Monday, September 15, 2014

pop-we Dinner Club Reviews Blair's Driftwood Inn Restaurant & Lounge

If you want to sit along the Missouri River to watch boats, birds or anything head up to the Driftwood Inn Restaurant & Lounge. The Driftwood located at 10740 Serenity Lane in Blair, NE is a good location for site seeing. They serve American food in this little building along the river.

The Driftwood in Blair Nebraska.
When you arrive through the front door you come into their lounge. Along the east wall which is comprised of windows, they have a few pairs of binoculars hanging. There is a door that you can step through, which will take you to deck that sits above the river. The left wall is the bar, one beer on tap, Bud Light of course; they do however have several bottle choices. Up a couple stairs is the main dining area not very big but they can handle parties of 12 like ours.

The menu is comprised of chicken, steak and fish. A few in our group order some appetizers, which they kindly shared with everyone. I tried the portabella mushrooms, which are breaded then fried. What I liked about this appetizer--is that they were not that greasy and had a great spice mixture. I would recommend giving these a try. Next, I tried a couple onion rings. Again not very greasy and had nice flavor. I thought I would try this evening the country steak, which comes covered in a mushroom gravy. The steak was cooked to a nice pink medium--just the way I like it. The steak was tender and the mushroom gravy was tasty. Severed with hashbrowns and green beans to round out the entrée.

After compiling the surveys from the other population-we™  (pop-we) Dinner Club foodies scores the Driftwood a 4.04 star average on a scale of 1-5.

Atmosphere/Decor – 3.83

Cleanliness – 3.5

Wait Staff – 4

Menu – 3.92

Food Presentation – 4.17

Food Portions – 4.5

Food Taste – 4.67

Cost (was the cost worth meal?) – 3.83

Noise Level – 3.83

Overall Experience – 4.17

Driftwood Inn Restaurant & Lounge does not have an official website or Facebook page. So, for menu items you just have this blog post to go off of and as far as directions--most of our dinner club party successfully found our way there by using Google Maps. If you're looking for adventure and down home cooking, we recommend the Driftwood in Blair Nebraska.

Fellow population-we™ readers, if you've been to the Driftwood leave us a comment and tell us what you thought?

Want to do this yourself? To review How To Start Your Own Dinner Club, visit our January post about doing just that. Remember it is a template; tweak it to fit you and your friends' tastes. pop-we Dinner Club: good food…good friends…good times.

-population-we™ blog post by Brian Brown
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Monday, September 8, 2014

I Heart Celebrity Causes Highlights Derek Jeter's Turn 2

As a society we like our celebrities and tend to support the causes they endorse with this status. Our celebrities are those that entertain and inspire us such as those that act in the movies, on television and the stage, our favorite musicians, athletes from our favorite teams or provide national pride representing at the Olympics, the authors of our favorite literary works and those that provide contributions in the world of art. Each month in this new population-we™ (pop-we) series, I Heart Celebrity Causes, a celebrity will be chosen and the cause that they promote will be looked at.
I Heart Celebrity Causes!

This month in the third installment of I Heart Celebrity Causes the focus is on starting shortstop and team captain of the New York Yankees Derek Jeter and his Turn 2 Foundation. Jeter established the Foundation during his rookie season in 1996 to promote healthy lifestyles among youth. Another tenant of the organization is to provide guidance to help youth avoid drugs and alcohol.

The name Turn 2 is borrowed from the baseball term when middle infielders start off a double play by getting the first out at second base. Jeter decided to start the foundation on a road trip to Detroit while eating pizza in his hotel room. Nearly 20 years later the foundation has deep roots in Western Michigan, Tampa, FL and New York City, which are all areas Jeter has close ties. Since its beginning the Turn 2 Foundation has helped thousands of youths by awarding more than $19 million in grants.

Jeter was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1996 and after a career that has seen him be a 12-time All-Star he announced he will retire from playing after the 2014 season. That will cap a long baseball journey that starting with playing T-ball at age 5 in Kalamazoo, MI. The Yankees later drafted Jeter with the sixth pick of the first round in 1992 out of Central High School in Kalamazoo.

The stated mission of Turn 2: "is to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and 'Turn 2' healthy lifestyles". Those programs include the Jackie Robinson Recreation Center in Harlem in New York City, the St. John's Recreation Center in Brooklyn, NY, the St James Recreation Center in Bronx, NY and the Sorrentino Recreation Center in Queens, NY. Other signature programs include the Jeter Meter in New York City, Jeter's Leaders in both 
New York City and West Michigan and the Derek Jeter Center at Phoenix House in Tampa.

Jeter also uses his position in the public eye to raise awareness in children that good choices must be practiced daily. Each year he hosts the Turn 2 Foundation Dinner and the 18th Annual Dinner on June 1, 2014 raised over $1 million. The Jeter's Leaders of New York and Kalamazoo travel to Washington D.C for a biannual service project and Jeter stresses the importance of their making an annual visit to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for educational purposes.

If you would like to make a donation to the Turn 2 Foundation you can visit their Donate to Turn 2 Foundation page.

Most importantly, Bravo to pop-we I Heart Celebrity Causes--Derek Jeter--for his Turn 2 Foundation!

-population-we™ blog post by John Bohan
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