Ohio City Galley -- Cleveland, OH

The Ohio City Galley opened up on October 26th. Nestled in the the historic Forest City Savings and Trust Building on the corner of West 25th and Detroit Ave in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood, the Ohio City Galley acts as a restaurant incubator for four different concepts. The inside of the building is industrial with exposed brick, long communal tables with hanging exposed light bulbs over each table. The Galley is divided into two spaces, a bar area where bartenders make craft cocktails and the restaurant space which looks like an upscale, fast-casual food court. Free parking across the street from The Ohio City Galley makes for easy access to the building.

The four restaurants housed within the space are: The Rice Shop, Tinman, Sauce the City, and Poca. All restaurants serve brunch, lunch, and dinner with different menu items for each. The large open space makes it easy to see each menu and make decisions from the menu boards. We went yesterday for brunch around noon and T…

Kitty Brew Cat Café -- Mason, OH

Dave's favorite thing to do when we visit a new city is to find out if they have a cat cafe, as a result we've visited them in Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Amsterdam. While we're looking forward to one opening in the Cleveland area, on our recent trip to Cincinnati, Dave wanted to find time to visit Kitty Brew Cat Café. If you've never been to a cat cafe, it's a great way to spend some time. There is always a division between the food/drinks and the cats, in this case, it was a viewing window from the cafe into the cat lounge. Kitty Brew Cat Café had a large cafe area with plenty of options, although I wanted to get one of the specialty drinks, Dave wanted to keep is simple so we ordered an iced macchiato and a cookie. After we ordered we went next door to the lounge and our order was delivered to us when it was ready.

As international cat cafe visitors we were really happy with the hour we spent at Kitty Brew Cat Café, the staff was knowledgeable, the coffee was goo…

Asian Lantern Festival -- Cleveland, OH

The Asian Lantern Festival was meant to be a one month engagement at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. I tried to coordinate a group of friends to attend during that month, but the day we could go the weather was terrible. Dave then heard that the event was extended through Labor Day weekend which gave us another opportunity to check it out. I was surprised how busy the event was when we arrived at 6:00 last night, but the weather was great and it's a long weekend. There were three pricing options -- tickets for members, non-members, and family four packs. With the family four pack we were able to attend for $11.50 a person which is slightly below the price for regular adult admission to the zoo.

We loved this event and I hope that it's something the zoo thinks about sponsoring again. 

All of us drove straight from work so we were ready to eat when we first entered. The zoo had several of their regular concessions open as well as outside vendors on site. We ordered from Li Wah…