Cuisinart CPO-800 Review: Live from 1985

This is part of my Everyday Coffee series, in which I review four affordable SCAA-certified coffeemakers. Criteria is simple: they have to be programmable, they have to be easy to use, and they have to produce a damn fine cup of coffee. Read on to see how the Cuisinart CPO-800 compares! Meet the Cuisinart CPO-800 First on…

Everyday Coffee: Coffeemaker Roundup

This is the first in a series called “Everyday Coffee”, in which I put four highly-rated coffeemakers through everyday, real-world testing. We have a long-lasting love-hate relationship with coffeemakers. Your great-grandparents likely used a French press, siphon, or pourover. Probably involving fire. They’re all great brewing methods with their own strengths and weaknesses. They take a bit…

The Last Days of Holy Hound Bottle Shop

Thanks to some new liquor laws, Pennsylvania beer distributors are now able to sell beer in any quantity. In response, some retailers are changing up their offerings or hours, while others are closing up shop. Unfortunately, my favorite local place to buy bottles — Holy Hound Bottle Shop in York — is among the latter.

Goodbye Growler, Hello York Street Grille

It’s been nearly a year since Grandpa’s Growler — legendary only for its subpar draft selection and laughably awful food — was unceremoniously shuttered. In its place stands York Street Grille, which opened just this past December. After giving them a few months to work out any opening quirks, we made our way down to see what, if…

Everyday Coffee: OXO Pourover

The best coffee is the stuff you make by hand. But I don’t always have time to dedicate to crafting that perfect pourover. Mornings en route to work, for example. So when I saw the OXO Pourover Coffee Maker, I had to give it a shot. Long story short, the art of making a really…

Everyday Coffee: Ninja Coffee Bar Review

I am a coffee snob. My French press is my weapon of choice. But when I saw the Ninja Coffee Bar on sale (refurbished) for around $90 at Ollie’s and Woot, curiosity got the best of me. I had to try it out. The Ninja Coffee Bar is … unconventional. It promises “better than a coffee house experience…

50 Years of the Centralia Mine Fire

It seems hard to believe for those of us who grew up under the media coverage of the 1980s, but the Centralia mine fire has been burning for a half century as of this Sunday. What started as a long sequence of unfortunate circumstances resulted in significant disruption for residents of the borough.  On May…

Harrisburg’s Northern Gateway

The Furlow Building is being restored.  Midtown Harrisburg has evolved past “taking root” and into “sustained growth”.  The 1500 Project is moving full speed ahead.  Even the old glass factory on Third is being restored.  Downtown’s entertainment district is as strong as it was ten years ago.  And although the infamous Southern Gateway project is…

Midtown’s Furlow Building Gets Un-Furloughed

At some point or another, we’ve all strolled past this building on our way to Midtown Scholar or points downtown.  At 1222 North Third St, the Furlow building sits almost directly across from the Broad Street Market, smack dab in the heart of midtown Harrisburg’s renaissance.  For decades it has sat empty and neglected, with…