake Street Dive and Charles Bradley, plus dozens more notable local and regional acts.

Campfire is unique in that it takes place at an actual summer camp. You can rent cabins with access to a private lakefront beach, rock climbing, ropes courses, numerous ball courts, a dedicated yoga program, and much more — not to mention local and independent food, drink and craft vendors and workshops.

It features adult versions of favorite summer camp activities including a corn hole tournament, Campfire Photo Scavenger Hunt and Campfire 5K — along with sports and recreational activities like wiffleball, canoeing, disc golf, ziplines, lake obstacle courses, ping pong, laser tag and much more.

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The Campfire Festival takes place in Lakewood, Pa., which is not quite three hours northeast of Harrisburg. Would make for a great weekend trip for outdoors and music lovers. Stay tuned to the blog for upcoming features on some of the artists, as well as some great tips on how to make the most of the Campfire Outdoor Adventure and Music Festival.

This week, we’re giving away two (2) camping tickets to the Campfire Music Festival (value  $278!). To enter, leave a comment below. Tell us your favorite summer camp memory, or what you’re most looking forward to at Campfire.

For extra entries (you must leave a separate comment for each extra entry in order for each to count), you can:

Enter early and often. A winner will be selected at random at the end of the week.

Please note: You may complete each of these items only once per giveaway. All repeat entries will be discarded.

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#UrbanGarden, Bruce Bond, Lucero at FED LIVE, Pumpkin Beers & MORE

I’m back — albeit briefly. My vacation continues with a sailing trip in Annapolis tomorrow, home to work Tuesday, then off to Chicago on Wednesday!

In the meantime, stay tuned for some posts from my beach trip — and more.

beach - photo by Sara Bozich

When we return on Saturday, we’re continuing it even longer with a day trip to Hersheypark with Chevrolet for Blogger Weekend (follow along with hashtag #PHIDistrict), an overnight stay (so maybe drinks at The Circular) and then breakfast at the Hershey Grill, which I hear is doing great things for mornings.

Please note there will not be a Weekend Roundup for this week, however, I will post a few top picks, and of course as usual you can catch me — okay, you can catch Bob and Glenn reading my Weekend Picks on The River 97.3 on Friday morning.

Afterwards, I’m back in full force: “Hot Topics” returns on WPMT Fox 43, SaraBozich.com Happy Hour at Cafe 1500 & more. Plus, starting in August, I’ll be Bruce Bond’s co-host every Saturday on The Bruce Bond Late Afternoon Show …  on Saturday morning. We are looking for sponsorship for this to continue. If interested, CONTACT ME!

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Pumpkin Beers In July? Here’s Why:

This past weekend, July 12, I had some friends visiting from Yazoo Brewing in Nashville. I took them to Al’s of Hampden/Pizza Boy Brewing, of course, and they were shocked to see stacks of cases of bombers of Southern Tier Pumking. On a hot day in the middle of summer pumpkin beers are already available. While I adore pumpkin beers and would be pleased to drink them year round, not everyone shares the same sentiments.

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Many are wondering why so soon? Seasonal beers are becoming, well, less than seasonal each year and many craft beer drinkers are asking why this is happening. There are few factors contributing to the pumpkin beer explosion, especially now more than ever.

Any business owner understands supply and demand. The consumer demand for pumpkin beers increases each year mostly because of their approachable flavor. Many pumpkin beers taste like dessert — pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, allspice, coriander, vanilla, and even marshmallow can be found among the squash-like characteristics of the actual fruit. Also, there is something sentimental about the fall that many people cling to as we gear up for football, crisper air, back-to-school memories and the holidays that accompany. With these factors, the demand has become so high such that each brewery wants to be the first to launch and kick off the season as quickly as possible.

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Weekend Roundup 7/17

As you may have seen on Twitter or Instagram (mostly Instagram), we’re hanging in slower lower Delaware this week, so please note that the Weekend Roundup may be somewhat abbreviated.

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Yesterday was our only rainy day, so not too shabby considering what I’ve heard your weather has been. We’ve been working on our tans, drinking lots of grapefruit crushes (grapefruit is a superfruit!), walking to and from the Inlet daily, discovering new watering holes and of course, reading.

This weekend I’ll return home, though not for long. My plans include hanging out with my husband and dog, laundry, unpacking and re-packing for our next adventure: Chicago.

Please note, there will not be a Weekend Roundup for 7/24.

Need more inspiration? Tune in tomorrow morning at 7:10 a.m. to Glenn & Bob on The River 97.3 for “Sara’s Weekend Picks.” (This week as read by Bob Hauer-as-Sara Bozich.) What are you doing this weekend?

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RUN IT: Harrisburg Mile [TONIGHT]

On Wednesday, a mile-long stretch will be shut down along Front Street. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities will line up throughout the evening to make the journey from the Governor’s mansion to Boas Street.

I love the Harrisburg Mile. In its 33rd year, this event encompasses the definition of community. I wrote about it last year after the fact, and this year, I am writing to encourage you all to come out tonight. Whether you run a five-minute mile or an 11-minute mile, it doesn’t matter. This event is about getting people active, and raising money for the YMCA. It is only one mile, and I guarantee the majority of people reading this can do it.

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In the past, temperatures have been in the 90s, with high humidity, but we may get lucky this year. Predictions have temperatures set in the 70s with low humidity. Fingers crossed we have a cooler evening on our hands.

As for me, I can’t imagine skipping it. As much as I dislike short races and the fact that I will never be a fast mile-runner, I enjoy this event, even if it does mean I get smoked. I like to focus on the distance aspect of running, and I’d rather run for three hours than run three miles at an all-out effort. But I will still be there Wednesday, probably in the middle of the pack, maybe in the back of the pack. And I will try to turn these legs over as quickly as they can possibly move, and I will try and be happy with that effort. And then it will be long forgotten by the time I am on my second bottle of water, and crawling into the beer tent.

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So, I am encouraging all you reading this right now to come out tonight. You can walk, you can jog, you can run, you can sprint. And hello, there’s a beer tent. What’s better than running and beer? I can’t think of much.

For $22, you’ll get a t-shirt, a bib and the ability to participate in all post-race activities. Come out and support a good cause, and maybe even get a little sweaty.

Registration is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the East Shore YMCA.  Listed below is the schedule of events.

  • 4 to 5:30 p.m.    Registration and packet pickup at East Shore YMCA
  • 6 p.m.               Fun Run/Half Pint/Mile
  • 6:15 p.m.               15 and under
  • 6:25 p.m.               16 to 19
  • 6:35 p.m.               20 to 29
  • 6:45 p.m.               Corporate Mile Heat #1
  • 6:55 p.m.               Corporate Mile Heat #2
  • 7:05 p.m.               Corporate Mile Heat #3
  • 7:15 p.m.               30 to 39
  • 7:25 p.m.               40 to 49
  • 7:35 p.m.               50 and older
  • 7:45 p.m.               Elite

See you there.

CATEGORIES: Fitness, Harrisburg, Running

What’s on Tap: Tara Chickey

In the “People You Should Get To Know If You Already Don’t” category, please meet artist, teacher, curator, herbalist (and sweetheart) – Tara Chickey.

I’ve followed much of Tara’s work from gallery owning (Mantis Collective) with Andrew Guth to her salve-making and ache-curing (Find her stuff at Stash, Yoga Nature), and she’ll soon resume work as curator as the art manager at The Millworks, coming this fall to Midtown.

But that’s enough from me. Watch our chat with the lovely and multi-talented Tara below.

Tara Chickey from What’s On Tap with Sara Bozich on Vimeo.

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Lucero at FEDLIVE July 23

When anyone talks about Memphis music, the conversation inevitably revolves around the city’s legendary blues scene, Sun Studio, Beale Street and of course, The King – Elvis Presley. But over the last 14 years, Memphis-natives Lucero have relentlessly toured the country, released albums almost yearly and have certainly carved out their own niche in the historic Memphis music scene.

With a constantly expanding lineup and evolving sound that includes horns, pianos. accordions and on their 2012 Women & Work album – a gospel choir, Lucero takes influences from just about every corner of the music industry and seamlessly weaves them all into their own unique blend of country punk rock.

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And for as good as their eight studio albums are, it’s their epic live shows that the band hangs their hat on. In August, they will release a career-spanning live album recorded over three nights at Atlanta’s Terminal West. The Live From Atlanta album features 32 songs and more than two hours of music.

From the opening notes of 2006′s “I Can Get Us Out of Here” through the final note of 2002′s “Fistful of Tears,” Live From Atlanta is a whirlwind tour of Lucero’s catalog that effortlessly shifts from rock to country to punk rock with the raspy vocals of frontman Ben Nichols. Filled with beer-soaked sing-alongs about guitars, girls and whiskey, the album is as good of a live album as any — and it will certainly make you want to rush out to a live Lucero show. (To listen to the live album version of “Sweet Little Thing” off of 2002′s Tennessee album, click here.)

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While the live album won’t be released until August 12 (they are now accepting pre-orders for the double CD or 4 LP album), Lucero is still on the road touring the country and playing shows nearly every night. Their latest tour will bring them to central Pennsylvania on Wednesday, July 23 to FEDLIVE at the Federal Taphouse in downtown Harrisburg.

If the FEDLIVE show is even half as good as the Live From Atlanta album, local music fans are not going to want to be anywhere else next week. The show at FEDLIVE starts at 8 p.m. and Harrisburg-natives The Give Take will serve as the opening act. Tickets are only $20 and are still available online.

For more information on Lucero, visit www.luceromusic.com or follow the band on Facebook and Twitter.

CATEGORIES: Harrisburg, Music, Nightlife

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