Friday, August 22, 2014

#ThisisCLE Culinary Tour: Part Three

After two days of total overindulgence, how could we possibly handle more? But, we had one more day to complete of the Positively Cleveland #ThisisCLE culinary tour.

I picked up our visiting food writer, Sarah from EatPGH, bright and early on Saturday morning to head to one of our area's best farmers markets--- the North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square. I wanted to show her this great pocket of restaurants/shops on Cleveland's east side, and explore the weekly Saturday farmers market (8am - noon).
I picked up fresh Ohio sweet corn, our first of the summer, and some HUGE beets for beet salads during the week. I also purchased a bouquet of bright and cheerful sunflowers for our kitchen table. My last "score" at the market was Curry Pork Terrine from Melissa at Saucisson. This French forcemeat loaf similar is to a pâté, and she suggested making Bahn Mi sandwiches with it. Which we did on Sunday, and they were absolutely fabulous! You can catch the "Queen of Pork" at several local farmers markets, so check out her products if you haven't done so yet.

After our tour and shopping at the market, I swung home to deliver my goods before heading into one of my favorite Cleveland neighborhoods. I couldn't let Sarah leave without showing off Tremont. Our destination: Dante Boccuzzi's new Dante Next Door.
Located on Professor Avenue, next to his other restaurants (Ginko and Dante), there is free street parking and valet service in the evenings. They settled us into a table right by the window, and we were finally hungry again.
What's with the ugly country curtains? It doesn't really feel like Dante's style.

A box of house-made pastries was sent out from the kitchen (Box of four for $7, or $2 each).
I love the presentation, and I immediately dug into a Chocolate Croissant.
The only one that I didn't care for was the Dirt Bomb (pictured top left). It was too sweet, dry, and dense for me to enjoy that early in the morning.

The kitchen also sent out their special salad of the day.
The watermelon, proscuitto, and arugula paired well together, and it was a refreshing bite to our heavy brunch.

I had the server choose between two dishes, and she suggested the Crab Cakes Benedict with soft eggs, ham, and lemon Hollandaise ($16).
Loved this dish! It may have even been better than the version down the street at Press Wine Bar. I'd order it again. We also ordered the Maple Syrup Black Pepper Bacon and Blueberry Sausage Links ($4 each).

Completely full, and ready to call "uncle," we were still smiling (which is hard to believe). Thanks for the picture, Crystal!
We wrapped up the afternoon with some shopping in Tremont. I picked up a gorgeous peach clutch from Banyan Tree, and a bracelet from Evie Lou. I also sent Sarah home to Pittsburgh with sweets from Lilly Handmade Chocolates and A Cookie and a Cupcake (two of my favorite Cleveland treats!). I hope that she enjoyed them as she thought back on her trip to our fine city.

I think this T-shirt from Cleveland Clothing Co. sums it up well.
Vacation in Cleveland, you're gonna love it.

Our culinary trip came to an end, and Sarah said the nicest words to me..."I'd never know that you were a Cleveland transplant." I may not have been born and raised here, but I'm pretty darn proud of this city that I now call home.

Ok, I also seriously didn't eat for about 24 hours after the three-day culinary extravaganza. Wowza. I hope that you enjoyed following along during our adventures.

The list is long, I'm sure, but what did I miss? Where would you have taken her?

Disclosure: I partnered with Positively Cleveland to host a blogger for a three-day culinary tour. All meals, admission tickets, and transportation costs were paid for. I also received a goodie bag of Cleveland items, and a film crew followed us all day on Saturday for later use. All opinions stated are 100% my own. Thank you to Positively Cleveland for this amazing opportunity! #ThisisCLE