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  1. RagallachMC

    Top 100 Beers: Beer Advocate Magazine

    I agree with eje. I don't have the magazine in front of me, but if I recall 5 or 6 of their top 10 are imperial stouts, Imperial IPAs, or double IPAs. Now don't get me wrong, I think those beers are great, but sometimes less is more. [edit] And honestly, how many people have had the Westvleteren 12? I think its scacity drives its rating up. Or maybe I'm just jealous 'cause I've never had it.
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    Belgian Beer

    5. Saison Dupont 4. Geuze Boon 3. De Koninck 2. Duvel 1. (tie) Chimay Blanche and Bosteels Tripel Karmeleit If we include american producers of Belgian styles, then Ommegang's Hennepin would have to be squeezed in there somewhere.
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    Beer Glassware

    That Pils glass is nice. I'm gonna have to head out to C+B and get a few. Riedel does do a beer glass in its overture line, and it isn't cheap. beer glass. It's not really a tulip glass, though. I did find the contact for an american distributor for Rastal glass. I'm gonna call him and see if he can help me. I'll keep you posted.
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    Beer Glassware

    The tulip glass on the left of the picture that TongoRad posted is similar to what I'm looking for. I want something unetched or unmarked. A plain, unbranded tulip glass. I've already checked out most of the sites that you guys posted, but thanks for trying to help me out.
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    Beer Glassware

    I was paging through my copy of 'Michael Jackson's Great Beer Guide' the other day, and there's this glass in there I've been trying to find. I can't even find a picture of it to link up to, so I'll have to describe it. It's a footed, tulip shaped beer glass without any engraving or writing on it. It's featured several time throughout the book. The book says that all of their glasses came from the breweries themselves or German glass maker Rastal. I checked their site and couldn't find it. So my question: Does anyone know who makes this glass and where to buy it? Also, are their any online or offline retailers for beer glasses that you like? Thanks for the help!
  6. I haven't been to the Phoenix coffee on Lee, but they used to have one on the west side near where I live. Good stuff. Algebra Tea is also quite good, although I haven't been there in a little while (don't get out to the east side as much as I used to). Although BP's coffee is good in a pinch, it's not great by any stretch of the imagination. How is the daybreak coffee, improvchef44? I know a couple of folks who buy alot from them and they swear buy it. I might have to make a trip out there before work sometime.
  7. My brother moved to Milwaukee last year, and I had a chance to visit him a few months ago. On the Sunday morning that I was there we had brunch at Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro. I was very pleasantly surprised! One of the finest Bistro dining experiences I've had outside of Europe. Very old school and authentic, and just a stones throw from the art museum. Next time I go, I'm definatly making room in my schedule to have dinner there.
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    High Alcohol Beers

    Great Lakes Brewery makes a couple of great High ABV beers. Blackout Stout is a Russian Imperial that clocks in at 9% ABV, and Nosferatu an American Red Ale that runs a little less at 8% ABV. They used to be exclusive to the brewery, but they have bottled some of them in limited batches. Definatly worth tracking down if you live in the midwest (or just driving to the brewery if you live in Cleveland). I also enjoy many of the high ABV Abbey style Belgians. The Westvleteren 12 is my fave, but all of them are good and worth looking for. Goose Island's Demolition is good, as is there Imperial IPA (although it's very, very hoppy). Also, if you can find it, Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout is fantastic. I had to have my local beer purveyor order me a few, but it was worth it. EDIT: Almost forgot another local favorite. Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.'s Siberian Night Imperial Stout. 9% ABV, but you'd never know it. Very smooth and very drinkable. Great beer.
  9. Going back and re-reading my first post, I realize I was only talking about SouthAmerican/Central American cuisine and failed to address my favorite: Mexican. In my opionion there are three must visit Mexican restaurants in Cleveland: 1. Nuevo Acapulco. Located out in the Western suburb of North Olmsted, Nuevo is a great Mexican restaurant and offers some respite from all the McChains that dot N. Olmsted. If you go on Sunday afternoons (after church) I've seen them offer a special menu that is even more traditional than their regular menu. Unfortunately, they usually don't offer it to non-hispanics, so ask them (the special menu is all en espanol, so brush up on your menu spanish). 2. Mi Pueblo. This seems to be the favorite of the real mexicans in Cleveland. It has almost a cafeteria vibe to it, but the food is authentic and very tasty. 3. Luchita's. IMHO, the best mexican restaurant in town. There are several Luchita's scattered about town now, but the W. 117th location is the original and the best. Great mole. Great tacos. Great margaritas. The only bad thing I can say about them is that they don't carry Pacifico Beer (My favorite mexican beer which would make Luchita's just about perfect).
  10. Every time I've been in there or gone past, it's been busy. I have to believe the place is doing well.
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    Cookbooks published in 2005

    I've had a chance to see an advance copy of Ruhlman and Polcyn's book on Charcuterie. The copy I saw was no frills (no pictures), but it's a must for anybody who is interested in the topic. Covers just about every aspect of charcuterie that you could possibly want to know about in depth and with precision. I'm definatly going to get a copy when it's released.
  12. My wife and I went there last month. I got out of work early, and since our son was staying with my mother for the night, we decided to have an impromptu date. We got to Lolita about 9:30 pm, since it was a weeknight the place was pretty quiet but there were a few tables finishing up and a few people at the bar. We sat at the bar and were promptly handed menus and a wine list. I'll be honest and say that I don't know a whole lot about Spanish or Greek wines, so I asked a few questions aboutsome of the selections on the wine list. The bartender (whose name embarresingly escapes me right now) was knowledgeable about the list and answered all my questions. We ordered a bottle of Cava and turned our attention to the menu. The menu offered 20 (I think) small plates, some appetizers, a couple of salads, and maybe 10 entrees. My wife and I were drawn to the small plates so we ordered 16 different items, 8 to start with and then 8 more when we killed the first batch. I don't remember them all, but here's the ones I do: Crispy risotto, chicken livers, and spring peas. So good! The risotto was crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside, The livers tasted almost like foie gras they were so rich, and the peas and the perfect snap to them. Stuffed calamari. Stuffed with a mediterranean rice pilaf. Very simple but well executed and very tasty. My wife's favorite. Tellagio cheese. I love Tellagio, so this was a no brainer for me. Perfect temperature (I hate cold tellagio). Cured pork loin. I forget the fancy name for this. It was shaved very thin and served with pickled ramps, some bread, and a fig jam. It melted in my mouth. Meatballs. Little meatballs served in a tomato sauce. Again, a simple dish well executed. Roasted peppers. A small bowl of julienned roasted peppers, and small olives. Unimpressed. Spanakopita. Good, but not great. The pastry was a touch undercooked, and it just lacked a full flavor. Fried smelts with lemon aioli. Really good! I could have eaten a huge bowl of these. The aioli was great too. Salumi du jour. This was an actual salami. Very good, with the same setup as the cured pork. Roquefort cheese. I forget where this cheese came from, but it was very good. Very earthy. That's all I can remember right now, but there were at least 6 others. After we finished our cava and let the food settle a bit, we ordered and split a florless chocolate cake with ouzo whipped cream and 2 cappucinos. The cappucinos were great and the flourless cake was very good. The ouzo cream was also well done. Just enough to leave a flavor impression, but not so much that the anis overpowered the chocolate. All in all a very nice experience. Great food, great service, and not a bad price either. We ate all that food, a bottle of cava, 2 cappucinos, tax and tip, and got out for under 100 dollars. Defiantely worth a visit.
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    Middle Eastern Food in Cleveland

    There's a small grocery store that's attached to the West Side Market (the name escapes me right now). I know I've seen pomegranate molasses there before, and I'm pretty sure they carry aleppo pepper. If they don't, Asian Spices and Sauce inside the Market would be a good place to check. Also, there are a couple of Middle Eastern grocery stores on W 117th near the I90 exit that might be worth a shot (and they're near Luchita's if you want to grab a great Mexican meal. MMMmmmmm......Luchita's).
  14. Thanks for the review Nancy. You have definatly aroused my curiosity (and my hunger).
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    Cleveland's Asian restaurants

    I hate throwing up a post that just agrees with the last one, but..... I have to agree with torakris. Pacific East is waaayyy better than Shinano's There's a Japanese restaurant in Strongsville that I haven't checked out yet. I can't remember the name right now, but some of my family went there and they said it was great. Also, as far as chains go, PF Chang's is a decent one. I've been to the Beachwood one a couple of times and a decent meal there each time. I had the scallops last time and they were really good. I agree that we should support home-grown restaurants, but sometimes our non-food educated bretheren will insist on the chains.
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