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MAY 8, 2008   More below: WORMS

Dining out

Restaurant receipt showing beer and pizza orderYes, it sounds strange, but the fingerling potato pizza at Bar Cento West 25th is pretty good. It has a very thin and tasty crust topped with slices of fingerling (small) potatoes and super-thin slices of pancetta.

We sat at a table across from the kitchen and saw how each pizza was drizzled with olive oil then topped with fresh-grated cheese before being taken to the table. So thumbs-up on the pizza, which comes in a variety of interesting variations.

The mussels appetizer? Not so good. I'll admit I'm not a seafood fan, but over the years I've developed a taste for mussels prepared in various flavorful ways. If mussels are an appetizer at any new restaurant we go to, Joanne & I always split an order. In this case, Bar Cento's beer-based broth was thin and slightly bitter, with no real flavor. That left the mussels, large and tender, tasting like... well... mussels. If that works for you, try 'em. I prefer small mussels in a broth with a large flavor.

That leaves the beer, an IPA Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Co. (Petaluma, California). Described on the menu as one of the "hoppiest" available, it was very tasty. With a 7.5% alcohol content probably qualifies as one of the happiest brews, too.

The place was busy and noisy at 9 pm, good for people watching. Service was pretty good, and overall I'd say it's definitely a restaurant to try. They serve food until 2 a.m. (!), a rarity in Cleveland.

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Dining in

If red wrigglers could write, I guess my basement would be getting a poor review. When I opened the lid of my worm bin yesterday I found a dozen or so of the little guys who were trying to escape. Why weren't they down at the bottom munching on the abundant food scraps I'd given them?

I googled "worm composting escaping" and learned a couple of things to try next time I feed them:

1) smaller pieces of food are easier for them to eat—some people even puree their food scraps. Hmmm...making baby food for worms...sounds like more work than I planned on.

2) coffee grounds can make the bin too acidic. Since we generate a cup of grounds per day, I may put more of it into our regular outdoor compost bin instead.

3) food should be buried in the bin—I've just been pushing the torn paper aside and dumping food scraps on top—I'll try digging down to bury it next time.

Two websites I found to be useful:

wikiHow.com: detailed instructions on worm composting.
RecycleWorks.org: specific advice on foods to include/exclude from your worm bin.

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