Sara Tries The Impossible Burger

by: Sara Bozich
January 29, 2018

I’ll be honest — I didn’t really have any expectations of a non-meat burger.

When Arooga’s challenged me to try their new Impossible Burger — a vegan-friendly “burger” that is not only healthier than beef but minimizes your carbon footprint — I was certainly curious.

It was just last year while planning the first HBG VeggieFest that I learned that Arooga’s offers tofu wings (I know that sounds gross, but I tried them too, so bear with me), and I knew they had additional plans for vegetarian options on their menu.

The Impossible Burger

impossible Burger Arooga's

Arooga’s owner Gary Heuther caught wind of the Impossible Burger a few years ago — the company was gaining momentum on the west coast, and Heuther sent an email saying, “if you ever expand to the east coast, give me a call.” It took some time, but as the company grew and expanded, they reached Heuther, and here they are.

The Impossible Burger is “meat, made from plants, for meat-lovers.” From its raw state through cooking on the griddle or grill, it looks and smells pretty darn close to beef.

What is it, though?

The Impossible Burger is made mostly of wheat and potato proteins, coconut oil, and heme. That last one is the secret (or not, I guess) to its meaty flavor, and it’s a natural molecule found in all living things. Go figure! There are no hormones, antibiotics, and it is cholesterol-free.

In fact, every time you eat an Impossible Burger, you’re helping reduce your carbon footprint. Creating this savory substitute uses 95% less land, 87% lower greenhouse gas emissions and 74% less water than eating traditional beef.

A serving size has just 220 calories (before you load it with your toppings and bun).

It’s available at all Arooga’s stores and franchises, local and up the east coast.

Oh yeah, and uh — it’s good.

Arooga’s invited me to their corporate headquarters to sample the Impossible Burger, along with their tofu wings and new sriracha hummus.

Arooga's

Real deal, the burger looks like a burger from raw through cooking. I mean, it depends on how finely ground your ground beef is, but it’s close. My burger was prepared as they do on the menu — Arooga’s sauce, toasted bun (skip this if you want vegan!), lettuce, tomato (no onion for me).

No kidding, the thing is tasty. No weird texture or aftertaste either. I would definitely consider adding this into my diet, and if you’re veg-curious, this is a great way to start. Comes with fries!

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Arooga’s Faux Wings

Arooga's Faux Wings

These come out looking like boneless wings, though the texture is definitely more “chicken nugget” than tender, but when lightly fried and topped with Arooga’s wing sauce, these were satisfying. Like the Impossible Burger, I couldn’t detect any odd aftertastes. Again, another great way to ease into a veg-friendly diet. Served with USDA organic carrots, hand-cut celery & bleu cheese dressing.

Arooga’s Sriracha Hummus

Arooga's Sriracha Hummus

Heuther noticed the Arooga’s menu was lacking a good vegetarian option in the appetizer section, so they worked on this hummus. Sriracha is a pretty mild hot garlic sauce, and it’s a global favorite for a reason. Its flavor is pretty mild in this already garlicky hummus, so even sensitive palates could enjoy this. Served with red and blue corn tortilla chips.


These vegetarian options are available at all Arooga’s stores and franchise locations.

Categories: Food/Drink, LivePA

Going For 2: Episode 12 — All The Sports Opinions You Never Wanted

by: Jimi The Intern
January 26, 2018

Going For 2: Episode 12 is LIVE!

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We cover a lot in this episode, and Andy finally gets to talk about his frustration with the Pirates. Get ready.

Now that the Steelers are out of the playoffs, we take a look back on their Divisional loss to the Jaguars and explain how frustrated we were with the playcalling. Sticking with the Steelers, the discussion shifts to what they should do in the offseason, including who we would draft in the first round.

Next, Andy finally gets on his soapbox to tell you all how he’s feeling about the Pirates. We also get a little preview of his upcoming letter to Mark Cuban.

We step away from professional sports for a bit and talk about the upcoming Winter Olympics. Find out how much Jimi loves curling and what “weird” Olympic sports he wants to see included the Winter Games.

The show closes out with out break down of the Super Bowl including our picks on who we think will take home the Lombardi Trophy.

Enjoy!

Game notes:

NFL Football

MLB (Mostly Pirates, really all Pirates)

NHL Hockey

Winter Olympics

Super Bowl

Categories: Sports, Steelers

Weekend Roundup 1/25

by: Sara Bozich
January 25, 2018

Happy Weekend!

Holy crap, I don’t know where this week went, but I do know I’m tired. Did everyone else’s January whoosh by?

Harrisburg Beer Week planning is in high gear, so I’ve been in lots of meetings — and the whole team is so excited about what’s in store for this year. Take a minute and make sure you’re on the HBG Beer Week email list, so you get all the updates!

Saturday, Andy and I are donning our Black Tie wear (Read: Rent the Runway) for Keystone Human Services’ ChocolateBall. It’s my first time attending this event, so I’m excited about dressing up for a good cause — and lots of chocolate and wine.

Also of note on Saturday: Check out the Lebanon Bologna Fest & Winter Carnival!

On Sunday, Jimi will be sharing updates from Keystone Human Services’ Chocolatefest. Tickets are still available!

weekend roundup

What are you doing this weekend?

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Categories: LivePA, TheBurg

REVIEW: Something Rotten at Hershey Theatre

by: Jimi The Intern
January 25, 2018

Something Rotten! welcomes you back to the Rennaissance at Hershey Theatre this weekend.

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Something Rotten! might be one of the funniest shows you will see. The hilarious musical pokes fun but also shows respect to classic Shakespearian plays and basically every other famous Broadway show.

It features an original story, a cast filled with former Broadway stars, and seriously funny jokes that aren’t always for the whole family.

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A Rotten Story

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The musical follows Nick and Nigel Bottom (Rob McClure and John Grisetti, respectively) on their journey to become famous playwrights in England. The two brothers keep falling on hard times and are often frustrated by the rock star that is Shakespeare.

Shakespeare is portrayed as a rock star in every sense of the word. He’s played by Adam Pascal — who played the original Roger Davis in Rent — and is always shown blinged-out in chrome collars and showing off leather pants.

After finding out that Shakespeare is already producing a play the brothers are working on, Nick Bottom decides to do something drastic. He takes all of the family savings to see a soothsayer, Thomas Nostradamus (Balke Hammond), to look into the future to tell him what the next big idea in theatre will be.

Nostradamus tells Bottom that musicals, a new concept where people break out into song for no reason at all, will soon dominate the stage.

Although Bottom has his concept, he still doesn’t have an idea for a show. He goes back to the soothsayer again so he can steal Shakespeare’s next big play. Nostradamus tells Bottom that “Omelette” (not Hamlet) will be the next Shakespearian hit.

While Nick Bottom is deadset on producing “Omelette: A Musical,” his brother Nigel has his reservations. This puts a rift between the two that leads the duo to a breaking point in the song, “To Thine Own Self.”

Of course, there is a love interest aspect to the story, too. Portia (Autumn Hurlbert) pushes Nigel to write with his feelings and drives Nigel to chase his dreams of being a playwright.

Hilarity, Parody, and Tap Dancing

The music in Something Rotten ranges from tight a capella to funky jams with a little bit of rock and roll whenever Shakespeare makes an appearance.

“Welcome to the Rennaisance” is the opening number and sets the stage perfectly for the rest of the show by paying homage to the time period, while also poking fun at it.

Some of the funniest moments in the show come in two of the biggest numbers. “A Musical” where Nostradamus explain what a musical is to Bottom, is full of puns and lyrics from famous musicals like Annie, Les Miserable, and A Chorus Line.

When Bottom finally debuts his breakfast musical the title song, “Omelette: A Musical,” features scenes and lines from Hamlet but with an “egg”-celent twist.

Something Rotten! is a show full of terribly bad puns, a little bit of raunchy humor, and a lot of high-spirited musical numbers. It’s definitely one of the funniest shows I’ve seen in a while.

Something Rotten! runs Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Hershey Theatre.

Categories: Hershey, Music, Theatre

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