Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend in the CLE! To balance out a packed schedule on Saturday and Sunday, we stayed in on Friday evening. I tried out a new recipe: chipotle chicken stuffed brown sugar acorn squash.

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If that sounds like there was a lot going on, there was, but it was so good! Definitely an interesting and spicy twist on baked chicken and squash!

On Saturday, we had Matthew’s company holiday party. I like that they schedule the party in January, when some of the busy-ness has died down. This year’s soiree was held at The Arcade, which made the perfect twinkly venue for a belated holiday celebration.

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From a buffet of tasty food to a DJ to a chance to win some great raffle prizes, the company put on a really nice evening. I always enjoy the chance to put faces with names that I hear from Matthew, too! We had a lovely time in certainly one of Cleveland’s loveliest venues!

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On Sunday, we met up with friends Robin and Aaron for dinner and a show at Playhouse Square. We started with dinner at Cowell & Hubbard. While there are a plethora of options near Playhouse Square, Cowell & Hubbard is one of my favorites!

Through January 31, all of Zack Bruell’s restaurants are offering Restaurant Week, featuring 3-course, $33 meals (you can also add wine pairings for an additional $15). While you can still order from the regular menu, the Restaurant Week menu provides a cost-effective way to try appetizer, entrée, and dessert.

Matthew ordered from the Restaurant Week menu and selected the Mediterranean salad, the pasta du jour (with an anise cream sauce and roasted vegetables), and the chocolate pot de crème.

That’s a lot of bang for 33 bucks! I ordered from the full menu, because Cowell & Hubbard has duck paprikash and OMG, I needed that in my life.

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The duck was smoky and tender, the olive spaetzle added a nice saltiness, and the sauce was light and flavorful. What a delicious dish!

And of course I can’t pass up dessert. The chocolate hazelnut torte was a decadent treat!

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Robin and Aaron enjoyed a burger and pizza, respectively. Cowell & Hubbard offers a wide range of menu options, so that everyone can find the perfect pre-theater meal.

From there, it was off to see “Into the Woods.” The Fiasco Theater Company presented a stripped-down, almost improv style version of this Sondheim classic musical.

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I was impressed with the talent, humor, and wide range of abilities of the actors, who not only played multiple characters, but all the instruments in the show as well.

“Into the Woods” runs through Sunday, January 29 at the Connor Palace Theatre at Playhouse Square and tickets are still available. For a unique look at fairy tales (and Sondheim, for that matter), check it out!

So, that was our weekend. Lots of time in downtown CLE, which I always love! How was yours?

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