Friday, March 29, 2019

Eat Drink CIFF43

The Cleveland International Film Festival brings people from all over the state, country and world to Cleveland, Ohio. They obviously come for the films, but even the most die hard film fan can't live on movie theater popcorn alone.
Well lucky for all the Film Fest fans, Cleveland is one of the county's top foodie cities. Here are some of my favorite places to get a taste of Cleveland during CIFF43.

Located in Tower City


Turn Bar + Kitchen at the Ritz Carlton is my top choice for dining while at CIFF. The location is perfect because it's attached to Tower City. A short indoor stroll from the hustle and bustle of the theaters is an oasis of fabulous eats, drinks and service. The menu truly has something for everyone.

They offer a special CIFF menu for those trying to squeeze in a meal between films. They have 5 items under $20 that are ready in only 20 minutes - so there is no reason to eat the crappy fast food in the food court.
Turn also has a great Off the Clock Happy Hour Monday through Friday 4-7pm. It includes a luxe assortment of dishes from Truffle Popcorn to Angus Beef Slides, all $10 or under. Draft beer is $5 and wine is $7.

The Ritz also has a special Film Fest Fan Package that includes vouchers and valet parking to entice you to spend the night.
The Power Hour at Morton's is one of the best Happy Hours in Cleveland and is also conveniently located in Tower City. Sunday through Friday from 4:45 until 6:30pm and 9pm to close, you can sample some excellent appetizers for a steal. The four petite filet sandwiches for only $7 are legendary. So are the mini burgers.
If you need a really quick pick me up without leaving the building, Susy's Soup and Mixed Greens have soup, salads and sandwiches that are better than your average food court food and reasonably priced.

Nearby Dining Destinations


Take a quick trip across the street into Public Square to REBol, a tasty organic and non-GMO spot. The have all sorts of drinks including coffee, juices, smoothies, an amazing honey peanut butter milkshake and even a full bar. 

And definitely don't miss this tasty freebie being offered by Marriott at Key Tower! Bring in your Film Fest ticket stub and they will treat you to free BBQ chips and French Onion Dip.
Yep, it's completely free. No catches. No purchase necessary. But while you are there, I definitely recommend one of their tasty cocktails, trying out the new spring menu, or this amazing chocolate cake! The Great Room is a fun place to people watch while you refuel and get ready for the next round of films.
Pura Vida, Otani Noodle, Iron Chef Michael Symon's Mabel's BBQ + Lola, Butcher and the Brewer, Saigon, Chinato, The Greenhouse Tavern, and The Corner Alley are all a short walk up Euclid Ave. All of these spots have great food and atmosphere and you can't go wrong choosing any of them. 

Hodge's is just a bit further of a walk but is still a great choice. Last night we were able to walk in and get seats for four without a wait likely due to the nasty weather. The menu is small but the food is great.
The Caribbean jerked chicken nachos (seared sweet corn, jerk chicken, mango and chili salsa, guacamole, lime crème fraîche, white cheddar) are the perfect size for dinner for one or to split between four people and still have room for entrees. 
On Monday, burgers are 1/2 off. Take advantage of their 2 for $40 Tuesdays: 1 APPETIZER, 2 ENTRÉES + BOTTLE OF WINE = 40 BUCKS! And they have Happy Hour Monday – Saturday 4pm – 6:30pm and Sunday ALL DAY! (4pm – 9pm)
Masthead Brewing Co is worth the walk, or if the weather is wretched (hello spring snowstorm - I'm talking to you!) grab a Lyft. 

You will be rewarded with fantastic pizza and delicious local brews. Definitely try the Brussels sprouts or pretzel board if you're looking for something besides pizza - salads too.

If you have more time, you can also take a Lyft, Uber or even the Rapid Transit and expand your choices even more. Head to Ohio City, Asian Town or Tremont to take a bigger bite out of CLE. Existing Lyft customers can use code LYFT2CIFF and new customers can use code LYFTCIFFNEWBIE for a discount.

Heinen's has a GORGEOUS grocery store in the city that is perfect for grabbing snacks, cold brews, and pre-made food. Head upstairs to The Balcony Bar to sip on beer and wine and order appetizers.
If you are downtown during the weekdays, definitely stop by Bloom Bakery. The products are really excellent and the mission is even better. Owned by Towards Employment, Bloom Bakery employs individuals who face barriers in a steady job, providing them with training and a promising career in culinary arts. The only drawback is the hours are extremely limited and they are closed on the weekend.

There are a ton of food related Film Fest sponsors too - be sure to show them your appreciation for their help in making CIFF43 a success.






Wednesday, March 27, 2019

CIFF43 ~ Your Guide to the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival

The 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival kicks off today! 

Every year it gets bigger and better. And every year I like to share with you some of my tips to help make your experience the best and top picks for films. Plus you'll get to see some of my favorite photos from previous festivals (and all my cool hairstyles lol)

CIFF43 takes place from Wednesday March 27th through Sunday April 7th, 2019. Most films are shown at Tower City Cinemas downtown Cleveland. It's one of the best film fests in the country so be sure to see what all the fuss is about. If you're a first timer or someone who has been attending for years, here are some ways to make sure you visit is as enjoyable as possible.


Tips and Tricks


Become a Member
This allows you to purchase your tickets before the public and gets you discounts on tickets, merchandise and more.

Parking
It gets crazy, especially on the weekends. Take public transportation or an Uber or Lyft for the easiest experience. You can park at Tower City for $5 if there are spots available (definitely not guaranteed so have a back up plan) - make sure you get your ticket validated.

Lines
Unlike a traditional movie theater experience, at the Film Fest you line up in the hallway before the films start. Seating is first come/first served so get there at least 20 minutes ahead of time to give yourself time to queue up. While you're in line, say hi to your neighbor. It's always fun to hear about the films that others are seeing. We see many of the same people each year and always look forward to seeing our "film fest friends."

Pod Cast
Check out the new pod cast CIFF Speaks for all sorts of insider information and interviews with filmmakers.

Day Pass
For a truly luxe experience, purchase a CIFF Day Pass. It includes:
  • All-access to CIFF43 screenings (no need to buy tickets!)
  • Access to the CIFF43 Hospitality Headquarters (with complimentary sips and snacks!)
  • Free Tower City Center valet parking

What to Wear
As mentioned previously, you'll be waiting in line. So make sure you wear comfy shoes. 

The hallway is normally drafty and cold and the theaters can get hot, so wear layers.

Do not wear hats because nobody wants to have their view blocked.

Please wear deodorant and keep the cologne or perfume to a minimum. In most theaters, every single seat will be taken so you will be sitting very close to your neighbors.

Snacks
Sometimes you won't have time for a leisurely lunch in between films. Besides buying popcorn, drinks, and other items from the concessions, you may want to stash some healthy easy to eat items in your bag. Granola bars, trail mix and an apple are great choices. Do NOT eat your snacks inside the theater...especially the crunchy or smelly ones, or those in noisy wrappers.

Etiquette
Film Fest patrons are very serious about enjoying the films distraction free. So do everyone a favor and turn off your phone during the films. Don't text, talk, or eat noisy snacks. 



Movie Picks

My top picks are always French rom-coms, documentaries, Shorts and Czech films, but there truly is something for everyone at the Film Fest. If you don't like to read subtitles, there are even films for you! The films are serious, funny, and informative. Here are some films that sound like they will be great. (All film descriptions are from CIFF.)



100 Things

The write up sounded ok, but the trailer really sold me on this film. 

Toni and Paul are best friends who have created an app that gives cell phone voices personalities to match the owners. Unknown to Paul, Toni has used Paul’s prototype app to mine intimate personal data to encourage him to purchase more things. Paul is furious at being manipulated and exposed as materialistic. In a defiantly drunken bet, Paul challenges Toni to give up all their possessions for 100 days. Each day, they may take back one item apiece. The first to bail surrenders his shares of the personality app, which is being sold to a huge American company. As day one dawns, the two men start with literally nothing, including clothes and food. Let the games begin. 100 THINGS is a very funny and warm-hearted look at how we measure happiness with objects and equate consumption with contentment. Of course, the bet goes to hell in a designer hand basket. As events spiral downwards, 100 THINGS will send your spirits upwards as Toni and Paul discover the things they truly can’t do without. (In English and German with subtitles)

Shorts
Is it really a film fest if you don't see some Shorts? In my opinion - no way! These brief films (some are only a couple minutes long!) are so much fun. They are able to set the scene and tell a story in such a short time it's incredible. They have Local Heroes (films made about Ohio, in Ohio, or by Ohioans), Comedy, After Hours, Animated and Watch Out! (films focusing on issues, topics, and stories from the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.)


Winter Flies

When rebellious, angsty, and secretly sweet Mara decides to run away from home in a stolen Audi, his plans for a solo adventure are thwarted by Hedus, an overweight, clumsy younger boy who insists on joining him (in full camo gear). As the unlikely friends set out on a road trip across Czechia, their journey is anything but smooth. Complete with a canine sidekick, a fantastic escape scene, and the cringeworthy sexual frustrations of teenage boys, WINTER FLIES is the wonderfully strange, oddly magical coming-of-age film you didn’t know you were waiting for. (In Czech with subtitles)

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street

How did I now know this??

What is the gayest film ever? “Rocky Horror Picture Show?” “Mommie Dearest?” How about “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2?” Thirty-three years after its release, the horror sequel is still regarded as a gay camp classic, full of homophobic and homoerotic images. For one young actor, it was a true nightmare, effectively ending his film career. SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET is a high-energy and thoughtful documentary that picks multiple fights and wins them all. It is the story of Mark Patton, the young gay star of the film. It is the tale of a homophobic and AIDS-phobic 1980s Hollywood. Finally, it is a look at the script of David Chaskin, who claimed there was no gay intent but blamed the film’s gayness on Mark. “Nightmare 2” labeled Mark as the new Scream Queen and forced him into Garbo-like exile. Mark is back now and ready to talk, big time. Full of wonderful film clips and celebrities, this is a defiant and triumphant story that nonetheless cautions today’s LGBTQ community that the nightmare isn’t over.

Hugh Hefner After Dark - Speaking Out in America 
While the old joke that some men only read Playboy for the articles is told with sarcasm, the truth is there was more to the late Hugh Hefner’s work than just centerfolds. His full revolutionary impact is revealed in this compelling documentary from Academy Award®-winning director Brigitte Berman. In 1959, Hefner started a television program called Playboy’s Penthouse. Set up to look like an apartment party, the variety show featured a slew of legendary performers. But it was its racial diversity that stood out most. Years before MTV was pressured to play black artists, Hefner gave them representation, regardless of the consequences. Despite it being the time of Jim Crow, everyone was treated as equals on Hefner’s show, much to the chagrin of some Americans. The program was canceled after two seasons, but reemerged later as Playboy After Dark, which continued to push for equality. In addition to performances from artists such as James Brown, Tina Turner, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Buddy Rich, the show featured candid conversations about censorship, racism, and progressive politics. Going beyond the bunnies, HUGH HEFNER’S AFTER DARK: SPEAKING OUT IN AMERICA examines Hefner’s unheralded role as civil rights activist.


Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People
At the height of the Gilded Age, a period of time plagued by corruption and unethical business practices, Joseph Pulitzer was a champion of the working people and immigrants. Being an immigrant from humble roots himself, he used the success of his newspaper, The World, to give voice to the voiceless and to empower the disenfranchised. With his passion for democratic ideals, Pulitzer fought for the free press and essentially created the news as we know it today. The entire concept of reading the newspaper as a morning ritual was invented by Joseph Pulitzer. Though his list of accomplishments seems unending, Pulitzer was a complicated and imperfect man, known for his sharp temper, poor health, and long list of enemies and rivals. This film is narrated by Adam Driver and features Liev Schreiber as Joseph Pulitzer in re-enactments. With stories told by a variety of historians and experts, JOSEPH PULITZER: VOICE OF THE PEOPLE is a fascinating look into the life, accomplishments, and legacy of the man behind the Pulitzer Prize

The Footballest
THE FOOTBALLEST is a fun-filled adaptation of The Mystery of the Sleeping Referees, a book in Roberto Santiago’s popular Spanish children’s series that shares the film’s name. It centers around Pakete, an 11-year-old soccer player on the Soto Alto school team, who has become a YouTube sensation for his painfully bad penalty shots. Because the team faces a demotion in league status, the school is considering ending the soccer program. In fact, they must win the next three games or the team is toast. For many of the players, this decision would have a ripple effect of consequences. To boost their chances of winning, the team’s coaches add an extremely talented player named Helena to the roster. But something weird starts happening at their matches: the referees keep falling asleep, prompting a seemingly biased substitute to take over. Is this a coincidence or a conspiracy? To get to the bottom of things, the curious athletes become detectives, doing anything they can to save their team. THE FOOTBALLEST is an absolute blast, blending comedy, mystery, adventure, and puppy love into one highly entertaining package the whole family can enjoy. (In Spanish with subtitles)

A Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story
In 1955 the southern United States was divided by segregation and brimming with hatred and prejudice. Enter the Pensacola Jaycees All-Stars, the first African-American little league team in Florida. White parents didn’t want their kids playing against black kids, and they complained to league leaders. However, the league ruled in favor of the Jaycees: white teams either played them or forfeited. And forfeit is exactly what they did—every team, every game. So, by default, the Jaycees became district champions and headed to Orlando for the state tournament. Once again they met resistance. Despite approving players and parents, the coach for the opposing Orlando Kiwanis wouldn’t play the Jaycees and quit. Luckily, the assistant coach stepped up and made history. More than 60 years later, they’re reunited in LONG TIME COMING: A 1955 BASEBALL STORY—a compelling documentary highlighting the cultural significance of their matchup. Through gripping interviews, the film also reveals their varying perspectives on the racial turmoil of then and now. This impactful film is a sobering testament to how far we’ve come in America, but how far we still have to go.

This year there are also special East and West Hubs for even more screenings than ever before! Perfect for those of you who don't want to head downtown.

CIFF East
University Circle
21 screenings from Thursday, April 4, 2019 - Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

CIFF West
Gordon Square Arts District
19 screenings from Thursday, March 28th - Saturday, March 30th at Near West Theatre and Capitol Theatre.
For more information check out the FAQs or check out The Daily.

Follow CIFF on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Stay tuned for my Best Places to Eat and Drink during CIFF.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Happy 1st Day of Spring

Are you as happy as I am that winter is "officially" over?? This winter has been brutal. I'm sure we'll still be seeing some more of that white fluffy stuff before it's REALLY over here in NE Ohio but we know there are warmer days ahead!

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And today is Dairy Queen's fifth annual Free Cone Day and the chain is giving away free small vanilla soft-serve cones.

The event, which runs all day while supplies last at participating Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill stores, also serves as a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.



Tuesday, March 19, 2019

25 Years of Cleveland's Finest *Giveaway*

Cleveland's Finest Hors d'Oeuvre Contest is celebrating 25 years and you can be a part of it!
On April 11th, 14 15 of Cleveland chef's (one more just added!) will be creating their best dish and battling for the title of Cleveland's Finest Hors d'Oeuvre. You will have the opportunity to sample all of the delicious appetizers and then vote for your favorite. 
This year’s fabulous line-up of chefs and restaurants include: 

  • A Taste of Excellence (Chef Adam Quick)
  • Berea Depot (Chef Scott Ita)
  • Cleveland Chop (Chef Dave Gutfranski)
  • Corleone’s Ristorante & Bar (Chef Marlon Mayorga)
  • Element 41 (Chef Paul Mendolera)
  • Hilton Garden Inn (Chef Joseph Novak)
  • Mallorca (Chef Eleazar)
  • Progressive Field/Delaware North Companies (Chef Howie Velie)
  • Punch Bowl Social (Chef Billy Crompton)
  • Sodexo at University Hospitals (Chef John Selick)
  • Tartine Bistro (Chef Michael Grieve)
  • Tree House/Clifton Barn (Chef Genevieve Larson)
  • The Woods Restaurant
  • Zack Bruell Events (Chef Al Ives)
  • And new addition MOMOCHO

There will be plenty of wine and beer tastings during the event, a table of great silent auction items, plus live music.


WHEN:   Thursday, April 11, 2019
             6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Progressive Field Terrace Club
              2401 Ontario Street, Cleveland

Tickets are $80 per person and are available online. You can also find our more information on Facebook.
Proceeds benefit Our Lady of the Wayside, which provides residential, transportation and day program services for over 950 children and adults with developmental disabilities. 900 Employees strong, the agency manages nearly 95 homes in over 45 communities throughout Northeast Ohio.
I'm giving away two complimentary tickets and you can enter by completing any or all of the following:

1. Leave a blog post comment telling me which restaurant you are most looking forward to trying.

2. Tweet the following:

I want to go to @OurLadyWayside 's #ClevelandsFinest2019 with @EatDrinkCLE. Learn more and enter here: https://bit.ly/2UM6VOo #ThisisCLE

3. Head over to Instagram and complete the instructions in the post.

Giveaway ends March 27th. Good luck!

Mark your calendars now for another fabulous event: Grapes & Ale – Friday, June 14th. It's a party you don't want to miss!


** Disclaimer: I was given two tickets to giveaway and two for my personal use in exchange for helping promote this event. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own **

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Guide 2019

Everybody is Irish on St. Patrick's Day so deck yourself out in green, grab some friends and join in on the fun.
Photo Credit

Here are some of the best festive places to eat, drink & celebrate - Sláinte!

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St. Patrick's Day Parade

A 152 year old tradition, this family-friendly event is a must. Pick a spot on Superior Avenue between E.9th and E.12th Streets for the best view. The parade route and other information can be found hereYou can purchase your 2019 Annual Pin and help raise money for the parade.

Theme: Irish Churches of the Diocese of Cleveland

Start time: 2:04 pm

Bars and Pubs

The Flat Iron Cafe (Flats West)
*opened in 1910, it's Cleveland's oldest Irish pub
*details of the Flat Iron's festivities

Parnell's Pub (Playhouse Square or Cleveland Heights)

Stone Mad (Gordon Square)

Flannery's Pub - (E.4th) 
*Newly renovated

The Old Angle Tavern (Ohio City)

The Harp (Detroit Shoreway)

Collision Bend Brewery (Flats East Bank)
*details of the CBBC festivities

P.J. McIntyre's (Kamm's Corners)

Great Lakes Brewing Company
*details of the GLBC festivities


Corned Beef

Slyman's (original - Saint Clair Ave.)

Slyman's Tavern (Independence or Beachwood)

Danny's Deli (St. Clair Ave.)

Corky & Lenny's (inside the JACK and in Woodmere)

Chicago Deli (Solon)

Simon's Restaurant & Deli (Brecksville)


Music

Head over to Cleveland.com for a list of twelve Irish concerts taking place in and around Cleveland.

No matter how you decide to celebrate, please make sure to be safe and don't drink and drive.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Lobster and Pho

Lobster and pho is not a combination that you normally would put together. But a little restaurant in a plaza on Rockside Road in Independence has done just that...and more. Lobster & Pho is a mash up of Vietnamese, seafood and cajun seafood boils. 

It sounds strange but when I saw a picture on their Facebook page, I had to check it out.

On a recent cold night, we were lured in by thoughts of a steamy bowl of pho, and headed there to see what this crazy sounding restaurant was like. As you walk in, you are greeted by large tanks of live lobsters. 


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There is a bar area that is open to the dining room. It has a strange sports bar vibe thanks to lots of TVs all over the dining area.
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We started off the meal by sharing the vegetarian egg rolls. They were served fresh out of the fryer and were really tasty considering they didn't include any meat for flavor.
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My husband went with the traditional Pho Tai ($10) with rare steak in the house beef broth, but I decided to take a chance on the Signature Spicy Beef Pho ($12) a combo of rare steak & beef shank in a special spicy beef broth.
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Boy am I glad I did! It was definitely the star of our meal. There was a nice kick to the flavorful broth. I did not really like the traditional broth but my husband thought it was "Ok". The flavor was just a little off to me - not terrible, but not up to par with the other much better pho options in Cleveland.
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If you are in there area for lunch, they do have a lunch special for buy one get one pho half off. It's limited to P2, P3, P4, and P5 bowls Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm. They also offer Happy Hour during the week.

I've heard that the fried lobster tail is amazing so I'll definitely be returning sometime to try that. The seafood boils sound really good and the prices aren't bad.

Lobster and Pho definitely fills a void in the Independence dining scene. If we are in a hurry or the weather is terrible, I would definitely go back for the spicy pho. When I try the fried lobster, I'll definitely report back!



Lobster & Pho
6901 Rockside Rd
Independence, OH 44131
(216) 525-0028





Tuesday, March 5, 2019

CLE Paczki Guide

As we head towards Spring, Clevelanders start dreaming of flowers, baseball and paczki. For those not familiar, paczki and Polish filled donuts. And don't let the pronunciation dissuade you from ordering "POONCH-key." 
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Make your Fat Tuesday a little sweeter with this list of all the places you can find them in NE Ohio:
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Becker’s Donuts
Location: 22088 Lorain Road, Fairview Park
440-734-9856

Hours:  Tuesday-Thursday 5:30AM-4:00PM
Friday & Saturday 5:30AM-6:00PM
Sunday 5:30AM-3:00PM
Monday CLOSED

Flavors: white cream, chocolate cream, Bavarian cream, raspberry jelly, strawberry jelly and blueberry, poppy seed, prune, lemon, pineapple, and apricot.

Buettner's Bakery
704 East 185th Street, Cleveland
216- 531-0650
Flavors: Apricot, prune and poppyseed.


Biagio’s Donut Shop

35475 Vine St., Eastlake

440-942-5541 


Hours:  Monday - Saturday 4:00AM – Midnight
            Sunday 9:00AM-11:00PM
Flavors: Black raspberry, strawberry, lemon, apple, white cream, and chocolate cream.

Breads and Beyond
5578 State Road, Parma
440-888-5623
Flavors: cherry, raspberry, white cream, chocolate cream, apricot, blueberry and prune.

Chuppa's
5640 Pearl Rd, Cleveland
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 7:00pm
Saturday 8:00an - 5:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm

5880 Ridge Road, Parma
440-885-0453
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 7:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday and Monday CLOSED

Flavors: marshmallow, raspberry, cannoli, chocolate mousse, pistachio, custard, apricot, peanut butter fudge, apple, blueberry, lemon and tiramisu mousse.


Gartman Model Bakery
30 N State St., Painesville
440-357-6883

Hours:  Monday -Friday 6:30AM-5:30PM
Saturday 6:30AM-5PM
Sunday CLOSED

Flavors: cinnamon buttercream, vanilla cream, chocolate cream, custard, marshmallow, raspberry, cherry, prune, strawberry, lemon, blueberry, apple, poppy seed, and apricot.


8893 Mentor Ave, Mentor
440-205-0601

Goldie's Donuts
5211 Mayfield Rd, Lyndhurst
Hours: Monday - Thursday 6:00am - 8:00pm
Friday + Saturday 6:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday 6:00am - 6:00pm

Flavors: Apricot, blackberry, raspberry.

Kiedrowski’s Simply Delicious Bakery
2267 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Amherst
440-282-2700

Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Monday: CLOSED

Flavors: apricot, poppy seed, rose marmalade, and Lekvar (a blended sweetened creamed prune filling.)

Krakow Deli
5842 Ridge Road, Parma
440-292-0357
Flavors: Poppyseed, prune and rose petal.


Jack Frost Donuts
4960 Pearl Road, Cleveland
216-351-3638
Fat Tuesday Only
Flavors: poppyseed, blueberry, raspberry, Buckeye, white cream, cream cheese, Boston cream and cinnamon caramel apple. 

Michael Angelo's Bakery
8035 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights
440-526-0499
Flavors: apple, apricot, Bavarian maple, lemon, marshmallow, chocolate mousse and prune.

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Rudy’s Bakey
Location: 5580 Ridge Road, Parma
440-886-4430
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday  8:00am -5:00pm
Friday CLOSED

Flavors:
Sweet  
Apple, apricot, blueberry, butter cream, cherry, chocolate butter cream, chocolate custard, coconut, custard, hough, lemon, marshmallow, mocha, pina colada, pineapple, prune, poppyseed, raspberry, rose petal jelly, strawberry, and Sweet Moses hot chocolate.

Savory 
Breakfast of Champions, Clevelander (sauerkraut & kielbasa), Parma (potato & cheese), Polish Village (potato & cheese, kraut & kielbasa), and Westparker (corned beef & cabbage).


Samosky’s Home Bakery
6379 Pearl Rd., Cleveland, OH
440-845-3377

Hours:  
Tuesdays – Saturdays 7:00 am-  4:00 pm.
Sundays and Mondays CLOSED

Flavors: Marshmallow, raspberry, cherry, chocolate cream, poppy seed, prune, pineapple, apricot, apple, blueberry, lemon, strawberry, vanilla cream, and custard.

6301 Fleet Ave, Cleveland
216-641-5789
Flavors: Rosehip, apricot, poppyseed and Bavarian chocolate cream.

9395 Olde 8, Northfield
Hours Monday - Friday 5:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 5:00am-3:30pm

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Carnaval at Paladar (and a giveaway!)

Ever since Paladar opened, it's been one of my favorite spots in Cleveland. It's a fun stylish restaurant with delicious food and drinks, a lively bar, and a patio. When I heard that they were closing for a complete renovation, my first thought was "Why mess with perfection?" and then my second thought was "How am I going to survive without them during the closure." My fears were in vain because Paladar is officially reopened - and it's better than ever! And you can win a $100 gift card to experience it yourself.
Cleveland Restaurant Paladar

The renovations doubled the size of the bar area and added a custom guacamole bar. They kept the star lights and got rid of that weird step leading up to the bar area - yay!
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I recently was invited to visit the new space and preview the Carnaval menu. You are definitely going to want to check out both!
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Thursday, February 28 through Fat Tuesday, March 5 there will be quite the party at Paladar.

The special Carnaval menu is full of tasty bites:

- Peri Peri Chicken Skewers
- Charred Spanish Octopus
- Lamb & Rosemary Cheesebread Sliders
- Brazilian Beef Empanadas
- Duck Mole Masa Fries
- Crispy Masa Fries (Vegetarian) 
- Feijoada Tasting
- Spicy Salt & Pepper Whole Shrimp

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 Lamb & Rosemary Cheesebread Sliders

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Peri Peri Chicken Skewers
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Sweet Potato Donuts


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Feijoada Tasting
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Charred Spanish Octopus

And these delicious specialty Caipirinhas:
- Coconut Pineapple Caipirinha
- Blood Orange Caipirinha
- Passion Fruit Caipirinha 
- Caipirinha Flight Trio
Caipirinha Flight Trio, Caipirinha, Brazilian, cocktails, passion fruit, blood orange, CraveCLE
Pro Tip: Get the flight so you don't have to choose. My personal favorite was the Passion Fruit but they were all delicious and refreshing.
Paladar, rum, Woodmere, Mount Gay, Erie Islands, Ohio, cocktails
We also did a rum tasting and I was blown away by the diversity of flavors that rum can have! Some tasted like a whiskey or scotch - not at all what I expected. They created a Rum Bible to help guests learn more about this under-appreciated spirit.
The Rum Wheel, rum, cocktails, Paladar
You can win a $100 gift card to celebrate Carnaval at Paladar! Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. 




Contest ends Wednesday 2/27 just in time for you to experience Carnaval at Paladar.

*** Disclosure: I was invited to the event and was provided complimentary samples of the Carnaval menu and $100 gift card for this giveaway. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. ***