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Why does Dublin O’Neil’s have coins in its wall?

So we just sat down to dinner here at Dublins and noticed there are coins placed in the cracks of the wall, by patrons I assume. They aren't fixed with a glue. But they are all throughout the wall! Pretty cool. What is this all about? Perhaps an old Irish pub tradition? 


Black Dog is delicious

All this talk about some real estate website leaving Black Dog off the best of C-U food list made me want to share some photos of yesterday's lunch. 

Here's some Black Dog food porn. Enjoy. 

Appetizers: smoked chicken wings tossed in Georgia Peach BBQ sauce; cornbread. 

Lunch entrées:

Full slab of pork spare ribs, southwest potato salad and twice baked potato salad as sides. Hot Georgia peach BBQ sauce.


Beef Brisket sandwich, twice baked potato side, Georgia peach BBQ sauce.


Thursday burrito special, twice baked potato side, pineapple habanero salsa, mild salsa.


Smoked chicken sandwich, twice baked potato side, extra slaw, hot Georgia peach BBQ sauce.


Minneci’s adds outdoor seating

I may be behind on this but... Minneci's at the crossing now has outdoor seating. And while tonight was too chilly for us to dine outdoors, I could see myself enjoying meatballs and garlic bread outdoors in the future.

By the way, the food was delicious; the service outstanding; and the environment that feels like home with a bit more class. I recommend meatballs with a mixed red and white sauce with a house Italian salad.


Bikes chained to trees

Do you think people should chain their bikes to trees and other foliage? I can see how this practice could damage some of the beautiful greenery we have here in town. But I can also see that you need to lock up your bike and sometimes a tree is the most sturdy, accessible structure around. I also would not be surprised if there is already some city ordinance that addresses the practice.


What do you think? Do you have any suggestions for lock up that leaves Mother Nature out in the case that there is no formal bike rack? Do you think we need more bike racks? Where would you like to see more racks put in?


Wine Barrel Aged coffee at Columbia Street Roastery

Columbia Street Roastery has launched a new line of coffee — Introducing Wine Barrel Infused Coffee. We have aged preroasted Ethiopian Yirgacheffee coffee beans in a wine barrel from the Lynfred Winery for the past three months. Aging in the wine barrel adds layers of depth and smoothness to the flavor of the coffee. The coffee infuses with the subtle fruity nuances lingering in the aged wood of the interior of the barrel.

With each bottle of wine aged coffee you will also get a half pound of our regular Ethiopian Yirgacheffee. We are hoping you will take the opportunity to do a home cupping and compare the two coffees.

We only have 20 bottles left so stop by the Roastery at 24 Columbia St or get your bottle online at csrcoffee.com


Urbana purchases “Fanfare” for Permanent Collection of Public Art

"Fanfare", by Shawn Morin, has been selected for purchase for the permanent collection of public art of the City of Urbana. "Fanfare" has been installed in downtown Urbana since 2010 at the corner of Race and Elm Streets as part of a rotating public sculpture program administered by Urbana’s Public Art Program. Artist Shawn Morin currently lives in Bowling Green, Ohio and is the Head of the Sculpture Program at Bowling Green State University.

This project is part of the Urbana Public Arts Program, whose aim is to create a city where all residents can engage with the arts in its many forms, and where art is an integral part of the civic environment. For additional information, contact the Urbana Public Arts Coordinator, Lisa Hatchadoorian at (217) 328-8265, or by email at lhatchadoorian@urbanaillinois.us.


Garden Hills fair serves murder mix

I love what the Garden Hills Neighborhood Association does for the people of GH, me included. They hold meetings to discuss neighborhood matters, formulate plans to improve it’s landscape, and once a year hold this outdoor festival that is today, until 7:30pm and Garden Hills Park.

I stopped by to check it out. The police and fire department were there for a meet and greet; home depot employees were showing off home safety equipment like fire extinguishers and fire alarms; there was a bounce house; and finally free Hawaiian shaved ice from a local food truck.

So I went to enjoy a shaved ice and in my usual fashion I asked for their signature shaved ice. The man working said “well that would be ‘murder mix.’” I think the name is inappropriate and insensitive especially being served during a community event for people who may have suffered from homicidal crimes.