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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Ohio's Most Popular Halloween Candy in 2019 Won't Melt in Your Hand

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 11:27 AM

  • Photo via Wikipedia Commons
When it comes to selecting Halloween candy (either to pass out to trick-or-treaters, or for in-home use), Ohio's preferred choice is apparently still M&M's.

This news comes according to Candy Store, a bulk candy supplier which recently crunched 12 years (2007-2018) worth of their own Halloween candy sales numbers finding the Top 3 sweets choices for each state. The company, attempting to make this study somewhat serious, also double-checked its data with other candy suppliers and makers.

Blow Pops, which was ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in Ohio over the past two years, has moved to the No. 3 spot this year, beat out by Starbursts at No. 2. Classic M&M's, which have been around for 78 years, may seem like a boring choice, but they at least do melt in your mouth and not in your hand (unless your hand is super warm). That they are the top Halloween candy in Ohio for the second year shows we at least prize consistency. 

Check out an interactive map of the Top 3 Halloween candy sales per state right here. But in the meantime, here's a look at the Top 10 Halloween choices in the country:  The Most Popular Jelly Bean Flavors by CandyStore.comSource:

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Scottish Singer KT Tunstall, Who Plays the Beachland Next Week, Talks About the Second Release in Her Trilogy

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Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 11:30 AM

  • Right Angle PR
Last summer, Scottish singer-guitarist KT Tunstall came through town with Barenaked Ladies and Better Than Ezra and delivered a particularly well-received set at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. During that performance, she spoke about how rewarding it was to hit the road with the two bands.

Reflecting on the experience in a recent phone interview, she still speaks highly of the guys.

“Honestly, it’s absolute family,” she says from a Seattle tour stop. Tunstall returns to town to play at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at the Beachland Ballroom. “Those guys are so cool. I think they’re quite deliberate with the touring party they put together. They provided such a fantastic touring family atmosphere. They’re really supportive of the bands opening for them, and it was great to jump up in and perform with them during their set. They’re amazing musicians. They cultivated a full show where we all got to interact with the audience. All three bands had some great banter.”

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Blue Sushi Sake Grill Now Open at Crocker Park

Posted By on Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 10:36 AM

  • Courtesy Blue Sushi Sake

Update: Blue Sushi Sake Grill opens its doors today out at Crocker Park. Find menu and hours here.


(Original story 10/24/18): Another Crocker Park dining option is taking shape as crews work on a building on Comet Alley that will serve as the home for Blue Sushi Sake Grill once it opens sometime in the first quarter of 2019.

Westlake will be the most recent addition for the chain, part of the Flagship Restaurant Group, that currently operates locations in Naperville, Indianapolis, Denver, Fort Worth, Dallas, Omaha, Lincoln, Westwood and Lexington.

As the name suggests, Blue features a healthy roster of sushi along with Asian-inspired appetizers like lettuce wraps and crab rangoons, along with a small selection of entrees like chicken teriyaki.

Check out the full menu here.

In a press release, Stark Enterprises also notes that Barroco, which had been aiming for a summer opening at Crocker, is scheduled to open later this fall.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tomorrow is the Day that Mason’s Creamery Reopens as Ramen Shop for the Winter

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 9:38 AM



At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, Mason's Creamery will reopen its doors after a brief hiatus as a winter-long ramen popup shop. Minor modifications and physical improvements have been made to convert the walk-up ice cream shop into a small, but sit-down noodle bar.

For now, the hours of operation will be 4 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Owners may add lunch hours down the road.

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For the past three winters, Jesse Mason and Helen Qin of Mason’s Creamery (4401 Bridge Ave., 216-245-8942) have hosted regular ramen pop-up events at their Ohio City-based ice cream shop. In addition to being a food they both absolutely adore, the wildly popular ramen nights inject some fun, energy and income into the typically slower months of the year.

The events have been so successful, in fact, that the owners were inspired to go all in this winter by setting up a full-time ramen residency at the shop.

“We were looking at options of what to do during the winter when it slows down,” explains Mason. “It’s not insanely crazy to think about doing ramen. We really don’t need to do much to convert it to a modern take on a classic ramen shop.”

In early December, the team will briefly shutter the petite shop in order to make some physical changes. New dedicated noodle cookers will be installed in the kitchen. The glass front on the display coolers will be removed to make way for some type of floating shelf that will serve as a dining counter. By enclosing the patio and adding space heaters, occupancy will be nearly doubled. All told, there will be approximately 18-20 seats. Service will be fast-casual-style, meaning that you’ll order, pay and sit down. Bowls also can be ordered to go.

As for the food, ramen fans can look forward to the same classic pork-based tonkotsu broth with cha siu (roasted pork belly), soy-marinated soft-cooked eggs, enoki mushrooms, mayu (black garlic oil) and ramen noodles. Other broth options will include chicken and a vegan mushroom-based brew. Specials and sides might also make appearances.

While most of the ice cream will be on winter holiday, a soft serve machine will be dispensing fun, colorful Japanese-inspired flavors that will be served in fish-shaped cones called taiyaki, a trend that’s sweeping the nation.

“The goal is to be fluid and just have fun with it, which has kind of been our plan with the ice cream shop in general,” adds Mason.

The plan is to run with the ramen concept until April, with afternoon and evening hours 5 or 6 days a week.

If you can’t wait until the middle of December for your Mason’s Creamery ramen fix, there will be a pop-up event taking place at the shop November 9 and 10.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

La Plaza Taqueria at La Plaza Supermarket Opens this Friday at Noon

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 11:38 AM

  • Doug Trattner
In 2011, Adrian Ortega relocated his popular Mexican grocery from Lorain Avenue to Lakewood Heights Blvd., where he renamed it La Plaza Supermarket (13609 Lakewood Heights Blvd., 216-476-8000). Since the beginning, the Latin foods market on the Cleveland-Lakewood border sold tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and other delicious items from a small counter in the rear of the shop (and, when weather permitted, a taco cart up front).

  • Doug Trattner
It would be a couple years, though, until the broader community discovered the incomparable joys of the authentic street food-style tacos. Thanks to friends, food writers and the proliferation of Instagram, however, the floodgates have been opened wide.

“It started little by little,” explains Christina Gonzales. “People liked trying a different style from other restaurants. We are trying as much as we can to do it authentic. People love the way that we do it.”

As business continued to swell, changes were made to the largely makeshift café in the rear in attempts to keep up. More seating was added, additional staffers hired, another griddle put into service, but the demand kept rising. At certain times of the day and week, lines for food can snake clear down the grocery aisles.

To alleviate the pressure while capitalizing on the demand, management decided to carve out space in the front of the store for a self-contained taqueria. For months, shoppers have followed the progress of the build-out as it neared completion.

  • Doug Trattner
“It has always been in his mind to do this,” Gonzales says of Ortega, her boss. “It’s just that first you have to get customers. But now was the right moment to do it, so he just went for it.”

When it opens on Friday, November 9, La Plaza Taqueria will sell the same lineup of asada, al pastor, barbacoa, lengua and chorizo tacos, tortas, tamales and quesadillas, but will boast numerous consumer-related enhancements. For starters, customers will no longer have to pay cash (or take their bill up to the grocery checkout to use a card). There will be triple the griddle space to enhance efficiencies. There will be seating for approximately 40 guests inside plus more on a patio when it’s finished. Separate entrances allow for ingress from either the sidewalk or the grocery.

Also new will be a selection of La Michoacana brand ice creams and frozen treats.

Once the taqueria is up and running, the rear café will be decommissioned and the space handed over to the bakery department.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Update: Jason Mraz to Play a Second Show with Contemporary Youth Orchestra at Severance Hall in June

Posted By on Thu, Nov 1, 2018 at 12:40 PM

  • Courtesy of Live Nation
Update: Pre-sale tickets for Jason Mraz's June 8 concert with Contemporary Youth Orchestra at Severance Hall sold so well that the concert's promoter has added a second date. Mraz and the orchestra will also perform at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 at Several Hall. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Original Post: Known for hits such as “I’m Yours” and “I Won’t Give Up,” singer-songwriter Jason Mraz has sold out venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden and London’s 02 Arena.

One thing he hasn't done is perform with an orchestra. But earlier today, he announced that he’ll play with the 115-piece Contemporary Youth Orchestra at 7 p.m. on June 8 at Severance Hall. It’ll mark his first full-length live performance with an orchestra.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Joining the Cleveland Screening of 'RBG' via Skype this Friday

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 4:44 PM

  • Magnolia Pictures

Supreme Court of the United States Associate Justice, feminist icon, national hero and punk-as-hell dissenter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will be talking about women’s rights work via Skype before a Cleveland Marshall School of Law screening of RBG, a documentary chronicling her life.

RBG played earlier this year at both the Cleveland International Film Festival and subsequent screenings at the Cedar Lee Theatre after the film's distribution, but RBG is getting another pre-election screening to inspire the masses.

The documentary focuses on Justice Ginsburg's early years studying law when women were frequently pushed aside and discounted, all the way to her historic appointment as the second woman to ever join the United States Supreme Court.

This groundbreaking film from Betsy West and Julie Cohen dives deep into RBG's life from the perspective of historical impact as well as personal testimony from her family and friends. At 85-years-old, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is still arguably one of the most badass women in America.

The Notorious RBG herself is scheduled to call in at 4:30 p.m. on Friday in the moot court room at Cleveland Marshall, 1801 Euclid Ave. The movie screening will begin at 5 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. To attend, email

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