Hope you all had a great weekend, CLE! Friday night, CLEguy and I did one of our favorite Friday night things to do – went over to our CLEfriends’ house for board games and take-out. This is always a fun, low-key way to end the week. This time, we had Chinese food from Chin’s Pagoda, with lots of sweet and sour chicken, pork lo mein, and orange chicken to share.
Saturday, we met up with the CLEparents to wander around the Fabulous Food Show. From chef demos to shows to food and wine tasting, the Food Show has a little something for everyone. CLEguy and I were lucky enough to win tickets to attend the show from Positively Cleveland’s blog contest, so thanks to them!
Some of our favorites from the show? Seeing my high school classmate and current Food Network dessert diva Anne Thornton.
Jennifer’s Nicely Spiced Olive Oil. There were a lot of different olive oil booths at the Show, but these were by far my favorite. Well-spiced and tasty, we took home the chili pepper and garlic and basil.
Kiedrowski’s Bakery. When a bakery sign spells “paczi” correctly, this Polish girl knows she’s found something good. We sampled (and took home) the “snoogle,” a light pastry dough twist with cream cheese filling and a butter glaze.
Snagging some “Muttkins” from Annie’s Pooch Pops – all natural dog treats – as a take-home snack for the CLEpups.
Seeing Chef Kimberly McCune, who we first met at Emerging Chefs ReHival. She had a table full of honey treats, plus told us that ReHive Ale is close to starting distribution!
The Grand Tasting Pavilion. The $10 admission to this separate section of the show is well worth it for 6 tasting tickets and a wine glass. CLEguy and I stuck to big, bold reds and found some new must-buys. This year there was also a chocolate tasting area. I tried a dark chocolate with cinnamon and ancho chile – perfect with red wine!
All in all, another fun year at the Fabulous Food Show! Did you attend? What demos or shows did you see? What booths did you love?
Sunday morning, I got up bright and early for yoga class. I’ve found this is a great way to start my day and, really, my week.
This week I learned that we really do bring all our “emotional junk” into class with us and, sometimes, we can find really good ways to work through it. Sometimes class just makes us more aware of it, but that’s not a bad thing either. Our teacher reminded us that this will only become more prevalent as the stress of the holidays wears on us. It’ll be interesting to see where my practice goes over the next month or so…
Finally, today is CLEpup’s adoption anniversary! I got this fabulous fuzz from a shelter 2 years ago today and it is truly one of the best, most-spontaneous decisions I’ve ever made!
So, that was my weekend CLE…a little relaxing, a little eating, a little om-ing. What new answers to Why CLE? did you discover this weekend?