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Out with Sara: Chocolate-Covered February


As you might know by now, February is a special time in Hershey. This time of the year, the town celebrates its most famous offering by dousing everything with chocolate.

And while many of Hershey’s offerings are family-friendly in nature, things get more romantic this month, with many of the tastings, classes and events geared toward couples. That’s not to say these don’t also make a great girls’ night out, but don’t let tourists have all the fun — spend an evening or even a “staycation” weekend in Hershey and try the good food, cocktails and, of course, chocolate offered during Chocolate-Covered February.

This year, the Beer and Chocolate Pairing has returned after a few years’ hiatus. Held each Friday in Hershey Lodge, you’ll have the opportunity to sample a variety of beers paired with Hershey’s chocolates.

Out with Sara: Chocolate-Covered February includes pairings with beer, wine |

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Valentine’s Day Idea: Beer Pairing Dinner

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Like any good woman, I know the way to a man’s heart is always through his stomach.

Valentine’s Day poses a fundamental problem for women – it’s really hard to choose an appropriate gift for the man in our lives.

Let’s face it, this “holiday” is geared towards women: the flowers, the chocolates, the poetry and love songs. Not exactly man-friendly.

Well ladies, fret not, because I have a great idea for you: What do men love as much as food? Beer. Put the two together in a beer pairing dinner, and you have a recipe for a great gift and wonderful evening with your man.

Note: These recipes feature ingredients suggested by real dudes.


CATEGORIES: Craft Beer, Holiday

Weekend Roundup 2/9

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After a rather lengthy beginnging to the week, I was happy to spend last night on the couch with a large bowl of popcorn and a DVR full of programming. Tonight, however, I’ll start the weekend with a little biz/pleasure happy hour(s).

Tomorrow night, I’m attending a “Risky Business” party, which apparently means wearing a white dress shirt, tube socks and sliding across the floor all night. And punch in a red solo cup. Can’t wait!

Saturday is a very long overdue girls’ lunch at Devon Seafood Grill, where we’ll indulge in $3 mimosas, $4 Bloodies and $1 oysters.

Meanwhile, Chocolate-Covered February continues in Hershey. Click here for events and details or read more in my Out with Sara column in tomorrow’s Patriot-News. (Get it early here.)

Finally, on Sunday, we’ll celebrate Valentine’s Day with pedis and massages for him and her. Click here to learn how to win a couples massage for you and your sweetheart.

What are you doing this weekend?


Giveaway: Polished Spa & Salon

**Congrats to Katelyn Brink, winner of a couples massage from Polished!**

Andy and I decided to skip the fancy dinner (I'll probably make spaghetti) for Valentine's Day this year, and instead decided to indulge in some much-needed pampering. We've both been working hard (in the office and the gym) – and it's time for some serious R&R.

Fortunately, Polished Spa & Salon is offering fantastic Valentine-themed specials this month.


Polished also wants to give away a free couples massage to the person who has the nicest, sweetest thing to say about his or her Valentine. Simply leave a comment below (only entries on this post will count) telling us why your wife, husband, lover, etc. is the best.

As always, there's extra credit. 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 on Valentine's Day.

CATEGORIES: Giveaway, Holiday, Spa

Marathon training starts now

As my mouse point hovered near the final confirmation button last week, I had a fleeting moment of panic. Did I really want to do this again?

Having already spent three minutes of my life filling out the application -click- of course I do.

And $81.32 later, I'm registered to run my second marathon.


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I've run one. I proved I could do it. I survived.



The 54th annual Grammy Awards

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As Tom Brady’s last-second Hail Mary fell out of the reach of a hobbled Rob Gronkowski and confetti began to cover the Lucas Oil Stadium turf, it hit me – football is over until August.

Some of us will attempt to fill the void watching the NBA and college basketball, many others are counting down the days until pitchers and catchers report. No matter where we turn to get our sports fix, the end of football season is a real downer.

Sure, as a Philadelphia 76ers and Syracuse Orange fan, the end of this season will be a little easier to cope with as both teams are at the tops of their leagues, but it’s still not football – nothing is.

So as the long, dreadful offseason begins, I can’t think of a better way to ease back into football-less Sundays than by watching the Grammy’s.


And — on the heels of my near spot-on Super Bowl prediction, I’ve decided to weigh in on a few of the bigger awards that will be handed out on “Music’s Biggest Night.”

Click through for Jeff’s Grammy predictions.



Giveaway: TJ Rockwell’s

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**Congrats to Commenter #13 “A Facebook User” (Sharon) and Michelle Kenney who each won a $30 TJ Rockwell’s gift card!**

Everyone loves a good deal.

This weekend, you can forget the middlemen and get your half-prices gift cards straight from the source.

TJ Rockwell’s will host a half-price gift card sale this Friday, Feb. 10 through Sunday, Feb. 12. Mark your calendar! During that time, you can purchase a $30 gift card for just $15. Buy gift cards online or at either the Mechanicsburg or Elizabethtown locations.

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In the meantime, readers can enter to win one of two TJ Rockwell’s gift cards this week.


To enter to win, visit TJ Rockwell’ and leave a comment below:

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. The contest ends Saturday, Feb. 11. A winner will be selected at random.


This week on


Off to the gym this morning, then some errands, including either bathing the dog myself or dropping him at Happy Tails for “the works.” Then I’m off to the soon-to-open Vineyard at Hershey for a preview tour and tasting!

This week was an unofficial Super Bowl Edition (sort of) – Jeff has his picks, my Patriot-News column has dine-in and take-out specials – plus, if you need an easy dish for the game, try my Hot Ham Sandwiches or Bean Dip.

The rest of the week, in case you missed it:

Check out this cute short film starring Elizabeth Banks with a good message for Go Red for Women month:

CATEGORIES: Hershey, Sara Bozich, Wine

Out with Sara: Ready for Super Bowl Sunday?


This Sunday, the New York Giants and New England Patriots meet for Super Bowl XLVI.

Through my research over the years, I know this isn’t a guaranteed bar holiday; many people take the opportunity to host parties in their homes, chowing down on guacamole, pizza and other easy party foods with a crowd of their closest friends.

I find this happens less without a local team in the Bowl. Sometimes, it’s easier to just take your party to the nearest watering hole to enjoy the excitement among friends and strangers.

Either way you choose, our local bars and restaurants are ready for you come Sunday. Be sure to plan ahead. Large parties should call for a reservation; take-out orders are best placed in advance — like now.

Out with Sara: Ready for Super Bowl Sunday? Party at home or favorite eatery |


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Become a Department Store Diva

I'll be the first to admit that department stores aren't the first place I check out while shopping. In fact, department stores are usually my last resort if I even stop in at all. The rise of affordable specialty shops has hit the big stores hard, but this year we're seeing a comeback. The best part about this recent push is the great ways we can benefit as a consumer.

This year, JC Penney (who would like us to just use JCP), announced they will be permanently reducing their pricing by at least 40 percent. What this this mean for us? According to their ad (show below), in lieu of limited sales, they plan to offer their clothes at a lower price to start with. This can be incredibly beneficial to us as consumers, because we won't feel as pressured to buy just because something is temporarily marked down and may not be there the next time we pop in. No more buyer's remorse means more return customers and more happy people, which is awesome.


Wouldn't it be wonderful if more stores followed suit? It's not very likely, so we have to try and find another way to get the best deals.



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