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.

Blossom Music Center

It’s summer in Cleveland!  What does that mean?  Sun!  Vitamin D!  And, Blossom! The Blossom Music Center, located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Cuyahoga Falls, is the home of the Cleveland Orchestra and other musical guests during the summer.  Blossom is an outdoor amphitheater in the middle of the park, a setting that […]

Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh, PA is only ~135 miles southeast of Cleveland.  A mere two hour drive.  A hop-skip-and-a-jump, really.  So why is it so many Clevelanders never utter the city’s name, let alone visit it? The answer to this question seems as complicated as landing a great quarterback from the NFL draft.  Yes, apparently much of this […]


I don’t know about you, but when I used to think about Italian food, I would immediately think of spaghetti and meatballs smothered in marinara sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese.  This of course is a very narrow view of Italian cuisine reflecting my inexperience at the time with all the variety it has to […]

Mabel’s BBQ

What do Texas, Tennessee, and North Carolina all have in common?  My husband or I have lived in all three states at some point in our lives.  And all are well known for their BBQ.  Seriously.  We are not kidding.  It’s a big thing in the southeast. So it came as a great shock to […]

Tavern of Little Italy

When we think of Little Italy, we think of pasta and cannoli.  Maybe some pizza.  All washed down with some chianti or the like.  But, gastropub?  Surely you must be mistaken. Well, apparently not.  And, don’t call me Shirley! The Tavern of Little Italy (TOLI), opened in early 2016 and located in, well, Little Italy, […]

Urban Farmer

I know, I know.  Heavy consumption of red meat is bad.  It’s bad for your health (PMCID:PMC4409470).  It’s bad for the environment.  And, the situation is not all that great for the animal. Oh, but red meat, I love you so!  So much so, that some know me as “carnivorous Crawford.”  I can’t tell you […]

The Tap House at Fat Head’s Brewery

Like every hip American city, Cleveland has a very active local microbrew scene.  I have already visited and written about a few of them, including the widely distributed Great Lakes Brewing Company.  I would be remiss if I did not post about Fat Head’s. If you are not familiar with Fat Head’s, take a look […]

Euclid Creek Reservation

Have you heard the news?  Cleveland Metroparks just won the 2016 “Best in Nation” award by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).  We’re #1, we’re #1, we’re #1!  In celebration, I am posting our February trip to Euclid Creek Reservation, a green space […]

On The Rise Artisan Bread and Pastries

“Is that from On The Rise?”  Well, good morning to you too, Dr. Jill Barnholtz-Sloan!  Never had I met someone who could name a bread’s origin in less than ten seconds after seeing it.  The bread in question was part of a sandwich I was enjoying for my “second breakfast.” Steve and I recently tried […]

Local West

Calling all hipsters and those who like to eat!  Looking for a fun lunch or dinner that won’t break the bank?  Look no further than Local West located on Detroit Shoreway. Local West opened in 2015 after converting and renovating an existing fast-food building.  Consequently, Local West has a parking lot, a feature hard to […]

Opera Night at the Music Box Supper Club

It’s Wednesday night in Cleveland, so you know what that means.  That’s right, it’s Opera Night at the Music Box Supper Club!  Actually, I don’t know if Opera Night is always on a Wednesday, but this particular night Mom and I caught it, and we were really happy that we did. On this Opera Night, […]

Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve

As I have already written, Cleveland boasts a big lake.  Of the five great lakes, Lake Erie is fourth in size.  Not to judge, but it’s also the shallowest of the Lakes.  Still, if you have seen it, you would probably agree with me that’s it’s pretty impressive. A big surprise to me when I […]