For any out-of-town, homesick Clevelanders, I want to pass on a cassata cake recipe that is supposed to emulate the out-of-this-WORLD cassata cake at Corbo’s in Little Italy: http://www.sweetamandine.com/2009/04/to-pistol-packin-patriot-on-his-26th.html
If you try it, let me know. I’ve heard good things about it and since I’m not (or trying not) to eat this stuff, I have to rely on second-hand observations.
We went to see the Russell Crowe ‘Robin Hood’ this weekend. As such things go, it wasn’t bad, but it could have been better.
I am reasonably knowledgeable about the Plantagenets, and I can tell you there were a lot of inaccuracies in it (no! what? Hollywood didn’t get something correct from a historical standpoint? say it’s not so!?). But I like Russell Crowe as an actor and I liked his Robin. I adored Cate Blanchett’s Marion and Max Von Sydow’s Sir Walter was a lovely bit work — funny and sad by turns. If I hadn’t hated Mark Strong’s Godfrey on general principles, I would have after he invaded Nottingham (no spoilers just in case you haven’t seen the movie and might want to).
It’s hard to say why the movie wasn’t quite right. There were some great battle scenes (ooh! swords!), some nice exchanges between Robin and Marion and I liked the “merry men” — but there was some undefined “something” lacking … ah, well, nothing’s perfect and a Hollywood movie’s the last place I’d go for that anyway.