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bar + kitchen x 2 = happyincle

photo courtesy of Downie Photography

We all like bars. We all like kitchens. These two things equal intoxicating libations and delicious food, consequently leading to good times.

We also know how fast our food scene has become in the last 5 years and it isn’t stopping anytime soon. This is a good thing for all of us who enjoy supporting local talent, eating good food and never stepping foot in chain restaurants.

I am happy to see two more “bar+kitchen” establishments coming to our lovely city. Let’s give a big CLE welcome to Spice Kitchen+Bar and Black Dog Kitchen & Bar!

Late next week, the founders of Spice of Life Catering Co. will open their first restaurant at 5800 Detroit Avenue in the D-Sho (Detroit-Shoreway) neighborhood. Located in the former Snickers/Cheddars/Crazy Mac’s/La Boca/Roseangel/La Boca space, Spice Kitchen+Bar will feature local, seasonally-inspired food and drink. Not only will this location serve as a hip restaurant, but guests will also have the opportunity to purchase prepared foods at the storefront. But there’s more! Spice will also feature their very own gardens, filled with ingredients which will ultimately end up in your savory meal. And to top it off, guests will also be able to enjoy a future rooftop patio over-looking Lake Erie.

Another new eatery is on it’s way — but we’ll have to wait a little while longer before we step foot in this restaurant. There isn’t much information online, but once Black Dog Kitchen & Bar starting following me on Twitter, I had to do a little digging. No exact location has been set, but Black Dog Kitchen & Bar is slated to open this June/July in Ohio City. From my understanding, they will feature modern American grub with an emphasis on creative tacos, burgers and sandwiches. Make sure to check out their initial menu on their Facebook page.

Here’s to more great food in our fantastic city! Let’s go 2012!




where is HOME?

Public art takes on many forms. It can be viewed by millions and interpreted in a million ways. Often times, these pieces signify unity and collaboration, displaying the value of community. While the city of CLE contains some great examples of public art, we could certainly use many more installations throughout our artistic neighborhoods.

One new public display can be found in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood (hey, I live there!), featuring artist Melissa Daubert. Tomorrow night, “Where is HOME?” will open to the public, featuring neighborhood residents reactions and thoughts from the W. 83rd Street explosion in January 2010. This interactive, on-site installation consists of silhouettes of residents who were affected by the explosion, providing their view on how they define the word “home” and the ways the community has healed since the incident.

The location of this installation is actually inside one of the abandoned properties damaged by the explosion and will remain on view through August 7. After the public showing, the house will be demolished and the property will be transformed into a community park. So even if you miss this public art viewing, you will still be able to enjoy the space as a new urban gathering place. And who doesn’t like parks?!?

  • “Where is HOME?” Public Art Viewing
  • Opening reception on Thursday, July 28 at 8:00pm
  • July 28 – August 7, 2011 from 9:00pm – Midnight each night
  • 2040 W. 83rd Street




ahi nama

after a very pleasant weekend of relaxation, rejuvenation and a little rampage, i have one more thing to add to my bucket list — SALSA. not the edible kind, but the cuban born dance form.

and since i already have taught myself other variations of dance including hip hop, crump and booty pops, i figured i should give ballroom a shot. but as far as i’m concerned, salsa seems to be on the more exciting and spicy side of ballroom dance. and i like spicy.

while listening to the rhythmic sounds at roseangel on saturday night, i really wanted to just pick a random mama sita and bust out some latin polish flavor on the dance floor. the temperature was roughly 900 degrees that night, which was most likely due to the amount of sexiness happening all around me. i really wanted to join in.

if you are interested in seeing some of the best CLE salsa dancers, i suggest you go to roseangel on any given saturday night. order a pitcher of sangria, get a table in the back, and enjoy the show. and if you would like to partake, let me know. who wants to be my salsa partner!?!

of course, i didn’t get any photos from the night, but you can view some here at TropicalCleveland (who hosts every saturday night dance party).

hip hop ya don’t stop

after running into gina (beautyfoodie) last week at battery park wine bar, i again realized my vast love for hip hop and r&b tuneage. i know some cannot stand the lyrics, redundancy of vocal runs, or low bass chords, but personally i cannot get enough of it — and neither can gina.

as we discussed some of our favorite artists and songs, one particular song always comes to mind because it simply oozes passion, love and sexiness. that song would be bed by j. holiday and if you have not heard of it before, i suggest you close your eyes, sit back and click the link below.

another song brought up in recent conversation is by the late, great aaliyah. this is my official summer anthem and i play it almost every single time i am on the boat in sandusky. rock the boat exudes this uber smooth groove that takes your hips to a whole other level. i mean, she literally tells us to “work the middle”. bow chica bow wow.

word of the day – drift


b-days and buoys

first off, did you witness the in-tenseness of the sky last night? this mysterious, copper hue filled the air around 9ish, combined with bright white clouds and a couple rainbows. very surreal.

anywho…where did this weekend go? my weekend basically consisted of bday celebrations. friday night started at reddstone, where i ordered yet another turkey panini. this spot is quickly becoming one of my neighborhood favorites.

next, the clan headed over to the speakeasy at mcnulty’s bier markt for moe’s 30th. she def does not look 30. but she is 30. which basically means you are no longer a young adult. you are now a for realz kind of adult. can you sense the bitterness? i say this because i will be turning the big 3-0 sooner than later.

plum, moe and me.

the last stop of the night was the flying monkey in tremont, which was HOT. and by hot, i mean sticky, humid, damp, moist hot. nonetheless, the night still ended with an impromptu dance party. thank you “omg” by usher.

the majority of saturday was spent with the family for my aunt dana’s bday. we started at l’albatros, which is still my absolute favorite restaurant in this city. again, the service and food was excellent.

we hopped over to my neighborhood for some libations at stone mad. props to eileen and pete for the new fountain on the patio. it looks great! also spent some more quality time at the painters lofts (my place) for some more laughs and bonding. i love my family.

in the heat of the night on friday, lzone decided a sunday funday would be a wise decision (this was also moe’s actual bday). we all agreed. this was actually my first time at the sunset grille on whiskey island. and if i had to describe it in one word, that word would be “eclectic”. there were your obvious boaters, mixed in with hipsters, country folk and urban professionals. if you want to people watch, you need to get down to this place. you will not be disappointed.

plum, me, lzone, moe and selvag at whiskey island.

it’s going to be another beautiful week in cle. the weather is looking promising and so is the week ahead. if you haven’t made your fourth of july plans, you better get on that!

word of the day – captain

can’t touch this solstice

the awe inspiring lights of the solstice party.

i keep repeating myself. it was another great weekend. it seems that since i started this little blog, every weekend thus far has been above average to excellent. however, these funductive (productive + fun) weekends have taken a toll on the pad. i reaaallly need to do some hardcore cleaning. my closet is ridic. not the good kind of ridic.

let’s chat about this past weekend. my friday night started at luxe with the usual detroit shoreway suspects. i cannot get enough of that patio. i believe we were the last ones to leave and i apologize to the staff who had to put up with our shenanigans. but i know you love us.

we later strolled a little north to reddstone where i had to order another turkey panini (which i had the previous tuesday). they recently updated their menu and i suggest you try it. the night was beautiful and one of the best things about living in the city is the abundance of super cool patios. def not as adequate as the “patios” at crocker park.

saturday consisted of the usual errands and the 2nd annual solstice party at the cleveland museum of art. this party is just going to get bigger and better. the crowd was magnificent. very cosmopolitan and incredibly cool. i would like to pre-order my tickets now for next year. and may i add a suggestion for next year’s music feast…passion pit would be an amazeballs option. they would fit right in. think about it cle museum of art. think about it.

spent sunday with the ski clan. visited the small town of rittman to pay my grandpa ski a visit at the ohio western reserve national cemetery. he past away this past december (worst december ever) and i miss him dearly. we also headed to holy cross cemetery to visit my grandpa fedak and uncle ross. of course i cried a little. i am a sensitive polish boy. not going to lie.

sunday night ended at bzone’s house for dinner and hilariousness. she is one of the many reasons why i love living in this neighborhood.

it’s a busy week ahead. i will talk to you kids later.

word of the day – simplicity

i was made in the 216

i can’t say it enough. and i don’t care if it starts to annoy you. i love living in cle. this past weekend was a blast. let’s recap.

friday night included yet another outing with the “party people” crew. the usual suspects were involved (the nug, robby, jeremiah and rick). lots of libation and lots of fun.

saturday started slow but i was pumped for the made in the 216 event. we began the afternoon in my hood at latitude 41 with robby for a goodbye breakfast. roberto is visiting the jolly old town of london and i am incredibly jealous.

in the evening, the beautiful dwags joined me and the nug for dinner at luxe. took a stroll to lakewood to the pop shop gallery for their $50 show. scored a fantastic skateboard piece. i highly recommend you get there as soon as the doors open. i would have bought at least 3 more pieces — if they weren’t already sold. afterwards, headed to made in the 216 and was very excited to see such a great turnout. once again — great artists and inspiration

home sweet home.

being part of the detroit shoreway revitalization has been similar to watching a child grow up. i feel like i am part of something special and i greatly admire the hard work that so many talented local ambassadors put into their communities. if i were to name names, i would be talking about matt zone and danielle deboe. you guys are truly incredible.

after dwags left, i had to make a pit stop at CPT for the final hurrah (aka dance party). the fabulous zone family (beth, matt, madelyn, etc.) were present as well as cle all-star jseabury (my tan-off competition). the party was a blast. i think i laughed about a million times. and the sweat was pouring in gallon increments (from dancing of course). one last stop was made at stone mad where i finally got to meet eileen, who owns this stunning jewel on 65th. if you haven’t seen this place (including the lower level bathrooms) you must go. the craftsmanship is unreal.

sunday funday was spent in youngstown with the stevens family. while i am not the biggest fan of ytown, i was excited to see the whole gang. plus, the food at the graduation party was pretty darn impressive.

so that was my weekend. i hope yours was amazeballs.

another busy week is ahead and tomorrow i will be attending the premiere of “hot in cleveland” hosted by tower city and positively cleveland. that should be a good time. and maybe this is one step closer to a potential cameo appearance. have your people call my people.

word of the day – nice

a public service announcement

it’s already tuesday. i need to keep up on this blog thing! and instead of explaining my past weekend to you, i would rather take this opportunity to tell you what i did last night. however, i will give you some bullet points that would describe my weekend:

  • reddstone happy hour
  • cleaning the hizzy
  • bar/club fun
  • bar/club drama
  • unlimited bread sticks

so last night the nug and i went to the franklin blvd. block club meeting to get the 411 on recent neighborhood news and rants. we have only been to a couple, but if you live in the city of cle, i highly recommend that you join a block club. while we all are networking through the online social media wave, we also have to remember that we still need to actually converse with people in person! it’s another great way to meet your neighbors and make new friends, along with the opportunity to get your thoughts and concerns out in the open with your local peeps.

moving to the detroit shoreway neighborhood was the best decision i ever made. attending the block club meeting last night confirmed that decision once again. street clean up activities to urban garden planning and new business announcements to historical house restorations were topics of discussion. i had the biggest smile on my face when a local family came to speak about their new restaurant, frank’s falafel house. so if you happen to be driving down franklin blvd. or w 65th this june/july, make sure to stop in for some mediterranean inspired sandwiches. also found out that the owners of the abc tavern in oc are opening a new restaurant on detroit next to the cleveland public theatre. expected to open sometime this fall, the appropriately named, xyz tavern should be the next hot spot in the detroit shoreway hood!

so my point? get involved with your community. meet new people. take some time out of your hectic schedules to participate in a street clean up or charity event. be a neighborhood ambassador! support the city in which you live to make it just a little better. enough of us trying to make it a little better will make the city a lot better. duh.

spaces and cool faces

photo courtesy of photographer, frank miller.

this past friday night, nugget (i will explain the nug to you later) and I headed to spaces for their annual artmart opening. i was glad to see such a great showing of art enthusiasts and cle friends out and about. my neighbor/friend frank miller had some pieces in the show which included some cle scapes and a great lakes christmas ale bottle photo that sold in a flash. frank is quite the talented photographer, but he is also simply a terrific human being. also ran into too many people to mention who put the spaces events together. they really have a great crew at that gallery which was reason for me to start volunteering there for their annual benefit. the spaces annual benefit is a crazy good time and you should go. just saying.

we also met up with our friend kristy and her friend mel, who coincidentally lives in my hood. detroit shoreway shout out! after spaces we had dinner and drinks at luxe which never disappoints. if you have not been to luxe you should make it a point to go this spring/summer and be sure to sit on the patio. not only is this marlin kaplan creation beautiful, the service has always been exceptional in my past experiences.

the weekend also included a trip to crocker park, which is really quite torture for me. the only reason i go to that white bread palace is for urban outfitters, h&m, trader joe’s and apple. living in the city really makes you appreciate diversity. even if that may include the random crazy folk that occasionally make your day a little uncomfortable. i would take that over being surrounded by a&f drenched west side kids and their cookie cutter lifestyles. and they all look just the same.

word of the day – blob