Author Archives: Michelle V

zack bruell, now available at heinen’s

Well, his olive oil anyway! Zack Bruell has created 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil in partnership with Corto Olive, a family-owned agribusiness located in the heart of California’s agriculturally rich Central Valley. Bruell’s unfiltered extra virgin olive oil is made from arbequina, arbosana and koroneiki olives, which are all grown in California’s Central Valley, picked directly […]

ciao, dominic cerino

Last week, Cleveland lost a great man, husband, father, brother, friend and yes, chef. Dominic Cerino was 55. I first met him about 5 or 6 years ago. Admittedly, I was not a fan of Carrie Cerino’s nor was I looking forward to my assignment from Cleveland Magazine to review one of their pasta dishes. […]

le petit triangle cafe

I’m almost embarrassed to write this post. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if I lose my membership to the unofficial and nonexistent Cleveland food bloggers club. Last week, I met my good friend and fellow blogger, Charity (aka I Heart Cleveland), for lunch. She picked the spot: Le Petit Triangle. A perfect choice given […]

still hungry…

Hey, remember me? I used to have this fun little food blog once upon a time… Well – technically I still have that little food blog but it has been sort of dying a slow death as of late. I blame Natalie. Actually, it’s all Olivia. Technically, both kids are the culprit. And work. Then […]

coming soon: willeyville

You could say that John Willey was the founder of the Flats (though I’m fairly certain Fagan’s, River’s Edge and Rum Runners weren’t part of his original plans). As the first mayor of Cleveland – and real estate maven – Willey bought a section of the east bank turning it into a business and residential […]

coming soon: el carnicero

A little late to the party, but as they say… better late than never! Congrats to one of my favorites chefs, Eric Williams, who announced the opening of his second restaurant: El Carnicero. Momocho is easily one of my favorites in town. So of course this news has me grinning ear to ear. El Carnicero […]

let’s go hodge!

This is getting to be fun! It’s time once again to rally behind chef Chris Hodgson. This June, he’ll be competing for a coveted spot on The Food Network and the show searches for its next star.Learn more and follow along here. Good luck, Chris! You can count on us to be cheering along side […]

rock the vote, cleveland…now

Food & Wine has wisely selected our very own, chef Chris Hodgson, as one of 100 nominees for its annual The People’s Best New Chef award. The program, now in its third year, is an extension of the Food & Wine Best New Chefs program which honors talented up-and-coming innovators who have run their own kitchens for five […]

an evening with the barefoot contessa

Thanks to Ina, I discovered the joy of lentils. She also helped me get over my aversion to cooking salmon (that’s another post, but let’s just say I took a three-year hiatus, which seems so silly now). Needless to say, we’re big Barefoot Contessa fans in this household. There isn’t a dish of hers we […]

happening now: restaurant week (+ giveaway & recipe)

Downtown Cleveland Alliance kicked off its sixth annual Downtown Restaurant Week yesterday. This event, which runs runs through March 3, features more than 40 downtown restaurants offering lunch and dinner specials. Each restaurant will offer $30 three-course menus for one or two diners, and a $15 lunch option at select restaurants. A full list of […]