Why? Weekends!

Seriously, a weekend recap? What about Twilight at the Zoo and Autism Speaks Cleveland Chef Gala? Well, yeah, there was that and that. But there was more, too!

On Saturday, Matthew and some of his colleagues from AECOM participated in the AIA Cleveland Beach Day sand castle competition at Edgewater Beach. After their first place wins in last year’s competition for both judges’ and people’s choice, the pressure was on for this year! They decided to build a Pokemon-themed sculpture, with lots of Pokemon breaking out of an iPhone to run around the beach.

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The end result was pretty awesome and they once again won judges’ and people’s choice first place awards!

Matthew and I decided to spend Saturday night downtown after the big Chef Gala event. We stayed at the new Drury Plaza Hotel. Located in the former Board of Education building, the hotel is a great example of how spaces in downtown Cleveland are being repurposed to suit new needs.

The hotel boasts some pretty gorgeous views! The guest room hallways are all marble and it’s great to see how much of the original beauty of the Board of Education building has been renovated and retained. Also, I love that the bar in the hotel is called The Teachers’ Lounge. What a great play on the building’s history!

Since we were spending the night downtown, we decided to partake in some late-night libations with my fellow Chef Gala committee members at re:bar, a new bar located on East 9th Street near Progressive Field.

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Since we were celebrating a successful event, I couldn’t pass up a glass of sparkling wine, but I was also impressed with the craft beer and wine selections. This is a great spot to stop for a bit more elevated drink experience before or after an Indians game.

On Sunday morning, Matthew and I couldn’t pass up the chance to take a free yoga class on Public Square. There are free one-hour, all-levels classes offered at 6pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and 9am on Saturdays and Sundays through September.


What a view for practice! Megan from Pose Cleveland led us through a great flow and a great start to our Sunday morning.

My parents had watched Jeffrey overnight, so we met up with them for lunch and the return of our favorite little man on Sunday afternoon. It was such a beautiful day and a perfect chance to walk along the East Bank of the Flats.


Jeffrey loved watching the boats, jet skis, kayaks, and paddle boards that were out enjoying the weather.

We had lunch at Coastal Taco. I loved the vibe there, from the steel drum band on the patio to the Jenga and cornhole to the open windows, Relax pillows, and Adirondack chairs. We shared some tasty guacamole with jicama and corn chips.


Matthew really enjoyed his carnitas tamale! And while my crispy shrimp bol with rice, beans, and green salsa was tasty, I found myself coveting my tablemates tacos. Next time!

Coastal Taco is a fun addition to the Flats, with a beachy vibe that makes it a great summer spot for a bite.

So, I think we squeezed every possible moment of fun out of this weekend! How was yours?


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