I am wrapping up a nice birthday weekend here in Cleveland, full of great local food. Saturday night we went to Pier W on Michelle’s recommendation and had a superb feast. While we waited for our table I had a Bombay Sapphire Cucumber Lemonade which was a refreshing new taste combo and Mark had a Grey Goose and cranberry which had to be sent back for more cranberry – as served it was basically a glass of straight vodka.
We were not seated by the windows as I had requested when making the reservation but we were situatied at a table with a great view, nonetheless. We decided to go all out and get two of everything and share. Mark started with the lobster bisque which was incredible. I had to wrestle the dish away from him to get my share, then I had to restrain myself from licking the bowl clean. I had the crab cakes which while very good, weren’t anything special.
All week I had been thinking about the rave reviews Michelle had given the king crab legs and I was sure that was what I was going to order. However, there were so many good things on the menu I opted for the bouillabaisse while Mark took on the crab legs (he had to promise to share several bites with me). I’ve never had bouillabaisse before and I was glad I tried it here – the broth was savory and full of herbs and the fish and shellfish were plentiful. Mark’s crab was sweet and succulent, the legs were enormous and there was more than enough meat to share. While I was glad to try it I was happy with my decision not to order it as my entree – it was too much of one thing for me.
We finished off the meal with two shared desserts. Mark got the chocolate-peanut butter bomb, which while very good got his usual reaction – not enogh peanut butter. I had the chocolate crème brûlée which was amazing. Mark thought it seemed like more of a pudding but I loved it and it was a huge dose of chocolate that I wanted. We liked Pier W and it was a good “special occasion” place. Michelle’s recommendations have pointed us to many restaurants I don’t think we’d ever have found on our own.
Today we lazed around the house – Mark made me pancakes for breakfast and I got a nice long nap. This evening we decided to have an impromptu early dinner out. We were going to stay close to home but the Shaker Heights restaurant we went to appeared to have closed down. Faced with a choice of what to do I declared that we should go have my favorite Cleveland eats: Bar Cento pommes frites. After a plate of those oh-so-good potatoes Mark had the daily special of lasagna which he said was the best he’s ever had and I went with the heirloom tomato margherita pizza which was, as always, incredible. I love their crispy crust!
While we were at Cento we saw both Chef Sawyer and his wife, the fabulous Chef’s Widow, who was working the bar. Mark kept trying to get me to go introduce myself but my shyness won out and I never did. Besides, I felt a bit awkward and stalker-ish about going up to her and saying “Hi! I read your blog all the time!” How are you supposed to introduce yourself in real life to someone who’s blog you read all the time? I need a blogger etiquette class.
Thank you to my parents who gave me money for a pedicure to take care of my nasty feet. The pedicurist at Dino Palmieri had her work cut out for her but did a hell of a job! (thanks Erika, for the reccomendation to this salon; I love my new haircut!)
Thank you to my co-workers who got me a gift certificate to Pier W – it helped make the final bill a bit easier to handle!
And thanks to my hubby I will be taking this class soon. I can’t wait.
4 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Belly!”
I hope you had great birthday. We’re now back to the 5 year spread. Yes I know I’m old.
Looking forward to your mad knife skills in a couple months.
Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a great evening 🙂
You shouldn’t be so shy – I also frequent the Widow’s site and have every intention of meeting her some day at Bar Cento or The Greenhouse when it opens when I’m back in Cleveland. I live in California now, but grew up in Parma and visit family every year. Just DO IT! =)
Bloggers are actually meeting up as groups in person – It’s the new social network.
PS: Happy Belated B-Day!!
First of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Second…. I am so MAD @ you. The next you are at Bar Cento and I am there you absolutely must come and say hello. Seriously girl. I don’t bite. That is…I don’t bite strangers.