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Homemade Pesto recipe

There are things in life that are so good and so simple. Pesto is one of them. Simple ingredients. Easy to put together.  And easy to pick up at Constantino’s Markets. It’s quick, easy, and tastes great! Try it:

Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts
  • 3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


1 Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.

2 Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Serve with pasta, or over baked potatoes, or spread over toasted baguette slices.



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Hessler Street Fair this weekend!

Come join us at Hessler Street Fair this weekend. We will be serving food from our booth all day Saturday and Sunday. Great fun, great food, great music, great time!


Hessler Street Fair   


Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19
11:00 a.m. – Dusk

Located one block north of the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road

Don’t miss the 43rd Annual Hessler Street Fair this weekend on historic Hessler Road in University Circle. This family-friendly event showcases local artists, food, musicians, and poets. The fair promotes a spirit of togetherness and carefree fun in a homegrown and relaxed atmosphere.


The Hessler Street Fair is also the primary fundraiser for the Hessler Neighborhood Association. Funds generated from the fair are used to restore, preserve, and maintain residences along Hessler Road and Hessler Court, which were dedicated as a
Historic Landmark District in 1975.


It’s Cleveland Bicycle Month, so why not ride your bike to the Hessler Street Fair? A convenient map with available bicycle parking locations is below. For information on car parking, click here. For information on the RTA’s HealthLine, click here.

Bike Map


For more information, call 216-556- 3716 or click here.

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Patio Time!

The sun is out, and hopefully winter is fully behind us. There is no better way to enjoy lunch in good weather than on a patio. We have plenty of  nice seating, great view of the hustle and bustle of University Circle, and a delicious variety of lunch options for everyone. Stop in for a sandwich,  pizza,  daily specials,  fresh salad bar (with 40+ items!), and much, much more. Put the fun and sun in lunch, and stop in today!


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Wine Tasting Dinner May 8,2013, RSVP soon!

Come and join Constantino’s Market Uptown at University Circle and Euro Fine Wines when they present an Ode to Spring Wine Dinner event featuring five Certified Byodynamic Maysara Pinots with a five course Farm to Table Menu created by Chef Michael Fadel featuring produce from Case Western Reserve University’s Squire Valleevue Farm. Seating is limited, so RSVP early.

For more information, or to RSVP call 216-721-6000 x223, or email stacey@constantinosmarket.com .

wine dinner  (PDF poster)


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Is non-GMO important to you?

Want to know what GMO is? It’s “genetically modified organisms,” which are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). If it’s important to you to find non-GMO products, we have them. If you want to find out more about non-GMO products, click here. Then, support local business and shop for those products at Consatntino’s Markets.  Check out some of the businesses that have non-GMO products, and find them at Constantino’s!

non GMO

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What’s Your Favorite Kind Of Pizza?

So, what’s your favorite kind of pizza?

Stop in and check out our homemade pizza kitchen, open 11am to close—we make your pizza fresh to order with your choice of toppings.  Personal pizzas too!  Everyday Special going on right now: Grab-n-go pizza up to 2 toppings $5.99!


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This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Pilsner

This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Pilsner

Heads up beer geeks: Constantino’s has Chatoe Rogue’s Good Chit Pilsner fresh in stock.  With its clean, crisp hop bite and balanced hop and floral aromas, this Czech Pils is nothin’ like your Daddy’s lager.

Most breweries buy their barley from maltsters and their hops from farmers.  The real magic happens when you brew the ingredients, right? WRONG, says Rogue Ales!  Rogue’s “Chatoe Rogue” series of beers comes from its own terroir.  Rogue cultivates its hops along Oregon’s Williamette River and grows its own barley on 265 acres in Tygh Valley.

Says Zorro of beeradvocate.com: “mouthfeel is good.”  We tend to agree.

Grab yourself a 22 oz. bomber of Rogue’s Good Chit Pilsner today!

(Find ‘em in a stack next to the frozen section.)


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Shop with this SUPERFOODS SHOPPING LIST to Get Healthy, Burn Carbs & Kick the Comfort Food Slump

Alright now, we’re not implying anything. We can’t even see you. But hey, it’s about that time – for all of us. The battle of the belt’s the main event. Our somewhat fickle post-holiday weather has strongarmed us into entertaining our comfort food kick instead of starting on the healthy choices we need to make to get ready for spring. Not nice.

It’s time for a dietary intervention. Here’s the GRANDADDY SUPERFOOD SHOPPING LIST to get you in gear for the new you. We were super-excited when we found this list, because you can find just about ALL of these foods here at Constantino’s (as long as they’re available to us).

Just pull it up on your phone, come in, start shopping. You can do it! 

All of these foods are really delicious, energy-giving, nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants & polyphenols which help you rev up your calorie burn & curb your cravings  - to help you shed those pounds. You’ll be fighting disease in the process, and you’ll feel great when you start mixing them into your diet.

So really, what are you waiting for? What, do you not like feeling great or something? Just grab your phone, and get here.

We’ve got just about everything but the gojiberries (they’re kind of tough to get to outside of Asia ;)

  2. STEAK
  11. APRICOTS    Learn more 
  12. ARTICHOKES    Find out more 
  13. ASPARAGUS     learn more
  14. AVOCADOS     Read more 
  15. BANANAS     Learn more 
  16. BEANS   Read more 
  17. BEETS     Find out more 
  18. BELL PEPPERS    Find out more 
  19. BERRIES    Find out what berries can do for you here.
  20. BROCCOLI     Find out more 
  21. BRUSSEL SPROUTS      Learn more 
  22. CABBAGE     more 
  23. CANTALOUPE     more 
  24. CARROTS       Click for more
  25. CAULIFLOWER  More info
  26. CHERRIES  Preserve your brain and heart health. Cherries may be credited with slowing down the aging process and even with ending insomnia   Learn more 
  27. CHIA SEEDS   Learn more
  28. DARK CHOCOLATE   Find out more 
  29. EGGS Full of protein and extremely versatile, eggs are rich in nutrients and can help you to tackle a number of health problems and encourage weight loss  Learn more 
  30. FISH     Find out more 
  31. FLAX     Learn more
  32. GARLIC     Learn more
  33. GRAPES     They may strengthen your eyes, help with circulation, fight cancer & kidney stones  Read more 
  34. GREEN TEA     1 cup a day may help lose weight and battle against strokes and prevent or fight other diseases
  35. HOT PEPPERS    may aid in weight loss by increasing your metabolism, help with digestion, an improved immune system, and better blood circulation
  36. KALE    Has powerful antioxidant qualities -high amounts of phyto-chemicals that may help in preventing macular degeneration and cataracts
  37. KIWI
  38. LEMON/LIME    They may fight everything from cancer to the common cold
  39. LOW-FAT YOGURT    May help with increased bone strength, lower cholesterol, a better immune system and better digestion & fight ulcers
  40. MANGOS     May help strengthen your memory, digestion, and  prevent other diseases
  41. MUSHROOMS    May help control blood pressure and lower your cholesterol
  42. NUTS     Easy to snack on or pack when heading out to the museums in the areas – loaded with healthy fats -walnuts in particular may be great for lowering cholesterol &  improving memory   Learn more
  43. OATS     Oats are well-known for their possible cholesterol lowering abilities, may also improve the condition of your skin & help fight diabetes
  44. OLIVE OIL      Olive oil is a staple -strengthens the heart, fights diabetes & helps with weight loss
  45. ORANGES      May strengthen your immune system & strengthen your heart
  46. PAPAYA     A nutritional powerhouse – will leave your skin looking fabulous, too
  47. PEACHES    Great for digestion and constipation
  48. PINEAPPLE      To strengthen your digestion and your bones and aid with weight loss
  49. PUMPKIN       Tons of fiber and may control blood pressure and normalize heart function
  50. POMEGRANATES    Up to 7 times the amount of antioxidants of green tea, may also fight cancer, and reduce blood pressure &  bad cholesterol
  51. QUINOA    This “supergrain” is high in fiber, filled with protein, and offers a pleasant nutty flavor. It cooks up like rice and is naturally gluten free  Learn more
  52. RICE (BROWN)   Not only is it a very low allergen food, it may also protect your heart and fight diabetes, kidney stones and other dieases
  53. SPINACH    Popeye was onto something – spinach may help fight cancer, improve your cardiovascular health and improve brain function
  54. SPIRULINA    Loaded with essential vitamins & nutrients
  55. SPROUTS     Total body nourishment, so many essential nutrients fit into these tasty baby plants
  56. SWEET POTATOES     A fantastic carb that may protect your vision, encourage a good mood & keep your bones strong
  57. SWISS CHARD    Related to spinach & beets and packs quite a nutritional punch
  58. TOMATOES    These fabulous orbs may be big time cancer fighters! They also help battle high cholesterol.
  59. WATER   8 glasses of water every day – it helps you lose weight, keep your skin in great condition and help you battle kidney stones. we have ALLLL  kinds of water varieties at Constantino’s
  60. WATERMELON    May be a fabulous aid for weight loss, lowering cholesterol, avoiding strokes & controlling your blood pressure
  61. WHEAT GERM      May help fight colon cancer, keep things “moving smoothly” and help your digestion
  62. WILD-CAUGHT SALMON     Wild salmon provides oodles of omega-3 essential fatty acids, a crucial bit of nutrition for us human, and  B3 and B12 which contribute to a healthy metabolism
  63. WINTER SQUASH    May help lower blood pressure and even help with post-workout recovery

* Stay connected with ConstantinosMarket.com/blog for more food for thought, beverage talk and other interesting  & insightful chatter.

(*You know we’re not doctors, dietitians, or nutritionists. Wait, that’s not entirely true, come to think of it. But no information on this post is meant to replace or be construed as qualified or proven medical advice from your own doc. But you already knew that and legally we just have to disclaim  it ;)  List & images courtesy of Self & SKinny MS and their affiliate site partners.

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Stacey’s Pita Chips & an awesome recipe!

Got the munchies?  We’ve got pita chips!


Satisfy your craving with Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips: all natural, dressed in nothin’ but sea salt.

Available at Constantino’s, these crunchy crackers are great with hummus, olive oil—or just about any dip!  We think you’ll love Stacy’s Bagel Chips, too, available “Naked” and in Toasted Garlic and Everything Bagel flavors.


Featured Recipe: Pizza Dip

Serves 4

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cooking Time: 22 minutes



* 4 oz cream cheese

* 1 cup pizza sauce

* 1/8 pound pepperoni sausage, diced

* 1/2 of an onion, chopped

* 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese



Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Spray a pie pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Spread cream cheese on the bottom of the pie pan.  Pour pizza sauce over the cream cheese, and spread it so that there is an even layer of sauce.  Sprinkle with pepperoni and onion.  Top with mozzarella cheese.  Bake at 400 degrees F for 18 to 22 minutes.

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What’s a Grapple?!

Constantino’s Quiz: What’s a Grapple?

grapple blog





a) a great Snapple

b) a wrestling hold

c) a delicious grape-soaked apple

You guessed it–the answer is (c).  (You didn’t think we’d actually try to coin “grapple” as hipster slang for a Snapple, did you?)

Imagine the sweet, distinctive flavor of Concord grapes combined with the crispness of a fresh, juicy Washington Extra Fancy apple.  That’s a Grapple—and Constantino’s has ‘em!

Featured on the Food Network’s “Unwrapped,” these Gala and Fuji apples are bathed in nothing but pure, concentrated grape goodness and take on no additional calories in the process.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ve got to try these.  Look for Grapples right at the front of the store– here at Constantino’s for a limited time only!

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