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Giveaway: Arooga’s

Soon to be Arooga's Draft House & Sports Bar**Congrats to Brian O., winner of the Arooga’s prize pack!**

Just last week, we broke news that Arooga’s will expand to downtown Harrisburg in the new year. Easily one of the area’s fastest growing, locally owned chains, Arooga’s is your home away from home for NFL games and so much more.

Each location is a Certified Green Restaurant boasting a crazy ratio of TVs to barstools, a huge menu and its own draft beer (Arooga’s Light). They have specials for nearly every event (and every day of the week), plus they carry special Pay-Per-View events like UFC and boxing.

This week, Arooga’s is giving away a $35 Arooga’s gift card, 1 growler (unfilled) and an Arooga’s t-shirt to one lucky reader.

To enter to win the Arooga’s prize pack, leave a comment below telling us your favorite sporting event.

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.


Healthy Holiday Eating

image from www.marieclaire.comWith Thanksgiving this week, and Christmas around the corner, healthy eating tends to be put on hold "just for the holidays." (Hello, New Year's resolutions!) Personally, I'm a huge fan of mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, and I've found myself in a food coma on one too many holidays.

I spoke with Sarah Glunz, an in-store nutritionist at Giant, and asked her to give me some tips on how to enjoy the holidays without going overboard.

Glunz first suggested making a plan for the holiday meal. People tend to go into a holiday meal and think, "I can't follow my normal plan, so I won't follow one at all," and throw it out the window, she said. However, this often leads to overeating. Glunz recommended that you adapt your normal eating plan and accept that more starches will happen at a holiday meal, but you don't have to go overboard.


CATEGORIES: Food/Drink, Holiday

It’s official! Arooga’s to open in downtown Harrisburg

AroogasAfter a flurry of internet chit-chat this morning, I can now officially announce:

Wing king and local sports bar giant, Arooga’s, is coming to Second Street. They will be taking over the space at the corner of Second and Locust Streets in downtown Harrisburg – the former location of Spice (now closed), Fisaga and once upon a time, The Gazebo Room.

This new Arooga’s will be a new concept they’ve developed for urban areas. You’ll find a sleeker menu, more draft beer options, lots of high-top tables. It will be called Arooga’s Draft House & Sports Bar.

It also will be the first Certified Green Restaurant downtown.

It’s slated to open in the first quarter of 2012, perhaps even by late January.

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CATEGORIES: Bloggers, Sara Bozich

Jim Norton brings his dirty, honest act to town

When comedian Jim Norton comes through Harrisburg for a pair of shows on both Friday and Saturday night to work out his material for his upcoming comedy special, be prepared to laugh, cringe and laugh a whole lot more. No topics are off the table and no joke is “too soon.”

jim-norton“If the news is going to talk about it, why shouldn’t comedians? It’s never too soon, that’s what humor is for,” Norton said in a recent phone interview. “I address kind of what’s happening in the country and I talk a lot about privacy and some people sniveling about their privacy so it kind of ties into a lot of the celebrity f**k ups that have happened.”

Norton is not your average stand-up comic. He’s written two books that made The New York Times Best Seller list; he’s had his own HBO special, Down and Dirty with Jim Norton; he’s a regular correspondent on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno; he has his own radio show on Sirius/XM satellite radio’s Boneyard channel; and he has been a co-host of the wildly popular Opie and Anthony Show since 2009.



Weekend Roundup 11/17

image from www.whptv.comThis weekend is loaded with stuff to do – including the beginning of holiday themed events throughout the area. (Is it really the holiday season unless you have the “Christmas in Hershey” jingle jammed in your head?)

We’re hosting my husband’s brother, sister-in-law and our nieces this weekend to do just that, in fact. I haven’t been to Hersheypark Christmas Candylane since the 80s, so I’m secretly pretty stoked about it. I can’t wait to see the reindeer! I hope our nieces enjoy it, too.

If it weren’t for these plans here are the absolute top two things I would be doing this weekend:

  1. Polished Open House (I snuck in last night during Polished’s late-night Wednesdays for a much-needed mani/pedi) — I’m still going to try to drop-in for some quick holiday shopping. All the girls included this spot as in their holiday gift guides, so act now, and you’re ahead of the game. Plus – chair massages, paraffin dips, gift card sales & more!
  2. Blackman MMA Pennsylvania Fighting Championship VI – I’ve attend the five previous, so I’m bummed to be missing this one. Be sure to catch up with Blackman via Jeff’s interview earlier this week. Tickets are on sale here.

PLUS – in tomorrow’s “Out with Sara” I highlight two other excellent events – Autos & Ales and the Harrisburg Riverboat fundraiser featuring Who’s Bad.

What are you doing this weekend?


Beaujolais Day 2011

image from’s Beaujolais Day!

If this means nothing to you, listen up. (And if it does mean something, go get in line at the Hilton now – you know you need to).

Here’s a quick primer: In the Beaujolais region of France, it has long been tradition to share the first press of the year’s harvest with the townspeople on the third Thursday in November.

This unaged, “nouveau” wine made from Gamay grapes is a fruit-forward, sometimes grapey wine in bright purple-pink tones, meant for light-hearted enjoyment, kicking off the holidays and copious good times. (Wine snobs will thrust that nose in the air, turn on their heels and scurry away from such a thing, however.) It’s also a great wine to bring to Thanksgiving dinner.

Read: 10 Fascinating Facts about Beaujolais Nouveau.

Click through to learn about free Beaujolais Nouveau samples:


Sweepstakes: Win $250 to Hershey Spa

image from northsocial.comFrom the fine folks at PinnacleHealth:

We choose to live healthy lifestyles because we know it’s good for us. Sometimes though, it’s nice to get an immediate reward for all those healthy choices. Here’s your chance!

PinnacleHealth’s Facebook page is running a “Fall Into Health” sweepstakes with a grand prize of $250 to the Hershey Spa! It begins today and runs through 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23.

There are four ways to enter:

  1. Like their Facebook page
  2. Register on the entry form
  3. Post a healthy habit you have on PinnacleHealth’s Facebook Wall
  4. Tag a friend whose healthy choices inspire you in a second post on PinnacleHealth’s Facebook Wall.

Good luck! The winner of this contest will indeed have something to be thankful for – and he or she will get to brag about it over Thanksgiving!


“You guys up for a toga party?”

image from lh4.googleusercontent.comA recent tradition among my friends is a trip to the lake every few months. A group of us from Harrisburg and a group from the Big Apple meet somewhat halfway at Lake Wallenpaupack for a weekend away.

Last time we went, it was mid-July (and I nearly died), so we spent a good portion of that weekend outside. This past weekend, with the fall weather, boating wasn't an option, so we needed a new way to entertain ourselves.

And, after throwing around some theme party ideas, we thought why not take after the ancient Romans and do a toga party, complete with our version of the Olympics? However, we're all "adults" at this point, so here's how we turned our toga party into more than just a fraternity party knock-off.

Read on for the toga details:


CATEGORIES: Pennsylvania

Blackman MMA hosts PFC VI Saturday

image from www.pafightingchampionship.comThis past Saturday, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) stormed to the forefront of the sporting world with its first live primetime show on network TV. The Fox broadcast of Junior dos Santos’ first-round knockout of Cain Velasquez to win the UFC heavyweight title was watched by more than 5.7 million people nationwide.

For many viewers, this was their first glimpse into the violent and exciting world of mixed martial arts, or MMA and its soaring popularity. Many others have been obsessive fans since its underground beginnings.

Locally, former WWE superstar Steve Blackman has been training fighters at his MMA gym in Harrisburg for more than seven years. Blackman MMA currently has about 30 fighters competing full-time in cage fighting, many of whom will get to put their talents on display this Saturday when PA Fighting Championship VI returns to the Zembo Shrine Center in Harrisburg.

The 14-fight card kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19  and will display not only Blackman’s trainees, but some of the best fighters from around the country as well.

Click through to read an interview with Blackman.


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