Thursday, November 27, 2014

OVI Checkpoints in Youngstown = .281% OVI Charges. Waste of Time.

For those of you keeping score on how worthless these OVI Checkpoints are, here's the latest:  

There were two OVI Checkpoints on November 21st. They scored a .281293952% OVI Charge rate. Less than one-third of one percent of the cars stopped were CHARGED with OVI. Charged. Not convicted. Pathetic results. Waste of taxpayer money and police hours. You'd get better results having six police officers driving around than these checkpoints.  Numbers don't lie.

The first, at Mahoning Ave & Howard Ave resulted in one charge of OVI, one summons for no license, one citation for no child restraint and one citation for an expired license. 667 vehicles passed through that checkpoint. 16 were investigated. 

The second, at Mahoning & Bell Vista, had one charge of OVI, two summons for driving under suspension, one for no operators license, one for drug abuse, one for no seat belt and one felony arrest for improper handling of a firearm.  41 vehicles went through, six were investigated.

So, two checkpoints, 711 vehicles illegally forced to stop and show their papers, for lack of a better term. 

For two OVI charges. 

Remember, not convictions. Charges. 

Nine others were charged or arrested for other things.  Citizen harassment and police sweeps at their finest. 4th Amendment? Not in America.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ron's Suggestions for Thanksgiving Wine Pairings

Note from Eric:  I've know Ron for 20+ years. I wasn't aware of his vast wine knowledge until recently. This was published on our Facebook page, but I wanted to share it here for our Twitter & Blog friends. Look forward to more from Ron in the future. Cheers!

The novelty and discussion that is pairing wines with food will breath openly like most decanted varietals. Thanksgiving is no different, especially considering the consistent theme at the dinner table this Thursday.


Since the gobble gobble takes front and center, a dry Riesling is an ideal wine to serve. It goes well with turkey meat and the fruitiness is a nice compliment if you’re doing sweet potatoes.

Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Dry Riesling is a failsafe pick around $10.00. Yes, it is abundantly produced in Washington and, yes, can be found at most any local wine store and higher end retail grocer. But the quality is simply not compromised.

If you’re serving mashed potatoes and gravy with your turkey, an oaked chardonnay can be a better match for your rich buttery offerings. The lower acidity is just enough to enjoy with the creaminess of your side dishes and especially goes well with white meat.

In a higher price range, Jordan Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley of California is a solid choice for around $40.00

From the Monterey region, Bernardus is another Chardonnay to consider at nearly half the price.

But, if you fancy reds, you can’t go wrong with a Pinot Noir. It’s gentle and light bodied so as not to compound the effects of your turkey’s Tryptophan and accelerate your visit to the recliner. Plus, quite a few Pinot Noir selections have notes of red berry; a perfect complement to your cranberry sauce.

And Pinot Noir goes well not just with a turkey's dark meat, but for those planning to serve ham. The berry presence goes well with a ham’s sweetness, sometimes smokiness and glaze.

There are a couple reasonably priced wines that I’ve long enjoyed. One is Hahn Winery from the Monterey Region. You should be able to find this at a few of your local wine shops as well as Whole Foods in the $12-15 range. I also recommend The Pinot Project from Michael Skurnik wines, which can be found in the same price range, including Vintage Estates in Boardman and Chalet Premier in North Lima.

With that, you can take a more liberal approach to your wine pairings on Thanksgiving where you can accommodate more than one food and palate. That said, it wouldn’t hurt to mix it up if your budget allows for it and your tastes vary.


Salute and Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Ron

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

List of Veteran's Day Specials 2014


Eric here. Happy Veteran's Day to all my fellow Veterans, and special thanks to spouses and children and parents for support. Here's a quick list of various local and national restaurants offering free or discounted meals to veterans. Please take proof of service, and thank them for putting pride above profits. Cheers:


National Chain Veteran's Day Specials
• Applebee’s (all locations) - Free Signature Meal
• Bob Evans (all locations) - All You Can Eat Hotcakes breakfast
• Carrabba’s Italian Grill (all locations) - Free appetizer
• Chili’s (all locations) Free meal
• Denny’s (all locations) - Free Build Your Own Grand Slam until Noon.
• Friendly’s (all locations) - Free meal
• Great Clips (all locations) - Free haircut
• Golden Corral (all locations) - Free dinner buffet with beverage from 5-9 p.m. on Nov 17th.
• Hangel’s Ice Cream (all locations) - Free single-scoop ice cream cone
• Texas Roadhouse (all locations) - Free Texas Tonion appetizer & non-alcoholic beverage
• O’Charley's (all locations) - Free $9.99 entree
• Olive Garden (all locations) - Free entree
• Outback Steakhouse (all locations) - Free Bloomin’ Onion & beverage + 15% off all meals for the rest of the year
• Panera Bread (Mahoning Valley area) - Free Pick Two
• Red Lobster - Free appetizer
• Starbucks  (all locations) - Free tall brewed coffee
• Texas Roadhouse  (all locations) - Free veteran’s lunch menu including beverage & side
• TGI Friday’s - Free lunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
• Travel Centers of America - all CDL Vets eat free

Non-chain restaurants are also offering free or discounted items to vets, with proof of service:

• Draught House - Vets eat free today. Kitchen opens at 4 p.m.
• O’Donold’s (both locations) - Vets eat free.
• Suzie's Dogs & Drafts - Free meal for vets.
• Quaker Steak & Lube  (all locations) - Vets get 50% off meals today and 20% off year-round
• WhiteFire Grille & Spirits has 10% off for vets
• The Smokin Gun Saloon has a free meal for all vets.
• Chad Anthony’s  (all locations) - Free pasta dinners for all vets
• Davidson’s Restaurant has a free breakfast for all vets.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Daily List - Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hi Twitter Peeps. Sorry, crushed for time tonight. 

It's Thursday and it's the Battle for Ohio as the Browns visit Cincinnati on Thursday Night Football. And hey, when they show Leah Still in the crowd, it's okay to cry. No kid should ever have to fight cancer. Love 'em or hate 'em, the Bengals did right by Devon Still keeping on the practice squad when his world was falling apart. 

Here's Thursday's The Daily List, sponsored by Dash Inn, who has a newly remodeled stage area, great craft beer and a menu unlike any other bar in town. The pizza is amazing, as is the chili. Cheers!

• Dash Inn has a great selection of craft beer & Browns/Bengals tonight. Domestic buckets 5 for $9, check out the daily menu specials & try the pizza!
• Kennsington Grille has a North Country Tap Takeover with 7 beers on tap and the Browns/Bengals game on. 
• Suzie's Dogs & Drafts has Don Dixon at 9, Downtown’s best hot dogs & tots, great craft beer and drinks until 2 a.m.; food until 4 a.m.
• Draught House has all pints $2 each, except PBR, which is always $1.75. Limited Lagunitas Extra-Double Dry-Hopped New Dogtown on tap.
• Vintage Estates has Open Mic with Steve Vuich tonight at 7:30 p.m. and the valley's best selection of beer & wine under one roof. 
• Magic Tree Pub & Eatery has half-price appetizers & half-price wine on tap all day, Don Dixon at 7, Browns Bengals game with sound at 8 p.m.
• O'Donold's in Austintown has the game on at 8:30 p.m., $6.99 Build-A-Burger, too. Watch the Browns in Austintown's only Browns Backer Bar.
• O'Donold's Downtown is Downtown's only Browns Backer bar. Game at 8:20, $2 Thursdays at 10 p.m. with Karaoke. 
• Martini Brothers Burger Bar has downtown's best burgers until 11. Browns/Bengals at 8. 12 wings, app & domestic bucket $20. $2 drinks with Nate & Dan at 9.
• Cedars has Sigma Alpha Iota and the Youngstown Jazz Collective Halloween bash with a costume contest, live band & $2.50 Great Lakes Oktoberfest.
• Shotz Bar N Grille has the game on at 8:30, 40-cent wings until 6 p.m.; 25-cent wings from 6-11 p.m.
• Warehouse 50 has Half-Off Thursdays with all food except wings half-off. $2 Bud Light Draft or Fireball. Beer Pong Tourney at 10 p.m.
• Tangiers has the Browns/Bengals game on 20 TVs with $10 buckets, $2 Corona, Modello & Dos Equis, half off house drinks, martinis & wine after 7.
• Up A Creek has Brew & BBQ Thursday with $1 small drafts, $2 pints, $4 Hercules, $6 pitchers & Baby Back Rib dinners $11. 
• Crickets Bar has domestic buckets 5 for $10, Cricket Spicket $10, $2 Pineapple Sunrise & $2 Mini Beers. 
• Madden’s has $2 domestics and buckets 5 for $10 Thursday-Monday for NFL & College Football.
• Mojo's has home-made Chicken Tenders & 13 beers on tap. Kevin Downey Jr. at the Comedy Cellar this weekend.
• Quaker Steak & Lube in Boardman has $2 domestic bottles & Ribs on special and the game on the 70-inch TVs. Trivioke at 8 on the patio.
• Sammy's Great American Bar is your spot for Thursday Night Football. Game on the big screen with sound at 8:30 p.m. with great drink & food specials. 
• The Royal Oaks has 25-cent chili dogs, $1 domestics from 7-9 p.m. & Thursday Night Football.
• Diletto Winery has Open Mic at 7, Happy Hour until 8 and Browns game at 8:30 p.m.
• Barry Dyngles has Rib Thursday with 1/2 Rack of Baby Back Ribs, side & salad for $12.99 & $1.50 beers all day. Football at 8:30 p.m.
• V2 Wine Bar has $5 pizzas & $2 Great Lakes, Fireball and Washington Apples, $4 22-ounce Yuengling drafts & keep the cups & $2 craft beers for the game tonight.
• Yolo Grille & Taphouse has the Browns on with $5 domestic draft pitchers, $5 burgers & $5 gyros.
• Youngstown Maennerchor has the Browns game on with $2.25 cheeseburgers, 50-cent boneless wings and great beer specials.
• Canterino Sports Bar and Grill has $1 PBR & Bud Light drafts during football & $ Well Drinks until 10 p.m.
• Lanai Lounge has domestic buckets 5 for $9, $1 shot wheel whenever a touchdown is scored on the big screen and $2 well drinks all night.
• Mizu Sushi & Grill has $3 imports $2 domestics every weekday and $1 off all cocktails 4-7 p.m. $4 Mai Tais & Long Islands all night.
• Utopia Nightclub has Ladies Night with Logan Styles. $2 Drafts, $3 UV Bombs, $4 Long Islands.
• Bill's Place has 10 Wings & Fries $6, $1.50 cherry & grape bombs at 7:30 with Ring Toss. Football on at 8:30 p.m. Domestic buckets 5 for $10.
• Chad Anthony's has Browns/Bengals with $1.50 domestic bottles & $2 domestic pints at both the Boardman & Liberty locations.
• Quench Bar & Grill has $6 domestic pitchers, $3 bombs & Fireball, $2 Blue Moon Pumpkin & $1.50 Rax-Ber-Ritas during the game. 
• Shakers Bar & Grill has $1.50 domestic cans from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and $2.99 Tailgate Burger, $3.99 Basket & the Browns/Bengals on TV.
• Black Horse Tavern in Girard has $1.75 domestics all day.
• The Smokin' Gun Saloon has 25-cent wings & $1.50 domestic drafts. NFL on TV at 8:30 p.m.
• Spirits Ultralounge has Happy Hour prices until 9, 1st drink after 9 is on the DJ, who plays after the game. Kitchen open until 1.
• Back Yard Bar & Grill has Karaoke tonight at 9 and a great selection of craft beers.
• The Halligan Bar has Turkey Thursday with Wild Turkey on special. New behind the bar: Thirsty Dog’s 12 Dogs of Christmas.
• Pink Elephant has $2 domestics, Browns Football onTV, Karaoke at Halftime and after the game and the Kitchen's open until 1 a.m.
• Ice House Inn has the Browns/Bengals game with Fast Freddie, $3 27oz Domestic Drafts during the game. Kitchen’s open until 1 a.m.
• Papa's Sports Club has Open Mic with Crazy Eddie at 8 p.m.
• Quaker Steak & Lube in Cortland has Kids Boo Bash tonight 5-8 & ribs on sale. $2 domestic bottles for adults.
• Tiffany's has Steak on special tonight with $3 22-ounce drafts & both football & basketball on tonight.
• Imbibe has 121 different martinis, 50+ imported beers and amazing shots. Check out The Vault while you're there. Doors at 8 p.m.
• The Clark Bar has Open Mic with Frank Weston & Kenny Szenborn at 8 p.m.