Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend in Cleveland! And while I didn’t have the chance to attend the Rock Hall Induction or the first Cavs playoff game, I am so proud of how Cleveland put on a fabulous show on the national stage!

So, here’s what I was up to as Cleveland was rocking it out:

Providence House Luncheon

On Friday, Kimberly and I attended the Providence House Annual Luncheon at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

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Providence House is a crisis nursery that is committed to ending child abuse and preserving families in the Cleveland area. Providence House was founded by Sister Hope Greener in 1981. This year, Providence House turns 37 and its founder Sister Hope turns 90.

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Friday’s luncheon feted Sister Hope and raised $90,000 for Providence House.

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It also introduced a powerful new brand campaign designed by Twist Creative. This campaign showcases the impact of Providence House on its residents and volunteers.

The Providence House luncheon was a wonderful way to not only celebrate the organization’s history, but also look forward to a bright and exciting future for the house. If you want to be part of that future, you can find out more online about how to donate or volunteer.

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Providence House Annual Luncheon with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Children’s Theater Series

On Saturday, we attended the final show of this season’s Children’s Theater Series at Playhouse Square.

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The show, put on by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, brought to life the sweet story of “Guess How Much I Love You” and the imaginative story of “I Love My Little Storybook.” We’ve been reading “Guess How Much I Love You” since Jeffrey was born. It was so touching to experience it live on stage together!

The shows for next year’s Children’s Theater Series are “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Rainbow Fish,” “Emily Brown and the Thing,” and “Junie B. Jones.” Season tickets go on sale May 21. We love attending the Children’s Theater Series shows and experiencing culture together as a family!

Mass and a Meal

Saturday evening, we attended the sixth annual Mass and a Meal event put on by the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter. We started the evening with Mass at Holy Rosary Church in Little Italy.

Then we headed across the street to Nido Italia for a delicious family-style dinner with breaded eggplant, cavatelli, and chicken piccata.

Of course, I can’t be that close to Presti’s and not stop for a cannoli, too!

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Mass and a Meal has become a Chapter favorite event and a yearly tradition for many alumni. If you’re a John Carroll alumni, the Chapter has some great upcoming events including our Founders Day Celebration this Thursday, April 19 at Market Garden Brewery. I hope to see you there!

***Disclosure: I am the president of the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Yoga Roots

Sunday evening, I met up with Mom for her first class at Yoga Roots. We took a restorative yoga class which was a great chance to recharge our minds and bodies before a busy week.

You know how much I love practicing, so I’m so excited to share that with Mom too. And I can’t think of a more supportive community than Yoga Roots to practice.

So, that was my weekend! How was yours? Did you get in on any of the Rock Hall excitement?

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Why? Make-a-Wish Big Wish Gala!

Last night, Matthew and I attended the Make-a-Wish Big Wish Gala at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

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As we enjoyed the cocktail hour, we perused amazing silent auction items, all framed by incredible views of Cleveland. There were some unique and fun auction items, including a pet photo shoot with Greg Murray, a fireworks package from Phantom Fireworks called the “Grounds for Divorce,” and tickets to “Hamilton: An American Musical” from Playhouse Square.

Matthew and I always love participating in the wine pull at charity events. I liked that this wine pull gave you a hint at which type of wine you would get (red tissue paper for red, white tissue paper for white, or red and white combined for rose).

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After cocktails and auction shopping, it was time to head in for dinner. We enjoyed chicken, risotto, and desserts that were as tasty as they were adorable.

During dinner, we had the chance to hear stories from families whose child had a wish granted, as well as from Doctor Anup Patel, Section Chief of Pediatric Neurology and Director of the Complex Epilepsy Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, who has seen the tangible medical difference that having a wish granted can make in a child’s physical well-being.

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It was truly amazing to hear from families who have endured so much stress and fear over their child’s health speak about what it means to be able to take a break from the tension and enjoy moments together as a family.

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I also got to reconnect with a high school classmate, Megan, who is one of the incredible people working at Make-a-Wish to make children’s wishes come true every day!

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Wishes come in all shapes and sizes, from trips to Disney World or Hawaii to a day at the salon to getting a computer or playset to meeting the Pope, which actually happened for local Wish Kid Leonora and her family. Wishes are as unique as the child who wishes them. What is consistent about every wish is that it means the world to that child and their family.

Currently, Make-a-Wish is only able to grant one out of every two eligible wishes, which is why the Big Wish Gala, which raised over $500,000 last night, is so critical. Make-a-Wish wants to be able to grant more wishes and help even more children not only have a special day, but create lifetime memories and see medical improvement.

If you want to get involved through volunteering or donating to Make-a-Wish, click here for more information on how you can make wishes come true, too.

***Disclosure: I was asked by Make-a-Wish to help promote the Big Wish Gala. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a wonderful holiday weekend, filled with family and friends! Here’s what was hopping:

Dyeing Easter Eggs

On Friday, Jeffrey and I had our friends over to dye Easter eggs. We dye eggs every year and I love how Jeffrey has gotten more interested in it as time goes by.

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Check out his masterpieces!

Cleveland Botanical Garden Easter Egg Hunt

Speaking of annual traditions, on Saturday we went to the Cleveland Botanical Garden Easter egg hunt. This is one of our favorite holiday events!

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You ticket includes an Easter egg hunt in the Hershey Children’s Garden, which is filled with tons of candy-filled eggs, as well as fun spring decorations.

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There were also crafts and outdoor games like bean bag toss and giant tic-tac-toe to enjoy. Plus there was a visit from a very special bunny in a very special bunny car!

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You also got admission to the Cleveland Botanical Garden to check out their Spring Blooms event. Spring Blooms replaced Big Spring and has all the bright spring colors and flowers you’ve come to expect, but fewer children’s play elements.

We really enjoyed our morning at the Easter egg hunt! For an event that draws around 1,000 people, it is very well organized and always a lot of fun!

Dante and Justin Timberlake

On Saturday night, I celebrated my dear friend Kimberly‘s birthday with dinner at Dante, followed by the Justin Timberlake concert.

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Our meal at Dante was perfect, from the aptly-named Something Fun cocktail…

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…to the honey-roasted Brussel sprouts with goat cheese and polenta with pork belly (OMG, both were life-changing!)

From there, it was off to an awesome night of music with Justin Timberlake, with a special guest appearance from LeBron James, too!

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What a fun night!

Easter

The rest of our weekend was spent enjoying Easter with our families. On Saturday, I prepared a traditional and locally-sourced Polish Holy Saturday feast, with pierogi from Janka Meat Products and Pierogi, kielbasa from Pinzone Market Fresh Meats, and sauerkraut from Wholesome Valley Farm via Fresh Fork Market.

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On Sunday, we had Easter bunny treats to discover…

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…time with both Matthew’s and my families and lots of smiles and good memories!

It was a great weekend! How was yours?

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Why? Weekends!

Oh my goodness, we could not have crammed more into this weekend if we tried! So, let’s get right to it:

#HamilFlow and Ginko (hey, that rhymes)

Friday night, I watched as one of my favorite people paired two of her favorite things and, boy, was the result magical! Alicia taught a 75-minute yoga class with the music of “Hamilton: An American Musical.” Much like the musical itself, the class was inspiring, fun, and fast-paced. This class sold out fast, so stay tuned because Alicia has promised a sequel!

After class, we headed downstairs to Ginko for what is always the finest sushi in Cleveland.

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Ginko always has the freshest and most inventive sushi offerings. It’s so fun to sit at the bar and watch the chefs create, too!

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Dessert that evening was a chocolate pot de creme, so who can resist that?

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It was a perfect Friday night!

Seussical Jr.

On Saturday afternoon, we headed to St. Francis of Assisi School for their production of “Seussical, Jr.” My friend Melissa was the director of the show and I was so impressed with her work and the talent of the cast!

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Plus, it’s a great musical for kids to enjoy! Jeffrey especially loved seeing his friend Dean (Melissa’s son) in the cast as one of the Whos!

Cleveland Monsters Purple Game

From there, we headed downtown for the Cleveland Monsters Purple Game. The Purple Game focused on raising awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society.

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There were opportunities to donate, to learn about community efforts to help those with cancer, and just generally show your support for those battling cancer.

The game also took place during the Monsters and Cavs ongoing food drive for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank‘s Harvest for Hunger program, so there were lots of ways to do good while taking in the hockey action.

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This was Jeffrey’s first hockey game. From meeting the Monsters Girls and practicing his shot on the concourse to high-fiving the players before the game (check out my Insta for the video), he had a great time.

The Monsters games definitely have a family-friendly atmosphere, with lots happening on the ice in between the action and plenty to cheer about.

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They also have a more family-friendly price-point than some other sports, making it easy to take your whole family (and in our case, some of Jeffrey’s godparents, too). You can check out the Monsters upcoming games and promotions online to get in on the icy fun for yourself!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Cleveland Monsters Purple Game. In exchange, I received complimentary tickets to the game and the opportunity to participate in the pre-game high-five tunnel. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Playhouse Square Partners Brunch Around

Sunday Funday came and I decided to just keep the weekend fun going! I met up with fellow Playhouse Square Partners for a Brunch Around in the Gordon Square Arts District.

We had groups at 4 different restaurants in the area, then all met up for a cocktail together after our brunches. I had brunch at Luxe Kitchen and Lounge. Luxe has a Sunday happy hour from 11am-1pm with half-off bloody marys, mimosas, and bellinis. Talk about a Sunday Funday!

For my brunch, I chose the buttermilk fried chicken thigh, served with country gravy, braised swiss chard, and a biscuit.

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This was savory brunch perfection! It had been way too long since I had been to Luxe. Now, I just need it to be warm enough for their fabulous patio to open!

***Disclosure: I am the co-chair of Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

So, that was our weekend! Plenty to keep us busy for sure! How was yours?

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Why? Sausalito on Ninth!

The downtown Cleveland dining scene is constantly evolving and reinventing itself. A great example of this is Sausalito on Ninth, which was formerly Sweetwater’s Café Sausalito in the Galleria. Sausalito on Ninth is now located in the IMG Building and features a revamped menu and bright new interior design as a fabulous reinvention of this 30-plus year old restaurant.

Last night, Matthew, Jeffrey, and I headed to dinner there to check out the new space and menu.

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Sausalito on Ninth offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 3pm – 7pm. They have a nice wine and beer selection, as well as several tasty cocktail options. And they have pink lemonade, if you like that sort of thing!

We worked our way through a generous variety of menu items. Matthew and I shared the chickpea and edamame hummus, as well as the crab cakes with sriracha remoulade and fava bean salsa.

These classic appetizer items both featured unique twists that made them not only delicious, but also interesting.

Matthew and I shared the Mista salad, with pears, walnuts, goat cheese, and balsamic. Yum! Oh, and don’t skip the rolls. They are life changing.

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For my entrée, I couldn’t resist the branzino special, which was a whole, flash-fried fish served with basmati rice and a Thai chili vinaigrette.

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The fish was moist and the Thai chili vinaigrette added a nice sweet spice.

Matthew chose the pan-seared walleye, which is an on-menu item. The walleye came with lobster cashew gnocchi and a saffron butter sauce.

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As you can tell, there is an Eastern influence to many of Sausalito on Ninth’s dishes, which is something we really enjoyed. Matthew’s dish had a lot of delicate flavors, but each one was discernible and delicious.

Jeffrey opted for a classic American cheeseburger and fries, which he devoured. Sausalito on Ninth offers kid-friendly menu choices and modifications, so that the whole family can enjoy a tasty meal. As much as we like some of the more “Jeffrey-friendly” restaurants, it’s always a treat to find a nicer restaurant that we can all enjoy.

This berry cake was the perfect end to a great meal at this new-again spot!

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Sausalito on Ninth is the perfect example of a restaurant reinventing itself to be a stand-out in the downtown dining scene. The menu features familiar items with interesting twists, as well as new favorites.

The location also puts Sausalito on Ninth in a great position to make a mark in an area of downtown that doesn’t have as many restaurants. It’s a good spot for pregame food or an after-work drink that is less crowded than East 4th Street, but just as delicious and fun!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary dinner at Sausalito on Ninth with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? The Pompadour!

I love discovering hidden gems! Last night, Matthew and I were quite honestly amazed at the creative cocktails and tapas being served at The Pompadour in Fairport Harbor.

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The Pompadour is a cozy restaurant with equal distribution between bar and table seating, which is perfect for tapas-style meals. So, let’s start at the bar. The Pompadour takes craft cocktails seriously, with inventive original drinks and well-executed classics.

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Do not miss the Old Fashioned. I think my flirtation with bourbon might be turning serious.

Matthew and I worked our way through a large portion of The Pompadour’s tapas menu and I would order everything we tried again and again.

The crab cakes with pickled chayote, chipotle crema, and asparagus were delicious and meaty.

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The lamb chops were perfectly prepared and the chimichurri sauce had me wanting to lick the plate clean!

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Speaking of licking the plate, Matthew and I inhaled the braised short rib with parsnip puree and ancho chili mojo sauce before I could take a picture. It’s THAT good!

The cocoa almond-stuffed dates with sautéed Spanish chorizo and scallion were one of the stand-out items for me. These dates are the perfect balance of salty and sweet, with a nice texture balance from the almonds.

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Another stand-out dish was the octopus ceviche. The bright, fresh flavors of the ceviche made me think of summer, which is always a win in my book. The combination of octopus, red pepper, kiwi, and orange was incredibly delicious and inspired.

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Similarly, the seared tuna, served on top a salad with pears and arugula worked so well when you got a bite that incorporated all the fresh, light elements of the dish.

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We ended our meal with the orange flan with candied hazelnuts. I’m not usually a huge fan of flan, but the texture of this flan was light and almost whipped. Add in the crunch from the hazelnuts and you have a perfect dessert!

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I am so impressed with the attention to detail, creativity, and execution of the food and cocktails at The Pompadour. This restaurant could easily stand up to any downtown dining, but I love that they’re changing up and pushing the boundaries of the dining scene in Fairport Harbor instead.

I think you know by now that I don’t play into the East Side/West Side divide and will certainly travel for good food and good fun. The Pompadour is not that far of a drive and it is 100% worth it for the experience. Put it on your must-dine list!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary dinner at The Pompadour with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

If it can’t be warm in Cleveland, at least the sun can shine, right? Here’s how we spent this bright, chilly weekend.

Breakfast with the Bunny 

On Saturday morning, we hopped right over St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to Easter celebrations!

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Matthew, Jeffrey, and I headed south to the Akron Zoo for their Breakfast with the Bunny. We started with a breakfast buffet and time for Easter crafts, plus time with the fuzzy bunny himself.

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Then the kids went to an Easter egg hunt in a designated area of the Zoo, divided by age. The eggs were plentiful and easy to find, plus the kids got to trade in however many eggs they found for a sweet treat bag.

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After the egg hunt, we could stay for as long as we liked to explore the Zoo, too. Even the animals were getting in on the egg hunt fun!

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It was fun, albeit cold, morning and a nice way to kick off the Easter season!

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Of course, we couldn’t completely ignore St. Patrick’s Day! My mom made a delicious corned beef dinner.

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Pair it with a Great Lakes Brewing Co. Conway’s Irish Ale and you have a the perfect St. Patrick’s Day meal!

Death of a Salesman

Saturday evening, Matthew and I went to see our friend Wes, who was playing Bernard in The Brecksville Theatre‘s production of “Death of a Salesman.” It had been awhile since I had attended a community theater performance and I forgot how much I enjoy the intimacy of those shows. I’m always so impressed by the talent we have right in our own backyard, too.

While Death of a Salesman ended its run on Sunday, The Brecksville Theatre has a full season of options, plus there are community theaters all over Cleveland offering great cultural experiences with homegrown talent.

Yoga/Brunch

I kicked off my Sunday at Alicia‘s Yoga/Brunch. I’ve said it before, but Alicia’s balance of meditative mindfulness and challenging asana is really my favorite way to practice. I always feel taken care of in both body and spirit.

After class, we headed to downstairs to Dante Next Door for mimosas and conversation and delicious brunch food. I had the cheddar, bacon, scallion hash (OMG, so good) and the waffle with apples and Kentucky bourbon maple syrup.

I can never choose between sweet and savory at brunch, so I decided not to decide!

Alicia has a ton of upcoming Yoga/Brunch dates, if you want to get your Sunday Funday kicked off the right way. Cost is $15 for a 60-minute class, plus a free mimosa or coffee at brunch. Click here for dates and to register.

So, that was my weekend! How was yours? Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy, fun-filled weekend in Cleveland, so let’s dive right in:

Fish FRYday

There’s nothing more Cleveland this time of year than a fish fry. Jeffrey and I met up with friends at St. Dominic Church for their Lenten Fish Fry.

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Do not pass up the hush puppies or the fried shrimp! Jeffrey loved his kids cheese pizza meal, but he also loved the crafts and balloon artist there, too. This was everything a fish fry should be: classic, tasty, well-run, and fun!

Children’s Museum of Cleveland

On Saturday morning, we took Jeffrey to a school friend’s birthday party at the Children’s Museum of Cleveland.

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We just love this bright, fun, imaginative space! But then you throw in the excitement of a birthday party on top of it…well, as you can see, a great time was had by all!

The Children’s Museum is also working to reach its capital campaign goal, with plans to open expansion exhibits, including Meadow (for children ages birth to 3 years), Music, and Theater.

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You can donate to the Museum’s capital campaign online now.

Ohio City Beer Crawl

From the party, Matthew and I headed to the craft beer mecca of Ohio City. We met up with our friends Denise and Ritch, who have the goal of hitting 40 craft breweries in the area before Ritch turns 40. Being the good friends we are, we agreed to help him accomplish his goal!

We started at Hansa Brewery, where we munched on superb potato pancakes and Bavarian pretzels, washed down with a beer sampler.

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The Wit Wit and Bye Felicia! were my favorites.

Then we walked over to Forest City Brewery to enjoy another sampler and their West Side Market chacuterie platter.

The St. Wendelin Wheat was my favorite here.

Then it was off to Bad Tom Smith Brewing, which I have to confess was completely unheard of to me before our crawl.

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But you should definitely stop by to try their wide selection of beers, plus you can order from their neighbor Ohio City Burrito while you’re there!

We ended our crawl at Nano Brew Cleveland, with more samplers, plus the Stoner Fries and fried mac ‘n cheese bites (both are pretty much necessary for life on stop 4 of a bar crawl).

Add in their DJ spinning epic 80’s music and you have the end to a perfect afternoon in Ohio City. I love how walkable, energetic, and diverse the neighborhood is. Whether you want a bar crawl or a nice meal, you can find it there!

Cleveland Orchestra Family Concert

On Sunday afternoon, we met up with Matthew’s family for the Cleveland Orchestra Family Concert of Scheherazade. Matthew’s brother and sister-in-law chose the concert as a family Christmas present and it was a great choice!

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Not only did Jeffrey get to experience the beautiful music and creatively-told story thanks to the Orchestra and the Enchantment Theater Company, but he also got to try his hand at playing some of the instruments before the show.

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The Meet-the-Instruments pre-show event allowed children to get hands-on with some of the instruments they would hear during the concert and certainly sparked interest in a lot of future musicians.

Matthew used to play the French horn, so we especially loved seeing Jeffrey try that out!

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How lucky we are to be able to experience not only one of the best orchestras in the world, but one of the loveliest venues too! I also love that the Orchestra offers family-friendly options to make music and culture accessible to all ages. Jeffrey can say he cut his teeth on music from the Cleveland Orchestra and that is pretty spectacular!

Dewey’s Pizza

After the show, we stopped by Dewey’s Pizza for a fun family dinner filled with laughter, catching up, and of course, yummy pizza. Dewey’s has a wide selection of creative pies, plus a window where the kids could watch their pizzas being made. It was a perfect dinner choice!

So, that was our weekend. Lots of great times with family and friends and lots of time at some of Cleveland’s finest neighborhoods and institutions. You can’t ask for more than that!

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Why? Vineyard Woods!

While Matthew and I have always enjoyed the wineries in Ashtabula County, we’ve usually made a day trip out of our visit to the vines. But Vineyard Woods, which opened in May 2017, offers a cozy, comfortable, modern-rustic place to turn your winery hopping into a true weekend getaway.

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Vineyard Woods currently has two lodging options: The Oak Cottage, where we stayed, that sleeps two people and is perfect for a romantic getaway and The Vineyard Villa, which sleeps up to eight and can be rented either as an entire villa or in individual rooms (you better believe I’m already plotting a girls’ weekend there). Vineyard Woods is also opening two additional cottages this May!

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The cottages are furnished in a modern-rustic style, with lots of light, airy colors, attention to detail, and everything you need to make your stay feel homey. Scott, the owner of Vineyard Woods, used to travel frequently for work and, as such, was focused on making Vineyard Woods stand out from the typical hotel experience.

From high-quality linens to a stocked welcome basket with coffee, tea, and chocolates to a firepit and firestarter with each cabin to WiFi access to mini kitchens, you won’t want for anything during your stay.

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The views are pretty awesome, too! I can only imagine when the vines are in bloom how lovely it will look!

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We not only loved our stay at Vineyard Woods, but we also loved getting to know owners Scott and Katie, who are enthusiastic about not only their own business, but in growing the profile of the region and supporting other local businesses.

Vineyard Woods has its own vines on the property and is offering a unique opportunity to participate in the growing and wine-making process: the VIP Rent-a-Row package. You will share a row or two of vines on Vineyard Woods’ property. You’ll stay at Vineyard Woods for one night each in April (start of the growing season) and September (harvest) and participate in Pinot Noir harvest. You’ll also receive personalized updates on your vines, a case of Pinot Noir or Chardonnay made from your grapes, and a year membership to North Coast Wine Club. This sounds such a cool way to get up close and personal with the wine-making process!

Plus, while you stay at Vineyard Woods, whether part of Rent-a-Row or just for a getaway, you’ll be in the heart of some fabulous wineries. We definitely took advantage of our proximity to the wineries and hit several during our stay:

M Cellars

Scott and Katie took us here, as M Cellars manages the vines at Vineyard Woods. We loved the Meritage, the cheese plate, and M Cellars’ commitment to supporting other local makers.

Harpersfield Vineyard

We enjoyed the cozy atmosphere, complete with winery pups, and the delicious tomato and pesto flatbread.

Laurentia Vineyard and Winery

We enjoyed the Cabarnet Sauvignon, the lovely cellar seating, and catching up with friend Erin and Jayson from our Puerto Vallarta trip!

Kosicek Vineyards

We enjoyed the Chancellor red wine and the fact that you could literally walk back to Vineyard Woods from the tasting room.

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It was a perfect little weekend getaway, exploring some new-to-us wineries, as well as getting the chance to check out a local business that is changing the lodging game out in Geneva and making it a true vacation destination.

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***Disclosure: I was invited for a complimentary overnight stay at Vineyard Woods with a guest. Our food and drink at M Cellars was also compliments of Vineyard Woods. Our choices of and purchases at all other wineries were on our own. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Yuzu!

Last week, Matthew and I had a chance to try a sample of the creative and flavorful cuisine at Yuzu in Lakewood, thanks to Mouthwater Media. Yuzu is an Izakaya-inspired bar. If you don’t know what Izakaya is (raises hand), it’s a type of informal Japanese pub. So, essentially, Yuzu is a Japanese gastro pub.

Yuzu provides a wide variety of small bites, bowls, and ramen, as well as a creative and fun cocktail menu with a ton of craft beers, as well as cocktails ranging from margaritas to punchbowls.

We started with orders of Yuzu fries and Thai fries. The Yuzu fries had panko, cusabi, and chives and the Thai fries had Dutch peanut aioli, crushed salted peanuts, and green onion.

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Both were delicious, but that peanut sauce on the Thai fries was really something special!

Next up game the yakitori flight, with pork belly, top sirloin, chicken thigh, and vegetables.

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The flavorful meats and delicious sauces made this plate a real treat!

Then came the vegetarian ramen, which was packed with yummy, delicate flavors and lots of vegetables (and that egg!).

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We also got to try four different rice bowls, each more flavorful and incredible than the next: Harmonic (mango, avocado, red pepper, black beans, onion, corn, and cusabi); Little India (chickpea curry with sweet potato); bourbon chicken; and Korean beef.

For a collection of interesting, flavorful dishes in a fun, relaxed atmosphere, check out Yuzu. You’ll be as glad as I am that you figured out what Izakaya is!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary tasting at Yuzu with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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