Why? Weekends!

It was a lovely weekend filled with lots of fun, so let’s get right to it! On Friday morning, Jeffrey and I had a play date at the Children’s Museum of Cleveland.

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I was glad to get another chance to go to the Museum before it closes on January 3, 2016 to prepare for a move to a new location in Midtown (read more about the move here). And while Jeffrey enjoys the Museum now, I’m also excited to see what the new space will bring!

Friday evening, Matthew and I attended the opening of Yard House at Crocker Park.

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I had been to Yard House locations in Colorado and Arizona and was impressed with their extensive craft beer selection and tasty American fare. Our local Yard House continues that experience. The beer list is huge and nicely divided up into categories to aid selection.

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I stuck with local seasonal favorites: Fat Head’s Holly Jolly and Great Lakes Christmas Ale. Merry Beer-mas!

We got to sample a huge selection of items from the menu, made into bite-sized portions for the evening. Favorites included the blue crab cakes, classic cheeseburger, blackened swordfish street tacos, spicy Thai chicken pizza, and angel hair pasta.

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Yard House is a nice addition to the Crocker Park mix and I expect you’ll find me there sipping a Christmas brew in between holiday shopping runs! They have a special holiday menu through January 3 that includes items like lobster mac ‘n cheese and apple-brined pork chops, as well as seasonal adult beverages. Yard House is now open, so check it out!

Saturday, through a last-minute cancellation, we had no plans! None. For the first time and probably only time in recent memory (especially with the holidays coming). So, we did a lot of this…

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And ate stuffed pepper soup (recipe here) and just had a marvelous day. Someone remind me to leave things unscheduled more often!

We also celebrated the sixth adoption-versary of our small fuzz, Tobey.

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From being single and living in a condo to what my life is now, a lot has changed over the last six years, but Tobey has stuck with me through all of it. And I couldn’t love him more!

On Sunday, we took our parents out to dinner as a “thank you” for all their help while we were traveling recently. We went to Harry’s Hofbrau in Mentor, which is in the location of the former Match Works Tavern (same owners, just a new concept).

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The food and beer were quite tasty. Matthew and I both enjoyed the jagerschnitzel, which is veal schnitzel with a rich mushroom gravy. It seems like schnitzel is all the rage these days, so it’s nice to have an east side outpost to get our fix!

So, that was my weekend: a nice balance of busy and relaxed. How was yours?

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the opening of Yard House with a guest, at which we each received complimentary food and 2 drink tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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