Brews and Chews and the Blues??

Last Day in Cleveland.

We had plans to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of fame early, so we opted to just partake in the overpriced, probably merely adequate restaurant in the hotel lobby.  They really get you.  $15 for a buffet, which included drinks, or $10 for any other (limited) breakfast entree, and you add a $2 to $3 drink. Seemed pretty simple to choose.

Now here is where Omar and I differ on our opinions.  I though the breakfast was great. Except for the hot tomato juice the waiter brought me. I had to give him props though, it wasn’t an item available and he found it for me anyway.  It was beyond warm though. Seemed more like a glass of tomato soup. I had a made to order omelet with cheese, bacon, sausage, onions, green peppers.  It was so good. Toasted some fresh rye bread, with drippy butter and I was a happy camper. That along with apple rolled pancakes, fried potatoes, scrambled eggs and salsa, bacon, oh my goodness. Too much to list.  I was stuffed and made sure I got my moneys worth by drinking the warm tomato juice, cranberry juice and coffee.

Omar split the omelet with me and filled his plate with all the same things.  Now Omar thought the casino was better, I thought the hotel.  It didn’t help that Omar felt really sick after, and blamed it on the food. maybe it was just the gluttonous amounts we have been eating!! LOL.

This ends the Brews and Chews portion of our Cleveland trip.  I guess for fun, I will throw in some “blues”, since we did go next to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  I would be remiss if I didn’t start my “tour review” with a statement of the gross oversight of many rock bands that deserve a space in the hall of fame that have not yet been inducted while the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson, The Beastie Boys and Grandmaster Flash have been inducted.  Although some of these icons should have a place in the music hall of fame, their influence on rock and roll is questionable at best. I also find it odd that there is a place for the E Street Band by itself, but no place for great bands like REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, Yes, Chicago, ELO, BTO, Blue Oyster Cult and the list goes on. They have James Taylor but no Jim Croce? You have Small Faces, The Faces and Rod Stewart. Isn’t one Rod Stewart homage enough? You have public enemy in there. Really? Flava Flav? But no Moody Blues? Neil Diamond but no Barry Manilow? Took 14 years to induct Paul McCartney? Ok, you get the point.  Although the museum is interesting, the method of choosing what artist is to be inducted seems to have no rhyme or reason.  There are music influences, musicians, and musical “support” people inducted.  I think there is an interesting line between being a music great as opposed to a rock and roll great.  There is no question early influences like Carl Perkins influenced Rock. But how did Public Enemy shape rock and roll?

Ok I am done with my rant.  It was just a very interesting conversation Omar and I had all day. We headed home after a very full and very interesting weekend. Our journey took us to Green Lantern on the way home, and we will let you refer to our earlier blog found here: I will do a quick review of our meal: Cheesy, gooey, pepperoni-ey, nomm, nomm, nomm….

To sum up this Cleveland multi-series of blog entries, Cleveland really does rock.  Scrape off the preconceived notions and misconceptions. Flip over the big city urban underbelly, and you get a city teeming with great food, great beer, and a million and one things to do. Looking for a quick weekend getaway? Forget Frankenmuth, forget Mackinac, head to Cleveland.



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