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Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport

The ClevelandPeople.Com Passport Program is now available


  • Have a taste for different ethnic foods?
  • Always wanted to try International Foods but were afraid or not sure what to order?
  • Love to experiment with other cuisines but your partner/spouse/friends do not?
  • Not sure what's in some ethnic dishes or how to order?
  • Interested in the customs and recipes behind foods from other cultures?
  • Don't have someone to try new ethnic restaurants with?
Then you need a ClevelandPeople.Com Passport!





ClevelandPeople.Com Passport holders are a group that visit local ethnic restaurants and learn about the food and culture while enjoying camaraderie and a great meal.

Passport holders get a special presentation from the staff and a special offer at the featured restaurant.

Frequently Asked Questions about the ClevelandPeople.Com Passport Program


Zoma Ethiopian Restaurant
2240 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
November 6, 2017

The Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport event in November 2017 was to Ethiopia.

Zoma Owner Zeleke Belete told the Food Adventurers that they had entered a Fork Free Zone and explained that Ethiopian food is eaten with the spongy injera bread instead of silverware..

Zeleke Belete and his wife

Zeleke Belete and his wife


The menu was varied and traditional and finished with an Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

Ethiopian food

The Food Adventurers also enjoyed hearing about Ethiopian culture, history and customs. Photos, videos and more from the Ethiopia Adventure

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The Pearl Asian Kitchen - 20060 Van Aken Blvd
January 10, 2017

The Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport event in January 2017 was to China.

Chef Rose Wong prepared a special menu anticipating the upcoming Chinese New Tear celebration for the 50 adventurers.

Flaming fish

Flaming Sweet & Sour Fish


Attendees also enjoyed hearing about the Chinese Cultural Garden, Confucius Institute, 4 great novels of China and more. They also learned some basic Chinese language from Luling Li.

Luling Li and Rose Wong

Luling Li and Rose Wong

Photos, videos and more from the China Adventure

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Pho Thang Vietnamese Restaurant - 815 Superior Avenue East - Cleveland
August 16, 2016

The Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport event in August 2016 was to Vietnam.

Owners Henry and Nancy Troung prepared a very special traditional Vietnamese dinner which included four courses: appetizers, soup (pho), entrees and dessert.

Vietnamese food from Pho Thang restaurant in Cleveland


Attendees also enjoyed seeing some of the colorful fashions of Vietnam.

Vietnamese fashion

And Vietnam Veteran Green Beret Lt Colonel Joseph Meissner told the story of 4 heroes of Vietnam.

Photos, videos and more from the Vietnam Adventure

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Lithuanian Club - 877 East 185th Street Cleveland
February 23, 2016

The Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport event in February 2016 was to Lithuania. We enjoyed delicious traditional Lithuanian food and drink and learned about Lithuanian history and culture. We enjoyed a musical performance on the kankles which is like a Lithuanian zither.

In addition we saw a Tree Cake (Sakotis or Baumkuchen) being made in the kitchen upstairs.

Dainius Zalensas baki8ng a Lithuanian tree cake

Dainius Zalensas baking a Lithuanian tree cake


The menu included Cepelinai, the national dish of Lithuanian along with Kugelis (potato pudding), Vedarai (potato sausage) and a more familiar sausage and sauerkraut.

Photos, videos and more from the Lithuania Adventure

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Korea House Restaurant at 3700 Superior
September 9, 2015

The Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport event in September 2015 was at the Korea House Restaurant at 37th and Superior in Cleveland. The Korea House has been in Cleveland for more than 30 years. Sean, son of the owner, served as our host. People who enjoy trying different foods and learning about different cultures participate in the Food Adventurer's group. The first 50 Passport holders who RSVP'd enjoyed a sumptuous Korean meal and learned about the country, culture, customs and, of course, food of Korea.

At the Korea House they always serve a bowl of rice and 8 different side dishes (banchan) with their meal including Kimchi.

Korean food - banchan


The menu consisted of Korean seafood pancake (Haemul Pajeon) and a Mandu which is a dumpling similar to pelmeni and pierogi. Japanese miso soup was followed by with 3 entrees - beef, chicken and noodle. The beef dish was made with Korean vodka. The noodle dish is traditionally served on Korea's Thanksgiving Day and the chicken was marinated with kiwi, pear, garlic and more and then barbecued on a grill.

Photos, videos and more from the Korean Adventure

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Dubrovnik Garden Restaurant in the Croatian Lodge
June 10, 2015

The Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport event in June 2015 was at at the Dubrovnik Garden Restaurant in the Croatian Lodge at 34900 Lakeshore Blvd, Eastlake, OH 44095. People who enjoy trying different foods and learning about different cultures participate in the Food Adventurer's group. The first 50 Passport holders who RSVP'd enjoyed a sumptuous Croatian meal and learned about the country, culture, customs and, of course, food of Croatia.

Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It's known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century.

The menu consisted of Bean Soup followed by a thinly cut Cabbage Slaw. The main course featured Raznicki (kabobs), Cevapcici (sausage), Stuffed Cabbage, Goulash over noodles and Home Style Potatoes. The dessert was Palicinke (polychinka).

Passport adventure to Croatia

Photos, videos and more from the Croatian Adventure

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Mad Greek Restaurant in Cleveland Heights
January 13, 2015

The Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport event in January 2015 was at the Mad Greek Restaurant in Cleveland Heights. The adventurers learned about Greek culture and sampled traditional Greek food and drink. One highlight was the bouzouki playing by Kosta Revelas.

Kosta Revelas playing bouzouki

Kosta Revelas playing bouzouki

Photos, videos and more from the Mad Greek Adventure

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Claddagh Irish Restaurant in Lyndhurst
October 19, 2014

The Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport event in October 2014 was at the Claddagh Irish Restaurant in Legacy Village in Lyndhurst. 50 adventurers (with a waiting list) gathered to learn about Irish culture and food and share a traditional Irish breakfast.

Bruce Grieg on bagpipes

Bruce Grieg on bagpipes at the Claddagh event

Photos, videos and more from the Claddagh Irish Adventure

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Europa Russian Restaurant in Pepper Pike
September 30, 2014

The Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport event in September 2014 was at the Europa Russian Restaurant in Pepper Pike. Russia is a huge country. So just as there are many different languages and types of people in different parts of Russia, there are different food preferences. The Food Adventure to Europa was a sampling of many traditional Russian foods and culture.

Svetlana Stolyarova

Svetlana Stolyarova in the Ice Bar at Europa

Photos, videos and more from the Europa Russian Adventure

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Emperor's Palace in old Chinatown in Cleveland
June 24, 2014

The AsiaTown neighborhood in Cleveland has grown and thrived the last several years. But the original Chinatown in Cleveland, a little West of AsiaTown - around East 21st and Rockwell, was not doing well. But Jason Lin, Henry Luu and others aree transforming the neighborhood and the Emperor's Palace Restaurant is the cornerstone.

Statue of Buddah at Emperor's Palace

Photos, videos and more from the Emperor's Palace Adventure

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welcome to Kan Zaman


Our next adventure was to the Middle East!

Besides the excellent food, stories about Arabic culture and camaraderie everyone enjoyed trying the hookah pipe.

Wael Ayyad with hookah

Kan Zaman owner Wael Ayyad

Photos, videos and more from the Kan Zaman Arabic Adventure

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Mi Pueblo RestaurantOur second food adventure took us south of the Border - to Mexico! We asked our passport holders what food they wanted to try next and the majority said MEXICAN!

So we journeyed to Mi Pueblo Authentic Mexican Restaurant in University Circle. (11611 Euclid Avenue.) Owner Gerardo Ortega walked us through Mexican foods and customs.

Mi Pueblo food adventurers

Mi Pueblo food adventurers

Photos, videos and more from the Mi Pueblo Adventure

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The first ClevelandPeople.Com Passport Adventure was Wednesday July 24 at the Saffron Patch for an evening of Indian cuisine and culture.

See more from the Saffron Patch adventure.


Here's how it works.

When you purchase a ClevelandPeople.Com Passport you will be notified about special events throughout the year. For example, we will be visiting the traditional Indian restaurant, The Saffron Patch for Indian food on July 24, 2013.

If that date works for you, as a Passport holder just confirm with us and show up at the restaurant. There you will be joined by other Cleveland Food Adventurers for a special evening.

The restaurant will provide special dishes and will also explain the customs and traditions of the food and culture. Your questions on how to order, what spices are used and how dishes are prepared will be answered. The restaurant may offer other specials (appetizers, desserts, drinks, etc.) or coupons for future visits.

If you cannot make the date of an event don't worry. Just bring your Passport into the restaurant during that month and the restaurant will provide a special offer to you. So if you are not available on the day of an event OR if you don't sign up quickly enough and we already have our maximum, you don't miss out completely. Your Passport will allow you to receive a discount on a meal at the restaurant for a full 30 days! You won't get the show - but you'll get special attention and still have the opportunity to try the food. For very popular Adventures, there may be more than one visit in a month.

Be sure to get your Passport stamped when you visit. Adventurers with the most stamps on their Passport will receive an extra surprise.

We will also have Adventures at various cultural locations in town for tastings and demonstrations on favorite desserts, beverages, noodle dishes, holiday dishes and more.

An annual ClevelandPeople.Com Passport is only $35. Each Passport holder pays their own way at our Adventure locations. Typical meals will be in the $15-$25 range including tax and tip. Alcoholic beverages and extras are on your own.

In addition, throughout the year ClevelandPeople.Com will be having special Cultural Adventure Programs. Your passport will get you a reduction in price or special treatment at those events as well.

Get your Passport now using your credit card securely via Paypal with the button below. Each Passport will cost $35 and a $2 S/H charge will be added. The charge on your credit card will say Magnum.

Or send a check for $35 made out to Magnum to 2800 Euclid Ave. Suite 325 Cleveland OH 44115.



For more information, please email info@clevelandpeople.com.

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