Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend in the CLE! On Friday, Jeffrey and I took full advantage of the ridiculously lovely, warm weather by meeting up with friends for a play date at Preston’s HOPE.

This might be the last time for the season, so I was happy to pack in as much outdoor play as we could.


From outdoor play to (somewhat) outdoor shopping, I went over to Legacy Village on Friday afternoon to find a birthday present for my friend Sara. I was looking for specifically Cleveland-themed things and I found a multitude of choices at both Banyan Tree


and Merchant’s Mrkt. What I love about Merchant’s Mrkt is that it brings together a dozen local makers to sell their wares in a shared storefront. You can find everything from clothing to cocktail mixes to chocolate to cutting boards.

To see these local makers supporting each other in such a savvy way, plus making their awesome goods easier to access, is really exciting!

Friday evening, Matthew and I met up with the aforementioned birthday girl Sara and her husband Ron for dinner and the Cavs game. We chose the new 811 Kitchen Bar Lounge. 811 is part of the same restaurant group as Red the Steakhouse and Moxie, so I was not only excited to try it, but had high expectations for a great meal.

And I was not disappointed! The fusion menu features items from sushi to guacamole and stuffed pita to Korean short ribs. We shared a spicy salmon roll and smashed avocado to start (plus two baskets of the complimentary shrimp chips).


For my entrée, I had the Ohio pork belly ramen with bok choy, Fresno chilies, and a sixty-three degree egg. The bowl was way too big to allow me to pick it up and enjoy every drip of this rich and spicy dish, but that didn’t stop me from trying!


Matthew had the stuffed pita with added grilled chicken, which was stuffed (haha) with delicious hummus, falafel, and tabbouleh. We all enjoyed our meal and found this to be a perfect spot for a pre-game meal (especially since they take reservations!).

From there, it was off to cheer on the reigning NBA champions as they defeated the Detroit Pistons.

I had yet to see the championship banner and it’s so cool to see that in the rafters of the Q!

Saturday was our lazy, it’s-cold-so-let’s-hibernate day. My Mom taught Jeffrey how to make sugar cookies. He was a great helper and I have a feeling he’ll be helping me prepare Thanksgiving dinner this year!

And I made this delicious Brussel sprout and bacon mac n cheese (recipe here) for a warm-you-up dinner.


On Sunday, we were back at Quicken Loans Arena, as we took Jeffrey to see Disney Live. After our trip to Disney World this past May, Jeffrey was excited to see some of his favorite characters take to the stage.


From Mickey and Minnie to Aladdin to Woody and Buzz, there were lots of fun songs and dances to keep Disney fans of all ages entertained.


It was a fun afternoon and a great way for Jeffrey to experience his first #LiveattheQ show!

We grabbed dinner at Harry Buffalo after the show. I have no pictures of our dinner because my phone was in use keeping a certain overly-tired member of our family happy (yup, it was Matthew). Jeffrey had a cheeseburger, Matthew had a bison burger and I enjoyed the Henny Hot fried chicken (served with amazing spicy honey sauce). Add in some nice seasonal beer options and you have a post-show locale that kept the whole family happy.

It was a great weekend and now it’s time to gear up for Thanksgiving! How was your weekend?



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