We just got back from celebrating our anniversary and I wanted to share with you all the things we did and the food we ate. We had the most relaxing, fun weekend I can remember in a long time. This is Part One of Four parts.
We kicked off the weekend with massage and paraffin dip at the Marengo Luxury Spa. It is located in The Arcade downtown and happened to be connected to our hotel. The Arcade is beautiful and a must see if you are interested in architecture and happen to be in Cleveland. The massage was amazing and the people were very friendly.
Our massage was early, so we checked in quickly and then headed off to the West Side Market for lunch. If you have never been, it is a bustling market. The picture above is of the main market that has meats, baked goods, and other specialty items as well as food for a quick meal. There is another part that has produce. We spent most of our time in the part of the market pictured above. The photo was taken from the gallery seating on the second floor. There is limited seating, but it is a nice place to enjoy your snacks.
Our first stop was at the Noodlecat. They have a brick and mortar location at the Public square as well.
We had the steam bun Butcher’s choice. It had chorizo and was basically taco fillings stuffed into a steam bun. The bun was soft and moist and the filling was vibrant, acidic, and slightly spicy. This was one of the best bites we had at the market.
Our next stop was at Orale! We started with three enchiladas. The first had shredded chicken with mole.
This one had pork and red sauce.
We also had the potato and spinach with green sauce. I was really disappointed in these. They lacked flavor. The meat needed more seasoning and the sauce was bland.
We also tried the mango habanero salsa. It was good. Sweet, a touch of acid but not hot enough for me.
We bought one of these giant bags of chips. They were crunchy but lacked salt. They would be perfect with a tiny bit of salt. Plus, it would bring out the flavor of the salsa.
Next stop was J&J Czuchraj Meats for some jerky. It was featured on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Food Network by Michael Symon. We sampled a few flavors and decided that we liked the spicy bbq the best. It is sweet, salty, slightly spicy and very meaty. It must be refrigerated, so keep that in mind when visiting.
We topped our time at the market off with this cake from Vera’s. It is a light, fluffy coconut cake with whipped cream frosting. This cake was so light and moist with a slight sweetness. It was a definite must try.
When we arrived back at our hotel, we were greeted by this complimentary bottle of champagne and box of salted caramel chocolates. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency at the Arcade and it was the perfect place to stay for our trip, The staff was gracious and accommodating, plus we were so excited about this thoughtful gift. I highly recommend the Hyatt.