Shopping carts loaded with dozens of different dry noodles from Japan, Korea, and China roll through the aisles at Hana Asian Market, where shelves hold spices from across Asia, homemade vegan and meat pot stickers, and bundles of sushi- and sashimi-grade fish. The market also regularly hosts sushi-making classes that demonstrate proper rolling techniques and give students all the necessary ingredients, sparing them the hassle of ransacking the aquarium in their office lobby.
The Kopper Popper's popcorn treats are handmade, with quality ingredients used to create quality eats. Taste the store's quarter-century-plus of morsel-making experience with Kopper Popper's more than 19 flavors of popcorn—one for each proton in potassium. The centerpiece of this crunchy pantheon is The Kopper Popper's signature caramel corn, made with premium brown sugar and real grade AA butter and kettle-cooked over the flicker of an open flame ($7.25 for large bag). The fruit mix, featuring seven flavors (banana, orange, strawberry, cherry, green apple, blue raspberry, and grape) of confetti-hued, candy-coated white popcorn ($7.75 for large bag), finds its happy home in the middle of a Venn diagram marked "flavor" and "color." Nut enthusiasts can revel in the Nutty Crunch, containing an all-star lineup of cashews, almonds, pecan halves, redskin peanuts, and jumbo popcorn coated in an extra-rich buttery caramel cloak ($12.95 for large bag). Those who prefer more fantastical flavorings can choose from a variety of The Kopper Popper's savory popcorn, including jalapeño, bacon & cheddar, nacho, and pizza ($7.25 for large bag of each). The indecisive seeker of taste hybrids can mix up to three flavors in a tin or bag for the cost of the most expensive variety.
Joe Butler doesn't do things halfway. When he wanted to learn to be a physical trainer, he went to LA, trained with some of the top trainers in the world, and began training pro athletes and movie stars. Then he opened his own personal training gym, where he assembled a team of trainers with a combined 200 years of training experience. These days, he and his trainers lead guests of all fitness levels through training programs that include boot-camp, speed-and-agility, and RX Fit classes. Every student who walks into Prescription Fitness is treated to a health assessment and goal-setting consultation, allowing clients to slim down, bulk up, or prep for javelin season.
Apples have an incredible range of colors, flavors, and textures. Goldrush apples, for example, are tart with firm flesh, and Cortland apples are tender, yielding fruit with a hint of spice. Four generations of the Dodd family have mastered these distinctions at Hillcrest Orchard, the 90-acre farm where honeycrisp, jonagold, and stayman winesap apples hang heavy on branches in a palette of sunset hues. As the air cools in the fall, pumpkin vines wither, leaving behind the vibrant gourds near peach trees and a kids’ playarea. Visitors pluck apples from trees, watch the scenery slip past on a hayride, or wander through a 7-acre corn maze. Chatter in the farm's store drifts amid plank shelves laden with cake and cobbler mixes, candles, and old-fashioned candies such as licorice or sepia-toned lollipops.
The North Union Farmers Market began in 1995 as a small market—back then, more than 500 hungry customers shopped the stalls of only six local farmers. Today, the market coordinates eight certified-producer farmers’ markets around Cleveland, allowing farmers to sell their products—from fresh, seasonal produce to meat, syrup, eggs, and dairy—directly to residents. The planet-friendly concept reduces the energy used for transportation and maximizes the freshness of the food.
Metropolitan Market is a locally-owned-and-operated market that's been serving up stupendous cuts of meat and freshly delivered seafood to the Cleveland area since 2003. Both uncooked and prepared foods are available for culinary captains and last-minute party-planners alike. Menus shift weekly, but you'll always find a variety of meat and seafood, as well as specialty foods such as frozen soups and pastas, dips, side salads, and more. If it's sea-meat you're craving, pick up walleye filets ($16.99 per pound) or Bay of Fundy salmon ($12.99 per pound) for a feast fresh from the earth's tear ducts. Get a USDA Prime aged signature sirloin steak ($12.99 per pound), and truss that mighty meal up with shiitake mushrooms ($9.99 per pound) or peaches and creamed corn ($4.99 per bag). Mop up whatever's left on the plate with a French dinner roll ($5.99 per dozen).