Last night, Alicia and I grabbed a casual and yummy dinner at Masthead Brewing before heading over to the Hanna Theatre for a show. While you wouldn’t necessarily think of Masthead for a pre-show meal, it’s within a short walk or an inexpensive Uber ride to the theaters.
While I know I like Masthead’s craft beers (the Single Origin Coffee Stout and Falling Fruit are my favorites currently on tap there), I opted for a cocktail last night. I had the Bourbon Jam, with Watershed Bourbon, Grand Marnier, orange bitters, orange juice and raspberry preserves.
Sweet, but not too sweet, this cocktail was right up my alley!
Alicia and I shared the new-to-the-menu Meatball Pizza, with crushed red pepper, red sauce, and fresh basil.
I love Masthead’s thin-crust pies and this one is packed with traditional Italian goodness!
We also shared the Brussel Sprouts, with Ohio apples, roasted shallots, bacon, maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar. Because we felt better about devouring the pizza with some vegetables nearby.
We also shared the Everything Pretzel, with pimento cheese, stadium mustard, and IPA honey mustard (my favorite of the dips.)
Then it was off to see “The Office! A Musical Parody” at the Hanna Theatre. The show was funny and light and a great tribute to the sitcom we loved.
Masthead made the perfect casual stop before this casual show. Next time you’re in the area, grab a pizza and a beer and enjoy! And Masthead is celebrating their Third Anniversary Party tomorrow, so drop in and celebrate!
Disney always puts on a fantastic show, between great costumes, fun songs, and amazing skating and acrobatics.
We got to see favorites from Frozen, The Incredibles, Toy Story 4, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Lion King, and more.
Our seats were in the “Extra Magic Zone,” so we had lots of up close time with the characters! Jeffrey’s face says it all…it was a magical show!
Disney on Ice Presents Road Trip Adventures is at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse through Sunday, January 19, with shows on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Click here to purchase tickets. If you use code WHYCLE, you can save on tickets to the 7pm shows on each day.
***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Disney on Ice. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
JCU Alumni Retreat
On Saturday morning, I attended an alumni retreat at John Carroll University. I always love being back up on campus, but I find it especially conducive to reflection for me.
The retreat focused on releasing things from the past year that were no longer serving us and cultivating healthy habits for the year to come. The retreat even started with an hour-long yoga flow, which you know always puts me in a great mindset!
One of the most moving parts of the retreat was when all the participants wrote down on flash paper something they wanted to release moving into 2020. We each lit the paper on fire and watched our something be released into the air.
I got so much out of both our personal reflection time, as well as the group sharing that we did. Campus Ministry and the Cleveland Alumni Chapter did a fantastic job planning a meaningful morning!
Winter Wonder Cleveland
On Saturday afternoon, I made a return to Winter Wonder Cleveland, which is fun, interactive “Instagram museum” where you can play and get some great photos, too.
Since I first visited Winter Wonder Cleveland, there are some new interactive elements at the Griswold House, as well as some new artwork from Platform Beer Co…
…and an even more in-depth mirror room.
Winter Wonder Cleveland is open through Sunday, January 26. There’s so much more than just Christmas fun to experience here. Instagram museums are becoming the hot new thing and Cleveland has its own for just a bit longer, so check it out while you can. For hours and tickets, click here.
***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Winter Wonder Cleveland. In exchange, I received complimentary admission. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
Phunkenship is Platform Beer’s dedicated sour-beer facility, which also has a very cool taproom for enjoying those sour beers. I had a The Wolf at the Door, a dark-chocolate raspberry stout.
But before enjoying the beers, we enjoyed an hour-long vinyasa flow in Phunkenship’s barrel room.
Alicia is teaching at Phunkenship on the second Sunday of every month, so check out the schedule for some savasana and sours combined! For $15, you get the hour-long class, plus a beer. The laughs are free!
The event takes place on Saturday, January 25 at the Embassy Suites in Independence and focuses on giving guests the “courage” and “heart” to advocate for children and young adults with food allergies.
The Yellow Brick Road Celebration will raise funds to expand the Allison Rose Foundation’s educational curriculum and scholarships, create additional awareness campaigns, contribute to research and advocate for change to save lives. A portion of the proceeds will also go to the new Cleveland Clinic Food Allergy Center of Excellence.
The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, raffles, and a keynote speech from Broadway star Jessica Vosk, a star of the musical “Wicked,” who will share her story of managing anaphylactic food allergies.
The Allison Rose Foundation was created after the tragic death of Allison Rose Suhy from an extreme food allergy reaction. Her parents turned that tragedy into an opportunity to help other families manage food allergies and hopefully never deal with the same sort of tragedy.
Tickets for the Yellow Brick Road Celebration are currently on sale online for $100 for those 21+ and $50 for those ages 16-21. Click here to purchase tickets and attend this inspiring night of turning tragedy into a true community effort of giving back.
Happening Thursday, January 23 at Quaker Station at the University of Akron, this event brings together the winners of Akron Life Magazine‘s 330 Flavor Awards, wine and craft beer samples, silent auctions, and an exclusive VIP lounge for a evening filled with food, fun, and philanthropy.
You will get to enjoy both savory and sweet small bites from BOMBA Tacos & Rum, Crave, Gervasi Vineyard, Saffron Patch, West Side Bakery, Trattoria Vaccaro, Missing Falls Brewery, and more.
VIP guests will enjoy exclusive food and high-end tastings, specialty cocktails from Brown-Forman, and more, as well as access to all the general admission food and drink.
Plus, all the proceeds from the event benefit the Arthritis Foundation, Northeastern Ohio, which is working to help the over 2.6 million people in Ohio living with arthritis.
Tickets are $85 for general admission and $125 for VIP admission. Tickets are available online.
Or you can enter to win 2 general admission tickets to Red & White on Thursday Night right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment for each):
1.Check out the list of participating restaurants and leave a comment here telling me from which you’re most excited to sample food.
This past weekend, I took a big step outside my comfort zone in two ways: I traveled solo and stayed overnight in a cabin. I’m pretty bad at both alone time and things involving nature, so this was sure to be an adventure.
I stayed in a Getaway cabin in in Lisbon, Ohio at Getaway Beaver Creek. Getaway cabins are essentially tiny houses, with a kitchenette, bathroom with both toilet and shower, desk, and bed.
The queen-sized bed is against a wall with a huge window to look out into nature.
Your Getaway cabin includes pots, pans, utensils, cups, a kettle, coffee, tea, a radio, and some books.
You also have access to an outdoor campsite with chairs, a picnic table, and a firepit with wood to make a camp fire.
And of course, there’s a s’mores kit! Getaway cabins include lots of cute touches like a cellphone “lockbox,” postcards to send to loved ones, crayons for if you brought the kiddos (or for you)…ways to relax and unwind and disconnect.
Your cabin locks with a keycode and you receive a text message prior to check in with your cabin name and keycode. There’s also a main office when you arrive at the cabins, as well as a phone in your cabin to call to the office, which made me feel secure, especially when traveling alone.
The Getaway cabins are in a secluded area, but all in a horseshoe near each other and every cabin was occupied on the day that I stayed.
Getaway also helps you out with a website that includes nearby hiking trails, as well as restaurants and attractions. Being not a big nature girl, plus being by myself in January, I opted for more of the attractions than the hiking.
So whether you’re in to exploring nature or exploring new-to-you places, Getaway makes a great jumping off point. Plus, with being solo, I found myself chatting away with people more than I would have otherwise, finding out some cool recommendations from the locals, and really getting a better sense of the area.
I was surprised at how modern, cute, and comfortable the Getaway cabins are and honestly how safe I felt, even being by myself. And Getaway gives back too: for every Getaway, one tree is planted by the non-profit One Tree Planted.
You can book a Getaway cabin that will accommodate two people or four (the four-person has a second, lofted queen bed.) And you can make your Getaway as laid back or active as suits your personality. You can also saev $25 off your next Getaway using code WHYCLE25 when you book.
***Disclosure: I was invited by Getaway to help promote Getaway Beaver Creek. In exchange, I received a complimentary one-night stay. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
So, is anyone else confused as to when the weekend actually started (or ended for that matter?) It was a lovely, relaxed holiday weekend around these parts…
Laurentia Vineyard and Winery
On Friday night, I met up with my friend Michelle for dinner at Laurentia Vineyard and Winery. Michelle and I went to college together and hadn’t seen in each in way, way too long!
It was wonderful to reconnect and so easy to chat. Plus, Laurentia makes for such a pretty, cozy place to meet.
I tried the 2016 Pinot Noir instead on my usual Cabernet Sauvignon and really enjoyed it! For dinner, I had the Roast Chicken Gnocchi, with chicken, spinach, mushrooms, parsley pesto, and bone broth.
The flavors were delicate, which made me glad I chose the Pinot Noir over the Cabernet.
It was a fabulous night of good food, good wine, and reconnecting with a good friend.
Despite not having the outcome we were hoping for, my friend Anne and I had a great time on Saturday night watching Ohio State play in the Fiesta Bowl.
We went to Brew Garden in Strongsville, which has tons of both bar and table seating and lots of TVs, making it the perfect place to take in a game.
They also have a great beer selection, with lots of Ohio brews (we both liked the Twisted Kilt from Thirsty Dog.) We shared the Spinach and Artichoke Dip and the Mean Green Nachos, which were both tasty and good for splitting.
Next time there’s a big game, check out Brew Garden for a place to watch it!
They have a special menu of holiday-themed drinks that are all guaranteed to make you merry. I had the Ginger All The Way and it was creamy, spicy perfection.
What a perfect night of fabulous food, drinks, and, most importantly, friends!
The Magic of Lights
On Saturday night, Jeffrey and I checked out The Magic of Lights at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.
There is a drive-through component, where you make your way through millions of dazzling Christmas lights, with themed areas like “Nativity,” “Twelve Days of Christmas,” and “Joy to the World.”
There is also Santa’s Holiday Village, where you can park and walk through the village with a light selfie tunnel…
…”ice” bumper cars…
…and lots of festive fun.
The Magic of Lights takes place every day through Saturday, January 4. Tickets for a car are $20 in advance. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote The Magic of Lights. In exchange, I received a complimentary car ticket. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
Platform Pub Yoga
My Sunday started out on a funday note with Platform Pub Yoga. We enjoyed a great hour-long vinyasa flow taught by Alicia, then headed downstairs for a beer, a bagel sandwich, and lots of laughs.
It’s so nice in this busy season to take a time-out for something that totally made me feel invigorated! Plus, part of the proceeds from the event benefited Providence House! The next Platform Pub Yoga happens on Sunday, January 26.
Thanksgiving weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year!
Not only do I get to enjoy a delicious, traditional dinner with family, but I also get to officially kick off the Christmas season!
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
On Wednesday (it was a looong weekend), I met up with my oldest friend, Kevin, who was in town for the holiday. What better place to catch up than Great Lakes Brewing Co.?
I always like going to the brewpub, because I can grab a brewpub-exclusive beer. This time I tried the Meow Meow Pumpkin Milk Stout, which was creamy and rich and specifically noted as being brewed by GLBC’s female brewers.
The Seared Salmon Salad, with pickled carrots, cabbage, sesame seeds, and herbed peanut dressing, balanced out the heavy beer and made for a great lunch.
It’s so great when folks come back to Cleveland for the holidays (and I get face-to-face catching up time!)
The First Tee of Cleveland is a non-profit that teaches children core values and builds character through the game of golf.
And while I am admittedly not a golfer, there is obviously something to their system. I have been continually impressed by the program participants I’ve met, who handle themselves with beyond-their-years poise and confidence.
I had the chance to attend with and meet some of the program volunteers, who get to pass on their love for golf, as well as their life experience to participants on a weekly basis.
There are so many wonderful non-profits in the Cleveland area doing a host of good works through sometimes unexpected outlets. If The First Tee of Cleveland speaks to you, you can learn more their programs, volunteer to help the organization, or donate.
***Disclosure: I was asked by The First Tee of Cleveland to help promote Grit, Gratitude and You Breakfast. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
The Winter Market
Friday night, I had the chance to attend the VIP preview of The Winter Market, a holiday-themed extension of the popular The Summer Market.
Held at The Shipyards, this event was packed with fabulous local makers, most of whom I was fangirling over after following for so long on Instagram.
So, not only was it a fun night of hockey, but it was meaningful too!
Also, I think Jeffrey might be the newest member of the Monsters Top Line Dance Team!
Our friend Maddie is on the team and was so sweet to stop to chat with Jeffrey and get this fun group shot!
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Monsters to help promote the Monsters Monthly Pass. In exchange, I received two complimentary Monsters Monthly Passes for November. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
Girls Night Out
On Saturday night, I met up with some gal pals to celebrate my friend Stacey’s birthday at the Wild Eagle Saloon.
From the pour-your-own-beer wall to the solid 80’s music choices on the jukebox to the tasty bar food (get the pulled pork quesedilla, trust), we had a great time.
We also felt like we stepped back in time to college, as there was an intense game of beer pong happening while we were there!
From Wild Eagle, we headed over to Nano Brew. Apparently, this unassuming beer and burger joint turns in to quite the hot spot on a Saturday night!
After a lot of laughs, hugs, and drinks, we headed home…a perfect girls night out!
Platform Pub Yoga
I’m no stranger to Sunday morning yoga, but it gets even better when it’s Alicia teaching and when I get a beer after class!
I attended this month’s installment of the Platform Pub Yoga series. Taking place on the last Sunday of the month, this series pairs an hour-long vinyasa flow with a post-class beer, plus a donation to a local non-profit.
This month’s non-profit was the May Dugan Center, which provides a host of services to those in need from trauma counseling to a food pantry.
There’s nothing I like better than starting my day with yoga, good friends, tasty beer (I had the Smores Yammy), and an everything bagel (not pictured, because I just ate it too damn fast).
For only $39 per seat, you get tickets to every Monsters home game in the month, allowing you to choose when is best to attend games with the freedom of knowing you have guaranteed seats.
Jeffrey loves attending the Monsters games and I love being able to decide on the spur of the moment that our schedules allow us to attend a game.
Our seats have been great for the games and they are all sent to my FlashSeats account in advance, which makes attending on the fly a snap.
The Monsters games have always been a budget-friendly way to enjoy some good family fun, but the new subscription service makes it even easier.
We have two seats at every game, so we can even change who goes to the games with Jeffrey, allowing more family members to experience the fun with him.
We especially enjoy the 1-2-3 Fridays, with $1 Pepsi products, $2 hot dogs, and $3 select draft beers.
There’s no long-term commitment with the subscription service, either. You can subscribe month-to-month, so when life gets busy (like at the holidays,) we can take a break and return to the action in January.
The Monsters Monthly Pass is definitely a power play (see, I’m learning hockey terms) for your fun and your budget!
Check it out and add some Monsters fun to your family’s schedule!
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Monsters to help promote the Monsters Monthly Pass. In exchange, I received a complimentary subscription with two tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***