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Friday, November 29, 2019

Local Rockers Mr. Carnivore Release Their Cover of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside'

Posted By on Fri, Nov 29, 2019 at 4:29 PM

Undeterred by the controversy regarding “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” a song that some radio stations have banned because critics have called it “an ode to statutory rape,” local rockers Mr. Carnivore have just released their cover of the track.

The track features Hannah Stak and Cait LaGuardia as guest vocalists and Scott Ladan, an L.A.-based piano player who was born and raised in NE Ohio.

“This edgy take on the classic is sure to help your listeners get into the holiday season,” reads a press release about the single.

The band recorded the tune at the Attic Studios in Lakewood with Joe LaGuardia and Pat LaGuardia handling engineering duties. Locally based producer Jim Stewart handled the mixing.

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10 Exotic Animals Died in Thanksgiving Fire at Port Clinton Safari Park

Posted By on Fri, Nov 29, 2019 at 11:08 AM

  • Photo via Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Three bongos, three giraffes, three red river hogs and a springbok were all killed in a Thursday evening blaze at a barn that houses animals for the Port Clinton African Safari Wildlife Park. 

The rest of the park's 300 animals are safe, per park staff, and there were no human deaths or injuries, but the tragedy has rocked the small park near Catawba Island. In a Facebook post (below), the park announced that it would be closed Friday.

The fire started shortly after six p.m., and local fire crews arrived within minutes, but the blaze had already engulfed the structure. Staff were able to rescue many of the animals and direct others — including the giraffe seen fleeing in multiple Facebook images — to safety. No cause for the fire has yet been identified.

The park opened in 1969 and is located on the Ottawa County peninsula, the gateway to the Lake Erie Islands north of Sandusky.

Our African Safari Wildlife Park team is devastated by the loss of animals housed in a barn destroyed by fire that was discovered early Thanksgiving evening. We are grateful that our staff is safe and no one was injured, but the loss of the wildlife that we care for every day is tragic for our team members who love these animals.

We are still assessing the loss of wildlife that was housed in the barn for over-night care and security. Park staff members are on the scene with firefighters and official responders. An investigation is underway into the cause of the fire.

The animals lost in this tragedy were part of our African Safari family, and the park will be closed on Friday as we mourn their loss and care for the other animals living on the 100-area park.

We deeply appreciate the first responders who worked on the holiday to try and save animals affected by the fire and thank the community for its support during this very difficult time. Again, we are grateful that our staff are safe, although we are all grief-stricken over this loss.

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The 19 Best Christmas Light Displays in Cleveland

Posted on Fri, Nov 29, 2019 at 8:27 AM

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Sesame and Soy Asian Takeout in Tremont Has Closed

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 2:49 PM


After little more than a year in business, Sesame and Soy Asian Takeout in Tremont closed its doors for good on Nov. 20.

But the space at 2173 Professor Ave. shouldn't be empty for too long. A note on the door reads:

New Concept Coming Soon

We would like to thank everyone that has supported Sesame and Soy from day 1. We are thankful to be part of the Tremont business community.

As of Nov. 20th we are transitioning the business to a talented group of foodies, so stay tuned for delicious new dishes.
We'll update you on what's in store soon.

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Stuffed Mushrooms are Apparently an Ohio Thanksgiving Favorite, a New Study Says, But We Call BS

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 12:42 PM

  • Photo via Wikimedia Commons
For Thanksgiving dinner this year, you'll likely be pulling up to a plate of turkey (or tofurky or the protein of your choice) with some green beans, potatoes, marshmallow-covered sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and maybe a few rolls.

And if you're in Ohio, according to Google, there's a very good chance you'll also be eating "stuffed mushrooms."

Google has released a list of the most uniquely searched Thanksgiving side dishes by state. As you look across the map, there are lots of predictable mainstays — green beans, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, stuffing (or dressing if you're down South).

But there are a handful of surprises.

We'll just assume that some of those unexpected sides are culturally specific, unusual to outsiders only. Perhaps Texans have discovered the digestive benefits of "fruit salad" after a big meal? Maybe "keto soup" is a centuries' old tradition in North Dakota? For all we know, Iowans and South Dakota natives regularly overload their Thanksgiving dinners with carbs, then freak out at the last minute when they realize they don't have any vegetables and panic-search "SALAD."

But then you get to Ohio, which, Google says, loves… ’shrooms?

Yes, the Google Trends rundown says the most uniquely searched Thanksgiving side dish is stuffed mushrooms. What?!

A quick Google search for "Ohio stuffed mushrooms" (which is just adding more legitimacy to the survey, but whatever) offers few clues about the alleged popularity of the dish in our state.

The Queen City Sausage company has a recipe for Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms, while the website has one with a spinach-stuffed twist. Trip Advisor has a photo of stuffed mushrooms from now-closed Cleveland restaurant Houlihan's. There are enough places in Columbus that serve stuffed mushrooms that the Foursquare city guide did a top 15 list. And a Columbus TV station's story about a Texas woman who sued Olive Garden because she said their stuffed mushrooms burned her mouth also makes the first page of the Google search results.

So please tell us, fellow Ohioans — are stuffed mushrooms a regular part of your Thanksgiving feast? Or is the Ohio mushroom industry lobby just rigging the search results?

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Irie Jamaican Kitchen Opens Its Old Brooklyn Location Next Week

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 10:32 AM

  • Photo courtesy Irie Jamaican Kitchen

The wait is almost over, and those who have enjoyed Omar McKay's soul-satisfying Jamaican food at his original stall at Richmond Town Square and then at his brick-and-mortar restaurant on East 185th St. know it will have been worth it.

Irie Jamaican Kitchen's Old Brooklyn location will finally open its doors for business next week, on Wednesday Dec. 4th, at 4162 Pearl Road.

As for what to expect, here's what our dining editor Doug Trattner wrote earlier this year:

"To McKay, the food simply is home cooking, the types of meals that he helped his mother prepare back home in Trelawny Parish, just outside Montego Bay, Jamaica. After resettling in Northeast Ohio and graduating from high school, McKay burnished his cooking skills with a culinary arts degree from Tri-C. After moving from restaurant kitchen to restaurant kitchen, concocting the occasional island-style dinner special, the chef struck out on his own.

"The food at Irie Jamaican Kitchen achieves an ideal balance between authentic and unique. McKay's fiery jerk chicken recipe is composed, just like Mom's, of onion, garlic, cinnamon, allspice, Scotch bonnets and heaps of thyme. But the meat is served off the bone, a concession to local diners. That jerk chicken, along with staples like curry chicken, curry shrimp and oxtails, can be enjoyed traditionally alongside the customary warm cabbage, rice and peas, and plantains or 'Jahpotle' style as a wrap or bowl."

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EDEN to Receive 150 New Housing Vouchers for People with Disabilities, Most in Ohio

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Ruth Gillett (County Homeless Services), Pamela Ashby (HUD), and Elaine Gimmel (EDEN), among others, with ceremonial check. - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • Ruth Gillett (County Homeless Services), Pamela Ashby (HUD), and Elaine Gimmel (EDEN), among others, with ceremonial check.

The Emerald Development & Economic Network (EDEN), alongside leaders from the Cleveland HUD office, announced Tuesday that the local nonprofit housing agency had received the largest HUD grant in the state of Ohio to provide new housing vouchers for people with disabilities, including those experiencing homelessness.

EDEN will receive 150 new vouchers to subsidize rental payments as part of the mainstream voucher program. Local HUD director Pamela Ashby presented EDEN with a ceremonial $850,000 check at the Commons at West Village in Detroit-Shoreway.   

Elaine Gimmel, EDEN's Director, said that the funding is part of a recent federal allocation for the mainstream voucher program, the first such new funding since 2005. The 150 vouchers will be in addition to the 175 that the organization currently administers.

On Dec. 9, EDEN will open up its wait list for the mainstream housing voucher program for the first time in 15 years.

(The "mainstream voucher program" is apart from the housing choice voucher program administered by CMHA, and refers specifically to housing vouchers for people with disabilities. But both vouchers are tailored to individual recipients. Those with a housing voucher pay 30 percent of their income toward rent. The voucher covers the rest. And for many of the applicants in the mainstream housing voucher program, total income may be at, or very close to, zero.)

"[This award] not only speaks to the strong work that EDEN does," said Gimmel, in prepared remarks, "but the strong collaborations in the City of Cleveland and in Cuyahoga County."

Gimmel said that approximately 11 percent of the county population, roughly 135,000 people, live with a disability. The vouchers, she said, are "greatly needed," because they allow many of those people, especially those facing housing insecurity or homelessness, to live independent lives.

"It's clear that we need as much financial support and partnerships so that we may continue to meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community," she said. "These 150 vouchers take us a step forward in addressing the affordable housing crisis in Northeast Ohio."

In a conversation after the announcement, Gimmel said that while 150 may not seem like a significant number, given the need that exists, EDEN will be required to secure leases for at least 80 percent of their new vouchers within a year, and EDEN didn't want to take on more than they could handle.

Once the contract officially begins, EDEN will hire additional staff to administer the new vouchers. EDEN already has staff to scout potential locations — finding landlords who accept vouchers has become increasingly challenging — and those dedicated to the housing stability of their clients. 

EDEN's Marketing and Communications Officer, Alex Lakin, read a testimonial from EDEN client Darlene, who has been living in her home on the east side for 27 years.

"I was really struggling to pay my bills, and [the voucher] really helped me to not be in a crunch," Darlene said. "How will I pay for this? How will I pay for that? ... I like my home, and nobody really wants to move at my age. I love that I didn't have to move."

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