Dress in your Red Carpet attire! The Oscar telecast, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will begin at 6 p.m. with red-carpet arrivals. A silent auction will be held throughout the evening. Tickets are $40, and all guests will receive a gift bag.
Free parking is available in the Midtown Cinema lots.
This weekend has been an exercise in the balance between low-key relaxation and feeling out of sorts. Thursday evening we busted out of the house and met up with the gang at Shady’s for some snow day fun, followed by dinner at Ted’s.
SaraBozich.com Snow Day at Shady McGrady’s.
By Friday, though the roads were fine, all of my appointments had canceled, so I was able to hang around the house and prepare my Valentine’s Day dinner. And yes, like much of America, we celebrated by starting season 2 of House of Cards (we only watched the first episode, so shh!).
I made an executive decision to have a relaxing Saturday, but we took a field trip for sausage-making supplies and new steak knives. I have no idea how I know every employee at Williams-Sonoma, but thank you all for your wonderful help!
An accomplished restaurateur, “Qui Qui” Musarra has lived in cities around the world — but has called our capital city “home” for more than a decade. In this episode of What’s on Tap, Sara chats with Qui about her travels, how she landed here and what’s next for Harrisburg.
As a continuation of my beer education series, Craft Beer 101, this week I’ll be enlightening you on the whole “beers on nitro” concept. If you walk into Al’s of Hampden, as well as many other locations, you’ll likely see beers with the word nitro next to them. No, this isn’t paying tribute to the character on American Gladiators, but instead a reference to what gas is used in the carbonation process. Lost yet? That’s okay, we’ll get you caught up quickly — read on.
A stout on nitro settling.
First, it’s important to understand how beer is made. While it may seem as simple as throwing grains, hops, yeast and water together, waiting a bit and now there’s beer — to the contrary, any brewer will inform you it’s much more complicated than that.
Let’s keep this as simple as possible: 1) grains are mashed and boiled, 2) the liquid is drained from the mash and hops are added, 3) all solid particles are removed 4) yeast is added for fermentation and carbonation.
So where does “nitro” fit into any of this?
Nitro in this sense refers to nitrogen. When you see that a beer is labeled as nitro or served on nitro it means that nitrogen was used to carbonate rather than carbon dioxide. The end result of using one versus the other can change the body, mouthfeel and amount of head you’ll get from your beer. Beers on nitro will seem thicker, creamier and have a have thick head at the top. A perfect example comparison would be a traditional light beer (CO2) next to a Guinness (nitro). The light beer will have lots of bubbles like a soda and be thinner-bodied whereas the Guinness will be much thicker, have no bubbles at all, and a thick head you could sit a bottle cap on without sinking.
You may be asking yourself what is the point of putting a beer on nitro. The answer truly depends on how you like your beer. In most cases, beers that are served on nitro are said to have a more evenly distributed flavors as you drink the beer, have more creaminess to them, and are less aggressive in terms of aroma and mouthfeel. While mostly malt forward beers like stouts, porters and browns are more commonly found on nitro, in the past few years some brewers have even tried IPAs. But, drinker beware, when beers are placed on nitro hop flavors just don’t seem to be as potent as they would be with their traditional CO2 carbonation.
Looking to try a beer on nitro? Here are a few that are readily available in our area:
Al’s of Hampden has Victory Hop Devil, Southern Tier Choklat, and Brewery Hershey Mean Cup O’Stout, among others.
SmOMG edition: Many of Thursday’s events are due to change due to the impending snowstorm. Follow me on Twitter (@sarabozich) — I’ll be ReTweeting businesses that are OPEN today.
So! Snow! I stocked up at Al’s of Hampden yesterday, so we’re set (already had my eggs, bread and milk thank you very much). Today’s meetings are canceled, and we’ll see if I can make it in for Happy Hour with Tara at The Speakeasy (which is open).
With three friends from high school visiting this weekend, the Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country’s ValenWine’s Weekend came at a perfect time. What better way to spend the day than sampling local beverages?
We kicked off our day at the Vineyard at Hershey around 1 p.m. The place was totally jammed. Luckily, things were moving smoothly at the winery, and we had no wait. We sampled two wines, along with some delicious chocolate truffles and almond pizzelles. We were allotted three tastings in the main room after our food pairings. I’ve been to the Vineyard at least a dozen times, but I surprised myself from swaying from my usual super sweet wines and trying the Cocoa di Vezzetti (Chocolate Port), which was delicious. The mix of chocolate and red wine was perfect.
Friday is Valentine’s Day. My advice? Sometimes simple is better.
My husband hates Valentine’s Day, and it really burns his tomatoes that it is the anniversary of when we first met. We don’t make too much of a deal out of it — especially considering our wedding anniversary was just last month and my birthday is about a month away — so for us, it means dinner in and maybe a movie. Maybe not.
Last year, we visited friends for a Valentine’s Day Taco Night, complete with themed playlist, and that was a blast.
This week on PennLive, I’ll have some outside-the-box V-Day ideas that go beyond an expensive prix fixe dinner and flowers.
From Thursday, Feb. 13 to Sunday, Feb. 16, when you purchase a $50 gift certificate online, you’ll get a FREE $25 gift certificate. Online sales only! You’ll be able to print certificates immediately after purchase, and they’re valid beginning Monday, Feb. 17.
If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day plans, T.J. Rockwell’s also is running a Sweetheart Meal Deal all weekend at both locations. For just $18, couples can share one appetizer, two entrees and a dessert from a special Valentine’s Day menu.
Even better — This week, you can enter to win one of two $50 gift cards to T.J. Rockwell’s. 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:
Okay, so things didn’t quite go as planned this weekend, stupid cold/flu/whatever.
Yesterday I was mostly better, however, and made it to the Market, my photo class with Ms. Fresh, a swing-by STASH (P.S., you should go today – 25% off clothes, STASH items. I went for a Valentine and left with a couple birthday presents and little something for myself), and later I was able to get Andy out of the house briefly for some wings at Moe’s.
We finished Dexter on Friday, so it feels like a part of our lives has ended — but we quickly supplemented with Justified. Oh how I had missed Raylan Givens. We’re only in Season 4, so shhh.
Today, however, I’m running errands, working, but taking a mid-afternoon break to see Nebraska at Midtown Cinema with my dad (since we didn’t go on Thursday).
Miss anything? We may have been snowed-in and sick, but the blog marched on: