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Day late, dollar short. Here’s where I wrap up the week that was. My weekend was a busy one. Friday was jam-packed with appointments. Later, I cooked an incredible from-the-garden dinner, and Andy and I finally bit the bullet and started watching Breaking Bad.

Saturday, I was on the air with Bruce Bond on WTPA 92.1. I’ll be his co-host all month, so please tune in between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturdays in August. Later, Andy and I went to a Yards Brewing Co. Beer Pairing Dinner at Dodge City Steakhouse, which I live-tweeted (you can find the album on Facebook, too).

yards dodge city beer

I could hardly keep my eyes open for another Breaking Bad episode, and we were up by 4:30 a.m. on Sunday to travel to Pocono Raceway, the Tricky Triangle, for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Go Bowling 400. My first NASCAR race, first Poconos experience — it was fun, but I have to admit the highlight was spying former Pittsburgh Steeler (and official badass) James Harrison hanging with his beautiful family. He was kind enough to allow me a photo — made my day.

With former Steeler James Harrison at the Pocono Raceway Go Bowling 400.

With former Steeler James Harrison at the Pocono Raceway Go Bowling 400.

You can find more photos from my Poconos Raceway experience (#WhatTurn4 #trickytriangle) on Facebook.

It’s now a new week, but just ICYM anything – TV appearances, profiles, etc. – here it is:

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Happy Hour Recap {Cafe 1500}

We met a bit off the beaten path for our most recent happy hour, which took us to Cafe 1500 in Midtown Harrisburg this past Wednesday.

sbhh cafe 1500

A great crowd of people attended to check out the relatively new edition to Midtown Harrisburg, which as of a few weeks ago acquired a liquor license and developed a new cocktail menu.

sbhh cafe 1500

sbhh cafe 1500

Chef Ben Beaver, who recently joined the 1500 team, shared some snacks for attendees to enjoy.

sbhh cafe 1500

Keystone State Wine & Spirits brought Charbay hop whiskies to sample — plus the organic section of Cafe 1500′s cocktail menu features Keystone State products.

Not one to miss a good time, Merlot Mike was on-hand to share tastes from The Vineyard at Hershey‘s line. They, too, are featured on Cafe 1500′s cocktail menu. Like sweet? Check out the sangria with VaH’s Catawba.

sbhh cafe 1500

Our photographer, Bart, recently launched his new t-shirt company, Hop Hedz Gear, and displayed his shirts for guests during the Happy Hour as well.

sbhh cafe 1500

Live music for the event was by Roy Barrett.

sbhh cafe 1500

All photos thanks, of course, to Bart Kaminski. Find more on Facebook — Tag yourselves! 

Next event? Tickets ON SALE NOW for the After Dark Booze Cruise on Sept. 6. BUY HERE.

The next Happy Hour is Sept. 17 at MoMo’s BBQ & Grill.

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CATEGORIES: Harrisburg, Sara Bozich, SBHH

#CraftBeer Profile: Hop Hedz Gear

The creativity and sense of community that makes up craft beer isn’t limited to just the brewers. With the expansion of the industry comes more opportunity for related business growth including everything from the hop farmers to the bottle cap necklace makers.

For our friend, Bart, it is no different. Bart Kaminski runs Kollision Media (and you may also recognize him as the official photographer for events) and recently expanded his graphic design company to include Hop Hedz Gear — apparel for the craft beer enthusiast.

Our photographer, Bart, with the girls.

Our photographer, Bart, with the girls.

I had the chance to chat with Bart recently about his transformation into a craft beer lover and his inevitable transition to craft beer business owner.

Bart, a self-proclaimed hop head, has been enjoying craft beer since he was young.

“I have been a beer lover ever since the tender age of 8 years old when my Uncle Porky gave me my first sip of Gennesee Cream Ale — unbeknownst to my parents at one of our family reunions. I was instantly in love with the nectar of the gods! My Grandpa owned a bar in West Philly while I was growing up and I can remember learning how to make a Manhattan at a very young age as well. I was bartending family reunions at by the age of 10,” Bart said.


Weekend Roundup 7/31

It was so great to see so many smiling faces — new and familiar — last night at Happy Hour at Cafe 1500. Andy and I stuck around for dinner afterwards and had an  incredible meal. Cheers to Chef Ben Beaver!

Trout entree at Cafe 1500.

Trout entree at Cafe 1500.

We’ll have the full party wrap-up post by the weekend, of course.

Hey, did you catch me this morning on WPMT Fox 43 for “Hot Topics”?

This weekend, you’d think I’d do something low-key after all that travel. Well, sort of. Tonight the tables are turned, and I’ll be the one interviewed for an upcoming piece on craft beer for The Burg. I’ll also be checking the quickly turned around “new” Stock’s on Second, hopefully with full review on PennLive next week.

Tomorrow night, I’m guessing Andy and I will lay low, eat more vegetables from the garden and maybe catch a movie. (I want to see Zach Braff’s new flick! Have you seen it yet?)

Oops — almost forgot to mention I’m co-hosting The Bruce Bond Late Afternoon Show … on Saturday mornings this Saturday. Tune in to WTPA 92.1 to hear us from 9 a.m. to noon.

Saturday night, I’ll be tweeting live from the Yards Beer Dinner at Dodge City Steakhouse — by the way, if you’re into these types of events, Dodge City is hosting a handful of them now through the fall, eventually leading up to a big anniversary party. Be sure you’re following them on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram to catch the details.

After that, we’re heading to a cocktail party — our friends won a guest bartender from Suba!

On Sunday, I’m going to my first-ever Pocono race, so that is sure to be an event (weather pending!).

Need more inspiration? Tune in tomorrow morning during the 7  o’clock hour to Glenn & Bob on The River 97.3 for “Sara’s Weekend Picks.” What are you doing this weekend?


Discovering Trail Running

Trail running has been on my “to do” list for a while now.

But I was full of excuses. I don’t have the right shoes, where will I go, what if I get lost, what if I fall and no one finds my body for two weeks, what if it’s really hard, what if it’s more like hiking instead of running, what if I have to go to the bathroom, etc.

When I stumbled upon Messiah College’s The Big Dipper, a four-mile trail race, I knew this was my chance. There would be a marked course, other people and it was marketed toward beginner trail runners. Sold. I talked my long-suffering significant other into coming with me, rounded up a few friends, and last Saturday evening, we arrived at Messiah College, not sure what to expect.

kelly trail race

The crowd of about 100 or so runners lined up on the grassy field. With a whistle blow, we were off, and Tim and I settled into a comfortable pace. We followed flags and caution tape as the route had many turns off the bat, and continued to do so for the remainder of the run, but that was part of the fun. I never knew where the next direction may take us. The first mile or so was mostly on grass or packed gravel. “See? I told you this was going to be more like a cross country course instead of a trail run,” Tim remarked to me.

Oh, but he was so wrong.


CATEGORIES: Fitness, Running

ON SALE: After Dark Booze Cruise Sept. 6


Mark your calendars: Tickets for the “After Dark” Booze Cruise – Saturday, Sept. 6 — are on sale now.

Online event registration for AFTER DARK Booze Cruise powered by Eventbrite


Giveaway: The Cornerstone Coffeehouse

**Congrats to Ashley K., Susie W. & Joelle**

If you’ve been around even for a bit, you’ve probably heard about Cornerstone Coffeehouse in Camp Hill. In fact, it was just named as Harrisburg Area’s Best Coffee Shop by the readers of Susquehanna Style.

Owners Sue and Al Pera are staples in the community (Watch my interview with Sue from What’s on Tap), so their base is local and loyal. Of course they’re known for great coffee and atmosphere, terrific breakfast and lunch foods — whether you’re eating in or on the go — plus delicious baked goods and even ice cream treats (my husband is obsessed with the espresso milkshake!).

And you probably know about the long-standing Cornerstone Culinary Kitchen, which consistently sells out its classes that range from grilling to gourmet.

The Cornerstone Coffeehouse also hosts live music every weekend and recently launched Open Mic Night on select Wednesdays each month.

Doug Morris performs the best of Bruce Springsteen at Cornerstone Coffeehouse.

Doug Morris performs the best of Bruce Springsteen at Cornerstone Coffeehouse.

Intimate and family friendly, Cornerstone hosts local musicians who perform a variety of styles, creating the perfect atmosphere for enjoying your after-dinner drinks — free of charge.

This weekend’s lineup:

  • Friday, Aug. 1 – Broken Owl
  • Saturday, Aug. 2 – Tom Yoder
  • Sunday, Aug. 3 – Drew Zimmerman

Catch live music every Friday and Saturday from 8-10 p.m. and each Sunday from 6-8 p.m. There is never a cover charge for these events. You can find the full lineup online.

This week, we’re giving away 3 $15 gift cards to Cornerstone Coffeehouse. Use it to check out Cornerstone’s weekend entertainment or Wednesday Open Mic night. To enter, 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. A winner will be selected at random at the end of the week.

Chicago Recap, Pizza Boy/Arooga’s Collab, Psycho Curry, Hot Dogs & MORE

We’re back! Andy and I spent a great couple of days in the Windy City, eating and drinking our way through. And so ends my two-week vacation. Tomorrow I’m officially back to the grind.

sara chicago purple pig

Vacation lunch wine at The Purple Pig in Chicago.

Today we’ll probably just catch up on things around the house, hit the grocery story, that kind of thing, before the work week begins.

Hope to see you WEDNESDAY for HAPPY HOUR at Cafe 1500. We’ll be sampling Charbay hop whiskies, for one, so you’ll want to stop by for those in addition to great drink specials, snacks, live music and more (including FREE PARKING).

Also, tune in Thursday to Fox 43 where I’ll return for another edition of Hot Topics with Chris Garrett and Mike Miller — and then check out Bruce Bond’s show on WTPA on Saturday morning, where I’ll join him as co-host throughout the month of August (we’d like to keep it going, too. If you’re interested in sponsoring, contact me!)

I’ll have some upcoming posts on my recent travels, but in the meantime:

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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.)

Also, be sure to:





PLUS: #sbhh HAPPY HOUR at Cafe 1500 on Wednesday!

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.


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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