Category Archives: Lola

just another week in the CLE

Most miserable city? I beg to differ. My week started by spending an evening with a bunch of really witty and engaging  Cleveland bloggers by way of a shopping spree at NEXT in Beachwood Place (I didn’t shop, sigh. Instead, I played the part of social media maven and organized this soiree. I sometimes do […]

out to lunch

I live fairly close to my office, so for lunch I typically run home or just eat at my desk. When I do go out for lunch, it’s usually a quick bite at The American Tavern or takeout from Pacific East (you can’t beat their lunch special / 2 rolls, soup & salad for $8.95). […]

cruzan rum dinner at lola (plus fall drink recipes)

With the exception of a good mojito, I don’t care for rum. And always thought daiquiris were just too sweet for my liking, crazy colors and all. So when I received an invitation to attend the Cruzan rum dinner at Lola a few weeks ago, admittedly I was more excited about Lola than the host […]

q&a with derek clayton

I receive a lot of e-mail pertaining to the Q&A portion of the blog. This is clearly one of the most popular features and I love the feedback, chef suggestions (I’m trying to get to them all) and overall comments. I agree – it’s fun to get to know our chefs a bit better. And […]

i heart cleveland (news, reviews and events)

A funny thing happened on the way to the Indians game this past Thursday. I’m told it was an awesome game and that fireworks were set to Michael Jackson (which we did catch thanks to the deck at Pete & Deweys, er, Thirsty Parrot). Maybe this has happened to you? You set out to go […]

apparently not everyone is a michael symon fan

I still don’t get it. Lolita quickly won her over – twice. And for nine months straight, she craved the beef cheek pierogies and super thin and perfectly salted fries. The laugh alone over the TV has made her smile and throw her arms all around in excitement. But something changed. Of all the places […]

Michael Symon: James Beard Winner

By way of Jonathon and Amelia Sawyer, just learned that Chef Michael Symon can now add James Beard winner to his impressive and ever-growing resume. Symon won best chef for the Great Lakes. Symon was in good company; Chef Zack Bruell was also nominated for Parallax. There was a total of 20 chefs vying for […]

michael symon to open two new restaurants in cleveland

In flipping through the Plain Dealer, I saw that Michael Symon is planning two new restaurants this year (and I thought the news of the day was going to be the Cavs). According to Joe Crea, Symon is taking over Swingos Grand Tavern in Avon Lake as well the former Cold Stone Creamery in Woodmere, […]

restaurant news / updated

Here’s a rundown of various restaurant events and food-related items that have been sent my way: – Fire / Daily complimentary valet service now available. In addition, the spring dinner menu begins April 28. Also on the 28th, Fire will be serving house made hors d’oeuvres and cocktails featuring house made syrups at the bar […]

q & a with olena gudz

From forensic scientist to pastry chef at Crop Bistro, Olena Gudz is truly quite unique. Here, she offers up interesting insight into the science behind her craft, why she loves her heritage, plus gives readers a detailed recipe for a dessert anyone can make at home. And if that’s not enough, she’s a fan of […]