Exploring Cleveland Cuisine and Wine

Now that I’m back in Ohio, I really have to get to know the Cleveland neighborhoods better. As a kid, I never paid attention to where we went, and the city being an hour away, I never had much incentive to just drive up there once I had a license. But who better to show me around than my awesome friend Andrea, who lives in Lakewood?? Today we went to the Tremont neighborhood (interrupted by a brief scare when I thought I lost my wallet, which was fortunately in my car the whole time), which was super cute. We spent a lot of time in The Banyan Tree, a little boutique with all kinds of unique jewelry, clothes, and other knick knacks. It being Sunday, the galleries and other shops are closed, but that just means I’ll have to go back! We then headed to the grand finale – Lolita, the bistro owned by Iron Chef Michael Symon. I SUPREMELY enjoyed his other Cleveland restaurant, Lola, in 2009, and was psyched to try both his food and his excellent and extensive list of wines by the glass. Being a lightweight, and knowing I had to drive back an hour and 15 minutes in snowy weather, I just had one glass of the 2006 Rosso Piceno, Boccadigabbia, composed of Sangiovese and Montepulciano grapes. It paired quite nicely with my mushroom pizza (with delicious taleggio cheese; my first time!). Andrea and I split the warm sticky toffee pudding for dessert – what else are friends for? 🙂 Now I’m relaxing with a glass of d’Arenberg “The Hermit Crab” Marsanne/Viognier from Australia. Mmmm…

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