Why? Weekends!

What a gorgeous and fabulous weekend in Cleveland! Here’s what we were up to:

Boo at the Zoo

Friday night, we headed to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for Boo at the Zoo.


This has been an annual Halloween tradition for us and every year, Jeffrey gets more engaged with all the fun. He loved the trick-or-treat street…


…the carousel and train rides and the character visits with everyone from Disney Princesses to Minions to superheroes.


Everyone got into the Halloween spirit, from kids to parents to the safety services, too.


We had a great time! Boo at the Zoo continues next weekend Friday through Sunday evenings. Don’t miss it!

PAW Patrol Party

On Saturday morning, Jeffrey and Matthew attended a PAW Patrol Party at Cafe o’Play. Jeffrey loves both PAW Patrol and Cafe o’Play, so this event was the perfect combination!


The kids got a visit from Skye and got to participate in PAW Patrol themed crafts and games.


Plus, they got admission to Cafe o’Play, with slides, video games, a dance room, and lots more fun to be had!


While the boys were partying with the PAW Patrol, my mom and I headed to Playhouse Square to see Waitress the Musical.


I’ve always loved the “Waitress” movie and I adore Sara Bareilles’ music, so I couldn’t wait to see the show. What makes it even more special is that Cleveland is launching the national tour of “Waitress.”

The show was funny and touching, with wonderful music and an incredibly talented cast. I also loved the souvenir mini pies sold at the show.


Mom and I each got one: key lime for her and salted caramel chocolate for me. They were the perfect treat to enjoy before the show!

Waitress continues at Playhouse Square through November 5, with nightly shows (except for Mondays) and two shows on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are still available, so don’t miss a trip to Joe’s Pie Diner!


After the show, Mom and I had dinner at Parallax, a favorite restaurant that neither of us had been to in awhile.

We started with Pear 75’s and sushi: the surf and turf roll for Mom and yellowtail sashimi with seaweed salad for me.


For my entree, I had swordfish belly. I love swordfish, but had never had swordfish belly before. The consistency is similar to swordfish, but the meat is fattier and very rich.


The swordfish belly was served with Latin creamed corn, haricot vert, and South American pepper sauce and herb oil. It was delicious and all the flavors blended perfectly!

Mom had the pork shank Pad Thai, which definitely elevated the traditional Pad Thai dish with the tender, flavorful pork shank.

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Our evening ended with a mixed berry tart for me and an elderberry crepe for Mom.

What a sweet way to end Sweetest Day!

So, that was our weekend! How was yours? Did you enjoy the gorgeous weather at a fall festival or two?


1 Response

  1. What a fun event! And I bought tickets to see Waitress on Halloween without realizing that CLE does its trick or treating on actual Halloween (in my hometown, it’s always the weekend before). Now I’m torn between whether to attend the show or pass out candy for the first time, now that we live in a house!

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