Why? Weekends!

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It was a busy weekend in and out of the CLE! On Friday evening, Matthew and I attended the Gay Games 9 YearOUT Celebration at Progressive Field. We got to drink and dine in the Terrace Club and watch the Indians game and Rock ‘n Blast fireworks.

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We also got to hear about the Gay Games, which will be kicking off in Cleveland next August. There is a lot of energy and excitement about the Gay Games in Cleveland, as well as a lot of support from people like Mayor Frank Jackson and Councilman Joe Cimperman.

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Check out the Gay Games 9 website for information on how you can participate, volunteer, or donate to the Games.

On Saturday, Matthew and I went on a little road trip to Pittsburgh. For Matthew’s birthday, I told him to pick a brewery within driving distance and we’d build a day trip around that. Save for a random trip to IKEA a few years ago, I hadn’t spent any time in Pittsburgh.

We headed first to Church Brew Works, which is a brewery and pub located inside an old church.

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We shared a sampler of eight of their beers. Our favorites were the Pious Monk Dunkel, the Black Rye Saison, the Lichtenhainer, and the Cherry Quadzilla. We also enjoyed their individual-sized pierogi pizza and wild boar pizza.

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Next, we stopped at Dave & Andy’s Homemade Ice Cream and had some of the spiciest chocolate chipotle yogurt I’ve ever tasted. You could see pieces of pepper and seeds in there!

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From there, we wandered around Shadyside and did some shopping. Shadyside has a nice mix of national chains and local boutiques. After that, we rode the Duquesne Incline to get some great views of the city.

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We had dinner at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto located a couple blocks from the top of the Incline, which has amazing views and even more amazing seafood. I had the salmon with a champagne pesto sauce and Matthew had Hawaiian walu with cranberries and mandarin oranges.

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For dessert, I had granny smith apple beignets with cinnamon and caramel and Matthew had a “grilled cheese” made with angel food cake and cream cheese.

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Every morsel was delicious and the service was outstanding!

Pittsburgh and Cleveland may have a fierce rivalry, but we certainly enjoyed seeing some of what the city has to offer!

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On Sunday, we had a family birthday celebration at our house, which means Aunt Jen got plenty of time with the World’s Cutest Nieces.

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Matthew and his siblings all have summer birthdays, so this was a great chance to get the whole family together to celebrate.

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How was your weekend? Have you been to Pittsburgh recently?

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Gay Games 9 YearOUT Celebration with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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