The guys in the local band Honeybucket stopped by our offices today to play a few original tunes (and a killer cover of a Kid Cudi tune 'round minute 10:55) during an unplugged set. They play with Dolfish and Young Heirlooms at 8 p.m. Saturday at Bottlehouse Brewing Company. Doors open at 7 p.m. and there's an $8 cover.
Check out previous Scene Sessions with the Promise Hero, Zach, Stephanie Trivison, Diana Chittester, One Day's Notice, Taylor Lamborn, Unsaid Fate, Hey Monea!, Joshua Jesty, Hazard Adams, Dan Bankhurst, Joe Moorhead, Erica Blinn, the Ohio City Singers, Kelly Zullo and Bad Dates.
Cleveland might be facing a few rainy days, but there's plenty to do that'll keep you dry (unless you're planning to see the Indians on Friday— but what's a few clouds when you get to attend the home opener?).
If you'd rather not be outside, the annual edible books festival is happening at Loganberry Books. There's a few choice concerts coming up, too: metal band Quiet Riot, soul singer Antoine Dunn, and the FiveOne Experimental Orchestra— take your pick.
But, if the rain has you down, just remind yourself: At least it's not snow.
Have a good one, Cleveland, and GO TRIBE!
The phrase "unfinished business" seems to be the mantra for our 2014 Tribe. Not a bad team battle cry and, quite frankly, an appropriate motto for the many bars and restaurants hosting fans on Opening Day.
Here's a list of 20 establishments to celebrate this unofficial Cleveland holiday and to finish what we started last summer.
More than likely, you've come across something written by Chelsea Peretti. As a writer, she's written for publications like The Village Voice and Details and for TV shows like Parks And Recreation. Only recently has her acting and performing come into the limelight. Her special appearances on the TV show Louie or podcasts like the infamous Comedy Bang Bang's "Farts and Procreation" trilogy started showing Peretti as a new and great comedic voice. Now she can be seen on the Fox's comedy Brooklyn Nine Nine.
Andy Newman wants Cleveland diners to stop living to eat and start eating to live. He feels so strongly that a healthy diet can pave the way to a happier future that he's putting his money where his mouth is. If all goes as planned, his Phuel Café (1350 E. 14th St.) will open in the heart of Playhouse Square, just steps from Star Plaza, by the May 2 unveiling of the GE Chandelier.
"I'm 48 years old," he explains. "My body was changing and I didn't like where I was heading, so I started on this trend of plant-centered eating. Diabetes, heart disease, obesity… these are things you do not need to live with as you get older."
Newman has been entrenched in the restaurant business since the tender age of 15, when he secured his first job as dishwasher at Pearl of the Orient. He has since held posts in both the back and front of house at various restaurants in Cleveland and Columbus. He has taught professional and recreation classes at Loretta Paganini School of Cooking and has operated his own catering company.
Far from being a niche raw or vegan foods restaurant, serving the needs of just a sliver of Cleveland diners, Phuel will offer a menu that serves all diners, Newman promises.
"We're the bridge between vegan and raw food diets and eating poorly," he says. "We're more about eating healthy. This restaurant and the food will look similar to what you are used to eating, but without the sugars, white flours and processed foods."
The 1,400-square-foot, 40-seat café will serve an all-day menu of omelets and pancakes, sandwiches and salads, entrees and specials. The flavors of the Caribbean, Mediterranean and American South will be represented in dishes like house-cured gravlax, smoked white fish, portabella Ruebens, oven-baked fried chicken, vegan corned beef, duck breast salad and even macaroni and cheese. Prices will be in the $5 to $15 range.
"We'll use almond milk and aged cheeses so that the macaroni tastes like a full-fat version but without making you feel full," he says.
"Eating healthy and good doesn't have to mean bad flavors," Newman says. "You should enjoy all of your food, and eat it to energize yourself and be healthy. Our motto is 'Eat, learn and be happy.'"
Matt Fish, northeast Ohio's grilled cheese sandwich connoisseur and the owner of the Melt Bar and Grilled restaurants, will appear on NBC's The Today Show next week.
He'll be on during the 9:45 a.m. segment on Friday, April 11, which just happens to be National Grilled Cheese Day, to chat about his signature sandwiches and to give a brief cooking demonstration.
Fish told Cleveland.com that he'll have just a few minutes to prepare sandwiches during the live recording and, as such, he plans to stick with a basic grilled cheese sandwich, or "The Kindergarten," as it's known on Melt menus.
This happens to be the exact same sandwich that Fish taught us, here at Scene, how to make back in the fall. (The secret to making the perfect grilled cheese sandwich, he said, is to brown the bread on both sides before adding on the cheese and then melting it into delicious gooey oblivion in a 400 degree oven.)
For more of Fish's tips of the trade, tune in to NBC next week.
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