Why? Ohio Blogging Association and Whole Foods!

Tuesday evening marked the third annual Ohio Blogging Association meetup at Whole Foods Market Cedar Center. This year’s theme was “Valentine’s Chocolate 3-Way” with tons of tasty morsels to try.

Whole Foods diva Lisa Sands explains the delights awaiting us
Whole Foods diva Lisa Sands explains the delights awaiting us.

We started with some Wedding Cuvee bubbly and then moved to chicken enchiladas with mole sauce, white rice, and a corn and black bean salad.

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I’m not usually a huge fan of mole sauce, but this was delicious, with a kiss of dark chocolate. From there, we sampled Sexual Chocolate wine, a ridiculously tasty blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Syrah. To go along with this decadent wine, we had some decadent chocolates courtesy of Sweet Designs.

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Owner and chocolatier Ines Rehner told us with pride about her own special chocolate blend used for her creations. We tasted chocolate-covered strawberries, figs stuffed with truffle chocolate and dipped in dark chocolate, and varieties of chocolate bark, including pumpkin seed and sea salt, blueberry and almond, and crystallized ginger and walnut. Everything was amazing!

Needless to say, we were all very excited when Ines presented us with gift certificates for a half-pound of chocolates from her shop. Some lucky folks even won Sweet Designs chocolate to take home right away.

PIP Husband's Valentine's shopping is done!
PIP Husband’s Valentine’s shopping is done!

There were more adult beverages to try too, including Samuel Smith Chocolate Stout and a chocolate liquor. Stuffed and on a sugar high, we left with cups of Mexican hot chocolate to brace against the cold and snow.

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Much thanks to Poise in Parma for organizing this event and Whole Foods and Sweet Designs for all the tasty goodies! For a list of all the great events coming up at Whole Foods, including an Argentine wine dinner and in-store Twitter chats, click here.

It’s hard to believe we’re in the third year of Ohio Blogging Association meetups, with fun, friends, and (very often) food. I always have such a great time at these events and have made and continue to make so many wonderful friends.

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In attendance on Tuesday were bloggers/tweeters from:

Always JAM in CLE

@BeautyNewzFlash (and husband)

@CharitUrbanista

Clue Into Cleveland (and husband Scott)

Cooker Girl

Eat*Drink*Cleveland

It’s a Hero (and husband Chad and baby Ari)

Lake County Visitors Bureau (and boyfriend Steve)

Lane Baldwin Photography

Life Lyn Style

Our Journey

Poise in Parma (and husband Hans and Aunt Kathy)

Rust Belt Runner

Smitten in Cleveland (and husband Chris)

Wearing Mascara

The next Ohio Blogging Association event will be on Tuesday, March 19 at 6pm. We will be getting a tour and volunteering at MedWish, giving back to our community. Hopefully you can join us for what is sure to be a rewarding experience! Click here to RSVP.

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