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Article Archives May 2009
Surviving a Fiery Car Crash By Sgt. Matthew Witmer and Deborah Berry Trooper Byron Foxx and Sgt. Matthew Witmerrescued a woman from a burning car in December and were awarded the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s most prestigious award. Deborah Berry,a 52-year-old Parma resident, was pulled from that burning car following the accident in Medina County. She broke her femur and dislocated her hip.
Creativity to Spare Lynne Thompson A retired carpenter finds a way to use his passion for art to give back to Cleveland. Walley Two Hawks spent 13 days completing this mural of the downtown Cleveland skyline.
Back to the Garden Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs Maurice Small is a man with a message: Roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty, and grow what you eat. A green thumb since his father taught him the basics, Small now takes this and other lessons to city dwellers whose access to fresh foods has become increasingly rare.
Dream Team Francis X. Bova III Walt Laveen can easily name the most productive Cleveland baseball players of all time (it’s not who you think). This North Ridgeville teacher’s passion for a statistics-driven game makes your fantasy baseball league look like kid stuff.
Book Smarts Erick Trickey Felton Thomas, Cleveland’s new library director, is a dynamic leader, but he’s no self-made man. He owes his success to his neighborhood library in Las Vegas and to mentors who helped him at every key moment in his life. Now he wants to do the same for Clevelanders.
Silver Spoons: Carbo Lode When you’re hungry enough, the West Side Market’s iconic clock tower resembles a tasty baguette reaching toward the sky. (Come on, work with us on this. We were famished.) If you don’t buy that, maybe you haven’t checked out the wealth of fresh breads on sale here, especially on Saturdays. You’ll find bakery stands filled with creations that would make even the most mundane turkey sandwich memorable.
Silver Spoons: Cheap Eats When you’re hungry enough, the West Side Market’s iconic clock tower resembles a tasty baguette reaching toward the sky. (Come on, work with us on this. We were famished.) If you don’t buy that, maybe you haven’t checked out the wealth of fresh breads on sale here, especially on Saturdays. You’ll find bakery stands filled with creations that would make even the most mundane turkey sandwich memorable.
Silver Spoons: Drink Orders James Bond religiously opted for his vodka martini, and Carrie Bradshaw had her cosmopolitan, but would it have killed either of them to switch it up a bit? (Well, maybe for Agent 007.) But it’s less risky for you to stray from your signature drink. Here are a few ideas.
Silver Spoons: Finishing Touches There’s something about desserts that relieves stress and incites happiness. Maybe it’s the soothing ability of ice cream or the scent of apple pie that takes us back to our childhood. Whatever it is, local chefs know that familiar is good, but a little change can be oh-so-sweet.
Silver Spoons: In the Hot Seat Watching a chef deftly run a busy kitchen, it hits even the most accomplished at-home gourmet: Wow, I am nowhere near that good. The chef’s table is the foodie’s version of sitting courtside. Here are a trio of places we recommend grabbing an up-close seat.
Silver Spoons: Marlin Kaplan Interview by Beth Stallings Since 1993, chef Marlin Kaplan has opened five Cleveland restaurants and closed three. Ten years after launching the elegant One Walnut downtown, the native New Yorker is celebrating the first anniversary of Luxe, a quirky and relaxed Detroit Shoreway spot that is this year’s best new restaurant.
Silver Spoons: Signs of Civilization A meal should not end when the plates are cleared. Kicking back and taking in the experience is part of the allure of dining out. So relax, and order a digestif such as Cognac or a sweet, house-made dessert drink. If you want to take a pass on the alcohol, never underestimate the power of the always simple but often surprising cup of coffee.
Silver Spoons: Soup's On To celebrate the balmy temps soon to arrive, we’d like to honor the equally steamy bowl of soup. Wait. What? You’re not up for hitching a ride on the chili train once the buds pop? We’ve found five soups you don’t have to wait until the next blizzard to try.
Silver Spoons: The Protein Scene The next time you dine out, locavores and carnivores alike can relax and order that 16-ounce rib eye or stuffed pork chop. Area chefs have got your back (mmm ... baby back ribs). They’ve been on the buy-local bandwagon for years, serving up all kinds of meaty entrées hailing from less than 100 miles around.