Recently my friend Fred (@IncogFredo) tweeted "If you're not proud to be from
#CLE, you don't leave your house enough. So many amazing, talented, inspiring people doing great things here." I couldn't agree with Fred more! The Sunday Market in Hingetown is a great example of local people doing great things. I worked my way from one end to the other sampling incredibly exquisite eats from many talented local food entrepreneurs.
Stephanie Sheldon, of the Cleveland Flea and the Indie Foundry, has created another sensational event that everyone is excited to be apart of. She is a force in Cleveland! I am always excited to be involved in any event she is putting on and I hear that constantly from others who work with her. Stephanie knows how to create a truly #ThisisCLE experience and she does it in a way that promotes small business. I never feel bad spending a day indulging when I know my money is staying local. And indulge I did!
Who doesn't love fresh hot malty boiled hand-rolled bagels infused with personality? The Cleveland Bagel Co. guys are always fun to chat up and their fresh delicious bagels with creative smears are more than worth tracking down at Rising Star Coffee and Fears' Confections.
Did you hear!? Brewnuts is now open in Tremont!! Brewnuts are more than just a genius idea, they make an incredibly moist and tasty product. They're full of hustle and fun as hell to know. If you see them, buy immediately because they'll sell out!
Clark Pope is a master in the kitchen! He always keeps me laughing and gives great advice that comes from his years of experience. I'm always impressed with the complexity and deliciousness of what he pulls off cooking in the outdoors. His hand cut pomme frites with orange ginger aioli were masterful work. His Bloody Mary mix is a must try! It is the perfect balance of tomatoes and spices to kick up brunch cocktails.
Coquette Patisserie came with more than just their beautifully decorated french macarons, they had an entire oyster bar!
Even Chef Doug Katz of the Katz Club Diner was on hand greeting everyone as he passed out delightfully delicious BLTs.
Did you know Cleveland now has a Brunch Food Truck?! Off the GRIDdle is slinging some unique waffle sandwiches, like my Acapulco Pulled, on the streets of Cleveland. Very fun menu and great #clebrunch addition.
While you're in Hingetown you might as well visit a few of the businesses that call this block home! Cleveland Tea Revival is a popular hang. I rarely find it not packed to the brim. They have high quality product and a prime people watching spot.
Of course no vegan, raw, or health food junky should be in Hingetown without stopping by Beet Jar juice Bar. I dare people who turn their nose up at vegan food to try one of their sandwiches! You'll be hooked. They are additively delicious.
And being the ice coffee addict I am, I can't not stop by Rising Star Coffee Roasters.
Back out at the market there are still more foodie treats to discover! Sweet Bean owners recent trip to France has inspired some incredible new creations. Their Pate de Fruits are light as air and packet with flavor. I couldn't wait to get my hands on some and they were 100x's better than my mind had even conjured.
Olivia Rose has been teasing me for months with pictures of her eclairs. I finally got mine! I love catching up with her and her beautiful daughters who are always nearby to help their mom.
While I focus on the food there is a lot more to see. You'll find all things handmade at the market. One of my favorite stops is Liza Michelle Jewelry. I couldn't help but ogle some of her new pieces. This is not your average handmade market jewelry. She makes extremely beautiful high-end wearable art. She has a great eye and loads of talent. Do yourself a favor and forgo the cheesy mall kiosk jewelery store and buy a real local handmade work of art.
And last, but certainly not least...you won't just hear it from me, you'll hear it from everyone, you don't leave the market without your Mason's Creamery. Never fear their unusual flavors or combinations. When they say balsamic for your strawberry ice cream, trust them, they're the ice cream experts! You won't be disappointed.
I highly recommend checking out one of the upcoming Sunday Market's in Hingetown as well as all the great local businesses above! Bring a friend or a dog, grab a bite and watch all the great things going on in Cleveland.