This week on

by: Sara Bozich
March 16, 2013

Last night, Tierney and I met at the Mashup Food Truck Festival (part of 3rd in the Burg) before heading out to see American Idiot at Hershey Theatre. It was a really cool event and very exciting to see so much of the community come out and explore the food — even if we did happen to pick the wrong truck.


I had my mind on the Souvlaki Boys, who unfortunately weren’t able to make it, and while we saw – and smelled – great treats coming from Naters Taters (French fries) and MAD Sandwiches (I’m getting those tacos next time!), we chose The Floating Lotus, which sells mostly unconventional (cheesesteak, spankopita, PB&J) fried egg rolls. The only problem is that they seem to cook them to order from frozen, which meant we waited in line and then after ordering for well over an hour for these mini treats. They were good — but I’m eager to see what new trucks are added for future Mashups. The showing from the community was fantastic, and honestly, everyone seemed happy – despite the lines, wait and once the sun went down – the cold.

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We were five minutes late getting to Hershey Theatre, but enjoyed the first three songs from the wings before being seated. I wasn’t sure what to expect, only knowing American Idiot was a musical written by Green Day. In the “punk rock” days of my youth, I was a big Green Day fan, and while this didn’t reach far back enough to feature my favorite songs, this one-act, sung-through musical was cool and energetic, if quick. The choreography to Green Day songs was interesting to me, particularly any “fight” scenes (oh you angry punk rockers), the use of the utility staircase as a prop (in one scene it’s gracefully flipped on its side and used as a “van”), as well as the scene performed in the air. I’ve always enjoyed musical theater, but as a fan of NBC’s drama, SMASH, I think I was able to appreciate the performance even more.

high-class-hookerAfter the show, we retreated back to the ‘Burg for “High Class Hookers” at The Speakeasy. These feature Hooker’s House Rye Whiskey, FruitLab Organic Hibiscus liqueur and Bar Keep Organic Swedish Bitters on the rocks. It’s like a twist on the Manhattan, but much better in my opinion.

All of this said, while you crazies are out on the streets of downtown Harrisburg, I’m tucked cozily in my home for what I hope to be a relaxing, yet productive weekend. My big plan today? To roast a chicken. And that is seriously easy.

Tomorrow, we introduce another new featured blogger to Lauren Gutshall will be guest-blogging a series on beer and wine – specifically, how they are alike, and if you like one — what varietal or style you might like in the other. Stop back tomorrow for her first post!

Meanwhile, I think this Al’s Pizza & Subs Enola giveaway has already broken the record for most entries — and most haven’t even included extra credit. You have through tomorrow to enter.

Jeff shared opening season news on two local arena football teams – the Harrisburg Stampede and the York Capitals.

Kelly has recovery tips for you weary runners (I’m still getting started this year — Have you registered for a spring race yet? Consider the Jersey Mike Memorial 5K Rock+Run!).

It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and I have 50+ events for you, plus a few St. Patrick’s Day alternatives.

Finally, Tierney broke her own rule and chased down a beer “unicorn”read why, and tell us, would you travel or wait in line for something rare?

Don’t forget, the 2nd annual Booze Cruise is June 5, and tickets are on sale via Eventbrite.

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