4/25/17

Family Friendly Restaurant Review: Pacer's Italian Cuisine & Steakery in Pleasantville, Ohio


We live on the far east side of the Columbus, Ohio, suburbs--but, our middle daughter's best friend moved about 40 minutes away to a further east and more rural part of Fairfield County, to Pleasantville.  Had that move not happened--we probably would not have discovered a small, family owned restaurant:  Pacer's Italian Cuisine & Steakery in downtown Pleasantville.  I love finding these small, local, family-owned places--so Pacer's was immediately on our "dinner-to-do-list"!

We recently had a nice dining experience at Pacer's and wanted to share it--just in case you want to make the trip from wherever you are in Central Ohio.  What did we think of Pacer's Italian Cuisine & Steakery in Pleasantville, Ohio?

Pacer's Has Main Street, Small Town Ohio Charm


I love finding family owned restaurants taking up fairly "new" space in old, small town, "historic", buildings.   This building has a lot of small town charm.  The owners have opted to decorate with what many will see as collectibles--my grandmother's home held so many of these items from the 50's on--and the building itself is just a really great "step back in time" outing.



This area is sort of the "bar" zone--but, I thought it was pretty ironic that Law & Order SVU was on the t.v. (I may or may not have a Law and Order addiction!) so I had to take a quick photo--and the gold plate on the wall is the twin to one that my step-grandmother had for years and years!

I love textured/tiled/plated ceilings--so it was fun to see this and more of my Grandma Lou's "plates" on the wall! A couple replicas sit in front of my fireplace at home today as I write.
 
Where should you park?  We drove around the block a couple of times.  Was there a parking lot?  Did it matter?  Visitors should expect to park on the street around the building's "block"--and, if Pacer's is busy, that may mean parking by a residential property or by the local school or near the police department building.

Diners will be met with a small--but, very friendly, staff.   During our Saturday night dinner visit, the entire restaurant was served by one server.  She stayed busy, was super friendly, was extremely knowledgeable about the menu--and was more than willing to share specials, events, and keep everyone up to date on Pacer's happenings.  (We learned that the restaurant was catering a fundraiser at a local high school that night--and the staff had been cooking ALL DAY to feed that event--and I love to support local restaurants that play such an active community role.)   We also learned that most everything on the menu is made on-site--and we felt more than welcomed during our entire visit.

How was the food at Pacer's?

Okay.  This is why we venture out to any restaurant, right?  Local or not!

How was the food?

We ordered the Sampler Platter


It arrived with Onion straws, Jalapeno Poppers, Wings and Cheese Crostini's. 

The onion straws were a little thin and greasy--but, the jalapeno poppers were a hit.  The wings were really very good--not too spicy--and well prepared.  The Cheese Crostini was essentially thick cut, garlic cheese bread slices--but, it was also served fresh and well.

We had heard that the portion sizes were huge at Pacer's--so we weighed our dinner options.

  For dinner...We opted to split the Lasagna and the Chicken Parmigiana between my husband, our youngest daughter and myself--with the addition of an extra house salad for our daughter since both of the meals came with an included salad and a table bread stick basket.

The House Salad


The house salad was pretty basic--lettuce, a little cheese, croutons, and some red onion--but, the ingredients were really fresh and the salad dressings were well chilled and full of flavor.

The Lasagna



We had heard that everything was made onsite. That wasn't really entirely the case. After ordering, we learned that the lasagna is one of only a few menu items not made fresh onsite.  While this dish was processed and prepped--it was actually quite good. And the portion size was more than large enough for the price.

The Chicken Parmigiana


The Chicken Parmigiana is hand breaded and prepped onsite, and offered in a fairly large portion with marinara and spaghetti--and it was a big hit with the husband and youngest daughter alike.

What about Dessert?


Enter the Brownie Madness
The brownie itself was a little burnt around the edges--but, the dessert was huge and loaded with ice cream and whipped cream.  I was already stuffed from my "share" of the entrees and the sampler platter--and I am not really a lactose loaded dessert lover...so the husband and the youngest daughter found space for most of this dessert!

Would I recommend Pacer's Italian Cuisine and Steakery in Pleasantville, Ohio?  My family liked the small town feel and attention given to our meal experience during our visit.  We did not experience any of the "steakery" side of menu--but, the Italian cuisine was certainly well portioned and well served for the price and location.   

The restaurant offers a local "punch card" that gives return diners a $$ amount off a future meal after so many visits--and the restaurant offers really nice daily specials as well.    If you live in or near Pleasantville--you really need to visit Pacer's.  They have great prices for the portions served--and they offer pizza and catering and do a great job in supporting the local schools and community.

If you are in the neighborhood from around Central Ohio--I would stop in for lunch or dinner. (I know fellow Columbus area cross country and track families visit Lancaster/Granville fairly frequently during the seasons and this Pleasantville restaurant is not far off your map for a quick dinner!)

Check Pacer's hours--because they are not open all day--the have a "break" period where they close between lunch and dinner.  They do recommend reservations for weekend dinner hours. They offer a full bar, children's menu and a very large dinner menu.  It's basic, simple, food--nothing super fancy--but, it was well worth our visit and we will likely return.  Another table ordered pizza during our visit and it actually looked quite good.  I do see us ordering a pizza on an upcoming visit on the way home from a cross country or track meet.  

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Dr. Vampyre Book Tour & Giveaway


We have another novel by S.N. McKibben in our book spotlight today!  Check out her paranormal romance, Dr. Vampyre, and enter for a chance to win an Amazon gift card in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Dr. Vampyre
by S.N. McKibben
Genre: Paranormal Romance
When a college professor is blackmailed by a student …
he has to walk the fine line of being true to his principles and not letting his bloody secret out.
Dr. John Tennison, professor and physician, wakes up every morning and counts his spoons—a measure of how many tasks he feels he can accomplish during his day. One spoon to walk down the stairs, one spoon to teach a class, one spoon to deal with tardy students. Lupus limits him, but he still gives lectures and works at a hospital. He also makes time for friends, and once a week visits Sanguine Loon’s to sate—or subvert—his one strange desire. His nemesis, the one thing besides lupus that keeps him from leading a normal life, is the blood at the bottom of a little paper Dixie cup.
While Tennison’s blood-drinking habit is a secret, it’s well known that he’s the campus asshole and has no tolerance for students who show up late. When he kicks Vogue model Ylati Badashi out of his lecture hall for wandering in ten minutes late, she’s having none of it. She pouts, she seduces, she blackmails, and puts Tennison at odds with his butler, and finally she tells him the truth about why she needs to be in his class.
Tennison is a man of principles, and though he swears he won’t change his mind, he starts to react unexpectedly to Ylati even as he hates her for making him suspicious of his trusted butler. Tennison has to find out where Mitch goes on his nights off and must deal with a budding attraction to a woman he occasionally hates, all while learning new secrets about himself. It’s going to take a lot of spoons.
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Slave to a 100 lbs. GSD (German Shepard) and a computer she calls "Dave", you'll often see her riding a 19 hand Shire nicknamed "Gunny" to the local coffee shop near the Santa Monica mountains.

Stephanie reads for the love of words, and writes fiction about Dark Hearts and Heroes revolving around social taboos. When ever asked, she'll reply her whole life can be seen through a comic strip ~ sometimes twisted, sometimes funny but always beautiful and its title is adventure. Come play!






4/24/17

The Spoils of Allsveil Book Spotlight Tour & Giveaway


In our book spotlight this morning, we are pleased to share the new fantasy/romance novel from S.N. Mckibben.  Check out the book, which is the second in the author's Dark Heart Heroes series, learn about the author and enter for a chance to win an Amazon gift card in the book tour giveaway at the end of the post.

The Spoils of Allsveil
by S.N. McKibben
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Murder. Marriage. Forgiveness. The kingdom of Allsveil is the chessboard, and the royals are the pieces.
Two noble families meet in a whirlwind of battle, conquest, hate, and passion.
When a neighboring army conquers her home, Princess Alexia is forced to marry her father’s murderer, Darrin, the new king's young prince. While Alexia grapples with revenge and flirtation, finding her own strength in the process, the new king, Goththor, seeks forgiveness from his queen and from himself. Two generations learn that the game of chess is nothing compared to the game of love and forgiveness...
Play chess with a princess...get your copy today!

Slave to a 100 lbs. GSD (German Shepard) and a computer she calls "Dave", you'll often see her riding a 19 hand Shire nicknamed "Gunny" to the local coffee shop near the Santa Monica mountains.
Stephanie reads for the love of words, and writes fiction about Dark Hearts and Heroes revolving around social taboos. When ever asked, she'll reply her whole life can be seen through a comic strip ~ sometimes twisted, sometimes funny but always beautiful and its title is adventure. Come play!





4/21/17

Where There's Faith Book Tour & Giveaway


While I may not be a romance novel fan...though I am really doubting that fact after reading, reviewing, and REALLY LOVING...too many romance novels over the past few months...I have a romantic suspense novel in my spotlight today.  (I'm running a little late since real life is sometimes chaotic, messy...and not on my schedule!)   At any rate--check out this novel, the 3rd in a series, meet the author and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway.

Where There's Faith
Fairfield Corners Book 3
by L.A. Remenicky
Genre: Romantic suspense
A past she can't remember. A love he can't forget.
After hitting rock bottom, Robert Newlin embraced sobriety and tried to live his life quietly and alone at his family’s lake cottage. Blaming himself for the accident that claimed his wife and unborn baby, he spent most of his time alone and grieving until Faith moved into the cottage next door.
Faith McMillan had no memory of her life before that day three years ago. The physical scars had faded but the emotional ones were still fresh and raw. Living rent-free seemed like a great way to finish her second book and would give her the time to figure out her next move. But then she met the reclusive guy next door.
Robbie and Faith – can two broken people who vowed to live their lives alone find happiness together?


Don't miss the first two books in the Fairfield Corners Series!
They can each be read as standalones!



Saving Cassie

Fairfield Corners Book 1
Everyone has secrets. Sometimes secrets can get you killed.



After ten years in the big city, Cassie Holt is moving back to her hometown to take over the bookstore left to her by her beloved Gram, vowing to live her life alone. To her best friend, Sheriff James Marsten, Cassie seems to be the same girl that left Fairfield Corners to go to college but Cassie has secrets and one of those secrets could get her killed. When one of her secrets becomes a threat to her life, James turns to his new deputy to help him keep Cassie safe.
Deputy Logan Miller has been burned by love and is not looking to get involved with anyone anytime soon. When he is thrown into close quarters with Cassie, the sparks begin to fly and he begins to see through the walls Cassie has built around her heart. As the threat gets closer, can Logan protect Cassie and protect his heart? (MA, 18+ for sexual situations)

Ragan's Song
Fairfield Corners Book 2
It only took one look into his eyes for her to know she was in trouble.
Adam Bricklin has heard the melody in his head for years, the melody that told him if a decision was right or wrong. When he met Ragan Newlin the song told him she was the one. He was devastated when circumstances tore them apart. It has taken three years for Adam to finally move past the heartbreak he suffered when Ragan left town in the middle of the night. No note, no email, no text. She was just gone. Now he has a new girlfriend, a new album in the works, and his daughter is doing well in school. Until the day Ragan returned to Fairfield Corners.
Ragan came home to celebrate her parents’ anniversary, hoping they would forgive her for not telling them about her marriage or her son. When she discovered that Adam was still living in Fairfield Corners she hoped her secrets were safe; secrets that drove her away three years ago, secrets that could change their lives forever.


L.A. Remenicky ~ Love Stories With A Twist
L.A. Remenicky is a wife and mother of two fur kids. A payroll professional by day, she writes out the stories in her head by night.
An avid reader all her life, she finally put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) during NaNoWriMo in 2012 and has never looked back. When she’s not typing away on her latest story with music playing in the background, she can usually be found spending time with her family and friends.

The author is hosting a giveaway with tons of neat prizes! There's Amazon Gcs, print books, ebooks and swag!
Enter here:





4/20/17

Mama Says, "Money Doesn't Grow on Trees!" Book Spotlight & Giveaway



So often, children find the subject of math either difficult to understand--or too boring in our "instant gratification" society.  Sometimes, they simply fail to see the relevance of math studies to real, daily life.  Teaching children the importance of money, financial planning and credit responsibility is increasingly difficult--but, extremely important--in our modern times.  I just discovered some work by Dr. Iris Mack--as she seeks to create a math resource center for students and parents struggling with the concepts of math and financial literacy.    This morning, we are featuring Dr. Mack's latest book, Mama Says, "Money Doesn't Grow on Trees"--as she takes a look at math and interest and shares insights.  Learn about the book, the author and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

About the Book  
Globe Newswire reports that Dr. Iris Mack's mathematics edutainment book is "turning heads across the country in a response similar to the widely promoted 'Hooked on Phonics,' that improved children's reading skills." Her unique approach to math became one of Xlibris/Random House Publisher's top children's picture book royalty earners.

If there is one word that sums up our recent economic woes, it is interest. There’s interest on credit card balances, student loans, car loans, home mortgages, corporate borrowings and most prominently, on state and national debt. But there is surprisingly little interest in this interest. We all pay it. But not many of us really understand how it works. Dr. Iris Mack has filled the gap – and for young consumers.

Her financial literacy book “Mama Says Money Doesn't Grow on Trees!'' is focused on teaching students that math can be fun and key to understanding money and interest. In today’s world of subprime mortgage crises, bankruptcies, massive credit card debt and predatory lending, Dr. Mack's book is more relevant than ever. In “Mama Says Money Doesn't Grow on Trees!" a group of smart, animated characters explain how money and interest work, as young consumers are introduced to mathematics and financial literacy.
Professor Ø, Ms. Madonna Sorenson and Dr. Mackamatix lead students Al G Bro, Frakshun, Nada, Queen% and Material Girl Ma$ through a fun-filled math class all about how money and interest work in their everyday lives.

Learn more: MathQED TV

Praise for this book:

“I think the work you do showing how math can be beautiful and practical is great, keep it up!” says Javier Tordable, Senior Software Engineer at the Google Corporation.

“Making math fun and relevant is a real public service. Old fashioned, boring textbooks aren't the thing that will capture the imagination and engage our children in the fun and yes, joy, in math and problem solving. Iris Mack has created a group of characters and scenarios that will draw young people into the fold of knowledge.” says Karen Pritzker– Producer of The My Hero Project and Editor of The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity website.

Buy the Book:  Amazon

Meet the Author


Iris Marie Mack, PhD, EMBA, earned a doctorate in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. She was also awarded a Sloan Fellowship Executive MBA from the London Business School. Dr. Mack worked at various energy and financial institutions, acted as a faculty member at MIT, and worked at NASA and AT&T Bell Labs – where she obtained a patent for research on optical fibers.

Dr. Mack currently lectures on Energy Trading and Risk Management for the Fitch Learning Certificate in Quantitative Finance Program on Wall Street and at Tulane University. Because of Dr. Mack's extensive knowledge of the derivatives, energy trading, and investment banking world, she has been invited to write opinion columns for the UK edition of the International Business Times.

Dr. Mack has also been named one of Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 Working Women, and she is no novice writer. This publishing will be her third financially-focused and published book – including her energy trading book published with Wiley Finance and a financial literacy book for teens and adults. With this breadth of experience and sheer intellectual prowess, Dr. Mack is more than able to help readers reach the financial stability they deserve.

In addition, Dr. Mack founded The Global Energy Post and MathQED - a homework help site for K-12 and college students. Previously known as Phat Math, this service has even been named one of the Top 50 Social Sites for Educators and Academics, 25 Savvy Social Media Sites for Grad Students and 25 Useful Networking Sites for Grad Students. Such accolades illustrate Dr. Mack’s ability to clearly inform the masses.

Connect with the Author:  Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook 


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