Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Eating Better

There are lots of methods that folks evangelize about in terms of eating better. I don’t like to listen to evangelists, I learn from modeling and mentors. I learned some good things this summer that have helped me eat better and they’re pretty basic, so I wanted to share. Not evangelize. I don’t expect these […]

To Do List

Das Schnitzel Haus Udupi East Coast Original Custard Korea House (The Bibim Bam is as awesome as I remembered) Punk Rock Softball Caveman Diaries/Megachurch CD Release (more to come) Paint upstairs apartment Eat southern-roasted turkey, polenta and roasted red onion & avocado salad with neighbors Jack Frost Donuts (I’ve had the donuts plenty of times, […]

Bắc – Restaurant Review

This was the opening weekend for the eponymous Bắc, the new Asian food place in Tremont. I’d spent most of the day yesterday tramping around Cleveland in the snow, so it was a welcome change of pace to spend some time in a warm room with great atmosphere and cute wait staff. The change in […]

Baking/Burning Tally

This Christmas season I have made: 4 batches of Art of Darkness Brownies 3 batches of chocolate-dipped pretzel rods 12 pounds of fudge (soon to be 16) 4 batches of 7-layer bars a dozen Best of 2009 CDs


I have this ridiculous idea for a gimmick restaurant. This is not the hostile takeover of Grumpy’s in which everything with “cajun spice” would be removed from the menu (which would allow us to basically write a whole new menu), all wait staff would be forced to wear floral print aprons and the place would […]

Pierogie Pile

Ingredients 1# kielbasa, sliced 1 box frozen pierogies 1 green pepper, diced 1 red pepper, diced 1/2 red onion, diced 8 oz. frozen corn 2 T. butter Recipe Put the butter in a 13×9 inch casserole dish and stick it in the oven. Preheat the oven to 400° Prep the other ingredients, and toss them […]

Eating Out in Cleveland

Over the last few weeks I’ve eaten at a couple of new [to me] Cleveland-area food places. My favorite aspect of Cleveland is the ease with which one can go to an authentic ethnic restaurant and never run out of such places to attend. I made it to Sterle’s Slovenian County House awhile back and […]

Pie Day

Pie Day! Last night, we made pie. A slight alteration to my mother’s pecan pie recipe [maple syrup instead of corn syrup] and a new one, an Apple and Tart Cherry pie. Debbie made the crust from scratch, impressing the hell out of me. It took a few hours, and I was exhausted by the […]

Broccoli and Artichoke Pasta

I made this quick and simple pasta with a bit of a kick last week and made it again because it is so quick and delicious. I highly recommend it and it is also good for the heart, blood and immune system. The meal might not contain any of the 8 foods you should eat […]

Ichiban Grill

I busted out the grill for the first time and cooked some cheapie Spencer steaks on it yesterday. I made a lime and olive oil marinade; I stole the idea from Fahrenheit, only I put a lot more lime in mine. Since the steaks were so skinny I made sandwiches out of them, with just […]


I had some folks from the neighborhood over last night for a winter barbecue. I made about ten pounds of pork barbecue and had green beans, corn bread, potato salad, cole slaw, banana pudding and pecan pie. And lots of High Life. The pork barbecue turned out really well, I put a BBQ rub on […]

Pulled Pork Barbecue

Pork Barbecue is one of my favorite things to eat. Good pork barbecue is one of the toughest things to cook. I gave it my first shot this past weekend, and it turned out better reheated than freshly cooked. I used a recipe from a suspect site, but its simplicity is what drew me to […]

Repeal Day

I celebrated Repeal Day at the Velvet Tango Room yesterday with a Rusty Nail, a bouquet of Bourbon Daisies and some complimentary sushi from Ginza.

Vegan Snickerdoodles

I made vegan snickerdoodles last night. I used this recipe. Although they didn’t turn out as tasty as classic snickerdoodles, they are still good. The recipe itself could use a little work. The ingredients list says baking powder, but the directions say baking soda [I used the soda], and it makes about 2 dozen cookies, […]


I made ribs for the first time yesterday. They were on sale for $1.99# at Dave’s last month so I picked up a pack and planned on inviting some folks over when I finally cooked them. I called up my uncle, the family grillmaster, and asked for advice. Since I don’t have the hi-tech grill […]

Beer and Grassroots Activism

I was at Edison’s last night meeting with some neighborhood folks about a possible synergy between the larval Tremont Civility Project and a possible mentoring program to bring together new residents, long-time residents and even longer-time residents. I also got pretty drunk. Rogue Brewery’s Dead Guy Ale This ale was moderately hoppy with a thick […]


Yesterday was a terrible day to be heading west on I-90. I hit Buffalo right after the Bills game got out, had torrential downpours all the way to Cleveland and arrived back in town right when the Browns game finished. People were driving and not-driving like jackasses in the rain. The people pulled over on […]

Beer and Sushi

I’m in Kingston, Ontario, Canada at the moment and just got back from the Kingston Brewing Company Limited where I had a Dragon’s Breath Real Ale, which is an English-style ale, non-carbonated and hand-pumped from the tap. It was thick and grainy like you’d expect from an English Ale, and very smooth to drink, especially […]

Vegetable Stew

I made my first fall pot of vegetable stew this weekend. I pretty much eat stew all winter long.

Spaghetti Carbonara with Heirloom Tomatoes

I made Spaghetti Carbonara AKA Heart-Attack on a Plate yesterday. Here’s how I made it: Ingredients: 5 teaspoons olive oil 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped 7 slices bacon, sliced into julienne strips 1 pound spaghetti 3 beaten egg yolks, room temperature 1/2 cup heavy cream 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese basil to taste Preparation: […]

Vague Directions

I don’t like vague directions when I’m trying out a new recipe. Not vague like Patrick’s black beans, but vague like this: I made mango sorbet this weekend and the recipe called for reduced sugar water, but the directions simply said bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for five minutes. .5C of […]


A group of folks from all over the country was in town learning about the small grant program sponsored by The Cleveland Foundation. You know, the one I’m on: Neighborhood Connections. A few of the committee members [and one lucky alternate] were asked to go along for a neighborhood tour yesterday and then share dinner […]

Chai and Turkey Portobello Panini

I’m currently at the Phoenix on Lee [Where is Jeff Hess?] applying for jobs. Ever since George posted my frustration, I’ve gotten quite a heartening response from folks in the area. I just finished a meeting with a fellow blogger about applying to his company. You people are the reason I love Cleveland. I’m starting […]


After my run yesterday I went to Dave’s and made myself a salad and grabbed a Braeburn apple. It was what my body was craving, so apparently I needed some iron [the majority of the leafy greens were spinach] and sundry other ruffage. It disappeared in no time. When I was working over the summer […]


Girl and I had dinner at Opa! over the weekend. It was both a tasty and nice time. We started out with an Octopus Salad which was a bit too smoky and olivey for our tastes and I had Pulled Lamb over Penne and Girl had Cherry and Apple glazed Pork, both of which were […]

Things Were Done This Weekend

The house across the street from my apartment is for sale for $50k. The house payment would be cheaper than my rent, but upon looking at the inside I estimated another $50k would need to be invested just to make it livable. I don’t have the time, money or inclination to do that kind of […]

Gunslinger Burritos

Okay, I stole the title for these from Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, but that is beside the point. They were tasty enough and took less time to make than even spaghetti. About 15 minutes from lighting the oven to stuffing my face. What I used: 2 really really small pieces of sliced pork loin […]

The Vegetable Moussaka Experience

Last evening I made vegetable moussaka and strawberry shortcake for my friends. I’d never made or even had moussaka before, and I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did. I think I’ll like it even better with spicy sausage or lamb in it, or maybe it just needed to be a […]

Pierre™ Foods Pizza Parlor Meatball Sub

Some weeks ago I had the Pierre™ Foods Pizza Parlor Meatball Sub [$2.05USD 1.65€] from the vendy. I didn’t review it at the time because the experience was still so freshly traumatic, so fraught, that it was the best I could do to lie in a puling mewling fetal position under my cubicle and moan […]

Dinner Party

I had a small dinner party on Saturday night. It successfully broke in my newly refinished table. I served a Lemon, Leek and Mushroom Risotto with Red Onion and Goat Cheese Pastries and Baked Apples for dessert. Wines served were Trimbach Alsacian Gewurtztrameiner, Caymus Conundrum and Woodbridge Pinot Grigio. I really liked the risotto, I’m […]

Pierre Foods Fast Choice® Pizza Charbroil with Cheese

The vendy is almost empty this Friday. Someone, other than me, has been eating stuff from it. I hypothesize that the folks working all night on the 4th floor are to blame. All that was left in the machine were things I’d already eaten [Muffin, Chicken Salad, Pickle] except for a chimichanga and what I […]

Stevenson’s Hamburgers in Euclid

In my ongoing quest [previous reviews: Heck’s; Swenson’s] to find the best burger in Cleveland, I took a trip out to Euclid with Five Dollar Beer last night to check out Stevenson’s Hamburgers. We learned about this place from the honorable FoodGoat. This was a damn good hamburger, definitely the winner from the three burger-centric […]


Parallax is one of Tremont’s newest restaurants. I had the privilege of eating there this evening. While the prices are up there, the quality of the food is worth every penny. Full review past the jump.

Kaiser Famous Dill Pickle

I’ve been defeated by a mere cucumber! Well, not perhaps mere. The Kaiser Famous Dill Pickle, made by Kaiser Foods in Cincinnati, OH [no website] is a dangerous adversary. The pickle, which I’m assuming weighed in at just less than one pound, came in a plastic bag and was sitting in its own brine. It […]

Pierre Foods Two-Fers: 2 Char-Broils with Cheese

Another visit to the Pierre Foods kitchen today at the vendy. I got 2 Char-Broils with Cheese for $1.50. Total weight: 4.8 ounces. Unfortunately I could not find the exact same item on the Pierre Foods site. Instead I’ve linked to the closest one. No nutritional information available, unfortunately.

Swenson’s Drive-In

I had lunch at Swenson’s Drive-In in Seven Hills. It was unlike Kunkel’s Drive-in in Connersville, they didn’t have the old boxes to call inside, instead you turn on your lights. The carhops run to and from the vehicles, I imagine they stay in good shape doing this. One of the carhops looked like she […]

Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin

Otis Spunkmeyer is at least a recognizable name in the creepy refrigerated vendy downstairs. Yesterday I bought a Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin for $1.00. It was 6.5 oz and 700 calories of muffin goo, held together only by long chain saturated fats, but nonetheless was tasty in a processed sort of way. I was going […]

Johnny Mango’s

I ate at Johnny Mango’s. In my complicated inner ratio of quantity and taste versus price they score very highly. It also helped that I’d not had much to eat beforehand. I plowed through my plate like those dogs in kibble commercials. Well, maybe not that bad. I got the Mushroom, Tomato, Garlic Burrito Big […]

Fast Choice Fish and Cheese Sandwich

Today I had my second item from the vendy downstairs. I had the Fast Choice Fish and Cheese Sandwich by Pierre Foods, again. For $1.65 I received 5.75 ounces of…something…with the consistency and taste of a dirty, wet mitten. This item is apparently slightly better for you than Biz AZ Bubba Twins because the nutrition […]

BIG AZ Bubba Twins

There is a vending machine downstairs, recently installed, that contains a variety of dirt cheap refrigerated lunch products. They all look completely gross. So, since I’m the kind of guy who eats hot dog flavored potato chips just because they’re there, I’ve determined to eat one of each thing in that vending machine. Today I […]

Poor Man’s Pilaf

1/2 C. brown rice 2 C. water 1 C. frozen mixed vegetables 1 T. balsamic vinegar 1/2 T. extra virgin olive oil whatever spices 1. Cook the rice in an uncovered pot. This method works excellently. Thank you, Patrick. 2. Cook the vegetables in another pot, cover and simmer once it boils. 3. When everything […]

Heck’s Bar and Burgers

I had dinner with Five Dollar Beer last night. We went to Heck’s Cafe over on Bridge Avenue, because they apparently have the best burgers in town. The burgers were good, but if they are the best burgers in town then Cleveland sorely needs a really good burger joint. Something akin to CJ’s out of […]

Chili TVP

I helped my friend Lauren move to Tremont on Saturday and then fixed a batch of chili for everyone to eat afterward. It turned out pretty good, and though I was a bit leery of using something as strange as TVP, it didn’t roil me gut like tofu tends to do. Actually it was pretty […]

Peachy Pork Chops

I made some damn tasty pork chops last night, and if the rice turned out a bit mushy for my taste, I managed to hide it a bit behind some butter, paprika and basil. The pork chops though, were just peachy. If you try this recipe you will definitely makeout like a bandit.

Kamikaze Chews

My quest to make homemade Little Debbie Star Crunch™ started off yesterday. As far as I can tell, Star Crunch is puffed rice, caramel and a chocolate coating. They are gooey and delicious. My own foray turned out to be pretty tasty, but much chewier than gooier. If you’ve ever had a Charleston Chew, then […]

Thanksgiving Weekend Food

My mother came up this past weekend and saw the new place. We had Thanksgiving dinner with my friend from work, Lauren and it turned out pretty well. I roasted Cornish game hens with red potatoes and asparagus, basted in a lemon-garlic mixture, Mom made some scalloped yams and brought her pumpkin and famous pecan […]

Potato Chip Comparison

I have purchased two brands of potato chips from the vending machine. Hooters™ Hot Wing Flavored Potato Chips, and Snyder’s of Hanover Hot! Buffalo Wing Potato Chips. Herein lies a comparison.

Cookery and Crookery

I am not going to have internet access from my new apartment for a while. That means my plugged into the Matrixness will only be prevalent during work hours. Whatever will I do without the internet? I will most likely:

Jimmy Daddona’s

I went to Jimmy Daddona’s for dinner somewhat driven by this review in the Free Times. It wasn’t very good at all. Now, I’ve gained a little knowledge at the ways of foodie-ness just by having proximity to Five Dollar Beer, so I am using some of his criteria in this review [or, what I […]

Spaghetti Con Vino

I don’t think I’ve ever written about food. I’m on an eat what I’m hungry for diet. This is not diet used in ‘what I eat to lose weight’ instead it is used in the ‘what I eat cause I’m hungry’ sense.

Cream Soda

Reason number 64 why Connersville sucks. It is a whiskey town. I stopped at 3 liquor stores in search of my alcohol of choice: Stolichnaya vodka. none of them had it. Absolut is the “high quality” vodka. however, if you can think of an obscure brand of whiskey they had it, in all its varieties. […]


you probably already know it, but i’m a skinny bastard. the energy my metabolism burns in one day could most likely power a small country for a week. i’m not kidding. lately i’ve been kinda sluggish, and a couple of days ago i figured out why. since i have been cooking for myself this summer, […]

Goat Roast 2002

today was the annual Anthropology Department Goat Roast. At nine in the morning some anthro majors and the profs, using stone tools produced in the Lithic Technologies class, butchered a goat and a sheep. keep in mind that properly produced obsidian stone knives are something like 5times sharper than a surgeon’s scalpel. so the actual […]


Last night was fun. I ate at this place called Elia’s. Really good Lebanese food. Then after that, I spent several hours (ok it was till 3am) playing Super Mario 3 on the Nintendo over at my friend Cari’s place. Andy was there too and he tried to give me some advice on how to […]