Why? Legacy Village Sip, Shop, & Stroll!

On Saturday night, Jeffrey and I stopped up at Legacy Village for a holiday Sip, Shop, & Stroll. Legacy Village is festive anyway, with the big tree and the “Create Joy” sign, but they added even more merriment on Saturday night.

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There was an ice carving demonstration from Elegant Ice Creations

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…complimentary s’mores supplies, with fires for roasting the marshmallows…

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…Christmas carols playing and great photo opps, including the iconic #TheLand sign from Destination Cleveland.

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You can also grab a festive beverage from BRIO or Bar Louie in a to-go cup and then walk around the Lawn and shops with it!

I tried the Santa’s Reindeer Fuel from Bar Louie, with Bulleit Rye, maple syrup, lemon, apple puree, and candied bacon. Yummy!

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The next Sip, Shop, & Stroll happens on Saturday, December 21, just in time to help you get your last-minute shopping done! From 5-8pm, enjoy all the fun mentioned above, plus special discounts at select retailers like L.L. Bean, LOFT, White House Black Market, Banyan Tree, Merchant’s Mrkt, Lilly Pulitzer, and more.

There’s no better place for seasonal shopping (and sipping) than Legacy Village!

***Disclosure: I 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? Best Party of the Year!

On Friday night, Mariah and I attended The Best Party of the Year. Any party that calls itself that out of the gate has got to deliver and the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland‘s fundraiser certainly did.

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This year’s theme was the 1920’s, so you saw people dressed as flappers and dapper dans, all living it up in a post-Prohibition world.

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There was fabulous food from great local places like Melt Bar and Grilled (the bacon and pesto on the mac and cheese was divine)…

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Art of Sucre, Inca Tea, and more.

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There was fun music for dancing from TKO Entertainment. There was a great photo booth, a fully-stocked bar, and fantastic auction items.

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There was also the chance to help a wonderful community organization. The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland strives to help reduce hunger and enhance nutrition in the community by providing food and other health-related vital services. The Hunger Network has over 70 hunger centers throughout Cuyahoga County to serve the community.

So, a super fun and tasty and glamorous night all for a great cause? I think that has every right to be called The Best Party of the Year!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland to help promote The Best Party of the Year. In exchange, I received two complimentary general admission tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Goldfish Swim School Holiday Giveaway!

This holiday season, ditch all the stuff, and give the gift of experience! Swimming lessons at Goldfish Swim School provide essential skills and confidence that last a lifetime.

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Kids learn safety skills while having fun, making friends, building confidence and learning life lessons. Kids love Goldfish’s fun, tropical environment and 90 degree pools. Parents get the peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are accomplishing an essential life skill based on our proven curriculum. There’s no better gift than that!

Believe it or not, winter is actually the BEST time of year for families to be thinking about water and swim safety. Now’s the time to get a head start on the summer, so that your kids are ready when all the community pools and water parks open!

Goldfish Swim School (with local locations of Cleveland East Side, Fairview Park, Hudson, and North Canton) are offering special discounted holiday packages in December while supplies last. You can choose from 3 holiday packages (each offer $100 in savings!): the Bubbles Baby Package, the Advanced Baby Package, and the Safer Swimmer Package.

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You can enter to win one Goldfish Swim School Holiday Package of your choice, for the Cleveland-area location of your choice, right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment telling me which Goldfish holiday package you’d choose.

2. Visit your Goldfish Swim School of choice (Cleveland EastFairview ParkHudson, or North Canton) and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow your Goldsfish Swim School of choice (@goldfish_clevelandeastside, @goldfish_fairviewpark, @goldfish_hudson, @goldfish_northcanton) and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @goldfishswim 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 win a holiday swim package from @goldfishswim and @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/12/06/why-goldfish-swim-school-holiday-giveaway 

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

The giveaway will end on Wednesday, December 11 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Winner will be chosen at random. Note that lesson dates and times are subject to availability.

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Why? Wildroots Holiday Market at Legacy Village!

Are you looking for original, handmade, local holiday gifts? Then you need to get to Legacy Village this weekend (Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8) for the Wildroots Holiday Market.

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From 12pm-6pm each day, you can peruse up to 60 talented local vendors, all with tons of great gifts for everyone on your list, including yourself!

 

The Wildroots Holiday Market will be indoors in the storefront between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Ethan Allen. You can take advantage of Legacy Village’s DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area) and sip on festive beverages while you shop. Cleveland Field Kitchen will be providing food at the Wildroots Holiday Market, too!

So, don’t miss the Wildroots Holiday Market at Legacy Village on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8. Admission is free for this family-friendly, shop-local market!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing agreement to promote Legacy Village events. In exchange, I receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

Thanksgiving weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year!

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Epic turkey cake from Michael Angelo’s Bakery

Not only do I get to enjoy a delicious, traditional dinner with family, but I also get to officially kick off the Christmas season!

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On Wednesday (it was a looong weekend), I met up with my oldest friend, Kevin, who was in town for the holiday. What better place to catch up than Great Lakes Brewing Co.?

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I always like going to the brewpub, because I can grab a brewpub-exclusive beer. This time I tried the Meow Meow Pumpkin Milk Stout, which was creamy and rich and specifically noted as being brewed by GLBC’s female brewers.

The Seared Salmon Salad, with pickled carrots, cabbage, sesame seeds, and herbed peanut dressing, balanced out the heavy beer and made for a great lunch.

It’s so great when folks come back to Cleveland for the holidays (and I get face-to-face catching up time!)

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Aside from all the traditional Thanksgiving fun, I also started a new tradition on Black Friday: attending the E5C4P3 Journey Tribute concert at Music Box Supper Club.

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My friend Lisa’s husband Troy is the keyboardist in this awesome band, who sound just like Journey and definitely know how to keep the crowd on their feet and rocking.

We had a gaggle of girls/Troy fans there and had a riot singing, dancing, and just generally partying the night away.

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E5C4P3 has an upcoming show on Saturday, December 14 at Legends Sports Bar in Parma, which is a fundraiser for Project Noelle. Check ’em out!

Christmas Decorating

It was also the weekend to deck the halls. Jeffrey picked out the perfect tree, as well as this festive Rudolph yard ornament.

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I got to bust out all my favorite Cleveland ornaments, which makes the house feel even more merry!

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Jeffrey made some ornaments for the “big tree” this year…

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…as well as decorated the tree in his room, too!

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So, that was the holiday weekend in this corner of the world. How was yours?

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Why? The Spa at Yellow Creek!

Last week, I had the chance to spend a relaxing morning at the beautiful The Spa at Yellow Creek.

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I had the opportunity to enjoy their newest massage therapy using CBD oil. CBD is non-psychoactive and is therapeutic for stress, relaxation, joint and muscle inflammation, recovery and healing.

I have to admit being really curious about this specific massage therapy. I’d heard a lot about the benefits of CBD oil, but it’s a relatively new product and I was interested to compare it with other massage therapies I’ve had.

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The oil smelled lovely, with notes of peppermint and lavender. The CBD massage is customized to your needs, so you can choose the pressure and areas that need extra attention. My therapist did an amazing job of being responsive to my requests.

I left feeling relaxed in both mind and body, personally I think more so than with other massage therapies. The areas that needed some extra attention have also not felt as tight since the massage. And in this busy time of year, what could be better than that sort of experience?!

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If you want to try the new CBD massage, you can book a 60- or 90-minute massage now. The Spa at Yellow Creek also offers a host of other massage therapies, body treatments, facials and skin care, nail services, and more, as well as a full compliment of pre-natal services.

The Spa at Yellow Creek is also offering some incredible Black Friday deals, that you can purchase online, at the Spa, or over the phone. Deals include: buy 7 treatments and get 2 free (so, 9 treatments for the price of 7); save 15% on all pre-paid service; save on microblading, lash extensions, and spa memberships; save 10-15% on select spa products; and save on fitness memberships too!

Whether for a gift or for treating yourself, check out The Spa at Yellow Creek!

***Disclosure: I was asked by The Spa at Yellow Creek to help promote the CBD massage therapy. In exchange, I received a complimentary 60-minute CBD massage. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Bomba Tacos & Rum Giveaway!

Margaritas for moms, donuts for kids, and tacos for all? Sounds like a perfect dinner, right?

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That’s what we experienced last night at Bomba Tacos & Rum. On Tuesdays, kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal, which right off the bat is a great deal.

But what I liked even more than the free meal was the fact that the kids meals at Bomba are packed with a variety of healthy options, from fruit skewers to black beans to plantains.

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Jeffrey chose the beef tacos, fries, and fruit skewers. His meal also came with guacamole and chips, a beverage, and a donut, but only if he finished his meal first!

Both kids polished off their food and were rewarded with a sweet potato donut with marshmallow sauce!

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I love that Bomba offers kids more “advanced” flavors to try too!

Over on the grown-up side of the table, we were able to take advantage of the “Taco Hour,” happening weekdays from 4-6:30pm, with $5 margaritas, sangria, and mojitos and $3 beers, snacks, and tacos.

I loved the charred pineapple margarita, which was a nice blend of sweet and smoky.

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We shared the build-your-own guacamole, with spicy peppers and chipotle honey. Those plantain chips are to die for!

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I chose the Thai Chicken, Tuna Poke, and Chipotle Beef tacos. The Thai Chicken was my favorite: a great balance of spicy and sweet and I couldn’t get enough of the peanut plantain crumbs on top.

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We also ordered the shishito peppers, which were perfect for shared snacking.

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So, a meal that made everyone at the table happy AND the kids ate for free! I know where I’m celebrating Taco Tuesday from now on!

And to help you do the same, I have a $50 gift card to Bomba Tacos & Rum to give away. Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, or all three entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1. Leave a comment telling me which you like best: margaritas, guacamole, or tacos.

2. Visit Bomba Tacos & Rum and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Hop over to my Instagram page and complete an additional entry on the Bomba Tacos picture.

The giveaway will close on Sunday, December 1 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Bomba Tacos & Rum’s kids menu and Kids Eat Free Tuesdays. In exchange, I received a complimentary meal at Bomba Tacos & Rum. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Capture Holiday Memories at Legacy Village!

‘Tis the season to take a lot of photos! It seems like I can never have enough fabulous photos with holiday décor, Santa, and general merriment. Legacy Village certainly has me covered in the holiday photo opp department…

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Legacy Village’s life-sized JOY sign in back for the season. You can become the “Y” and create your own personalized JOY for this festive time.

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Jeffrey got so excited when he saw the sign again this year and immediately asked to be the Y, “just like last year!” And I have to tell you, I’m a sucker for year-to-year photo traditions!

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Share your photos on social media with the #CreateJOY hashtag. There will be a variety of social media contests throughout the season, so stay tuned to the Legacy Village Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts for more details.

Photos with Santa

On Saturdays and Sundays from November 30 through December 22 from 12pm-4pm, you can enjoy a free visit and photo with Santa at Legacy Village.

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Your first photo with the big man of the moment is complimentary, courtesy of L.L. Bean and media sponsor Q104. For every complimentary photo taken, $5 will be donated to Cleveland Clinic Children’s up to $10,000!

Additional photos are available for purchase, a portion of proceeds from which will also be donated to Cleveland Clinic Children’s. Make some sweet holiday memories and benefit a great cause at the same time!

Santa will be located on Main Street next to Starbucks and Janie & Jack.

Pet Photos with Santa

You can’t leave your furry friends out of the holiday merriment!

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On Tuesday, December 17 from 5:30pm-8:30pm, bring your pet for a photo with Santa and a treat. Your $5 donation for the photo benefits Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village.

So, head to Legacy Village this holiday season and capture some special memories!

***Disclosure: I 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? Weekends!

You guys, how are we at Thanksgiving week?! This year is just flying by! Probably because I keep filling my time with so much fun. Let’s get to the weekend recap…

Grit, Gratitude and You Breakfast

On Friday morning, I got up bright and early as usual, but rather than yoga pants and school drop-off, I was off to The First Tee of Cleveland‘s annual Grit, Gratitude and You Breakfast.

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The First Tee of Cleveland is a non-profit that teaches children core values and builds character through the game of golf.

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And while I am admittedly not a golfer, there is obviously something to their system. I have been continually impressed by the program participants I’ve met, who handle themselves with beyond-their-years poise and confidence.

 

I had the chance to attend with and meet some of the program volunteers, who get to pass on their love for golf, as well as their life experience to participants on a weekly basis.

There are so many wonderful non-profits in the Cleveland area doing a host of good works through sometimes unexpected outlets. If The First Tee of Cleveland speaks to you, you can learn more their programs, volunteer to help the organization, or donate.

***Disclosure: I was asked by The First Tee of Cleveland to help promote Grit, Gratitude and You Breakfast. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

The Winter Market

Friday night, I had the chance to attend the VIP preview of The Winter Market, a holiday-themed extension of the popular The Summer Market.

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Held at The Shipyards, this event was packed with fabulous local makers, most of whom I was fangirling over after following for so long on Instagram.

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I picked up some goodies from Paper Cutz Vintage, Hand Lettered Old Shit, and Suzy Q’s Redos.

Plus, Jeffrey got a donut from Big Mouth Donuts, I got some wine, and we both got a bit more into the holiday spirit.

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There’s nothing like shopping in-person and shopping local, with real people who care about their craft!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the VIP Winter Market event with two complimentary tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Cleveland Monsters Game

From there, Jeffrey and I went to the Cleveland Monsters game, as part of their Monsters Monthly Pass (read more about our experience with the Monsters Monthly Pass here).

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Friday night’s game was dedicated to raising funds and awareness for Prayers from Maria Children’s Cancer Foundation, with the players wearing sunflower jerseys and attendees receiving sunflower remembrance cards.

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So, not only was it a fun night of hockey, but it was meaningful too!

Also, I think Jeffrey might be the newest member of the Monsters Top Line Dance Team!

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Our friend Maddie is on the team and was so sweet to stop to chat with Jeffrey and get this fun group shot!

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

Girls Night Out

On Saturday night, I met up with some gal pals to celebrate my friend Stacey’s birthday at the Wild Eagle Saloon.

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From the pour-your-own-beer wall to the solid 80’s music choices on the jukebox to the tasty bar food (get the pulled pork quesedilla, trust), we had a great time.

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We also felt like we stepped back in time to college, as there was an intense game of beer pong happening while we were there!

From Wild Eagle, we headed over to Nano Brew. Apparently, this unassuming beer and burger joint turns in to quite the hot spot on a Saturday night!

After a lot of laughs, hugs, and drinks, we headed home…a perfect girls night out!

Platform Pub Yoga

I’m no stranger to Sunday morning yoga, but it gets even better when it’s Alicia teaching and when I get a beer after class!

I attended this month’s installment of the Platform Pub Yoga series. Taking place on the last Sunday of the month, this series pairs an hour-long vinyasa flow with a post-class beer, plus a donation to a local non-profit.

This month’s non-profit was the May Dugan Center, which provides a host of services to those in need from trauma counseling to a food pantry.

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There’s nothing I like better than starting my day with yoga, good friends, tasty beer (I had the Smores Yammy), and an everything bagel (not pictured, because I just ate it too damn fast).

So, that was my weekend! How was yours?

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Why? Slyman’s Tavern!

If you’re from Cleveland, Slyman’s corned beef sandwiches are a classic. Mile-high and delicious, they have been a part of Cleveland’s food scene before Cleveland had a celebrated food scene.

Slyman’s Tavern takes that classic corned beef deliciousness and expands it to a broader menu, still focused on comfortable, deli-style fare.

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Jeffrey and I had a chance to stop in at the newest Slyman’s Tavern location in Mentor (there are also locations in Independence and Orange) for an expansive taste of their menu.

We started with the Tavern Pretzel, served with beer mustard and Slyman’s beer cheese for dipping. Jeffrey’s face says it all: this is one tasty pretzel!

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I couldn’t stop munching the Reuben Poppers, with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, served with beer mustard and thousand island dressing.

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Surprisingly moist for a fried appetizer, these are a must-order. Pro-tip: ask for a side of the spicy ranch too!

Jeffrey chose the chicken tenders and fries from the kids menu and devoured every bite, which is a win in and of itself!

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I got to taste so many tasty options from the menu, all featuring Slyman’s renowned corned beef.

Of course, there was a classic Reuben, on buttery grilled rye bread with sauerkraut and melted Swiss. Slyman’s sandwiches are famous for tons of meat, but you can order a “lite meat” option.

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I loved the Slyman’s Chicken Melt, with corned beef, Swiss cheese, fried chicken breast (also available grilled), and spicy ranch on a ciabatta roll.

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This was just enough corned beef to satisfy a taste for it, but with lots of other delicious flavors too.

I also sampled the Corned Beef Hash Breakfast, with two eggs and choice of toast. Diner style fare at it’s best!

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For sides, I tried the creamy potato salad, the crisp cole slaw, and the decadent Slyman’s Fries, with corned beef, Slyman’s cheese sauce, and green onions.

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Speaking of decadent, Jeffrey helped me polish off a delicious chocolate milk shake and a brownie sundae with local Pierre’s ice cream.

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The food was all delicious, straight-forward, comforting, and filling. Exactly what you want from a deli-style meal!

On Mondays, Slyman’s Tavern offers a free upgrade to a combo meal. And during all Cleveland and Ohio State games, you can enjoy $3 domestic drafts and $5 appetizers at the bar.

The newest Slyman’s Tavern gives you the deli-style atmosphere too, with a “bar side” that is separate from the “deli side,” so you can choose the type of experience you want.

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For the corned beef that made it a classic or one of the expanded offerings on the menu, Slyman’s Tavern continues the tradition of delicious deli-style food.

***Disclosure: I was invited to enjoy a complimentary meal at Slyman’s Tavern in Mentor. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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