Almost thirty years ago, we needed a baker to make a wedding cake. We stopped at Arabica on Coventry in Cleveland Heights ( where all the hippies lived ) and asked the baker if he would consider making a carrot cake wedding cake for us. He shrugged his shoulders. Sure I could give it a try. If that cake leaned and wobbled a bit – it sure tasted great.
The other day I was having lunch at Eddie Merlot’s restaurant and the menu called out “world’s greatest carrot cake”.
Talk is cheap, but I tried a piece and thought…. this is pretty good, they just might be right.
So for Jan’s 60th birthday party ( like I was going to bake a cake ) I asked and Eddie Merlot’s graciously agreed to make me a cake.
So we celebrated with food, carrot cake, and a few bottles of champagne.
May you celebrate many joys….
It seems that vendors always want to go to lunch in the holidays – it really does spur the economy and it’s a chance for me to try new places. The other day we stopped at Eddie Merlot’s in Warrensville, just outside of Naperville and lunched exquisitely.
I started out with their cabernet house wine, it was fruity and very drinkable and complimented the main fillet mignon nicely. The first appetizer, shrimp, was fun, but when it’s served over dry ice it has a special flair.
The sesame calamari was perfectly cooked – soft and tender, one of the best I have had.
Then it was the ahi tuna on wonton chips sashimi ( raw ) but nicely seasoned
By now, we were on our second glass of wine, it was a Friday late lunch when the main course arrived, and it was very tender and tasty.
Then for dessert, they bill their carrot cake as “the world’s best” and it was very good. The piece was the size of a brick and we had one for the table that we all shared. This is absolutely a visit again restautant, but priced for special occassions.