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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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


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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