Oktoberfest

I think when people throughout the country think of Ohio, what comes to mind for them is mostly farmland and a vanilla demographic. Little do they know how ethnically diverse things really are here in the Buckeye State. In the Valley we tend to always gravitate to ethnic traditions of Italy and sometimes Greece which I’m assuming is because of the large population of Italian and Greek Americans in the area. Being of both Italian and German decent, I find myself doing the same thing. I tend to cook more pizzas and pastas than schnitzels and brats. Well friends, there is one time of year when Spade and I get to celebrate our German side— and that time is Oktoberfest.

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Cockeye BBQ

Well folks, as your “sherpas up the mountain” of food enlightenment we have stumbled upon a beautiful diamond in the rough. If you have talked to anyone recently about new restaurants I am sure that the name Cockeye BBQ has come up in conversation. This is truly an oasis amongst the desolation of inner city blight. It evokes a whole new feeling to the term revitalization. You can find Cockeye’s in the most unlikely of places—on the west side of Warren, Ohio on Parkman Road. Growing up in Warren this area has become known more for its crime rate and desertion after the loss of our steel mills. In the expanse of closed businesses and disintegrating housing, the neon lights of Cockeye BBQ are sure to draw your attention as you stroll down the lanes of Warren’s west side.

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The Lime Tree Sandwich Gallery

Being born and raised in the Warren area, I tend to have a certain affinity for the Courthouse Square. It’s a place that is quaint yet stately. That being said, Spade and I ventured to the Lime Tree Sandwich Gallery located in downtown Warren. We desire certain qualities in a local restaurant; a unique environment, distinctive menu, and support of the local art and music community. I believe the Lime Tree embodies all of these characteristics in a diverse way.  Continue reading “The Lime Tree Sandwich Gallery”