Our Saturday

 We headed out early on Saturday to make a stop at Cleveland's West Side Market.

We always have fun here and this was no exception.

There is always so much to see and buy.

We loaded up on something called Polish Boys which are a Cleveland specialty.

They are a cross between knockwurst and kielbasa and you can get them in hot or mild.  We got some of both.

We picked up lots of 'necessities'!  So much so that I need to do a major freezer cleanup later today to make room for everything.

Sadly to say, this is the festival we went to. Sorry for the bad photo and the only one at that.  It was pouring rain and cold.  Everyone was hovered under tents.  Unfortunately, the festival was so small that the people actually fit under the tents.  This was a Big Green Eggfest, as you can see the BGE's along the perimeter of the tents.  I own one of these grills and am not up on all of it's uses so I thought I might pick up some tips from this event.   People were shivering and huddled and no tips were to be had.  I picked up some smoking chips and a smokestack I needed and I guess I will just have to depend on my own knowledge when it is time to grill.
It was not a total loss because we headed to the West Point Market in Akron afterwards.

I love this place.  They carry things that I usually can only purchase online.

I drink a LOT of green tea so I bought some of this which is excellent.

And I bought a flask of my favorite blurry honey.

That's better.....Tupelo honey. If you want to order some or read about it, click here:  http://www.savannahbee.com/product/Tupelo-Honey/ST-1454   If you want to listen to it, even better, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq3YLhtuzTQ&feature=kp

I also bought some orange blossom honey too.  We went to one more festival this past weekend which I will post tomorrow.


Sunnybrook Farm said…
Rain doesn't ruin your day!
The markets look charming and chock full of everything you'd need. Sorry about the festival and the grilling tips. RAIN unfortunately does sometimes get in the way of accomplishing what we want to do. I LOVE Harney & Sons Tea too. I get the African Autumn.
These markets look fabulous - wish I could go there sometime, too!
Kathy said…
Love, love, love both the West Side Market and West Pont Market. We spent a few years in Ohio working and I miss them so much after moving back to Houston. There is nothing comparable here to those two places. Thanks for the photos that bring back some great food memories!
Oh dear, worst festival ever! It's so sad-looking. Glad the market helped make up for it!
Nellie said…
Amazing markets for your shopping! There are none like that around here. At least, I know of none.
Susan said…
Ah, this post made me very homesick. I love the West Side Market and used to live near it. Even when I didn't, I went every weekend. There is nothing like it. And don't get me started on the West Point Market! Thank you for a trip down Memory Lane.
Patty Woodland said…
The weather has been just wretched everywhere
Anonymous said…
I do like how it looks at West Point market and West Side market! I would most likely love to walk around there :-)

Too bad about the weather, rain is one thing but when it's cold as well it's just too much.

In between thunderstorms here, I can hear it both south and north from us so it will soon be here again.

Have a great day!
Megs said…
Great pictures of the market- it looks great. I was in Cleveland many years ago, and used to go to the market.
That honey looks so good. So, all these years later, I find what Van the Man was singing about. I love different honeys, so will try the Tupelo.
Sounds like you had fun, regardless of the weather!
Mary Ann said…
What wonderful markets!
Kay said…
You guys were really seeing a lot and having a great time. That's fabulous!
From the first photo to the last...I was in awe. I enlarged every single one...but then I always do! :) The way you love to cook..I can only imagine how you felt! Wow!!!