Friday, August 10, 2012

Hot Fun In The Summer Time At The West 6th Street Fair


I love August in Cleveland. The month is packed full of festivals, fairs, athletic events and rock concerts. Last Sunday I had a wonderful time exploring the city's warehouse district and attending the West 6th Street fair.

Downtown Cleveland is at the forefront in historic architectural preservation and adaptive reuse.  I took a walking tour of the warehouse district which provided me with a unique perspective of the historical buildings and insight into the recent renaissance of the area making it one of Cleveland's most sought after mixed use urban residential neighborhoods. Its imposing architecture, varied restaurants, clubs, retail shops and its proximity to Gateway and Playhouse Square makes the warehouse district one of the most dynamic and bustling areas to live in Cleveland.

While at the street fair I was able to savor the delicious international culinary delights offered at the various restaurants in the district. Spanish dishes from Mallorca, Italian from Johnny's Downtown and Mediterranean from Taza were a few of the stops I made as I feasted my way through the fair.

The lovely August Sunday was capped off with a delicious dinner al fresco provided by my son Ari and his sweetie Stephanie at her gorgeous condo overlooking Lake Erie. The company was great, the food was delicious and the sunset over the lake was breathtaking. What a wonderful way to spend a lazy Sunday in August!











Monday, April 2, 2012

Restaurant Week...Yum!


One of the great things about spring in Cleveland is finally saying goodbye to the cold harsh winter. Today is the beginning of Restaurant Week which is a delicious way to ring in the new season. 

Over 80  independent Cleveland restaurants have gotten together offering a three-course prix fixe for our dining pleasure. Restaurant Week is a great time to try new restaurants or revisit others which are priced a bit too high for frequent dining. Its a wonderful way to support local Cleveland food businesses. Visit http://www.clevelandrestaurantweek.com/ for pricing, website links and menus.

This past February I was fortunate to be in New York City during their Restaurant Week and dined at a few places I had not been to in years. Here are some pictures of two of my favorite standards, 21 and the Russian Tea Room, and a new restaurant on E 21st Street called Gravy which offers classic southern cuisine.





Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I'm Just Talking Turkey...Turkish Cuisine That Is!



     In the wintertime when the cold can seem so dreary and never ending I love to do something new and dine at restaurants which offer exotic recipes I've never eaten before. There is no better place to do this than in New York City where international dining is always an adventure and often at its best. On one snow blistered evening I found safe dining haven at the Turkish Kitchen on 3rd Avenue in Manhattan.

     The atmosphere at the Turkish Kitchen is warm and cozy filled with comforting aromas of deliciously unusual herbs and spices. We dined on Tavuk Pirzola-char grilled boneless chicken stuffed with green peppers, tomatoes and cheese; Sis Kebab with Mucver-skewered cuts of baby lamb with pan fried zucchini pancakes; Izgara Sebze Sis-char grilled zucchini, eggplant, mushroom, tomatoes, and green peppers served over smoked eggplant puree. The food tasted fabulous and the chef's attention to detail was impressive.

     The next time you are in New York and the weather is frightful give yourself a delightful sensory treat and dine at the Turkish Kitchen. The cold and frost doesn't seem so bad when you feel warm and satisfied after a wonderful meal.