Why? Weekends!

Happy New Year, CLE-ers!  Hope everyone enjoyed a fun and festive start to 2011!

CLEguy and I kicked off our New Year’s weekend at the Holla Days Festival of Awesomeness at Reddstone.  The Holla Days Festival was hosted by lovely CLE ladies Lisa and Alexa (blog author of Cleveland’s a Plum).  Also in attendance was another fabulous CLEblogger, Sean of happy in CLE.  We had a great time mingling in the cozy upstairs room at Reddstone, sipping cocktails, and munching on their fabulous calamari (aptly named “Tubes and Tentacles”).  A perfect start to the New Year’s weekend, spending time with other enthusiastic CLE-ers.

New Year’s Eve was a perfect evening, spent with CLEguy and lots of CLEfriends.  We stayed in this year, but I’m curious what CLE spots were hopping this NYE…let me know in the comments where you spent your New Year’s Eve.

And today, well, guess where we went:

Melt Bar and Grilled in Cleveland Heights

Yup, I finally made it to Melt (CLEguy was there too, but he’s been before…)!  I was initially overwhelmed…the mural of famous Clevelanders, the kitschy light-up plastic figurines, the restaurant that’s been featured on Man Versus Food and Diners Drive-Ins and Dives!

Our menus - CLEguy had Meat Loaf and I had Olivia Newton John

After perusing the menus, I chose the Municipal Stadium Magic – a blend of local bratwurst, sauerkraut, peppers, and American cheese.  Add a little of Cleveland’s own Stadium Mustard and I had the perfect sandwich to celebrate the end of the Browns’ season, while thinking of the place where I went to my first Browns game.  CLEguy had the Winter Chicken, which was also quite yummy.

After lunch, I checked out the mural of famous Clevelanders that stretches the length of the restaurant.

Peek behind the bar to see the mural

While the first Melt is in Lakewood, I’m so glad we chose the Cleveland Heights Melt for lunch.  The restaurant pays tribute to the rich history of CLE in such a cool way.  From the menu to the mural, you can feel the Cleveland pride at Melt.

After lunch, we headed to the Cedar Lee theater to catch an afternoon movie.  The Cedar Lee is an amazing old theater, that shows arthouse, independent, and foreign films you can’t see anywhere else in Cleveland.  I definitely recommend spending some time there while in a Melt-induced food coma.

So, for those of you keeping count, I’ve already started work on blog-olution #2 (meet other CLEbloggers) and #5 (eat at Melt).  Although, both of those are continuing blog-olutions, as there are many more bloggers to meet and many more Melt-wiches I want to try.

What new answers to “Why Cleveland?” did you discover this weekend?

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