Winter Break Road Trip: Tensuke Market in Columbus, OH

Dec 29, 16 Winter Break Road Trip: Tensuke Market in Columbus, OH

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My good friend Rhonda fell in love with the Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking cookbook, and wanted to stock up on Japanese ingredients at Tensuke Market in Columbus, OH. A road trip to a Japanese market? How could I say no? It was a fantastic little market – packed with people for their end of year sale. It was a...

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Road Trip: Seattle

Oct 27, 16 Road Trip: Seattle

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I’m on a road trip! Which, this time around, is a euphemism for “At a conference for the day job.” An army marches on its stomach. – Napoleon Bonaparte I travel to see new places, meet new people…oh, who am I kidding. I travel to eat. Seattle has a fantastic food scene, and I have too many suggestions...

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Road Trip: Everything Food Conference 2016

May 24, 16 Road Trip: Everything Food Conference 2016

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My trip to Everything Food Conference 2016 in Salt Lake City. Fantastic!

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Salt Lake City Food Tips? #EFC2016

May 16, 16 Salt Lake City Food Tips? #EFC2016

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I’m off to Salt Lake City this week for the  Everything Food Conference. I have never been to Utah or Salt Lake City, and I’m looking to my readers for suggestions.  Anyone out there been to SLC? If I have some a free afternoon or evening, where should I go, and what should I do? Any local food specialities I...

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A Farewell to West Point Market

Jan 05, 16 A Farewell to West Point Market

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West Point Market was an Akron institution. Unfortunately, I’m using the past tense – West Point closed its doors last week. I couldn’t bring myself to go to the closing sale. I’m sure there were some great deals, especially on wine, but It felt too much like scavengers picking over the bones. Wine is what brought me to West...

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#GrillTalk at Certified Angus Beef

Jun 23, 15 #GrillTalk at Certified Angus Beef

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Road trip to Certified Angus Beef’s culinary education center, just down the road from me in Wooster, OH.

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Road Trip: The Big Harvest Potluck 2014

Sep 30, 14 Road Trip: The Big Harvest Potluck 2014

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Why are you calling yourself a “D list blogger”? The salad line stretches out in the shadow of an ancient tree. It’s lunchtime at The Big Harvest Potluck, and Cheryl Sternman Rule is giving me a swift kick in the pants about my attitude. Why do that to yourself? Who are you comparing yourself to? Cheryl is a skilled interrogator,...

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Blogger Duck University 2014 at Maple Leaf Farms

Jun 17, 14 Blogger Duck University 2014 at Maple Leaf Farms

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This is the story about my trip to Blogger Duck University 2014 at Maple Leaf Farms. Maple Leaf Farms paid for the classes, my meals, and my lodging. The thoughts are my own. Phew, now I’m good with the FCC. Duck Fact: Only the female duck quacks! I love duck. It’s one of my favorite things to order at a restaurant, usually as...

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Road Trip: Frank Cianciola and Son

May 13, 14 Road Trip: Frank Cianciola and Son

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[UPDATE 2016-11-11: Cianciola’s is closed. They were bought out and shut down by a larger food distributor. Darn.] Cianciola’s is an Italian food importer and distributor in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood. Their main business is supplying local pizzerias and Italian restaurants in the Akron area, but they are open to the...

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Road Trip: Weber Grills – Palatine Factory

Mar 25, 14 Road Trip: Weber Grills – Palatine Factory

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July 4th kettle(Painted for display, not for cooking) I’m a Weber fanatic. I’ve always loved to eat, but cooking came to me later in life. When we bought our house, I had to have a grill for the back yard, and I asked my Dad to get me a Weber kettle as a housewarming gift. That’s when I dove head first into the world of food. My...

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Road Trip – Seasons of My Heart Cooking School in Oaxaca, Mexico

Feb 11, 14 Road Trip – Seasons of My Heart Cooking School in Oaxaca, Mexico

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Susana Trilling’s cooking school, Seasons of My Heart, has been on my bucket list for a while. I learned about it years ago; probably from Rick Bayless, but maybe from Susana’s cookbook, which I picked up at the library. Oaxaca is acclaimed as the best food city in Mexico, famous for its seven different types of mole, the complex...

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Road Trip – Market District – Grand Opening in Green, OH

Nov 12, 13 Road Trip – Market District – Grand Opening in Green, OH

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Market District is a new type of grocery store. Start with a normal Giant Eagle store. Add a wide selection of specialty and gourmet cooking supplies. Include a cafe, and a food court with a wok station, sushi bar, pizzeria, and wine bar. Then stand back, and try to avoid being trampled by the lucky people in Green, Ohio, as they...

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Road Trip: Le Creuset Outlet Store

Oct 22, 13 Road Trip: Le Creuset Outlet Store

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Never trust a pot you can lift.– Tom Johnson Back in the late 90’s, when I was first starting out as a home cook, I stumbled across a Le Creuset outlet store in St. Augustine, Florida. I bought a ton of cookware. OK, maybe not an actual ton, but I’m sure it felt that way to the UPS guy when the boxes arrived at my house. Now,...

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All Clad Factory Sale Summer 2013

May 07, 13 All Clad Factory Sale Summer 2013

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Looking for information about the latest All-Clad factory sale? Here are my All-Clad posts. All-Clad Factory Sale: Summer 2013*The dates for this summer’s All-Clad factory sale have been announced, so I’m posting a heads-up for my readers… All-Clad’s factory is located in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Twice a...

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Road Trip: West Side Market

Apr 23, 13 Road Trip: West Side Market

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Cleveland’s West Side Market, on the corner of West 25th and Lorain Avenue, is one of the few public markets that remained open during the dark days when grocery store giants roamed the land, crushing everything in their…ahem, sorry, got carried away there. The West Side Market opened in 1912, and celebrated its 100th anniversary...

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Road Trip: Food Warehouses

Mar 26, 13 Road Trip: Food Warehouses

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Part of my haul from the food warehouse A GFS Marketplace just opened in my neighborhood. I’m excited; this means I don’t have to make a cross-town trip to stock up my kitchen. Now, I’m a buy local kind of guy. I try to support the food businesses around me. I shop at my local farmers market, and I’m a member of a CSA. I’m the kind...

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Road Trip: Vitamix Factory Outlet Store

Oct 30, 12 Road Trip: Vitamix Factory Outlet Store

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  Vitamix – the blender of the pros. When I visit a smoothie shop, they have a line of Viatamix blenders, each with a noise reducing cover. My health food store uses them to make shots of wheatgrass juice.  If you know a Raw Food fanatic, someone who believes cooking food kills nutrients, I’ll bet they have a...

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Road Trip: Penzeys Spices

Jul 31, 12 Road Trip: Penzeys Spices

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Looking for great spices in Northeastern Ohio? Make a trip to Penzeys Spices in Woodmere. I’ve bought mail order spices from Penzeys for years, and they finally opened a store close enough to drive to.Penzeys is a national chain – there may be one located near you. If not, check out Penzeys.com, or get on the catalog...

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Road Trip: Sherman Provision

Jun 12, 12 Road Trip: Sherman Provision

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Looking for pork in the Akron area? Sherman Provisions is worth a trip. From simple cuts like pork loin and Boston butt, through pork jowls, and trotters, neck bones and pork belly. They even have whole pig heads available in their meat case. And, if you need a whole pig, give them a call – they can fill the order with at...

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Fabulous Food Show Spring 2012

May 01, 12 Fabulous Food Show Spring 2012

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I had a great time at the Fabulous Food Show at the IX Center in Cleveland last weekend. The entire show was focused on grilling, and I was in heaven as I wandered around the show floor. Weber grills was the main sponsor, and everywhere I turned there was another grill to see. I got to check out the huge 22 inch smokey mountain...

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Road Trip: Hana Asian Market

Apr 24, 12 Road Trip: Hana Asian Market

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*My Road Trip posts look at stores for home cooks in the Akron area, my home town. If you don’t live in Northeast Ohio, seek out your local ethnic and gourmet markets. You can travel around the world without leaving your city! Hana Asian Market, in the Merriman Valley area of Akron, has a great selection of Asian groceries....

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Steven Raichlen and Jamie Purviance at the Spring 2012 Fabulous Food Show

Apr 10, 12 Steven Raichlen and Jamie Purviance at the Spring 2012 Fabulous Food Show

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Two of my grilling influences, Steven Raichlen and Jamie Purviance, will be at the Fabulous Food Show in Cleveland on April 28th and 29th. Oh, and some guys named Emeril Lagasse and Bobby Flay will also be there. Steven Raichlen is the author of the Barbecue! Bible series of cookbooks, and host of Primal Grill on PBS. Jamie...

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