Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend marathon weekend, so I’ll get right to it!  CLEguy and I had a low-key Friday night, mostly because we’ve found that after working all week, it’s hard to find the energy for grand adventures on Friday nights.  So, we happily enjoyed pizza and beer over CLEfriends’ house, mixing up what will be my summer drink of choice – 1/2 Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy and 1/2 Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss.

Saturday morning, we headed to Cleveland Browns’ Stadium for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 5K.  This was my second-ever 5K and I was pretty pumped to be running through downtown CLE.  Despite the gray and gloomy weather, seeing this view of the skyline as we started gave me an extra push of energy.

The 5K was sponsored by OAR: Run for Autism and there were a lot of blue Run for Autism jerseys on the course.  But there were a lot of other charities represented too.  Personally, I ran on behalf of John Carroll University’s Living Person program.  The JCU runners helped to raise money for Fatima Family Center in CLE, as well as for children in Madagascar.  No matter what the cause, it was awesome to see so many runners out there supporting local charities.

The finish line for the 5K was in Browns Stadium.  Running through the stadium tunnel and out onto the field to cross the finish line was a very cool experience.

I think my Indians hat gave me some good mojo

All-in-all, this race was a great way to take in CLE.  And I PR-ed, taking a minute and a half off my first 5K time.  Woo-hoo!

To continue with the excitement of Cleveland Marathon weekend, CLEguy and I attended the Ohio Blogging Association pasta dinner at Poise in Parma’s house on Saturday night.  Since I’ve never met a carb I didn’t like and I’m pretty sure post-race carb loading will be the new trend, I felt perfectly comfortable joining the pre-marathoners in their dinner.

Also in attendance were CLEbloggers from:

My Retro Kitchen
Peace, Love & Bagels
FireSide Symphony

Finishing Firsts
Ohio Festivals
and Adventures of a trapped 300 pound man
Cleveland Hops
& @CLECraftBeerRun

Everyone brought something to the feast and there were a lot of yummy carbs to enjoy!

As always, it was a blast hanging out with blends and meeting new bloggers, talking CLE and running, and just generally having a fun evening.  And I got to meet the VP of Fuzz – Poise in Parma’s dog, Grady!  He and CLEpup are due for a puppy playdate soon!

On Sunday, CLEguy and I headed down to Gordon Square to get some great food and, somewhat inadvertently, hang out with a ton of people post-marathon.  First, we headed to Latitude 41N.  I love the atmosphere at Latitude 41N – very relaxed, friendly, and hipster.  We both ordered Sunday Grilled Grinders, which come with tomato bisque and peppercorn kettle chips.

The tomato bisque was outstanding – with big chunks of tomato and a slightly spicy, smoky flavor.  The peppercorn kettle chips were delicious too!  I had the veggie burger grinder.  First, the positive – the veggie burger was made in-house and packed with bulger wheat, mushrooms, beans, and cheese.  The flavor was perfect and the burger was very hearty.  Unfortunately, the ratio of burger to bread and cheese was a bit off and I found myself leaving a lot of the latter two on the plate.  CLEguy had the romano-crusted chicken grinder.  While it was good, the chicken could have used a little more spice.  Overall, we enjoyed our lunch and will definitely be back – although we may go with one of the traditional brunch options or a pizza the next time.

From there, we simply had to stop at Sweet Moses.  This old-school soda fountain, ice cream, candy wonderland is perfect, even on a cold and rainy day.  CLEguy enjoyed a sundae with chocolate ice cream, caramel sauce, and pistachios.  I went for the Shoreway Sundae – coffee ice cream, toffee pieces, almonds, and chocolate sauce.

All of Sweet Moses’ ice creams and sauces are made in-house and are simply delicious.  I also snagged a chocolate chip cookie for my 3pm pick-me-up today.  Jeffrey Moreau, the owner, who we had the pleasure of meeting at the media preview a couple months ago, remembered us and came over to chat for a bit.  One of the sweetest things about Sweet Moses is the service, the people, and the attention to detail.  Those added touches make this a truly gourmet ice cream experience.

So, that was my weekend.  Some real running and some simply running around enjoying CLE.  Hope you had a great weekend!  What new answers to Why CLE? did you discover?

***For another recap of the Ohio Blogging Association event, see Poise in Parma’s post.***

3 Responses

  1. Latitude 41N followed by Sweet Moses is a good day! I recently went to Latitude 41N and love it, big portions which I usually am not a fan of because I can’t finish anything but it’s so good I keep going back.

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