Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Pumpkin pie, nut roll and pumpkin roll. I didn't make these, but I ate 'em.
Monday, December 01, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
13225 Shaker Square
Cleveland, OH 44120
Dinner; November 4, 2008
Party of Two
We each had a three-course dinner that ended with fantastic desserts. My dining companion and I took shots of all three courses, but the appetizers and entrees didn't photograph as good as they tasted. Also, I kind of forgot all the details of the first two courses and their descriptions aren't online. So, here are pictures and descriptions of the yummy desserts.
SERGIO’S COCONUT BUTTER CAKE – whipped cream, crème Anglaise, toasted coconut
A pretty dense cake that was made richer by the bed of cream it sat on and the dollop of cream that topped it.
OURO PRETO TORTE – black-gold chocolate cake. A dense, flourless cake topped with chocolate ganache and sparkles of real gold leaf
But, I remember the details of my first visit to Sarava (no pictures) in great detail.
Dinner; October 25, 2008
Party of Two
Diner 1 - Mojito
Diner 2 - Mojito mocktail
Shared Street Plates
Crisp Spanish Cheese with kalamata olive and caper-spiced tomato sauce
Prince Edward Island Mussels simmered in a lemon-pepper butter broth
Sticky Ribs with a hoisin BBQ glaze
Pan-Seared Sea Scallops in a ginger-cider reduction with lemongrass and coconut milk, rice and crispy fried spinach (substituted for the seasonal vegetables)
Coconut Butter Cake (see picture above)
Brazilian Beef with black beans and rice, farofa, fried spinach, orange slices and carioca tomato relish
Ouro Preto Torte (see picture above)
The hoisin glaze on the Sticky Ribs started smoky and ended sweet. The scallops' sauce was similarly complex but started spicy and ended sweet. No matter what you get there you should order the fried spinach. It has a crisp texture that just about melts the minute it hits your tongue. The mussels were not at all fishy or chewy and the sauce was the type you wanted to pick up and drink after the dipping bread was finished. The Spanish cheese was no ordinary fried cheese with tomato sauce. My dining companion stated that although she doesn't really like fried cheese she loved this street plate. Maybe it was the sauce.
The food was all about taste and texture and was fresh and delicious.
I'd definitely go back and I'm sure to end my meal with the Coconut Butter Cake. It was delicious warm and cold.
And their Mojitos are to die for.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
I'm behind on my restaurant reviews since I didn't have my camera for my recent dining experiences at Henry's at the Barn, Melt and Sergio's Sarava, but I took some shots at my first restaurant week dinner at Sarava (yes, it was good enough to go twice in less than three weeks) so maybe I'll do them all in one post.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
For a first attempt it was damn near perfect. I think the only thing I might do differently is use raw peanuts or add the peanuts later in the cooking. The taste was great and the texture was crunchy that melted into sticky-smooth. It also didn't linger on your teeth like candy likes to do, which was an unexpected bonus.
I found so many recipes that equated peanut brittle with Christmas. It's not part of my holiday memories, but it might be this year.
Monday, October 13, 2008
If you scored between 8-10, fantastic! The frosted hair look is so you!
Don't I know it!
Incidentially, I only have five of these songs on my iPod. It would have been six but the Depeche Mode song didn't make the cut.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
This may seem like a lot of shows, but it's about normal for me. I don't watch a lot in real time, but that's why I love TiVo. Sometimes I wish I had a dual tuner TiVo so I could record more than one show at a time, but I'd never leave the house if that was the case. Same for having more stations although I'd love to get BBC America, The Independent Film Channel or Sundance Channel.
TiVo: How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Live: Chuck (NBC)
Online: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX)
TiVo: Prison Break (FOX)
Live: Heroes (NBC)
TiVo: My Own Worst Enemy (NBC)
TiVo: House (FOX)
TiVo: Fringe (FOX)
TiVo: Pushing Daisies (ABC)
Live: Bones (FOX)
TiVo: Dirty Sexy Money (ABC)
TiVo: My Name Is Earl (NBC)
Live: Smallville (CW)
Online: Ugly Betty (ABC)
TiVo: Kath & Kim (NBC)
TiVo: 30 Rock (NBC)
TiVo: Life on Mars (ABC)
TiVo: Everybody Hates Chris (CW)
TiVo: Life (NBC)
nothing unless something is repeated from earlier in the week
TiVo: Valentine (CW)
So, that's 1 show on CBS, 3 shows on CW, 4 shows on ABC, 5 shows on FOX and 7 shows on NBC. CBS would have had one more show if they hadn't canceled Moonlight.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
1 1/2 lbs of ground beef (80 % or leaner)
1 medium/small yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 large green peppers, chopped (around 2 cups)
2 small or 1 large potato(es), chopped
1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
1 32 oz carton of beef broth
3 whole cloves garlic
salt/pepper/spices to your liking
2 cups cooked white or brown rice
Brown beef in a large pot with the onions. Add the green peppers and cook about 5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients (except for the cooked rice) and bring to a near boil. Reduce heat and let simmer 25-35 minutes or until the potatoes are done. Place 1/4 cup of cooked rice in the bottom of individual serving bowls. Pour soup over rice and stir before serving.
Keeping the rice separate really helps the soup from getting mushy. The soup was very tasty, and I'd definitely make it again.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
It's kind of hard to discern the chocolate covered raisin blobs on the black plate. I don't have a picture of the chocolate dipped macaroon since I ate it before I took these shots.I had been thinking about making macaroons since I watched the "No Pork, No Pressure" episode of Dinner: Impossible. The episode was shot around Cleveland and has Chef Michael Symon making a Passover dinner for the congregation of a synagogue that's right down the street from me. I wish I was invited to the Seder because everything he made looked really delicious.
The episode also made be hungry for brisket. Luckily, Jack's Deli and Restaurant (14490 Cedar Road, University Heights, Ohio 44121) has a great brisket, and I had it for dinner last Friday. I'll have to do a proper review of that place sometime.
If you missed the show last Wednesday, it'll be on again September 13 at 3:00pm and September 14 at 11:00pm. Of course it's bound to be shown at other times too since the Food Network plays a lot of repeats.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Here's part 5 of 5 for those interested in knowing the fates of the residents of Harmony. If you never watched it (or haven't watched it lately) start with part one, which might not explain anything really.
So, goodbye Harmony residents! I'll miss you!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Although it's a cartoon, they mix in stop motion animation, puppets and even live action. New episodes air on Thursday nights, but like most shows on basic cable you can catch it at other times. It's family friendly, and if you watch it with kids around you might even get them interested in cooking.
I've embedded the promo that ran last year to give you a taste of it.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Ample supply of cupcakes for a co-worker's birthday.
Double fudge chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting. The recipe was supposed to yield 24 cupcakes, but I got 30 out of it. I kept the leftovers since my cupcake carrier only holds 18, and I decided to freeze the ones that weren't frosted (seven in total) so we'll see if they really do "freeze well" like the recipe says. As usual, I halved the frosting recipe. Who needs six cups of frosting?
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The trip to the market wasn't a total waste since I got some lettuce from a different vendor that was fantastic. I bought a head that had romaine, red leaf and green leaf in one. It's weird to rave about lettuce, but it was really very good.
I bought some cherries from the grocery store the other day and I decided to clean them with a vinegar solution I read about in a Newsweek article (there's also an NPR article with an audio clip on the subject). It worked brilliantly since the fruit tasted better than it did when I washed it with tap water alone. I was worried that the cherries might taste vinegary but they didn't. I've put the spray bottle in my fridge for future use.
I wonder how the vinegar solution would have worked against the bugs of the mulberries? Some of the links above suggest a salt wash but I can't imagine the salt not soaking into the fruit.
In case you were wondering, the FDA recommends washing produce with water. I'm not sure how to comment on that.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
2164 S. Taylor Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
Brunch?; June 18, 2008
Party of Four
Omelets come with your choice of either home fries or grits, but they are always out of grits when I go. The potatoes were nicely breakfasty, and I managed to eat most of them even if they were my second choice. The raisin toast was awesome and makes me wonder why more restaurants don't offer raisin as a toast choice.
I sampled the pancakes and found them not-too-sweet, which is how I like them. I didn't taste the corned beef sandwich but was told it was good. The seasoned fries had a kick that complimented their extreme crunchiness and would make a good substitute next time they are out of grits.
In case you can't tell from the picture (taken on a camera with an enviable "food" setting), the Barnyard Omelet is huge! My fellow bruncher finished hers and I ate all but a couple bites of mine. The cook grinned as we left and asked, "Did you finish the Barnyard?" "Just about" I said. I think he was impressed. So was I.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Well, now I have a new reason to pick up my old habit. Mixwit.com lets you make mixtapes that look like oldschool tapes that you can customize with pictures and such. I first heard about it from Jason at Hands On Your Ears whose tapes can be found here.
Below are my first two mixes. "Sun Mix" has songs with good beats that are easy to dance to and "Moon Mix" has maudlin music you might find on a college station.
One crappy feature is that you're limited to the songs that the site has available unless you're savvy enough to get songs yourself, which I'm not. The worst feature has to be that songs can disappear on you once you've made the tape. Even with those flaws, it's still pretty cool.
A less exciting (and both more and less limiting) website is muxtape.com, which lets you upload your own songs into a single mix. You can listen to mine here, which is taken from an old CD mix from a bunch of years ago. That website is just as boring as a list of songs can be.