Friday, June 29, 2012

This Weekend at Arnold's

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The Specials:


Lager n' Linguine
Sauteed tomatoes, three types of olives, onions, garlic, fresh basil and olive oil with a splash of Exposition Vienna Lager. 12.95 Add Chicken 4.00

OTR Mussels
Fresh Mussels from Luken's at Findlay Market sauteed in Over The Rhine Ale, Garlic and fresh lemon wedges. Served with a hunk of bread for dipping. 9.25

Liberty Steak
10-12 oz. New York Strip grilled to your liking and finished with a Northern Libreties infused Chipotle Onion Marmalade . Served with mashed potatoes and country green beans. 19.25

The Music:


Friday


The Justin Wade Trio





Saturday


The Sidecars




Friday, June 22, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Street Art Education #9 Watch this

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I am taking it easy this week, so no major update. Check out the video below of Edgar Müller painting this 3D piece in Germany to hold you over until next week.




Friday, June 15, 2012

This Weekend At Arnold's

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Man weeks fly by.  Seems like I just did this.  I have a delicious menu ready to go and Chris has some SWEET music.  You do not want to miss any of this!  The roof is off and the fresh squeezed lemonade is flowing.  Have you tried our Sangria?  If not, why not?!!!

DCI has 128 things listed to do this weekend.  Check it out here

MENU

APPETIZER...
Panchetta Pita Pizza... Pita makes the "crust" of this pizza. Topped with Arnold's garlic sauce, thin slices of Italian salt cured ham, smoked gouda cheese and a spicy chipolte onion marmalade. 7.95

SALAD...

Soup and Salad... Wild field greens topped with fresh strawberries, bleu cheese crumbles, red onion rings, walnuts, craisins, mandarine orange slices and shredded carrots. Topped with sweet spicy dressing and crispy tortill strips. Served with a cup of soup of your choice. 12.95

ENTREES...

Mahi Taco... Two soft shell taco topped with spicy slaw, crispy fried durkee onions, grilled mahi mahi, sliced avacado's and lime sour cream. Garnished with house made salsa and chips. 12.95
Italian Sausage Lemon Basil Pesto Pasta... Local made sweet spicy Italian sausages sauteed with Ronda's fresh pesto made of basil from her garden, garlic, lemon, and olive oil. Toss with linguine and dusted with romano cheese. Served with salad on the plate. 14.95


MUSIC

Friday 6-8 Happy Hour
Jess Lamb



Friday 9-12:30 - On Tour From Chicago
Poor Elvis


Saturday 9-12:30 On Tour from Lexington
Coralee and the Townies






Thursday, June 14, 2012

Top Ten Thursdays With Yvan Verbesselt

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Yvan Verbesselt is the awesome Zydeco rubboard player for the local band Lagniappe.  Lagniappe plays Cajun, New Orleans Jazz and Gypsy music.  They have been a staple at Arnold's forever.  I will always remember the day when Yvan and his wife Martine became US citizens and came to Arnold's to celebrate. With great honor I present Yvan's Top Ten List!  

My Top 10 most memorable “live concert” anecdotes! (In chronological order)

10.   1977, my very first live concert: the Cajun & Creole Music Festival in Lafayette, LA.  Discovering artists such as the Balfa Brothers, Nathan Abshire, Zachary Richard, etc… My first reaction was to ask my wife Martine, who brought me there:  “What in the world is this music?  Where did you bring me to?  Etc…”  I grew up listening strictly to Anglo-Saxon rock!  Little did I know I would end up loving and playing Cajun & Zydeco music.  Definitely an opening on a wider variety of music thanks to my wife.  So, I thanked her! ... and became a drummer!



9.       In 1977, about one month after my Cajun-Creole music festival experience, I went to my very first rock concert of my life:  Emerson, Lake& Palmer at the LSU Coliseum in Baton Rouge, LA.  While growing up in Belgium and for no specific reason, I never had or taken the opportunity to attend live concerts, even though music had always been present in my life since I was about 10 years old. It wasn’t until I got married and started living my/our own life…that I started to go to live concerts, therefore, this was very memorable!  ”Oh what a lucky man, he was…”

8.    Nathan Abshire, Cajun accordionist extraordinaire!... at Festivals Acadien & Creole in Lafayette in 1978…especially when I learned through the grapevine that he had to be “unglued” from a bar stool just before performing,…you see…he played his best music after a few cans of Schlitz!

7.    Same year, same festival, we went out to Grant Street dance hall in Lafayette, LA for a Zachary Richard concert.  As we were dancing close to the stage, my wife was in admiration with Zachary and especially loved his leather pants!  Come to think of it, that might have prompted my desire to become a musician! ...never wore leather pants though…and never will! 

6.    In 1979, returning to Lake Charles, LA from a Beach Boys concert in Beaumont, TX, my wife who was tired and pregnant was craving doughnuts!  I drove her home and went back out to get her doughnuts, only to hear her say she didn’t want them anymore and that she was going to bed!

5.    1980, Muddy “Mississippi” Waters in Lake Charles Louisiana, of all places!  Who would have thought to see him in a city where concerts were, and still are a rare occurrence! 

4.    1981!  The Undertones, Black Uhuru,  Mink De Ville and Roger Chapman & Shortlist live from the famous all-night Rockpalast concert in Essen, Germany.  Actually, I wasn’t there!  This was “live” on German TV, while simultaneously broadcasted in stereo on Dutch radio!  What an experience without actually being there!  With the help of stereo headphones, the volume control, the darkness of my apartment, and especially a bottle of genever gin, it felt as if I had been transported over there…kinda like a starship “Enterprise” experience!  “Beam me up, Scottie!”…except that I was in my pj’s! 

3.       The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The meters & Steel Pulse, while cruising on the Mississippi river in New Orleans during Jazz Fest in 1983. I’ll never forget that “cruise concert”; dancing, shooting pictures with my 3 year old daughter Gini on my shoulders!



2.       The Neville Brothers at the Indianapolis Jazz Festival in 2001.  My friend Chico, Lagniappe’s fiddle player, and I, fell asleep in our lawn chairs, about 30 yards away from the stage!  It was hot, so we spent quite a bit of time by the TGIFriday’s booth, filling up on large size Long Island ice teas!

1.    In 2006, Beausoleil at Mulates, a Cajun restaurant in New Orleans.  While listening to the band, through the back door, next to the stage, a short, thin man came walking in and stood about 3 feet away from me and my friend Chuck Wiggins: it was Bob Dylan!  The next day, on the Fairgrounds of Jazz Fest, I was literally standing 100yds away in a crowd of thousands!









Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lemon Basil Pesto

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Lemon Basil Pesto Recipe


Our neighbor John's and his basil harvest from last fall.
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1 TBS fresh minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 egg yolks
1/2 medium lemon sliced
2 TBS romano cheese
2 egg yolks
about 1/2 cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients in food processor except the oil.  Yes, throw the lemons right on in there!Turn on and slowly add olive oil into processor until well blended.  This will be a thick consistency. 

I am serving this with pasta and chicken sausage as my lunch special.  You can toss with pasta, put it in rice or mashed potatoes, serve with french fries, top a burger.  The possibilities are endless!


Monday, June 11, 2012

Street Art Education #8: C215

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This week I am featuring the work of French stencil artist Christian Guémy aka C215. He has a totally original style that uses stencils to mix the surreal and real in a way like no one else and I would imagine would be hard to imitate. His works tries to draw attention to those that society has forgotten about by using close up portraits of beggars, homeless, street kids and the elderly on walls throughout the world. Photos and videos below.


Check out his wiki here
His Flickr account here
Buy his originals here
Buy his prints here
His work on Street Art Utopia here


Maastricht, Netherlands

Rome, Italy

Istanbul, Turkey

Paris, France

Paris, France

New York, New York

New Delhi, India

London, England



Check out my past Street Art Education posts
#1 Barry Mcgee
#2 Claw Money 
#3 Jeff Soto 
#4 Alexandre "VHILS" Farto 




Friday, June 8, 2012

This Weekend At Arnold's (Luau Time!)

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THE LUAU...

On Saturday the top is being removed in the courtyard and Arnold’s is ready for an old school summer party. At 9pm local traditional Surf Rock staples Don’t Fear the Reverb are taking care of the music. Skyy Vodka is providing the craft cocktail drink specials, the free swag, lei’s and grass skirts. While, Arnold’s is taking care of the Hawaiian themed food specials and the kitschy fun. This summer is going to be one of the most exciting that Downtown Cincinnati has ever seen, so Arnold’s knows they have to start it off right.

The dress code is Hawaiian printed shirts, shorts, mu’mu’u, grass skirts and tank tops or anything that says “hang loose” This is all about fun, fun, fun!

THE FOOD...
TROPICAL PRETZEL… Arnold’s huge pretzel served piping hot with a coconut rum cheese sauce for dipping. Spicy!!! 5.95

SHOYU CHICKEN SALAD… Boneless breast of chicken marinated in soy, honey, fresh grated ginger and fresh garlic then grilled. Served over leafy greens with fresh pineapple, red onions, grated carrots, and diced tomatoes. Drizzled with sweet and spicy dressing. 13.25

KAHLUA PORK PLATE… Slow simmered pork roast smothered in kiwi bbq sauce. Served with Hawaiian sweet bun, coconut rice, spicy black beans and peanut cole slaw. 14.95

SESAME MACADAMIA MAHI… Mahi Mahi coated in a sesame seed crushed macadamia batter and pan seared. Topped with spicy butter compound. Served with flour tortillas, fruit salsa, lime sour cream and rice. 14.95

THE DRINKS...
Plantation Ice Tea... Skyy Pineapple Vodka, Ice Tea and fresh squeezed lemonade.
Pineapple HoHito... Go Go Don Ho!  Skyy Pineapple Vodka, pineapple juice, mint, lime, fresh ginger and soda.
Chi Chi... Vodka version of the Pina Colada... Skyy Coconut Vodka, Coconut milk, simple syrup and cream served chilled over ice with a cherry.
Hulu Lei... Skyy Coconut Vodka and pineapple vodka served chilled over ice with a cranberry juice.
The Tropical Itch Martini... Skyy Blood orange vodka, and a splash of Amaretta served up and garnished with an orange slice.
Blue Hawaiin... Skyy Blood Orange Vodka, Blue curacao and ginger ale served over ice.
The Volcanic Eruption... Blood orange vodka, orange juice and a splash of gernadine.   
 
 
THE MUSIC...

Friday
The Noah Wotherspoon Band



Saturday
The Skyy Summer Luau w/ Don't Fear The Reverb




Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Skyy Summer Luau

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Skyy Summer Luau
Arnold’s Summer Kickoff party
Friday, May 22, 2012 - On Saturday, June 9th the top is being removed in the courtyard and Arnold’s is ready for an old school summer party. At 9pm local traditional Surf Rock staples Don’t Fear the Reverb are taking care of the music. Skyy Vodka is providing the craft cocktail drink specials, the free swag, lei’s and grass skirts. While, Arnold’s is taking care of the Hawaiian themed food specials and the kitschy fun. This summer is going to be one of the most exciting that Downtown Cincinnati has ever seen, so Arnold’s knows they have to start it off right.


The Cocktail specials:
Plantation Ice Tea... Skyy Pineapple Vodka, Ice Tea and fresh squeezed lemonade.
Pineapple HoHito... Go Go Don Ho!  Skyy Pineapple Vodka, pineapple juice, mint, lime, fresh ginger and soda.
Chi Chi... Vodka version of the Pina Colada... Skyy Coconut Vodka, Coconut milk, simple syrup and cream served chilled over ice with a cherry.
Hulu Lei... Skyy Coconut Vodka and pineapple vodka served chilled over ice with a cranberry juice.
The Tropical Itch Martini... Skyy Blood orange vodka, and a splash of Amaretta served up and garnished with an orange slice.
Blue Hawaiin... Skyy Blood Orange Vodka, Blue curacao and ginger ale served over ice.
The Volcanic Eruption... Blood orange vodka, orange juice and a splash of gernadine.  







Did You Lose Your Hat? And Secrets In Our Storage Room

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If you have ever lost ANYTHING it might be in one of these boxes


Tee Shirt Anyone?
Even Our Ladders Have A Home!


Did You Lose Your Hat?
Bret In The Office.  Why Does He Have A Glow-in-the-dark Softball On His Desk?

The Broken Lamp/Vase Graveyard

This Is Actually An Extra Booth

Can You Guess Which Stack Is Bigger?  If You Guessed The Ones On The Left You Are Correct

I Hope Customers Are NOT Depending On This Sign



Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Pepper Jam Bass Recipe and A Tip On Cooking Fish

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The name of this recipe could almost be a band playing at Arnold's. 
RECIPE...
2 bass fillet, Bret and I caught last year fishing in Canada but you could use any fish you like.
2 TBS Kristen's (beloved employee) homemade pepper jam.  You can buy jalapeno jam at the store or get Daisy Mae's peach jam (local) and add fresh jalapeno
2 TBS olive oil
Touch of sea salt

Rub the jam on the fish, heat olive oil in skillet and add fish.  Sprinkle with a little sea salt.  I cook my fillets about 3 minutes on each side. 

A COOKING TIP ABOUT FISH...
A fork pressed down on white fish will tell if it is done.  If it is hard, it is not done.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Street Art Education #7: The Bombshells

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So with the recent yarn bombing of the courtyard here at Arnold's and with International Yarn Bombing Day coming up this Saturday, June 9. I figured I would feature the work of local Cincinnati yarn bombing divas, The Bombshells. This flirty group of ladies have been adorning Cincinnati landmarks over the last year or so with their cuddly soft, hand knit street art. They are truly a Cincinnati original. Pictures and video below.


The Bombshells Blog is here
Read a Citybeat article about them here
Listen to an interview with Pinky Shears of the Bombshells here

All of the following images were found on google. If you want credited or if you want me to take them down please email me at chrisbreeden@arnoldsbarandgrill.com

The Bombshells

The Lobby of The Cincinnati Art Museum

A Metro Bus

On Central Parkway

On Central Parkway

The Contemporary Art Center



Check out my past Street Art Education posts
#1 Barry Mcgee
#2 Claw Money 
#3 Jeff Soto 
#4 Alexandre "VHILS" Farto 




Saturday, June 2, 2012

Was Arnold's A Brothel and A Fun Thing To Do Today

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Check out the answer to my question and also look at the tours Mike Morgan is leading out of Arnold's every Saturday afternoon.  The tours are buy one get one today only!

Click here... Was Arnold's A Brothel?


Friday, June 1, 2012

This Weekend At Arnold's

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There are 177 things to do downtown this weekend listed on DCI's Website so I don't want to hear you say you don't have anything to do!

I have listed the special menu below and Chris will list the music.  Don't forget to check out the fun drink specials too!  From Sangria to Mojotos to the delicious Blueberry CityFlea Martini.

THE SPECIALS...

LOCAL LOCAL SALAD… This weeks salad was a bit limited on local produce so we need to stretch it a bit to where I bought the ingredients.  Local from my garden was the rosemary and sage.  Madison's, Koeger Meats, Daisy Mae's and another produce store there make up where these ingredients came from.   Roasted fingerling potatoes, peach jam (made local), candied ginger, red onions, shredded carrots and broccoli tossed in olive oil and baked with grilled chicken sausage.  Served at room temperature over leafy greends.  Sprinkled with smoked gouda and honey mustard dressing.   11.95

SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP… WE have changed our spinach artichoke dip and are offering a smaller version of it for 2.00.  Served piping hot with grilled pita.  Please let us know how much you love it!

CRAZY SPICY BURGER… ½ pound burger char grilled to your liking.  Topped with grilled onions, mozzarella cheese and a hot as hell sauce made of habaneros, sriracha, cayenne, roasted red peppers and mayo.  If you are afraid please have your sauce put on the side.  Served with French fries. 10.95

CUBAN HAM CROQUETAS SANDWICH… I am so happy to have found this recipe!  Rust restaurant in Newport Ky. (one of my first jobs) use to serve (something like) these and I loved them.   I did these with a spicy Cuban twist! Ham, swiss cheese, onions, and cracked pepper ground together and formed into patties.  Next I coat them in pankos and pan fried.  Served on a grilled hamburger with more swiss cheese, shredded lettuce, pickles and red onion.  Garnished with sweet potato fries and spicy slaw.   9.95

THE MUSIC


FRIDAY
46 Long 9-12:30




Saturday
The Cincinnati Dancing Pigs 9-12:30