North Coast custard
The clever confectioners at Cleveland's own Pierre's French Ice Cream Company have outdone themselves this time, with a new line of pint-sized frozen custards. Based on the results of our most recent scientific survey (me and three buddies armed with spoons, crowded 'round the kitchen sink), the Classic Vanilla Thriller, with a remarkably pure flavor and a rich, creamy texture, makes a fine substitute for a cone from the corner custard shop, and the Amazing Waffle Cone Scrambler, loaded with crunchy peanuts, bits of chocolate-coated waffle cone, and fudge swirls, captures the transcendent goodness of those novelty "drumstick" cones, perfected to the nth degree. Other flavor options include Midway Cherry Arcade, Main Street Peanut Brittle, Boardwalk Butter Pecan, Carousel Chocolate, and Fun House Fudge Brownie. The line is available at most area grocery stores, or order from Pierre's website at www.pierres.com. Incidentally, the family-run business traces its origins back to 1932, when Alexander "Pierre" Bassett opened a homemade ice cream parlor on Euclid and East 82nd. Today, the company markets more than 235 different products and flavors, and ships to ice cream lovers all over the world.
The search continues for Jonni Clemett, the 40-year-old restaurant industry veteran who was last seen on the afternoon of May 27, leaving The Little Bar in the Warehouse District. Clemett's sister, Judy Monroe, has launched an all-out search for the popular 5-foot-7, 200-pound manager, who, she suspects, has been the victim of foul play. The blue-eyed blonde lives in Tremont and had worked at Shooter's in the Flats, Jake's in the downtown Marriott, and Harpo's in Strongsville prior to her disappearance. Clemett's car, a black 2000 Dodge Neon with Ohio license plate CQY 5786, is also missing. Monroe asks that anyone with information on her sister's possible whereabouts contact detectives at the CPD's Second District station, 216-623-5200.