Friday, September 30, 2011

Photographer Fridays: Bill Fultz

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This Friday's photographer is Bill Fultz. Co-founder of Club Blatz photo club, an amazing camera man and Cincinnati's own photographic master of ceremonies. You see, Bill loves getting the word out about photography events and getting people together to shoot cool things in mass. For no other reason than he loves to do it. A shutterbug shepherd if you will.  To keep up with Bill and to stay up to date with photo events, when things are happening and other general goings on to do with photography in Cincinnati you can check out his posts here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

ARNOLD'S ATTIC: Bix Beiderbecke and His Friend Jan Carroll

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Bix Biederbecke's portrait has graced Arnold's wall on the "Booth Side" by the front door for over 25 years, 30 to be exact.  I always remember it being there.  A few years ago I found another painted portrait of him on the 3rd floor and hung it next to the one already there.  Recently someone wanted to know about the portraits and the artist that did them.

The Artist is Jan Carroll.  He use to live on Court Street with Jim Tarbell and many other artist/bohemian types.  He loved Bix and somehow (I'm not sure) Bix ended up living in Hamilton Ohio which is where Jan grew up.  Jan, Fred Gary (long time piano player at Arnold's), Roy (current trumpet player on Thursday nights) and many other people were in a band called "The Gin Bottle Seven".  They mainly played in Hamilton but did play a few gigs in Cincinnati. 

Cincinnati Enquirer did an article on Bix and took the photograph of Bix.  It became a very famous portrait.  I am told by Jim Tarbell that Jan just wanted to do that portrait and he was lucky enough to receive it.  I am now lucky that I have received it when I bought Arnold's 13 years ago.  Bret and I saw a copy of this portrait at the top of Sears Tower in Chicago.

He often used anything he could find to paint on since he loved the art so much.  Our version of Bix is acrylic paint on an American flag.  The painting has a patina from all the smoke over the years.  It is almost wood stained looking.  He also painted on shoes, used canvas's, newspaper and even old book covers.

Jan Carroll is still living in Hamilton Ohio and is in his 80's. Bix died at the young age of 28 of alcoholism.  Here is his website

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

In Case You Missed It....

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Here is the video of the story that Channel 5 WLWT did on us for Harry's Law

Friday, September 23, 2011

Photographer Fridays: Bob Schwartz

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This week's Friday photographer is the man about town, Bob Schwartz aka 5chw4r7z. One of downtown's most prolific camera men, if something cool is going on around town, he has probably got it in his frame. His blog is kind of like a timeline of living and being social in downtown Cincinnati and if you weren't there to see it, Bob's photos will take you there. You can usually find him on Fountain Square, Findlay Market or anywhere in OTR when you least expect it. So keep an eye out.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

First pictures of the Harry's Law Set of Arnold's

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I cannot tell you how elated I was to receive these photos in the mail today from Harry's Law. We are so honored to be a part of this and can't believe how well they have represented Arnold's In Hollywood. Again, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to all that were involved with anything to do with Harry's Law and Arnold's. Check out the full story and a bunch more photos from John Keisewetter and The Cincinnati Enquirer here:

Super Simple Delicious Pork Butt Rub Recipe

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1 pork butt about 2 pounds
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons coffee grounds
1 tablespoon cayenne
1 cup water and 1 cup of tomato juice

Place pork butt in roasting pan or deep pan fat side up.
Pour water and juice over butt.
Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl then rub on top of butt.
Cover with foil.
Place in 300 degree over for 3 hours then uncover and raise over to 375 for 30 minutes. 
After the 3 hours you can place under a broiler for about 5 minutes instead of cooking for 30 more minutes.  This is to brown the top.  You can pull apart and mix with juices or you can remove from pan for a dryer meat.

This is delicious in tacos or on a bun as pulled pork sammies.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Photographer Fridays: Chris Breeden

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I am honored to have this weeks artist, Chris Breeden, show his work to you.  He is an extra special guy because he is my son.  Chris is also the GM and marketing director for Arnold's.  He wears many hats and I am glad to see his creativity shine in the photos he takes.  Holidays are always great at my house because I know somewhere in a package is another piece of Chris's work.  With no further ado I present my son, Chris Breeden.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Artist Bio: James Robinson creator of our Rookwood Mug

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Before the big party and Rookwood mug unveiling coming up this Wednesday. I wanted to share a little info on the artist behind the mug. These mugs are hand spun, each different, individually numbered, original works of art from renowned artist, James Robinson and the Rookwood Pottery Company. Each are $95 and your chance to get on the list is this Wednesday at our premiere party. We already have 30 reserved and they will go fast. Below is some background on James and some other examples of his work. Being honored doesn't even begin to describe how I feel about Rookwood and James deciding to do a piece for our 150th.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

ARNOLD'S ATTIC "One Million Hand Squeezed Lemons"

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Arnold's has sold fresh squeezed lemonade since before I started there.  That was over 25 years ago.  I believe and I could be wrong but I think this is the same lemon squeezer we have always used.  I was trying to figure out about how many lemons we have squeezed over the year.  Back in the day we would squeeze 2 boxes at a time.  Now that you can get it almost anywhere downtown we don't sell quite so much of it.  So lets say 2 cases of lemons a week from May  - September.  That is about 23 weeks.  46 Cases of lemons and each box has about 100 lemons in the case.   That  would be  46,000 lemons per season times 25 years. I haven't had to use a pen up until this number.

So that number would be 715,000 lemons squeezed.  I can safely say if Jim Tarbell started squeezing lemons before I did, that would/could be over 1,000,000 lemons squeezed.  That is really turning lemons into lemonade!

Simple Syrup - Add 2 parts sugar to 1 part boiling water.  Most people do 1/2 and 1/2 but at Arnold's we make it with more sugar.  Once your water comes to a boil turn off and add your sugar.  Stir constantly until all sugar is dissolved.

10 cups lemon juice
6 cups simple sugar
2 gallons and 2 cups of water
Stir and pour over ice.    

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ready for the Bier Laufen? We Are!

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This Saturday is the Bier Laufen and Hudy 14K Brewery RunBret (my husband) has been working day and night and night and day to build our "cart" for the Bier Laufen.  It is so top secret it is being housed in a temperature controlled room high up on the hill overlooking the brewery.  Two furoucious dogs standing guard.

As a small side, there will be a 14K race in conjuction with the Bier Laufen (so what is a 1,000 or so runners?) and they will get free sample food from some great vendors, Arnold's, Taste Of Belguim, Queen City Sausages to name a few.  I have decided to do donuts.  Hot and delicious and perfect to get those calories back after a run!

These donuts are SO delicious.  People rave about them.  People can't get enough of them.  I'm always asked, "Ronda, when are you going to do the donuts again?".   

Oil heated to 375 degrees
1 can of any cheap biscuit
Powdered Sugar

Stick your finger though the middle to make a hole.  Stick biscuit in oil until deep golden brown.  Lay on paper towels to drain.  While still hot sprinkle with powered sugar.  Then sprinkle again.  They should have lots of sugar on them.  Eat while really hot.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Book Does One Make

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I'm writing a book.  Well, I'm not actually writing a book, I'm telling my story.  A person that knows how to write a book (also known as an author) thinks I have enough to say.  The publisher will be making 5,000 copies and they are hoping for a release at 2012 Bockfest.  Just when you think your life couldn't get any cooler, it does.   
 I have been asked to ask my friends, family and customers to send me a story they have about me, about Arnold's or a wonderful dish at Arnold's you would like to see a recipe for. 
This story might be about your first date at Arnold's, your second date at Arnold's or your third date at Arnold's.  We all know what happens on third dates, right?  This story might be about a great friendship you made, a wedding you had, a rehearsal dinner you attended.  It might be about your mom's 50 birthday or a ballet dinner.  It might be about the ghost you saw or the ghost you thought you saw.  You get the picture?
One, a few or many might end up in the book.  If you wouldn't want your name used, it wouldn't be.  All persons will be contacted before we used your story.  We're giving a few prizes to the best.  The winner will receive $100.00 in Arnold's food stamps plus swag.  400 dollars more in Arnold's food stamps will be given away to other entrees.  There are no rules at the moment because we really don't know what kind of rules there would be.  He (the author) thought it would be fun to have a view from the other side of me and the restaurant. 
Please email your musings to Ronda Androski at or mail to
Arnold's Bar and Grill
Ronda Androski
210 E. 8th St.
Cincinnati Oh.  45202
Please type "Telling My Story" in the subject line of your email or write "Telling My Story" on the outside of your mailed envelope.
I hope to hear from you soon!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Photographer Fridays: Suzan Hayden

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This weeks photographer is Suzan Hayden. Club Blatz is having their monthly photography show at Arnold's tomorrow night and Suzan, along with last weeks featured photographer, Lisa Sullivan, will have work up at the show. So, if your at Arnold's this Saturday, you really should journey up to the second floor. It's worth it. We promise.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

ARNOLD'S ATTIC "The Metal Wire Artist"

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So I'm sitting talking to Carla Streeter (Hoperatives) about some "stuff" I have around Arnold's.  She says I should write about some of it on my blog.  I thought and think that is a great idea.  I got the stuff and I love to  talk.  I was thinking I would try and do this once a week but that might be too often. I will be doing these on Wednesdays and the series will be called Arnold's Attic. The first one is called, "The Metal Artist".

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Crab Leg Boil Makes For A Happy Day

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I love those meals where you don't want to stop eating.  Where no one wants to stop.  I had been jonesing for some crab legs and what a better day than Sunday to have them.  I decided to make a crab leg boil.  We did the boil at Arnold's then walked down to the fireworks.  I thought I had bought enough for an army but at then end I was proven wrong, we had some extra shrimp (I have adjusted in recipe) but that was about it.  No one wanted to stop eating!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Bloggers + Beer + The Number 5 = Cincinnati's Newest Beer: Arnold's Ziffel

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Almost a year ago I went to a great friend of mine who was a brewer and asked him to make a beer for Arnold's 150th Anniversary. He said okay.  A month later I said I was serious about him making a beer for Arnold's.  He said, I know. About a month had past, when I saw him again. Before I could remind him that third time, he told me Arnold's beer would be the first beer brewed in his new brewery in Over The Rhine.  He said the beer would be a Porter to reflect what would have been drank in 1861.  For any that don't know, 1861 is the year Arnold's opened. That New Year's Eve at 12 midnight (which would be new years day I guess) I tapped one keg of Arnold's 1861 Porter made by my friend, Greg Hardman, owner of Christian Moerlein. The next day at 6pm for for 150th Birthday party, we tapped the rest of that Porter and didn't stop until every drop was gone. We sold eight kegs in under two hours that night. We have since sold every single drop of Porter that they have ever made.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Introducing....Photographer Fridays

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One thing that people who come to Arnold's or read my blog may not know is that we have a ton of talented photographers who frequent the place. We are the home to Club Blatz (a ragtag group of some of Cincinnati's finest photogs) and they have a free photography showcase on the second floor, on the second Saturday of every month. Even Arnold's General Manager, Chris (My son) is a pretty talented photographer if I say so myself. With all of this talent running around here I just had to find a way to do something with it. What I came up with is Photographer Fridays. Every Friday I will feature a different local photographer on my blog. Along with their artwork it will include all of their contact info and links to discover more of their work.

Our first featured photographer is Lisa Sullivan. Lisa has been published in the Capture Cincinnati coffee table book, both in  2008 & 2009. Featured in photography shows and galleries throughout the Cincinnati area. As well as published in Capture My Chicago 2009. She is the co-founder of Club Blatz , owner of Betty Photography - Portraits and Consignment work and pretty much an all around awesome lady......

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tijuana Turkey Tequila Soup Recipe

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It’s Thursday at Arnold’s and we always have left over turkey stock from our Turkey Feast Special.   Not to be wasteful a good soup will come from it.  We always have turkey but if you don’t you could use chicken instead.  You would bake a chicken, remove the meat and set aside.  Take the chicken bones, skin, pan drippings, skin from your onion and 1 gallon of water.  Boil until reduced by ½ and strain off.  This is your stock. 

½ gallon turkey stock
Corn cut from 2 cobs
2 cups of black beans cooked (Arnold’s always has them but you can use canned)
¼ red onion chopped fine
2 medium red potatoes diced
2 TBS Tabasco sauce
¼ cup cilantro leaves
Juice of 2 limes (trust me)
½ tsp cayenne
2 TBS cumin
1 TBS coriander
1TBS garlic chopped fine
1/2 cup Tequila (4oz. sounds less if you want less)
Meat from your chicken or about 2 – 3 Cups Turkey

Add all ingredients and cook until your diced potatoes are tender
Top with a dollop of sour cream if you would like a creamier soup
Serve with corn chips