of cakes and carrots

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”.

four layers of delight

four layers of delight

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.

carrot cake, friends and champagne

carrot cake, friends and champagne

So we celebrated with food, carrot cake, and a few bottles of champagne.

May you celebrate many joys….


Eddie Merlot’s – food

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.

shrimp cocktail over dry ice -  totally cool

shrimp cocktail over dry ice – totally cool

The sesame calamari was perfectly cooked – soft and tender, one of the best I have had.

perfectly cooked and with three fine sauces

perfectly cooked and with three fine sauces

Then it was the ahi tuna on wonton chips sashimi ( raw ) but nicely seasoned

delicious tuna with a crunch

delicious tuna with a crunch

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.

the combination worked very well, Filet Mignon, grilled shrimp, Andouille sausage, Andouille gravy, garlic mashed potatoes

the combination worked very well, Filet Mignon, grilled shrimp, Andouille sausage, Andouille gravy, garlic mashed potatoes

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.