A day in Cleveland

Yesterday M and I spent a fun-filled day in Cleveland.  We have decided to start spending more time in and around Cleveland, doing some of the touristy things we haven’t done yet.  We’ve been in this area for ten years now.  It’s about time we got to know Cleveland a little better.

We began our trip with a stop for lunch on the way up.  We had Reuben sandwiches at Corky and Lenny’s which, although not in Cleveland, is known as a Cleveland tradition.  The place was packed and lively, as usual.  The sandwiches were delicious, as usual.  And big enough that we’ll each be getting two lunches for the price of one.

After lunch we made our way to the Cleveland Botanical Garden for Orchid Mania.  I now have about a thousand more photos of orchids, something I probably didn’t need but couldn’t resist.  I find the variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and scents of orchids fascinating.

Most of the orchids were in the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse.  There is a variety of wildlife to be seen in there too, if you pay close attention.

I could spend hours in there, just watching the butterflies flitting around.  I will get the opportunity to do so, too, since M and I decided on a membership while we were there.  That will give us the excuse to go back on regular basis.

We left the Garden around mid-afternoon to head over to the Tower City Center for the Cleveland International Film Festival.  I had hoped to get up early enough in the morning to see Out of Place, but that didn’t happen.  I think I’m still suffering from time change lag or something.  Getting up early hasn’t been happening for me lately.

Tickets for the movie we decided to see, Accident, were listed as standby only.  That meant it was a good thing we showed up early.  The original plan was to buy the tickets and then go off and find something else to do while waiting for the movie to start.  We ended up waiting in the stand by line instead.  Stand by tickets go on sale one hour before the film starts.  We were in line about 90 minutes before the start time and it wasn’t long before the line stretched out pretty far behind us.

The tickets are numbered so you’re better off being at the front of the line if the film is on stand by status.  Pass holders and ticket holders are seated 15 minutes before the start time.  Whatever seats are left go to those holding stand by tickets.  As it turned out, Accident was a pretty popular film and I don’t think too many of the stand by ticket holders got in.  M and I had ticket numbers 3 and 4.  We got in but had to sit in the 4th row which can be a little hard on the neck.

We both enjoyed the movie.  It wasn’t as suspenseful as I thought it might be.  Still, it was entertaining and went fast.  Having recently watched a terrible movie which shall remain nameless for now, the length of time it seems to take is one way to judge the enjoyment factor.  The terrible movie dragged on for what seemed like an eternity.  Accident, on the other hand, seemed to speed by.  The reason we picked this movie was because of a discussion we had a few weeks ago.  I had mentioned to M that we hadn’t seen a good psychological thriller lately.  While looking over the festival films, M found Accident pretty much right away (makes sense since they’re listed alphabetically) which is described as “a psychological brain-twister.”

To cap off our day, we had dinner at Johnny Mango World Cafe & Bar.  This was our first visit.  I’m pretty sure we’ll go back again.  It’s a casual, relaxing, friendly kind of place with plenty of vegetarian options on the menu.  M and I don’t eat much meat and after the piled-high-with-corned-beef sandwich at lunch, a vegetarian option was just the thing.  I had a grilled veggie burrito big plate.  “Big plate” means it comes with salsa, Happy Beans (or beans of the day which were curried black-eyed peas), the grain of the day (jasmine rice), Yucatan slaw, and a grilled banana.  Yummy, yummy, yummy.  And very filling.

That’s about it from the Bogs for now.  We have a busy week ahead so I’m sure I’ll be back with a few more posts about our comings and goings.  Plus I have plenty of orchid photos to share.  It’s nice to be able to look at all this color while things are still a bit brown outside.