ON THE TOWN

SOMETHING TO WINE ABOUT – DINNER CRUISE ABOARD THE SPIRIT OF OLYMPUS

  Grab your friends or someone special, hop aboard the Spirit of Olympus and spend three leisurely hours cruising Sabine Lake aboard a newly refitted and extravagant yacht. My family and dear friend Nick enjoyed a five-star dinner and lively entertainment celebrating the latest courtroom victory of New Grace attorney and my sister Mimi Linton. The Spirit of Olympus embarks Friday night for dinner and Sunday for brunch from Golden Shores Marina, casually circling Lake Sabine. If you’re lucky enough to get window seats you’ll be treated to an unsurpassed view of some of the largest estates of the...
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ON THE TOWN

THE BONE YARD

The Bone Yard slow-cook their barbecue with hardwood only. They serve meat that is largely raised on pastures or outdoors, including pork from old breeds with flavorful rosy flesh and a thick girdle of white fat that bastes the meat as it melts. The restaurant, which opened in December, runs on the cafeteria model, with meat at the start of the assembly line, drinks at the end and shiny metal trays that you ferry to a table made of century-old salvaged spruce. The counter workers are quick and usually friendly. The only disappointment is the chicken, no better or...
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Restaurant Reviews

THE CASTAWAYS

Being a hamburger connoisseur it’s always a delight when my editor assigns the newest burger incarnation for my review.  So last week, my intrepid burger editor, Rob Greenbaum and I ventured to The Castaways – sort of our annual semi-scientific experiment to burgerology. This place is all attitude, from the pierced-and-tattered-up waitstaff to their 20 plus burger varieties. sirloin half-pounders that are flamed-grilled and then garnished with almost everything imaginable, including peanut butter. Yep, peanut butter!! Perhaps it’s location at the Golden Shores Marina explains the owner’s choice of decoration, keeping with the theme. The decor is of a...
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Restaurant Reviews

THE M BAR

The red neon sign displaying a moving martini glass with the words underneath “shaken, not stirred” leaves no doubt as to what awaits one inside “The M Bar & Restaurant”. The only thing more adventurous than the menu is finding a table in New Grace’s new hot spot. It has quickly become the local in-place to be. Nestled inside the $25 million newly renovated Blair Hotel, it gives new meaning to the term “unique experiences in dining”. The hush of the hotel’s interior catches you completely off-guard – coming in from the traffic off Sherman Circle. We passed through Corinthian columns into an atrium lobby...
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TINY HOMES COMING TO ROSEMEADE

 By Bobby Joe Beckman After months of debates, petitions and protesters in front of city hall, the Town of Rosemeade has voted to permit a ‘tiny home’ community on the east side of town. Already purchased by developers Galaxy Developers, the abandoned mobile home park Miners Glen will be torn down and the new Glenworthy Estates will be erected. “The basic services are already there: water and sewer, electrical, even cable TV. Certainly there will be repairs required, but in the end an eyesore will be replaced with a unique and charming neighborhood. In order to bypass creating the many regulations...
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TORTILLERIA MEXICANA LOS HERMANOS

When we first entered the well lit space, with a décor of all the colors in the Mexican flag, my son said, “It looks authentic,” but my son has never been to Mexico  and has only other American based Mexican restaurant from which to make his comparison.  However, when I told my son the restaurant we were going to claimed to be authentic , I was referring to the food. Whenever I see the word “authentic” on a restaurant’s website or menu, I expect the kitchen to life up to the claim. At first thought, I wasn’t sure if...
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VETERAN’S DAY

by Rosalie Hernandez I honor of our men and women who have served our country to guarantee and insure our freedom the Eagle Scouts from all eight towns of New Grace organized a patriotic salute to our veterans at the American Legion Hall #764 in Rosemeade.  Eagle Scouts Lawrence Hardy from Lindley and Robert Marcel from Saint Georgina co-chaired the event.  ROTC students from New Grace High School served as Honor Guard and the Acadia High School band provided the music saluting all branches of the armed forces.  Hollis Peterson, a junior at Herrick Bay Academy performed our national...
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WINTER FESTIVAL A WINNER

by Rosalie Hernandez   Another successful Winter Carnival has come and gone.  This year’s Winter Carnival hosted by the Mad Hatters was the most attended and profitable one so far. Everyone was putting on the Ritz.  Many guests were extremely creative and this black tie affair became a black tie extravaganza with top hats, ascots, and zebra striped tuxedos.  The decision to hold the event outdoors under a white marquis illuminated with candelabras and six foot tall lanterns was a stroke of genius.  A ceiling full of black, cream and translucent balloons interspersed with blinking lights gave a wonderful...
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