Why? Weekends!

Can you believe it’s almost April? And while the last weekend of March was determined to go out like a lion, I didn’t let that keep me from getting out and about. On Friday night, Matthew, Mom and I grabbed a tasty dinner at Lure Bistro in Willoughby.

We started by sharing the graham-cracker crusted calamari and the lobster nachos.

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I love the lightly sweet breading on the calamari! Next, it was time for sushi. Since raw is off limits for me, I had the crab nigiri and the Dragon roll (tempura shrimp, avocado, cucumber, and toasted eel with sticky soy sauce).

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Lure is one of my favorite local sushi spots and it made a perfect location for a Friday night Lenten dinner. Plus, any time I can satisfy my sushi craving, I’m a happy camper.

After dinner, I needed a little something for my sweet tooth (this is not a pregnancy thing, this is a me-all-the-time thing). So, we stopped in at Malley’s Chocolates for some ice cream. I had a classic chocolate malt, Mom had the perfect hot fudge sundae, and Matthew had the Bordeaux sundae, with toffee chips and almonds.

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Malley’s is a Cleveland classic and their hot fudge is truly second to none!

Saturday evening, Alicia, Amanda, and I braved the crappy weather to take our dear friend Kimberly out for a surprise birthday celebration.

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We started the evening with cocktails at Velvet Tango Room. Pro tip: this is a great spot for a pre-dinner drink. It’s less crowded than later in the evening and, if you’re having a superior cocktail, it might as well be your first drink so you can truly savor it! Along with cocktails, there was also present-giving and general catching-up squealing.

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From VTR, we headed to dinner at Dante. Despite the weather, Dante has rolled out their spring menu, filled with so many delicious options that I need at least three return trips to order everything I want to try. For my dinner on Saturday, I chose the ribeye, topped with garlic and ramps and served with a potato and spinach gratin.

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Since these days I have to order steaks more well done than I usually do, I’m always a bit trepidatious. Will the steak still be tender and have a lot of good flavor? With this one, the answer was a resounding yes. The ribeye was perfectly marbled and just melted in my mouth.

Also, mad props to Dante for having a “Mommytini” that was not only delicious, but could be ordered without trying to go into some long-winded explanation about a drink that is tasty but doesn’t contain any alcohol.

Dessert for me was an apple almond streusel, which was like a candy bar, with an almond crust layered with caramel, apples, almonds, and crumbled streusel topping. And, of course, the birthday girl got to make a wish in her coconut panna cotta.

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It was a perfect evening out with my favorite ladies, celebrating the birthday of such a special friend! Here’s to a year of ridiculous happiness for Kimberly!

On Sunday, I spent the afternoon hanging out with the world’s cutest nieces. We played, painted nails, read books, and watched “Cinderella.”

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Couldn’t ask for a better Sunday! How was your weekend?

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