Category Archives: Lolita

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 […]


Thursday night Jamie and I headed to one of our favorite restaurants: Lolita. I can’t even form a guess as to how many happy hours, drinks and dinners we’ve enjoyed there, between us, friends and with family. It was our place when we lived downtown and when we decided to move three years ago, promised […]

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, […]

more cleveland chatter

In response to yesterday’s post about the LA foodie, Adam over at Positively Cleveland sent me a few news stories from national food editors at various dailies. The Convention (wisely) has been putting forth much effort towards the local food scene and brought in 10 national food and wine editors to experience Cleveland first-hand. The […]

how to support terra madre

Some updates from Slow Food on ways to support our local chefs heading to Terra Madre: Taste of Terra Madre / Fire Food and DrinkTonight is the last night! (sorry for the late posting) Chef Douglas Katz of Fire is hosting a series of Slow Food Nights next week in support of Terra Madre 2008. […]

lolita (and great melt coverage)

I’ve become very indecisive as of late. On Friday morning, we decided to head to Lolita for dinner since we haven’t been there in awhile (yes, I think about what I’m going to have for dinner within an hour of waking up). But then my friend Christina sent me this link to the fantastic story […]

chef news

A lot of exciting happenings for our local chefs over the past couple weeks. Here’s a recap: Terra MadreThis year’s class has been selected to attend the food extravaganza in Torino, Italy. I remember Dominic Cerino talking about his experience a few years ago and sharing his memories. It sounds like an amazing food journey. […]


I’ve never been to a Marlin Kaplan restaurant, until this past weekend. I’m familiar with the popular One Walnut, and of course, I’ve heard of the now closed Lire and Pig Heaven, but for whatever reason, have never made it to any of them. I wasn’t going to make that mistake again, and when my […]

weekend dinner party

If it were up to me, we would entertain every weekend. I love having people over, whether it’s for a sit-down dinner, casual cookout or winter game night. To me, having friends and family over, laughing and creating memories, is what makes a house a home. To my husband, it means stress and more stress. […]

blue canyon

Most Fridays we end up eating out and last Friday was no exception – especially since I was leaving for the weekend. We usually do a good job of splitting the decision making when it comes to picking a restaurant, except this time. Jamie said I could pick so I chose Michaelangelo’s. He vetoed it […]