Saturday, November 28, 2020

Stix and Buns at Lakewood Truck Park

The only time Mr. H and I have "dined in" since February was a recent visit to check out the new Lakewood Truck Park.

With plenty of outdoor and distanced seating, fire pits, umbrellas, and a good-sized outdoor bar (in addition to indoor seating and a large bar)...we thought it would be the best spot that we'd feel comfortable at during the pandemic. It was!
We stopped in on a particular Saturday for lunch in order to try the Stix and Buns food truck.
Man, it felt WEIRD to be out in public having a meal and a server bring us a adult beverage. But, oh so good.
That one experience out gave us such a boost in mental health, and I highly recommend checking out the Lakewood Truck Park. You can visit their website or social media for a list of upcoming food trucks (1-2 at a time for lunch and dinner service daily). An east side location is in the works.

But we were really there for the food! Andre, the owner (and one of the sweetest people I've met in a long time) of the 4-month old food truck Stix and Buns reached out to me to come try his menu.

We had The Shrimp Po Boy ($10) and wow the seasoning and hand-breading on the shrimp and the remoulade sauce were so flavorful and perfect. I would order this again in a heartbeat.
I knew I couldn't resist the chance to try this new truck. I mean, come on, half the menu is meat on a stick. This truck was MADE FOR ME! 

We had to try the Chicken & Waffles Pop ($10). Dunk it in maple syrup, and it's a sweet and savory explosion in your mouth.
I've always said there isn't enough meat on a stick.
His most popular item is the Lobster Pop (Market Price), and again the seasoning, breading, and Thai dipping sauce were all fantastic.
Can you fall in love with a food truck? NOT asking for a friend. Currently only doing private catering, events, and the Lakewood Truck Park...track the truck down as it's so worth it.

Stix and Buns (find them on Instagram for now)

16900 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107
(216) 712-4032

Disclosure: I was invited to sample the menu at Stix & Buns food truck. All food was complimentary. All opinions stated are 100% my own.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Virtual Holiday Cookie Classes

Our local chefs and businesses are delighting me every day with the innovative ways they are pivoting their plans and talents to survive these times and meet the new needs, and my friend Chef Adam Bostwick is just one of those folks. 

He started Adam Bostwick's Kitchen, with custom culinary experiences and a weekly family-style chef-quality meal (pick-up in West Park or delivery within 10 miles). Mr. H and I have been enjoying the prepared meals (generously feeds about 4 and comes with reheating instructions) for months. Seriously, get on his email list for more info!

This holiday season, he's launching a series of virtual Holiday Cookie Classes that are fun for the whole family.

They've been filling up quickly since launching promotion, so he may add additional classes. 

I think this is a great activity to do with your kids or grandkids, a way to connect with family or friends that live out of town, a way to learn a new skill, or just an excuse to fill your kitchen and belly with some sweet treats. Check the classes out, and happy baking!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Chase the Flavor Virtual Cooking Events

The pandemic has forced many businesses and local talent to pivot how they work, and one very cool new series that I think you'll enjoy is Chase the Flavor.

These live cooking classes on Zoom are coordinated by Cleveland-area event planner, Amy Pappas, and feature some of Northeast Ohio's most well-known chefs. Chase the Flavor offers donation-based classes with area chefs, step-by-step instruction, and a chance to virtually socialize—all from the comfort of home. The chefs choose the meals and a charity they want to support (ticket prices go directly to that charity). Participants sign up for the class, and are given the recipe in advance. You'll buy the ingredients either independently or as a kit from the host chef and then you're ready to go for the event.

Cook alongside local chefs like Rocco Whalen, Brandon Chrostowski, Karen Small, and many more.

Follow Chase the Flavor on Facebook for updates and class information, and here is the next opportunity to participate: Thursday, Nov. 19: Doug Katz of Zhug and Andy Peay of Peay Vineyards

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Old Brooklyn Cheese Co. Moves and Opens Second Location

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know we're big fans of Old Brooklyn Cheese Co. in our neighborhood. Well, they've had some big changes recently that I wanted to share with you.

First, they moved their Old Brooklyn retail location off of Pearl Road and opened up in the same building as their production facility on Broadview Road. 

The retail space in the shop is a little smaller, but you'll still find all of your favorite cheese and charcuterie board accoutrements and familiar local products. Try their award-winning mustard!
And, of course, the quality cheeses you've grown to expect.
They are still offering a small menu of Sandwiches, and have brought back the Snack Cones ($6).

The second piece of big news is that another retail location has opened up on the east side. You can now find Old Brooklyn Cheese Co. in the Van Aken Market Hall in Shaker Heights. Don't snooze on this gem if you live on that side of town and haven't visited their west side location before!

Finally, if you're limiting your errands and don't want to stop in to the physical locations, you can order and schedule delivery through Mercato if you fall within their service area.

Our small businesses need us more than ever. Shop local whenever you can, and it's great that Old Brooklyn Cheese Co. now has more than one option to do so. 

4464 Broadview Road
Cleveland, OH 44109 

3441 Tuttle Road, Suite 101
Shaker Heights, OH 44122

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Leavened Opens in Tremont

If you haven't heard yet, the head baker at On the Rise in Cleveland Heights, Ian Herrington, has left to open his own thing, Leavened, on the ground floor of The Tappan in Tremont. Nestled in the modern and sleek residential building, this spacious bakery is a stunner.

Besides the literal wall of bread that greets you from behind the counter, you'll also find tempting sweet and savory pastries.
It was hard not to just order one of everything!
In addition to two regular croissants (so freakin' good!) to save for the following days, we couldn't resist the Duxelle Croissant ($3.75) made with locally foraged maitake mushrooms that was a special that day. Buttery, decadent and a pop of umami in your mouth.
We also split a Citrus Cinnamon Bun ($4) that morning that was pure perfection.

The next day we shared another special, the Pepperoni Roll ($4.50) that Mr. H still won't shut up about. I hope it becomes a regular menu item, because it deserves to be. 

Lastly, a loaf of Sourdough ($6.50) lasted us for days of breakfast and this Brie, Prosciutto, and Peach Jam Grilled Cheese that I made for us.
They are also currently offering two sandwiches daily, with plans to add soups and more in the future. Open 6:30AM - 2PM for now, but will expand its hours at a later date. There is street parking available. Masks required, limited number of people allowed in at a time, plexiglass dividers, and distance signs posted, so we felt very safe with the COVID-19 precautions in place there.

Run, don't walk, to this new bakery.
1633 Auburn Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113