A few weeks ago I applied for a blogger trip to Cleveland from Positively Cleveland. I was so excited when I was chosen - I do Road Trips but this was my first official Blogger Road Trip! How fun is that!
Holiday Inn Express in Downtown Cleveland and it was beautiful! I couldn't believe THIS was a Holiday Inn Express!?! They bought an old building downtown with tons of gorgeous art deco touches and then renovated all of the rooms. The elevators stayed the same though - beautiful doors. The rooms were very large and modern - I really enjoyed my stay there.
Adventure Mom was also chosen - so we got to experience it all together!
Breakfast with Nick from Columbus (not pictured) as well as 30-something Therapy and The Steel Trap from Pittsburgh.
Our first adventure was noodlecat which is a Ramen house run by celebrity chef and one of Food & Wine's best new chefs - Jonathon Sawyer. The noodles featured at noodlecat are also local from Ohio City Pasta in Cleveland.
Gus Dry Cola. The server said it wasn't as sweet and that was a good description. It was okay but I definitely won't be abandoning my red & white love anytime soon.
As we were discussing what to try - Adventure Mom was saying how she'd never tried octopus. So I challenged her that if she really is the ADVENTURE Mom - then she had to take the adventure of trying octopus! She did it and got the Spicy Octopus Udon Stir Fry. The spicy she liked - the octopus - not so much. But I give her mad props for trying it! (I hate tentacles - gak)
The half bowl shown here was only $6! Quite a lot of food for such an affordable price.
sweet sour short ribs (again $6 for half bowl).
The short ribs were great although I wasn't really sure if I should dip it in the noodles or just eat separate? They were had a great rich sweet & sour sauce that made them finger-lickin good.
noodlecat also offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals. It's interesting how a city that's 100K larger (inner city of Cleveland vs. Cincinnati) has so many more "celebrity" chefs (Iron Chef Michael Symon, Food Network Star Chris Hodges, Sawyer) and seemingly interesting spots. It's definitely progressive on the dining front.
Why Should You Go? If you're in the Cleveland area - it's a great stop. It's right downtown - we walked from our hotel - and the food is delicious. It's so unique and I am so excited finding out about those steam buns! I even got to meet Chef Sawyer after our lunch - so hey Chef Sawyer - bring your culinary delights to Cincinnati!