It was quite the busy weekend, so I’ll get right to it! On Friday evening, I headed to Psycle, a spinning studio, for a Spin for the Pups class. The class raised money for the Berea Animal Rescue Fund. Before class, we got to meet some of the sweet pups available for adoption from this no-kill shelter.
Next up came the spinning class, which was much more sweaty than sweet. It was an intense workout, so I definitely felt like I did something good not just for the pups, but for myself too. I also got to catch up a bit with bloggers from Life on Mars, The Dawg’s Dish, and Things I Luuurve. After class, there was a raffle and refreshments. Psycle definitely has a different vibe than taking a spinning class at a gym, plus the folks there obviously care about giving back too. The class raised $500 for the Berea Animal Rescue Fund.
Saturday afternoon, I kept the weekend fitness theme going with a yoga workshop for bloggers at Nishkama Yoga.
Along with our teacher Ylonda and picture-wizard desk yogi Dawn, there were also bloggers/tweeters from Poise in Parma (our hostess), Peace Love & Bagels, FireSide Symphony, @KaseyCrabtree, ROJ Running, Smitten…in Cleveland, Wearing Mascara, and Sara Finding the Time.
I have sung Nishkama’s praises on this blog many times, so I’ll just say that it was another fantastic class! It’s always great to practice with a teacher who challenges you and with friends on their mats nearby. On May 5, Nishkama in North Olmsted will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo fiesta, with free classes all day, raffles, and a taco bar! Find out more by clicking here.
Saturday evening, Matthew and I introduced our friends Nathan and Lane to a bit of downtown Willoughby. We started with dinner at The Wild Goose. The menu is largely pizzas and salads, but the pizza selection is pretty impressive. Matthew chose the Tony Roni, with spicy red sauce, spicy pepperoni, and jalapenos. I had the Wild Gooseballs, with meatballs, red and yellow peppers, and onions.
The pizzas were huge and we each took half home. The crust was thin and crisp, with a wood-fired taste, and the toppings were generous. The beer list at The Wild Goose is fairly extensive, particularly in the bottle selection. All in all, this seems like a solid pub and a nice addition to the downtown Willoughby strip.
We then headed down the street to Corks Wine Bar. I love the dim, relaxed atmosphere in Corks: very different than a lot of what you find along Erie Street. I also found my new favorite red wine (at least for the moment): CigarZin from Cosentino Winery. It has all the jammy fruit flavor I love, but also a touch of smokiness. It was smooth and tasty and I am definitely hooked!
Meanwhile, on Saturday night, my parents were off enjoying the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Induction courtesy of Crav Spirits’ Night of Your Life sweepstakes.
My parents decided to enter the sweepstakes after reading about it on the blog and my dad’s name happened to be chosen! They got limo service to and from the show and tickets to see the induction concert. Their favorites included seeing ZZ Top, Carole King, and the tribute to groups that included Smokey Robinson and more. What a cool night in Cleveland and I’m so jazzed they were a part of it (and a bit jealous too)!
Sunday, we took advantage of the gorgeous weather by having our first backyard BBQ at the new house. Our friends Jason and Patty came over and we enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers. Later, we had a fire in the backyard fireplace.
As we enjoyed the fire and sipped Summer Shandy, I couldn’t help but crave the warm summer evenings that are just around the corner! It was a great weekend, CLE! What new answers to Why CLE did you discover?