The Chocolate Bar in downtown Cleveland. Girl’s night out this week was at this fabulous place Wednesday night. One of our little gaggle of gals is friends with the owner so we were treated like royalty for the evening (it’s always nice to KNOW somebody).
For those of us down here in the Akron area, sometimes we think it’s really a difficult task to get to Cleveland for an evening out, especially on a weeknight. Even if we make the trek to get to an Indians or Browns game, we tend to get there, park, see the game, get in our car and head straight home. Take my word for it, if you haven’t been downtown Cleveland in the past couple of years, you need to make the effort.
4th Street area is bustling with new restaurants and night spots. Anchored at one end by the Arcade (which houses The Chocolate Bar) and Progressive Field and the Q at the other, this little stretch of downtown is home to the House of Blues, Michael Symon’s Lola, The Greenhouse Tavern, the Corner Alley and much more. Parking decks are also on each end, plus valet is available, so parking is easy, even for those of us not used to maneuvering the Big City traffic.
Everything we had at The Chocolate Bar was wonderful. We started with a sampling of 4 of their most popular martinis – Chocolate Chocolate Mint, Peanut Butter Cup, Chocolate Coconut Cream, and Chocolate Banana Cream - each one as terrific as the other and trust me we each tasted them all! We made our way through the first round while munching on their Artichoke and Spinach Dip appetizer served in a mini bread bowl with warm soft pita wedges alongside. You can be jealous now, it would be an appropriate reaction.
|2 Martinis down...Delores,|
Bobbi, Cathy and Bev
The Chef was good enough to substitute the sweet potato fries for my roasted potatoes, so I also received a little pot of their maple mayo dipping sauce. I think it was cheating to be dipping each bite of my pork in the potato’s sauce, but it was so delicious I couldn’t stop myself!
|Beautiful Cake for dessert|
If you get the chance to try The Chocolate Bar, do it! Especially on a weeknight.
I have no idea how Dominic makes his martinis but I found this recipe and it sounds tasty so I gave it a try tonight. This is meant to mimic the Chocolate Chocolate Mint martini on their menu that tasted just like an Ande's Thin Mint candy. By no means is this to be a substitute for patronizing The Chocolate Bar - but when you can't get to Cleveland.......
2 oz. vanilla vodka
1/2 oz. White creme de menthe
1 oz. Godiva Liqueur
SIMPLEST EASIEST CHEAPEST MEAL EVER
After that wonderful meal last night, I needed something quick and easy and simple for dinner tonight. A very fast stop at the grocery netted 1/4 pound of deli sliced turkey and 1 packet of turkey gravy mix. From my pantry I pulled out 1 slice of nice French bread and a small can of beets. With these I made a very simple dinner.
It feels silly to even give a recipe for this, but here goes.
OPEN FACE HOT TURKEY SANDWICH
1/4 pound sliced deli turkey (get the unsweetened kind, the honey roasted will be weird tasting with gravy)
1/2 package of turkey gravy mix
pepper to taste
1 slice bread of your choice, lightly toasted
In a small saucepan, mix 1/2 cup water with the half packet of gravy mix. Prepare per packet directions. Once the gravy is ready, break up the deli turkey into bite sized pieces and mix in with the gravy and heat through. Add pepper to taste.
To serve, place the toast on a warmed plate, top with the hot turkey and gravy.
MAPLE GLAZED BEETS
1 small can (4 oz) beets, drained
2 teaspoons butter
drizzle of maple syrup
In a small skillet, melt the butter and add the syrup. Add the beets to the skillet and bring to a boil. Stir to coat beets with the butter-syrup mixture. Serve immediately.
This meal comes in at around 500 calories, takes about 15 minutes to prepare and costs just under $3.50. Compare that to a take out you might have picked up on the way home and I've got you beat on all fronts.
Use the same method and substitute roast beef for the turkey and brown gravy for the turkey and you have another easy meal for a night when you're too tired to fuss much with your dinner.