Don't Give Up Ohio, Don't Give Up!

Lot’s of cool events happening this week, ranging from a grilled cheese competition to the Market to Market bike ride next Saturday. I unknowingly rode through the market to market ride last year and seemed like a lot of fun, so I’m actually going to participate this year. Includes breakfast at either the North Market or the Hills Market, and a scoop of Jeni’s ice cream to anyone who finishes the 13 mile ride. $15 pre-registration fee, and $20 day of registration. Eat Local!

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Every summer, I do nearly all my shopping at the Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market. You can see a sampling of what I picked up last week above. I must tell you, there is nothing like picking up some veggies and being told they were picked and/or dug up the day before! Everything is so fresh! One other unique thing about Kamm’s is that it is on Sunday. That honestly fits my schedule much better than during the week or a Saturday morning. I also wanted to point out Blaze Gourmet Salsa! All I can say is “wow”. My favorite flavors are the Raspberry Chipotle and the Chipotle, but don’t take my word for it - they always have samples! Also, don’t miss their hot sauces! So come on down to Kamm’s today for the market! 10am - 2pm

Today’s Schedule:

  • MUSIC: 11-2 Jeff Varga (Originals & Classics with Styles)
  • CHEF DEMO: 12:30 Chef Jeff Jarrett w/AMP 150 (One of my Favorite Restaurants in town!)
  • WELLNESS: MetroHealth West Park - Earth Day Coalition
  • ARTIST: Flying Monkeys Tye Dye
  • Horse Drawn Wagon Rides from Yester Year Horse & Carriage from 10-1pm
  • WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Farmers Market Nutrition Program

YES I love Cowboy George’s salsas. Raspberry Chipotle is addictive.

Bite Buff. These are wonderful reviews for so many wonderful restaurants in our wonderful city. Definitely worth checking out!

Slow Food USA is a national non-profit that believes everyone has the right to good, clean, and fair food. With over 200,000 supporters, 24,000 members and 225 chapters nationwide, Slow Food USA advocates for food and farming policy that is good for the public, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet. Through hundreds of volunteer-led local projects, national advocacy campaigns, trainings and education, Slow Food USA seeks to transform our food and farming system through the power of everyday people.

Here are links to the Ohio chapters:

Columbus

Cleveland

Cincinnati

Toledo

Coshocton

There is a lot to check out on Slow Food, you just need to check it out yourself

If you live in/around Cleveland you need to come here. I hear that it is famous for brunch, but I have only gone for lunch, and I was still blown away. All of the ingredients they use are local, and they have a garden next to the restaurant where they grow some of their ingredients. I suggest the macaroni and cheese if you are unsure of what you want, you will not be disappointed. That could have been the greatest thing I have ever eaten, ever. They also have a bakery and a large tea and coffee selection. Definitely come here and support local food at its best.

This website is awesome. So organized and user-friendly, a great place to learn about local food and where to get it in Northeast Ohio. Seriously, look all over this site, they have maps with all of the farmer’s markets and farms in the area, I never would have guessed we had that many. There is a chart with local restaurants and what they sell and when they sell it. This is amazing! Honestly, I can’t do this site justice by describing it, you need to check it out, and check them out at farmer’s markets in the area.

In honor of my return to Columbus, I am posting about the restaurant that defined my freshman year of college. This used to be called Inta Juice, and some of their cups still say Inta Juice on them. We were walking by the night they changed the sign, it was depressing, but the smoothies are still the same. We were going to buy the old sign and they put our names down for the auction but never heard back. I forget how I first became hooked on this place, but it got to the point that Gus and I came here 4-5 times per week. I’ve tried almost every smoothie, but my favorite now is a create your own with peaches, mangos, vanilla yogurt, and peach juice. All of their smoothies and perfectly smooth with no chunks of fruit or ice in them. I’ve had Jamba Juice and Robeks, and neither of them come close to Berry Blendz. It is my goal in life to own a franchise.

Great Food Truck Race tonight at 9!

Watch Cleveland’s Hodge Podge truck try to make the final two tonight on the food network. They are selling food and having a viewing party at Market Rocky River from 6-9, check it out!

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Just took my mom here the other day. Probably the coolest atmosphere I’ve ever eaten in. The tables are covered in road maps, and there is a lounge area with free wifi and couches and bookshelves. They sell comfort food to go along with the comfortable dining area. I had the macaroni and cheese, which was baked and covered in bread crumbs. Then we ordered the “7 Deadly Sins” dessert, which was a warm chocolate chip cookie covered in melted chocolate and whipped cream, need I say it was delicious? This is definitely going to be my new place to come and relax and as they say, “watch the world go by”.