Why? Weekends!

It was a relatively quiet weekend for this CLEgal, which is fine by me.  You need those every once in awhile.  Friday night, CLEguy and I met up with some of his co-workers for happy hour(s) at Cleat’s Club Seat Grille.  For those of you who haven’t checked out one of Cleat’s several locations around the CLE-area, Cleat’s is the quintessential sports bar.  The menu features wings, burgers, and other sandwiches.  I highly recommend their homemade chips, with some of the Buffalo wing sauce on the side…yum!  And while Cleat’s isn’t a craft beer lovers dream, they did have Great Lakes Conway’s on draft and Magic Hat #9 in bottles, so I was content.

After happy houring, we decided we needed some ice cream and so ended up at Coldstone Creamery with…well, a bunch of high school kids.  Just another wild and crazy Friday night…

Saturday evening, we went out to dinner with some CLEfriends to Saffron Patch.  I was craving Indian food, plus we had a Restaurant.com certificate courtesy of a Cleveland Food and Brews reader giveaway.  I completely stuffed myself with mango chicken, saffron rice, and garlic naan.  You can check out my full review of Saffron Patch over at Cleveland Food and Brews sometime later this week.  I will say, though, one of my favorite things about CLE is the diversity of cuisine.  We’re not just pierogies and kielbasi, although those are more than OK with me.  It may take a little more effort to find, but CLE has a wide range of ethnicities well-represented in its restaurants.

After Saffron Patch, we decided that this was to be the weekend of ice cream.  We found ourselves at Malley’s Chocolates, a true CLE staple.  Malley’s has been a CLE-owned and operated company since the beginning.  It opened in 1935 in Lakewood and has been serving up sweet treats ever since.  The candy is out of this world, as is the ice cream.  My personal favorite candy are the rainbow wafers, although I can’t resist their caramallow eggs either.  Saturday, I indulged in one of Malley’s famous hot fudge and pecan sundaes.  One of the CLEfriends enjoyed a Malley-Oh sundae, topped with a chocolate-covered Oreo.  Another made up his own concoction.  And CLEguy…well, our waiter warned us the turtle sundae was large, but we were not prepared for…

Malley’s is a true CLE original and a long-standing favorite answer to “Why Cleveland?”

On Sunday, CLEguy’s brother put on a coffee-tasting for us.  A true connoisseur of java, CLEguy-bro definitely gave me a new appreciation of my morning fuel.  We sampled Guatamalen, Jamaican Blue Mountain, and Hawaiian Kona coffees, did blind taste tests, and actually figured out what we liked, not just what wakes us up.  A really unique experience, although we were a tad wired after it was over.

So, that was my weekend.  Lots more great answers to “Why Cleveland?”  What new answers did you discover?

5 Responses

  1. Nice! I’ve been wanting to try Saffron Patch. And…love love love the Malley’s in Lakewood (I used to live right down the street from it!) Yay for yummy CLE!

  2. I guess this was a bad first post to choose since I don’t love Cleats, Indian food, or eat a lot of ice cream or chocolate. Oops.

    I love good beer, though, and coffee. Been loving the various Sierra Nevada beers, Blue Moon, and TBK Copperhead Red lately.

    As far as coffee goes, I’m always trying Coffee Colony specialties. Little place in Medina with great stuff.

  3. Saffron Patch…love Saffron Patch….

    Meanwhile, do you (or CLEguy-bro) have a source for Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee? I’ve been looking for it for a long time and can’t find it anywhere, either in-store or online.

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