Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Once Again, Ohio Deemed Least Likely to be Destroyed by Natural Disasters

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM

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Congratulations! Ohio has once again been deemed the state least likely to be destroyed by a natural disaster.

In fact, three of our blessed cities made CBS MoneyWatch's Top 10 Safest Cities list.

Cleveland, Akron, and Dayton are three U.S. cities least likely to be struck by tornadoes, rocked by earthquakes, washed out by floods, battered by hurricanes, or burned by wildfires.

Unfortunately, this list is limited to natural disasters, and does not factor in any of the man-made disasters which continue to plague our lovely state.

Below is CBS MoneyWatch's complete list:

10. Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI

9. Denver, CO

8. Chicago, IL

7. Allentown, PA

6. Dayton, OH

5. Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD

4. Buffalo, NY

3. Akron, OH

2. Cleveland, OH

1. Syracuse, NY

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The Master Sommelier Exam is Passed by Few; Meet Some of the Folks Enduring the Rigors of Good (And Accurate) Taste

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 10:02 AM


“…the color is ruby-red, clear, fading out to salmon, almost rose-petal red, concentration is medium, there’s no sign of gas or flocculation, viscosity is medium. On to the nose: It’s a clean wine, it’s youthful, dominated by blue and black fruits. I’m picking up some black cherry, ripe blueberries, blackberry, smelling fresh-cut rose, some lavender; definitely some wood in this wine, I’m calling new oak, detecting some cooking spices, some cinnamon, perhaps nutmeg. It’s a dry wine, medium body, red, blue and black fruits, structurally it’s balanced, acidity is medium, perhaps medium-plus, alcohol is medium, tannins are medium, definitely complex. I’m going pinot noir from a warmer climate, definitely New World, possibly New Zealand or United States. I’m going with United States, California, Sonoma, 2011 vintage.”

That Jim Fink was able to pick up a glass of wine knowing only that it was red and correctly identify its varietal, country, state, region, county and vintage simply by examining its contents might seem like a parlor trick, but it’s really nothing more than deductive logic.

Fink, the sommelier for Wood & Wine in Avon, is seated at the counter at Grady’s Fine Wines with his regular tasting group, all of whom are preparing for the Advanced Sommelier Exam. It’s the last step before the even more demanding Master Sommelier Exam, a test with a meager 8-percent pass rate.

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Prime Beachwood Place Resto Spot Claimed by Pub Chain

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 9:35 AM


One of the premiere restaurant spaces at Beachwood Mall has been vacant since early 2012, when McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant closed after five years in operation.

Come November, that highly visible space will become The Pub, a Cincinnati-based restaurant concept heavy on British kitsch, ale and pub grub. The chain has locations throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Florida and Tennessee, with one local spot remaining at the Cleveland Hopkins Airport. A Rocky River outpost of the operation lasted just four years.

"We are excited to be joining the Beachwood community and look forward to providing our local patrons and visitors with a unique and memorable experience," says Scott Schmidt, chief operations officer.

The Pub's exterior will be modeled after the classic corner pubs of London, while the interior will be filled with furnishings and fixtures imported straight from jolly old England. The bar's centerpiece will be a lengthy handcrafted wood bar featuring inverted optic pourers, the upside-down bottle storage and serving systems popular throughout Europe. The food menu will include typical British-themed fare like Scotch eggs, fish and chips, and bangers and mash.

The Beachwood location also will feature a "Pour Your Own Wall" allowing guests to pay by the ounce and pour their own pints.

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