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I had a bunch of people email me about the
Chicken Parmesan and some of them mentioned the Clipper and
Foxy's so here are my opinions on them since I have had it
recently at both locations.
In my opinion Foxy's Chicken Chicken Parmesan is just not very
good and their Italian bread has little flavor if any. The
chicken parmesan has this odd tasting covering on it. It is more
like some sort of slightly creamy thin seasoned veggie layer
than it is a crunchy breaded texture and I just don't like it.
It is almost white and light green in color. I love ya Peter,
but I got to tell it how it is and I would not order that entry
again. Another person with me had it as well and did not like it
either. I will say that George from Skiff's and my friend Steve
Jobson think your Chicken Parmesan is really good so there are
definitely different opinions on it.
As for the clipper, in my opinion the Clipper has a pretty good
Chicken Parmesan, it's a nice portion, tender yet a bit crunchy
on the outside and covered with sauce and cheese as it should
be, but their spaghetti side is not all that great. The sauce on
it is not very tasty and every time I go there it seems the
spaghetti is over or undercooked and there isn't much of it. I
know it's just a side, but it's part of the meal and it should
be good. Hey, how hard is it to make decent spaghetti? They also
could have a better tasting fresh baked bread. It is way better
than Foxy's bread which I am pretty sure is not freshly baked,
but still could be a lot better.
I like the basics done well. That being said Chicken Parmesan is one of my favorite
meals when I am out. I've never been a big
supporter of the place, but I just gotta say that
Cavallario's Steak House in Alexandria Bay has a pretty awesome
Chicken Parmesan. I have had it the last two times I was there
and it is just great. It comes with a decent salad, 2
portions of tender breaded chicken with delicious sauce
and cheese, a side of very tasty spaghetti, and a homemade fresh
out of the oven mini bread loaf with real whipped butter. If you
really like bread like I do and ask for more they hook you up.
The only issue with the bread is they never give a good sharp
knife to cut it with and you end up crushing it. The meal is
about 15.00 and that isn't cheap by any means, but if you are
looking to treat yourself you simply can not go
wrong with this meal.
Another cool thing about
Cavallario's is you can eat right at
Just a warning folks... I
was going to put this up on the site last week but forgot.
A DWI crackdown throughout the Tri-State area began on Friday
the 18th and goes on until Labor Day.
The zero-tolerance campaign is called "Drunk Driving: Over the
Limit, Under Arrest," The enforcement effort will include
stepped-up patrols and DWI checkpoints. So, if you've been
waiting for your chance to get a DWI now is the time.
Is the Dirty Doggy using Cheaters ?
From what I understand using
"Cheaters" is when you pass off well booze as premium booze in
mixed drinks by filling bottles up ahead of time. 1st off I have
to say that there is absolutely no physical proof of this
happening at the Dirty Doggy besides some opinions of a few
people. I find it pretty interesting that I remember about 3
people last week verbally telling me they didn't feel they got
the type of labeled booze they ordered at the Dirty Doggy and
now someone has left a message in the Guestbook saying the same
thing. All I know is that people know their booze and a lot of
them can tell if something is up. Let's hear from other people
about this ? Is this true or not? Is it just bad bartending? Is
it the action of one Bartender or the Owner's? Is this something
that only happens on busy Weekends? Is this not true? What's the
deal ? If you have any information to add please do so whether
it be in defense of the Dirty Doggy or a story about a drink you
got there. If this is true it's pretty damn lame, but hey, if their bartenders
are so bad that people think they are getting ripped off on
drinks then it seems to me they should do something about that
Dancing Dog... you're in the DOG HOUSE with me
I have been drinking Jose' for years right along with
Capt. Morgan and I'm telling you to stop useing cheaters
I was there a couple of weekends and asked for those
lables and got shit drinks.
Your bartenders have no clue how to make drinks !!
Get REAL bartenders, Mike and Carol !! Or nobody will be
comming back there eather.
Also a friend of mine was drinking Jack and cokes and
she said her drink wasn't Jack eather !!
Kiesznowski and the gang put on a hell of a show
at Skiffs late afternoon.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present you with the Village People.
And yes I know, this is pretty damn gay looking, but hey it was frigin funny.
I guess this is what happens when your absolutely shitfaced and
hands you a leather police cap and some sunglasses.
"look out, heee's baaaaack"
Jeremy Nelson is in town.
Photo submitted by
NOT BE CENSORED!!!!!!
Freedom of speech. One of our constitutional
Who is anyone to say or commune over what I write or
say, images that I portray, related to this town I love,
and affectionately call Abay?
Recently a very good friend of mine asked me for a
personal favor. That favor was to take down my last
article on "Downtown". While I would do almost any favor
for this person short of donating an arm, this time I had to say no. You see, if
I did that I would be sacrificing the very soul of this
site and I would be betraying myself. If this person
truly understood what this site means to me this person would not
have asked this favor of me. That I can understand, but
perhaps my friend will soon comprehend.
I will continue to tell it
how I see it.
I will continue
to report on what I want to report on.
continue to provide my site visitors with the content
they have grown to expect from me.
Let's clear something up yet again, I have nothing against the
owner's of "Downtown".
I actually like both of them. I have known Rick on & off for years, I think he is a
decent enough guy, and we have always gotten along fine. What I
do have is some issues with is the new Bar itself and as many
of you know I have commented on it.
If the owners of "Downtown" would like to respond to my
comments they are more than welcome to and I will post
it on the site. They can send me the text, they can sign
the guestbook, I can send a video crew to record their comments, whatever
they want?... I'll put it up for everyone. I am
sure there is more to this than what I have
experienced or been told. If the owners of
"Downtown" want to clear
the air on anything I sincerely hope they tell
their side of the story.
In a nutshell no one is safe from my praise or
criticism. I get the picture lately that "Downtown"
feels like they are getting singled out and are
the only place I criticize. Nothing could be
further from the truth. For example Joey D. is my good friend, but yet I continue
Bash on his Pizza. My friend George from Skiffs wore a Superman
shirt one day to the lake and
I made a funny little video about it.
showcasing his super powers. (Aren't you glad I brought that up again George?)
I make fun of myself on a regular basis when I go out
promoting the site as Johnny Truesdell. I like the
Drive-In Cheeseburgers so I wrote a
movie/cheeseburger review for the place. I laid the
smackdown on the Dancing Dog on more than one
occasion as that place is a total disaster as
well. etc etc etc.... Literally anyone or any
place could be the focus of upcoming news items.
(Good or Bad), so get used to it. It doesn't matter if
someone advertises on the site or not. I will say what I
want to say on my web site. If people have a problem
with that I suggest they don't look at the web site or
better yet they put up their own damn web site and say
what they want to say. If you want good things said
about you then earn it. Additionally, comments are always
welcome in the guestbook.
My friend Nick Schaefer's Dad summed things up pretty well one
day when he said the following.
"Well, at least with Johnny you always know where you
ULTIMATELY, The news items and comments
I post eventually disappear into the monthly archives
and life goes on. That my friends is
THE BACARDI GIRLS ARE BACK!!
And this time they are getting hit
on by a 1 year old. This kid is going right for the boob with a
Picture submitted by his mom Kristin Cobb. This is priceless,
this kid is going to be an animal.
documents a diving trip mishap in Alexandria Bay.
Apparently this happened on 8-13-06
"THIS WAS A GOOD ONE THERE WAS 12 PEOPLE ON THIS DIVE BOAT 11
WENT DIVING THE POOR GUY WHO STAYED ON THE BOAT FOUND OUT THE
BOAT WAS TAKING ON WATER HE COULDNT CALL THE DIVERS SO HE CALLED
THE COAST GUARD THEY SHOWED UP WITH A PUMP AND SAVED IT LOL"
Island Fire Pics Originally submitted by Bob Gates
(True source is
of the Wellesley Island Area who has now given us permission to
There was a hell of a fire over on Welcome Island Yesterday. Welcome Island is across the river from
Alexandria Bay. These pictures were submitted by
who said everything
happened around 6-8 pm Sunday. (8-13-2006)
The fire rekindled around 11:00 AM
Today (Monday 8-14-2006).
The Alexandria Bay fire department quickly took care of it.
Look A-like of the Former Soprano Star Sal
"Big Pussy" Bonpensiero
has been hanging around town
lately. Abay local Bryan Tidd submitted this
picture with him
taken at the Shipwreck on Karaoke Night.
And we got a cell phone video as well.
Turn your speakers down cause he is one loud dude and the sound
isn't very good.
My friend Janet has just sent me information about this HUGE
The annual Picton Island Party is upon us! August 19th at noon!
Party in the 1,000 islands. Beer pong in the water. Corn &
Chicken Speedies, 50/50 Raffle. Jello shots.
playing on the floating barge. Bring your choice of drink and
dish to pass. In case of bad whether the Party moves to Canoe
Point on Grindstone Island. Last year there were well over 100
Boats at the Party. Remember to have a good time and don't do
anything to spool it for everyone else. That mean no reckless
activity and be responsible. This is the party of the year and
it gets bigger every year. The party is on the Clayton Side
(South Side) of
the Island in the Big Bay.
If someone was COOL they would bring a pontoon boat, a big
grill, and about 300 Hoffman Hotdogs...
That's my suggestion :)
UPDATE: HERE IS THE OFFICIAL FLYER FOR
AND I DUG
UP SOME NICE SATELLITE PHOTOS OF THE AREA AS WELL
Party location in RED, Backup location in Yellow
Picture of the week..
We didn't realize the site was so popular!
This is Abay.com's Opinion on "Downtown", The bar
formally known as Bootlegger's.
BEFORE YOU EVEN READ THIS GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEAD THAT THIS
EXPRESSES ABAY.COM'S OPINION, OTHERS MAY FEEL VERY
Last night some really cool guys from Buffalo who
have been coming to Bootleggers for around 10
(Correction 22 Years) years got treated
like second class citizens at "Downtown". These guys are so cool that
they used to help bounce at the door every time they came up.
They never caused a problem yet they were big enough to take on
a Football Team. They were a BIG HELP each time they showed up
and also a lot of fun to hang out with. Regardless, one of them
named ROCK got kicked out because he grabbed some more ice for
his drink from the guy bringing some ice to the bar. He said
they were real jerks about it too and before you know it he and
his two friends had to leave. They told me so in person and I
believe them. ROCK said the guy flipped out and told him on the
spot he was kicked out and to get out now. These guys own and
work at bars in Buffalo and you can bet your ass they won't have
anything good to say about the bar scene in Alexandria Bay. They
actually told me this is probably the last time they come up
here and I can't say I blame them. It's not just the 3 of them
either. They and their friends pretty much have half of the Ship
Motel filled up right now so now you got about 30-40 people at the
ship motel pissed at "Downtown"
This is not the way you treat people that have been coming here
for 10 (Correction 22 Years) years. You don't flip out on a guy that grabs some ice
for his drink. Especially a guy that has been coming to that
very building for years and has been considered part of the
family. ROCK even tried to mention that he helped out here every
year during Pirate's Weekend and they still said too bad. This is just one of many things that have happened
at this place this year. As far as I am concerned the place is a
total JOKE, not to mention it looks like it got decorated by a
fleet of gay sailors.
I personally can vouch for the Bouncers at "Downtown" acting
like jerks. Last week I was in there giving the place a chance
and about 2 minutes after the lights went on for closing time
some bouncer singles me out and comes up to me and says. "Hey
BUB, you need to get out of here now!" (And he said it in a
real jerky way), I said ok, but can I just
finish my drink and he just stands there and stares at me like a
complete tool. Again, that is not how you treat people and for
JEBUS sake I bounced there for 3 years. There is
an art to getting people out of the bar and 2 minutes after the
lights go on is not the time to be an aggressive jerk. I could
see if there were problems going on at the time, but it was a
peaceful night at the bar and there was no reason for it. People
were already starting to filter towards the door in good
numbers and I was one of them. Part of
the problem with their bouncers is they fired a guy named Troy who was the only good
experienced bouncer they had. He actually knew what he was doing, but the
majority of them got no clue how to deal with people. I've been
told they have had
a lot of fights in that place this year too. Last year Bootleggers
had literally no fights and that is because they had a seasoned
staff of bouncers that knew how to handle things without getting
people upset at them for no reason.
"DOWNTOWN", ABAY.COM IS GIVING YOU A BIG FAT
WTF! Shadow Dancing, Glow Stick Parties, Velvet Loveseats,
Horse Saddles for bar stools, a Jewelry Shop in
the bar, Please??
This may not be entirely true, but I was even told by Troy
(the fired bouncer) that there is a rule that
at least one bouncer must stay near the owner(s) at all times to
protect them. To protect them from what ??? Gremlins??, The
Boogie Man?? Gang Members??, Genetically Enhanced Killer Gorillas??, Are you frigin
kidding me ?? This is Alexandria Bay, not NYC!! If that is
true that is just plain retarded!
Certain people convinced
me earlier this year to give "Downtown" a chance and see
what they make of the place. Well, "Downtown" had it's
chance to be a cool place and as far as I am concerned they blew it. In my
opinion everything I speculated on has
become a reality. They did with the place exactly what I
knew they would and as far as I am concerned they ruined the
place. They ruined the best big bar in town!!! To be real
honest they made it even worse than I ever could have
imagined. "Downtown" is everything Alexandria Bay is not.
"Downtown" belongs in Miami Florida or something.
Anybody that likes that place needs to get their head out of
their ass! The really
sad part is this town is probably going to lose a lot of
regular out of town bar customers that after this years visit might not be
coming back to our town. When that happens we all lose out.
To sum this up..
I don't care if I am flat out drunk and there are 100 hot chicks
in that place. I am not setting foot in there again.
If four of my drunk friends were to try and drag
me in there I would hang on to a parking meter until my frigin
arms rip off.
If JEBUS himself said "JOHNNY, YOU MUST GO TO DOWNTOWN !",
I would YELL back "SORRY, NO F@!*ING WAY !, but I'll
buy ya a drink at Skiffs
- Get the picture !!! -
Folks, I am Johnny
Truesdell and I call it like I see it. Like I said above, this is all just my opinion so take it for what it is.
I have strong opinions on a lot of subjects and a lot of
times people don't agree with me. I highly suggest you give "Downtown" a chance and form your own
opinion. They deserve that much. If you're real lucky maybe you can get Trevor the
Bartender to do a back flip while he mixes your drink, just
don't forget to duck .
If you have a comment leave it in the
I want to know what people think
whether they agree with Abay.com or they don't.
My Buddies Big Ken & Hartman enjoying
some cold ones.
Picture of the week..
By Popular Demand! More Pizza Poll
IT'S OFFICIAL !!, FAT KIDS LIKE PIZZA !!
You asked for em, you got em! These are from Tues
Since that night is known as Tricia Tues I also took a quick
little trip to the Smokehouse Bar to say hi though it may look
more like a stalking.