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The Mister and I don’t always see completely eye to eye on culinary favoritism. Yes, we can both admit that something is “good.” And we certainly both recognize a good slice when we see it. But we’re not those couples who can go out to eat and share eachother’s entrees.
1.) His #1 choice might be my #7 choice and vice versa. Someone is always “settling.”
But more importantly,
2.) We don’t like to share.
We are going to be such incredible role models for our son, I know.
Anyway #1 also rears its ugly head when we are making restaurant decisions. We fall into the indecisive trap of wanting to make the other person happy, but also wanting to have a “favorite” meal ourselves. These conversations often lead to yelling, exasperation and normally resort to toddler-like behaviors — again, model parents, here.
While we can both agree on our favorite restaurants, we also aren’t millionaires and keep most night-out dinners to reasonable, close-proximity places that don’t charge 20+ for an entree.
Anyway, this weekend, we finally settled on a return visit to Gia Lai — and we may have actually found a place that sits in the top 3 on both of our go-to lists.
As explained on the website:
Gia Lai will be nothing short of an industry trendsetter rewarding diners who demand the best of all worlds. We transform authentic Southeast Asian cuisines made with fresh “from scratch” ingredients into tasty delights while transporting you to our vision of the modern day dining experience fit for an Emperor. Follow the spice road to our luxurious stocked bar and enjoy our hand-crafted signature cocktails gathered from all corners of the globe.
Not sure how I feel about thoe whole “emperor” bit – would he be wearing new clothes? — but, nevertheless, the place is quite delicious.
And so pretty!
Because we know pretty places make delicious food
I’ve now enjoyed the rice paper rolls more than once and the Mister and I agree they are some of the best we’ve had. See that? We’re agreeing.
I enjoy shrimp, while the Mister goes with pork.
Tip: Make sure to ask for a side of fish sauce — they are served with a peanut sauce that is quite delicious, but the fish sauce is better
For our entrees, I ordered a large bowl of the crab and asparagus soup. I’m doing us all a favor by not sharing the photo — completely unappetizing, totally delicious. The Mister ordered the traditional pho (again for a second time) – pronounced ’fu’ – like fun without the “n” (with beef) and said it’s some of the best he’s had.
Special tip: ask for extra siracha!
I can’t speak to the dessert. While it looked delicious, there was a frozen yogurt bar around the corner. Need I go on?
Clevelanders — make sure you check out Gia Lai – and you can thank me later for your avoidance of the “dinner decision” debacle.
We all know that Vitamix machines rock socks off, right? Well, I don’t know about you, but paying $600 + on a machine isn’t exactly a drop in the bucket. Hope is here. Vitamix is opening their first factory outlet store for the holiday season!
The Vitamix factory outlet store will be open 7 days a week from November 19 until mid-January. There, you can take advantage of purchasing a like-new Vitamix (at much friendlier prices!) and mingling with guest chefs performing weekend demonstrations. For those Clevelanders who want to check it out, the address is: 4720 Great Northern Blvd, North Olmsted — The store is located in the HH Gregg Plaza, around the corner from HH Gregg.
At a Vitamix blogger event, I was able to get a sneak peak at all the Holiday activity. Chef Rocco, of the famed Fahrenheit, was there to whip up some incredible Miso Sauce and Ahi Tuna. I could have eaten the sauce with a spoon, no Ahi required.
Chef Rocco will soon be starring in a new show on the Food Network, so I was able to pick his brain about that, too. It sounds like a great show — and features several Cleveland chefs!! I’m telling you, foodies, Cleveland is the place to be.
But Chef Rocco wasn’t the only big wig in the Vitamix house. Bev Shaffer was also there to provide demonstrations and DELICIOUS Holiday recipes.
How does Berry Kiss sorbet and homemade chocolate espresso fondue sound? Amazing, I know. And they were.
Lucky for you, I have in my little hands (that actually aren’t so little) the TOP SECRET recipes. I will share them next week. Sorry to tease, but hunger really does make the best sauce — other than Chef Rocco, of course.
Thank you, Vitamix, for an incredible event!
I’m awkwardly holding up my bag in an attempt to hide the enormous chocolate fondue glob I dropped on my shirt. Classy. You seriously can’t take me anywhere.
It’s no secret that the Mister and I are a couple theater dorks. We’re subscribers to the Playhouse Square Musical Theater series and I look forward to every single show we attend (it helps that cupcakes are normally involved, too).
So when Playhouse Square contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in attending this year’s Jump Back Ball as a blogger partner, I nearly squealed with delight.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Jump Back Ball is merely the hottest party of the year in Cleveland! Boasting sell-out crowds for the past six years, PlayhouseSquare Partners strive to create an atmosphere that takes the idea of a benefit to the next level. Guests come early and leave late – there is no other event like it.
Jump Back Ball 2012 will be on February 25, 2012 at PlayhouseSquare with the theme: “Through the Looking Glass”, which is based on Alice in Wonderland.
Why am I telling you about a February event now? Easy. Because on November 3rd at Market Garden Brewery (1947 West 25th Street in Cleveland), you’ll have your first opportunity to purchase tickets at the Ticket Kickoff Happy Hour. From 6-8pm, enjoy complimentary appetizers, drink specials, prizes and the best deal on Jump Back Ball tickets.
Tickets will be $130 at the Kickoff. The next morning, the ticket price goes up to $150 when they go on sale online. $20 is a lot of lattes
It’s also PlayhouseSquare’s largest fundraiser with the partially tax-deductible ticket supporting the theatre’s non-profit mission, so you can feel good and party at the same time!
***Disclosure: I was asked by Playhouse Square to be an official Jump Back Ball blogger. In exchange for blogging about Jump Back Ball and events leading up to it, I will receive 2 tickets to Jump Back Ball. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***