The China rises above Chinese restaurant competition

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Restaurant: The China

Why Eat There? : In the plethora of Chinese restaurants serving “Chinese” food in Findlay, this is the only one that I don’t feel a little grossed out by. The food is great and there are many options that aren’t covered in greasy breading. Another draw of the China is itsquaint décor. Every table and chair in the place was designed and built by the owner out of wood. Many of the tables, in fact, were crated to double as display cases for his collections of motorcycle memorabilia, key chains and lighters. Customer service also takes prime real estate in my opinion. Although it can sometimes take a while to get receive your food, the staff is very friendly and (if you go in enough) will remember you and ask how things are going. I appreciate this quality a lot in food outlets, especially locally owned ones. Findlay has many chain-independent restaurants but this one stands out as personal favorite.

What to Order: I can’t claim to have sampled everything on The China’s menu but their Mongolian chicken, princess beef and wonton soup are all fantastic.

Stars: ★★★

The Landing Pad caters to sports lovers, food lovers alike

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Restaurant: The Landing Pad

Why Go there: Upon first entering The Landing Pad, you will instantly notice how spacious and comfortable the restaurant is.  The service is always kind and the restaurant simply exudes a pleasant atmosphere.  Especially in luck are the sport fans that eat at The Landing Pad; you’d be hard pressed to find a seat in where there isn’t at least five T.V.s in your direct line of sight.  Worried about missing a touchdown when you go to the restroom?  Well don’t, because there’s even T.V.’s in the restroom!  Somehow though, the constant streaming of sports is not too distracting for the non sport fan eating at The Landing Pad.

The most astounding aspect of The Landing Pad is of course the food!  Personally, I have yet to try something there that did not exceed or at least meet my expectations.  For a pleasant eating experience in the limited circuit of Findlay restaurants, you will not be disappointed by The Landing Pad!

What You Should Get: Where to start?  The absolute essentials at The Landing Pad are definitely the pizza, wings, and fries.  Thin with buttery-garlic crust, the pizza is certainly exceptional and will please everyone.  To go with the pizza is for my money, the best wings/chunks in town.  With a variety of sauces, the wings/chunks are always hot and moist.  Finally, The Landing Pad knocks it out of the park again with their great basket fries.  Enough to feed at least two people, the basket fries are never greasy and will keep you coming back for more!

Rating: ★★★★★

Mi Tequila’s authentic food, great service guarantee a great experience

Restaurant: Mi Tequila

Why go there: If you are in search of a place that truly has authentic Mexican food, Mi Tequila is the place to go. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and efficient staff. The service is quick, while still allowing enough time to enjoy the experience along with the complementary chips and salsa.

What to get: Like many other Mexican restaurants, Mi Tequila allows the customer to combine their favorite Mexican specialties like tamales, burritos, quesadillas, rice, and refried beans. However, one of the best dishes is the Guadalajara Especial, which seems to give a sample of everything; including one tamale, two taquitos, and a layer of tortilla chips over rice and refried beans.

Rating: ★★★★★

Draft Day gives viewers an inside look at the NFL draft

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Title: Draft Day

Starring: Kevin Costner, Chadwick Bosemen, Jennifer Garner

Plot: As hours lead up to the day of the NFL draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Costner) of the Cleveland Browns tries to pull off one of the biggest deals in NFL draft history.

Why see it: Unlike any other sports related films, this one blows all of them out of the water. Some people don’t realize how draft day in the NFL takes place, but this movie gives you an outline and a good foundation on how the draft really works and how things can alter during draft day. Most general managers take the opportunity to call others to discuss what type of players each one needs or to make a trade deal while others may look at tapes of certain guys during their college days to see what certain types of flaws a player has. This film is a great one for Browns fans because it is centered around the team. If you like the Browns, sports in general, comedy and drama, then you will enjoy Draft Day.

Grade: B+ 

 

Jac & Do’s great pizza, subs make it a Findlay classic

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Restaurant: Jac & Do’s

Why go there:Jac & Do’s has been around for the past 50 years, and they have perfected the taste overtime. It is significant because it’s unlike any other pizza place.

They have their own flavor and have set the bar high with the variety of foods such as subs, cheese bread, dessert pizzas and salads.

What you should get:
You will have many decisions depending on if you want pizza, a sub or a dessert. The deluxe pizza is a classic and served with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green olives, onions and green peppers. A great sub to get is the Jac & Do’s Hoagie. This is made with Ham, salami, cheese and sauce baked and topped with lettuce. When it comes to dessert though, the soft and sweet cinnamon dessert pizza is covered in butter, cinnamon and sugar and topped off with vanilla frosting and melts in your mouth.

Rating: ★★★★★

La Charrita provides delicious, inexpensive Mexican cuisine

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Restaurant: La Charrita

Why go there:
The service is good and quick. They are always ready to give refills on drinks and put your order in right away. When you go, the wait is not long.

What you should get:
The Mexican Chilaquiles are delicious. Made with their tortilla chips and ranchero sauce, they top it with chicken or beef, of your choice, lettuce, sour cream and rice. It comes in a large portion and still tastes great after reheating it later on. Mexican Chilaquiles are filling, and the meal is very inexpensive for what you are getting.

Rating: ★★★★★

Magic shows new development in Coldplay’s style

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Song: Magic
Artist: Coldplay
Sound: Pop
Last release: Mylo Xyloto
Why buy it: Coldplay continues to showcase their musical evolution with the new single Magic. While the song has a different sound resembling that of bands like The xx, the group still manages to put their spin on it, with a catchy chorus and an up-tempo ending. Lead singer Chris Martin’s vocals stand out against the simple background beat, going back to what Coldplay does best. The group still manages to keep their records relevant in the evolving music industry without changing their unique sound too much, and Magic definitely highlights that. This track will leave fans eagerly waiting for the band’s Ghost Stories to be released on May 19.
Grade: A

Hannibal’s New Season is Artistic, Grotesque

Title:  Hannibal 2nd Season Premiere

Hannibal Cast: Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal Lecter), Hugh Dancy (Will Graham), Caroline Dhavernas (Dr. Alana Bloom), Laurence Fishburne (Jack Crawford)

Why Watch It?: For those who never bothered to watch Hannibal’s first season: fear not, this review has been carefully designed without spoilers. For those who did: fear not, the second season is off to a fantastic start! As I watched the Friday night premiere I was reminded again exactly what this show brings to the table. Carefully prepared human body parts are certainly on the menu but Hannibal’s grotesquery is served with a side of art. David Fincher-esque lighting, an eerie minimalist soundtrack and some truly surreal imagery all lend themselves to one of the most carefully crafted and effective moods I’ve ever seen on network television. Combine that with some top-notch acting and you have a show that is subtle and visceral, beautiful and terrifying. Although the whole cast does an outstanding job, the real standouts are Mads Mikkelsen and  Hugh Dancy who play off each other in a way that is compulsively watchable. People expecting a clone of Hopkin’s Lecter will find themselves sorely disappointed, but anyone approaching the show with an open mind should appreciate Mikkelsen’s performance for the brilliance that it is. He plays Hannibal with both composure and an undercurrent of the predatory. My only warning is for the faint at heart. It really is astounding that Hannibal is aired on the network as the portion sizes of gore and horror are both pretty large. Anyone still interested should check out season one first. The premiere was wonderfully intense but made for a confusing and unsatisfying point to newly invest in the story.

Grade: A+