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.


18 Comments on “A day in Cleveland”

  1. jenna says:

    I wonder what’s Philadelphian about the Philadelphian sandwich on Corky & Lenny’s menu. Or maybe I take that sandwich’s Philadelphian qualities for granted, who knows.

    I recently suffered through a long movie. You know it’s bad when it’s interminable even as a rental.

    Do you grow any orchids at home? I can’t remember.

    • Robin says:

      Not sure about the Philadelphian, J. Or any of them, for that matter.

      No, I don’t grow orchids at home. I have a black thumb when it comes to indoor plants. I think the only reason my garden vegetables survive is because I pretty much leave them alone.

      My mother was good with orchids. And every other type of plant she ever grew.

  2. Brian says:

    Thanks for the tour of Cleveland, I never would have guessed so much is there.

  3. anhinga says:

    This is a beautiful post. Your orchid photography is amazing. You and your hubby have such wonderful adventures together. You may live in the bogs, but your travels take you way beyond. You have the best of both worlds.

  4. Bo Mackison says:

    Love those brown orchids against the green. Great contrast.
    Isn’t it funny how you can live near a place and not really know it” I think I was a tour guide in a past life–I love to plan little trips and then take them.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Bo. 🙂

      We’ll have to make our way to your neck of the woods sometime so you can plan some little trips for us and guide us around. Just to satisfy that inner tour guide. 😉

  5. Marcie says:

    These botanical gardens look absolutely magical. Love your image of the orchids!

  6. Sam says:

    Sounds like a good day, well spent. I am a vegetarian and I work for the convention and visitors bureau promoting Northeast Ohio (Positively Cleveland), so if you need any future outing or restaurant suggestions, let me know. I’ve been a longtime Johnny Mango-goer, btw. Love your photos, they’re gorgeous.

  7. Rin says:

    Wonderful pictures! I agree about CBG, I could spend all day in the glasshouse especially during the winter.

  8. Marcia says:

    Corky & Lenny’s Matzoh ball soup……..yyyyuuuuummmmm……!!

    • Robin says:

      I haven’t tried their matzoh ball soup, Marcia. I keep meaning to but the sandwiches always draw me in and they are so big that I don’t think I could handle the soup and the sandwich. I think I’ll have to make it a point to order the soup next time.

  9. OmbudsBen says:

    I have several friends from Cleveland, I’ll have to ask them about Corky & Lenny’s. I’m guessing the Philadelphia sandwich is a cheese steak.

    My wife has good luck with orchids, and grows quite a variety in an eastern window of our kitchen (they seem to like morning light).

    I have to admit, now I’m curious about the terrible movie.

  10. Robin says:

    OmbudsBen: The Philadelphian is:

    Hot Pastrami with Creamy Cole Slaw & Thousand Island Dressing on Rye Bread with a Cup of Potato Salad

    I’m not sure what makes that a Philadelphian either. A cheese steak would make more sense.

    The terrible movie was a result of a book my husband was given as a Christmas gift from M the Younger. It’s a book about Pink Floyd. In it they mention movies in which Pink Floyd wrote and performed the sound tracks. Some of those movies are supposed to be pretty bad, such as the one we watched, but are said to be worth it for the sound tracks.

    The terrible movie was “More” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064694/). In my opinion, it was not worth it for the sound track.


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