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The Modern Antiquarian
Business/Location: Cafe Antiquari
Address: 5 Carrer Arabi
City: Palma
State: Mallorca
Zip Code: 07003
Phone: 34 871 572 313

Posted by:  Claire Storrow
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   Cafe Antiquari
I hate to say it folks but we're in the last week of September, the dying embers of summer are just about still glowing but October is around the corner. So of course, your roving reporter ran away to Mallorca for a bit. I love this island. It's no longer about package holidays and lager louts (although, you can still find that if that's what you want) and I find the street culture in Palma very interesting. The graffiti is almost painterly and on a par with anything you see in East London and there's a healthy enthusiasm for vintage. Perhaps because it's an island, the quality of antiques is particularly good and if you're a geek for cameras or clocks, you're likely to find something here. Café Antiquari (as its name suggests) epitomizes this antiquarian aesthetic and serves the best drinks in town. Every day we enjoyed one (or two) of their generous mojitos or sangrias (or both) and it became one of those lovely holiday rituals to sit on the steps of Carrer Arabi and people-watch. Owner Francois is on to a winner with this place so drop in and say hello if you happen to be on the island.


Pizza In Beyoglu
Business/Location: Miss Pizza
Address: Havyar Sk 7
City: Beyoglu
State: N/A
Zip Code: 34430
Phone: 90 212 251 3279
Website: www.misspizza.com.tr/en#menu

Posted by:  oliver ray
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   Miss Pizza
Long flights drain me. So when my wife and I got into our hotel room we were hungry and tired and didn't want to venture far. So we looked out our window and saw Miss Pizza. We figured it was close and then we could sleep. We sat down and saw that the menu was very broad. All the pizzas sounded great and light. Mostly they were vegetarian which sounded great at that moment. We ordered a pizza each and noticed immediately that they made it right away in their wood fired brick oven. We saw that the dough was rolled out and our ingredients were put on fresh. When the food came out, it was exquisite and we were so satisfied that we almost cried. Well not really, but it was pretty damn good. One thing I noticed over all in Turkey is that the freshness of their food is much better than you'd expect in other Western counties, and this place was no exception. I highly recommend it because it is surprisingly hard to find GOOD Turkish food in Istanbul and if you're in the New City part of town it can be very worth your time. Also, you could smoke indoors which surprised me. That could be a plus or a minus depending on who you are, but every restaurant lets you in this city. Their salads are top notch too, and again, very fresh. Also you can eat here without going hungry or getting stuffed without breaking the bank, which is important when traveling. Try the Neapolitan pizza!


Caught In A Pickle That You Can't Get Out Of
Business/Location: Cleveland Pickle
Address: 850 Euclid Ave
City: Cleveland
State: OH
Zip Code: 44114
Phone: (216) 575-1111
Website: www.clevelandpickle.com/

Posted by:  oliver ray
Photo:  oliver ray
   Cleveland Pickle
It's not good unless it has been dipped in vinegar and allowed to soak for a worthwhile time, or at least I subscribe to that idea. I love pickled onions, carrots, eggs, and jalapenos and yes pickles. Cleveland Pickle is a small sandwich shop that seems to share my affinity with pickled food. Located Downtown on E9th Street and Euclid, this establishment seems to be a local favorite with the crowd that works in the city of Cleveland. They're only open for lunch, so the hours can be difficult for a guy like me who does not work Downtown but enjoys a good meal. Their sandwiches are really yummy and filling and not too heavy it would seem. You can tell they make their own pickles and each sandwich includes one of their own special varieties of pickle in them. You can ask for it without the pickle, but why would you? I really like the Blazin' River and the West Sider sandwiches but all have been good. They're worth checking out next time you find yourself in the city in need of a good meal. Another good thing about where they are is that no one parks on the west side of East 9th pretty much ever, so parking is easy. Yay!


If At First Glance Is Unimpressive, Try The Gyro, My Friend
Business/Location: Niko's Greek Grill
Address: 7400 Detroit Ave
City: Cleveland
State: OH
Zip Code: 44102
Phone: 216.862.3231
Website: nikosgreekgrill.com/

Posted by:  oliver ray
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   Niko's Greek Grill
The food at Niko's, a Greek restaurant that at first glance is unimpressive, is surprisingly good. Located in Gordon Square in Cleveland's West side, Niko's is away from the popular section of Detroit Ave that is popular and more in the grungy area, located next to a pizza restaurant that keeps getting into trouble with the FBI and other government establishments. However, some of the best food in the world is the cheapest. Niko's is set up like a fast food place, they even have a drive through. I stopped here because I had less than $10 on me and was hungry. I got a full meal of a gyro sandwich with great yogurt sauce, hot gyro meat and plenty of very fresh veggies. They're not the best Greek food in the world and they don't have the best location, but they're good at what they do and you can tell they use the best ingredients they can get. This I think is worth mentioning and they're better than other Greek restaurants in Ohio/America that cost more. They may not be worth a long trek, but if you're in the area and on a budget, check em' out.


Sweet Moses, Cleveland Ice Cream!
Business/Location: Sweet Moses
Address: 6800 Detroit Ave
City: Cleveland
State: OH
Zip Code: 44102
Phone: 216.651.2202
Website: www.sweetmosestreats.com/

Posted by:  oliver ray
Photo:  oliver ray
   Sweet Moses
Any idiot can make ice cream. But to make ice cream that is of a high caliber is difficult to come by these days. You can buy expensive ice cream at the grocery store, but if you pay attention to detail, the flavor is often so so, and that is what we have come to see as the best; so so. Then you go to Sweet Moses and you see what ice cream is meant to be. It is fantastic and miles ahead of grocery stores or chain restaurants. Fashioned like an old soda fountain, Gordon Square's Sweet Moses makes damn good ice cream, and when you're in a Cleveland summer like now (god it is hot!) an ice pop doesn't cut it. I don't care for the interior ambiance here, it is fun the first time, after that it is stale and you don't pick up that old times vibe they're trying to push, but man do they sell a good product. They have high quality ice cream for a good price. They're not cheap, but they won't break your wallet either. The flavor is bursting and has a nice bite to it. It is cold too and doesn't melt to fast like cheaper ice creams, so you can take a walk in the hot sun and have chow down time. They also have their own home made sodas/pops that are surprisingly good and better on floats. I don't like root beer, it is nasty, but I like theirs. It is darn good. Look out for monthly ice cream specials as well! This month was key Lime Pie, my favorite! Their ice cream selection is small, but has your favorites anyway. Try a Terminal Tower if you dare...


All That And They're Still Only .500?
Business/Location: Progressive Field
Address: 2401 Ontario St
City: Cleveland
State: OH
Zip Code: 44115
Website: cleveland.indians.mlb.com/cle/ballpark/index.jsp

Posted by:  oliver ray
Photo:  oliver ray
   Progressive Field
Jacobs Field is where the Cleveland Indians play their home games. The Indian are a great team, if you have any doubt on the subject watch the movie Major League! They play hard and entertain very well. The team has been through better times but the players are solid and have good averages. Our star player is Choo, and whenever he comes up to bat you think the fans are booing him but they're chanting "Chooooooooo!". The stadium is great because you can see everything very well compared to other stadiums, even from the nose bleed section. I know because I've been there. The pall bark food is expensive like any stadium holding major league teams but its good for what you get. Also, ticket prices seem to be lower than other stadiums. Yankee tickets cost an arm and a leg, but you can get awesome seats here for about $30, which is a steal. Also the fans are pretty crazy and die hard, making it a great place for people watching. What else is there to say about a sporting arena? Go Indians!


Cleveland's Whiskey Island
Business/Location: Whiskey Island
Address: 2800 Whiskey Island Dr
City: Cleveland
State: OH
Zip Code: 44102
Phone: (216) 443-3708
Website: cuyahoga.oh.us

Posted by:  oliver ray
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   Whiskey Island
Whiskey Island, also called Wendy Park, is one of those very tucked away parks that unless you've heard of it or go exploring and chance upon it, you will never find. Located on the Western side of where the Cuyahoga River meets Lake Erie, Whiskey Island is a great park to go to go for a walk, a run, sunbathe, swim, play volleyball, take pictures, you name it. The park is also surrounded by active and inactive remnants of our past as well, like bridges, silos, passing by freight boats and an abandoned Coast Guard station, which is a big draw for first timers and people looking for photo gold. The Coast Guard station is a very keen building built in a mid-century modern style design and is essentially in ruins. Plans have been made by the city of Cleveland to repair it, but it has been very secretive. Nevertheless, it is pretty cool to check out. The beaches here are beautiful, with loads of washed up driftwood that makes you want to take up carpentry. Sunsets are made even more romantic by the cool breeze and the sound of waves lapping on shore and trains passing by in the background. The small wooded area is relaxing as well. People watching is always fun too, and for such a secluded park, it is very safe. The most menacing thing in the park is the ample supply of duck poop. Unfortunately the beach area is a bit small and littered with washed up plastic, but swimming here is safe and pleasurable. I don't know of any park like this. The park bar, Cropicana, is worth missing.


Dim Sum At Cleveland's Li Wah
Business/Location: Li Wah
Address: 2999 Payne Ave
City: Cleveland
State: OH
Zip Code: 44114
Phone: 216 589 9552
Website: liwahrestaurant.com/

Posted by:  oliver ray
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   Li Wah
Li Wah is one of those gems you rarely come across can make you feel giddy eating there. Li Wah is what Cleveland's Bo Loong used to be, the best damn Dim Sum for hundreds of miles. You can't talk about Li Wah without talking about Bo Loong. Bo Loong used to be the best Dim Sum because of their highest quality food that beat the competition by leaps and bounds. However, in the last few years they have gone very far downhill for some reason, and Li Wah has filled their shoes for the better. Li Wah has actually gone a step further by providing the same great food and added a much nicer dining area and better staff. For you Dim Sum noobs, what I'm talking about is a restaurant that serves you scrumptious food that you pick out not from a menu but from little old Chinese ladies that push around heated steel carts filled with dumplings, rice goods, turnip cakes, seafood, desserts and other goodies that you point to and nod at. They then place it on your table, mark it on a card that you ordered it and you eagerly hunt down the next cart while scarfing down your food. Again, this place has really good food that's not very greasy and you can stuff two people for about $30, and that is going way overboard on the food intake. They offer Dim Sum from 10 to 3 every day, and that's when they're the busiest. Sadly, their dinner menu is costly and not worth mentioning over other locations. Lunchtime is their main event. Located in Asia Town, they are easily reached from anywhere in the area.


Sushi 86 In Downtown Cleveland
Business/Location: Sushi 86
Address: Prospect Ave
City: Cleveland
State: OH
Zip Code: 44115
Phone: 216 621 8686
Website: www.sushi86.com/

Posted by:  oliver ray
Photo:  oliver ray
   Sushi 86
Sushi 86 is one of those places that you see when walking around Downtown and not immediately drawn to visually. The interior is clean but not dressed up; it is welcoming but by no means sucks you in. That is why for a long time it is just one of those places I kept forgetting about until my folks were in town and wanted to eat some sushi before they had to fly home. We were within walking distance, so we headed over. The atmosphere is okay, they have lots of Ikea furniture and most everything is all white and sterile. The menu, although not packed with an overwhelming amount of selections, is good and has the basics with a few interesting additions. One item I saw was Danny's BLT roll ($11.95). I tried that and a few others. Bam! As soon as you see what you ordered, you realize it is not the atmosphere you come for, it is the sushi. The sushi is very well presented as well as very fresh and it tastes good. The freshness of the fish comparable to Cleveland Heights' Pacific East, the areas best known sushi restaurant. The BLT roll was the one item I was most drawn to because I had never seen anything like it elsewhere. It is by far not traditional but the flavors of bacon, smoked salmon, tomato and spicy mayonnaise and more are well considered, as is everything else I tried. The balance of flavor in everything I tried was good. I'm definitely going back for another lunchtime meal, as it is very good, and relatively cheap. Sushi 86 is certainly more of a lunchtime eatery.


Cleveland's Colossal Cupcakes
Business/Location: Colossal Cupcakes
Address: 530 Euclid Ave
City: Cleveland
State: OH
Zip Code: 44114
Phone: (216)938-9609
Website: thecolossalcupcakes.com/

Posted by:  oliver ray
Photo:  oliver ray
   Colossal Cupcakes
Need that sweet something for the day in exorbitant quantities? Like Cupcakes? Big Cupcakes? Colossal Cupcakes might be for you then. This store only sells cupcakes for your sweet tooth binge. The cupcakes are like the name advertises, colossal. They're not so big you couldn't finish one off by yourself, but they are certainly a meal on their own and could be split between two people easily. Making a big cupcake is a bit of a challenge, but many people can pull it off, and many do. Like with anything worth mentioning, the people here do it well, and that is what sets them apart. The cakes are good, fresh and moist. They have enough icing to be tasteful but not so much that your teeth hurt biting into it. The cake parts of the ones I've tried are really flavorful and not dull like one you might get at a grocery store. They're putting something into each batter to make them taste a specific way, not the generic way, and I like that they go that extra mile. They also must have gotten a good deal on pink paint or something because this must be the pinkest store for miles. When you walk in it is definitely a very girly girl vibe you get here. They have a nice little sitting area to eat your cupcake and digest. I really liked the Bello Limoncello, Snicker Doodle, Cookie Dough and Margherita flavored ones. Bon apetit! NOM NOM NOM!