Category Archives: fire

sonoma and san francisco: part 1

I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m done eating out. I was supposed to meet friends at Fire tomorrow and had to push it back. I’m putting together my grocery list now and can’t tell you how good cereal and toast sounds – in my own kitchen. Ok, so maybe I’m really not done […]

q & a with douglas trattner

The witty Doug Trattner, the former lawyer turned food critic, has been telling us where to eat and what to avoid for the past six years via the Free Times (plus regular stints with the Plain Dealer and on WMJI). And last year, the Ohio SPJ (society of professional journalists) named him the best critic […]

q & a with chef sergio abramof

Sergio Abramof has been a chef and restaurant owner in Cleveland for over 30 years – and is one of the founders of Cleveland Independents. His two restaurants, Sergio’s in University Circle and Sarava on Shaker Square, are both worthy of a visit – especially Sarava for great happy hour specials. 1. What are the […]

nyc foodie back in cleveland

Work continues to bring the NYC foodie to Cleveland, and each time he’s in town, he sets out to experience a bit more of our city. I give him a lot of credit, not only for actually getting out to explore Cleveland and showing a lot of interest in our town, but recognizing that culinary […]

food & wine recognizes cleveland

In this month’s Food & Wine there is a whole page dedicated to Cleveland as part of a series called: Food & Wine Across America. The reporter, Kristin Donnelly, features Momocho, both Lola and Lolita, Flying Fig, Fire, Light Bistro and Lucky’s Cafe (so much for Lucky’s remaining a sectret). A wiki has also been […]

q & a with chef doug katz

If you haven’t been to Fire, the sophisticated little spot on Shaker Square, make sure you add it to your must-dine list. The atmosphere is warm yet hip, the food creative, satisfying and simply delicious, and owner/chef Katz is often referred to as one of Cleveland’s best young chefs. Plus it’s in Shaker Square, a […]

getting back to basics: part 3

The customers at Carrie Cerino’s have literally been dining there for years and years. If a customer ordered the chicken marsala in 1972, they expect the exact same taste and dish in 1987, 1994 and 2007 – and that is exactly what they would get. These dedicated elderly customers have been the backbone per se […]

cleveland in oprah’s mag

I was reading my current issue of O, the Oprah Magazine last night and was pleasantly surprised to see a whole page dedicated to Cleveland and its revival! The headline says it all: The Place to be: (Renewed and Improved) Cleveland. The article gives high praises and a lot of attention to the symphony. Also […]