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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Carrie and her 'Sex and the City' friends would be at home at these Cleveland hot spots

by Laura DeMarco/Plain Dealer Friday Magazine Editor
Thursday May 29, 2008, 9:00 PM

Dinner-and-a-movie was never the "Sex and the City" girls' way. When they went out, they went out, out, out. Nothing dull or predictable. No chain joints where waiters wore "flair." No trips to the mall or multiplex. Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte craved a good time, from drinks and more drinks to dinner at the latest hot eatery to dancing in gay bars and salsa clubs -- to more drinks.

So when you head out to see the queens of New York on the big screen this weekend, ask yourself, what would Carrie do? Or Samantha? Or Miranda? Or Charlotte?

Ask no more. Read on for our character-driven guide to going out "Sex and the City"-style before or after the flick.


The Samantha

The vibe: Money, honey. Only the best, most expensive and swankiest will do for Samantha and her ilk. Think Ms. Jones raising a cosmo to Donald Trump in "The Myth, The Man, The Viagra" episode. But just because the beau she hooked up with in that episode was ancient -- and had the rear end to prove it -- money doesn't equal "old" when it comes to Samantha.

The places: Dress to impress and bring your platinum card if you want to keep up with Ms. Jones. Samantha would be right at home at the uberchic minimalist bar at Table 45 at the InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center Cleveland (9801 Carnegie Ave).

See how it's made at Table 45

Cutting-edge style with international influences
By Katie Walsh
Special to Metromix
June 18, 2008

The chefs at Table 45 have nothing to hide.

The swanky restaurant at the InterContinental Hotel offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience—the chef’s table. The semi-circular table seats 8-10 people and sits in a glass-enclosed room in the middle of the kitchen, affording patrons an insider’s view of what actually happens behind the scenes (and no, it’s nothing like “Waiting”).

“People book the room because they want to see the chefs work,” said general manager Todd Thompson. “It’s a really cool experience, and the more you’re interested in food, the more you’ll love it.”

The restaurant offers several different packages that vary in price:
•Six course meal at $80 per person, or a four to five course meal around $60 per person;
•Prix fixe meal (cost varies);
•Meal where patrons order off the regular menu (must be at least three courses).

The extravagant six-course package also includes a $100 service fee because one chef works exclusively for the chef’s table meal. Chefs decide on package menus based on what ingredients are fresh and available. They are also happy to work with patrons who have special requests regarding the menu—whether it’s a peanut allergy or a specific dish they want to try, Thompson said.

“It’s a way for the chefs to get even more creative,” he said. “We see some of the best work we do in the chef’s table meals.”

But the chef’s table isn’t just about observing kitchen operations. The chef spends quite a bit of time talking with the guests about how food is prepared. In addition, the Table 45 staff is happy to do wine pairings for any meal. Table 45 usually does about three chef’s tables a week, so if there’s a specific date you’re looking for, call well in advance. And while you’re there, feel free to wander around the kitchen a bit—it’s allowed. Just don’t get in the way.