Why? Tom + Chee!

As fall settles in, there’s nothing quite so comforting as a grilled cheese sandwich and soup for lunch. And it’s one meal that Jeffrey and I can always agree on. Which is why we both left very happy campers after our lunch at Tom + Chee in Broadview Heights on Monday.


I tried both the Flying Pig and the Pep + Chee sandwiches. The Flying Pig has smoked Gouda, hand-carved turkey, applewood smoked bacon, and housemade pickles on sour white bread.


The turkey was really tender and flavorful and the pickles made this a top-notch sandwich!

The Pep + Chee has mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, marinara sauce, and parmesan-crusted sour white bread.


To take this delicious sammy to the next level, dunk it in Tom + Chee’s creamy basil tomato soup!

Aside from creamy basil tomato, Tom + Chee offers classic tomato soup, chicken noodle, and a soup of the day, all perfect for dipping. They also offer a variety of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, along with build-your-own options.

Jeffrey got to experience Tom + Chee’s Kid Pack, which lets a group of kids build their own grilled cheese and fruit cup, decorate their own sugar cookie, and complete a craft.


Jeffrey selected classic white bread, American cheese, and ham for his sandwich and had so much fun putting it together.


He also loved the craft and decorating the cookie (whew, that’s a lot of sprinkles)!

The Kid Pack is a great choice for a birthday party or school group!

Tom + Chee also offers catering, as well as great daily specials like $1.99 Kids Meals on Sundays and Mondays; $2 grilled cheese with a beverage purchase on Tuesdays; 1/2 priced donuts on Wednesdays; $1 off salads on Thursdays; and $2 of shareables on Fridays.

Wait, donuts, you say? Yup, Tom + Chee offers a variety of grilled cheese donuts that are decadent and delicious. We took home a box of the classic donut bites, with peanut butter, vanilla, and chocolate dipping sauces.



For comfort food that tastes delicious and will make the whole family happy, check out Tom + Chee!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary lunch at Tom + Chee with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***



Why? Hudec Dental Happy Hour!

What? You’ve never thought to happy hour at your dentist’s office? Well, maybe Hudec Dental isn’t the beer/wine/cocktails kind of happy hour, but it does involve great deals!

New cash and traditional insurance patients* who schedule and attend an appointment Monday through Thursday between 2pm and 4pm will receive a mystery gift, as well as discounts on certain products and services featured on the Dental Happy Hour menu.

The mystery gifts include a branded drawstring backpack, a branded bamboo cutting board, and a healthy snack bag. That’s some great swag just for taking care of your teeth!

You can call 216-661-8888 to schedule an appointment at one of twenty participating and conveniently-located Hudec Dental locations. Hudec Dental wants to say thank you for being a new patient and continue to celebrate their patients!

*Per Ohio law, these promotions are not valid with state-funded insurance plans.

Hudec Dental also has some additional contests and promotions that will make you smile even more than just being one of their patients will.

Running now through November 16, Hudec Dental has teamed up with WGAR to give you the opportunity to win two round-trip airline tickets to fly loved ones home for the holidays. Get more information and enter here.

For kids, Hudec Dental has an ongoing Hero with Zero promotion. Anytime your child has an appointment with no cavities, they will receive a certificate, an entry for a monthly raffle prize, and a chance to be featured on Hudec Dental’s social media pages.

Finally, each month Hudec Dental selects one winner as the Social Smile of the Month to receive a free teeth whitening. Just like/follow Hudec Dental on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

All of these contests and promotions help to highlight Hudec Dental’s commitment to making their patients have an enjoyable and, dare I say, fun experience at the dentist. If you’re not already a Hudec Dental patient, get in on the Dental Happy Hour promotion and then start taking advantage of all the other perks of being a Hudec Dental patient!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing partnership with Hudec Dental as a brand ambassador. I received compensation for this post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend, so let’s get right to it!

Designer Dress Days

On Friday, I attended the preview day for the Designer Dress Days sale, put on by the National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland.


This is the 50th anniversary of Designer Dress Days, which offers new and gently worn designer dresses, suits, jackets, handbags, athletic wear and more at ridiculously great prices.

I scored 2 cashmere sweaters, a Burberry dress, a Burberry skirt, and a Bergdorf Goodman dress for under $300!

The event is volunteer-driven and supports the NCJW/Cleveland’s community service and advocacy initiatives. The sale continues today from 12pm-8pm and tomorrow from 10am-7pm, so check it out and score some designer duds for a great price and for a great cause!

***Disclosure: I was asked to by NCJW/Cleveland to help promote Designer Dress Days. In exchange, I received complimentary access to the Preview Day, as well as compensation. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Northeast Ohio Parent Blogger Meet-Up

On Friday evening, Jeffrey and I headed to Café o’Play for a meet-up with fellow Northeast Ohio Parent bloggers and their families.

We love Café o’Play because it’s a fun, safe indoor play area with lots to do, but still the ability to keep an eye on your child no matter where they might be (and the coffee and food are legit, too.) Apparently, Jeffrey had so much fun I didn’t even get a picture of him!

I really enjoy blogging for Northeast Ohio Parent and try to focus my blog posts on things to do with your kids around town or ways to incorporate Cleveland into your parenting, play dates, and whatnot. You can check out my latest post here.

Best of Cleveland Party

I had never been to the Cleveland Magazine Best of Cleveland Party before, which made me feel like I was missing out on one of the best parties of the year. After Saturday night, I know I was right to feel that FOMO.


Held at the Rock Hall, the party was three levels of amazing Best of Cleveland winners with everything from beer to burgers to books.

I finally got to try Mama Mary’s Hummus and it was just as amazing as everyone says it is! Try the seasonal pumpkin hummus with a cinnamon graham cracker to achieve peak fall.


The Gimme S’more mini beers from Boss Dog Brewing were a total win, especially because they took the time to do the sugar rim and toasted marshmallow at the event!


Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream…I mean, you know my love for them is so deep.


Polpetta deserves to be at Best of Cleveland because their table featured two of my great loves: meatballs and Kevin Love (holding a meatball.)


And I got so excited to see The Pompadour, one of our new favorite spots, honored for Best Tapas!


And from mascots to friends, there were so many of the best people to get to see, too!


We danced to Billy Likes Soda and DJ E-V and just generally celebrated these restaurants, breweries, businesses, and people who are making Cleveland the amazing place it is!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Cleveland Magazine to help promote the Best of Cleveland Party. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

We also threw into the weekend a birthday party for one of our nieces, some yoga, and some time at home…phew! How was your weekend?



Why? The Macaron Tea Room!

Yesterday, three generations joined together to raise our pinkies and enjoy a delightful spot of tea!


Mom, Jeffrey, and I enjoyed lunch at The Macaron Tea Room in Broadview Heights. Mom and I marveled at their large selection of teas, from specially-blended black teas, white teas, traditional black teas, and fruit teas.


I particularly enjoyed the Blueberry Wildchild. I also love the adorable cups and teapots at The Macaron Tea Room. Even Jeffrey’s lemonade came in a teapot!


Mom and I shared the High Tea for Two, which included three tiers of delicious nibbles.


The first level included tea sandwiches: cucumber with cream cheese and chive; tuna salad; shredded egg with garlic spread; roast beef; and avocado and bacon.


It’s hard to pick a favorite of the sandwiches! All the breads were delicious. I really liked the horseradish on the roast beef sandwich and you can never go wrong with avocado and bacon!

The next tier included a scone with clotted cream and fresh jam, a petit four (ours had apple butter), a Victoria spongecake, and a tea biscuit.

The top tier included a Nutella waffle cake (yum), a mini pecan pie (yum), and a macaron (yum).


Jeffrey got the Nursery Tea, with grilled cheese and ham and cheese sandwiches cut out like airplanes (so cute), grapes, and a macaron.

We had fun with the dress-up corner and the paintable cookie, too!


We all just generally enjoyed a lovely and relaxing lunch! The Macaron Tea Room takes time and care creating delectable, delicate food that is perfect for a ladies’ (and small gentleman’s) day out!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary lunch at The Macaron Tea Room with guests. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Pastina Rustic Italian!

I am writing to you while still completely stuffed and blissed out over a delicious Italian meal we enjoyed last night at Pastina Rustic Italian.

Pastina is truly committed to making as much as possible in-house, as well as sourcing from local distributors whenever they can. We got to see one of the chefs pull fresh mozzarella in front of our eyes.


This process happens daily at Pastina, along with homemade pastas and breads that are on another level of delicious!

So, what did we get to eat? We started with the Smoked Salmon Chips, with chile cream cheese, pickles, chives, and capers, which could make someone who doesn’t like salmon (looking at you, Kate) like salmon.


One of Pastina’s chefs, Michael, is from Alabama and brings in some southern influences to the cuisine when he can.

We had the Arancini, which feature basil risotto, fresh mozzarella, and marinara. Oh my goodness, these are balls of Italian happiness!


We also sampled three varieties of Stone Oven Pizza, which all had that perfect chewy thin crust and delicious toppings. My favorite was the Harvest Pizza, a white pizza with zucchini and butternut squash.

We couldn’t pass up the chance to enjoy the fresh mozzarella in action in the Caprese Salad with cherry tomatoes, arugula pesto, fleur de sel, basil, and EVOO.


For our entrees, we devoured several menu items. The Cavatelli Bolognese is truly a labor of love, with pasta made in-house and a bolognese sauce that speaks to the hours of roasting the meat and melding the phenomenal flavors.


We also had the Chicken Valdostana with madeira wine, roasted mushrooms, basil, and provolone. A really delicious meat dish, that is served with in-house linguine.


And the Butternut Squash Ravioli, with brown-butter sage, crispy sunchoke chips, and fig balsamic is fall on a plate!


Leave room for dessert at Pastina! The pistachio gelato, made in-house, is honestly one of the best ice cream desserts I’ve ever eaten.


The cannoli and tiramisu are also not to be missed!

Everything at Pastina is made with time, care, thoughtfulness, and a commitment to fresh, locally-sourced products. This is not your average Italian food. You can absolutely taste the difference in the fresh pasta, the delectable cheese, and the decadent sauce.

I’ll be full for a week! Or at least until lunch when I dive into my leftovers!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary dinner at Pastina Rustic Italian with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Designer Dress Days!

Burberry. Tory Burch. Lululemon. Betsy Johnson. Louis Vuitton. Gucci. kate spade.

If any of these brands (or all of these brands) make you as excited as they make me, then you can’t miss the Designer Dress Days sale happening Friday, October 12 through Tuesday, October 16 (excluding Saturday, October 13) at the Mandel Jewish Community Center.

Designer Dress Days is in its 50th year and is a fundraiser put on by the National Council of Jewish Women Cleveland. Putting together the items for the sale is truly a labor of love. I had the opportunity to tour the warehouse where the items for the sale were being sorted, tagged, and priced and was amazed at the well-organized operation staffed by the NCJW/Cleveland volunteers.


From Athleisure to Exclusive Designers to Contemporary, there is something for everyone to love at Designer Dress Days.


And it’s not just clothing either. You can find handbags, jewelry, furs, and accessories. All the items are new or gently worn and are insanely low-priced (A Burberry skirt for $50?! Be still my heart!)


The proceeds from Designer Dress Days benefit the NCJW/Cleveland’s Advocacy and Community Service initiatives, so you’ll be scoring a great deal for a great cause!

Friday, October 12 from 10am-4pm is the Preview Day for Designer Dress Days and is the only day there is a fee for admission. For $20, you’ll get first pick of all the designer duds (and word on the street is there will be a line to get in.)

The rest of the days of Designer Dress Days, admission is free. The hours are as follows:

  • Sunday, October 14 – 10am-4pm
  • Monday, October 15 – 12pm-8pm
  • Tuesday, October 16 – 10am-7pm

I hope to see you there and to admire all your fabulous designer finds!

***Disclosure: I was asked by NCJW/Cleveland to help promote Designer Dress Days. In exchange, I will receive compensation and complimentary admission to the Preview Day. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Weekends!

We had lots of family-centered fun this weekend! Let’s get right to it:

Birthday Party at Greater Cleveland Aquarium

On Saturday morning, Jeffrey and I went to a birthday party for one of his school friend’s at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.


We’ve been to the Aquarium several times, but never for a birthday party. I was really impressed with everything the party included. There was a party room with a submarine the kids could play in, crafts for the group, pizza and cake, and even a visit from a turtle!

The party also included admission to the Aquarium for the kids to check out all the sea critters. What a fun morning!

Fall Flyer

On Sunday, we hopped aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for their Fall Flyer trip.



The Fall Flyer is a two-hour, non-stop ride that takes you though the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to take in the beautiful fall foliage.


We rode on the Silver Lariat, one of the new California Zephyr cars. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad recently added four cars from the California Zephyr line which have dome seating; luxurious seats; tables; and more amenities.


We enjoyed taking in the fall sights, including changing leaves, the Cuyahoga river, lots of bikers and runners on the Towpath, and tons of people visiting Szalay’s pumpkin patch. We also enjoyed tasty snacks like hot dogs and popcorn from the dining car.


Every time we take the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, I’m so impressed with the volunteers who work as Conductors, Trainmen, and more. They truly make the experience so enjoyable!

The fall colors will only continue to become more striking, which makes the Fall Flyer a perfect choice for a fall weekend activity. The Fall Flyer runs every Saturday and Sunday in October at 9:45am and 1:30pm from the Rockside Station and 11:30am and 3:30pm from the Akron Northside Station. Tickets start at $25 per person. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

***Disclosure: I was invited to take a ride on the Fall Flyer and received three complimentary tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

That was our weekend, aside from watching lots of Cleveland sports, of course! How was yours?




Why? Perplexity Games!

I love when we can find something to do on a night out with friends that involves an activity, not just drinks and dinner. It sparks conversation, encourages interaction, and just makes the evening more unique.

So, when Perplexity Games invited us to come in for an evening in one of their escape rooms, I jumped at the chance. Matthew and I teamed up with our friends Deborah and Kevin to try to crack the case of the Eliot Ness Escape Room.


I love the Cleveland theme to this escape room! Set in the time of Eliot Ness’s tenure as Safety Director in Cleveland, the escape room challenges you to find the ledger of a crooked city commissioner.


Through various clues, hidden doors, and fun surprises (and a couple clues from the watchful eyes), we had the chance to step back in time, work together, challenge our brains and our speed, and have a great time!

We were able to find the ledger with just a minute and a half to spare (you have an hour in the escape room.)


But even if we hadn’t cracked the case, we would have had a wonderful time! The escape rooms at Perplexity Games are about challenging problem-solving, not feeling trapped or scared.

All the escape rooms are designed by the owner’s family, who share a love for gaming and found games to be a way to connect as a family. Along with the Eliot Ness Escape Room, there is the Clockwork Caper Escape Room and the T.I.T.U.S. Escape Room. Each room is priced at $30 per person and can hold different maximum numbers (Eliot Ness – 12, Clockwork Caper – 8, T.I.T.U.S. – 5.)

Perplexity Games is also in the process of building two holiday escape rooms called The Naughty List, which can each hold 10 people and will be perfect for holiday parties.


Perplexity Games is family-owned and operated, creative, fun, and located in the perfect neighborhood for an evening out – Ohio City. For your next couples night out, team-building, or game night, check them out and see if you can crack the case too!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Perplexity Games and received complimentary admission for four to the Eliot Ness Escape Room. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Best of Cleveland Giveaway!

Cleveland Magazine is preparing to throw a party celebrating its Best of Cleveland award winners. On Satuday, October 13, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will be packed with the best of Cleveland food, drink, music, and more.


Billy Likes Soda (Best Cover Band) and DJ EV (Best Local DJ) will be performing. You’ll also get to enjoy food and drink from winners like:

  • Daylight Donuts (Best Ice Cream Filled Donuts)
  • Masthead Brewing Co. (Best Pizza)
  • Polpetta (Best Meatballs)
  • Ginko (Best Sushi)
  • The Wine Spot (Best Wine Shop)
  • Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream (Best Ice Cream)
  • And many, many more

Your ticket also includes admission to the Rock Hall and the Power of Rock Experience.

Tickets are currently on sale online for $75 for General Admission and $110 for VIP (which includes an open bar wristband.) You can also save 20% off tickets by using code BESTOFCLE when you checkout.

Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets right here (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me which of the Participating Winners you’re most excited to see at the Best of Cleveland party.

2. Visit Cleveland Magazine and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

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

4. Follow @ClevelandMag 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 party with the Best of Cleveland thanks to @ClevelandMag and @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/10/04/why-best-of-cleveland-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 Tuesday, October 9 and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Cleveland Magazine to help promote the Best of Cleveland party. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary general admission tickets for myself, 2 general admission tickets to give away, and a promo code to share. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Put on Your Boogie Shoes Fundraiser – Costumes and Cocktails!

Want a fun way to celebrate Halloween while benefiting a great cause? Well, then Put on Your BOO-gie Shoes and head to the Hilton Cleveland Downtown on Friday, October 26.


This event is put on by Charles Bowlus Charities. Charles Bowlus Charities was established in memory of Charles Bowlus, CEO and founder of ECRM, who passed away in August, 2011 from lung cancer, with the intent of keeping Charlie’s philanthropy alive. Its mission is to provide support for local organizations, who assist those individuals and families dealing with cancer, health & wellness, women, and children.

The beneficiary of this year’s Put on Your BOO-gie Shoes is the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, which empowers individuals, educates the community, and advocates for justice to end domestic violence and child abuse.


Put on Your BOO-gie Shoes will be a fun Halloween party with live music from Faction (one of our favorite local cover bands), food, beer, wine, raffles and silent auctions, and costumes galore with a costume contest too.

General admission tickets are $85 and include a beer and wine bar and food. VIP tickets are $125 and include the above, plus liquor, valet parking, and VIP section access. You can purchase tickets online.

Don’t miss this fun way to celebrate Halloween, while benefiting a great cause. Oh, and tell me what Matthew and I should dress like in the comments…

***Disclosure: I was asked by Charles Bowlus Charities to help promote Put on Your BOO-gie Shows. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***