We’ve been living in Cleveland for a little over three months now and I have yet to share about what we’ve been up to.
While I have a ton of travel posts I still want to get to (California, Western Michigan, Charlotte, Charleston, Asheville), I thought I would share about our recent weekend while it was fresh on my mind. My birthday was last month, and we used it as an opportunity to have do some of the activities that are on our local to-do list.
The weekend began by an amazing dinner at the chef’s table at Momocho. The chef’s table was just a little ledge right off the kitchen, with two high chairs pulled up to it. We could see the team preparing food and working together right from there, and were able to interact with and learn from them. Not only was our meal amazing but they shared some extras with us- salsa verde, tamale bites with fresh corn, sofrito green beans, and a perfect taste of cinnamon-infused chocolate pot de creme.
We clearly didn’t leave Momocho hungry, as we also tried the guacamole trio, with bacon and smoked trout, pineapple and mint, and agave and pecorino – all amazing. I enjoyed the crab and smoked trout tostada for dinner, and Joe order the super tender carnitas. We left full and happy to wind down the night at home.
Saturday, was one of the most fun days I’ve had in a while and made me fall more in love with Cleveland. After a coffee-filled morning we headed to the final Cleveland Flea of the season. It was bigger and more amazing than I event expected! The weather was gorgeous and the turn out was great when we arrived a little after 11 am. We enjoyed a couple of hours of strolling around, checking out all the local artisan and vintage vendors, and snacking on some croquettes. I can’t say that we made it out without picking up a few things, including a pumpkin & ginger candle that I am completely obsessed with.
Our afternoon continued with kayaking the Rocky River at 41 Degrees North. The wind and large waves made so that we couldn’t go out into Lake Erie but we still enjoyed one wonderful hour of kayaking up the river to the edge of the lake. It was slightly cool, sunny, and an all around perfect way to spend the afternoon. We regretted that we were unprepared and forgot the sunscreen at home.
Kayaking made us hungry and we headed to Barroco for lunch. Clearly Latin food was a theme of the weekend. Barroco is an arepa bar and restaurant featuring Columbian food and other Latin American favorites. Latin music was playing on the radio in the small space full of eclectic decor. I had the gringa arepa with sweet plantains, one of my favorite foods. Joe loved the Cuban sandwich with yuca fries. Barroco is definitely a new casual favorite in town.
Worn out from such a fun day we spent the rest of the night at home watching football and making some late-night butternut squash soup. Is soup not everyone’s late night craving?
Sunday morning was brunch at Fahrenheit with friends. Our waitress surprised me with a giant sparkler and chocolate croissant to celebrate, a perfect accompaniment for giant cups of coffee and a grilled avocado breakfast plate.
So far, we’ve found that life in Cleveland has so much to offer and I look forward to sharing more about our local adventures.