Category Archives: support

  Support OUR Market!

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!)

  Holiday Saturday.

There is lots to do this weekend in Cleveland.

With only 23 days until Christmas some of us may be pulling out the holiday decorations this weekend, making a gift shopping list, if you are ahead of the curve perhaps you are starting to wrap and bow each gift with care and delight. Myself I need to make a list, check it twice and get wrapping!

If you don’t have a special something from your sweetie, stop by the holiday hot toddy party at the Banyan Tree on Saturday afternoon. I went last year and it was such a wonderful little party complete with cocktails and chocolate dipped strawberries. I bought a handful of unique gifts for my family and some awesome holiday cards as well.

If you are into getting bundled up, put on your matching scarf, mitten and hat set and head out to Ohio City for their Annual Holiday Home Tour. Showcasing the homes on Whitman Avenue, this tour is sure to sell out. I love to see the various, over the top decorations. The residents really put their best feet forward and open their homes to share in the holiday spirit.

The annual Art & Craft Building artist studio sale is also this weekend. I especially LOVE this sale. It’s such a wonderful way to explore the individual creative spaces. I will definitely carve out time for this show. Although I haven’t really purchased much from it, as someone who appreciates great talent, this show is an inspiration!

Don’t forget free yoga at Inner Bliss Yoga all day on Saturday!

Looking to head west? The shops of downtown river are hosting their annual holiday walk from 11-4pm. Merchants including Paper Trails, Mitchell Sotka Antiques, and the Girl Next Door, will offer discounts, prizes, face painting, pet photos with Santa and more!

Then there is a Browns game on Sunday. Find yourself a cozy couch and get writing those holiday cards with McCoy and his crew.

Whatever your weekend plans are…get out and enjoy the chilly Northern Ohio Weather. Any excuse to bundle up is great with me! :)

  New gallery opening (07/16)

  Food & FIlm Fest

So here we are, in the midst of this years Cleveland Film Festival…

Over the weekend I had the privilege of screening five fantastic films; from “Ingredients” to “A Matter of Size.”

While the festival committee requests of the viewers that all cell phones, audible watches and even pagers (do people still carry pagers?) be turned off during the film…what about growling stomachs?

Yes, this past Sunday as I sat and enjoyed the afternoon film, my stomach let out a loud, whining growl, and man was it long. Was I hungry? Did the walk through the “food” court of Tower City entice me? I think not. Had I not stuffed enough sweets into my pocket to satisfy my afternoon hunger? I had no idea why my belly was making such a scene.

Then I thought about it, although there is the “food” court and the traditional movie supplies (popcorn, twizzlers, m&m’s, etc) you often see film goers darting from theatre to theater with a small cooler in tow…what did they know that I didn’t? Even if you don’t think you will get hungry, YOU WILL! Watching movies is a hard sport and one that needs to be fueled strategically.

So, with that said, here are a few ideas for you to munch on as you plan your trip to the film fest this year….

Wine & Chocolate for those late night films…stop in at Lilly’s in Tremont to pack your purse with a “juice box” sized servings of vino and pair it with the perfect truffle for you and your movie sweetie. A big step up from diet coke and snowcaps.

Lunch on the go…put your emergency flashers on and run into Nate’s Deli (on W 25th, near the Market) for a hummus or shawarma rolled pita sandwich ($3-$5). Both sandwiches could be devoured during a film if you quietly roll down the paper and offer your neighbor a bite. Otherwise schedule a few extra minutes prior to the film and have a Tower City “Nates” fountain picnic in order to have that extra energy to wait in the stand by aisle

Taking a break between films…there are many places close by that you can escape the crowds of tower city and enjoy a quick food fix. If you want to stroll around Tremont to stretch your legs, stop by Dish Deli for the lemon scented tuna salad and daily veggie special. Thinking you’ll meet your friends for the next movie for a drink or a bite first? Flying fig and Momocho both have great happy hours, check them out. Need to run home to let your dog out between movies? How about a smoothie from Liquid Planet? If you want to take a break, but aren’t looking to loose your parking space…when is the last time you’ve enjoyed the bar at the Hard Rock Café or sipped a manhattan at Mortons? Check it out!

Speaking of food…I’m hungry; for more films and for some good food. Happy Film Fest, happy eating to you!

  Tremont Art Walk (3/12)

Friday, March 12th, 2010

This Friday is the monthly Tremont Art Walk. All of the cool boutiques, gallery’s, culinary shops and sweet eats stay open later than usual to celebrate the neighborhood and this week…the coming of spring.

One of this weeks highlights to the Art Walk would be the special tasting at Lilly’s Handmade Chocolates.

From 12pm-10pm they will be hosting a tasting featuring Mad Dogs & Englishmen ($3.50 per taste paired with a truffle), a Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz/Monastrell blend and Pinkus Organic Hefe-Weizen ($2.50 per taste paired with a truffle), a crisp, light beer.

I know where I want to kick off my walk…where will you start yours?