On the Road Eats: Cinncinati

Hotel: Renaissance Cinncinati
Would I stay again? Yes.  I was upgraded to a suite with a view and I had access to the lounge on the first floor.  For me, the location is easy to walk to clients and lots of great restaurants.

Restaurants:

Dinner: Mita’s
Would I dine again? Yes.  Great tapas restaurant walking distance from the hotel.

Snack(Columbus): Jeni’s Ice Cream
Would I dine again? Yes.  My favorite place.  When road tripping from Cinncinati to Cleveland, you must make a stop at Jeni’s.  We found a location in Dublin that was off the highway and gave us a good place to stop, stretch our legs and indulge!

On the Road Eats: Cleveland

Hotel: Ritz Carlton Cleveland
Would I stay again? Yes.  The restaurant is a short walk to 4th street where there are numerous restaurants.   I had a great view of the water and stopped by the gym to sit in their dry sauna for a short bit.  Very relaxing evening!

Restaurants:

Dinner: The Greenhouse Tavern
Would I dine again? Yes but since I am not in a Cleveland often I would probably try something new. Loved the poutine!

On the Road Eats: San Jose del Cabo

Hotel: JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa
Would I stay again? Yes. The hotel is modern, rooms are a good size for two people and we had a balcony with a beautiful view of the ocean and pool.  There are a bunch of options for dining and it is super close to downtown San Jose del Cabo.  The spa is great and they offered some very basic cooking classes.  We upgraded to stay at the Griffin Club, a boutique hotel within the hotel.  Would I upgrade again?  Not necessarily.  Breakfast got kind of boring and although service was good at the pool(private pool for Griffin club guests) we didn’t have the personalized/concierge experience.

Restaurants:

Breakfast and Lunch:  The Griffin Club

Dinner:  La Lupita – Taco & Mezcal
Would I dine again? Yes.  Local spot with locals and tourists.  They had a band the night we were there and we shared beer and tacos.

Dinner: Flora Farms
Would I dine again? Yes.  We did a tour of the farm and then had dinner.  There was music, great food, ice cream, and even some shops to visit while you wait.  You must have a reservation and I recommend you arrive early and have one of their awesome cocktails.

Dinner: La Vaca Tinta
Would I dine again?
No.  I think our expectations were too high and we didn’t enjoy the meal.  We ordered their steak special and passed on dessert.

Dinner: Mariscos Toro Güero Centro
Would I dine again? Yes.  This is a local spot in downtown San Jose.  We had a great server who showed us some new ways to eat the molcajete and loved the local feel of this spot.

Dinner: Niparaya JW Bar
Would I dine again? Possibly.  If I didn’t go into town for dinner, I would prefer to try a different restaurant at the hotel.  We had sushi and it was just ok.

On the Road Eats: Milwaukee and Madison

Hotel: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Madison
Would I stay again? Yes.  You can walk to shops and restaurants since this hotel is in Hilldale or you can take a short drive to the square.  The hotel is new, the service was good and I had an area for work and sleep.

Restaurants:

Lunch(Milwaukee):  Mason Street Grill
Would I dine again? Probably.  It reminded me of a Houston’s and I wish I had found something more casual and local.  But I got stuck in the rain, ducked into the first spot that looked good and I had a very enjoyable lunch.  The House Mustard Horseradish Dressing was a bit addictive.

Dinner (Madison): Tempest Oyster Bar
Would I dine again? Yes.  My dinner was good but the restaurant was super quiet.  I assume on a Wednesday or Thursday night there is a good crowd for happy hour.

Lunch (Madison):  Ian’s Pizza by the Slice
Would I dine again? Yes.  Yes. Yes.  I visited Ian’s years back to try their Mac n’ Cheese pizza.  And it was awesome.  They have so many unique combinations so this time i also tried the Smokey the Bandit (BBQ Sauce, Mozzarella, BBQ Chicken, Bacon, Ranch, & Cheddar).  Delicious!!

Dinner (Madison):  Muramoto Hilldale
Would I dine again? Sometimes you get so consumed by emails that you look up and dinner is almost over.  I walked out of my hotel at 8:30 knowing there was a Japanese restaurant within walking distance and two other options were bar food or tacos.  Living in Texas means I can always get tacos so I opted for Japanese.  The black cod was good but next time I will shut down the emails much earlier.

Breakfast(Madison): Marigold Kitchen
Would I dine again?
Yes.  I love when I arrive to a client meeting and there is a fantastic breakfast spot around the corner.  Madison is a great food city and their square has so many options.  I arrived to Marigold, ordered the lemon ricotta pancakes and left with a smile that stayed on my face the whole day.

Lunch (Madison): Graze
Would I dine again? Yes.  I came to Graze many years ago because they were known for an amazing burger.  During this trip they had a farmer’s market in downtown Madison outside of my client’s office and they recommended I walk through and get some cheese curds to bring back to Texas.  I saw the Graze chef at the Farmer’s Market purchasing produce and knew where I was headed to lunch.  Fried cheese curds and bibinbap..ready to fly home!