The city of Cleveland is booming!  Listed as one of the New York Times 52 places to go in 2015 and National Geographic's Places You Need to Visit in 2018, Cleveland has a vibrant restaurant and bar scene, with lots of festivals, sporting events, and museums.  In fact, Time magazine ranked Cleveland #7 as America's Best Food Cities for 2015!  The members of the Institute for Computational Biology frequently enjoy these comforts of Cleveland, and we are happy to share our experiences here with you.  Thoughts and opinions are of their respective post authors and do not reflect those of any institution or official agency.

Cleveland National Air Show

The signs of the new academic year are all around us.  Students are moving into dorms on campus.  There’s been a run on the school supply aisles at Target.  The Canadian geese and  US Navy Blue Angels are starting to fly in formation overhead. Wait–what?!? Every Labor Day weekend since 1964, the Burke Lakefront Airport […]

Finger Lakes (Keuka and Seneca Lakes) and wine tasting

Near (Figures 1 and 2), far (Figure 3-5), wherever you are, I believe that the wine does go on…                 What can I say, I do heart me some wine.  When I am out and about, I can’t resist the opportunity to do some tasting when it presents […]

Washington Place Bistro & Inn

Rain, rain, go away.  Come again another day. So far this spring, the sun has been a major flirt but has yet to commit.  More persistent is the rain.  And, oh, how it has rained this spring. Clevelanders, already well aware that abundant sunlight is sparse throughout the year here in Northeast Ohio, are anxious […]

Lox, Stock, and Brisket

Good food prepared relatively quickly for pick-up is hard to find.  Face it:  most prepared or quick food is junk, and we’re better off cooking something at home.  But, that requires time.  And planning.  We never have enough of the former, and the latter just makes me tired thinking about it.  So, while recent surveys […]

Acacia Reservation

Would you believe that there are more than 10,000 golf courses currently in the United States?  There used to be more, but there is now a slow and steady decline in golfing, including the closure of golf courses.  What do with a closed golf course, you might ask?  Nothing, apparently. One of those nothings is […]


I was listening to our local NPR affiliate WCPN this morning while getting ready for work, as one does, when I heard that a Cleveland-area restaurant and a chef were named as semi-finalists in this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards.  The chef in question is Jill Vedda of Salt+, who is up for the Best […]

The Romeros at Finney Memorial Chapel, Oberlin College

Cleveland is stupid with music.  As I have written before, Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra, is steps away from campus.  Blossom is much more of a drive, but well worth it to hear the likes of Yo Yo Ma play all six Bach cello suites in one sitting.  And, of course, there’s the […]


It’s no secret that we like us some sushi.  I have already extolled the virtues of CLE-style sushi at Pacific Rim East and SASA.  For those special nights, we go to Ginko in Tremont.  And save for the random sushi on some menus and the various noodle and rice places (like the English/Japanese combo that […]

Running in Cleveland

Running has been around since, well, that time when any living thing evolved limbs.  Upright or not, you could go far on a pair, three, or four of some limbs.  In sports, the first recorded Olympics featured a sprint and later the famous marathon.  Cue inspirational music. Surprisingly (to me, at least), Cleveland has a […]

Big Al’s Diner

Feeling a little blue?  A little defeated?  Did you give whatever it takes, and it still wasn’t enough (Figure 1)? I know what you need:  a little comfort.  In the form of food. Cleveland is not really known for its comfort food such as biscuits with gravy and mac&cheese.  Zanzibar Soul Fusion comes close, but […]

Noble Beast Brewing Co.

We are arguably living in a gilded age–nay golden age–of beer. The hops are running plentiful in the CLE: Great Lakes, Market Garden, Fat Heads, Bottle House Brewery, BRIM Kitchen + Brewery, and Boss Dog Brewing Company, to name a few. How can there possibly be an audience for more? Freeze all motor functions. Analysis. […]

Goodtime III

It’s Memorial Day weekend, so you know what that means!  Time for some good times on the water! Love, exciting and new.  Come aboard, we’re expecting you! Goodtime III, not to be mistaken for Good Times set in 1970s Chicago or the above-referenced Love Boat, is Cleveland’s largest excursion ship.  Goodtime III offers a variety […]