Sort of randomly:
lol on the soon to be "Legacy." Shaw was so pissed I attended the Velvet Tango Room Happy Hour that our Japan living friend (I forgot how to spell her name, apologies) Kristin's spirit of fun, I fear, was ruined. It was a shame as I really enjoyed her and wished to introduce her to some good brand new sushi happening on the west side.
As for donuts, I'm sure I had these once or twice but never ventured over to purchase meself: Jack Frost
. I've driven past the odd store structure many a time and think I once knew an employee that would bring home odds and ends while stopping by a Tremont bar I once worked in handing me a donut.... Many seem to vote on yelp for them too.
As for Tremont! 807 has a beautiful patio, but sometimes inconsistent service if cocktails there is considered. It is very close to Lolita. I love Lolita's Happy Hours with bartender's choice of red, white or cocktail -- along with selected dishes for $5 each.
And does Paulius know an eG group is coming for Happy Hour at the VTR? I hope so as he will make his charming self available to be personably hospitable and fuss over your cocktail service.
I will be happy to let him know, if he isn't out of town having fun in Chicago like the last time we had a gathering with liquor brand ambassador Bobby G.
On the food truck thing, I really hate to dampen any picnic, but if possible and other trucks are in present, check them out. I wholly love Chris' efforts to establish this new to Cleveland food venue, however I wasn't all that on some of the cheap bread bun choices he served up if you know what I mean. Umami Moto
is fabulous as is JiBARO
As on places to go other than the Rock Hall... I'd recommend a wee bit of a trip to charming Chagrin Falls and do the candy/popcorn shop thing, feed the ducks from feed that is purchased from the antique hardware store and eat at a local resto like Rick's Cafe after seeing the falls. I can't really recommend much more than taking in the neighbourhoods and various architecture or the lakefront. I have recently loved visiting Battery Park/Gordon Square
area for its recent storefront rennovations, art and rejuvination in restos and interesting bars. My beloved Ohio City (where Westside Market is located) has been home to me with a century old Victorian Lady structure has a decent pub crawl and list of restaurants. (Neighbouring VTR is technically located on what is referred to as "Duck Island"). My current fav is with my former boss and Cleveland darling, mischevious chef Marlin Kaplan at Dragonfly
. He was mentioned earlier in the Cleveland thread for having One Walnut, which he has since sold and ventured into Dragonfly. There is much to do in Ohio City -- Johnny Mangos (excellent Margaritas since they juice all forms of fruit) Momocho, Old Angle (my fav haunt), Garage Bar, Bier Markt/Bar Cento, Market District Brewery, Great Lakes Brewery, Light Bistro!
If you head towards Edgewater I recommend seeking out Whiskey Island, head towards Wendy Park, go to Cropicana
, ask for my friend, bartender and brand ambassador for Domaine de Canton, Darko to mix a cool cocktail (beware he tends to mix sweet ones, I'd go for the Moscow Mule here). The chef there is also well liked and respected, however this is a new concept resto for him and sort of out of the water from his previous better dining establishment. The promise of a new Crop restaurant is already in the works with this newborn sister restaurant, Cropicana, already running.
I'm sorry to say I'm not familiar with Webber's! But a yelp
webpage indicates it is still there. Call in advance as I find hits for restos that have been closed with reviews as it is still open!
If you find yourself wandering through a grocery store, seek out Garlic Expressions Dressing
if that isn't available where you reside. While it isn't a Cleveland product, it is an Ohio one. Tastes homemade without having to make it. You'll love when a lump of garlic falls out and adds wow to your salad. I also enjoy a local Ohio product (also not sure of its distribution) Lucky Penny Goat Cheese
, but I'm sure you have a decent local goat cheese.
Lastly, I've only driven to TO via Buffalo/I-90, so I'd suppose it would be fun to round through Detroit one day and get a change of scenery. However my experience driving through Buffalo is that the roads are crap and full of lovely potholes, most likely due to their harsh winters.
I'd welcome an opportunity to meet up and would gladly pm my mobile if schedules allow us to cross at a point in time! Perhaps I'll haunt the eG VTR Happy Hour, once again?! After all, Paulius is a lovely friend of mine!