I'm all out of Cleveland jokes... March 29, 2009 5:18 PM   Subscribe

Cleveland meetup? I can't resolve the East Side/West Side rivalry, but maybe we could meet in the middle.
posted by chesty_a_arthur to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:18 PM (51 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Fellow Clevelander here:
How about a bar in the Independence area? It's close to all the highways and you don't have to pay to park like downtown.
Winking Lizard is good, lots of beer to choose from and there's all kinds of food if you're interested.
posted by greatalleycat at 9:50 PM on March 29, 2009

I am not familiar with the city's layout, but my buddy is the head chef at Bar Cento. If you (ever) end up there, tell him I said hello.
posted by terrapin at 6:58 AM on March 30, 2009

Taco Tuesday at the Lincoln Park Pub in Tremont = tasty.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 9:27 AM on March 30, 2009

sciurus and I would be happy to host at our house in Tremont, but the baby's bedtime is at 7pm. How about a potluck on a Saturday afternoon?
posted by debbie_ann at 2:59 PM on March 30, 2009

TT at the LPP is diggity. Prosperity in Tremont has good chow too and Happy Hour deals M-Th.

Past Meetups have been held at Edison's, The Barking Spider and Great Lakes Brewing Co.

It'd be boss to get more than me, Shane and stuart_s at a meetup. If there's advance notice, d_a and I will get a sitter.
posted by sciurus at 3:03 PM on March 30, 2009

Oh yeah, Bar Cento is right near the West Side Market, quite close to mid-city.
posted by sciurus at 3:04 PM on March 30, 2009

Eeeeeee! I'm a CWRU student -- still barely under 21, in case that matters -- who would love to go. I don't have a car, but I have a few friends with cars who love both drinking and the internet, so this should not be a problem. :D
posted by mismatched at 6:28 AM on March 31, 2009

How kid-friendly is Prosperity? Happy Hour deals are great but we haven't identified any sitters yet so it's likely that I'd come armed with a toddler. (Don't cross me! He's two!)
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 9:58 AM on March 31, 2009

i would just like to say i used to live in cleveland and miss the lizard. drink some delicious beer for me.
posted by By The Grace of God at 10:20 AM on March 31, 2009

Prosperity is fairly kid-friendly. I have a friend who used to take his three girls there all of the time. None were as small as your two-year old or our 10 month old. It is a bar, but they've got a nice patio.

mismatched, if you're by CWRU, you could take the rapid to West 25th and walk to someplace if we meet somewhere in Ohio City.

The not-yet 21 thing and trouble finding a sitter for the kids make me think that a meetup at my place some Saturday or Sunday might be the best idea.

chesty, since this meetup was you're idea, you should settle on a place and date, and we'll follow your lead.
posted by sciurus at 12:35 PM on March 31, 2009

OK, how's your place on Saturday 4/11?

Mismatched, if you're not a serial killer, we can probably give you a lift.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 3:06 PM on March 31, 2009

Do I need to find a toddler to bring? I'm sure I could pick one up on the way...
posted by ltracey at 4:20 PM on March 31, 2009

Saturday, April 11th, 2009 works for us.

Want to make it a late afternoon thing? Say 4pm - until whenever? If it is nice out I'll fire up the grill and we'll make it a cook out. Otherwise we can orderve it up inside. We'll have some alcohol and chow, but politely suggest a modicum BYOB/F action.

We can use this thread to continue planning, until the date arrives.

1719 Holmden Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44109
posted by sciurus at 4:26 PM on March 31, 2009

ltracey, you don't have to pick one up, but we might send you home with one. ;)
posted by sciurus at 4:28 PM on March 31, 2009

Second prize: TWO TODDLERS!
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 4:43 PM on March 31, 2009

Um. Anyway, I'm in for a cabbage salad (vegan, even, accidentally) and some hooch, certainly.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 4:44 PM on March 31, 2009

Heh. If y'all got dietary restrictions now's the time to voice them. I eat everything but yellow onions, but I can cook to veggie or vegan tastes as the moment demands.

chesty, if you think we're set on a time, date and location, you might want to add it here.
posted by sciurus at 5:25 PM on March 31, 2009

So can I go ahead and start inviting?
posted by debbie_ann at 5:41 PM on March 31, 2009

That's much better than the meetups I use to go to in NYC. All I got there were hangovers and a weird itching.

Looking forward to it...
posted by ltracey at 5:53 PM on March 31, 2009

Done and done. No dietary restrictions here.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 6:23 PM on March 31, 2009

Haha. I'm totally not a serial killer, but I am a vegetarian. And jewish. I'll bring something I can eat, due to veggie + passover, that y'all will also want to eat. I promise I don't usually cause this many feed-me problems. Any other passover-observing folk planning on attending?

I need to check one last thing, but I'm fairly certain i'll be able to go. (And thanks for the offer of the ride, chesty_a_arthur.)
posted by mismatched at 12:46 PM on April 1, 2009

mismatched, is there a certain kind of wine you need for Passover/Seder or will any old red do?
posted by sciurus at 5:51 PM on April 1, 2009

scurius, the seder is actually only on the first two nights -- but, in more direct answer to your question, there is special kosher wine. Whether people drink ONLY that depends on one's level of observance -- it's not a special kosher-for-passover thing, it's kosher-in-general.
posted by mismatched at 12:38 PM on April 2, 2009

Want me to pick some up for you?
posted by sciurus at 4:06 PM on April 2, 2009

Nah, that's fine, but thanks :)
posted by mismatched at 4:58 PM on April 2, 2009

Sorry, I am a n00b. I've never been to a meetup before. Does one just show up?
posted by DeltaForce at 7:47 PM on April 2, 2009

DeltaForce, I've only been to one so far, but it seems like you RSVP on here and then just sorta show up. In this case, i'd also bring something tasty. :)
posted by mismatched at 11:26 AM on April 4, 2009

Yup, that's pretty much it, DeltaForce.
posted by sciurus at 3:27 PM on April 4, 2009

Swell. I ought to be able to make it, although I would have to travel all the way across I-490. Jeepers!
posted by Avogadro at 8:21 AM on April 6, 2009

Hehe. Our house is off of Scranton, not W14th, as a general FYI. I-71 cuts right through where the rest of Holmden used to be.
posted by sciurus at 4:38 AM on April 7, 2009

Any other passover-observing folk planning on attending?

*raises hand*

Thanks for the invite, Debbie Ann!
posted by Aaaugh! at 9:54 PM on April 7, 2009

Well jeez, I could freakin' walk from where I live. I guess I have no excuse. I will most likely be there.

** Flourishes his worm can opener **

Are dogs welcome? I have a very well-mannered, well-trained dog who loves kids.
posted by starvingartist at 3:53 PM on April 8, 2009

If the dog is truly well-mannered as in won't bark and jump that's fine. I love petting dogs but am quite frightened by being jumped on and barked at.
posted by debbie_ann at 4:22 AM on April 9, 2009

Having thought better of it, let's just close up that can of worms and pretend I never opened it. I don't want to cause any problems for the non-dog people, and I certainly don't want to be "that guy" who has to take his dog everywhere.
posted by starvingartist at 9:51 AM on April 9, 2009

ha ha
posted by debbie_ann at 2:12 PM on April 9, 2009

oops I mean LOL
posted by debbie_ann at 2:12 PM on April 9, 2009 [1 favorite]

So I'm guessing this is the current attendee list:


If I missed anybody, lemme know. I'm gonna pick up some vittles tomorrow morning.
posted by sciurus at 11:08 AM on April 10, 2009

I've got tortilla chips, salsa, doritos, 12 Coronas and lime, homemade blue/cranberry coffee cake, homemade banana/cranberry bread, Bombay Sapphire, Bailey's, Captain Morgan's, Stoli, coke, sprite, orange crush, sweet tea, homemade garlic pesto on toasted italian bread, and a ten month old.
posted by sciurus at 8:26 AM on April 11, 2009

I was thinking of bringing my homemade, killer, dark-chocolate-and-cayenne brownies. Would that be too much sugar, though?

Also, what kind of dipping sauce does one serve with a ten-month-old?
posted by starvingartist at 9:10 AM on April 11, 2009

Due to lack of time and groceries, i'll be throwing some whatever's-around-the-kitchen in my bag. Probably matzah and maybe another dip type thing. (oops.)
posted by mismatched at 9:25 AM on April 11, 2009

Brownies are good, matzah is good. Dip type things are good. Ten-month-old is best served encrusted with half-chewed cookies. Mine is pre-encrusted for your convenience.
posted by sciurus at 10:18 AM on April 11, 2009

4:16 do do dooo
posted by debbie_ann at 1:17 PM on April 11, 2009

Thanks for coming! I had a great time.
posted by debbie_ann at 5:35 PM on April 11, 2009

Thanks for hosting us! This was extraordinarily fun. I can't stop thinking about the brownies, starvingartist.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 8:15 PM on April 11, 2009

What a great photo. Looks like a good time. Almost makes me miss living in Cleveland.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:42 PM on April 12, 2009

debbie_ann and sciurus,

Thank you for hosting it ! It was a great meetup (and my first) ! The photo turned out well too (thanks to debbie_ann's friend's photo-taking skills). I look forward to attending more in the future. ^_^
posted by fizzix at 5:52 PM on April 12, 2009

Indeed. Well-hosted and attended, all. Let's do again soon.
posted by Avogadro at 8:07 PM on April 12, 2009

Agreed. Much fun (and beer) was had by all. Perhaps I'll post the brownie recipe on my lunch break.
posted by starvingartist at 9:08 AM on April 13, 2009

brownie recipe acceptable in all forms
posted by debbie_ann at 3:59 PM on April 13, 2009

Art of Darkness Brownies
(I don't have a better name yet. The recipe is an adaptation of Alton Brown's, and he did an episode about chocolate called "The Art of Darkness", so that's where I took it. Please feel free to come up with a better name.)

The Chocolate
1 1/3 cups dark cocoa powder, like Hershey's Special Dark (hard to find - I usually buy an extra carton whenever I find it)
1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter, cooled

The Wet Works
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla or vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed

The Dry Goods
2/3 cup all purpose flour - NOT SELF-RISING. Bread flour is okay if you want a heartier texture to your brownies.
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt - if using regular table salt, make this 1/4 teaspoon because the granules are much smaller and you don't want crazy salty brownies
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper - or more, depending on your tastes

The Extras
1 bag (12 oz) dark chocolate pieces
4 to 5 oz dried cherries
Nuts if you want them - I'm not a fan
  • Preheat oven to 300°F. Grease an 8-inch square aluminum baking pan (the leftover wrappers from the butter are great for this.)
  • In an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, whip the eggs at medium speed until light in texture and color
  • Mix the sugars together in a bowl, reduce the mixer speed to 30%, and add the sugars in 3 doses, incorporating thoroughly
  • Mix the dry goods together in a bowl, then add to the mixer in alternating doses with the melted butter (2 or 3 doses each)
  • Add the extras and mix for a few more minutes, making sure everything is thoroughly incorporated
  • Pour the batter into the pan and back for 45 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the pan; if it comes out clean, the brownies are done.
  • Let cool on a rack before cutting
Try not to eat them all in one sitting.
posted by starvingartist at 6:55 PM on April 13, 2009 [5 favorites]

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