On the Road Eats: Minneapolis

Hotel: Aloft Minneapolis
Would I stay again? Possibly. I booked late and that was the option closest to the event I attended within my allowed rate. I liked the location because Izzy’s ice cream was nearby and had I been there longer in better weather, there was a park behind the property. We did enjoy our walk home from dinner but I would like to explore another area next time.

Restaurants:

Lunch:  McKinney Roe
Would I dine again? Yes.  Service was a but slow but the food was good. I opted for a burrata salad and added beets. It was the perfect meal after my flight.

Snack:  Izzy’s
Would I dine again? Yes.  I needed a pick me up after a few hours of email so I walked around the corner to this ice cream shop. I tried the sampler which is five small scoops-blueberry cheesecake, salted caramel, cookies n’ cream, chocolate peanut butter and chocolate caramel. YUM!

Dinner: Spoon and Stable
Would I dine again? Yes.  We did not have a reservation but got lucky to score three seats at the bar. I started with the tempura baby squash and ordered the half portion of spaghetti Nero. My pasta was awesome!

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.