In case you didn’t already know this, I LOVE SUMMERTIME. I love everything about summertime. Sure, it was as hot as hell last week, but this weekend has been absolutely sublime. Sunny, warm-but-not-too-warm. Perfect weather for walking, gardening, grilling, and just plain sitting around.
Since we were in the celebrating mood last night, we had ourselves quite the summer evening. We started out with dinner at Lolita, a restaurant headed by Iron Chef and all-around Cleveland guy Michael Symon. Lolita is a great spot with really wonderful and creative food–particularly if you are planning on splurging, which we were.
We started out with drinks–mine was called the “Sin Gin and Tonic” and it was THE MOST REFRESHING THING I’VE EVER HAD TO DRINK. Honestly. Limes, cucumbers, mint, Gin (of course) and tonic. A.MAY.ZING. Next, we ordered the Crispy Chicken Livers to start. I know, sounds gross, but we were drunk on cocktails and 5 years of marriage and wanted to try something new. They were actually really delicious. They were small, had a deliciously crispy fried outer coating, and were rich and not too funky. They were also served atop a small bed of creamy polenta (or, as Kevin likes to call them–Italian Grits) with mascarpone cheese. Then came the entrees–Kevin ordered the Hanger Steak and I had the Lamb Steak. Kevin had some kind of crazy green atop his steak that I’ve never heard of and mine was topped with fennel, goat cheese, tomatoes, balsamic, etc. He got the Crispy Potatoes and I got the famous Fried Brussel Sprouts. The brussel sprouts were nutty, spicy, and wonderful. Again, sounds crazy. Crazy good was what it was! We ended the meal with dessert (because we couldn’t resist). Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding and coffee. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm….
So yeah, if you’re in Cleveland, go to Lolita. If you’re not in Cleveland, get your sweet cheeks on over here and we’ll go. I’d like some more of those brussel sprouts and another cocktail.
Post dinner, we walked the streets of the Tremont neighborhood. Tremont is kind of a hip, urban, artsy neighborhood just west of downtown CLE. Last night was the art walk and it was fun to people watch as we practically made a beeline to another local place–Lilly Chocolates. Handmade gourmet, artisan chocolates? Yes, Yes, Yes, a million times yes! Finally, with our hands full of chocolates and left overs from dinner we found our way home to finish out the night.
On the drive, we started talking about this phenomena that we seem to experience quite frequently. You know, the one where you look at each other and go “Why don’t we do this more often?”. Which leads me into another post entirely….our “Summer Bucket List”. Stay tuned… 🙂