Seemingly out of nowhere sprung a bustling little breakfast/lunch cafe and bakery that is sure to blow your mind. The Blue Door in Cuyahoga Falls, our new fave weekend destination restaurant, is now so familiar that I can barely remember life before it opened. Since it is slightly out of the way for us, we end up stopping in late on a Sunday morning, after developing a laundry list of (mostly imaginary) things we MUST accomplish in Akron. And of course, they are PACKED. Fortunately with only two of us (we opt to roll kid-free on this excursion) there is rarely a wait. This level of culinary intensity is so unique for this area, it’s a miracle we can even get a table. Since I’ve waited so inexcusably long to share with you, I have accumulated far too many food fotos. But before getting to the eye candy, might I share a few reasons why Blue Door is a real success here in Northeast Ohio.
In an attempt to transport myself back in time a few weeks to my fabulous honeymoon, I will be writing a short series of blog posts about our favorite eateries in San Juan, Puerto Rico. All of them were in Old San Juan, since we opted to rent an apartment in the city for the week instead of going the resort route. Our apartment, Caleta 64, was just across the street from El Convento, and within walking distance of the two Spanish forts (dating as far back as the 1500’s), as well as shopping galore, and a plethora of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. Our first Puerto Rican obsession was coffee. Enter Caficultura, recommended to us by our host at Caleta 64 and Old San Juan aficionado, Betsy.
As much as we all adore a pumpkin latte in the fall, sometimes one needs a break from Starbucks. It’s getting hard to remember what life was like before Starbucks; it’s so familiar and predictable (translation: boring and overpriced). Enter Muggswigz. In case you are one of the many Cantonians who never ventures downtown, let me be clear: if you have not had coffee at Muggswigz, you are missing out. Muggswigz is unquestionably the best place in town to get coffee. And tea, we can’t forget the tea. Of all the great downtown Canton restaurants that thrive for a minute, then quietly disappear, you might think our city’s little downtown is practically lifeless. That is, until you step into Muggs.
In the category of quick weekday lunch, Mo’ Joe’s on Hills & Dales in Canton is a great little place for soup, salad, sandwiches, and coffee, as you might have guessed. It’s perfect for take-out, with reasonable prices, great quality ingredients, and a nice well-rounded menu. Thankfully Mo’ Joe’s is close enough to my office that I can go at least once a month; it’s in the regular rotation. They always have “feature” items and specials, so you can try something different every time you go. Most recently I tried the spinach quiche which was very tasty with lots of cheese and flavor. Even the crust was yummy.
There are those food experiences where the stars align and everything just seems perfect. It’s some spectacular combination of flavors, ambiance, and emotion that’s almost unexplainable. Well that is exactly what happened at Pistacia Vera in German Village. This must be what heaven looks like.
It’s not often that on a random Tuesday evening I discover a hidden gem like this one. Cafe Gelato sits on Main Street in North Canton and has a little downtown storefront kind of look, despite the fact that it’s located in what looks like a large old house. The only reason I mention this is because I’ve literally driven by the place dozens, maybe hundreds of times, thinking ‘oh yeah, I need to stop there sometime’ – but it just never materialized. Well, never judge a book by its cover, because if you did you would miss out on this adorable spot. Continue reading