Sunday mornings are the only morning that I actually cook breakfast through the week. One of my favorites is a dish I first enjoyed at Kouzzina in Disney several years back before it closed. Simply scrambled eggs with Roma tomatoes, spinach and feta with a bit of salt and black pepper. Yum.
So, my post today – nonmath, is about some great meals I shared with friends at TMC18.
After arriving Tuesday evening, my roommate Mary and I ventured out to find some later than usual supper. We happened upon The Chocolate Bar. Of course we wanted to try an entree with chocolate in it – that was part of the experience, right? Well, our server was a bit hesitant of our choice of the white chocolate pasta. She said, you will either love it or hate it, and you cannot send it back. So made another choice…
Flatbread with melted mozzarella, strawberries, balsamic reduction, basil and white chocolate shavings. Sliced turkey sandwich with jack cheese, greens and raspberry mayo. And their water glasses, rotated around, are oblique… how could we use those in geometry class, right?
The following day was desmos pre-conference, which we are pampered with some yummy breakfast and tasty lunch. Thanks guys! You always make us feel loved!
That evening, Mary and I ventured to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. What a treat! I believe my favorite things were notebooks and papers with lyrics scribbled on them. Words crossed out and replaced – actual hand written pieces made me know these were real people…
We came back through 4th Street area and met up with my Kentucky pals, Jenn & Laura, at Zocalo. My Mexican flatbread was all the flavors I love. Though I could have overstuffed myself, I chose to skip most of the bread and finish off the toppings. It was so good. And their guac was quite tasty as well.
Opening day of TMC, we chose The Hot Spot, knowing service would be a bit slow, and upon arriving, seeing only one gentlemen serving tables. But my hearty-homestyle breakfast of fried tators, toast, eggs and bacon were just right. But the fresh-squeezed OJ, I could have drank that all day. So refreshing.
Mary, Jenny & I all had sessions that afternoon, so for lunch we wanted wanted something reasonably quick – that we could bring back to the beautiful campus of St. Ignatius and enjoy the perfect weather. We stopped into the Souper Market just down the street. Small, but quick and friendly service. My grilled cheese was good, my spicy tomato soup was scrumptious. Just a bit of heat, great flavor. Their salads looked amazing too!
I love all the people of TMC, but I am not a big crowd person. Small, quiet settings of people enjoying conversation in the evenings help me keep leveled out from the exciting, sometimes overwhelming (good kind of way) – work of my brain all day. Many were already attending the first timers dinner. Mary put a tweet out we were walking back up to Lake Erie if anyone wanted to join. Yay Cori & Elissa was along for the walk!
We had a good meal at Nuevo, which was very near the water. Sitting outside was great, except the sun was setting and Elissa had to strategically position herself in Cori’s shadow. The guac was my favorite part of the meal. Trying new things is always a fun venture. But I kept it safe, not choosing the beef tongue and going with chicken. lol It was great just chatting and enjoying the company.
The next morning, we made an attempt to locate the crepes place. Someone shared it was closed, so we stepped into West Side Market Cafe. I learned what a red-eye coffee was, thanks Wendy – I know red-eye gravy… But too much caffeine may keep me up for days!!! They had an eggs benedict special with spinach, tomato and feta. Do you remember my favorite breakfast treat? Of course, I wanted to try it!
I will behonest, I wasn’t sure about the homefries when they first came out. But they were so tasty. Crunchy edges, soft centers. And I very much enjoyed my eggs.
For lunch that day, we took ran a little over, searching West Side Market before actually ending up at the Flying Fig. Pulled Pork Nachos – with pickled red onions as a garnish. Again, great choice. Perfect serving size. It was a fun atmosphere sitting on the street, once again, great weather…until we just finished up and it started sprinkling.
Mary and I ventured back to The Chocolate Bar – we had to get dessert! We split another flatbread, philly steak, she got a sundae and I chose the peanut butter mud – Creamy milk chocolate and buttery caramel with sweet and salty peanut crunch all layered twice over a brownie cake base ( from the menu, gotta be good, right?).
For breakfast the following day, it was sprinkling rain, but we loaded up the car with Jenn, Allison, James, Cortni, Mary and myself and were on a mission for crepes at West Side Market!!! Strawberries with lemon curd. oh. so. good.
And a few souvenir treats for home. BUT I forgot MY POPCORN!!!
I also grabbed this pecan, sweet roll thingy from here for a mid morning snack. The only thing that could have made it better… 10 seconds heated in microwave. delicious. I am not a macaroon fan, but my daughter loves them. The Jerky – the dr. pepper was fine but I really like the spicy lamb. yummo.
Some of our morning session buddies had invited us to join them for lunch. We ended up at Great Lakes Brewing. The pesto chicken was very good. It was my last meal before leaving for home.
Math, Memories & Meals…
Cleveland was a nice surprise for me. It is a place, I would enjoy visiting again.