Why? Weekends!

You gotta love when your birthday falls on a Friday, giving you an entire weekend to celebrate! I took Friday off from work and spent the day with Jeffrey, which was a perfect way to begin a birthday weekend. Especially when he laughed for the first time on Friday! Coolest sound ever!

On Friday evening, Matthew planned a wonderful celebration that started with dinner at the brand new Adega in The 9. The vibe of Adgea, and The 9 in general, is very different for Cleveland. I would say it almost feels more like New York or Miami. Very chic, very modern, and very exciting!

IMG_0480We started our meal with the Crispy Polenta Mozarella, with fresh mozarella, polenta, tomato sauce, and parmesan.

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You really can’t go wrong with me and polenta, so this was a great start! For my entree, I had the pork tenderloin medallions, served with corn risotto and and sherry-braised kale.

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As you can see, the medallions were quite substantial! They were also tender and flavorful. A bite of the pork, risotto, and kale together was a great mix of flavors. I think this is the first time I’ve really enjoyed braised greens!

Matthew had the Plancha scallops, with basil pesto, corn and mushroom fricasee, and cauliflower puree.

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These are some of the best scallops either of us have ever had!

For dessert, I had the apple fritter donuts with berry and cream sauces and Matthew had the chocolate hazelnut bar.

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While the donuts were very good, Matthew’s dessert was truly a stand-out. We were so impressed with the food, service, and atmosphere at Adega. Chef Eddie Tancredi stopped by our table and chatted a bit about how The 9 is such a new feel for Cleveland, but something really exciting too. We certainly agree!

From dinner, we headed to the Phillip Phillips concert at Playhouse Square. Matthew got amazing seats and I really enjoyed the show. I had no idea Phillip Phillips and his band could jam as well as they did!

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It was a perfect birthday celebration!

On Sunday, Alicia, Amanda, and Kimberly had another perfect birthday celebration planned. We started out at Yoga Rocks the Park.

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Not only did we get a great practice in from Tammy at Inner Bliss, but we also got to hear some beautiful music and savasana chanting from our dear friend Ylonda. While practicing outside can have its challenges (half-moon on the grass can be tough), it’s also a really beautiful experience!

From there, we headed to Dante Next Door for a delightful brunch on the patio. You can read my full thoughts on Dante Next Door here, but suffice to say it was completely delicious! From there, we went to the Cleveland Flea’s outdoor market in Hingetown, mostly to score some ice cream from Mason’s Creamery, who may just be the nicest folks in the ice cream business.

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We popped into the new, adorable Jukebox for a beverage and to catch some of the Browns game. I love this cozy, friendly bar!

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Another perfect birthday celebration! I am a very lucky girl to be able to spend my weekend with my favorite people experiencing so many wonderful things in my favorite city! Thank you all so much for making it so special!

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