Steve’s Gyros at the West Side Market

This past Saturday the hubby and I packed up the toddler for our annual Easter weekend trip to the West Side Market.  We parked in our usual spot down the street, since the parking lot is always packed the day before Easter.  It’s become my duty the past few years to purchase the traditional “lamb cake” from Cake Royale to bring to my sister’s house for the holiday.  

As we entered the indoor area of the market, the delicious smell hit us as usual.  But this time, we decided to actually grab lunch to bring home with us.   We had to decide between sausage hoagies at Frank’s Bratwurst or Steve’s Gyros.   We went with Steve’s Gyros, apparently these things are considered the best gyros in the country by both Maxim Magazine and Continental Airlines Magazine.  For $7, the regular gyro was huge, it had enough meat in it for two gyros.   The meat was piled up in chunks, and the cucumber sauce had a nice kick to it.   I’ll definitely have to go there for lunch again.   I already love going to the West Side Market Cafe for brunch, and next time I’m going to have to try a sausage hoagie as well!   Mmm…I’m getting hungry.  I love that place.

Until next time,



Brunch at West Side Market Cafe and Rockettes

Yesterday was a fun little girls’ day out with two of my sisters, my mom and my 5 year-old niece.   A few months ago I picked up some tickets to go see the Sunday matinee performance of Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular.    Again, as we did before going to see Wicked earlier in the year at PlayhouseSquare, we had brunch at the West Side Market Cafe.   Mostly, because I love the Benedict Arnold and hashbrowns, a big plate of eggs benedict with grilled tomato and chunks of avocado.     Despite my sisters’ fears that we’d be late for the show, our food at the cafe came pretty fast and we made it to the show 15 minutes early.  

The show was a lot of fun, especially for my mom and my 5 year-old niece.   I do think I appreciate productions with a storyline to follow more than I appreciated this, though it was a fun show to see regardless.   And the best part for me, which, in this politically correct world of ours truly shocked me that it hasn’t been axed from the show since 1933 when it first started, was the last scene, The Living Nativity.  This depiction of the nativity scene was beautiful, with a performance of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing!” and a narration of the following text:

One Solitary Life
He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never had a family or owned a home. He never set foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never wrote a book, or held an office. He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness. While He was still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against Him. His friends deserted Him. He was turned over to His enemies, and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had — His coat. When He was dead, He was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave. Two thousand years have come and gone, and today He is the central figure for much of the human race. All the armies that ever marched and all the navies that ever sailed and all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as this “One Solitary Life.”

The origins of this essay can be found here.

Until next time,


Reposting from Mama Biz

I came across another Cleveland mom who seems to enjoy living in Cleveland and writing about it.   Her post from October 15th:

West Side Market – Another reason why Cleveland is great…
October 15, 2008 at 9:53 am (Life in Cleveland)

American Planning Association names West Side Market one of 2008 Great Public Spaces in America

For Americans accustomed to doing their grocery shopping in indistinguishable supermarkets, the West Side Market offers shoppers an authentic and human experience. Cultures from around the world collide here as Chilean sea bass, homemade Lithuanian sausage, European cheeses, and freshly baked bread are all found beneath one roof. Vendors hail from Ireland, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Greece, Poland, Russia, and the Middle East. Some have had family stalls at the market for generations.

After shopping for the best prices on lamb shanks, standing rib roasts, and cow tongue, many patrons head to the balcony that overlooks the entire market, or grab lunch next to the local businessmen and women who come to market for a quick bratwurst or falafel sandwich.

The American Planning Association (APA) has named West Side Market as one of the 2008 Great Public Spaces in America for its functionality as a neighborhood gathering place and fresh food market; its engaging atmosphere; and its role as an anchor in the community, stimulating nearby commercial and residential activity.

The APA just points out what every Clevelander *should* already know… That the West Side Market is just another great place that makes Cleveland a perfect place to live.

You should go check her out at and check out her “Life in Cleveland” category.

Until next time,


Cleveland in National Sustainability Rankings

Just read a great blogpost at Local Food Cleveland regarding the city of Cleveland’s #1 ranking in the categories of local food/agriculture and water supply.   I think it’s fantastic that locals are starting to embrace the trend of gardening and making purchases from farmer’s markets, taking advantage of the benefits of our great location.   Looks like we’re tied with Chicago and Milwaukee for water supply.

Cleveland also ranked 1st in Metro Street Congestion, 3rd for natural disaster risk and 8th for having a green economy.   More results can be found here.

I was a bit surprised that Cleveland ranked 22nd for affordable housing.   I am apparently more clueless than I realize, though the data uses average housing prices and average income levels to come to this conclusion.  

Anyhow, if you can’t find a local farmer’s market, I highly recommend checking out the West Side Market some Saturday morning soon to do your groceyr shopping for the week.   It amazes me how many people in the Cleveland area have never been there.  Then again, my first trip there was only about 3 years ago.  I have yet to try the Gyros there, but I am told they are the best in the city…and I’ve had some pretty good Gyros around this city.

Until next time,