Introduction to "Creating Cleveland"

How did this blog come about?.... Well, the Dealfinder had just heard one too many times about how much Cleveland sucks and "there is nothing to do in this town" from fellow students who have not ventured outside of the friendly confines of Coventry and Cleveland Heights a whole lot. As I have been living in this town for some time, I am attempting to explore the city high and low to bring you some of the most interesting and low-cost things to do around the city on a weekly basis.

For example in the past 10 days, there have been 3-4 music festivals, an opportunity to be on the Early Show, which filmed in Cleveland last week, and an opportunity to sample the food of Tremont, which featured 15-20 restaurants in one of the best neighborhoods in the city for restaurants.

If you have any suggestions of places around town that you've used to help "create" your own Cleveland, please feel free to send them using the comments below until an email address is formed. I will be continuing to adjust the format for the first few weeks. Feel free to leave suggestions for other weekly sections as well, or to subscribe to this blog for any deals through the week.

Here goes...

Cheap Eats of the Week
Tea House Noodles
This cozy eatery opened up at the beginning of June away from most of the other fast (and much more fattening) food options in the University Circle area. Hidden by the current construction on the Cornell Road bridge, Tea House Noodles offers a healthier alternative to the normal Qdoba, Chopstick, or Rascal House grab 'n' go lunch, for those looking to get a quick lunch after or between classes. At $4.99, their filling lunch noodle/rice bowls filled with veggies and your choice of sauce/broth are a steal, and you protein-loving lunatics can add chicken, tofu, or beans for only a $1 more. They also offer daily specials such as Asian Chicken or Tea House Pad Thai.

Tea House Noodles is located at 2218 Murray Hill Road, just across from Valentino's. Click here for their menu and other details.

Other Dining Gems Around Town (both old and new)

Dish Global Deli
Likely the newest restaurant in Cleveland, just opening up last Tuesday, this gold mine offers healthy gourmet meals, salads, and sandwiches for under $10. The sandwiches all come with fresh sweet potato chips. Check out their menu here. 1834 W. 25th St.

More to come next week...

Events of the Week(end)

National Sports Collectors Convention
The worlds largest gathering of its kind comes to Cleveland. Over 100 stars including Hall of Famers from several sports will be present in attendance at the I-X center through the weekend (8/1-8/5). Estimated cost of Lou Gehrig jersey: $400,000. Estimated ticket price: $15. Click here for details.

Cinema at the Square
This annual film series returns as Playhouse Square shows all-time classics for $5. The first film, 12 Angry Men, showing on Thursday 8/2, is FREE. Get info on all the films here.

Mark your place in history as this award-winning exhibit featured on NPR comes to Cleveland for 3 weeks (Aug. 2-25). They are here to capture personal stories of America, whether sweet, sad, funny, or touching. Select stories will air on NPR. The Booth is inside an Airstream trailer parked at the Rock Hall. Call 1-800-850-4406 to schedule an interview, and bring a loved one to interview or to interview you! You will receive a CD after your interview. Click here for more info.

Extreme Salsa Social hosted by Baila Duro featuring salsa workshops and performances by top instructors and peformers, and music from some of the top salsa DJs. Noon, 7001 Denison Avenue. Click here for details.

Wunderbar grand opening
The swankiest and jazziest new club in Cleveland has its grand opening this Monday 8/6 at 7 PM. Enjoy live jazz, complimentary beer, wine and hors d'oeurves. 2044 E 4th St. downtown.

Free Movie Screenings of the Week
Remember to sign up and show up early! (usually about 30-45 minutes before the show)

Becoming Jane - August 6 at Severance, starring Anne Hathaway

Stardust - August 8 at Cinemark Valley View - to get passes, show up at Dish Global Deli on August 2nd (see above) after 2 pm. No purchase necessary.

For the kids:
Arctic Tale free screening - from the producers of "March of the Penguins" following Seela the Walrus and Nanu the polar bear from birth to parenthood in the Arctic North. Click here. Showings remain at Crocker Park and Ridge Park Square on 8/8 and 8/16.

Open Season free screening - 10 AM at Ridge Park Square on 8/8. Click here for details. Show up with your child.

Dealin' around the city
Win Lion King tickets here! Just come up with a good story in 100 words of less of why you need a Hakuna Matata escape.

Get a FREE round of glow-in-the-dark mini-golf here!

The Deep Wallet Picks of the Week


Twilight at the Zoo
One of the city's largest yearly fundraisers. Guests enjoy hors d'oeuvres and enjoy beverages while enjoying a one-of-a-kind night at the zoo. 14 bands will perfrom everything from rock to reggae. 7 PM. Click here for details.

Prescription for Prosperity
Listen to project supporters putting forth their case for a medical mart in Cleveland. Noon, at the City Club. Click here for details. Cost: $30 for non-members, $18 for members.

Many other things to do at the following page:

More things to win: (includes concert tickets, trip to Vegas, Lebron jersey, rounds of golf, Air show tickets and more)
Cleveland Scene (includes Dave Matthews tickets, Twilight at the Zoo tickets, Porthouse Theater tickets, Goo Goo Dolls tickets, Sheryl Crow tickets, and more)

Permanent deals/specials around the area worth a try

Coming next week...

The Dealfinder is a Case student that is continuously exploring to "create" more of this city by the day.


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Posted by: Vishal
Posted on: August 5, 2007 05:27 PM

Thank you for taking a stand!
I've been here for 2 years, and I love this city: the food, the music, the festivals, the museums, etc. It hurts me real deep to hear people dog on this town.
I usually have to resort to Citysearch for restaurants (though Yelp is becoming more useful), but they don't have the hole-in-the-wall places that embody the Cleveland spirit. From Nate's Deli (mediterranean) to Jack's Deli (Jewish), I love trying new places to eat. I just went to La Tortilla Feliz on W 14th last night.... excellent South American food!
And I swear by CoolCleveland. If it wasn't for that newsletter, I would probably be drowning my sorrows on Coventry like the rest of my peers.

I expect great things of this blog.


Posted by: Heidi Cool
Posted on: August 9, 2007 01:21 PM

Great idea for a blog!

Have you thought about adding your restaurant descriptions to the Case Wiki? They've got a restaurant category at
I think your mini-reviews would be a great addition.

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