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).
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).
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.
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.
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?
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:
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
So, my Atlanta beercation this year was probably the best yet! We explored so many new and exciting places that writing about them all would be overwhelming. So, I’m going to make the trip quick and easy for you with my 5 favorite spots that you MUST hit up when you visit ATL (because someday you will, and you won’t regret it).
So, this wasn’t my first rodeo with The Porter as we’ve visited twice over the years of our Atlanta trips. The one thing I noticed this year was a bigger focus on local breweries on tap. I got to try a brand new brewery, Second Self, and their fantastic saison on a menu that includes pre-cellared bottles that would make even the whale-chasers drool. Located in Little Five Points, The Porter has an incredible reputation and has been featured on multiple top bars/top beer bars/best tap list lists year after year. My tip? Try the salt and vinegar popcorn, you won’t be disappointed.
This year we stayed in Decatur, which is a total switch from every other time I’ve visited the city. 3 Taverns just so happens to also be located in Decatur, which was quite convenient. They specialize in what they call their American interpretations of Belgian beers. Even though they’ve only been open for a little over a year, they are helping to set the bar pretty high for new breweries both in Atlanta but all over. They’ve even got a barrel-aging room all set up. I was pleased to find that their Le Peche Mode saison made with local Georgia peaches was not only delicious, but for sale down the street at Ale Yeah beer market so I could bring some home. Sorry friends, I already drank it, because it was so good I couldn’t wait anymore.