Mexican!

4 Jun

By Samuel Moyer

samuel.j.moyer@gmail.com

The first things I noticed walking into Cantina’s were the low lighting and high ceilings which offered a welcoming atmosphere.

When I parked myself at the clean open bar, a friendly gentleman named Nick  took my order and poured me a Breckenridge Agave Wheat beer, which was unique. A very easy wheat with the distinctly tart flavors of agave and slightly more subtle lemon. A good choice for a warm day.

After wetting my beak I took a glance at the menu.

Often times sitting down at a Mexican restaurant I’m reminded of an old Bill Hicks joke, that Mexican places shouldn’t even have menus, the waiter should just ask “how would you like your beans and flour arranged?”

Cantina’s offered a couple fun variations on the usual menu selections you might find.

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This appetizer selection is a play on the “jalapeno popper”, with the queso on the inside surrounded by a bold and zesty jalapeno sauce.

It’s hard to mess up fried cheese, I’ll just say it was delicious and you probably up your chances of a small heart attack if you eat this alone like I did.

For the entree I wanted to compare their burrito to the “baby’s arm” sized one I recently had at Chipotle. I was not disappointed.

You’ll also notice the bottle of Tecate on top. A light Mexican beer, poured into a glass with lime juice and hot sauce, rimmed with red pepper and salt. It’s interesting and refreshing, the only specialty beer featured on Cantina’s menu. I would recommend the Agave Wheat with your meal, and then if you’re feeling froggy after, give it a try.

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NOTE: I have not been challenged by a hot sauce in Saratoga County, so if you recommend me a place below and that hot sauce actually makes me sweat, you’ll receive a $50 gift certificate to any restaurant of your choosing in Saratoga County. The FIRST person will receive the prize, all others will receive a big thumbs up :)

Stay classy Saratoga

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Italiano: Mama Mia’s

2 Jun

If you’re looking for good Italian in Saratoga, you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg.

Mama Mia’s at 185 Ballston Ave offers some of your high quality Italian favorites at a reasonable price.

Born and raised on the Chesapeake Bay I know good seafood, and good crab for sure. Mama Mia’s held up to the standard.

Mama Mia’s serves their soft shell crab in a simple lemon cream and caper sauce that complements the crustacean exactly.

This was just the appetizer. For the main course I tried the lobster ravioli and scallops cooked in a tomato cream sauce.

For the price you can’t beat it. Mama Mia’s also offers a good wine selection to complement your meal, as well as a fresh Italian bakery next door.

If you just want delicious food at a low cost, and a quiet comfortable neighborhood atmosphere, Mama Mia’s is a good choice.

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KNOW YOUR BARTENDERS: Dennis Oakley

1 Jun

By Samuel Moyer

samuel.j.moyer@gmail.com

As an objective reporter who’s drank pretty much everywhere in Saratoga Springs, I have to put all personal ties aside for a moment and tell you the truth, hands down. Just the facts.

Next time you’re out for a few cocktails and you want to see the best the town has to offer, you might want to stop by the Paddock Lounge on Fridays and Saturdays between 5-11 p.m. and check this guy out.

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Dennis Oakley has 15 years bartending experience under his belt including a couple tours in Las Vegas, America’s flare capital. If you want to see some of Saratoga’s finest nightlife acrobatics this is where it is. And please folks, don’t forget your cameras.

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Not too many bartenders jump on the bar and pour you six shots at one time. And that’s all I have to say about that.

If you know another bar in Saratoga County where I can find this kind of killer flare don’t hesitate to comment below, I’m ready for more!  :)

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know your bartenders

25 May

See this girl on the left???

 

Don’t pay any attention to her I don’t know who that is. Who you should be concerned with is the strapping young gentleman on the right, Mr. Paulie Jacobs.

Paulie works at the Saratoga City Tavern located on the corner of Caroline and Maple.

I don’t think I’ve seen a faster bartender in town. Unless you’re obnoxiously waving your money at him, then he’ll probably take his time. Seriously, don’t ever do that.

The only person in the world who might be faster is Chuck Norris, but he only makes one kind of drink. Do you know what it is???

 

VALUE NIGHT: Dango’s Tuesday wingies

24 May

By Samuel Moyer

samuel.j.moyer@gmail.com

My boss Matt Donato (comical genius and fellow Marine) once suggested that chicken wings may be more addictive than alcohol, in that it’s impossible to ever sit down and eat just one.

Personally every time I eat wings at least five chickens have to die, so I might go further and say that chicken wings are more addictive than alcohol, nicotine and heroine combined.

Just look at this and tell me you don’t get the shakes.

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10 hot wings (left) and 10 spicy barbecue wings (right) about to go in my belly on Dango’s Tuesday five cent wing night

Here’s what you need to know.

This beautiful basket of wings only cost $1.00 on Tuesday nights. That fine bottle of Crystal Geyser, however, costs $3.50. This is to prevent the vagabonds and ne’er-do-wells from coming in with 50 cents, ordering tap water and stinking up the place. It also keeps out the scallywags.

I mean, if you’re short on funds and really need to get your wing fix you could probably go there with $5.00, have a soda, fill yourself on wings and leave a reasonable tip.

You find me a better wing deal in Saratoga, I buy you 100 of them. No lie.

Because it would cost me less than $5.00.

Okay, you find me a better wing deal in Saratoga County, I buy you 200 (all at one time though.)

See you at the starting gate,

Sam Moyer

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3,000 Miles to Saratoga

7 Apr

By Samuel Moyer

Now that he’s done body guarding, Kevin Costner has tons of free time to work on his songs and tour the country with Modern West, a band whose musical style is kind of old western, but more contemporary. I’m guessing that’s where they got the name.

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They were legit. There were upbeat songs and laid back songs, all very well-written. Before every song Costner would really engage with the audience and give a little spiel on whatever the next song was about. All in all, he just seemed like a pretty cool dude.

And the music is a lot of fun. The fiddler was awesome, but I’m not sure who he was because they have three or four interchangeable fiddlers they take on tour.  And Costner murders the guitar like Elvis, and wails on the vocals like he could breathe through gills behind his ears. Wouldn’t the gills go on the neck? Doesn’t matter I guess.

Two thumbs up for Kevin Costner and Modern West.

I still haven’t forgiven you for Water World though.

And two thumbs up for Northern Lights, the best venue in Saratoga County if you want to enjoy a good show and a good drink selection at a reasonable price.

Vincent Miranda trains for upcoming title bout

19 Nov

 

http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2011/11/09/sports/doc4eb9c9d4074b9724953646.txt

 

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