Why? Chefs Unbridled Giveaway!

Last year, I missed one of my favorite food and wine events and I honestly am already excited to get back to it this year. Chefs Unbridled, to benefit Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, is one of the most fabulous food events in a city that knows it’s way around a foodie party.

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Held at the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club Polo Field on Saturday, September 16, you will enjoy delicious tastings from some of Cleveland’s finest chefs, cocktails, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a wine pull and auction.

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This year’s chefs represent a diverse line-up of styles who are sure to delight your tastebuds:

New for 2017, you can also enjoy the artistry of Natasha Nagawiecki sponsored by Wahl Professional as she creates special scene on a horse during a live clipping demonstration.

Also new this year: A limited number of “Golden Tickets” are available to purchase for $100 each for a chance to win a five-course meal prepared exclusively by Chefs Kuhn and Hodgson.

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The winning Golden Ticket includes wine, service and cleanup for 20 guests right in the winner’s home. To purchase your Golden Ticket (by September 14), contact Maureen Foster at mfoster@fieldstonefarmtrc.com or 440-708-0013 x123. Golden Tickets will not be sold at the event.

Chefs Unbridled is the primary fundraiser for Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, which serves people of all ages who face challenges such as PTSD, ADHD, injuries, and neurological disorders. Fieldstone Farm students work with the horses to overcome barriers and achieve goals. This is one of the largest centers of its kind in the country, serving more than 1,000 students each year.

Tickets for Chefs Unbridled are on sale now and are $140 per attendee. Or you can enter to win two tickets to this incredible event right here!

Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Leave a comment here letting me know which chef’s food you’re most excited to try at Chefs Unbridled.

2. Visit Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @fieldstonefarmtrc and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

3. Follow @fieldstonef and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to attend #ChefsUnbridled to benefit @fieldstonef thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2017/08/22/why-chefs-unbridled-giveaway-3  #giveaway

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Sunday, August 27 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Chefs Unbridled. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets for myself and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a weekend that combined busy with relaxed, going out with staying in. Here’s the round up:

Cedar Point

On Friday morning, Mom and I took Jeffrey to Cedar Point, as we’re squeezing in as many trips up there as we can before summer ends!

On this trip, we picked up Jeffrey’s Pre-K Pass, which is an awesome deal that gives kids ages 3 to 5 complimentary admission to both Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores through the end of the 2018 season!

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I definitely thought this was too good to be true when I first heard about it, but it’s legit and it’s awesome! Click here to find out more and register your child for their own Pre-K Pass.

Date Night at the Zoovies

Friday night, Matthew and I met up with friends Melissa and Tim for one of our favorite summer evenings at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: Date Night at the Zoovies.

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Date Night at the Zoovies is a fundraiser for the Cleveland Zoological Society that gives you the chance to explore part of the Zoo; enjoy beer, wine, appetizers, and movie theater snacks; and watch a movie in the outdoor amphitheater.

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This was the sixth annual Zoovies event and every year it grows in popularity. This year’s event sold out in an impressive 27 minutes! The appetizers this year were themed on the movie being shown, “Spaceballs.” We nibbled on Space Meatball Subs, Lone Star pulled pork, and Pizza the Hut mini pizzas.

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During the movie, we munched candy, popcorn, Chex Mix, and hot dogs while basking in the cheesy 80’s glory of “Spaceballs.” Zoovies is such a fun, relaxed evening! Definitely keep your eyes open for when tickets go on sale for next year’s event…you don’t want to miss it!

Run for Recovery

Saturday morning, I was back at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, this time for the Run for Recovery to benefit Recovery Resources.

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Though the run started off damp, the sun peeked out by the end of the 5K! Aside from the run, there was a board sharing who you were running to support, as well as the opportunity to paint rocks for a memorial rock for someone in recovery or who has lost their life to addiction. The rocks will be placed in a memorial garden.

Run for Recovery is not only good exercise, but it’s a meaningful way to support Recovery Resources and acknowledge both those who have lost their lives to addiction, as well as those in the recovery process.

Saturday and Sunday Home Cooking

I told you this weekend balanced going out with staying in, which meant that we had two nights at home to enjoy yummy home-cooked meals.

On Saturday, we had friends over for tacos, Coronas, and plenty of sitting and chatting in the backyard. We made garlic tequila lime flank steak (recipe here) with all the taco trimmings including homemade guacamole, as well as Mexican chocolate cake (recipe here) for dessert.

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It was a fun and tasty night!

On Sunday, we made grilled pork chops with grilled peaches (recipe here) which tapped into the seasonal goodness of peaches as well as the summery-ness of grilling.

I also made roasted potatoes with hatch chiles (recipe here) using hatch chiles that I got from Heinen’s this weekend (stay tuned for more on that on Wednesday.)

So that was our weekend! How was yours?

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Date Night at the Zoovies. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event. I was asked by Recovery Resources to help promote the Run for Recovery. In exchange, I received one complimentary race registration. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Moxie, the Restaurant!

A couple weeks ago, I met up my lovely girlfriends Robin and Amy for a dinner to celebrate Robin’s birthday at Moxie, the Restaurant.

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I hadn’t been to Moxie in ages and was excited to try again this popular East side restaurant. I started with the soup du jour, a corn chowder that was packed with summer vegetables and light on the cream.

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Also, in the background of the picture is Moxie’s delicious white bean paste topped with olive oil. Don’t skip the bread service at Moxie!

For my entree, I chose the pan seared scallops, served with a summer vegetable medley, crispy potatoes, Meyer lemon vinaigrette, and arugula pesto.

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The entree was seasonal, flavorful, and delicious! Amy and Robin both chose the crispy chicken sandwich, with spicy herb sauce.

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Moxie does casual as well as it does haute cuisine, which makes dining there a great choice!

Since it was a birthday celebration, we of course had to have dessert. Robin had the baked hot chocolate, a moist and decadent flourless chocolate cake topped with whipped cream.

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I had the PB and Jelly, with peanut butter mousse, raspberry pate de fruit, and shortbread.

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What a fun twist on a childhood classic flavor combo! This dessert is huge, though! Definitely something to consider sharing.

All in all, we had a fabulous meal and an even better time catching up and celebrating our friend’s special day!

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Why? Partners Passport to Paris!

You might have noticed that I post a lot about the events put on by Playhouse Square Partners. I’ve been a member of Partners for five years now and this year I have the honor of being one of the co-chairs of the organization.

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Beyond Jump Back Ball, which is our biggest fundraiser (and all-around fabulous party), Partners plans social, networking, and volunteer events that connect you not only with the theaters and plays, but also the community as a whole.

Our fundraising benefits the Playhouse Square Foundation, which supports Disney Musicals in Schools, the Dazzle Awards, and so much more.

But I’ll stop there because I would love for you to come to Partners Passport to Paris, an event where you can find out more about Partners and our committees, meet some of our members, be the first to find out the Jump Back Ball theme for 2018, and enjoy Parisian-themed small bites and Great Lakes Brewing Co. beer samples and Clos du Bois wine tastings.

Partners Passport to Paris takes place on Thursday, September 7 from 5:30-7pm at the Gund Dance Studio at Playhouse Square. The event is free and a great chance to find out what Partners is all about. Each attendee will receive 8 drink tickets good for samples of wine and beer and there will be a cash bar available as well.

To find out more and RSVP (while it is free, a headcount is helpful for food and drink,) click here. I hope to see you there!

***Disclosure: I am the co-chair of Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Yoga Outside the Studio!

More and more, yoga is asking you to unroll your mat somewhere outside a studio. And while I love a good studio flow, I also can’t help but enjoy taking my practice out and about, especially in the summer.

Over the last week, I had a chance to practice in two awesome locations with amazing views that put a great angle on my practice.

Last week, Inner Bliss Yoga Studio hosted Bliss in the Ballpark, an hour-long vinyasa yoga practice at Progressive Field.

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We got to unroll our mats on the right field deck and practice facing out to the field. I may have set my intention for another World Series appearance!

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After the practice, we could stay and enjoy a beer in The Corner and get to know some of the other baseball-loving yogis. I definitely find that, more than in a studio class, these out-and-about yoga classes offer the chance for fellowship and community after class. Don’t get me wrong: that happens at a studio, but it takes time to build. People tend to stick around and chat more right away at these classes.

This Monday, my dear friend Alicia taught a yoga class nearby to Luca Italian Cuisine on the Superior Viaduct.

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With sweeping views of the city and Alicia’s wonderful teaching style, this is one of my favorite classes in recent memory. Alicia referenced the city and the views at the beginning, but wasn’t heavy-handed about it. She let her students find their own inspiration and meaning from the beautiful surroundings.

After class, we got to enjoy a glass of wine and appetizers at Luca Italian Cuisine. Again, everyone from the class gathered and had a chance to get to know each other better.

The yoga justifies the pasta and all the glorious Luca bread I ate, right?!

Yoga outside the studio can be fun, challenging, community-building, and an all around cool experience. Keep your eyes open for more such events like Alicia’s Yoga and Brunch series at Dante Next Door and Inner Bliss’ Believe in CLE event at the Rock Hall. And for my thoughts on other outside-the-studio yoga:

Where have you practiced outside the studio? And what did you think of it?

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Why? Weekends!

This weather is glorious, although not quite August-like…but we certainly enjoyed every minute!

Lake Metroparks Farmpark

On Friday morning, Jeffrey and I met up with friends for a play date at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. The Farmpark is always one of our favorite spots to play. There are indoor and outdoor playgrounds, in addition to all the animals and hands-on farming fun.

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The kids got to help groom a horse, as well as meet Bentley and Beau, the Farmpark’s newest baby calves.

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I’m afraid Bentley might have picked up some bad habits from Jeffrey (or maybe it’s the other way around…he was born in a barn after all ;-))

The Farmpark is hosting a Corn Roast this Friday, August 18 to kick off the Grand Opening of their three-acre Corn Maze. The event includes an old-fashioned barn dance, games and activities, and a dinner with fresh-roasted corn, BBQ chicken, JoJo fries, and a beverage. Cost to attend is $16 for those over 12 and $12 for those ages 2-11. Click here to find out more and purchase tickets.

Nuevo Mod Mex

On Friday night, my dad’s business, Tireman USA, hosted a party for employees and business associates on the second floor of Nuevo Mod Mex. Not only could we enjoy fabulous margaritas (the spicy mango is my favorite) and delicious appetizers (OMG, the queso and chorizo) and tacos from a build-your-own buffet…

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…but we also got to take in gorgeous city views and lovely lake breezes too.

It was a great way to celebrate the business, summertime, and our beautiful city!

WRRA Summer Regatta

This summer, Matthew decided to join the Western Reserve Rowing Association summer league. Despite having never rowed before, he jumped in, went to practice weekly, and not only excelled at this new hobby, but also had a really great time!

On Saturday, WRRA hosted their Summer Regatta and Jeffrey and I went down to cheer on Matthew and the rest of the team.

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The team ended up winning a silver medal in the novice division! I’m really proud of the whole team and especially of Matthew for throwing himself wholeheartedly into something new!

Saturday Dinner

Saturday night, while Matthew was out celebrating the rowing victory, I decided to make a delicious, light, fresh pasta dish packed with summer vegetables (recipe here.)

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Usually when Matthew isn’t home for dinner, I make something for Jeffrey and grab some leftovers or a bowl of cereal for myself. But since I saw this recipe, I had been craving it and I’m so glad I skipped my Chex for this!

SUP Yoga

On Sunday morning, I decided to take the plunge into stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga.

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Yoga Roots and SUP Cleveland partnered to offer a class the was part paddleboarding and part yoga flow. For me, getting over my nerves and being able to relax enough to practice yoga on my paddleboard seemed pretty insurmountable at first.

 

But my tapping into breath and focus, I was able to actually do more than I thought I could!

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Thanks to my parents for being my cheering section and paparazzi

And while I don’t think SUP yoga is for me, I’m glad that I pushed myself to not only try something new, but something pretty far outside my comfort zone. There’s a lesson in that: not everything has to be your jam, but you’ll never know what you can do and what you will like unless you try!

So, that was our weekend! How was yours?

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Why? Woofstock Giveaway!

You know I love our fuzzes, who are both adopted pups and truly the most loving, quirky, sweet family members!

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I’m a big believer in “adopt, don’t shop,” which is why I’m so excited to help promote Woofstock, a fundraiser for the Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village.

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Woofstock is a full day of family- and dog-friendly activities on Sunday, September 10, this year at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field. The day kicks off with a pooch parade around the polo field, with prizes for Best Group, Best Individual, and Most Creative.

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There will also be live music throughout the day, Rescue Row filled with adoptable dogs, vendors with treats and fun for humans and fuzzes, and lots more!

Registration is $25 per adult (which includes a Woofstock t-shirt) and free for children 14 and under. Once you register, you’re encouraged to continue your fundraising efforts for the Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village. Click here to register or donate.

Or you can enter to win a complimentary Woofstock registration right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me why you want to attend Woofstock.

2. Visit the Geauga Humane Society and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @rescuevillage and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @rescuevillage and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to groove, play, and fund raise for @rescuevillage at #Woofstock thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2017/08/11/why-woofstock-giveaway #giveaway

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Wednesday, August 16 and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village to help promote Woofstock. In exchange, I will receive one complimentary Woofstock registration for me and one Woofstock registration to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? The Spa at Yellow Creek!

Self-care is so important. Sometimes it can be hard to find time for yourself to recharge both your body and your mind, but I always find that when I take that time, I return from it better not just for myself but for everyone around me.

Which is why when I was invited to enjoy some spa time at The Spa at Yellow Creek, I jumped at the chance.

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Spa time is not part of my usual self-care routine, so I was excited to try some new treatments and reap the benefits of relaxation and care. When I arrived, I got changed into a soft, snuggly robe and headed to the relaxation room, complete with snacks, beverages, and plenty of good reading (everything from The New Yorker to People, depending on how much you wanted your brain to relax too.)

I started with a meditation session with Aaron, which are available in 25-minute or 50-minute sessions as an add-on to your treatments. Aaron was so calming and centered, but also very accessible in his approach to meditation. He taught me some simple meditations that can be used in every day life to relax, detoxify, and motivate.

From there, I got a chance to experience one of the newest treatments available at The Spa at Yellow Creek: Comfort Zone Tranquility.

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This treatment involves gentle massage, as well as light-touch application of oils. The entire process is designed to place the body into REM sleep mode and is incredibly relaxing and rejuvenating.

While I was having that treatment, my mom, who also needs a nudge to make time for self-care, got the Anti-Fatigue for Legs and Feet massage, which she proclaimed one of the best massages she’s ever had!

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Then Mom and I met up for pedicures and champagne that left us feeling as pretty as we felt relaxed.

The Spa at Yellow Creek offers a full compliment of massage, body treatments, facials, nail services, and waxing. There’s also a gym on site with personal training and group fitness class options. The facility is lovely, the staff is so nice, and the treatments will leave you feeling like a new person! Take the time for self-care and take it at The Spa at Yellow Creek!

***Disclosure: I was invited to a complimentary spa experience at The Spa at Yellow Creek. My mom’s services were at our cost. The choice of treatments, as well as my opinions, are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

Aside from Twilight at the Zoo, there was lots of other great summer fun to be had this past weekend!

Yoga + Beer at Platform Beer Co.

On Saturday morning, I headed to Platform Beer Co. for one of my favorite combinations: yoga and beer!

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The patio at Platform was the perfect spot for an hour-long vinyasa flow led by my dear friend Alicia.

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Alicia has recently returned to teaching yoga and I had forgotten how much I enjoy her blend of challenging poses, great cues and guidance, fabulous music choices, and humor.

The class was a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation and included an hour-long yoga class and one Platform beer. I chose the Dancin’ in the Streets saison as my beer and couldn’t pass up one of the breakfast sandwiches, made with a Cleveland Bagel Co. bagel, egg, cheese, and bacon.

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If you’re interested in another chance to practice and drink with Alicia (and me) and benefit the Arthritis Foundation, check out Sunset Yoga on the Superior Viaduct on Monday, August 14. Your $25 ticket includes a 60-minute all-levels yoga class, one beer or glass of wine and complimentary small bites on the Luca Italian Cuisine veranda and extended happy hour specials until 9:00 p.m.

AIA Cleveland Beach Day

From there, I met up with Matthew and Jeffrey at Edgewater Beach for the AIA Cleveland Beach Day.

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For the past three years, Matthew and his AECOM colleagues have competed against other architecture firms in the sandcastle competition.

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This year, the AECOM team did a play on the Cleveland Metroparks Centennial, combined with Star Wars, naturally. There was the “Centennial Falcon,” as well as tree that proclaimed, “May the forest be with you.”

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They even had a colleague dress up like Jabba the Hutt!

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There is a fan favorite contest, voted on by beach-goers at Edgewater, and a contest judged by AIA members. For the third year, AECOM won the judges’ choice as best sandcastle. It takes a lot of work and creativity to make these sandcastles and I’m so proud of Matthew and his team!

Plus, Jeffrey and I never mind an excuse to spend the day at the beach (and get some Honey Hut ice cream at the Edgewater Beach House too.)

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Aladdin’s Eatery

Saturday evening, we met up with friends for dinner at Aladdin’s Eatery. With a menu that can keep adults and kids happy, Aladdin’s is a favorite! I ordered the hummus shawarma plate, with tons of Aladdin’s delicious hummus, seasoned beef, tomatoes, and pine nuts.

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Don’t forget some of Aladdin’s amazing hot sauce, too! What a great meal!

Cleveland Indians Game

On Sunday, we took Jeffrey to the Cleveland Indians game, which was his first of this season. It’s always so fun to take Jeffrey back to a place he hasn’t been in awhile to see how his interests and reactions change.

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He was much more interested in watching the game this time, as well as running the Tribe Tracker on the Family Deck, which allows you to virtually race against your favorite player.

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We all had a great time, despite the Tribe’s loss. Jeffrey loved the ball and bat giveaway, too and practiced his stance next to the new Lou Boudreau statue that was just unveiled this past weekend.

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So, that was our weekend! Lots of great summer time fun, packed into a couple days! How was yours?

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Why? Twilight at the Zoo!

Friday night, Matthew and I attended one of our favorite events of the summer: Twilight at the Zoo.

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This event combines live music and the chance to party after-hours at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo with philanthropic fun to benefit the Cleveland Zoological Society.

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From tasty VIP eats from House of Blues, Texas de Brazil, The Cleveland Cupcake Co., and more…

…to late-night eats like nachos, hot dogs, and hot pretzels

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…there’s always plenty of food to keep you fueled up for a night of rocking out to bands such as Billy Likes Soda

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Skin and Bones, Faction

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and SchoolGirl Crush.

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Add in libations from Samuel Adams and Barefoot Wines…

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…plus the chance to see all the amazing critters that call the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo home…

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…and you have the makings of a unique, fun, perfect summer night!

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Don’t miss next year’s Twilight at the Zoo for a rockin’ and roarin’ good time!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Twilight at the Zoo. In exchange, I received two complimentary VIP tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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