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Eating Cleveland

Eating Cleveland

I wanted to share with you all an entertaining Cleveland food blog: eatingcleveland.com.  I love the fact that Mark, the blogger, feels the same way I do about Cleveland.  We agree that Cleveland totally has an awesome food scene and culture.  You may just have to look a little harder to find it, but Cleveland has excellent markets and ethnic grocery stores, along with some delicious restaurants for every taste.  Our great little town has plenty to offer and at an affordable price.  You can check out eatingcleveland.com for Mark’s colorful take on food in Cleveland and in general.

Eating Cleveland also runs some great givewaways.  In fact, for all you bloggers out there, you can currently win a Penzey’s Spices 8 Jar Herb Gift Box. All you need to do on your blog (doesn’t have to be a food blog) is to write a post linking back to the post on eatingcleveland.com. Once your post is up, go to the post on eatingcleveland.com and leave a comment to let Mark know.

First, I would like to aknowledge that I have been a slacker and have not posted to this blog in many months. I’m going to try and do better with posts at least once a week or so.

Now, to Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse (www.restaurantwasabi.com) located at 150 Montrose West Ave, Akron, OH 44321. Joe and I wanted some hibachi last night for dinner, but were dissapointed when we discovered how difficult it would be to fulfill our last minute craving. Who knew that hibachi was so popular on Saturday nights and I’m sure the fact that it was Homecoming for half the high schools in Northeast Ohio did not help. Well, we called a few places for reservations and could not get in until after 8pm, but we had to be at our friends house by 9pm. So, we settled for the regular dining room at Wasabi.

Upon entering, you walk over a very zen coi pond with flowing water. The ambiance of the restaurant is very relaxing, calming and comfortable. We were seated immediately, per our 7:15pm reservation in the dining room right in front of the sushi bar. We noticed three private dining rooms off to the left of the room, where you take your shoes off and sit on the floor. Looked like a fun room for a small party or gathering.

The menu offered some nice sushi options, along with teriyaki, noodle, rice and bento entrees. I really wanted some sushi, but my limited options at 4 months pregnant made me think that it was not even worth it if I could not order the good stuff. As a result, I ordered the filet mignon teriyaki. It came with a very fresh salad with ginger dressing, miso soup that was full of yummy tofu and tasty dark green wakame. The filet came sliced in terikayi sauce on a hot plate with a side of white rice. The meat was tender and flavorful. I barely even had to chew it, kind of melted in my mouth…very nice.

Joe ordered three different sushi options, including super white tuna sushi, Philadelphia roll and a lobter roll (the highlight of our dinner). The lobster roll consisted of Lobster Tempura, Avocado, Cucumber & Masago wrapped with Soy Paper. It had a great crunch from the cucumber, combined with the warm lobster tempura and mushiness of the avacado. The flavors and textures were so great in my mouth. Very fresh and beautifully presented.

Joe and I will be back to try the hibachi, but not on a Saturday night. We highly recommend Wasabi for the fresh and delicious sushi. There are some really fun and interesting sushi options. Let me know your thoughts if you have been to Wasabi or if you give it a try in the near future.

Chuppas Marketplace
5640 Pearl Rd
Cleveland, OH 44129

(440) 885-5000

I love supporting local businesses, whether it’s a restaurant, hardware store or, in this case, a local market.  Not only does your local market typically have better prices than the big box grocer, but it also has a beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables, most of which are produced locally.  So, you’re supporting your local growers and your local business owners in one shopping trip.  In addition, you’re doing a small part to be green by purchasing products that are not shipped halfway across the United States. 

If this all sounds good to you (how could it not?), then you need to check out Chuppas Marketplace.

Chuppas has great fruit and vegetables that are always fresh and colorful.  My favorite part of Chuppas is their great deli.  They freshly cut all meats and cheeses to order.  Even better, the staff at the deli is so nice and friendly.  Not at all like the deli counter at Giant Eagle, where they cut mass amounts of meat at once and let it sit and get dried out.  More frustrating is the long lines at the GE deli even when 3 women are working, but 2 always seem to be too busy to help the customers.

Anyway, I digress, Chuppas deli really is great, with high quality, fresh meats and cheeses.  They also have prepared foods at the deli, like coleslaw, pasta salads, potato salad, etc.  I have not tried any of their meat from the deli, but they do sell multiple cuts of beef.  One of my favorites is the beef jerky, both the mild and spicy flavors are soft and chewy, but not too tough.
If you need a quick dinner, Chuppas also has a nice prepared foods section with dishes like beef stroganoff, swedish meatballs, stuffed peppers, stuffed cabbage and a variety of pasta.  This section also offers fresh soups and sandwiches.  I’ve tried the swedish meatballs and stuffed cabbage, I liked the swedish meatballs better, as the cabbage was a little bland.
All in all, Chuppas is clean, has a friendly staff, fresh food and good prices.  If you live in the Parma area, you must check it out!

Tiramisu

TiramisuI have been wanting to make tiramisu for over a year.  Every once in a while I would browse the cookie ilse at the grocery store looking for ladyfingers, but could never seem to find them.  Then, a few weeks ago I was at Trader Joe’s and the ladyfingers practically jumped in my cart.  I was looking for edamame in the frozen food section, looked up, and they there were on the self directly in front of me.  I took that as a sign that it was time to finally make tiramisu.  Even better, Easter was only a few weeks away, so I ever had a special family get together as a reason to make a nice dessert. 

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, room temperature
  • 1/8 cup Kahlua, rum or other coffee liquor
  • 2 (3 ounce) packages ladyfinger cookies – I prefer the soft kind
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well blended. Whisk in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Boil gently for 1 minute, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Cover tightly and chill in refrigerator 1 hour.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat cream with vanilla until stiff peaks form.
  3. Whisk mascarpone into yolk mixture until smooth.
  4. In a small bowl, combine coffee and rum. Split ladyfingers in half lengthwise and drizzle with coffee mixture.
  5. Arrange half of soaked ladyfingers in bottom of a springform pan. Spread half of mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers, then half of whipped cream over that. Repeat layers and sprinkle with cocoa. Cover and refrigerate 24 – 48 hours, until set.  the flavors are at their peak at about 48 hours.

Chocolate Chip CookiesThese chocolate chip cookies truly are the best that I have ever had the pleasure to eat.  I am not alone in this claim!  My friends and family loves them, too.  In fact, some friends and family members get very disappointed when I fail to bring these cookies to family gatherings:-)  Now, I’m sharing the recipe, so that you all can make these cookies whenever you have a craving.

 

  • 1 cup butter flavored shortening (I prefer Crisco sticks)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (Mexican vanilla tastes great)
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips (dark chocolate chunks are my favorite)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.  
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter flavored shortening, brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. 
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually stir into the creamed mixture.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until light brown.
  7. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Bodum Columbia Thermal Coffee PressI did not even like coffee all that much until about two years ago when I discovered that it really did help keep me awake at work.  I worked in marketing for a bank downtown and was against spending $2.00 a day for a cup of coffee.  My co-workers would go just about every morning to get their java fix.  I would join them every once in a while for a cup of tea or hot chocolate.  Then, one day I decided to try a cup of coffee.  For someone who did not drink coffee, the caffeine really kicked in to the point where I was so alert that my hands were trembling.  But, I loved the fact that I was awake, motivated, and could concentrate on my work!  So, it all began…I was sold on the caffeine and I acquired the taste for coffee within a couple weeks. 

So, now that I like coffee, I was still against paying for it everyday, so I decided that coffee would be my treat.  I would only spurge on it a few days a week.  Then, I quit my job downtown to work for myself from home.  No more paying for coffee, but our coffee maker at home was a crappy hand-me-down from my parents that made coffee that tasted not much better than brown water.

One day, I was at the “office” with my new co-workers.  One of whom had a french press and made a pot of coffee in it.  I was pleasantly suprised with my first sip, it was like experiencing coffee again for the first time, but in a whole new way…a way that tasted great and did not require a couple weeks to acquire a taste.  The flavor was so smooth and comforting.  I had to get one of these french presses for myself.  So, I did.

 The first french press I purchased was a Bodum Chambord Coffee Press from Crate & Barrel.  It was a great press and made delicious coffee.  However, it had a flaw in design…glass.  Yep, glass, which I broke twice.  The first time, we ordered a new glass piece for about $20.  Then, about a month later it broke again.  That was it, I can’t be replacing the glass for $20 every month.  So, I went on a search for a better press.

My search led me to www.wholelattelove.com.  This site has crazy amounts of coffee making products.  Very interesting to just browse through and see what kind of expresso maker $2,000 buys you these days.  I found the perfect coffee press called the Bodum Columbia Thermal Coffee Press.   I purchased the 8-cup version for $49.99 from wholelattelove.com, with free shipping and no sales tax!  I even got 5% from a promotion they had running on the site at the time of purchase.

The Bodum Columbia Thermal Coffee Press is great for multiple reasons. 

  • First and foremost, it is not made of glass!  No more broken glass. 
  • It is dishwasher safe. 
  • The plunger has a suction to the sides making is nearly impossible for any coffee granules to sneak through into your coffee.
  • Since is double-walled stainless steel it keeps your coffee warm longer than a glass press.

Joe and I are so happy with our new coffee press.  It makes great coffee, won’t break and looks great, too!