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The Rib Cage & Katz Club Diner

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(Joy the Baker’s dangerously easy Single Girl Melty Chocolate Cakes from Saturday dinner at home)

All that sunset watching, volunteering, shopping and Indians gaming sure works up an appetite. So let’s talk food!

First a visit to The Rib Cage in Cleveland Heights. From their FB page: We are a Slow Food Movement adherent, farm-to-table smokehouse featuring pork, beef, and poultry from local, sustainable, and ethical farmers who share our vision. We have created smoked masterpieces from scratch that we promise are unmatched by any other Cleveland barbecues.

It. was. delicious. I had a pulled pork sandwich with bourbon baked beans and creamy coleslaw. The meat was melt-in-your-mouth and so very flavorful. The beans were a  boozy combination of 3 different kinds, (love how pretty that looks) and the coleslaw a crunchy mix of cabbage, radicchio, carrots and thinly sliced apples. I love how much detail went into each element and somehow the food wasn’t too heavy. Cozy atmosphere + friendly service and I think we have a win. (I just typed wine, someone help.)

On Sunday morning, a round II visit to The Katz Club Diner. We went for dinner a few weeks ago when they first opened and it was certainly good enough for a second visit for brunch.

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Above, a 3-egg omelet with home fries and toast. It was solidly good, although after seeing someone else with the most gorgeous fluffy pancakes I’ve ever seen in my life, I think we know what I’ll be ordering on visit number III.

So yes! I’d recommend both. Casual-thoughtful neighborhood spots. The best.

xo Beth

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Red, White and Blueberry Smoothie

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July is upon us! Oh boy, did that come quick. And how? One minute we’re ringing in the New Year, the next thing you know we’re half way through and it feels like it all happened in a blink. But 2013 has been so good so far, sometimes it just makes me want to take off my shoes and dance.

July will be a stay-put month for this girl as June was heavy on the travelling adventures, leaving me with the desire for more easy CL summertime fun with Cleveland family and friends.

If a few weeks at home are just what I need after a whole lot of summer travel, then a diet heavy on fruits and veggies is just what I need after a whole lot of summer travel eating. So, let’s whip up a smoothie!

This smoothie is wonderful. Not just because it’s packed with many good-for-you ingredients. It also happens to be red, white and blue. What could be more appropriate on July 4th? Hot dogs, burgers, corn on the cob, watermelon, potato salad, cold beer, ice cream…nope, nothing I can think of.

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Red, White and Blueberry Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter

Pop all of your ingredients into a blender, top with the lid and blend at high speed for 30 seconds or so. Pour into a small glass. Serve immediately.

Serves One

xo Beth

California Cuisine

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Oh the food…

In case you couldn’t tell, I just love good food. Of course the eating part is fun – but that’s not even it! I love reading about it, talking about it, shopping for it, cooking it, following foodie trends, watching cooking shows, researching recipes, finding new restaurants,  just everything. It’s creative and passionate and beautiful and since you need food to live, I can always justify spending way too much money on it all :).

So one of the reasons I love Northern California so very much is that not only are you surrounded by awesome food, everyone seems to enjoy it just the same. Not in a pretentious way, just like enjoying good food is a part of loving life…and I think it really should be.

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My usual strategy is to eat to feel my best (mostly healthy and sometimes decadent). But when in California, on vacation, I say live it up! I don’t know when I’ll be back and there is so much great cuisine to explore.

And explore we did. Foodie highlights include:

  • Tartine Bakery in San Fran for flaky almond croissants and creamy fish bowl-sized lattes
  • Cafe de la Presse in San Fran for chewy-sweet French toast (pictured)
  • Kuleto’s in San Fran for red wine, pillow-soft gnocchi and decadent chocolate dessert (pictured)
  • The Girl and the Fig in Sonoma for well, everything <- best ever
  • Sunshine Caffe in Sonoma for bacon-studded waffles and fresh fruit smoothies
  • Oakville Grocery in Healdsburg for the classiest “boxed lunch” you will ever see
  • Chalkboard in Healdsburg for incredible cheese and super creative – did I mention to die for – dessert
  • Moustache Baked Goods in Healdsburg for wine-drunk mid-afternoon cupcakes

I realize not everyone can eat this well – and I certainly don’t everyday! Which is what made California so special. I feel very lucky to have been able to enjoy a wonderful vacation full of beautiful scenery, a best friend, amazing wine and outstanding food. California was a fabulous reminder to feel thankful for every delicious part of this very happy life. And I do.

So that’s it California! Normal Cleveland blogging will resume next.

xo Beth

Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake Smoothie

It’s springtime, it’s smoothie time.

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Not in an I-ate-too-many-Christmas-cookies-now-I’m-going-to-drink-green-smoothies-until-I-feel-righteous-again kind of way, just in a cool smoothies on a warm day taste delicious kind of way. Which is a much better way, really.

Cool smoothies on a warm day are an excellent combination, this is true. An even excellent-er combination? Peanut butter and banana. Probably the best in the world! Marry the two in smoothies, oatmeal, sandwiches, cookies, even on their own as a snack…they’re just a decadently delicious pair. And healthy too! How did that happen.

So drink this smoothie that tastes more like a milkshake, give yourself a pat on the back for being such a health nut and go enjoy that sunshine. Slurp.

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Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake Smoothie

  • 1 banana, cut in chunks and frozen
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg

Pop all of your ingredients except spices into a blender, top with the lid and blend at high speed for 30 seconds or so. Split the smoothie between two glasses, top with a pinch of each of the spices. Serve immediately.

Serves Two

xo Beth

Bonbon Pastry & Cafe

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First of all, can we just talk about how happy a really good beer in really beautiful weather in front of really gorgeous spring blossoms can make a girl? Very.

This non-stop spring weather is so inspiring! It makes me want to do all kinds of positive things, like get out of bed in the morning, put on bright spring clothes, run around the Metroparks all afternoon, say hello to everyone, read a good book on the deck, smile for no particular reason.

And of course, eat French Toast.

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A week or two ago my little group of ladies who brunch tried and failed to get in at Bonbon on a Sunday morning. Ever since then, it’s pretty much all I can think about. I was so ready for that French toast! So today I decided to give it another go. Turns out a party of two on a Monday is much easier to accommodate than a party of eight on a Sunday. Go figure.

Their all day brunch menu just turned over, into fresh warm-weather inspired dishes. And although I was pretty excited to try the winterized Nutella French toast, the above version: VANILLA BEAN FRENCH TOAST – blueberry compote, sweetened mascarpone, fresh corn was summertime divine. While most people use Monday as a day to detox from the weekend, I started mine with 3 whole slices of delicious and I’m not sorry.

Post-brunch we partook in a little homemade shopping up the street at Salty Not Sweet. I just adore it!

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French toast, coffee, sunshine, shopping…

A glorious Monday indeed :).

xo Beth

Columbus

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Another road trip! After NYC I was definitely in need of a few quiet weekends in Cleveland. But I can’t believe it’s already been a month since! So this weekend I got back on the road, this time for a short trip to Columbus to visit my darling friend May.

Starting with a Short North neighborhood brunch to kick off our Saturday morning. After an extra early wake up call to make the two hour drive, this meal was a very welcome treat!

We dined at ZenCha Tea Salon. A million kinds of tea, lots of creative pancake creations…what else could a girl want? I had the Earl Grey’s Choice – layered with baked apples, topped with raisins & walnuts served with house made earl grey tea syrup.

And then we jumped back into the car and headed south, to spend the day in Hocking Hills. It is just too gorgeous there. Although it was a bit freezing when I first arrived in Cbus, by the time we got to our hiking destination the day had turned absolutely lovely! We spent all day hiking around and soaking up the spring sunshine, stopping at three different trails along the way.

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After driving back into the city and a quick change, it was most definitely time for dinner. Admittedly, until recently I didn’t think much of Columbus. Most of my experiences there were in college visiting various friends at OSU and those visits mostly involved a whole lot of cheap drinks at dirty bars (oh college). But now that I’m the ripe old age of 28 and have been back to see May a few times, I’m realizing what a little gem it is! So many adorable neighborhoods and shops and restaurants to enjoy. Including last night’s stop at for some genuinely yummy cocktails and chewy gooey pizza.

First, we sipped sweet little cocktails at Curio. I was so in love! The vibe is much like a speakeasy, with a full menu of potent, thoughtful libations. Followed by salad and pizza across the way at Harvest Pizzeria. We shared a Mushroom – Gouda, variety of Athens county mushrooms, truffle, herbs. Yes, I was in heaven. We closed out our evening at Brother’s Drake Meadery where we tasted our way through flights of local mead. Something a bit different and a whole lot enjoyable.

The highlight of my trip had to be our ah-mazing brunch this AM at Pistacia Vera, “the dessert boutique”. May had me at dessert boutique and it only got more wonderful from there. Just look at these gorgeous French pastries.

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I die. For brunch, TOMATO PROVENÇAL BAKED EGGS – two eggs baked with cream, herbs, parmigiano-reggiano, garlic and tomato fondue. served with a toasted croissant and house made preserves. I also bought a few lovely little macaroons to bring home and share. They had to ride in the backseat as if I wasn’t careful, 2 hours alone in the car would inevitably lead to 4 macaroons in my tummy. Probably worth it :).

And so that’s Columbus! Nothing makes me happier than good food, good drinks, good friends and good fun. This trip included all of those and so it was Saturday-Sunday perfection.

xo Beth

New York City, Part II

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If at first you don’t succeed, wake up early, accept that your iPhone is a better navigator than you and try again to get Late Show tickets. Which is exactly what we did first thing on morning number three.

While waiting to hear if we’d been selected for that night’s show, Amber and I headed over to Chelsea Market to do some exploring of that foodie-crafty paradise. We had a delicious breakfast sandwich at Friedman’s Lunch and then spent hours wandering around the adorable shops.

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A few months ago I read a fantastic memoir, Paris My Sweet, which highlights the best of Paris and New York’s confectionary offerings. As I’ve been cursed blessed with an intense love of all things sugar, I was practically dying over the author’s delicious recommendations. So of course while in NYC, I had to stop and enjoy something on her list. A chocolate chip cookie and hot chocolate from Jaques Torres were divine and had me hopped up on plenty of sugar for our next adventure.

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We made it in the audience!! When my phone rang with the news Amber and I celebrated like we’d been picked to star on the show ourselves. While of course that wasn’t true, we had a blast, front and center in the third row watching special guest Jim Carey. So it was all worth it in the end. And failing so miserably the day before made our victory that much sweeter. Funny how that works :).

Our final night in New York was spent in Brooklyn and I am so in love. We dined on delicious curry at Bia before heading to Bembe for drinks and The Woods to shake our tail feathers until 5AM. I loved the vibe of the area and am almost sad we didn’t go until our final night. But it was the perfect way to say goodbye.

And on our final day, a nice long but very cold walk through The High Line, a beautiful and very unique park floating above the city. We enjoyed our last meal at Le Grainne Cafe in Chelsea and the French toast was all I could want and more.

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Heaven.

I had a BLAST in New York. Amazing food, amazing drinks, amazing fun with an amazing friend. I am loving life right now and have to thank New York for being part of that feeling :).

xo Beth