Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Family – Fun and Food!

It’s not like all we do is eat when we visit our family in Cleveland… We actually do a lot more but we don’t take too many photos.  There are board games, movies, kids reading to us or just reading books in general, basketball and football in the yard and soccer games to attend.  But heck…we do like food!

Here’s proof that it wasn't all food and we actually went to a movie!  Laurie took this photo of us in the theater just before the feature flick, Muppets Most Wanted, started rolling.  Even the boys thought that this movie was just ok. What Laurie and I liked was an almost empty...and!

One evening, with David II and Amy working and Laurie and I playing all day we ordered Chinese take-out.  We might have over-ordered!

The stack of food containers on the table was for 6 of us…although there was enough food to feed 10 adults.  It’s hard finding good Chinese food where we live in East Tennessee…so Laurie and I wanted to sample a little of everything.  Also, I might have mentioned in a previous posting that when David II and I are together…it’s like an ‘eating contest’!

Here’s a photo of one of our plates…probably mine as Laurie isn’t big on potstickers!  There is also a spring roll, an egg roll, a couple of crab Rangoon and some Szechwan green beans with garlic. 

This was an order of spicy Thai wings… They were very good!
We ordered our Chinese take-out from the Imperial Dragon Restaurant located at 8310 Tyler Boulevard in Mentor Ohio.  Phone: 440-974-8838.  Website:

Yup…most of our photos are about family with food…eating food…in a restaurant, etc.  What can I say!  Here is David III waiting for Sunday brunch at Vittorio’s Buon Appetito, a restaurant owned by one of his schoolmate’s parents. 

While we waited for our food, Laurie also snapped a picture of Emmett Lee.
Brunch menu items at Vittorio’s range from a Quiche or Soup, Salad and a half sandwich at $7.99 on up to Beef Stroganoff ($10.99) and Fettuccini Alfredo with a grilled chicken breast ($11.99)

Amy ordered one of her favorites…Lasagna. ($9.49) It was accompanied with a side salad.  I don’t know whose tater tots those were…perhaps Emmett Lee’s.

I believe that this was the Sicilian Frittata…a 3-egg omelet stuffed with crumbled sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, provolone and Romano cheeses. ($7.99) I think that this was David II’s brunch. 

I ordered the Baked Ziti Rosa…pasta with crumbled sausage in creamy tomato sauce and baked with Romano and mozzarella cheese. ($8.49) It was a little bland for my taste…some cracked hot red peppers would have kicked it up a notch. 

Vittorio’s Buon Appetito Restaurant is located at 29664 Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe Ohio.  Phone: 440-585-7700.  You can find their website at:

On another evening David II lite a fire in their fire pit so the whole family could sit around outdoors on a chilly late March evening and stay warm…

It must be nice to be so young… It’s been a long time since I enjoyed that state of life!  Also…note David III in shorts and a tee-shirt.  At least Emmett has a light jacket on!

Amy was more sensibly dressed…in her soccer mom jacket.  She was recovering from a torn muscle in one of her legs.  However earlier in the day, despite her injury, with crutches and all, she coached Emmett Lee’s soccer team to a big victory over a team comprised of older boys! It was a great game to watch!!

By contrast with the others…here I am in a winter coat with a scarf.  I don’t know whether it’s due to aging or the fact that having lived in the mid-south for almost 5 years now, my blood has thinned out.

All in all, Laurie and I had a great visit with our family in northern Ohio!  Lots of fun family time and some quality time with the grandsons equaled good times indeed!

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. The boys have changed a lot since we last saw them.

  2. Soccer mom = a middle-class suburban mother who spends a great deal of time taking her children to play soccer or engage in other activities

    Amy = a middle-class suburban mother who coaches a travel soccer team, coaches a co-ed rec team, serves on the board of directors of Mentor Soccer Club and is Vice President of Mentor Soccer Club with personal responsibility for a recreation league with 1,000 kids.

  3. I love springs rolls and these look so good;)
    You always have amazing pics and nice food David:)
    The kids are grow up!

  4. Great photos! I get it with the food, there's always food when the kids are around, lots of sports too. Looks like everyone enjoyed the fire pit!

  5. Quality time with family is the best part of this post. I can't get over how empty that theater is. Wow.

  6. That's what it is all about ---FAMILY... Looks like you had a wonderful visit to Ohio... You have nice looking grandchildren. The Chinese food looks delicious... We haven't had Chinese lately---but seeing your food makes me 'yearn' for a visit to a Chinese restaurant...


  7. Ha-ha, you're like me's almost 30 degrees C here in Sicily and I'm still wearing a jacket, hat and scarf! It's WINDY so I have to cover myself up. Those chicken wings look really tempting. Nice, relaxing pictures David. Here all people do IS eat actually, there is no party with little food, it has to be a lot. Once we sat down for lunch at relatives house and sat all the way till dinner time!