Why? Jumping Back Across the Pond in Cleveland!

By now you probably know that Playhouse Square Partners‘ annual Jump Back Ball fundraiser is British-themed: Jump Back Across the Pond.

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If you’re going to Jump Back Ball (or considering it), you’re probably thinking of ways to get in the British spirit. And while a trip across the pond might not be feasible, there are plenty of ways to get in the mood right here in Cleveland.

Have a spot of tea

Nothing is more British than a spot of tea, right? Whether it’s High Tea at the Ritz Carlton Cleveland or the Macaron Tea Room, mini sandwiches, scones, and Earl Grey will have you feeling like you’re in jolly old England in no time!

Visit a pub

Perhaps fish and chips washed down with a pint is more your style. If so, check out Griffin Cider House or Fox & Hound Bar & Grill for an English pub experience.

Celebrate the British music invasion

One of the biggest pop culture contributions from across the pond came in the form of music. View artifacts, listen to songs, and generally celebrate these artists at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Take a stroll through an English garden

Did you know that the British Cultural Garden is the first of Cleveland’s cultural gardens? Visit this lovely garden that celebrates Shakespeare to feel immersed in a proper British setting.

View British art

Just up the road from the British Cultural Garden, visit the Cleveland Museum of Art to appreciate the British artwork in the Museum’s collection.

Now that you’re properly in the spirit of Jolly Old England, it’s time to grab your Jump Back Ball tickets and us all that British knowledge and culture you’ve soaked up!

Tickets are currently on sale for $165 for general admission, $200 for VIP admission, and $75 for late night admission. Click here to compare levels and purchase tickets.

For now, cheerio! Hope to see you as we Jump Back Across the Pond!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Playhouse Square to help promote Jump Back Ball. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary VIP tickets. I am also the Communications Co-Chair for Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? The Oak Barrel!

So, I fell in love with The Oak Barrel when it first opened and then somehow, I hadn’t been there in ages! Well, we went for dinner with friends last week and I am happy to report that it is just as yummy as ever!

Since my last visit to The Oak Barrel, I fell in love with bourbon cocktails, so I was super excited to dive into their Drinks Menu.

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I had the Bourbon Daisy, with Four Roses, SoCo, fresh-squeezed lime juice, ginger reduction, maraschino reduction, and crystalized ginger. A little sweet, a little spicy, a little smoky…this cocktail was delicious!

We shared the baked Brie to start, with quince paste, local honey, and seasonal berries. Yum!

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Matthew and I both took a deep dive into The Oak Barrel’s pork menu choices. I had the Yucatan BBQ Pork Tacos, with picked red onion, house slaw, and cilantro.

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More sweet than spicy and super generous with the meat, these tacos were a win!

Matthew chose the Open-Faced Pulled Pork BBQ with jalapeno corn bread, house slaw, and Tabasco onions. The presentation on this is impressive, as is the taste!

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Our friends enjoyed the Vegan Falafel Sliders (with olive tapenade, pickled red onion, bibb lettuce, and tomato) and the Spicy Shrimp Tacos (with avocado, corn, white cheddar, spicy mayo, and cilantro).

Everyone loved the food, the relaxed atmosphere, and the drinks and drafts at The Oak Barrel. And old favorite that hasn’t lost it’s shine at all!

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend, so let’s get right to it!

Designer Dress Days

On Friday, I attended the preview day for the Designer Dress Days sale, put on by the National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland.

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This is the 50th anniversary of Designer Dress Days, which offers new and gently worn designer dresses, suits, jackets, handbags, athletic wear and more at ridiculously great prices.
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I scored 2 cashmere sweaters, a Burberry dress, a Burberry skirt, and a Bergdorf Goodman dress for under $300!

The event is volunteer-driven and supports the NCJW/Cleveland’s community service and advocacy initiatives. The sale continues today from 12pm-8pm and tomorrow from 10am-7pm, so check it out and score some designer duds for a great price and for a great cause!

***Disclosure: I was asked to by NCJW/Cleveland to help promote Designer Dress Days. In exchange, I received complimentary access to the Preview Day, as well as compensation. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Northeast Ohio Parent Blogger Meet-Up

On Friday evening, Jeffrey and I headed to Café o’Play for a meet-up with fellow Northeast Ohio Parent bloggers and their families.

We love Café o’Play because it’s a fun, safe indoor play area with lots to do, but still the ability to keep an eye on your child no matter where they might be (and the coffee and food are legit, too.) Apparently, Jeffrey had so much fun I didn’t even get a picture of him!

I really enjoy blogging for Northeast Ohio Parent and try to focus my blog posts on things to do with your kids around town or ways to incorporate Cleveland into your parenting, play dates, and whatnot. You can check out my latest post here.

Best of Cleveland Party

I had never been to the Cleveland Magazine Best of Cleveland Party before, which made me feel like I was missing out on one of the best parties of the year. After Saturday night, I know I was right to feel that FOMO.

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Held at the Rock Hall, the party was three levels of amazing Best of Cleveland winners with everything from beer to burgers to books.

I finally got to try Mama Mary’s Hummus and it was just as amazing as everyone says it is! Try the seasonal pumpkin hummus with a cinnamon graham cracker to achieve peak fall.

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The Gimme S’more mini beers from Boss Dog Brewing were a total win, especially because they took the time to do the sugar rim and toasted marshmallow at the event!

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Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream…I mean, you know my love for them is so deep.

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Polpetta deserves to be at Best of Cleveland because their table featured two of my great loves: meatballs and Kevin Love (holding a meatball.)

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And I got so excited to see The Pompadour, one of our new favorite spots, honored for Best Tapas!

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And from mascots to friends, there were so many of the best people to get to see, too!

 

We danced to Billy Likes Soda and DJ E-V and just generally celebrated these restaurants, breweries, businesses, and people who are making Cleveland the amazing place it is!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Cleveland Magazine to help promote the Best of Cleveland Party. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

We also threw into the weekend a birthday party for one of our nieces, some yoga, and some time at home…phew! How was your weekend?

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Why? Best of Cleveland Giveaway!

Cleveland Magazine is preparing to throw a party celebrating its Best of Cleveland award winners. On Satuday, October 13, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will be packed with the best of Cleveland food, drink, music, and more.

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Billy Likes Soda (Best Cover Band) and DJ EV (Best Local DJ) will be performing. You’ll also get to enjoy food and drink from winners like:

  • Daylight Donuts (Best Ice Cream Filled Donuts)
  • Masthead Brewing Co. (Best Pizza)
  • Polpetta (Best Meatballs)
  • Ginko (Best Sushi)
  • The Wine Spot (Best Wine Shop)
  • Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream (Best Ice Cream)
  • And many, many more

Your ticket also includes admission to the Rock Hall and the Power of Rock Experience.

Tickets are currently on sale online for $75 for General Admission and $110 for VIP (which includes an open bar wristband.) You can also save 20% off tickets by using code BESTOFCLE when you checkout.

Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets right here (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me which of the Participating Winners you’re most excited to see at the Best of Cleveland party.

2. Visit Cleveland Magazine and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @clevelandmagazine and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @ClevelandMag and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to party with the Best of Cleveland thanks to @ClevelandMag and @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/10/04/why-best-of-cleveland-giveaway/

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Tuesday, October 9 and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Cleveland Magazine to help promote the Best of Cleveland party. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary general admission tickets for myself, 2 general admission tickets to give away, and a promo code to share. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Put on Your Boogie Shoes Fundraiser – Costumes and Cocktails!

Want a fun way to celebrate Halloween while benefiting a great cause? Well, then Put on Your BOO-gie Shoes and head to the Hilton Cleveland Downtown on Friday, October 26.

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This event is put on by Charles Bowlus Charities. Charles Bowlus Charities was established in memory of Charles Bowlus, CEO and founder of ECRM, who passed away in August, 2011 from lung cancer, with the intent of keeping Charlie’s philanthropy alive. Its mission is to provide support for local organizations, who assist those individuals and families dealing with cancer, health & wellness, women, and children.

The beneficiary of this year’s Put on Your BOO-gie Shoes is the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, which empowers individuals, educates the community, and advocates for justice to end domestic violence and child abuse.

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Put on Your BOO-gie Shoes will be a fun Halloween party with live music from Faction (one of our favorite local cover bands), food, beer, wine, raffles and silent auctions, and costumes galore with a costume contest too.

General admission tickets are $85 and include a beer and wine bar and food. VIP tickets are $125 and include the above, plus liquor, valet parking, and VIP section access. You can purchase tickets online.

Don’t miss this fun way to celebrate Halloween, while benefiting a great cause. Oh, and tell me what Matthew and I should dress like in the comments…

***Disclosure: I was asked by Charles Bowlus Charities to help promote Put on Your BOO-gie Shows. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Taste of the Browns Giveaway!

Fall is almost here, which means football season and one of the coolest food events in town: the 20th annual Taste of the Browns to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, happening Monday, September 24.

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This event combines Cleveland’s love for the Browns, the city’s celebrated culinary scene, and the chance to help those in need into one fabulous evening!

Your ticket includes wine and beer tastings, as well as delicious nibbles from over 25 of Cleveland’s best restaurants, like Fahrenheit, Johnny’s Downtown, Pier W, Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar, and many more.

Plus, you’ll get to mingle with Cleveland Browns player and alumni, pose for photo opps, bid on amazing silent auction items, and enjoy the beautiful Club Lounge at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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Tickets for Taste of the Browns are currently on sale for $177 for general admission and $252 for VIP admission. You can purchase tickets online.

Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each entry):

1.Leave a comment here telling me your favorite Cleveland Browns memory.

2. Visit Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @clefoodbank and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @CleFoodBank and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to win tickets to @CleFoodBank #TasteoftheBrowns at @festadium thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway http://whycle.com/2018/08/21/why-taste-of-the-browns-giveaway-7 

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Sunday, August 26 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Taste of the Browns. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary general admission tickets for myself and two general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Incuya Music Festival Giveaway!

This summer, a new music festival is coming to Cleveland: Incuya Music Festival.

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Happening August 25 and 26 on the Malls in Downtown Cleveland, Incuya Music Festival will bring bands like New Order, The Avett Brothers, Cake, The Revivalists, Booker T. Jones, and more to the birthplace of rock ‘n roll. See the full lineup here.

There will be lots of other cool aspects to Incuya beyond just the music. Platform Beer Co. has brewed a special Tourbus Pilsner just for the festival, which can be enjoyed at Incuya’s beer garden or Platform’s tasting rooms in Cleveland and Columbus.

Incuya’s Foodland brings some of the best of Cleveland’s celebrated food scene to the festival, with selections from restaurants like Black Pig, The Plum, and Happy Dog, as well as food trucks such as Betty’s Bomb Ass Burgers, Smokin’ Rock and Roll, and Sauced Wood Fired Pizza.

There will also be cool photo opps from both Vitamix and Destination Cleveland available at Incuya, perfect for filling your Instagram feed.

Tickets are still on sale for Incuya Music Festival. Weekend General Admission is $135, Weekend VIP is $235, Weekend Prestige is $335, and Single Day General Admission is $85.

Or you can enter to win two Single Day General Admission tickets right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment telling me which band you’re most excited to see.

2. Visit Incuya Festival and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @incuyafestival and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @IncuyaFestival and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to rock at @IncuyaFestival thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway http://whycle.com/2018/08/16/why-incuya-music-festival-giveaway 

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Monday, August 20 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Incuya Music Festival. In exchange, I will receive two Single Day General Admission tickets to give away. I declined my own tickets due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

As of today, we have two weeks left of Jeffrey’s summer break. Just two weeks! So, we’re going to get in every bit of summer goodness we can. Here’s what we were up to this weekend…

Lake Metroparks Farm Park

On Friday, we met up with friends Lane and Nolan for a play date at the Lake Metroparks Farm Park.

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Jeffrey is so sweet with Nolan! The Farm Park was the perfect way to bridge the age gap between the boys by giving them things to see and do that they could both appreciate.

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Photo Credit: Lane

It was a lovely little summer Friday afternoon!

First Watch

Saturday morning, Mom and I met up for brunch at First Watch. I really love the food at First Watch, plus any place that brings me a pot rather than a cup of coffee is speaking my language!

I ordered the Elevated Egg Sandwich, with bacon, Gruyere, avocado, mayo, and lemon-dressed arugula.

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I loved the freshness of the avocado and lemon paired with the richness of the bacon and Gruyere. So good!

Mom chose the seasonal Elote Mexican Street Corn Hash, with seasoned potatoes, roasted sweet corn, chorizo, Cotija cheese, and chipotle crema.

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Spicy, sweet, and satisfying! First Watch is a great breakfast spot!

Buckeye Beer Engine

Then it was off to our friend Kevin’s 40th birthday party at Buckeye Beer Engine. While Buckeye Beer Engine is known for their craft beer selection, I found myself enjoying their bourbon cocktails, including the bourbon ginger mimosa.

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We also chowed down on their boneless wings (the spicy garlic Parmesan are on point), crab cakes, and pierogi. It was a fun afternoon of good drinks and good food to celebrate a good friend!

Cedar Point

On Sunday, we found ourselves at Cedar Point once again, this time for our annual trip with Amanda and Scott.

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As Jeffrey’s godparents and huge Cedar Point enthusiasts, Amanda and Scott are the perfect folks for a day at the amusement park. They love going on the rides with Jeffrey and I can see their relationship with him deepen each time we go.

 

It was a beautiful day to be up at the park too! We’re squeezing in as many Cedar Point trips as we can before the summer is through!

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So, that was our weekend. How was yours? Are you feeling the back-to-school blues too?

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Why? Wild Eagle Steak and Saloon!

Last week, Matthew and I got a chance to check out the brand new Wild Eagle Steak & Saloon in Broadview Heights.

Brought to you by the same folks who run the Wild Eagle downtown, this takes the best parts of that concept and makes them event bigger. The Inebriation Station (AKA, the wall of serve yourself craft beer) of course is part of the Broadview Heights location.

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If beer isn’t your thing, there are plenty of craft cocktails to try or you can grab yourself a Boozy Boot, filled with delicious (and sneakily boozy) libations.

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There’s also a huge game area, with shuffleboard, duck pin bowling, cornhole, and more. This isn’t your average cheesy arcade. The space is sleek and a great place to hang out before or after dinner.

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Speaking of dinner, we got an expansive tour of the menu from Chef Nelly Buleje, also of Adega. We started with an appetizer portion of the pork belly & mac balls. Mac & cheese is panko-breaded and fried, then topped with house-rubbed pork belly.

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This is a whole big bowl of insane deliciousness!

We also tried the double barrel shrimp, which packed a flavorful heat, and the sweet potato nacho tots, which are a savory combination of fabulous comfort foods!

 

For entrees, we sampled three delicious choices. The Nashville Fried Chicken is pounded thin, double breaded, and topped with Nashville spices and country gravy.

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The chicken was amazingly tender for being so thin and the spices and gravy were so flavorful!

We also tried the ribeye, which was well-prepared and topped with delicious maître d’ butter.

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We somehow found room to try the award-winning Sooey Sunrise burger, topped with sunny side up egg, maple-glazed pork belly, and smoked Gouda.

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Now I know why my vegan friend refers to me as her most carnivorous friend. But, boy, everything was so good that it was worth the meat sweats!

We ended our evening with chocolate cake and banana pudding. So sweet!

A lot of the dishes and drinks at Wild Eagle have a distinct southern flair. The music is country and rock, the vibe is fun, and the food is accessible while still being chef-driven.

This is a welcome addition to an area saturated with chain restaurants. It’s also a perfect stop on your way down to Blossom for a concert, which is when we stopped in. And on Saturday nights, come for dinner and stay for live music from 9pm-1am.

***Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal at Wild Eagle Steak & Saloon. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Boss Dog Brewing!

Cleveland has been experiencing quite the brewery boom! It can be hard to keep up, but I do it for you guys, right?! I had been wanting to check out Boss Dog Brewing Company in Cleveland Heights after hearing lots of positive feedback about both the beer and the food.

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On a recent visit, I tried both the Put-N-Berry, a honey ale with a touch of blackberry, and the Gimme S’more Porter, which was served with a toasted marshmallow on top.

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I enjoyed both beers! The Put-N-Berry was perfect for summer sipping and the Gimme S’more was full of flavor and fun (who doesn’t love a toasted marshmallow?).

For my dinner, I chose the chicken fried duck, which is topped with maple chipotle drizzle. Oh my goodness, so rich, so flavorful, so good!

My friend Melissa got the Portobello mushroom sandwich, which she really enjoyed. She was pleased with all the vegetarian options on Boss Dog’s menu.

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Boss Dog is also part of the Cleveland Brewery Passport through Destination Cleveland. This passport includes 30 local breweries that you are encouraged to visit. After you make a purchase of beer, food, or merchandise at the brewery, you can receive a stamp on your passport.

Stop by Destination Cleveland when you hit 8 stamps for a Cleveland bottle opener or all 30 stamps for entry into a getaway drawing. You can grab your passport at the Destination Cleveland offices downtown or at any participating brewery. This is such a cool incentive to try new places and explore the great local beer scene in Cleveland! And if you’re looking for a place to start, I say give Boss Dog a try!

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