No doubt about it, when I’ve had a “little too much bubbly” the night before, I crave pizza the next day.  There is something so comforting and palatable about a warm, cheezy pizza to me.

The Village Voice recently published on their blog, several NYC “Hangover Specials” …

Need a Hangover Helper? Try these Restaurant Dishes

By Lauren Shockey, Wed., Dec. 29 2010 @ 11:58AM

New Year’s Eve’s approaching. That single evening of fun and booze which results in a terrible hangover the next day. Everyone has his own cure, from drinking pickle juice to simply drinking more booze. Yesterday we told you how the pros deal with the splitting agony. Sometimes, though, a big plate of food is all you need. While many restaurants serve “hangover breakfasts,” these really just entail large portions of eggs and bacon and the like. But here are some restaurants that have particularly interesting “hangover” dishes meant to cure the ills. And although many of the below restaurants will be closed on New Year’s Day, these dishes can be ordered at any time. And we all know that unlike New Year’s Eve, hangovers come more than just once a year.

Donatella, Ms. Arapia’s eponymous new pizza joint, offers a special hangover pizza topped with sausage, lardo, a sunny-side-up egg, smoked mozzarella, pecorino, and basil for $16 as part of their Saturday and Sunday brunch specials.

German restaurant Heidelberg, meanwhile, features a “hangover special” of marinated herring with sour cream and boiled potatoes as part of its $29.95 prix fixe Sunday brunch.

Spicy food is often touted as a cure, and Mrs. Kim’s has just the thing: a Korean hangover stew of pork shoulder and belly, kimchi and tofu for $15. And it’s available for dinner too–perfect for après day-drinking!

A different Korean dish is the “hangover soup” made from shredded beef and bean sprouts served with salted shrimp sauce at Cho Dang Gol for $13.95.

The Mitraillette is billed as “The Hangover Sandwich” at the 20th and 17th Street locations of Petite Abeille. It’s a burger served with sautéed onions, Belgian fries, and ketchup on a challah baguette for $13.50.

Hangovers must be as common in Begium as in Korea (maybe it’s all the beer). Resto’s option is the $14 Belgian hangover pasta, which is made with ham, gruyere, sunny-side-up egg, and is available for lunch and brunch.

And if things are so bad that you can’t stomach food, try the hangover cure juice at Peacefood Café. A $6 (or $7 for a large) combo of apple, orange, carrot, celery, and ginger juices should help the aspirin go down.

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Legos, pizza … what more could you ask for?  Found this while browsing youtube…  enjoy!

Cleveland State University Ranked Second in the Nation for Fulbright Scholars

Cleveland State University this year has produced the second most Fulbright scholars in the nation. That second-place ranking was shared among five universities, which all produced six Fulbright scholars for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Tying with CSU in second place were George Washington University, University of Florida, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Washington University in St. Louis. Tied in third place with five Fulbrights were Harvard University and Stanford University.

Leading the nation this year was The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which produced eight Fulbright scholars.

For years, CSU has been among the nation’s leaders to receive Fulbright grants with more than 40 in the past decade. This year, CSU Fulbright scholars will to travel to Turkey, Finland, Taiwan, Kenya and Costa Rica, where they will lecture, conduct research and build relationships with foreign universities.

“This is a significant accomplishment for CSU because it demonstrates our commitment to expanding the University’s international reach,” said CSU President Ronald Berkman. “In doing so, we can further enrich our students with the experiences and international relationships of our faculty.”

This year’s CSU Fulbright scholars include Maria Angelova, Joshua Bagaka’s and Mike Loovis from the College of Education and Human Services; Mike Lin and Victor Matos from the College of Business; and Robert Wei from the College of Sciences and Health Professions.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the United States government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding among the people of the United States and those other countries. The Fulbright Program provides participants-chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

About Cleveland State University

Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With an enrollment of more than 17,000 students, eight colleges and approximately 200 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2011 as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

No!  When reading about the history of DST, I was very surprised to read how long it has actually been employed.  Expecting a mid 20th century birthday, I was clearly wrong.  There is evidence to suggest that even ancient Rome used a method of DST because their “clocks” were set differently depending on what month it was.

Actually, modern daylight savings time was invented by George Vernon Hudson, a entomologist from New Zealand.  Huh!

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In this image provided by Courtesy Science Ltd and Jay Jopling/White Cube (London), Artist Damien Hirst’s platinum cast of a human skull is shown covered with 8,601 ethically sourced diamonds and is estimated to be worth over $98 million. Titled ‘For the Love of God’, the original skull was examined by forensic experts, who concluded that it was male, probably of European origin and about 35 years old at the time of death. Radiocarbon analysis suggests that he lived some time between 1720 and 1810. (Photo by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd via Getty Images)

Congratulations to Ken Lanci for entering the Cuyahoga County Executive race. Lanci is running as an independent, and with his successful business track record and passion for this region, he is absolutely the right person to turn this county around.

Lanci is committed to working for just $1 a year, donating the rest of his salary back to the county. And since it is campaign finances that has corrupted the county in the first place, he will not accept contributions from county employees, or more than $250 from individual donors.

Lanci is a refreshing candidate and has our support on Election Day. Learn more about him at And follow him on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

The Downtown Location continues to host Acousitc Night in our PUB every Thursday night, starting around 8 or 9pm.  The venue is free of charge and there is no purchase necessary to see a performance.

The following is an excerpt taken from the website of  Acoustic Night performer, “Austin Walkin’ Cane.   For more information, please see his site:

“Damn Fine Blues!” Original & classic delta blues featuring slide guitar and baritone vocals. A blues gumbo repertoire that blends in jazz, folk, soul & rock ‘n’ roll. Austin “Walkin’ Cane” Charanghat is a blues singer, songwriter and slide guitarist that performs acoustic solo, duo & electric band sets. Walkin’ Cane has travelled all over the country from New Orleans, Louisiana to Juneau, Alaska and has acquired various blues/instrumentalist awards over the years. Austin walked for ten years with a cane due to an arterial venous malformation at birth. While performing on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, a homeless man called out “Hey Walkin’ Cane got some spare change for a brother?!” Charanghat took the jibe as his nickname. In 1996, after years of battling the inevitable, his left leg was amputated below the knee. A year after the surgery, he returned to the music scene stronger & without need of a cane. In 2002, Austin & Karen Starks were married at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee and began recording his 706 Union Ave. cd at the legendary studio immediately after the ceremony. “The thought of recording & getting married in the same room where many of my heroes took their first steps was incredible.” Austin “Walkin’ Cane” is proud to be sponsored by National Reso-Phonic Guitars, Dr. Z Amplifiers & Ernie Ball Strings.

“Walkin’ Cane’s” latest cd, “Murder of a Blues Singer”, was inspired by an after hour diner conversation with blues legend Robert Jr. Lockwood. “The stories were flowing like the grease off our plates”, subsequently the album is saturated in classic delta blues, as were the tales of Lockwood’s stepfather, Robert Johnson. Mr. Lockwood had agreed to perform on the record, but fate had changed that path. The Walkin’ Cane Band featuring Mike Barrick on bass, Michael Bay on guitar & Jim Wall on drums captured the perfect “live in the studio” feeling that Charanghat & co-writer Chris Allen had envisioned for these songs. The band is a “well oiled machine” & has been writing, recording & performing together since 1998. Special guests on “Murder of a Blues Singer” include Colin Dussault (Colin Dussault’s Blues Project), Eric “Eroc” Sosinski (Michael Stanley, Wish You Were Here) and one of Cleveland’s finest gospel groups, the Prayer Warriors.

Walkin’ Cane Accolades:

2009 – International Blues Challenge – Memphis, TN

2008 – NACA Northern Plains Showcase

2007 – NACA Mid-American Showcase

2007 – International Blues Challenge (IBC’s) in Memphis – acoustic, solo, delta, slide blues – sponsored by Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society

2007 – best guitarist – cleveland free times magazine

2006 – National Reso-phonic Guitar CD Compilation “Love Grown Strong” – Walkin’ Cane original included.

2006 – River City Blues Competition Winner – acoustic solo delta blues – Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society

2005 – sponsorship with National Reso-Phonic Guitars

2004 – sponsorship with Dr. Z. Amplifiers

2003 – live performance on PBS television show “Applause”

2002 – sponsorship with Ernie Ball Strings

2001 – best unsigned blues band – buddy guy’s legends/guitar player magazine – chicago

2000 – best local instrumentalist winner – the best of cleveland -

Columbus Traditional Blues Festival w/ John Hammond Jr., Henry Gray, John Primer – ‘07

International Blues Challenge – in Memphis – ‘07

Two Jr.’s Show w/ John Hammond Jr. & Robert Jr. Lockwood – ‘06

River City Blues Fest w/ Watermelon Slim, Fruteland Jackson, Slick Ballinger & Blind Mississippi Morris – ‘06

Opened for or performed with:
Bobby “Blue” Bland, Buddy Guy, Gregg Allman, Johnny Winter, John Mooney, Robert Jr. Lockwood, John Hammond Jr., Billy Branch, Jaimoe (Allman Bros.), Watermelon Slim, Rare Earth, Deep Purple, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent, BR549, Arc Angels, Nappy Brown…

best blues band / best vocalist / best guitarist – cleveland free times – 1999-2001, 2004-2008

2006, 2000 – best blues band finalists – scene magazine

The Downtown Location continues to host Acousitc Night in our PUB every Thursday night, starting around 8 or 9pm.  The venue is free of charge and there is no purchase necessary to see a performance.

The following is an excerpt taken from the Myspace page of  Acoustic Night performer, Brent Kirby.   See him live at the Pub inside Rascal House’s downtown location on Thursday September 30th, 2010

Brent Kirby is a night’s stroll with a rock n’ roll romantic. This does not mean Kirby’s merely a smitten troubadour, or a bard for the wayward but colorful life of musicians. Though his own songs bring up those immortal topics, Kirby’s romanticism is much bigger than that.

His songs start with the introspective stir of strum and voice, but not unlike his performances, gradually move outward, embrace the listener. There might be a melancholy shade to some of Kirby’s songs, but ultimately, they’re colored by faith, hope, and love. Those qualities are all in abundance on his solo record, Last Song On The Soundtrack. Last Song On The Soundtrack starts out with the laid back country-rock of “Silently Stepping Out”.

Kirby, having lived in places as varied as Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Cleveland, has acquired a keen narrator’s eye. This optimistic ode might detail loneliness, but drummer JJ Juliano’s buoyant beat turns “Silently Stepping Out” into an anthem. Brent’s tells a honky-tonk tale of gigs upon gigs in “Dream The Night Away”, not as nightly grinds but as places where dreams really come to life in gritty color. “Lonesome Holiday” pays homage to Springsteen not merely in its arrangement, but also in its lyrical longing. Kirby’s “Truth Tonight” brings to mind “People Get Ready” and “Tupelo Honey” while adding the insistence of an uncertain lover. “Holding That’s Hard” showcases a bit of the rock he’s known for in the band he fronts, the Jack Fords; Al Moss’s distorted pedal steel sweeps through this jam like a long-lost Pink Floyd tune. This slow burner done, Kirby ends Last Song On The Soundtrack with the simply pretty “All I’ve Ever Wanted”. Tales are told, wishes are made, and when all’s said and done, “All I’ve Ever Wanted” lists the bounties of the soul. Not gold, not a “big ol’ chrome car to drive”, not fame, but the simple pleasure of deep and abiding companionship.

A similar emotion propels Kirby in a live setting as well. Solo, or with a band, he puts forth a heartfelt sincerity that’s been honed by countless gigs and a sheer desire for perfection.

Health experts tell us that there is no one diet that is called the “Mediterranean Diet,” but there are indeed several components in the eating styles of the people in countries such as Greece, Italy and Syria that promote longer and healthier lives.

Rascal House looks forward to adding many healthy options to our menu in the near future.  Our recent FAGE Yogurt is a delicious, creamy treat that tastes how yogurt is supposed to taste!  Our hummus platter is another new item which makes us proud.  Did you know that hummus is a complete protein?

Below is an excerpt from the American Heart Association website with some additional information on what makes a Mediterranean Diet so unique and beneficial:

Mediterranean Diet

What is the “Mediterranean” diet?There’s no one “Mediterranean” diet. At least 16 countries border the Mediterranean Sea. Diets vary between these countries and also between regions within a country. Many differences in culture, ethnic background, religion, economy and agricultural production result in different diets. But the common Mediterranean dietary pattern has these characteristics:

  • high consumption of fruits, vegetables, bread and other cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts and seeds
  • olive oil is an important monounsaturated fat source
  • dairy products, fish and poultry are consumed in low to moderate amounts, and little red meat is eaten
  • eggs are consumed zero to four times a week
  • wine is consumed in low to moderate amounts

Does a Mediterranean-style diet follow American Heart Association dietary recommendations?

Mediterranean-style diets are often close to our dietary recommendations, but they don’t follow them exactly. In general, the diets of Mediterranean peoples contain a relatively high percentage of calories from fat. This is thought to contribute to the increasing obesity in these countries, which is becoming a concern.

People who follow the average Mediterranean diet eat less saturated fat than those who eat the average American diet. In fact, saturated fat consumption is well within our dietary guidelines.

More than half the fat calories in a Mediterranean diet come from monounsaturated fats (mainly from olive oil). Monounsaturated fat doesn’t raise blood cholesterol levels the way saturated fat does.