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Voyage to the Land of Cleves

Mr. Beez and I took Baby Beez on a little outing to Cleveland today! We had no particular reason for it, other than I wanted to get out of town for the day (and I have to go to Harrisburg for work tomorrow, so I’m really getting what I asked for.)

I was greatly looking forward to Art All Night, but Baby Beez was being a teething, drooling, screaming monster last night so we disappointedly skipped it.  This morning she seemed to be in better spirits, so we took off for Cleveland around 10 (she usually starts a nap around 10 or 10:30).  She slept for a while, and then woke up about an hour outside Cleveland, and proved our assumptions wrong by screaming the rest of the way.  It was too late to turn back then, so we soldiered on.

We went to the Cleveland Children’s Museum.  I had heard it was nice so I expected something similar to Pittsburgh’s kids museum in size and scope.  Now don’t get me wrong– Baby Beez had a great time. She played with toys, ran around, all kinds of things.  Pittsburgh’s museum, though, is a lot bigger and fancier. The Cleveland museum was small enough that I checked my phone, wondering if there were 2 children’s museums in Cleveland, and maybe we showed up at the wrong one.  We are spoiled here in the ‘burgh with a big flashy museum.  On our next impromptu road trip to our rival city, I think we’ll check out the brand new Greater Cleveland Aquarium.

Beep beep beep beep!

Splashing at the water table!

After playing for a while at the museum, we had all built up an appetite.  I have been dying to visit Melt, and it was only a few minutes away from the museum!

Melt specializes in gourmet grilled cheese and a wide beer selection. Two things I LOVE are grilled cheese and beer. WIN.

I had the 21st Amendment Hell or High Water Watermelon Ale.  It smells like watermelon, but tastes like beer.  The watermelon smell is interesting but not overwhelming. I would drink it again, and not just as a novelty.  It was good for if you want a fruity summer beer, but not something as fruity as a Lindemann’s or a cider.

I ordered this month’s special– the Corny Beast. It’s a corn dog inspired sandwich, and I LOVE corn dogs.  The thick bread was stuffed with American cheese and hot dogs, and the whole thing was dipped in cornbread batter and deep fried.  It was RIDICULOUS.  It was delicious in that terrible-f0r-you greasy carnival food kind of way.  There were so many different kinds of sandwiches that I wanted to eat, that it was very tough for me to pick this one, but if there is cornbread involved, I’m sold.

We ordered the “Kindergarten” for Baby Beez- which is the basic grilled cheese.  I ordered hers with muenster, because muenster cheese is delicious.  Baby Beez, however, is teething and had no interest in eating, so we took it home with us. Mr. Beez and I actually had to take turns respectively eating and taking Baby Beez up to the entryway or outside to run around and not disrupt the other patrons.  The Melt staff were exceptionally understanding with Baby Beez’s toddler behavior.  The hostess even gave her a packet of Goldfish crackers (she ate 2 and then spit them out, she was having that kind of day).  They brought her food out quickly, and were very friendly, which was extremely appreciated by these frazzled parents.

Melt is a great neighborhood bar and grill. If I lived in Cleveland, I’d love to be a regular there.  It’s worth one road trip up there for the novelty of all those grilled cheese sandwiches.  Since I’m not usually in the neighborhood, for future sandwich cravings, I will probably head over to FatHeads instead of making a 2.5 hour drive to Ohio, as the quality and selection of sandwiches are comparable.

After expending all that energy on shouting and dashing about, Baby Beez conked out for the whole ride back.

IT IS HARD TO BE A BABY.

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