you gotta love fall

4A perfect fall weekend: clambake, afternoon at Patterson Fruit Farm and a Browns victory.

The weekend started with a partial family dinner at Blue Canyon. My post a few weeks ago inspired us to try their annual clambake (usually held on the patio,weather permitting). However, I ended up being the only one that ordered the bake, which included clam broth, clams, corn-on-the-cob, mashed potatoes (which Natalie loved) and brisket. Everyone else ordered off the regular menu and seemed incredibly satisfied with their choice. For the most part, I was too. Although the brisket was good, it wasn’t as tender and flavorful as it was when I first sampled it at the Cleveland Food Rocks/Rock n Roll benefit a few months ago. I felt the clams were slightly tough, too.

The highlight of our dinner, at least for me, were the appetizers: crispy duck wings with jerk seasoning and brown sugar and a super thin flat-bread pizza with butternut squash, goat cheese and dried cherries.  These two appetizers, especially the duck wings, were simply wonderful and worth sampling for yourself.

The fall fun continued with a perfectly crisp, sunny afternoon at Pattersons, a fall tradition for as long as I can remember. This trip, however, was extra special. It was the first with our daughter. And though she can’t fully appreciate it yet, we can and did.

And we weren’t the only ones. The place was packed with kids and parents and dogs. While we didn’t pick any apples on this visit, we did wait in line for the hot donuts (blueberry and apple cider glaze – the first time I passed on the fritters) and picked out our pumpkins.

I’d still like to get in one more apple farm this season. Perhaps a quick drive to Whitehouse Farm in Canfield is in order, where my husband is from. He proudly declares this hometown spot offers the best fresh-baked donuts and pies around.


  1. debby s.
    Posted October 12, 2009 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Nooothing makes me happier in the fall than heading to Patterson’s Farm:) I’m headed there next weekend, woohoo!

  2. Posted October 13, 2009 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    where did you find that ADORABLE hat????

  3. Posted October 13, 2009 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    oh, and do you know when momocho or melt will be on DDD? i saw lucky’s last night, and i know geraci’s will be on mid november, but the other two i definitely dont want to miss.

  4. Michelle V
    Posted October 13, 2009 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Marni – I know, isn’t that the cutest hat ever? Friends of ours got it for her when she was born. I was so excited to finally have her wear it! I believe it’s from Anthroplogie.

    As for DDD, I don’t know the remaining dates. I have a few e-mails out, including to Eric/Momocho, so we’ll hopefully know soon. I’m guessing he/others aren’t even 100% certain yet.

  5. Posted October 13, 2009 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Those donuts were pretty much worth the wait.

  6. Posted October 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    That hat Natalie is wearing is adorable. Where did you find it? I want to buy one for my niece!

  7. Michelle V
    Posted October 16, 2009 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Laurel – Friends got it for us when she was born. It’s from Anthropologie. I love it!