January 22nd, 2012


Cleveland Rocks!

Thursday night/Friday morning I drove to South Bend and picked up my mother.
Friday we drove to Cleveland, arriving just ahead of the storm.

Saturday morning, I dropped her off to catch the bus to the Art Museum.  Luckily we stumbled onto a hub station, so she could wait in the warmth.  I proceeded on to the "Regular Event in Cleftlands".  Sales were underwhelming.  The Chivalry Retreat elsewhere in the state seemed to have a bigger effect than I might have guessed.

Today we went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  It was a fun time.  I freely admit not being a scholar of the field, but it did a good job of telling the story of the music of our lives.

Notes on museum conservatorship:  You, as curator, are given Lady Gaga's (in)famous meat dress to preserve and display at the RRHF.  What do you do?  (Answer at bottom.)

Tonight we had a dinner adventure:  Steak on a Stone.
Your plate includes a slab of volcanic stone, approximately 7 inches square and an inch thick, which has been heated to 700 degrees F.
Your steak is placed on it in the kitchen, then brought to the table, where it is flipped, seering both sides. 
You cut thin slices off the steak and then use the stone to further cook it to your desired level of doneness.

The retained heat of the stone allows you to have a warm steak throughout the whole meal.  You control the cooking process.  They also provide you with a couple of dipping sauces that are nice, but not totally necessary.

I have never had this exact type of dining experience, but endorse it for those passing through the area.

Tomorrow, on to New York, and then to Boston.

The answer, which is a bit disturbing considering the discussion of dinner, is:
carefully dry the meat dress on a Lady Gaga-shaped form, turning it into a jerky dress, then overpaint it into the original reds and pinks rather than the brown of the jerky.  Never tell this to Jenna.