Updated June 2017 Toast1365 West 65th St., Cleveland (Gordon Square) CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The short, ever-changing menu at Toast, which opened in 2013 in Gordon Square, is a vision of hyper-freshness and hyper-locality. On my most recent stop, for example, a chef burst through the door with a tray of turnips he'd plucked from the plot he tends across the street. Beaming like a new dad, he paused at the bar to show off the plump, leafy veg - dirt still clinging to the bulbs - to the oohs-and-aahs of a middle-aged couple. His exuberance also served as a useful marketing ploy. Freshness is the second-most important reason for choosing a restaurant, claim market researchers. First is price, which climbed just 1 percent at Northeast Ohio eateries from March to May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Be aware, however, your bill can rise quickly at Toast. That's because the menu, which shifts every couple of weeks, is structured in a way to encourage you to scale up from "Small eats" … [Read more...] about Toast, in Cleveland’s Gordon Square, takes ‘fresh-and-local’ to the next level (slideshow)
Fresh and local
If there's one thing I can't resist in an eating establishment, it's a pun name. So – after hearing from a Grainger Market greengrocer that Stack's Sushi Me Rollin' (see Chamillionaire's 2005 Liquid/Envy banger, 'Ridin') is well worth a visit – and not just because he supplied them with veg – I had to try out Stack's handmade sushi shipping container. I hadn't been to Stack since it's opening day, when fewer of the food stalls were open, so it was pleasing to head back on an early midweek evening and see it filling up with post-work diners taking advantage of the venue's new roof, the very, very warm patio heaters and the return of Hadrian's Tipi . Sushi Me Rollin' has been open since August. It's the brainchild of three friends who wanted to serve sushi with an emphasis on drawing huge flavours from fresh local ingredients, with every piece rolled to order. The menu – for me – has enough variety to interest most. Along with fish dishes, Rollin' offer … [Read more...] about Does Sushi Me Rollin’ deliver on fresh and big flavour promise?
Syracuse, N.Y. - It's never too early to start planning for Thanksgiving - and if you want a fresh or locally-sourced turkey, many local butchers, farms and markets are already taking orders for the Nov. 22 holiday. Here's a list of local grocers and suppliers. Is your favorite farm or market missing? Let us know. Green Planet GroceryGreen Planet pre-orders 75 turkeys from Oink and Gobble in Interlaken. Customers should call to reserve one; a $5 deposit is required. The birds range from about 10 to 20 pounds. They sell for $4.25 a pound. Grindstone Farm Grindstone sells turkey raised at the farm. Customers can reserve a turkey now with a $5 deposit. The turkeys cost $3.99 a pound and are delivered on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Mazzye's Meats Mazzye's sells fresh turkeys from Plainville Farms, Jennie-O and Koch's Turkey Farms. The Plainville and Koch turkeys are $2.99 a pound; the Jennie-O turkeys are $2.29 a pound. The store is taking orders now. It's been a great fall for … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving 2018: Where to get fresh or local turkeys in Syracuse
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........New Mexico cider lovers, rejoice, because your festival has finally arrived.The Magnificent Cider Festival, which will be held Oct. 20 just outside Santa Fe, was born out of the lack of cider-specific events in the state.“This provided me an opportunity to do something kind of fresh and creative,” said Chris Goblet, executive director of New Mexico Wine, which represents the state’s cider and wine industry. “We’ve been focusing more and more on the cider industry, because cider is considered wine and yet there hasn’t been a lot of promotion around local cider and certainly no festivals, so I wanted to be the first to put on a cider fest.”The Wild West-themed festival, which will be held at J.W. Eaves Movie Ranch, will feature Santa Fe Cider Works, New … [Read more...] about Cider celebration: Movie ranch hosts ‘fresh and creative’ Western-themed festival
If you’re new here, you’re probably sick of hearing it: Once upon a time, Seattle was a foggy, drizzly backwater no one else in the country cared about, home to closet-sized espresso shops, the logging and airplane-manufacturing industries, sloppy dressing, process-based politics, grunge and riot grrrl, and “Frasier’s” establishing shots. We were a secret. A left-coast curiosity kept resolutely out of sight and mind thanks to our flashier southern cousin, San Francisco. And you know what? We liked it that way. But things change. Look no further than the cratered city blocks, a city’s collective growing pains projected onto the fate of the Showbox and even Death Cab for Cutie, whose latest album’s lead single takes a long-established knack for brainy torch songs to what feels like its inevitable conclusion: a eulogy for Old Seattle. But we can’t delay the inevitable, and no one wants to be an old man yelling at clouds. So welcome, … [Read more...] about A guide to the Seattle art world, for newcomers and locals alike