Battery Park Wine Bar | Cleveland, Ohio

It was a random Monday night in February when two Canton foodies headed to Cleveland, in anxious anticipation of their first NEO Food tour.  The event: Battle for Battery Park, where two neighborhood restaurants, Battery Park Wine Bar and Reddstone, were to duke it out in “Cleveland’s First Ever Comedy Food Fight.”

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Noodlecat | Cleveland, Ohio

After a recent Sunday drive to Beachwood for some pre-wedding shopping (DZ’s favorite), we decided to reward ourselves with a jaunt over to downtown Cleveland for an early dinner, thinking it was a good time to take a chunk out of my ever-growing wishlist of Cleveland restaurants. I’ve been antsy to try Noodlecat, the new Jonathan Sawyer venture on Euclid, right around the corner from his popular Greenhouse Tavern on East 4th, (also on the wishlist, but we were saving it for Restaurant Week, stay tuned.)

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The West Side Bakery | Akron, Ohio

You may have noticed that the frequency of new blog posts has diminished a bit over the last few months.  More astute readers may already know the reason for this, but for the rest of you, please know that there are many more great posts in the works, but there’s been a little personal “distraction” that’s prevented me from blogging to my full potential.  That distraction started last fall when Dave proposed to me at Falling Water.  In a matter of weeks, I went from being an abnormal female who didn’t like weddings, to the girl who’s borderline obsessed with planning a perfect one.  Funny how that works!  So lately we’ve been spending a lot of our free time planning, researching, saving, meeting, shopping, and spending….all the things that go along with preparing for the big day. Continue reading

Jasmine Asian Bistro | Canton, Ohio

Admittedly, yes, I’m food obsessed, but that doesn’t stop me from being misinformed about my restaurants from time to time.  I recently led you to believe that Sukho Thai in Belden Village is the only Thai restaurant in Canton.  Come to find out, this is only partially true.  Indeed Sukho Thai is the only exclusively Thai restaurant, as in, they focus on Thai cuisine, the word “Thai” is on the sign….you get the idea.  But recently we became acquainted with a pan-Asian gem called Jasmine Asian Bistro and discovered another great local place for Thai.  Pan-Asian is a fancy way of saying that they serve a mix of Asian cuisines, including Japanese, Chinese, and yes, Thai.  A big thank-you to one of my readers, Lee, for pointing this out.

Now, about my new friend, Jasmine Asian Bistro.  I had been hearing bits and pieces about this place for a while, but since it’s located on 30th Street, between Cleveland Ave. and Market, I don’t pass by it enough to remember to go.  Once inside, I was pleasantly surprised that there was some attention paid to design details in the dining room.  With white table clothes and napkins and an updated and almost swanky bar, this place definitely had a little ambiance going; at least they’re trying, that’s all a girl can ask for.

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Kozmo’s Grille | Massillon, Ohio

Massillon is a charming Northeast Ohio town with a wealth of historic buildings. It is home to a very cool art museum and picturesque, quiet downtown. Despite the fact that Massillon is only a short 20-minute drive from North Canton, it’s not often that we venture there. But when we do, there’s one restaurant that we cannot miss, Kozmo’s Grille on Second Street.

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Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt | North Canton, OH

I have three words for you.  Fro-yo. Has. Arrived.  If you didn’t read my post on Almost Heaven Ice Cream, you might not know what I’m talking about.  For the three plus years since moving back to the Midwest from San Diego, I’ve been waiting for the frozen yogurt trend to roll its way into Ohio from the west and east coasts.  It’s taken a while, but it’s finally here!

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The Dor-Stop Restaurant | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

After an overnight jaunt to Pittsburgh, we were looking for a place to have breakfast, which at this point had to be pretty great to keep up with the winning food streak we were on over the last two days.  If you don’t know what I’m referring to, obviously you didn’t read my last post about Alma Pan-Latin Kitchen.  So with breakfast on the brain, I hopped onto my Urbanspoon ap to see what our options were.  Once again, the Spoon saved our tourist behinds, and led us right into The Dor-Stop Restaurant in Dormont.

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