Why? Weekends!

Good morning, CLE! As we try to wake up from our pizza, buffalo chicken dip, and beer hangovers, let’s recap the weekend…

On Saturday, CLEguy and I checked out the opening day of the Great Big Home and Garden Show at the IX Center.

The show is huge, with everything from outdoor furniture to windows to cabinets for your home. CLEguy and I especially needed to check out the riding lawnmowers, since we’ll need one at the new house.

We also walked through the Idea Home, which features amazing ways to design and decorate your home. One of my favorite parts of the Idea Home was the to-die-for outdoor kitchen area.

We also strolled through the garden showcase. Each garden was themed around an “old” TV show, with gardens representing everything from “The Flintstones” to “Home Improvement.” My favorite two were the Fantasy Island and Flipper gardens, with lush foliage and tiki bars.

The Great Big Home and Garden Show really is great (and big)! We left with tons of ideas for our new home. If you want to check out the show, it runs through February 12. You can save $3 off the ticket price when you purchase online and an additional $1 by using discount code CLE.

Needing some refreshment after the show, CLEguy and I headed to The Brew Kettle. Having heard that everything BBQ there is worth a try, I chose the pulled pork and CLEguy had the “backyard sampler” (pulled pork, wings, and ribs). We also shared the jalapeno cornbread.

The BBQ sauce was tasty and tangy, although both of us could have handled more heat. CLEguy raved about how meaty the ribs and wings were. The sweet potato fries were the perfect compliment, as was the jalapeno cornbread with sweet honey butter.

We each tried a couple different beers: North Coast Old Raputin Imperial Stout and Dogfish Head Chicory Stout for CLEguy and Coronado Wit and Brew Kettle’s own Kitka Stout for me. CLEguy’s favorite was the Old Rasputin, a big smooth stout similar to Bell’s Expedition. I enjoyed the Kitka Stout, which is very similar to Left Hand’s Milk Stout.

To finish off our meal, we shared the beer-a-misu, which is tiramisu made with Kitka Stout. Delicious!

The Brew Kettle is a place to keep in mind for good BBQ and a great beer selection.

Sunday, we headed to our friends’ Dominic and Kelly’s house for a Super Bowl party. After stuffing ourselves on pizza, buffalo chicken dip, and more, we settled in to watch the commercials and Madonna…I mean, the game.

While there were some cute commercials (I’m a sucker for dogs in advertising) and Clint Eastwood’s Chrysler spot had a great message, my favorite of the night was the “Avengers” preview. Seeing Cleveland in the commercial made me very excited for May 4 and seeing it on the big screen.

How did you spend your Super Bowl weekend, CLE? And did you, like me, enjoy the Puppy Bowl even more than the Super Bowl?!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Great Big Home and Garden Show to promote the event at the IX Center. In exchange, I received 2 general admission tickets for myself and 2 to give away to a reader. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

5 Responses

  1. Jen

    I totally thought that the dolphin picture was of a real dolphin for a second. I was like, “Woah! How did the Home and Garden Show pull THAT off this year??” Derpy Derp blonde moment. I didn’t get to go this year. I usually go every year.

  2. A few years ago, my sister and dad went to the Home & Garden show (I was living in Kentucky at the time). Ty Pennington was one of the guests or whatever and he was signing autographs and my sister calls me I hear her say “Ty, this is my sister Jill on the phone. She’s a huge fan of yours” and all of a sudden I was on the phone with Ty Pennington 😀

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