Why? Twilight at the Zoo!

One of the biggest parties of the summer is coming to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Friday, August 2. Of course I’m talking about Twilight at the Zoo!

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Cleveland Zoological Society‘s Twilight at the Zoo brings together a wide array of local bands scattered throughout the Zoo for a wild good time! From Almost Famous to Faction Cleveland to Run Avril Run, the bands cover lots of different genres of music and will all get you dancing through the night.

All of the fun is for a good cause, too! Proceeds from Twilight at the Zoo benefit the Cleveland Zoological Society and their work not only caring for the animals in the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, but also their educational and conservation programs.

Tickets for Twilight at the Zoo are now on sale online. General admission tickets are $75 in June and $85 in July and August and include beer, wine, small bites, and all the music you can take in.

VIP tickets are $150 and include all of the above, plus priority parking, full open bar, and food samples from local restaurants. The VIP party runs from 6-9pm and you can join the general admission fun anytime after 7pm.

You don’t want to miss the roaring good time!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Twilight at the Zoo. In exchange, I will receive 4 complimentary VIP tickets for the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend of celebrating the start of Jeffrey’s summer break and our seventh anniversary. Here’s how we acknowledged those special occasions:

Cedar Point

On Friday, Jeffrey and I kicked off his summer break by taking a trip to our favorite summertime spot: Cedar Point.

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This is the third year we’ve gotten season passes (Jeffrey has the awesome Pre-K Pass, which is such a good deal). I love the ability to go up there as many times as we want, stay as long as we want without feeling pressured to do everything in one trip, and save on food and merchandise purchases and parking.

Jeffrey loves the spinny rides and I did my best to hang in there with him!

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We also checked out the special Monster Jam Thunder Alley area, which is happening through June 30.

You can climb up into some of the trucks and even take a ride in a monster truck!

It honestly felt like summer as soon as we arrived and we can’t wait for lots more trips to Cedar Point this season!

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Art in the Village

Saturday morning, Jeffrey and I met up with friends to check out Legacy Village‘s annual Art in the Village.

We strolled through all the talented vendors from Northeast Ohio and beyond, listened and danced to live music, and let the kids run around the lawn. All in all, a pretty nice way to spend a couple hours!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village to promote their events, for which I receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

An Evening in Coventry Village

On Saturday, Matthew and I had a date night in Coventry Village. We started with dinner at Pacific East. We shared the massive and delicious Sushi Bridge, with sashimi, nigiri, a California roll, and a spicy tuna roll.

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We also shared the roti canai appetizer. Pacific East has a huge menu with both Japanese and Malaysian cuisine, so everyone can find something to suit their tastes.

From there, we headed to Grog Shop to hear my dear friend Melissa and her School of Rock classmates rock out in an awesome performance.

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Melissa started taking drum lessons at School of Rock earlier this year and she’s already a total pro on the drums! I was so proud of her for learning a new skill and totally killing her gig.

And if you haven’t been to Grog Shop, it is such a cool, funky place to see live music (with a killer local craft beer selection), so check it out!

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Seventh Anniversary

On Sunday, Matthew and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary.

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We spent the day doing yoga, playing with Jeffrey in the backyard, and making dinner at home, so it was pretty perfect!

I made this delicious paella (recipe here), which was packed with everything from chorizo to chicken to shrimp to clams to lobster.

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It was a lovely, relaxed day and a wonderful way to celebrate seven great years!

How was your weekend?

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Why? Engage Cleveland Young Professionals Week!

Cleveland is a great town for young professionals, with lots of organizations and activities to take advantage of. Engage Cleveland is a community organization that brings together young professionals and leaders, all of whom are passionate about making Cleveland a lasting home for the next generation.

Engage Cleveland is hosting it’s 6th annual Cleveland Young Professionals Week from June 22-29.

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The week will feature morning, afternoon, and evening events ranging from fitness to networking/mentorship to socializing. You’ll have the chance to get inside looks at Cleveland businesses, meet community leaders, and connect with other young professionals.

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Highlights of the week include Rooftop Yoga at Tremont Athletic Club, Fat Head’s Tasting and Tour, Community Service at the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank, Beat Box at GrooveRyde, Speed Networking, Lunch with Leaders, Campbell’s Sweets Factory Tour, an address on the State of the YP Community, and much more.

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You can see the complete list of events and register for as many as suit your schedule and interests here. Engage Cleveland Young Professionals Week is a wonderful chance to experience the Cleveland community in volunteering, fitness, professionalism, and friendship.

***Disclosure: I was asked by Engage Cleveland to help promote Cleveland Young Professionals Week. In exchange, I will receive complimentary admission to two events of my choice. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Why? Weekends!

It was a weekend filled with yoga and family time, so pretty much a perfect one for me!

Balance and Brews

On Saturday, I met up with my friend Anne for Balance & Brews at Saucy Brew Works. Balance & Brews is a one-hour, all-levels vinyasa class held at various breweries around town. After your class, you can stay and enjoy a beer (one beer included with your class) and mingle with your fellow yogis.

I always enjoy these classes, not only because I get a beer after, but because of the opportunity to practice in very different environments. At Saucy, we were right out on the brewery floor, with lots of noises, smells, and activity happening around us. It’s a great way to practice being focused and staying in the moment.

And your reward for all that focus is pretty great too!

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I tried the Don’t Stop Wit It Wit It, a Belgian Wit that is light, crisp, and perfect for summer sipping!

Check out Balance & Brews upcoming schedule, with classes at Masthead, Terrestrial, Great Lakes, Fat Head’s, CLE Urban Winery, and Market Garden.

Mother’s Day

The rest of the weekend was spent in various phases of Mother’s Day celebrating…

At school, Jeffrey made a Mother’s Day gift, themed on “Where the Wild Things Are.” Not only is it something I’ll treasure, but the pride he had in giving it to me was so sweet to see.

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Matthew and Jeffrey made pancakes for breakfast on Saturday morning and I even got a little treat from my “furry kids” too…

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Matthew found these adorable chocolate dogs at the Urban Farmer charity bake sale!

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Speaking of chocolate, he and Jeffrey also created a box of homemade treats for me: chocolate-covered strawberries and grapes! How sweet!

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We capped off our Mother’s Day celebrations with dinner at my parents’ house, complete with fabulous wine and some ridiculous triple crème brie.

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It was lovely and relaxed and a perfect weekend of feeling truly appreciated and loved!

How was your weekend?

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Why? Grapes and Ale Giveaway!

Who’s ready to think about summer BBQ’s? I know I am! Our Lady of the Wayside is again hosting their fabulous and fun BBQ fundraiser at Grapes and Ale on Friday, June 14, now in it’s 20th anniversary year.

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Progressive Field once again hosts this fabulous evening. You’ll get to sample BBQ bites from some of Cleveland’s sauciest restaurants, including Berea Depot, Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute, Melt Bar and Grilled, and Smokin’ Rock and Roll.

There will be over 300 international wines to sample included with your admission, as well as craft beer samples available for purchase at The Corner.

You can also groove to live music from local bands The Sunrise Jones and Moshuro.

General admission tickets to Grapes and Ale are $60 and include unlimited wine and food samples, access to The Corner to purchase craft beer samples, a souvenir glass, live entertainment, and access to take your chance to win fabulous auction prizes.

You can also upgrade to VIP tickets, which are $125 and include all of the above plus access to a private Majic VIP area with featured wines, beers, and Tito’s Vodka cocktails, plus special hors d’oeuvres and desserts from 700 Beta and Cupcake Cravings.

You can purchase tickets online now. 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):

1.Leave a comment here letting me know if you’re most excited for BBQ, wine, or beer at Grapes and Ale.

2. Visit Our Lady of the Wayside and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Hop on over to @whycle on Instagram and follow the instructions with the Grapes and Ale picture.

4. Follow @OurLadyWayside 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 attend @OurLadyWayside #GrapesandAle thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/05/09/why-grapes-and-ale-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 Tuesday, May 14 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Our Lady of the Wayside to help promote Grapes and Ale. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary VIP tickets for myself and 2 general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

 

Why? St. Vincent de Paul Society Derby Party Giveaway!

It’s almost time to bust out a big hat and a mint julep! The Kentucky Derby is coming up and you can enjoy it at the Great Lakes Brewing Company Tasting Room, while contributing to a great cause too!

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The St. Vincent de Paul Society is hosting it’s annual Kentucky Derby Party to raise funds to support the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s multiple hunger centers, which nourish 13,000 men, women, children and seniors each month.

The Kentucky Derby Party will take place on Saturday, May 4 from 4-8pm at the Great Lakes Brewing Co Tasting Room. The party will feature a live showing of the Kentucky Derby on the big screen; horse betting; a hat contest; silent auction items up for bid; raffles; prizes; authentic Derby fare; and mint juleps, wine, and Great Lakes Brewing beers.

Tickets for the Kentucky Derby Party are $75 and 50/50 raffle tickets are $10 per ticket or 3 for $20. Both admission and raffle tickets are currently on sale online.

Or you can enter to win two tickets to the Kentucky Derby Party 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.Leave a comment and tell me what you would name a race horse.

2. Visit St. Vincent de Paul Society and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

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

4. Follow @svdpcle 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 attend @svdpcle #DerbyDayCLE thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/04/25/why-st-vincent-de-paul-society-derby-party-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, April 30 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by St. Vincent de Paul Society to help promote the Kentucky Derby Party. In exchange, I will receive two tickets to give away. I declined my own complimentary tickets due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Ingenuity Fest Dreamer’s Bal!

You’ve probably heard of Ingenuity Fest, an annual celebration of creativity and innovation that happens every September. But Ingenuity Cleveland also puts on a Dreamer’s Bal on Saturday, May 4 to support IngenuityFest 2019, as well as the organization’s year-round programming, such as IngenuityLabs Incubator Program and Ignite! Entrepreneurship Series.

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Held at Ingenuity Cleveland’s headquarters in the Hamilton Collaborative, this 100-year old factory setting will be filled with larger than life artwork inviting you to explore the worlds of your dreams.

From DJs to bands to intimate acoustic performances, you will enjoy a variety of musical acts, as well as dance performances.

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You’ll sip on libations from Watershed Distillery and Platform Beer Company and munch on small bites from Ohio City Galley.

Attendees are encouraged to wear the costumes of their dreams, whether fantastical or pajamas. This is sure to be a unique and interesting evening with stunning visuals, great music, and delicious food!

Tickets for the Dreamer’s Bal are currently on sale. General admission tickets are $27 in advance and $35 at the door. VIP tickets are $68 and include entry, food, 2 drink tickets, and other special extras.

Come enjoy this off-kilter evening and support a truly original Cleveland organization!

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Why? Silver Spoon Awards Party Giveaway!

It’s an anniversary year for the hottest food celebration in town! The Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party turns 25 this year, which means it’s going to be an even bigger and better celebration of the Cleveland food scene.

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The party takes place on Wednesday, May 15 from 6-9pm at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, which means that you can take in some gorgeous city views in between bites from Cleveland’s best restaurants.

Every year I say this, but that’s because it remains the truth: This party is a marathon, not a sprint, of eating!

Photo courtesy of CLE Weekly/Orville McEachron Photography

Participating restaurants include Banter Beer and Wine, Bull & Bird Steakhouse, Fat Cats Restaurant, Il Rione Pizzeria, Luca Italian Cuisine, Marble Room, Pacific East Coventry, Pier W, Taki’s Greek Kitchen, and many more.

Silver Spoon Awards Party is a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation Ohio, which means that ticket proceeds go to a great cause! There are also raffles to help raise money, for which you can purchase tickets in advance.

Tickets for the Silver Spoon Awards Party are currently on sale for $100 for general admission and $150 for VIP admission. General admission includes food, wine, and craft beer tastings; access to the auctions and raffles; and a one-year subscription to Cleveland Magazine. VIP admission includes all of that, plus access to the VIP Lounge, with additional tastings, craft cocktails, a Chopped-style cocktail challenge, and more fun surprises.

Photo courtesy of CLE Weekly/Orville McEachron Photography

You can purchase tickets online for both the party and the raffles. Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets to the Silver Spoon Awards Party 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 here telling me which participating restaurant you’re most looking forward to sampling.

2. Visit Cleveland Magazine’s Silver Spoon Awards Party and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Hop over to @whycle on Instagram for an additional chance to win.

4. Follow @SilverSpoonCLE 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 attend @SilverSpoonCLE thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/04/23/why-silver-spoon-awards-party-giveaway-6/

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, April 29 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Silver Spoon Awards Party. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary VIP tickets for myself and 2 complimentary general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

Happy Home Opener, Cleveland! There may be snow on the ground, but the home opener means summer is just around the corner…

So, how did I fill the chilly last weekend of March? Let’s get to it…

Brewery Crawl

On Saturday, Matthew and I met up with our friends Ritch and Denise for a brewery crawl. Ritch has a goal of hitting a certain number of Cleveland breweries by a certain birthday (numbers withheld because we’re all getting older), plus it was just Denise’s birthday, so what a fun way to celebrate!

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We started at Saucy Brew Works, where we love the food just as much as we love the beer.

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We shared the Nashville Hot Chicken and Bees Knees pizzas and definitely couldn’t decide which we enjoyed more.

From there, it was a short walk to Bookhouse Brewing. This cozy, bookstore style brewery made us want to sit there all day. I had a sampler and really enjoyed all the (fabulously-named) beers I tried: Patio Season, Maybe Partying Will Help, River of Memories, and Reasons to be Cheerful.

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Next up: Brick and Barrel Brewing, where we played board games while enjoying our brews. I had a Roasted Out of My Gord pumpkin porter, because if this cold weather is sticking around, so is my love for porters and stouts.

Our final stop was Terrestrial Brewing Company, which was filled with great beer, but also with sweet fuzzes. I love bars that are dog friendly. I spent most of my time hanging out with the pets (sorry, friends).

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It was a fun afternoon and such a great reminder of how many awesome breweries we have in Cleveland, who are putting out creative, delicious beer! We also picked up a bunch of stamps in our Cleveland Brewery Passport!

Monsters Purple Game

That evening, we picked up Jeffrey and headed to the Cleveland Monsters Purple Game, to benefit the American Cancer Society, Ohio.

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We had so much fun (and amazing seats). The Monsters games are action-packed and really family-friendly, which make them a favorite sporting event choice for us.

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Plus, the Monsters commitment to the American Cancer Society was really touching and made it an even better night out.

The Monsters auctioned off a special commemorative purple jersey to raise funds, as well as showing videos throughout the game and having people make support signs for those in their life impacted by cancer.

When everyone waved their purple rally towels, it was a sight to see!

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Stay tuned for my on my growing involvement with the American Cancer Society…

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Monsters to help promote the Purple Game. In exchange, I received three complimentary tickets and a parking pass. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Superstar and Nuevo Modern Mexican

I had a Sunday Funday with my mom, when we attended “Superstar: The Songs. The Stories. The Carpenters.” at Playhouse Square. I got Mom the tickets for her birthday and have to admit to not being a huge Carpenters fan going in to the show. But, the music was great!

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I had no idea going in that Helen Welch, the lead singer, is a Cleveland resident who has performed at places like Nighttown, so the local connection had me enjoying the show even more.

After the show, we grabbed dinner at Nuevo Modern Mexican. There’s something about having guacamole and a margarita while it’s snowing that just makes you feel like you’re shaking your fist at the weather.

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Gosh, I can’t wait for patio season!

We shared the habanero jelly guacamole and then I had the Cuban sandwich, which was meaty and flavorful!

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For dessert, I had the manzana gallette because I seriously cannot pass up an apple dessert.

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It was a great way to end a great weekend! How was yours? What are you doing to celebrate the Home Opener?

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Why? Tails and Cocktails!

Last week, Matthew and I had a chance to attend the first of a new series of events put on by the Cleveland Zoological Society: Tails and Cocktails.

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Tails and Cocktails brings together a casual, panel-style presentation on various Zoo research topics with tasty small bites, adult beverages, and even some special Zoo guests.

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The first Tails and Cocktails was titled “Gut Reaction,” on how what and when we eat impact our health. The panel included two researchers working at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on how to improve the gut health of animals, as well as a digestive specialist from the Cleveland Clinic and Chef Ben Bebenroth from Spice Kitchen and Bar (who brought tasty fermented food samples) to talk about the human connections to this topic.

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The panel discussion not only taught me more about the animals at the Zoo and the research being done to improve their health, but also about our similarities in digestive health issues.

We also had the chance to sample some of the first Conservation Series beer from Terrestrial Brewing Company, appropriately titled Probiotic Warrior. Terrestrial Brewing and the Cleveland Zoological Society have teamed up on a series of beers that will benefit CZS, available at Terrestrial and special CZS events.

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There are three more Tails and Cocktails events in the series:

Tickets are $15 for general admission and free for select levels of Zookeeper’s Circle members. Don’t miss these fun events that let you learn more about the Zoo’s animals and their connection to you!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Tails and Cocktails. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to Tails and Cocktails: Gut Reaction. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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