Since we were not able to travel, and no one came to visit us (boo hoo!), we at first decided not to have a full turkey dinner. Kent made reservations at the Sans Souci in the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland.
Although we had a "white" Thanksgiving, the day was decent for taking advantage of free admission at the Cleveland Zoo. Some local color:
Acalypha hispida/Chenille plant:
We headed downtown to the Renaissance Hotel which is like a wing of Terminal Tower. Established as the Hotel Cleveland in 1918, it became the Sheraton-Cleveland in 1958, then Stouffer's Inn on the Square in 1978. In 1993 it was purchased by Renaissance International. The hotel has two restaurants, the finer one being a Mediterranean-themed Sans Souci restaurant, full of cozy little "rooms." A limited menu was offered for the day.
Since Kent had then decided to make a turkey dinner, we chose non-turkey entrees. I started with a Ohio City truffle and rosemary pierogi and Kent had the lobster bisque. We were given an intermezzo of lemon sorbet (two scoops!) with a drizzle of chocolate and sprinkles of sugared spearmint. A lot more than just cleansing the palate. My main course was beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, and asparagus with hollandaise sauce. Kent had braised lamb with creamy polenta and spinach. We took our desserts to go, the buckeye pie and caramel torte with pecans.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Today was the last Open House of the year at the B&O Roundhouse, home of the Midwest Railway Preservation Society. A brick storehouse that may one day be a museum:
Our tour first took us through the machine shop, with a couple big lathe machines:
Some giant springs:
Kent next to the section of 8 wheels:
N scale has only 9mm between the tracks:
The 1930 Nickel Plate (New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad) Pullman #90 (it also was in the movie "The Natural"):
A Whitcomb 65 gasoline-mechanical locomotive:
This Pullman featured in the 1984 movie "The Natural" starring Robert Redford.
We stopped in the C&O caboose that is used for the gift shop, before heading downtown.
Our next stop was the Main Library of the Cleveland Public Library. For Winterfest, they had a model railroad display, and a tuba concert:
Monday, December 2, 2013
This year Hanukkah coincided with Thanksgiving. The Woodmere Eton Shopping Center hosted a lighting of an ice sculpture hanukkiah for the sixth night. An electric hanukkiah stands next to the rabbi (with hat) and (infamous) Mayor Merle Gorden of Beachwood, OH (behind the rabbi's left shoulder):
Our holiday decorations; the fireplace:
Saturday, December 7, 2013
We took the rapid transit downtown. First dinner at Noodlecat, with their famous steamed buns/"Asian sliders:"
The front of Terminal Tower with a horse and carriage ride:
A covered passageway takes you from the arena to Terminal Tower to catch the rapid transit:
Friday, December 13, 2013
Luckily, the day was relatively balmy and clear. We had tickets for "Glow," the holiday festivities at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Inside there is a display of gingerbread houses interspersed with Christmas trees decorated by area garden clubs.
Gingerbread House Competition 2nd prize winner:
Some lighted gingerbread kids in a giant nest:
Environment of Lights Installation at Wade Oval: Fantasien von Heimat/Fantasies of Home; (Dioramas: Robin Heinrich, Mark Jenks, Meagan Krapf, Ian Petroni. Background Towers: Jesse Rhinehart. Entrance and Totem: Robin VanLear.)
This diorama is titled "For Love:"
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Icicles on the bird feeder:
Saturday, December 21, 2013
We returned to the Quicken Loans Arena downtown, this time for the AHL Lake Erie Monsters ice hockey match against the Rochester Americans:
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Clear skies today, for a trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art:
The Christmas tree in the Atrium:
Wade Park and the Museum:
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
We have had a White Thanksgiving and a White Christmas. Now for a White New Year!
More like a lentil-based vegetable stew!
Happy New Year!
Sunday January 5, 2014
Evidence of snow:
|Icicles on our house|
|Frozen water of a missing downspout|
|One-story long icicle|
|Water frozen on the wall|