Why? Weekends!

It was another fun weekend in Cleveland! On Friday evening, CLEmom and I attended the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National MS Society’s Locavore fundraiser. Held at Windows on the River, this event is a celebration of local food and wine. We sampled wine from Maize Valley Winery

…and ate delicious savory bites from AMP 150, Momocho, John Palmer’s Bistro 44, Corleone’s, Nosh Eatery, and more.

Kobe beef egg rolls and gazpacho from John Palmer’s Bistro 44 and meatballs from Windows on the River

There were also sweet treats from Lilly’s Handmade Chocolates and Indulgence Cakes.

Lilia from Indulgence Cakes with carrot cake cupcakes and chocolate baklava

There was music, fun, hanging out with “old” friends and getting to meet new friends, like our host for the evening, Mark Zinni from Fox 8 News.

But the best part of the night was hearing from 2012 Individual of Inspiration Award winner Adam Riedy, introduced by his best friend of 15 years, Charlene. Adam’s daily battle with MS and his inspiring and honest story from his diagnosis until now put in perspective why we were all there that evening: to raise money to help fight MS and to show support for those who daily deal with this disease.

Adam and Charlene

Locavore was a wonderful evening for a great cause! To find out more about how you can get involved with the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National MS Society, click here.

After Locavore, a few of us girls decided to introduce CLEmom to the delightful dive bar that is the Harbor Inn. Beer and conversation flowed freely and it was the perfect cap to the night.

Saturday morning, it was time to get my downward dog on at Nishkama Yoga. It was a packed house for a hot and sweaty hour and a half Asana. Practicing with Alicia and Kimberly helped me get through some marathon planks and start my Saturday off right.

On Sunday, we took CLEgrandpa out to lunch to celebrate Grandparents Day at the new Danny Boy’s in Broadview Heights. This is a pasta and pizza spot the whole family can enjoy, with plenty of delicious carbs and Sinatra music to go around. Matthew and I split the Clevelander pizza, which pays homage to Cleveland’s spot right in between New York and Chicago.

A New York-style crust is layered with cheese and pepperoni, then topped with sauce to mimic Chicago-style deep dish pizza. While I’m usually a fan of less sauce, this pizza was truly tasty! Plus, we got to spend the afternoon with a pretty great life-long Clevelander, my grandpa!

How was your weekend, Cleveland?

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National MS Society to help promote Locavore. In exchange, I received one complimentary ticket to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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