Food & "Redneck" Tour - bonding with my boys....er men.
Mar. 12, 2010 3:37 pm
Updated: Mar. 13, 2010 4:08 am
Today was a really nice day. My son, Steve, is home on spring break from college so I decided to take today off and have some bonding time. Then, my husband decided to also take off. So, we decided to get up early and take off on a Food & Redneck Tour. What is a Food & Redneck Tour you might ask? Well, we went shopping - to places that sell what is most fun to all three of us: Food and Guns and basically any hunting or shooting "stuff".
We started out at the West Side Market in Cleveland. A very cool place. It is a huge building that houses a gazillion produce/fruit stands, meats, seafood, bakery of all kinds, spices, pasta, ethnic foods, specialty coffees, teas, juices -you think of a food item it's probably sold there somewhere. To go there we fill a cooler with ice in the car to haul any refrigerated items home in and I take a large cloth bag to carry my "goodies" in. Today we got fresh brussels sprouts, beautiful asparagus, a container full of quinoa salad that is out of this world, a bag of quinoa so I can duplicate the salad at home, hurka (it looks like some sort of sausage, but I have no idea what it is, but my husband said he grew up eating it and loves it), a jar of cherry/jalapeno pepper jelly, beef sticks, and a fantastic tasting chocolate cake thing with amaretto flavoring in it. Steve had never been there and one of his professors had talked about it so he was excited to go check it out. He agreed there was plenty of tasty looking food there.
We left there and stopped at Trader Joe's. We live in the country and do not have any specialty or interesting grocery stores nearby. There I picked up some baked chips, tabouleh salad and 2 bags of edamame for a friend at work. I also bought one of their "Trader Joe's reusable shopping bags". I can always use those!
By now my son and husband were tired of looking at food. So, on to the second half of the day's tour. Fin Feather Fur Outfitters - a super huge hunting/fishing store. I also love the place. They sell plenty of things to interest me in the camping dept. and they sell Woolrich clothing as well, and different types of sauces, etc. My son ordered a Benchmade knife. He's been eyeing this particular knife for several months and his state tax refund arrived so it was burning a hole in his pocket.
Right across the street from the "Fin" as it's known for short, is Grandpa's Cheesebarn. Another cool place that sells all kinds of cheeses, jellies, and various other assorted foods. There we got some great smoked gouda cheese, gruyere cheese and Canadian white cheddar cheese.
We stopped to eat at Jake's - a neat restaurant named after a black lab. We, being lab lovers, love the place. :-D
Then, we headed for home. Of course, on the way, is another gun shop so a stop there was in order. I chose to sit this one out. This store is basically nothing but a gun shop - there's a rifle/pistol range there as well.
All in all it was a very nice day spent with my men. We traveled a lot of ground but it was well worth it. We're all so stuffed from Jake's that I'm not making any dinner. We'll just munch on whatever we feel like munching on. Maybe we'll go sit a spell in the hot tub with a nice cold glass of wine, then off to bed to rest my tired feet!