michellev's Profile

Title Last Reply

Thoughts on Hamilton Beach

What are your thoughts on Hamilton Beach products? Do they make certain items better than others? It is a brand you trust or is there another one you prefer?

Thanks!

Aug 05, 2009
michellev in Cookware

Any high-end restaurants in Cleveland?

Do yourself a favor and avoid Blake's and Blue Point - they are both just OK. People in this town LOVE Blue Point and I just don't get it - it's ok at best. A super nice Red Lobster. My pick for the best "high-end" places in the city are: Lola, Baricelli and Table 45. Lola has amazing decor, mod american food and a celebrity chef; Baricelli is ultra romantic, restored mansion, gorgeous patio and delicios food; Finally, table 45 - amazing decor, world cuisine and will go global in the near future b/c it's that good. Enjoy

Aug 01, 2007
michellev in General Midwest Archive

Best cheap eats in cleveland

Welcome to Cleveland! I absolutely agree with all the suggestions for PP - roght next to West Side Market and simply fabulous! You should aslo go the happy hour route. Lolita, Flying Fog and Momocho have the best ones - you can leave totally full for less than $20. It's a quick cab ride, but so worth it. Also, be sure to check out Lucky's Cafe in Tremont for breakfast. This should be on your must-dine list. It's on Starkweather and is the best breakfast in town. Awesome little coffee show/cafe. Enjoy!

Aug 01, 2007
michellev in General Midwest Archive

Foodie moving to Cleveland- Advice?

Yes, that's the name! I haven't been there, but have heard wonderful things about it. We're eplanning on going in the next few weeks, though.

Jul 26, 2007
michellev in General Midwest Archive

Foodie moving to Cleveland- Advice?

Oh - I forgot about the pizza. It may not be as think as you prefer, but Mama Santa's in Little Italy has amazing pizza, and cheap! I'm also a big fan or Moratta's, in Cleveland Heights.

Jul 25, 2007
michellev in General Midwest Archive

Foodie moving to Cleveland- Advice?

Welcome to Cleveland! I think this is a great place for a foodie - too many chains, but a lot of terrific chef-driven places. Some great places for you to try: Lemon Grass and Mint, both in Cleveland Heights and absolutely amazing! Also check out Phnom Penh - simply delicious, Parallax, more upscale Asian fusion, but super good and there is a really good Etheopian place my friend is always talking about but the name is escaping me. Oh, and Number 1 Pho is also really good. I hope you like it here, I think it's a great place to love! I have a blog if you wnat to read about other palces: clevelandfoodie.blogspot.com

Jul 25, 2007
michellev in General Midwest Archive

Green Leaf

Thanks a lot!!

Jul 22, 2007
michellev in Pacific Northwest

Cleveland near the Jake

The Lizard is a good choice if you want something very, very casual. Great Lakes is good, too, but it is a short drive. Chop House is walkable and it's not bad, but not great either. If you can get a snack before the game and wait to grab dinner after, there are a lot of great dinner options. I have a blog with some of my favorites: clevelandfoodie.blogspot.com

Jul 22, 2007
michellev in General Midwest Archive

Best Restaurant in Cleveland -- Money No Object

I regularly take client to dinner and I would have to say Lola hands down. It's Michael Symon's place, located on E 4th, right downtown. The space is beautiful and the food is outstanding. You will all enjoy your meal. Moxie is good, but it's in the burbs and everyone goes there - the decor is ok and the food is good, not great. It's located near our office and if we have to go there, we stick to lunch. The reason everyone goes there is b/c it's a quick drive and there are a lot of businesses around there. Flying Fig is also a great suggestion. I haven't been to Table 45 yet, but his other restaurant, Parallax, is amazing so I'm sure this one is, too. But I can't recommend Lola enough.

Jul 22, 2007
michellev in Great Lakes

Green Leaf

Thanks. Can you tell me what the decor is like inside? Does it have a cool atmosphere, or more traditional? Would you agree with this place being better than Tamarind Tree?

Jul 22, 2007
michellev in Pacific Northwest

Green Leaf

Anyone know the Web site for this restaurant? I tried searching, but no luck. Based on a previous post, someone recommended this over Tamarind Tree so I wanted to review the menu/photos. Thanks

Jul 21, 2007
michellev in Pacific Northwest

Seattle dinner suggestions

Based on Chow and other findings, we narrowed it down to these places. We have time for 3 dinners and two lunches. Out of our list, what are the top three we can't miss for dinner? Also, we're staying at the W. Is this walkable to a lot of things? What coffee shops should we check out? Thanks a lot - we are so excited for this trip!!

sitka & spruce
crush
cafe juanita
tamarind tree
wild ginger
tilth
tavolta

for lunch
salumi
matt's in the market
le pichet

Jul 19, 2007
michellev in Pacific Northwest

coming to seattle

Hello. My husband and I are planning a weekend to Seattle (first visit) the first weekend of October for our anniversary. I'm looking for lunch and dinner suggestions, as well as other things that are must see. We plan on spenging Saturday checking out the wineries. Are they worth it? Here are some of the restaurants I found. Any feedback, tips, etc. are greatly appreciated. Thanks! Crush, Brasa, Licorous, Lark, Matt's in the Market, Saitos, Le Pichet and Sitka and Spruce. What's the best Asion fusion? And must see places at Pike's? Best coffee shops? Thanks again.

Jul 17, 2007
michellev in Pacific Northwest

Tapenade

I'll definitely check it out then. ANy recommendations? Is it in downtown San Diego?

Jun 12, 2007
michellev in California

Tapenade

Is this a good place to check out in Sand Diego?

Jun 12, 2007
michellev in California

Best Mexican in San Diego?

I'm visiting next week and based on Chow suggestions, I'm going to check out Izakaya Sakura. But what about Mexican? Whet's the best place I should try? ANy other restaurants that I shouldn't miss? Thanks from Cleveland (go Cavs!)

Jun 12, 2007
michellev in California

heading to San Diego, where should I eat?

I'll be in SD next week for work. I did some initial research and found great reviews on El agave, Taka, and Parallel 33. Are these good places to try? Any others I must check out? I love sushi and really want to have Mexican one night - but good, modern Mexican or Latin fusion. Thanks in advance - Michelle

Jun 11, 2007
michellev in San Diego

anyone try Light Bistro in Cleveland

If so, how was it? Worth checking out?

May 24, 2007
michellev in General Midwest Archive