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Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week 2014

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I have been MIA for the past year and a half and I really don’t have a good excuse.  But, I am happy to be returning to the blogging world and what better way to come back during Cleveland Restaurant week!

Restaurant week is a great opportunity to experience what Cleveland’s booming culinary scene has to offer.  During restaurant week restaurants are offering $30 three-course  dinner menus with some restaurants offering $15 lunch options.

There is still time to join the fun! Restaurant week ends Sunday, March 2, 2014.  Click here to check out the participating restaurants and menu selection! (I recommend you make a reservation)

Jordan and I went to Lola Bistro, located on East 4th Street in downtown Cleveland.  Lola is owned by the famous iron chef and The Chew cast member, Michael Symon.

Jordan and I arrived a few minutes early and waited over at the bar to grab a drink.  One thing that is very different than most restaurants is that you order your drink with an iPad!  Jordan and I found this helpful so that you’re not yelling over someone who is seated at the bar.

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Wine case behind the bar.

 

We were seated on time in a comfortable spot in the restaurant.  We both started out with the mixed greens salad.  For our entrees Jordan tried the Beef Hanger Steak (that came with Lola Fries).  I tried the Scallops (with leek, sweet potato, mustard, and lemon).  Jordan and I were both very impressed with our selections!

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Scallops

For dessert Jordan had the Key Lime Tart and I had the Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding with Salted Carmel Ice Cream (YUM!!).

Jordan and I were very pleased with our restaurant choice for restaurant week.  We always try to participate every year and the past few times Jordan and I walked away disappointed.  Lola is definitely a place we will come back to!

Molly Jean

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The Taste of Tremont 2012

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This is a long over due post!! But I wanted to share my Taste of Tremont experience with all of you!

Tremont is one of the oldest areas of Cleveland.  During the 1850s, Cleveland University occupied the area before the neighborhood of Tremont came to be.  Now the area is filled with art galleries, shops, and restaurants.  It is also home to “The Christmas Story House” from the famous 1983 holiday film.  Another point of interest is Iron Chef winner, Michael Symon’s restaurant, Lolita.

Restaurant’s that I have tried in the Tremont area that are posted on my blog include: The South Side, Tremont Tap House (for dinner and brunch), and Grumpy’s Café.  Other restaurants I have tried previously, before starting my blog include: Fat Cat’s and Ty Fun Thai Bistro.  Check out the list of restaurants in the area at http://www.urbanspoon.com/n/16/1543/Cleveland/Tremont-restaurants.

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Jordan and I arrived noon sharp, as soon as the Taste of Tremont began.  We took a walk all the way down Professor street before deciding which restaurant stands we wanted to try.

On our way down the street Jordan spotted a homemade blueberry lemonade from The Treehouse Café.  There was a lot of sugar, but it was quite tasty!

Our first food stop was the Farenheit food truck to get a smoked pulled pork taco.  I do not have a picture of this because I was very intrigued by the dark clouds in the sky.

Rain rain go away…

Jordan and ran to get under cover just before our food became soaked.  A lady at a consignment shop was very generous, allowing us to stand on her porch for about 15 minutes until the rain had stopped.

Once the rain had passed we ran over to something that caught our eye almost immediately as we stepped foot onto Professor St.- The grilled corn!

Grilled Corn!

This was another thing that caught our eye…. a 2 pound hot dog.  We did NOT order this but Jordan took a picture.  I thought foot long hot dogs were a little much… Not quite sure what to think of this….

Next we went over to Lolita to check out what Michael Symon had in store for The Taste of Tremont.  I must say- I was NOT impressed.  He only had food option of mac and cheese and the other option was a mint lemonade.  It was about 95 degrees out with almost 100% humidity- so mac and cheese was just not appealing at the time.  So I opted for the mint lemonade.  It was very refreshing!

Mint Lemonade- Lolita

Barrio’s stand was our next stop where I got the black bean taco with a mango slaw in an avocado cream sauce. YUM!!

Barrio

And last but not least, dessert from A Cookie and a Cupcake!  Carrot Cake Cupcake and Double Chocolate Cupcake.

A Cookie and a Cupcake

We also picked up a few goodies to take home! Blaze salsa (the guy who owns the company went to OU, so Jordan and I got a discount!), Kettle corn, and fresh popping corn (named “magic mushroom.”- yes, strange name, I know. haha)

The Taste of Tremont was an awesome experience!  Already looking forward to next year! The date is already set for July 21, 2013!! Check it our HERE!

Also, I would like to announce my first giveaway on my blog tomorrow from SlimKicker app!!! Make sure you tune into tomorrow’s post so that you can participate!

Molly Jean