Yelp Review of Networking with the Presentationist

Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar 

Category: Gastropubs

Update – 6/1/2011

LAKEWOOD, OHIO – Caught up with a new content marketing/social media contact yesterday.

We actually met here in March during the tweetup with http://Cleveland.com, DSN and the Indians, and he was also at the meetup at Hyland Software last week.

Killer selection of microbrews, wine and vintage cocktails. As I’ve mentioned in other reviews, I have a soft spot for deconstructed, minimalist and organic, slow-grown products.

I’ve also had an ongoing love affair with Chilean wine lately, mainly malbecs. They carry one of my favorite pinots, Llai Llai, which I actually went with last time.

I decided to go for the sauvignon blanc this time (mentioned in the 806 Martini/Wine review), called La Capostolle.
It was okay (still prefer German rieslings), and paired well with the salad, which was listed as grilled on the menu.

Chagrined, I asked if they could serve it rare (sashimi, sushi, carpaccio, tartare geek), and was pleasantly surprised when the server made a point of asking and finding out they could.

Yelp lunch Lakewood networking Presentationist seared ahi yellowfin tuna nicoise salad

Seared Ahi YellowFin Tuna Nicoise

Compliments to executive chef Demetrios Atheneos and sous chef Lee Robinson. Everything was farm-fresh, immaculate: local egg, potato, french beans, grape tomatoes and kalamata olives. Nom Nom.

Tony went with the Reuben, and in retrospect I should have taken him up on the offer to try a piece. Love brisket, rye bread — and this one had the whole shebang: montreal-style brisket, gruyere, rye bread and chips.

Perhaps persnickety, but if I’d gotten it I might have asked if they carry dill spears as well lol.

All washed down the Old Fashioned way: Makers Mark bourbon, bitters, sugar, water, maraschino cherry and orange — impeccably mixed.

bourbon orange cherry Mad Men vintage cocktail

Mad Men je ne sais quoi

Next time I wanna try the Moscow Mule: russian standard, ginger beer, sugar syrup, lime juice, mint and lime.

First-rate menu, service, conversation and company.

CLE Asian Festival features Blog Recap

Thanks to the organizers and web devs at the festival for linking back to the article/blog :)

Cheers from a happy CalifNYorCLEVegan in Cleveland …

Shortlink: 2011 Cleveland Asian Festival official site

Permalink: http://2011.clevelandasianfestival.org/?page_id=743

2011 Cleveland Asian Festival: Japanese, Chinese, Dirty Knees, Look at These…

CLEVELAND – Yes, the title is compliments of Seth McFarlane and Family Guy, which my buddies and I quote religiously, appropriately and (always) conniving-ly. And since blogging’s taken over my life, a series I am ashamed to admit I’ve not had time to keep up with, nor any television for that matter.

Seems bloggers don’t have time for TV [ Jeff Bullas’ 29 Reasons Why You Should Be Blogging and Not Watching Television ].

Pretty crazy, almost seamless transition: blogging is so pervasive you are no longer merely a spectator of news and the media — you become a part of it. Call it positioning, inserting yourself into the here and now: it’s pretty ubiquitous. I’m fascinated by the concept of how social media and the digital age has led to the convergence of multiple industries across media channels, especially in PR and inbound marketing.

But anyway, it was beautiful today. So an old friend, mentor and fellow alum of Baldwin-Wallace College and I headed out to the Cleveland Asian Festival on the East side. She went last year but I wasn’t able to go (think I was out of town). She mentioned there were a bit more vendors/tents up this year (CLE PRogress duude!), and the event was held just on Saturday rather than through the weekend.

filipino mestizo Mary Toale flea market Vietnamese cuisine Cleveland

The aromas wafting  through the air, vendors, flea markets and people-watching reminded me of home (Southern/Northern California, Vegas, Rochester, NY) — and it felt great. Nostalgia kicking in again.

Being raised in an eclectic household, specifically Filipino and Hispanic-Italian, and growing up traveling essentially made nutrition a huge part of my life. I love to cook –and many of my closest friends, family and colleagues are also requisite foodies. My theory on fitness: balance sustainable, organic and a minimalist (support local farmers!) diet, allowing the occasional indulgences, with an active (or in some cases, hyperactive) lifestyle.

Presto.

Upon arriving, we naturally wove our way over to the food area. Beginning with steamed pork and mushroom dumplings (siu mai) — arguably one of my favorites from the evening — we progressed to chicken skewers, egg rolls and sesame taro puffs, which are notoriously doughy, but sweet (and filling).

And nooo, I don’t know these things off the top of my head lol (biological parents I never knew were Vietnamese and purportedly Caucasian). In fact, friends often roast me for being a banana (yellow on the outside, white on the inside). C’est la vie…

The heat was sweltering (finally some sun!), so we cooled off with a concept I hadn’t heard of until today called FrütIt reminded me of Red Mango out in Vegas/California: a Korean take on nonfat, all-natural, gluten-free yogurt with probiotics and no artificial sweeteners [ Yelp review here >>http://bit.ly/mMk1eT ].

Apropos, she went with Classic, an iced lemonade, and I got one called Terrach, which had strawberries, blueberries and lemon in a raspberry/blackberry base. It was as refreshing and tasty as gelato (Italian ice), a pleasant surprise.

Before turning in, we also stopped by the indoor pavilion/bazaar of specialty shops, where I couldn’t pass up spring rolls with Thai peanut sauce for $2.99 to take home…

All in all a good day.

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