Did you know? The PLCB’s website, www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com, isn’t just for special order liquor and expensive wine orders. In fact, the website serves as hub of information on special gifts and savings, entertaining, cocktail tips and more. Plus, online and in-store experts can help make your holiday easy by finding you great deals, suggesting food pairings and recommending gift ideas.
Expert advice and party planning (and cocktails!)
Don’t be afraid to ask. If you’ve never done more than pick up the nearest bottle of vodka from your local liquor store, you’re missing out. Both in-store experts and FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com are great resources for anyone planning a holiday event, offering a variety of tips and tools for entertainers.
Make something new. For example, check out their arsenal of holiday recipes, like this Hot Scot Toddy, for you to print and make at home. Check out 15 more delicious holiday concoctions here, including a Baileys Chocolatini and the Toasted Macaroon.
Upgrade your party fare. Want to learn more about what to pair with your holiday meal? Check out the online food pairing application from the experts. Or check out an online copy of their free magazine, Taste, for additional food and drink inspiration.
Calculate it. Planning drinks for a group can be a challenge. I recently used the online quantity calculator to assist me with a small soiree at my home. The site even provides a glassware guide and a list of how to stock your bar like a pro.
Do it right. Finally, if it’s your first holiday party, or you just want to kick things up a notch, check out these 14 host tips.
Recuperate from the malls or simply escape the holiday hubbub with your own brand of cheer at the Brewhouse Grille in Lower Allen Twp. on Saturday when the bar and restaurant pairs with Troegs Brewing Co. for the “Troegs Toys for Tots Tap Takeover.”
The event begins at 11 a.m., and the premise is simple. Bring in a new, unopened, unwrapped and nonviolent toy suitable for a child age 13 or younger to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program, and you’ll receive a free Troegs pint glass.
All day, the Brewhouse will feature all Troegs beers on draft, including $3 pints of its limited Scratch Series.
By night, the drive and specials continue. You also can hear music from Route 74, starting at 9 p.m.
Out with Sara: Holiday Cocktails – this is last week's column but you'll want to hang on to this through the holiday season. Use it for planning your next outing. In this week's column, check out Troegs' Toys for Tots Takeover at Brewhouse Grille, PLUS – beer + cheese pairings at Home 231.
If you need a bit more holiday inspiration — perhaps in the form of a themed libation — I have you covered. Here is a sampling of holiday cocktails and brews available throughout the greater Harrisburg area:
I’m relieved that my travels have concluded for the year (not counting a short jaunt across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Christmas day), but this weekend is just packed.
Party central starts tomorrow with a ladies-only holiday soiree. Saturday, I was invited to three Christmas parties, but I don’t even have one outfit!
On Sunday, my girlfriends and I will contineu our annual tradition of giftwrapping for the UCP at the Capital City Mall. We’ll be at the old Picture People store between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. – stop by, donate a few dollars and have your holiday stress melt away.
Meanwhile, the events are piling up throughout the area. What are you doing this weekend?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The third annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Bar Golf took place this past weekend, and like a fine wine, it just keeps getting better with age.
Bar golf is similar to bar baseball I wrote about earlier this year. Each bar is a hole, and one finished drink per hole is par, two finished drinks is a birdie, three finished drinks is an eagle and four finished drinks is a hole-in-one.
I set aside my competitive nature for the day, as I wanted to make it to the end of the crawl, and I also didn’t want to end up with alcohol poisoning, as that may put a damper on any upcoming running plans.
Nothing stings a fantasy football owner more than a late season injury. My title defense in one league was disappointingly derailed when Bears RB Matt Forte went down last weekend with a knee injury. Many other teams saw their championship dreams take a hit this weekend as Cowboys’ RB DeMarco Murray and Packers WR Greg Jennings appear to be lost for the remainder of the regular season.
Like the Elmer Nugget Memorial and FX’s The League’sShiva trophy, most fantasy football leagues have their quirks. We’ve done videos, lengthy posts and regularly take part in never-ending email chains that start with football talk and end with vicious personal jabs.
The League, one of the best shows on television, perfectly picks on fantasy football quirks, cliques and personalities. Most fantasy football leagues can associate with different aspects of the show and its characters, but hardly any take it to those levels.
While they may not stack up to The League, one particular Harrisburg fantasy football league goes to obsessive lengths throughout the season. In its third year under Commissioner Bob Miller, members of Zeigler’s Fantasy League (ZFL) take their fantasy football more seriously than most.
The following is a guest post from Pittsburgh fashion writer, Sarah Sudar. Find her bio at the bottom of the post.
I'm a strong believer in a good manicure. I believe that nails should be properly filed and polished, even if that just means wearing a clear coat of nail polish. But, keeping up with weekly manicures at your local salon can be quite taxing and expensive. I'm here to tell you that you that DIY manicures are possible, if you follow some of my tips below:
Before you polish, have the right tools. Just as you would start a DIY project on your new apartment or home, you want to have the proper tools when it comes to your nails. I suggest foregoing those nail kits that come prepackaged and make one yourself. You can find inexpensive, salon-quality tools at your local beauty supply store or even chain beauty stores like Ulta. My must-have nail toolsinclude: nail file, cuticle cutters, orange sticks and a buffing block. Most of these products are only a few dollars, though the cuticle cutters will run you about $10.
Nail polish quality. It is very true that expensive nail polish is of better quality than cheap, $0.99 polish. But, spending $8-$10 on a bottle of nail polish seems completely abused, doesn't it? Therefore, I suggest investing in expensive nail polish in classic hues of reds, berries, pinks, and even black, navy and eggplant purple. Purchase inexpensive nail polish in colors that you don't think you will find yourself wearing often, such as sparkles and funky neon colors.
Top coat, a must. I'm a strong supporter of a top coat. A top coat does two things: it seals in your nail polish color (though doesn't always prevents chips) and also helps clean up the excess color nail polish from around your cuticles. When painting your nails, you may often get the colored polish on your skin. Once you apply the top coat to your finger nails, the clear activates the color and you can easily whip off the mistake. I don't know why or how, but this works. My go-to clear coat is Sally Hansen Hard as Wraps Acrylic Gel. This clear polish is thicker than regular polish and will have your manicure last a bit longer than it normally would.
Look for inspiration. Manicures don't have to be boring and always one color! You can have fun with painting your nails different colors and designs. Look at fashion magazines, blogs and Pinterest for inspiration on new nail designs and colors. I recently have fallen in love with painting just one of the nails on my hands with glitter, leaving the others a solid color, as you can see in the photo (above).
With a few tools and some time, you can definitely have a salon-quality manicure right at home. All you have to do is just find the time to sit still and let the paint dry! Happy polishing everyone!
Sarah is a Pittsburgh-based lifestyle blogger and writer who recently started the style clutch, a blog focused on providing women with stylish advice. After interviewing designers, attending New York Fashion Week and helping LOFT with their 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness campaign for her style column and blog, “Clutch: Get a Hold of Style,” for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, she decided to changegears and focus on writing about a subject she loves: style advice. You can read her new blog at: thestyleclutch.com.