Why? Weekends!

This past weekend involved more than just good BBQ. My dear friend Jen stopped for an overnight visit on her way to a friend’s wedding, so we of course had a fabulous girls’ night out to celebrate her visit (and a bit of my upcoming birthday). We started our night at The Velvet Tango Room.

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A couple of fabulous cocktails and some wonderful music (including a serenade of Happy Birthday) made for the perfect start to our evening. The Velvet Tango Room is always a classic cocktail spot, but I really like starting my evening there. It’s less crowded than later in the evening and it just starts the night on the right note.

From there, we met up with Alicia and Amanda at Lolita, which is my favorite Michael Symon restaurant and one of my go-to Cleveland restaurants overall. I love the relaxed atmosphere and foodie, but still accessible menu.

We started with some Prosecco, as all fabulous girls’ nights should include bubbly.


We also shared the crispy chicken livers, served on top creamy polenta with mushrooms and bacon. Such a great mix of earthy, rich flavors!


I had the tagliatelle with lamb, continuing the theme of rich, delicious flavors.


We somehow saved room for the peanut butter brownie gelato, a sweet end to an even sweeter evening! There’s nothing like time with girlfriends to leave me feeling relaxed, happy, and loved!


Before Jen left on Saturday, we grabbed breakfast at Original Pancake House. There was definitely a fruit theme at our table: Matthew had the cherry crepes and I enjoyed the gigantic and fall-like apple pancake.

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On Sunday, we took Jeffrey to another Touch a Truck event, this time at the Parma Community Health Education Center. We got to see a life flight helicopter, which was a neat addition to the event. But sitting in the fire truck was still Jeffrey’s favorite!


From there, we took my parents to a Grandparents Day dinner at Antonio’s, where we stuffed ourselves with good food and good family time. And I didn’t take any pictures!

It was a great weekend! How was yours?


1 Response

  1. […] Sometimes when you head to a restaurant such as Michael Symon’s Lolita in Tremont, you just want a little of everything — and champagne, plenty of champagne. So I ordered three sides dishes instead of the pasta selections my girls went with. Out came beets, soft polenta and Chef Symon’s famous fried Brussels sprouts, and I was in heaven. My fellow diners all treated themselves to the house made gelato – a peanut butter brownie flavor that was divine.  I was drooling over Jen’s meal — she shared her experience as a part of her weekend recap here. […]

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