Why? Weekends!

This CLE weekend went to the dogs – in a good way!  Our Friday night started out at Happy Dog, where CLEguy and I were joined by Hungry in Cleveland and HIC’s BF.

We started with some fine craft beers off Happy Dog’s extensive beer menu – I had the Bell’s Winter Wheat and CLEguy had the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter.

For our hot dogs, CLEguy and I modified selections we found on the “Suggestive Weiners” menu.  CLEguy and Hungry in Cleveland each got peanut butter on their hot dogs and, while it may sound weird, it’s actually quite delicious.  But my favorite part of the meal were the tater tots, served with a variety of sauces.  Be sure to try the black truffled honey mustard and the Brazilian chimichuri.

It's a Happy (Dog) Meal!

After dinner, we all headed to Madison Square Lanes for the Smooches & Pooches bowl-a-thon to benefit Secondhand Mutts.

For more information on Secondhand Mutts, you can check out my earlier post on the organization.  The bowling alley was packed with people contributing to this great cause, along with sweet pooches to adopt.  Being that we already have two pups at home, CLEguy and I passed on the adopting, but not the petting.

Team Why CLE? may not have been the best bowlers, but we had a lot of fun.  Many thanks to CLEblogger friends Hungry in Cleveland (and her BF), Poise in Parma, and Healthy Heddleston for participating with CLEguy and me!

Go Team Why CLE?

We also ran into fellow CLEbloggers Things I Luurve and Cleveland Food Goddess.  After bowling, we headed to Merry Arts Pub & Grille to watch the Cavs finally snap their losing streak.

On Saturday, CLEguy and I continued the dog-themed weekend by indulging in the “Puppy Love Spa Package” at Spa West.  After enjoying complimentary champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, we were treated to an hour-long couples massage with whipped hot chocolate body cream.  Complete indulgence, so relaxing, and a great way to kick off Valentine’s weekend.

Later that evening, we attended a surprise birthday party for a dear CLEfriend at Marotta’s.  The restaurant is part of the Cleveland Independents, which I’m always happy to support, plus I got to use another coupon from The Deck, a deck of cards with $10 coupons to 52 Cleveland Independents restaurants.  The Deck is a great deal and a fun way to check out some new restaurants.

The food at Marotta’s was outstanding and the service was not at all rushed, even considering the small size of the restaurant.  CLEguy and I started with a specialty appetizer – a trio including traditional bruschetta, foie gras, and tapenade.

There should be another foie gras in the picture, but I couldn't wait to try it!

For our entrees, CLEguy chose the veal saltimbocca and I had the lobster ravioli (a special that night).  The lobster ravioli was not at all what I expected – instead of ravioli stuffed with lobster, the dish was ricotta ravioli with a provencal sauce with bay scallops and rock shrimp, crowned with a split lobster tail.

It was amazing!  I highly recommend Marotta’s for a cozy, traditional Italian meal.  After bottles of chianti and fabulous conversation with some new CLEfriends, we headed home, having discovered and rediscovered many answers to “Why Cleveland?” this weekend.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

6 Responses

  1. Friday night was such a blast. Can’t believe it’s been that long since I bowled!! Thanks again for coordinating!

    I love that you and CLE guy treated yourself to a spa day. I know both the hubby and I could use the same!

  2. Love Happy Dog (if my number of blog posts about them is any indication). Great food, great place to relax and watch a game on tv, and always an excellent variety of music choices. Glad you had fun!

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