Why? Weekends!

It was a weekend of late nights and fun that has me wanting an extra day of rest to catch up from all of it. On Friday evening, Matthew and I met up with Amanda and Scott for karaoke night at Noodlecat, hosted by Alexa from Cleveland’s a Plum.

There was a packed house and lots of great karaoke performances – from the genuinely talented to the overly dramatic and hilarious singers. Our group wasn’t brave enough to get up and sing in front of the crowd, but turned out some impressive song stylings at the table.

We also enjoyed Noodlecat’s super cheap happy hour, with $2 steam buns and $4 cocktails for snacking and sipping. All in all, it was a fun night and I hope Karaoke at the Cat becomes a regular occurrence.

Saturday evening also revolved around music, as the Madonna MDNA tour hit Quicken Loans Arena. It seems like ages ago that I purchased the tickets and made plans with 7 of my girlfriends for a night out with music we’d all loved since childhood.

When I got downtown that night, my eager anticipation was matched by the hoards of people out and about enjoying the unseasonably warm weather and ready for a night with a pop icon.

Before the concert, we had dinner at Hodge’s. I ordered two appetizers: the shrimp and “grits” and the mushroom gnocchi.

The mushroom gnocchi also featured roasted grapes and a light cream sauce. The flavors were rich and earthy. The shrimp and “grits” had three large shrimp served on top a polenta cake. Both dishes were delicious, but if I had to choose, the gnocchi was my favorite.

From Hodge’s, we stopped up at the rooftop bar at The Greenhouse Tavern to take advantage of the perfect weather and tasty cocktails.

 After another quick cocktail at La Strada on our tour of East 4th Street, it was time to head to the concert. The best way I can think to describe the Madonna show is that it reminded me of a Quentin Tarantino movie: dark, edgy, and I’m pretty sure I missed the point. At least for the first few songs, anyway. There were some classics, of course, such as “Open Your Heart,” “Vogue,” “Express Yourself,” and “Like a Prayer.”

While I would have been happy if Madonna had simply sang the entire Immaculate Collection album, I found myself enjoying some of the newer songs too. And after two straight hours of dancing her butt off, I have nothing but respect and awe for the 54-year-old star.

More than anything else, though, it was another one of those nights where I just want to put my arms around Cleveland and give it a hug. The city was so alive and I had such a marvelous time with my girls!

On Sunday, there was no rest for the concert-weary, as I had my friend Laura’s baby shower to attend.

Luckily, it was a laid-back affair at her parents’ house, with plenty of food and games. Congrats to Laura and Brian! Can’t wait to meet your little one!

Oh, and I managed to work in some time at the Fabulous Food Show this weekend as well, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for that.

How did you take advantage of the beautiful weather this weekend? If you went to the Madonna show, what did you think of it?





2 Responses

  1. Howdy fellow Clevelander! 🙂
    I’m sad I missed Karaoke at the Cat! (I wonder if anyone sang “Smelly Cat?”) 😛 Also, I loooove The Greenhouse Tavern – their lamb burgers are to die for!
    Sounds like you had a fantastic weekend in the Cleve 🙂

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