Sourdough is versatile (you can use it in pretty much anything that uses yeast), healthy (studies show it can reduce/break down gluten and anti-nutrients in wheat to make the finished product more digestible), and considering that I’ve had my starter in the same jar for the past several years, it’s almost like having another pet.
Located on the historic Chardon Square, Square Bistro is a relative newcomer, taking up residence just over two years ago. Opened by chef Jaret Havanchak (of Lure Bistro in Willoughby), Square Bistro occupies a nondescript Victorian-era storefront across from the county courthouse. Despite the rather bland exterior, squeezed into the row of buildings that line the square, the inside is warm and inviting, with a modern-rustic-chic decor (or something like that; I’m interested in the food, not the decor, though the tinned ceiling is nice). It’s a long and narrow space, with high ceilings and a large front window that ensures the inside is brighter than expected.
But on to the food. The menu definitely borrows from Havanchak’s experience with Lure, and there’s a nice selection of sushi/sashimi and Asian-inspired dishes. The overall flavor is new American, but there’s good variety, and a large selection. On this outing, we were there for the Wednesday night date special, which is a three-course meal (menu changes weekly) for two people for $45; not a bad deal at all.
Chocolate bark is one of those things that you see in a store, and you think to yourself “How can they be charging 10 bucks for that? I could totally make that at home…” And you’re absolutely right, you can make it at home, and with little effort.
This is something that’s great for giving as a gift, because the recipient will think you spent way more time and effort on it than you actually did, especially if you put it in some cute little box. You can top it with just about anything to fit anyone’s taste, and it should last for at least a couple weeks if you keep it sealed in something. Not that it will, because you’ll certainly consume it all before then, but it should.
If you were to conduct a survey of a bunch of random people, many, if not most of them would say that they want to eat healthy. And if you took it a step further and asked what is their biggest obstacle to eating healthy, it would probably be something to do with cost.
And sadly, that’s often quite true. When it comes to dollars out of pocket in your typical grocery store, I can get 1,000 calories of potato chips for less than $2. A thousand calories of broccoli would cost significantly more.
“You can’t judge a book by its cover.”
For very few places that I’ve been to has this been more appropriate than La Campagna. Situated in small strip mall between a dry cleaner and Chinese take-out, La Campagna does not scream “Hey, there’s really good food in here!” In fact, we had a hard time even figuring out which one it was because all the other businesses have neon lights. But the reviews speak for themselves, and we decided to try it while we were in the neighborhood (it’s on the West side, and we don’t make it over there on a regular basis).
The inside is just about as flashy as the outside, although there were a few nice touches that bring Italy to mind. It’s small (I’d definitely recommend reservations) and relatively nondescript, but when it comes right down to it, who needs flash when the food is so delicious?