Cleveland Rocks!

     OK. Let’s get the puns out of the way:
     “The Mistake on the Lake.”
     ” River on Fire.”
     “Only city that professional sports teams hit away from.”
     But did you know that it has the most trees per square foot than any other city in the country?
     That it has some of the BEST suburban public schools in the nation?
     Some of the best suburbs- period.
     That the Shah’s of the Middle Eastern realm get their yearly medical check-ups at the Cleveland Clinic (I know this because once my mother redecorated the private suite- and by suite I mean floors of suites).
     That the autumn’s are spectacular and the Cleveland Orchestra is considered the finest in the world?
     Well it gets better.
     Four little words: Cleveland Museum of Art.
     On my recent visit home, I stopped by to see the multimillion dollar renovation, and to say I was impressed would be an understatement. 
     More like bowled over with amazing new spaces and intimate galleries.
     And, I had forgotten how many ‘Masters’ CMA has in their permanent collection (really too many to list, let alone photograph). 
     And to think I grew-up in this marvelous space, surrounded by all of this, seeing Rembrandt’s and Renoir’s, Copley’s and Koon’s as everyday works of art! Believing everyone had this in their backyard.
     Silly me.
     Just a little girl attending Warhol’s parties…

and dancing with Degas.

The new Atrium.

Undulating living rivers of green
planted within the Atrium.

Good tasting food
served by good looking men
and celebrity chef Douglas Katz.
’nuff said.

Provenance Cafe
serves some of THE most delicious food in the city-
in the museum.


A beautifully prepared
Tuna Nicoise.
Want to taste Heaven?


  • Mari Collier - The only thing my husband liked about Ohio (when he was a boy) were the museums. It sounds like they have become even more impressive.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I don’t know about museums in other cities in Ohio, but in Cleveland, they are amazing. This is only thetip of the iceberg- so to speak.ReplyCancel

  • Krisztina Williams - OMG you should have a “picture of mouth-watering pastries” warning on this post. I’ve sworn of bread. That pic is killing me!
    “Mistake on the Lake” lol, I’ve never heard that. That’s so funny.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - That salad looks so yummy! I would love to go there.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - It was one of the most delicious Tuna Nicoises’ I have ever had. When I got back to New Orleans a few days later it’s what I made for dinner. Very inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • The Desert Rocks - I agree with Krisztina, that photo is highly distracting! I’ve flipped back to it several times and the guys-eh- but the pastries rock!ReplyCancel

  • House Crazy Sarah - This is great Cheryl! Cleveland has had some bad press in recent months so it’s nice to see these colorful pics.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Yes they have. Poor Cleveland. So much good going on but always clouded by the crime, stupid city council decisions, and the weather. Too bad.ReplyCancel

  • - Those pastries look so good! Here in NJ, we have some good pastries, but these look and sound so much better!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - They were great! But NJ is known for it’s food- among other things. hahaha Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Liew - You’ve gotten me hungry, Cheryl!!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I want to taste Heaven and look at art while squatting in the green river. I seriously did not know all those facts about Cleveland! Very cool.ReplyCancel

  • Blake Cash - The Rock and Roll hall of fame and the house from “A Christmas Story”. Great reasons to visit ClevelandReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Oh yea. I forgot about that- the house. I just love that movie. It reminds me of when my grandfather would take me downtown to see Mr. Jingalings- in Cleveland- just like in the movie!ReplyCancel

  • Ruchira Khanna - never been to Cleveland so, it was a delight to read about it.

    thanks cherylReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - That atrium looks spectacular!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - It was one of the most spectacular enclosed public spaces I have ever been in. It really puts the individual human into perspective with the amazing art on the other side. And , of course, you can rent it out for parties, etc. Idea?ReplyCancel

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