Gloria Ferris

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Archive for January, 2006

Sixty Years of Tradition at This Area Steakhouse

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Sixty years in business, same family, same name, same destination. Do you know? If you said Ferris Steak House you would be right.

This restaurant holds a very fond place in my heart. Thirty two years ago when I moved to Cleveland to teach at West High School located on Franklin Avenue Ferris Steak House was the first bar and restaurant I entered. On the first day of school, the other teachers invited me tocome with them to one of their favorite after school watering holes. We were much younger then and drinking a few beers was more of a priority than eating. Ed Ferris and his brother were always behind the bar.
Every Friday they had the best fish fry. We drank and ate there often.

But times change and now when I enter Ferris Steak House it is to sample some of the best red meat in town. Last night I had one of the best cheeseburgers in recent memory. Tim noshed on potato pancakes that we both found a tad too crispy, but he had nothing but good things to say about his bowl of Manhattan Clam Chowder.

Although times have changed, you are still greeted by one of the Ferris family–Bruce Ferris. He has carried on the best traditions of his grandparents and uncles with the gracious hospitality he showers on his customers and the good food serves.

If you haven’t been there in awhile, you will be pleasantly surprised that Bruce has opened the windows creating a spacious, welcoming dining space.

DISCLAIMER: Barbara Ferris may claim us as her Irish cousins but this in no way influenced our rave review of this great establishment.

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January 21st, 2006 at 9:20 am

B2B at Theo’s

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Yesterday was really busy–0700 saw us at Theo’s for the very first gathering of the Brooklyn Business-to-Business Connect chapter, the 15th such group started in this area since May of 2005. Joe Gardner, one of the Theo’s business partners, is just finishing off his downstairs state-of-the-art meeting room, and we’re all grateful for his hosting the chapter.

Heads up: This coming Monday, January 23rd, Business-to-Business Connect co-founder Laura Leggett will be a guest on the Lanigan and Malone Show. Going to their site just now to fetch the link, I realized that we missed Kate O’Beirne’s appearance January 11th, promoting her new book that’s raising such a ruckus–I do wish those guys would get a feed going over to the blogosphere.

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January 21st, 2006 at 8:58 am

Wetlands, birds, and wildlife vanishing quickly in Ohio

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Two of my neighbors have emailed me about a critical issue facing our state. Read more here. I have already mentioned it once a few days ago, but it deserves another mention. We are faced with allowing developers to again decide the road that we are traveling in Ohio. We need to sit down, take a deep breath, and decide as Ohioans if this is what we want in our future.

The question facing Ohioans on the creation of a “new and improved” Middle Bass Island Marina is Is it really the direction to take?
The other question facing us here in Ohio is can we afford this continuous attack on nature. Here in Cuyahoga County we are trying to turn back “progress” on the banks of the Cuyahoga River to bring back a more natural habitat, and at the same time we are destroying one of the few natural habitats left in our state. We have lost much of what made our state a unique place to live over the years and now we are faced with the results. Is it time to say “no more?”

Please take a few moments over the next few days to consider the fate of Middle Bass Island, and then take the time to let your state government know how you want our state to proceed. Remember all Ohioans can hike through the wetlands, sit on the banks of a pond, drink in the view and watch as birds fly overhead, but only a select few, 360 to be exact will be able to use the new marina. I think I just told you which side I am backing on this issue. Who will you back, nature or development? The last date that the Ohio EPA is accepting comments on this marina proposal is January 28th.

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January 21st, 2006 at 8:29 am

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Warm and Crusty

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Bread, I am talking bread here folks. If you wander the streets of Cleveland looking for loaves of “right out of the oven” bread with a chewy crust Caribe bakery is the place for you. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked in the door that not only is this a unique bakery but there is also a small restaurant where you can dine in or take out. I glanced quickly but they offer Cuban sandwiches, whole or half roasted chicken, and the rice that my daughter loves so well. On the pastry side, I saw tins of flan which I certainly need to try. I will travel back soon to sample the food.

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January 21st, 2006 at 8:26 am

What do you want to see in our daily newspaper?

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I have just read this, and this with comments and I walked away thinking I should be thankful that we finally have a pulitzer prize any pultizer prize, but I couldn’t help but wish that we had a second pulitzer prize for investigative reporting. Then as I often do I answered myself and said “yeah, right Gloria never in this town. Our newspaper does not take on the hard issues, the ones that win pulitzer prizes for investigative reporting”. And then I thought, hey, now is the time. Now things can change with Alex Machaskee’s retirement.

So then I thought what would I like to see in my daily newspaper

1. more in-depth investigative reporting
2. less opinion shaping (the newspaper does the balanced reporting, we shape the opinions)
3. advertisers that know the value of having a free and independent press
4. a newspaper that is a true community and civic leader

Now with the changing of the guard, it is the time for the Plain Dealer to stand up and become the force behind the new golden age in Cleveland. I wonder if they are up to the task or have the years of oppression taken out the passion in their hearts that caused them to choose journalism as a profession. Time will tell.

What would you like to see when you open The Plain Dealer?

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January 18th, 2006 at 11:34 am

Meet the Bloggers Fundraiser at Pearl of the Orient

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Please support Meet the Bloggers by attending our first fundraiser at Pearl of the Orient. From what I’ve heard some of your favorite bloggers will be “celebrity” bartenders and there will be plenty of “good eats” for all of us attending the event.

Although it has been said that bloggers are a group of introverted “wannabes” begging for attention, I would beg to differ. When we get together face to face the conversation is never dull and we are all quite engaging people. Come see for yourself Thursday, January 26th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 pm.

Support “free speech in cyberspace”!!

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January 18th, 2006 at 10:44 am

Do You Know Where to Buy $.99 Steaks?

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I do, and we just did. Every Monday is $.99 Steak Nite at The Pearl Road Tavern & Eatery . Most Mondays you can find Tim and me there along with many of our neighbors and friends. We all know a great deal when we see one. Each steak costs $.99. For every two steaks you buy you need to purchase a side dish as well. Gina is the waitress with the pretty smile who greets you by name and knows your drink order on your second visit. Truth be told, she is one of the reasons that we like the place so well. Good food and great prices aren’t everything. After a hard day, there isn’t anything much better than to walk into a place where someone knows your name and is glad to see you.

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January 16th, 2006 at 9:43 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Today is not a day of words, but a day for reflection. May I suggest reading

      The World House

in a quiet place without distraction.

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January 16th, 2006 at 7:18 am

And the lights go out in Cleveland, again and again and again

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As I walked up to the door at Talkies yesterday, it looked awfully desolate for a Saturday morning. Imagine my surprise when the note on the door said “Power out, I will open as soon as it comes on”.
I thought this situation sure complicates things. Meet the Bloggers was scheduled to begin at noon at Talkies. Since I was incredibly early, I needed to find somewhere with power to wait. The West Side Market loomed large in my sights, and I immediately thought of a place to wait The Market Cafe Restaurant. I always meant to eat breakfast there some day but whenever we go to the market we always seem to end up at the bratwurst stand.

Yesterday will not be the last day I eat at The Market Cafe Restaurant. May I suggest the Eggs Benedict? I am a connoisseur of that dish if I say so myself. That had to be some of the best Hollandaise sauce ever.
I settled in with my paper and a cup of coffee to wait until it was almost twelve o’clock.
Luckily, for me my timing was good and I met George, Roger,Bill and Jeff talking outside of Great Lakes Brewery. We decided to drive down to the Town Fryer but before we left we all went into Great Lakes. Lucky thing that we did because Russell of BuckeyeSenateBlog fame and his wife Francie had driven up from Central Ohio. We spent the afternoon in the Great Lakes Pub and although it wasn’t one of our usual places we managed to have a very productive afternoon.

As we left, we noticed that Talkies still did not have power. I had talked to the owner earlier and she was quite perturbed because not only were we scheduled to be there, but she had several other things scheduled to take place at her coffee shop. She said that this loss of power had been happening altogether too frequently and she was thinking of switching from CEI, but just when she thought she would do that the businesses in the area that had CPP started having outage problems.

Granted, yesterday was an extremely windy day, but when we as customers of CEI and Cleveland Public Power pay the highest electricity prices in the state, shouldn’t we have reliable service? Why do we have such high rates but have outdated, old equipment that can’t stand high winds, icy weather, and wetness. Is it time to place this wires underground? Wouldn’t we all be safer if they were underground? Don’t we deserve to have an upgrade in service if we pay the highest prices in the state? If our dollars don’t go to capital improvements and maintenance, where does it go? At first, I only thought of my inconvenience because of the power outage, but what about that business owner whose entire day was disrupted with no revenues and what about those residents that shivered in their homes on one of the coldest days we have had this winter? I think that it is time that we ask our utility companies some hard questions concerning why our electric system is so unreliable during bad weather. Goodness knows, we have enough bad weather in Greater Cleveland.

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January 15th, 2006 at 9:16 pm

Catch of the Day

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Tim and I were in this Southeast neighborhood for a friend’s mother’s wake. Since we hadn’t been in the neighborhood for years, we decided to take a drive through the neighborhood on the back streets. For those of you who are not familiar with the area, Mill Creek Estates is on the northeastern edge of the neighborhood. There are some really nice side streets as wel, such as Tioga. As we were driving around, I asked Tim if he remembered that little bar/restaurant where he took me for a fish fry on one of our first dates. He said, “oh yeah, it was right on the crest of Warner Road. Let’s eat dinner there. I thought it wouldn’t be there because this was twenty-two years ago.

It was still there!When we walked in the door, it was liking walking back in time. High tin ceilings, green checkered tablecloths, and stools and chairs right out of the 1950’s but The Cozy Inn has touches even older than that. The clock over the doorway to the kitchen says in neon “The Cozy Inn est. in 1933”. The amazing part of all of this is that Millie the daughter of the original owners still owns the bar with the help of her daughter. Talk about a family business! Photos on the wall attest to the evolution of the business.

Not only does Millie still own the bar she still cooks. Why is that so amazing? Millie is 89 years old and does the cooking four days a week. Her knees just won’t let her cook every day of the week. Her daughter usually helps her out, but tonight she was all alone. Believe me, Millie has not lost her touch. The best fish fry in town just might be served at The Cozy Inn at 4568 Warner Road. The fish was crispy on the outside but flaky on the inside, the coleslaw was shredded thin and had a very light taste. The french fries were fresh and not the least bit greasy.

Tim and I decided it certainly won’t be another twenty-one years before we venture back to the Cozy Inn on Warner Road. And may we suggest that you try it too.

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January 15th, 2006 at 8:29 pm