cleveland, ftw (...!!!)

i got home earlier this week from 2.5 days in cleveland with my grandparents.  those days were spent birding (unexpectedly enjoyable) at a nature preserve, eating food (westside market, corky and lenny's, fire in shaker square), getting my mind blown at the natural history museum's planetarium, finding a farmer's market (shaker square on saturdays), discovering that cleveland has DANK coffee (phoenix roasters), running around (literally), and spending quality time with my family.  it was a delightful weekend AND i discovered that cleveland is a badass little city.  

there's amazing, AMAZING food (lots of locally sourced options, since there's actually farms nearby), an incredible symphony (didn't go this time, but will definitely plan my next trip around some music), kind (!!!) midwestern folks, lots of greenspace, and a decent amount of stuff to do (art museum, natural history museum, etc.).  but for today (since i live to eat - vs. eat to live) i want to highlight a few food related stops that are worth a visit.

first is the westside market.  this badass market is the OG market that every gentrified city market aspires to be.  the focus isn't local, organic, blah, blah, blah; rather, this market opened its doors in 1912 and served the growing immigrant population in the early 1900's.  you can find meat for days, baked goods as big as your face (truly), cheese stands, hummus vendors, popcorn galore, etc.  this time around i ate some of the best cured salmon I've ever had the pleasure of consuming, a lemongrass stuffed chicken wing, green juice, and thai/vietnamese style summer shrimp rolls.  but then... we went to mitchell's (less than a block away).  

i am not a huge sweets person (although dark chocolate every damn day), or a huge ice cream person.  but that could certainly change if i had easier access to mitchell's.  the only other ice cream stores that have come close are molly moon's (seattle) and van leeuwen artisan ice cream (lower east side, nyc).  mitchell's takes the cake (OR CONE - hehe).  their vegan salted caramel pecan ice cream was to die for.  a small serving was a casual 2+ scoops and i savored each and every bite (and just about licked my bowl clean).  

just thinking about it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.  

more to come, on the cooking i did for grandma and grandpa! (fresh summer rolls that were the best I've ever made... and i have made a LOT of summer rolls haha)

going to dream about ice cream, xxxxxxxxxx

 westside market, cleveland

westside market, cleveland

 mitchell's ice cream (vegan salted caramel pecan)

mitchell's ice cream (vegan salted caramel pecan)

 shaker heights farmers' market, sat 8-12

shaker heights farmers' market, sat 8-12

 admiring the goods, westside market

admiring the goods, westside market

 aforementioned gravlax greatness

aforementioned gravlax greatness

Hannah Smith