Joe Knows Cookin’

Am I hyping this up too much? I don’t think so. This really is a cool product and we know cool products at Eastgate Pools. This method of cooking has been around for hundreds of years. It started in Japan, but many early forms of cooking follow a variation of the same idea, using a ceramic container to slow cook. I recently went to Eastern Europe to visit my wife’s family. In their old country house they have an old bread oven that does about the same thing, as do wood fired pizza ovens. The flavor one gets from an all natural wood fired, slow cooked meal is something that not only tastes superior, but is a lot of fun to do.

Come in and check the Komado Joe out. It is a tight little package and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to get a truly artisan style cooking experience.

Check them out at www.eastgatepools.com/webpages/grill/kamado.html or watch some of the incredible grilling tutorials, recipes and tricks and tips they offer at their own website www.kamadojoe.com. I highly suggest watching this Divide and Conquer Flexible Grilling System video to see how versatile these units really are http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeWuHIUp5jg

Radiant Pools at Eastgate

We recently began working with Radiant Pools to bring in their gorgeous metric pool systems. They are built with a 2″ closed cell foam wall that insulates and gives incredible structural integrity. In these photos you can see the crew building one of the new metric free form pools. They begin by laying a template across the earth. They have already dug trenches to fill with concrete and add structural support at the curved points in the pool. As they build each wall, they connect them with splines that lock the pool into its shape. Once the pools walls are all connected the pool is formed into its true shape and they can begin to fill the concrete into the trenches. As everything gets set, the liner is laid out and then, eventually, tucked into bead and they begin to fill with water.DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO Please come in and inquire if this pool seems suitable for you. These pools are versatile and can be built in rounds, ovals and the free form you see here. This is a 16′ X 28′ pool but there are plenty of size options to suit your needs and the best part is you can build these into the ground to create an in-the-ground system.

Fresh Paint

This week we had an artist come in and apply our logo to our front wall in vinyl. The artists name was Mark Rozic and he runs Rozic Design. As you can see from the photo, he is extremely talented. He put up this sharp image and we could not be more proud. If you are ever looking for some design work we would recommend him any day of the week. You can check out more of his work at www.rozicdesign.com or call him to employ his services at 513-841-9169.

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Spice up your Fire Pit

Looking to spice up your outdoor gas fire pit?  Why not try our new line of decorative glass made by American Fireglass. Without realizing it you may have seen some of the different colors, as American Fireglass is the glass pieces that come with Oriflame Outdoor Gas Fire Pits here in our store. American Fireglass is suitable for any fire pit or table. The glass has been formulated to withstand long term heat consumption. This glass is exclusively processed to burn clean and efficient to eliminate soot, ash and smoke. Creating the glass this way prevents the glass from melting, breaking down or emitting toxic fumes.  Increase the appeal of your fire pit with fire glass for radiant, beautiful and dancing fire in your pit. Lastly, I hope everyone enjoys their beautiful fire pit during the cooler nights of this frigid spring.Fireglass

My Chicken Calendar

I like chickens and everybody here knows that chickens eat corn.  I remind them every day.  I also believe that any song ever written is improved by substituting key lines with the phrase chickens eat corn.  Try it yourself under your breath and you’ll see.  In 2013, I was blessed with a Chicken Calendar—two amazing chickens each month—in full color!  It was fabulous but alas, 2013 is over and my calendar has been retired.  If anybody knows where I can pick up a new one, let me know.  Ducks are an acceptable substitute.

Hats Off to our Service Department

I am a sales associate at Eastgate Pools.  It makes my job so much easier

to know that after the sale I can count on our service department to

continue the best customer service to my customer.  They work six days a

week.  From the delivery to service calls, they are knowledgeable and care

about making the customer satisfied.  We are approaching a new pool season

and I just want my sales department to know how much we appreciate them

up front. Thanks guys! Keep up the excellent work.

Why don’t you do that?

There are certain things that as a company we do not do, and we always need to answer the question why we don’t. There are things that we do not do for safety reasons; such as doing deep ends on above ground pools or sell diving boards for docks or other places that are not designed for diving. There are other times that the work requested is beyond our common scope of work and we may not be able to provide a level of quality that is up to our standards. Long story short it is certainly not an attempt to be difficult, as we will provide you with recommendations on who to contact, but we hope to provide you with the utmost quality and safety. If there is a situation that you need assistance with please feel free to contact us, and we will be as accommodating as possible. We aim to provide you with assistance, whether it is from Eastgate Pools or from a recommendation we provide. So call us if its a question about a pool or even if you just have a simple inquiry that you feel we might have some insight. The guys and gals around here are well-educated and eager to help.

And Now for Something Completely Different…

A couple of my closest friends, neither of which is a sci-fi fan, have spent the better part of a year trying to get me to watch the golden goose of BBC broadcasting…Doctor Who.  Well, I finally caved a few months ago and already starting the fourth season.  To be fair, they just aired a 50th anniversary special, so I’m talking about the newer run of the series.  I can’t say it is the right show for everyone, but I will say it has pulled me in more and more.  I’m not ready to put it on the same level as The Wire or The Sopranos, but there is something about Doctor Who that makes it special.  It isn’t afraid to poke fun at itself, while simultaneously delivering brilliant dialogue and unbelievably loveable characters.  If you are a pop culture fan you probably don’t need my recommendation, but if you haven’t checked it out I would certainly suggest you take a trip through time and space with “The Doctor”.

Is Bearcat Basketball for Real?

The wins are not pretty. In fact, they are offensively painful to watch at times. On countless occasions, I have found myself sitting at my house yelling at the players on the TV, hoping that somehow they will hear my frustrations and make their free throws. Nonetheless, being comprised of UC graduates and students, the staff at Eastgate Pools and Spas are thrilled to see the Bearcats playing a form of basketball that this city has been missing since the Kenyon Martin, Bob Huggins era/debacle. Senior Sean Kilpatrick is playing like a man possessed, averaging 19.9 ppg and 5 rebounds a game, making him a top candidate for the Wooden Award at the end of the season. Though Kilpatrick is having the season of his career, the real credit for the Bearcats’ success has to be given to head coach Mick Cronin. Known for recruiting no name players out of high school, Cronin has taken this band of misfits and created a team that is nationally recognized and respected. Hanging their hat on their shutdown defense, the Bearcats are striking fear in the best teams in the nation. I think my personal hero, and former Ohio State basketball player, Mark Titus said it best. In his article giving his personal top 12 teams in the nation (in which the bearcats are ranked 8th), Titus states, “here’s what matters about Cincinnati: It has some grown men playing against a bunch of boys. The Bearcats are long, athletic, physical, experienced, versatile, and have a nasty edge that might make me soil myself if I had to play against them. I mean that. I have no idea how opposing players don’t just curl into the fetal position and start sucking their thumbs after five minutes of playing against Cincinnati’s defense. I’d probably fake an injury to avoid playing them. I’d pull $100 bills out of my sock and offer them to Bearcats players to lay off me. If all else failed, I’d just fall to my knees and start sobbing.” Add Justin Jackson’s mean face/jaw line to that defense and even the manliest of men spontaneously wet themselves. This team is playing with a chip on their shoulder. They are the pieces that no one wanted and they are out for blood. This is the year the Bearcats make a run at a title. The city and university are buzzing. The Bearcats are back.

Change & Concrete Dust are in the Wind…

It is said with progress comes change. Keeping that in mind I am writing this as a reminder for the impending changes for those of you who use I-275 to visit our store. As there will no longer be an east and west designation for the ramps for state Route 32. For those coming up from the south you will take the exit for State Route 32, at the bottom of the ramp you will turn left, and then a right on Cincinnati-Batavia Pike. For our customers coming from the north, same State Route 32 exit, but then right at the end of the ramp, and right on Cincinnati-Batavia Pike. Just trying to give a little advance notice for those who do not travel this route each day. This change is scheduled to take place beginning2/18/2014. If you have any questions, or need further assistance with directions please contact the store at 513-528-4141.

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