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.

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 […]

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Pardon me boys, is that the Cuyahoga choo-choo?  No, it’s the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad! Sure, I was a few states and a boogie woogie off, but close enough, right?  Well, having been to both now, no, not really.  The Chattanooga Choo Choo is now a stationary hotel.  The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is an […]


As I mentioned in previous posts, my sister recently visited us in the CLE.  What’s so special about that, you might ask.  Well, let me tell you. My sister and her husband live in New Zealand.  They have been there for eight years now, and I am getting the sense that they are not moving […]

Garfield Memorial at Lake View Cemetery

It’s April 1st, so you know what that means—the Garfield Memorial at Lake View Cemetery is open for the season!  No foolin’! Didn’t see that coming?  Let me elaborate…. Like most Americans, I know the first few presidents and the last few presidents, but the guys (sadly, still only guys so far) in the middle […]

Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar

A few weeks ago, Steve told me he saw a white large bird fly by our house.  What?  Gasp—a snowy owl?!? I caught a few headlines earlier that snowy owls were in Cleveland this winter.  Snowy owls are arctic birds, so seeing more than one in Northeast Ohio is unusual.  Apparently, this year there’s a […]

BRIM Kitchen + Brewery

Snow is on the ground now, and we are nearing the winter solstice.  Days like these make any Clevelander long for the days of sunshine. I think the last official day of fun in the sun this year was October 22nd.  That day hit a high of 79 degrees Fahrenheit, well above the historical average […]

Boss Dog Brewing Company

Who let the dogs out?  I honestly don’t know, but I am glad to see that they are now on Lee Road. Boss Dog Brewing Company finally opened at the end of October after an extensive renovation of an old restaurant space on Lee Road.  The space was formerly occupied by the Lemon Grass Thai […]

Ballet in the City (Sonia Rodriguez)

Winter is coming, so you know what that means…figure skating!  And, this isn’t just any year–it’s a we’re-heading-into-another-Olympic-cycle year! The double exclamation point opening doesn’t begin to describe my excitement.  I have loved figure skating since I can remember.  I had a Dorothy Hamill doll, I was completely confused and upset that Tia and Randy […]

Cleveland Botanical Garden (GLOW)

It’s the holidays!  Whether you are decking the halls, lighting the menorah, or not giving bah humbug about it, Cleveland has a host of festivities to keep everyone happy until the end of the year.  One such perennial holiday favorite is GLOW at the Cleveland Botanical Garden located in University Circle. GLOW typically runs from […]

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Is company coming to town?  And you live in Cleveland?  Oh, you know where you’re going to take them: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Figure 1)!                   Many American cities are tied to specific or regional music so much so that they could be SAT […]

Table 45

As a profession, academia is quite social.  Sitting alone in your office will not get you promoted.  No—you have to show that you know people and that they like your work.  If they really like you, they’ll invite you for a visit.  And, with a visit comes a meal or two. As an organizer of […]