Hi and thank you for visiting my blog. My name is Tina, I am 42 years old and married to a wonderful man named Robert. I live in the Cleveland, Ohio area with my husband and our two pugs, Koko and Lucy and a special kitty, named Trixie.

I am of Italian decent and love to cook not just for my family but for everyone! I have a lot of weeknight dinner guest and try to keep it casual but delicious! My Mom passed away a few years ago and was my great teacher.

In 2012 I have changed the way I eat. A real lifestyle change to be healthier, eat a nutrient dense diet and remove all processed foods, refined flours and sugars from our diet. I do cook a lot healthier than my Mom did and do a lot more vegetarian meals, poultry and fish. I'm trying to find a way to keep the traditions of family, friends and good food in my house always.

I plan to post my weekly menus, update with new recipes, health information and articles and how to eat mostly organic in an economical way. I will also periodically post personal updates of my journey to regain health and hope.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Saturday at Sokolowski's

As you can probably tell from my blog so far, I really do not care for most chain restaurants (except PF Changs he he he), so tonight I was thrilled when we were invited to go to a local Cleveland landmark Sokolowki's University Inn in Tremont, a trendy Cleveland neighborhood. This place has been around for 84 years and continues to be a star. It is a casual cafeteria style eatery specializing in polish favorites like pierogi, sausages, stuffed cabbages etc. Everything is homemade and uber delicious. It is open for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner Friday and Saturday only.

This restaurant has been featured on food tv and Bobby Flay has eaten there, Anthony Bourdain filmed an episode there that will be featured on No Reservations on August 27, 2007 and the former President, Bill Clinton ate there a while President. The food is comfort food at its best and this is usually a place we go to in the winter but a welcome change to all the summer salads and grilled food we've been eating lately.

I had the Beer Battered Halibut with sides of pierogi's and mixed seasonal vegetables. It was so delicious and only $9.99 for a ton of food. Robert had the stuffed cabbages. We didn't bring our camera but this picture is of the stuffed cabbage from the Sokolowski's website. We also share a gigantic piece of Coconut cake that was to die for. If you are ever in Cleveland this is a gastronomic must!

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