Why? Weekends!

What a glorious fall weekend! We were out and about enjoying lots of seasonal fun!

Halloween Hayrides

On Friday night, we went on the Halloween Hayrides at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark.

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I’m always impressed by the number and creativity of the various stations you pass on the hayride, especially when you consider that they’re all staffed with volunteers!

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Jeffrey enjoyed the corny jokes and various just slightly spooky things we saw on the hayride.

He also loved the Glow Stick Dance show and made his way through his first haunted house in the festival field.

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Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s events are always top-notch! Halloween Hayrides are sold out for this year, but stay tuned for next year’s offerings. And I’ll definitely be grabbing tickets for the holiday Country Lights event when they go on sale (November 2 for Farmpark members and Lake County residents, November 3 for others).

Halloweekends

Well, you might have heard on the news that it was a crazy weekend at Cedar Point. I’m here to confirm that it was!

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The park was so crowded that it was temporarily closed to new guests on Saturday! Between the weather and the great deal with the new Gold Pass, it’s easy to see why.

We actually went both Saturday and Sunday and had a blast! Jeffrey trick or treated through Kiddie Kingdom, checked out the pumpkins, and generally enjoyed the Halloweekends fun.

But the big excitement was getting his 48″ wristband, which meant he was tall enough for roller coasters! We went on the Iron Dragon…

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…the Blue Streak (which was my first roller coaster)…

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…and Cedar Downs with his new height access.

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He absolutely loved the rides and I know he’ll be a ride warrior next summer too!

Halloweekends continues this coming weekend (October 25-27) and is worth checking out for both family fun and spooky shenanigans!

So, that was our weekend! How was yours?

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Why? Monsters Monthly Pass!

‘Tis the season to be talking about Monsters and I don’t just mean Halloween monsters! The Cleveland Monsters are back on the ice! Attending Monsters games is one of my favorite things to do with Jeffrey. The tickets are at an accessible price point, the games are fun and family-friendly, and there’s so much to see both on and off the ice.

Which is why I’m so excited to be partnering with the Monsters to help you attend even more Monsters games with the new Monsters Monthly Pass.

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This subscription pass allows you access to every Monsters home game in the month of your subscription for the low price of $39 per ticket. Tickets are sent to your Flash Seats account 24 hours prior to each game (which is when you find out your seat location).

There’s no long-term commitment either. You subscribe by the month and can decide if month-to-month if you want to continue your subscription.

The Monsters Monthly Pass allows you to decide on the fly if you want to attend a game, without too much advance planning.

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Pick the games that work best for your schedule, pop in for a game if an evening frees up, and experience the exact amount of hockey fun that is best for you. The Monsters Monthly Pass allows for both flexibility and fun, at a great price!

If you buy now, you will receive access to the last two home games in October (October 25 and 26), as well as all of the home games in November (see a complete list here).

And if you buy using this link, you will save $10, making your subscription only $29 per ticket for October and November!

I’m so excited to experience the Monsters Monthly Pass for myself and hope to see you at a bunch of the games, too!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Monsters to help promote the Monsters Monthly Pass. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary Monsters Monthly Passes for October and November. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Designer Dress Days!

It’s almost time for one of the most fabulous clothing sales in town: Designer Dress Days presented by NCJW Cleveland.

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The 51st annual Designer Dress Days (“DDD”) is a wonderland of fashion finds from designers such as Vince, Theory, Alice and Olivia, kate spade, Tory Burch, Georgio Armani, and more.

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Happening Friday, October 25 through Tuesday, October 29 (excluding Saturday) at the Mandel JCC, Designer Dress Days not only lets you find lovely fashions at great discounts, but it also lets you support the amazing programs and community volunteer efforts of NCJW Cleveland.

My favorite part of Designer Dress Days, aside from the fabulous finds, are the over 250 volunteers who help make this shopping experience fun. They will help you navigate the sale, ooh and aah when you try things on, and just generally make your time at DDD so pleasant.

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I had a chance to preview some of the items that will be available at this year’s Designer Dress Days and you do not want to miss out on this!

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There will also be a special rack of items donated by local celebs and influencers, so be sure to check that out!

Designer Dress Days dates and times are:

Friday, October 25 – Preview Day ($20 entry fee this day only) – 10am-4pm

Sunday, October 27 – 10am-4pm

Monday, October 28 – 12pm-8pm

Tuesday, October 29 – 10am-7pm

Get yourself a gorgeous new dress or handbag and contribute to a great philanthropy, all in one spot!

***Disclosure: I was asked by NCJW Cleveland to help promote Designer Dress Days. I was invited to an influencer preview event, received compensation, and will receive complimentary admission to the Preview Day. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

Aside from brunching, there was lots of other fun to be had this weekend! Here’s what we were up to…

Boo at the Zoo

One of our favorite Halloween traditions is attending Boo at the Zoo at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

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This year, Jeffrey is dressing up like a race car driver for Halloween, complete with a gas can treat bag and a wagon that I turned into a race car.

We cruised through the Zoo, stopping at the trick or treat street, the dance party…

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…getting encased in a giant bubble…

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…meeting characters…

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…and making our way through the hay maze.

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There was lots of fun stuff to explore and the weather was perfect! Boo at the Zoo continues on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 5-9pm through Sunday, October 27. You can purchase tickets online.

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On Saturday, I met up with my friend Anne to celebrate her birthday at the wineries in Geneva. This has quickly become a favorite spot to celebrate birthdays, with so many great places to go!

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We started at M Cellars, where the Brut Rosé and some tasty snacks were enjoyed by all!

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Anne brought these hilarious wine glass markers to keep our glasses in check throughout the day!

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I was also super excited about these glasses I found from Lulusimonstudio for Anne’s birthday present. They say “Partners in Wine,” which is perfect because Anne and I co-chaired Playhouse Square Partners together!

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Our next stop was Cask 307, which I had not been to yet.

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Despite not being a fan of chardonnay, I really liked the bourbon chardonnay there. The chicken and goat cheese flatbread is also delicious!

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My final stop with the group was Harpersfield Vineyard for some pinot noir on the patio.

The lovely fall weather, the tasty wines and food, and the fabulous company made for such a fun day! I hope Anne had as wonderful a birthday as she so deserves!

Red Wagon Farm

On Sunday, Jeffrey and I took advantage of the beautiful weather with a visit to the Pumpkin Festival at Red Wagon Farm.

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There is so much to do, from a corn maze to a hay ride through fields filled with fun scarecrows…

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…to a kids hay play area…

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…to picking out a perfect pumpkin.

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It was a great fall afternoon! The Pumpkin Festival at Red Wagon Farm continues every weekend through Sunday, October 27. Admission is free, but activities such as the hay ride and corn maze require payment.

So, that was our weekend! How was yours?

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Why? The Winchester Music Tavern!

Yesterday, Jeffrey and I kicked off our Sunday Funday with brunch at The Winchester Music Tavern. Located on Madison Avenue in Lakewood, The Winchester is a music venue, bar, and restaurant all in one.

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The dining area is small and relaxed. We grabbed a table and I started out with the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. For only $5, you can pick your mix, hot sauces, and create a fabulous skewer to enhance your drink.

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The Winchester also offers bottomless mimosas or brunch mules for brunch libations.

Jeffrey chose the Winchester burger, topped with American cheese on a brioche bun, with a side of fries. He declared both the burger and fries to be delicious!

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I had the unique breakfast ramen, with red miso broth, bacon, and poached eggs. The broth was flavorful, the eggs were perfectly poached, and it was fun to try a unique spin on ramen.

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The Winchester’s brunch menu also offers traditional favorites, like eggs benedict, French toast, and chicken and waffles.

The Winchester offers brunch on both Saturdays (11am-3pm) and Sundays (11am-4pm). There are also lots of fun weekly happenings, such as Vegan Mondays, Turntable Tuesdays, Boozy Bingo and Modern Kicks Comedy on Wednesdays, Taco Thursdays, and Angry Hour (Punk Rock Happy Hour) on Fridays.

And of course, The Winchester is a concert venue. You can check out the complete line-up of musical acts playing at The Winchester here.

For your next weekend brunch in a laid-back location with tasty food, look no farther than The Winchester!

***Disclosure: I was invited to a complimentary brunch at The Winchester Music Tavern. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? The Capital Grille Wagyu & Wine!

By now, I think you know that I love dining at The Capital Grille. The ambiance, service, drinks, and food are always top notch. But last night, I discovered a more relaxed, affordable side of The Capital Grille that made me love it even more!

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Wagyu & Wine is a promotion in The Capital Grille lounge area that runs now through November 17. For only $25, you get to choose one of three delicious Wagyu beef burgers, each expertly paired with a Napa Valley wine.

 

Seriously, this is a phenomenal deal, especially because the choices of both burgers and wine are out of this world!

I had a chance to sample mini versions of each of the burgers. The Wagyu Cheeseburger, with fried egg and Havarti cheese, is simply decadent, with the richness of the Wagyu and egg complementing each other so well.

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It was paired with my favorite wine of the night: Beaulieu Vineyard Carneros 2016, made specifically and exclusively for The Capital Grille.

The Wagyu Burger with Capital Grille steak sauce, grilled onions, and Vermont white cheddar was my favorite burger of the night. This tasted like French onion soup mixed with a burger.

It was paired with Beringer Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015.

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Finally, the Wagyu Mushroom Burger, with soy-braised shiitake, Jarlsberg cheese, and truffle aioli. Pro tip: order a side of the truffle fries and extra truffle aioli, at which point you actually turn into a truffle!

This burger is paired with Stags’ Leap The Investor 2014.

Wagyu & Wine is a great deal not only because of the delicious flavors and pairings, but because of the high quality of both the burgers and wine included in this promotion. Stop in to The Capital Grille at Legacy Village before November 17 to experience it for yourself!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary Wine & Wagyu tasting event at The Capital Grille with a guest. I also have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village, for which I receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Crepes in the City!

Yesterday, I met up with my friends Robin and Amy at this charming little spot in Downtown Willoughby: Crepes in the City.

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Serving a selection of crepes, waffles, and ice cream, this is the perfect spot to indulge either your sweet or savory side (perhaps both!)

I chose the cannoli crepe, filled with cannoli cream with chocolate chips and strawberries and topped with strawberries and a chocolate drizzle.

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This was decadent without being over-the-top sweet. And the crepe was thin, crisp, and made to perfection.

Robin got the s’mores crepe, with marshmallows, chocolate chips, and graham cracker and upped the ante by topping it with chocolate ice cream!

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Holy indulgence!

Amy got the savory Greek crepe, with chicken, tomato, onion, green peppers, feta, olives, spinach, and Greek dressing.

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Hearty and satisfying, the savory crepes make for a great lunch option!

Crepes in the City also offers Belgian waffles, breakfast crepes, and ice cream sundaes, so there’s something for every time and taste.

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We discovered their cute little back patio, which was the perfect spot to eat and chat.

Crepes in the City is charming and delicious. Give it a try!

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Why? Weekends, Part 2!

So, here’s the second half of the weekend…

CIAO! Cleveland

On Saturday, I dropped by a new Cleveland festival: CIAO! Cleveland, put on by NOIA Foundation to kick off Italian Heritage Month.

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I described this festival to a friend as a smaller, less crazy version of the Feast of the Assumption and I stand by that description. Held on the East Bank of the Flats, there were tons of food vendors, music, merchandise, and beer and wine.

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I couldn’t resist a serving of Luca Italian Cuisine‘s amazing sacchetti appetizer, which is truffled perfection!

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Then, I headed over to the demo tent to watch Chef Fabio Salerno of Lago East Bank prepare their most popular pasta dish: lobster gnocchi.

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With lobster, heirloom tomatoes, corn, truffle sauce, and homemade gnocchi, it’s easy to see (and taste) why this dish is the restaurant’s most popular one.

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Chef Salerno made cooking it very approachable too…I may have to try making it myself one of these days!

CIAO! Cleveland was such a fun celebration of Italian food and heritage! I definitely hope it becomes an annual tradition!

***Disclosure: I was asked by NOIA Foundation to help promote CIAO! Cleveland. In exchange, I received a complimentary press pass to the demo tent events. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

John Carroll Homecoming

This weekend was also John Carroll University‘s Homecoming weekend. I got to spend some time up on campus twice: for my first meeting as a member of the John Carroll Alumni Association Board

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…and for the Homecoming Mass and Brunch on Sunday.

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It’s always so nice to be back up on campus and especially when I can have Jeffrey there with me!

So, that was my weekend! How was yours?

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Why? Weekends, Part 1!

It was a busy weekend, so I’m splitting up the weekend recap:

Firehouse Subs

On Friday night, we grabbed a quick and tasty dinner at Firehouse Subs. These subs aren’t your typical sub shop sandwiches. They are hot and tasty and substantial.

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We tried the new Nashville Hot Brisket, the Sweet and Spicy Meatball, and the Firehouse Steak and Cheese.

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All were packed with delicious meats and cheeses, served hot and fresh.

Plus, Firehouse Subs is a super fun place to bring the kids, with firefighters uniforms and all kinds of engaging décor.

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Firehouse Subs also collects money to support local fire departments by helping them purchase necessary equipment. Jeffrey donated $1 of his own money to the fund!

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And now, every Sunday at Firehouse Subs, you can get a kids meal for 99 cents with the purchase of an adult combo meal.

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So, not only are you getting a great meal, you’re getting a great deal too!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the kids meal deal at Firehouse Subs. In exchange, I received a complimentary meal. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Jurassic World Live Tour

On Saturday, we took Jeffrey to see Jurassic World Live Tour.

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From tons of giant, lifelike dinosaurs…

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…to an entertaining storyline with lots of scientific tidbits…

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…to, did I mention the really cool dinos?

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Jeffrey had a great time and really engaged with the story.

We also got to see the brand new Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, which is shiny and bright and so different from what you remember.

I can’t wait to spend more time there!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Jurassic World Live Tour. In exchange, I received complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our busy weekend!

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Why? The Fairmount!

This week, I had a fun Moms’ Night Out with the Gesu Young Families group at The Fairmount. Despite spending a lot of time around the Cedar-Fairmount District, I had somehow never been to this cozy, tasty spot.

Our group was in the bar area of The Fairmount, which is large, with plenty of seating both at the bar and at high-top tables and cozy couches. If that’s not your style, The Fairmount has a lovely, quieter dining area, as well as an adorable, secluded patio.

I ordered a bourbon cocktail, as has become my habit these days. The Blind Date has sage and allspice-infused Russell’s 10-year bourbon, date-infused vermouth, and bitters. Rich and flavorful, this was a fantastic drink!

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I am intrigued by The Fairmount’s shared cocktails, which serve 4-5 people, and come in Moscow Mule, Sangria, Scorpion Bowl, and Mimosa. I definitely will be rounding up a group to try these soon!

To nosh, I ordered the Cast Iron Brussels, a popular choice with our group. Tossed in balsamic vinaigrette, these make eating your veggies a piece of cake!

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I also ordered the Kung Pao Chicken Fritters, with crushed peanuts, pickled peppers, green onions, and yum yum sauce. Lightly breaded and with just enough spice, these were a perfect nibble.

The Fairmount has an expansive happy hour menu, offered Monday through Friday from 4-7pm. Seriously, you can save on everything from craft cocktails to tacos. Check it out!

For a restaurant with a neighborhood-bar feel and delicious food and cocktails, give The Fairmount a try!

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