Why? Weekends!

It was a fun pre-holiday weekend in Cleveland! On Friday evening, my friend Jennifer was performing in a dance recital at Lakewood High School. Before the recital, Matthew and I decided to get dinner at Eddie ‘N Eddie. We were there during happy hour, which meant $1.50 off all draft beers and half-priced appetizers with the purchase of an alcoholic beverage. We started in on a couple Breckenridge Christmas Ales and perused the menu.

Matthew and I both wanted to try the burgers. I chose the E ‘n E burger, with caramelized onions, portobello mushrooms, gruyere, and herb aioli.

I got the “Fast Eddie’s” onion rings as my side, which came with bourbon honey mustard for dipping. The owner of Eddie ‘N Eddie used to own a 1950’s-themed burger joint called Fast Eddie’s. I can remember eating there when I was growing up, so it was neat to have a couple throwback items on the menu.

Matthew chose the balsamic bleu burger, with balsamic, bleu cheese, and onion straws.

Both of us found our burgers to be juicy and flavorful and, with all the toppings, more than enough for a meal. I loved the onion rings both for the nostalgia factor and the light, crisp breading. Matthew’s rosemary and garlic fries were pretty standard fare, but still good.

For dessert, we couldn’t pass up a piece of the apple pie, with vanilla bean ice cream and bourbon caramel sauce.

Packed with three different kinds of apples, as well as cranberries in the crust, this was a fabulous piece of pie. There wasn’t a lot of “goo” in the pie, just delicious fruit and a flaky crust. Overall, we really enjoyed the food and casual atmosphere at Eddie ‘N Eddie, but the prices are a bit high for burgers and beer and apple pie.

Then it was off to the recital. Jennifer was taking an adult tap class through Lakewood Recreation. And as much as we teased her, and she teased herself, about performing in the recital, I really give her a lot of credit.  She pursued an interest, gave it her all, and really looked like she had fun every minute of the way.

Tap superstar Jennifer is third from the right

After the recital, we had an after-party at Avenue Tap House because, well, it’s a good pun after a tap recital. We drank beer, listened to an Irish band, and just generally had a great time.

Saturday morning, we were up bright and early for volunteering with the Cleveland Foodbank YP Pantry. About 25 volunteers from the YP Pantry helped with produce distribution and hot meal service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lakewood.

We were so impressed with the volunteers at Trinity, who have quite the well-run operation going. About 100 meals were served that day and even more people lined up to receive produce. Not only was this a great way to give back to the community, but it was a wonderful reminder of how fortunate we all are.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Cleveland Foodbank’s YP Pantry, click the link above for more information on upcoming social and volunteer events.

Saturday night, Matthew and I went to Sarah’s 30th birthday party to celebrate one of the sweetest people I’ve met through blogging. Sarah requested no gifts, but that party goers bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the needy. What a great idea!

When you go to a party hosted by a food blogger, you know there’s going to be some delicious treats. Aside from the savory munchies, we enjoyed pumpkin cupcakes, chocolate mousse cups, and homemade sea salt caramels. You can order your own tasty goodies from Sarah for your holiday party! Just click here.

Happy 30th, Sarah! Hope this is your best year yet!

How was your weekend? What new answers to Why CLE did you discover?

***Disclosure: I am a council member for the Cleveland Foodbank YP Pantry. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

7 Responses

  1. I can definitely vouch for the tastiness of Sarah’s desserts! Sorry we missed you at her party – we arrived later because of the MedWish Huddle fundraiser.

    Are the prices at E&E’s like BSpot? I haven’t been there yet but have been wanting to try it.

  2. I miss those Fast Eddie’s onion rings. We used to go there all the time when I was a kid.

    Also, I would have been all over taking adult tap classes with Jen! I still have my taps. (Not surprising, I know.)

  3. You know, onion straws seriously need to be served more often. They are so DELISH! It was great to see you at the event this weekend too, good people doing good things. My answer to WhyCLE this weekend. 🙂

    Also, I LOVE Sarah’s idea of bringing non-perishable foods as a gift instead.

  4. Julie @ Wearing Mascara

    I love the Avenue Tap House pun – giggle 🙂 also, I completely agree with your thoughts about Eddie ‘n Eddie’s… Todd and I thought the same thing about the prices! It’s a shame because since we live so close we would probably go their often.

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