Had a little break in the action last weekend. Liz and I went to South Beach for the Food and Wine festival. When we left Ctown it was a balmy friggin 9 degrees and upon returning it went up to 20 but we got about 12 inches of f'n snow. It was a nice little break to be in 85 degree weather for 3 days and just what I needed to clear the head a little.
If u love food, wine and a good party, this is the event for u. There are events going on all over the place and chefs galore. I took it easy all weekend and even snuck in a little golf at Doral with Michael Schlow and Tom Collichio. It was great to hang with the boys even though I played like shit and Doral is way overated. Liz and I also snuck in a couple of dinners at Michy and Talula. Some of my favorites were incredible toro wrapped oysters, a great crispy pork belly and some wonderful kimchi beef tartar at Michy and THE most tender octopus I have ever had at Talula. We were also lucky enough to be invited to a dinner cooked by Mario Batali, Ming Tsai, Michael Schlow and Tom Collichio. These are four of my favorite chefs so needless to say the food and company were fabulous.
We got back to Cleveland on Sunday. Just in time for a foot of snow and Restaurant Week. This is downtown Clevelands first shot at this and for the most part it has been a huge success. It has driven thousands of people to downtown Cleveland to eat, drink and be merry and most of them have been very pleasent. We have gotten alot of first time diners and people who have not ventured downtown for ages. Hopefully they will see what they have been missing and get out of the burbs more often and realize what downtown and its independent restaurants have to offer.
As I said earlier, most of the people have been pleasent but it never fails there is always a jackass!!! On Monday the third table to arrive has a very pleasent gentlemen who was obviously forced to come to our fine establishment. The server lets me know that they are doing everything in their power to make him happy but are having very little luck. So I head over to help turn around Mr happy. Here is the conversation that followed
MS..How is everything?
Mr Happy....I thought this was restaurant week?
MS .... It is sir and we are very excited to be part of it.
Mr Happy ..... Your special menu only has one choice for entrees
MS .... Do you not enjoy hanger steak?
Mr Happy ... Its fine but what if I want to eat here every night?
MS ... Well, I think the idea is that you try several different places downtown not just Lola and if you did want to come back there are another 25 items on our regular menu.
Mr Happy ... Why would i ever pay full price to eat here?
At this point I decide to leave well enough alone and head back to the kitchen but not before he lets me know that we should also be offering drink specials since our cocktails are overpriced. What a lucky women this guys wife is!!! He much just be a peach to spend quality time with!!
Enough nonsense I have to get back to work.
Live to cook,