Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Winner of the Harry's Beach Cruiser Giveaway and her Story!


Harry's is pleased to announce to you that the winner of the Beach Cruiser Giveaway is Sandy B., a breast cancer survivor herself!

Harry's would like to thank each and every one of you who contributed to the success of this fundraiser/raffle!  We raised nearly $1900 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, and all proceeds went to the American Cancer Society!

We all were very happy when we found out that the winner of our Harry's Beach Cruiser Giveaway was an actual Breast Cancer Survivor!  It couldn't have happened to a more excited and grateful person!  

Sandy was kind enough to share her story with us in order to share with all of you and raise more awareness.  Below is Sandy's story in her own words.

My name is Sandy and I am the very proud winner of the pink beach cruiser that was raffled off last month to promote breast cancer awareness. Being a three year breast cancer survivor myself, I was elated to hear I had actually WON the bike, but hearing that the raffle raised almost $1,900 for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” event was even more exciting!

When I was diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer three years ago I knew nothing about this horrible disease that affects 1 in 8 women. I believed that cancer happens to others…not me! Wow, was I given a wakeup call when I felt a lump in my left breast while showering one morning! I knew immediately something was not right, and made an appointment to have it checked out by my primary care doctor. During his examination, he confidently told me “the lump you feel is nothing, but if you insist, I will send you to the breast center for a diagnostic mammogram.” 

My gut instinct told me to make the appointment at the CMH Breast Center, and a few days later I was told, again… “The lump you feel is nothing” by two radiologists who looked at the mammogram images. However, this time, one radiologist saw “something suspicious” about two inches away from the lump I felt and ordered a biopsy within a few days. 

One week later I received the news that I indeed had “invasive lobular breast cancer.” I was immediately referred to a surgical oncologist who explained to me what my options were, and confidently told me “the lump you feel is nothing.” After careful research regarding lobular breast cancer, and learning that this type of breast cancer would most likely occur in my right breast, I made the difficult decision to have a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. This decision ended up saving my life, because when the pathology came back on my breast tissue after my first surgery July 18, 2012, it was determined that the original lump I felt in the shower WAS in fact breast cancer, and the FOUR doctors who told me it was “nothing” were wrong. 

I endured five major surgeries over the last three years and am happy to say I am currently cancer free and healthy. I have taken an anticancer drug called Tamoxifen every day for three years to keep my cancer from coming back somewhere else in my body. Studies have indicated that if breast cancer recurs, it will happen within the first five years, so I have two more years taking Tamoxifen before I am “out of the woods.” 

I could go on and on about the endless doctor appointments, the sudden onset of hypochondria and the financial burden a cancer diagnosis can place on a person, but I won’t burden you with those things. 

In closing, I would like to say that breast cancer does not discriminate based on age, ethnicity or even gender. My advice is to be your own advocate, your own doctor, and never, never take no for an answer if you truly feel something is wrong. I didn’t and it saved my life. 
So ladies…get your mammogram! Educate yourself about breast cancer because it truly is an epidemic. Early detection saves lives, and I am living proof of that. Thank you again for listening to my story, and thank you Harry’s for your contribution to promoting awareness!
~ Sandy B.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

28 Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

Uh-oh . . . Halloween is almost here, and you may not have your costume ready. Don't panic; we've got you covered. Here is a list of costumes that you can put together in minutes. Most of them can be created with items you already have in your home!
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Crazy Cat Lady
If you're already a crazy cat lady in real life, you will probably have a bunch of cat plushies in your home. Stick them on you, wear a bathrobe, and do up your hair in curlers to instantly show off your crazy cat lady status.

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Error 404 Page
Are you totally over costumes this year? Buck the trend by writing the words "Error 404: Costume Not Found" on a plain white shirt.
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Take a cue from Jim from The Office for what might be the easiest costume on the planet.
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Party Animals
Party like a wild animal in your animal-print outfits!

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God's Gift to Men/Women
This is such a no-brainer costume. Look really great, then tie a ribbon around yourself. Finally, attach a tag that says God's gift to men or women (depending on which gender you want to bestow your beauty upon!). You don't have to put yourself in a box; a gift tag is good enough!
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Risky Business

Probably the easiest costume ever — throw on a pair of shades and wear a white, collared button-down shirt.
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Identity Theft
Stick name tags with different names all over your shirt for a pun-tastic identity theft costume.
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Candy Rappers
This play-on-words costume is so punny and easy to make.

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Join us Saturday, Oct 31st, for our annual Halloween Costume Contest at Harry's in Pismo Beach! Live Music by The Little George Band @ 9pm ($5 cover). Winners will be chosen at 11:30pm. 

  • Categories and prizes are:
  • 1st Place wins $100 & Trophy
  • 2nd Place wins $50 & Trophy
  • Best Couple wins 2 Trophies
  • Prettiest Costume wins a Trophy
  • Scariest Costume wins a Trophy
  • Funniest Costume wins a Trophy
  • Most Outrageous wins a Trophy
  • Most Original wins a Trophy
  • Best Employee Costume wins a Trophy

*Anmals are NOT allowed as part of a costume.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

How to win your football pool

How to win your football pool

Winning a football pool is challenging for some people and it is usually due to not knowing the basics of picking football games. In a football pool, there are usually a handful of beginners and a couple of real football fans.

Preparing for Each Week

Every week in NFL football, there are a large number of football pools across America. The first step to winning yours is to know your competition. Picking NFL football games is all about strategy. If you are in a football pool with a bunch of people that do not know what they are doing, you can be a little more brave with upsets. If you are competing against football pickers, then you will want to play it a bit more straight up. For the sake of this article, we are going to assume that you are picking against experienced competition.

When you prepare for each week, you will want to go to ESPN's or the NFL's websites to brush up on the teams. There are usually a number of "no-brainer" picks, and you will want to pick the obvious early in the season. Week one is not the time to pick incredible upsets. If you get far behind, you will have a tough time catching up. Go with the flow at the start of the season, and pick the favorites in general.

After filling in your obvious winners, then go back and look at the games that seem to be evenly matched. These games are what separates the winners from the losers in a football pool. Look at the running game first. If a team is a great running team, and the other team is weak in that area, go with the strong running team. This is very reliable and most of the time it will bear itself out. Go with the strong running teams over pass happy teams.

Another factor to look at with even match ups is the home team. Home team advantage is real and it does make a difference in your success in football pools. If you are totally undecided, then go with the home team. Over the course of a long season, those picks will serve you well.

When you are inclined to pick an upset, which should not be until later in the year, be sure to have a reason. Picking a random upset is not strategy. It is a sure sign that you will lose eventually, regardless of the occasional correct pick.

Later In the Season

Once you reach the final quarter of the season, take a good look at where you stand. If you are in the upper fourth of the league, then you are in a good position to win. If you are in the lower to middle area, then you need to make some moves quickly.

One way to make a move is to go with unpopular, yet intelligent picks. It is late in the season and you have to make up some games. Who is playing good football in the NFL but has a bad record overall? Pick those teams. At least you will have a good chance of winning a few of those.

If you are in the upper quarter, then stay with the strategy you have been playing. At the end of every NFL season, football pool leaders start to make silly picks. It happens every year as they smell the finish line. If you remain steady and go with the same strategy, you will pick up a couple of games at least.

Do the math and see how many games you need to make up to win going into the last three weeks. Plan out which games you are going to take a chance on, and hope for some help. More than likely there will be several games where you and the leaders picked differently, so you should give yourself a chance to win.

Finally, remember that steady, intelligent picks wins every time over haphazard, random picks. The occasional great week of upsets that your competition picks will not bear out over the course of the season. Stay with steady and you too, will win your football office pool!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!
Create an Early Detection Plan and invite others to do the same. 

Share Beyond The Shock, our breast cancer educational resource, with friends and family. 

Host a Fundraiser to help provide mammograms for women in need. 
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Show your support. Your donation helps provide mammograms for women in need.
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Here's how Harry's is raising funds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  Please join us by purchasing a ticket, and be entered to win a pink custom Harry's Beach Cruiser!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Learn How to Taste Wine & Develop Your Palate

Learn How to Taste Wine & Develop Your Palate
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Learn how to taste wine with 4 basic steps. The following wine tasting tips are practiced by sommeliers to refine their palates and sharpen their ability to recall wines. Even though this method is used by pro’s, it’s actually quite simple to understand and can help anyone to improve their wine palate.

We’ve written on this topic before, but wanted to offer up additional detailed facts and wine tasting tips that will improve your understanding far beyond the basics. Anyone can taste wine, all you need is a glass of wine and your brain.

How to Taste Wine

1. Look

Check out the color, opacity and viscosity (wine legs). You don’t really need to spend more than 5 seconds on this step.

2. Smell

Pick out at least 2 flavors and take your time identifying them. There are 3 types of wine aromas:

  • Primary Aromas come from grapes and include fruit, herb and flower notes
  • Secondary Aromas come from fermentation and yeast aromas.
  • Tertiary Bouquets come from aging, oxidation and oak such as baking spices, nutty aromas and vanilla.

3. Taste

Two elements make up taste: flavor and structure.

  • Flavors such as lemon, raspberry or coconut.
  • Structure such as the level of sweetness, body, alcohol, acidity, and tannin.
  • Profile The taste of wine is also time-based, there is a beginning, middle (mid-palate) and end (finish).

4. Conclude

Did the wine taste balanced or out of balance? Did you like the wine? Was this wine unique or unmemorable? Were there any characteristics that shined through and impressed you?

7 Useful Wine Tasting Tips
A professional taster’s analysis station in Rioja, Spain.
Getting past the ‘wine’ smell: the vinous flavor can be hard to move past. A good technique is to alternate between small short sniffs and slow long sniffs.

Learn to Swirl: The act of swirling wine actually increases the number of aroma compounds that release into the air. Watch a short video on how to swirl wine.

Find more flavors when you taste: Try coating your mouth with a larger sip of wine followed by several smaller sips so that you can isolate and pick out flavors. Focus on one flavor at a time.

Improve your tasting skills faster: Comparing different wines in the same setting will help you improve your palate faster, and it also makes wine aromas more obvious. Get a flight of ‘tastes’ at your local wine bar, join a local tasting group or gather some friends to taste several wines at once.

Overloaded with aromas? Neutralize your nose by sniffing your forearm.

How to write useful tasting notes: If you’re someone who learns by doing, taking tasting notes will be very useful to you. Check out this useful technique on taking accurate tasting notes.

A detailed look at the 4 steps on tasting wine:

Step 1: Look

How to judge the look of a wine: Color and opacity of wine can give you hints as to the approximate age, the potential grape varieties, the amount of acidity, alcohol, sugar and even the potential climate (warm vs. cool) where the wine was grown.

Age: As wines age they tend to change color towards more yellow and brown colors. Red wines also tend to become more translucent.

Potential Grape Varieties: Here are some common hints you can look for in the color and rim variation

  • a Nebbiolo-based wine will have a translucent brick color
  • a red blend with Merlot in it will have a slightly orange-tinged rim
  • a Malbec will often have a magenta pink rim
  • a youthful Syrah from a cool climate will have a blueish tinted rim

Alcohol and Sugar: Wine legs can tell us if the wine has high or low alcohol and/or high or low sugar.

Step 2: Smell

How to judge the smell of wine 
Aromas in wine nearly give away everything about a wine; from grape variety, whether or not the wine was oak-aged, where the wine is from and how old the wine is.

Where do wine aromas actually come from?

Aromas like ‘Sweet Meyer lemon’ and ‘pie crust’ are actually aroma compounds called stereoisomers that are captured in our noses from evaporating alcohol. It’s like a scratch and sniff sticker. There can be hundreds of different aroma compounds in a single glass, which is why people smell so many different things.

Wine aromas fall into 3 categories:

Primary Aromas: Primary aromas are from the type of the grape and the climate where it grows. For instance, Barbera will often smell of licorice or anise, and this is because of Barbera grapes. Generally speaking, the fruit flavors in wine are primary aromas. If you’d like to see some examples, check out these articles:

Secondary Aromas: Secondary aromas come from the fermentation process (the yeast). A great example of this is the sour smell that you can find in Brut Champagne that is sometimes described as ‘bready’ or ‘yeasty’. These sour aromas are present in all wines at some level. Some of these aromas are quite bizarre.

Tertiary Aromas: Tertiary aromas (classically referred to as ‘bouquets’) come from aging wine. Aging aromas come from oxidation, aging in oak and aging in bottle over a period of time. The most common example of this is the ‘vanilla’ aroma associated with wines aged in oak. Other more subtle examples of tertiary aromas are nutty flavors found in vintage Champagne or dried fruit aromas that are associated with older red wines.

Step 3: Taste

How to judge the taste of wine 
With practice you could be able to blind taste a wine down to the style, region and even possible vintage! Here are the details on what to pay attention to.


The best way to sense sweetness is on the front of your tongue in the first moment you taste a wine. Wines range from 0 grams per liter residual sugar (g/l RS) to about 220 g/l RS. By the way, 220 will have a consistency close to syrup!
  • Dry Wines Wine is ‘dry’ if it has less than 10 g/l RS which is equivalent to a 1/2 teaspoon of sugar per glass.
  • Acidity Matters Wines with high acidity taste less sweet than wines with low acidity.

Acidity plays a major role in the overall profile of a wine because higher acidity wines tend to taste lighter in body. You can use these clues to determine if the wine is from a hot or cool climate and even to determine how old the wine is and how long it can age.

Acidity refers to pH There are many types of acids in wine but the acid we’re discussing is simply the pH. Acidity is how tart a wine tastes. pH in wine ranges from 2.6 which is mouth-watering to about 4.9 which is flat.

  • Most wines range between 3 and 4 pH.
  • High Acidity wines are more tart and taste lighter.
  • High Acidity can indicate a wine from a cooler climate region or wine grapes that were picked early.
  • Low Acidity wines tend to taste smoother and have more body.
  • Super Low Acidity wines will taste flat or flabby.

Where grape tannin comes from

Tannin is a red wine characteristic and it can tell us the type of grape, if the wine was aged in oak and how long the wine will age.
Tannin comes from 2 places: the skins and seeds of grapes or oak aging.

  • Oak Tannins Tannin from oak will often taste more smooth and round. It typically hits your palate in the center of your tongue.
  • Grape Tannins Tannin from grape skins and seeds is typically more abrasive and tastes more green.

Most red wines have some combination of either ‘only grape’ or ‘grape and oak’ tannins. It is one of the most challenging things to taste the difference between oak tannins and grape tannins, so don’t worry if you don’t get it right away. Here is a detailed article on the topic of tannins.


Alcohol can sometimes tell us the intensity of a wine and the ripeness of the grapes that went into making the wine.

  • Alcohol Level can add quite a bit of body, spiciness and texture to wine.
  • Alcohol Ranges from 5% ABV – 16% ABV. Fortified wines are 17-21% ABV.
  • Alcohol Level directly correlated to the sweetness of the grapes prior to fermenting the wine.
  • Warmer growing regions produce sweeter grapes which have the potential to make higher alcohol wines.
  • Low vs. High Alcohol Wine Neither style is better than the other, it’s simply a characteristic of wine.


Body can give us clues to the type of wine, the region it was grown and the possible use of oak aging.

Body is the culmination of all of the aforementioned wine characteristics as well as the profile of the taste from start to finish. You can categorize wines based on their body to make it easier to find and discover what you like. For example, Syrah tastes very full-bodied up front and typically has a very subtle finish, whereas Nebbiolo starts out light and bright and builds to more intense tannin as the flavor evolves in your mouth.

TIP: A great example of ‘finish’ from the world outside of wine is the sappy, oily feeling 20 seconds after taking a sip of Coca-Cola.cabernet-sauvignon-taste-profile

Step 4: Conclusion

This is your opportunity to sum up a wine. What was the overall profile of the wine? Did the wine taste balanced?

In a scenario when you are blind tasting a wine, you would use this moment to attempt to guess what the wine is that you’re tasting. Try hosting your own private blind tasting to hone your skills.

By activating our brains when we taste, we alter the way we consume. This, my friends, is a very good thing.

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