my BBM to bird discussing where to go consisted of this:
me: bird! let's go somewhere random that we never go to.
bird: um, that's going to be hard considering we are everywhere girls
a few hours pass and when i got back to bird i had come up with the brilliant idea of going to the east side of cleveland. i have downtown and the near west side (OC and tremont) in my pocket but really only venture to the east side to shop at nordstrom's.
and to think i call myself a plum. pish posh.
i came up with bodega on coventry because it had just what we were looking for - martinis and tappas. i hadn't heard that many good things about this place but hey, we were trying to do something different right?
when we walked in at 8pm on a saturday night the place was empty - maybe 6 other people in the whole place. and all i could think about was how if bodega was located downtown or on the near west side it would have been full. although, when we left a little after ten it was starting to fill up.
we bellied up to the bar and waited a while to get noticed (not like they were busy or anything). oh sorry, the dude bartender was busy watching the titans/chargers game.
the martini list was overwhelming but at least it was creative. after ms bartender pried herself away from wiping down glasses the order exchange went a little like this:
lippe: do you have effen vodka?
ms bartender: yes. er, no. um, i don't know. yeah, no.
so this is how it was going to go? strike two.
me: i'll have the zen ginger martini
ms bartender: ooooo. yeah. i'm out of the zen ginger vodka tonight.
me: alrighty then.
finally we get our drinks (tasty and strong), and decide to order some food from the tappas menus.
bird: i'll have the braised short rib and the she crab bisque
ms bartender: [writing it down] ooooo. wait, yeah, we don't have the short rib tonight.
bird, lippe and i: [laughing] are you serious? [chuckle, chuckle]
strike four - you are definitely out. at this point we were surprised they had water to offer us.
all in all we order the crab bisque, the crab cakes, the blackened day boat scallops, lamb lollipops and the eggplant rollatini for the three of us - thankfully we were pleasantly surprised. the food (though luke warm) was actually really good. the flavors were thought out and the scallop with the mango jimica salsa was by far my favorite.
a strike was taken away with the food being enjoyable. another strike was taken away because of luca mundaca who was performing. her voice was the sweetest female voice i have heard in a long time and once she started singing it was the perfect accompaniment to dinner - it actually calmed us down. it was as if there was a studio cd playing instead of a live act. and i say that in the BEST way possible - her voice and songs were wonderful.
after the iffy bodega experience we headed back downtown and went to maproom (shocker), and after too many drinks and shots of patron xo we stopped at liquid and ultra where it was lame sauce but by then i was over it all and the only thing on my mind was a slice. good times.
side note: "hypothetically" speaking (wink wink). so if you were sitting at the bar with your purse on the stool next to you and someone placed a nice black (although cheap) scarf on the stool over your purse while your back was turned, what would you do. now it isn't your scarf - you had actually lost your black scarf the weekend before at sushi rock and needed a new one.
you ask everyone around you if it was their scarf, everyone answering no. you ask the bartender - it wasn't theirs either. you interrupt the couple making out a few seats down from you, it wasn't theirs either. it's now closing time and don't want to leave the scarf all alone, it obviously needed a new home...
would you have taken it? i mean hypothetically speaking, of course...
have a good first full work week of 2009, anything's possible. (vomit)