Morning CLE! It’s another wintery 2-sock day here and this week looks like it’s gonna keep coming; a perfect weekend to hit the slopes for sure!
I wanted to take today to chat about our amazing West Side Market and the recent fire tragedy. It was crazy, because while we usually do shop there pretty regularly the weekend prior to the outbreak we had made a special shopping excursion to find the perfect cut’s of beef, the most fresh mushrooms and an adorable bag of fresh pearl onions (no frozen ones for me) to make my first attempt at Julia Child”s boeuf bourguignon. The entire weekend was focused on this one recipe and the market vendors really added to the romance of the entire experience. Needless to say how sad I was when I hear the news of the fire, as many of us were…speechless.
Last weekend for the super bowl we would normally head to the market for chicken, cheese, perhaps a few pizza bagels? What were we going to do to continue the support of these area vendors? (Cue finding business card from the previous weekend shopping trip from Fricakaccios in my market shopping bag)
We were having a few people over to watch the big game and so rather than order pizza from our usual suspects we decided to try out our favorite pizza bagel stand and head to Fairview Park for Fricakaccios. Not only do they make the best pizza bagels in town, the make all sorts of pizza’s, special to-go options, Italian sandwiches and more. I mean check out the pic I snapped of what was a CHEESBURGER PIZZA! Sounds sorta weird; I know, but honestly I tried it and it was as good as your favorite patty melt served atop of some pizza dough. Bonus, the people at this location were so kind they even carried my order out to the car!
When asked about their market location, a little sadness fell over the team, it broke my heart. I explained that we had searched them out to do our part at supporting them as part of our market community; it brought back their Ohio-proud smiles.
This week there are many opportunities that you can get involved with to support the market and all the tried and true vendors. From the fundraiser at Market Garden Brewery tomorrow night, to the local musicians that will be performing Saturday at the Five O’Clock in Lakewood. Find your own way to support those vendors who have been closed and without a paycheck during these cold Cleveland winter months. It’s the least we can do for our special place food memories are made. We HEART you West Side Market; get well soon.
(photo : amazing cheeseburger pizza, complete with pickles!)
Well, here we are just a few days until the end of 2010 and begin our exciting trip on 2011. I have a feeling this next year is gonna be HUGE! Lots of change, tons of excitement, bike rides in the sun, weekend excursions, perhaps a triathlon and a trip abroad? Have you started planning your new year? What’s on your list of “goals?”
Today’s final giveaway is from my favorite Tuesday-night dinner ingredient…Ohio City Pasta. Last year I set out to try all of their ravioli flavors and while I can’t say I ate everyone, nearly a dozen different combinations (at least one a month) were consumed at my place usually during glee my Tuesday go to night!
The winner of today’s $25 gift card can go to the West Side Market and purchase a few dozen of the special, hand crafted pasta delicacies. From asparagus, to goat cheese, to crab and mushroom, there is sure to be a raviolis for everyone. AND, if you go on Monday’s it is often Buy One Get One, so you can DOUBLE your certificate!!!
To enter to win today’s LAST giveaway, friend Ohio City Pasta on fb and then return back here and tell me what pasta (it doesn’t have to be ravioli necessarily, they have other awesome stuff!) you would purchase if I sent YOU the $25 certificate! (please include your email, winner will be drawn “next year!”…Monday)
(photography by Blaze Photography)
Hello Clevelanders and happy holiday weekend.
Couldn’t we all use a break? A few days off to rest our brains from deadlines, to do lists, meetings and conference calls? I for sure am looking forward to an extra day to relax and enjoy Northeast Ohio.
As everyone is beginning to make weekend plans, I wanted to share with you an adorable little place I went to lunch at yesterday, Market at the Fig; a small urban pantry.
Created by Karen Small also chef owner at Flying Fig, her vision for a neighborhood lunch, wine, gourmet cheese and sweets destination has come to fruition. The food was delicious…we had an Dilled Farm Egg Salad on focaccia roll, a Spanish Tuna fish sandwich and the special of the day a cucumber sandwich. Thumbs up all around! An extra plus is you can take your lunch outside and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Historic Ohio City area…it’s simply city awesomeness! Everyone should try and stop in this weekend, it’s so sweet. Way to go Market at the Fig!
A couple of other things…don’t forget about the big Rock Hall Ball this evening. The Taste of Cleveland and the Air Show all weekend long. PLUS for those of us beach lovers…grab your towel and get outside I think it’s gonna clear up.
Last but not least, as we move into the month of September, I am going to be blogging for the The Ohio Chevy Network Dealers from out and about around Cleveland. Please visit gottalovechevyneo.com to see what fun myself and the other area bloggers get ourselves into!
After a long holiday weekend, why not spend your Tuesday night in Tremont.
Buy your fresh veggies at the Farmers Market
to stock your fridge with local good greens and more. Baked goods, meat, fresh eggs and more are available at the market as well. Every Tuesday
now through October. Located in Lincoln Park.
There is lots to do in Tremont, Where do you like to hang when you visit?