Dinner at the Old Firehouse Winery

As part of my summer blogging practice I am writing about various topics.  This week is discussion about my vacation and where we eat.  I am not receiving anything for free from the establishments I am reviewing, although if I play my cards right, I may be able to in the future.

We ate dinner last night at the Old Firehouse Winery in Geneva on the Lake, Ohio.  The winery sits lakeside on the western side of the strip.  The food was excellent, as was the entertainment.  The dining area is outside, many tables under individual umbrellas or larger canopies.  We sat on a slightly elevated deck where we could see the lake and the band that was playing.  We were about 150 to 200 feet away from the lake.  There is a fairly steep drop off to the lake, but you can see the water and it is a pretty cool view.

We started off with nachos grande as an appetizer, with a “hold the onions” request for my wife.  The mixed chips, some seasoned, would have qualified as a meal on their own.  They were stacked high with ground meat,diced tomatoes, jalapeno’s, olives, shredded and and melted cheese.  We left a good bit in the plate.  You did need a fork for them, they were heaped high with toppings, but we had many bits and fragments too, they were hard to pick up and eat.

My daughter, Arianna, had the build your own taco from the kid’s menu.  Once again their was more food than a kid could eat, 2 soft tacos with ground meat and a plate of toppings to add on your own.  The toppings were shredded cheese, tomatoes, olives, salsa, sour cream, and lettuce.

I had a steak wrap, chunks of steak marinated in Chambourcin wine, fresh green peppers, tomatoes, shredded lettuce and cheese wrapped in a tortilla.  The steak was medium-well and melted in my mouth…fantastic.  My wife had a comparable chicken wrap. I do not know if the chicken was marinated in wine, but it was incredible.

During our dinner the winery had a live band, Just George, an acoustic duo playing an eclectic mix of music from the 1960’s through today.  The music covered many genre’s, they would be a band I would gladly see again.  The band consisted of a guitarist/vocalist and a drummer.

After dinner my daughter and I took a ride on the ferris wheel that overlooks the lake.  The ride lasted several minutes and offers a fantastic view facing westward.

The only drawback to the evening was a lesson in  poor parenting…a lady let her two kids ride scooters and run around in the dining area.  I explained to my 3 and 1/2 year old that just because there were other kids carrying on, it did not mean she could also.  I do not blame the kids, they do not know any better, I put in on the parents.  If I ran the winery, I would probably have said something, but then again I don’t, so I didn’t.  Certain things just annoy me, bad parenting is pretty much at the top of my list.  Sitting on the deck of our cottage overlooking Lake Erie as I type this makes the poor parenting less annoying…

The link to winery can be found here.

The link to the band, Just George, can be found here.

Summer Blogging

I need to improve upon my blogging skills.  If you have read any of my posts, you can see that is true.  I still have a few posts left over from the school year that need posted, but for the most part…not much is going on.

Many people I know who don’t have a blog cite two reasons for not blogging: 1. lack of time and 2. “not very good at it.”  Often I feel the same when it comes to blogging.  But here is my take on the situation.  The first reason is not valid, you only need a few minutes to create a post, the second reason, though valid, can be addressed through practice.  I want to overcome my lack of skills and present a better platform for people to see.

So, how can I work on my blogging skills?  I will write about summer things, most will be non-educational topics, but they will hopefully contribute to me becoming a better blogger.  Afterall, many teachers complain that students lose skills over the summer, who am I to not keep in practice.  Hopefully the topics will not be considered too frivolous, if so sorry, I need the practice.