It’s summertime and there’s no better place to be than on a patio enjoying a cool beverage. Music Box Supper Club wants you to do just that, at a great deal!
Today and every Tuesday this summer, head to Music Box from 4-8pm for Riverfront Tiki Tuesdays. First, you’ll get amazing waterfront views of the bustling Cuyahoga River…
…and the Cleveland skyline.
You’ll also enjoy awesome deals on food and beverage. Tiki Tuesdays offers $6 drinks, including piña coladas, margaritas, mai tais, and select Great Lakes Brewing Co. beers.
When we went last week, I enjoyed a refreshing Zombie, with light and dark rum, fruit juice, cinnamon-infused simple syrup, and bitters. My mom had the piña colada, which was light and delicious, without that think, milkshake texture.
It’s easy to remember how much things cost on Tiki Tuesday, because all the food is also $6. You can choose from a cheeseburger, veggie burger, or kielbasa, all served with fries, or the Pu Pu platter, with meatballs, wings, and ribs.
The burgers were juicy and the toasted brioche buns were a win in my book. And the Pu Pu platter offered a nice variety of sauces and flavors.
To add to the fun, you can relax to the steel drum sounds of a Caribbean playlist. And Tiki Tuesdays are pup-friendly too, so you can make it a “yappy hour” deal.
Fun drinks, tasty food, great views, and awesome prices…don’t miss Tiki Tuesdays happening today and every Tuesday this summer at Music Box Supper Club!
***Disclosure: I was asked by Music Box Supper Club to help promote Tiki Tuesdays. In exchange, I received complimentary food and drinks. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
We’ve been so happy with his progress at Goldfish Swim School, not only in swim skills, but also in self-confidence! We definitely feel confident going into the summer season that he is ready for all the pool and water fun the season brings!
On Saturday evening, my mom and I met up for a Girls’ Night Out at Luca West.
From perfect cocktails to delicious food, this is a great spot to dine! We started with an appetizer course of the Sacchetti, white truffle and ricotta-stuffed sacchetti pasta with white truffle and aged fig balsamic.
This is one rich dish, but so worth the indulgence! Pro tip: use the bread to sop up the extra sauce!
For our entrees, we both chose veal: grilled veal chop with truffle butter for Mom and veal piccata for me. Both were served with roasted potatoes and asparagus.
We both cleaned our plates! The veal was tender, the piccata sauce was bright and citrusy, and the sides were the perfect compliment.
For dessert, we went with a trio of traditional choices: crème brûlée (so smooth and creamy), cannoli, and tiramisu (light and fluffy perfection). All were delicious and left us with something to take home to our husbands, too!
I am always so impressed with the food and the service at Luca West…truly a fabulous place to enjoy an Italian feast!
Last night, Mom and I celebrated an early Mother’s Day with the best gift we can give each other: time together.
We attended the Spring Supper Club at Borrow Rentals, with food and expertly-paired wine from Spice Kitchen and Bar. The setting was perfect, with Borrow’s eclectic, vintage decor fitting in perfectly with Spice’s seasonal, farm-driven cuisine.
We were welcomed with Prosecco (the only way I like to be welcomed) and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus.
Our first course was 3-Way Dandelion Kombucha Soup, with radish, snow peas, and dandelion greens, paired with Corvidae Riesling.
I was so skeptical about this course and I just loved it. The soup was tangy and spicy, with just enough sweetness from the snow peas to balance it out.
The second course was Guinea Fowl “Caesar” Salad, with romaine, ramp croutons, Styx mountain cheese, and Lake Erie Caesar dressing, paired with The Curator White Blend.
One of my favorite things about Spice is how hyper-local and seasonal their food always is. Ramps are a sure sign of spring in Ohio!
Our third course was Venison Sausage Pasta, with spring green pea pesto, whipped ricotta, Spice Acres mushrooms, and foraged nuts, paired with Farnese Montelpuciano d’Abruzzo Fantini.
Rich, delicious, and creatively presented, this dish was a winner!
We ended our spring dining with Angel Food Cake, with Chantilly cream and rhubarb jam, paired with Marenco Moscato d’Asti.
What a lovely evening of creative food in a creative atmosphere, shared with the lady who taught me to love both!
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…
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!
We started at Saucy Brew Works, where we love the food just as much as we love the beer.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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!
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.***
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.
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!
For dessert, I had the manzana gallette because I seriously cannot pass up an apple dessert.
It was a great way to end a great weekend! How was yours? What are you doing to celebrate the Home Opener?
This weekend, Mom, Jeffrey, and I headed down to South Florida for a little spring break trip. The reason for our visit was to celebrate my Great Uncle Ray’s 80th birthday, but we also squeezed in some other South Florida fun.
We stayed at B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale, which was right on the beach. Jeffrey loved both the time on the beach and at the hotel pool.
We brought home lots of seashells (and sand!) The last time Jeffrey was in this part of Florida, he was just under 2 years old, so his excitement over the ocean was almost brand new.
While at B Ocean, we had a delicious lunch at the Naked Crab. The rock octopus was so smoky and good!
We also took a stroll down A1A…
…and found Bo’s Beach, a perfectly-situated beach front restaurant with delicious Frose cocktails and yummy churrasco steak.
Everything tastes better with beach breeze blowing through your hair!
Not only was the lunch so tasty, but it was a great chance to connect with some Florida alumni and hear what’s been going on at campus lately from the new president, Dr. Michael Johnson, and his wife, Jill.
Now, to the point of the whole trip: Great Uncle Ray’s birthday! We surprised him and he was truly shocked when he opened his door to the three of us standing there!
From a delicious birthday dinner at Cooper’s Hawk (get the gnocchi with roasted butternut squash)…
…to time spent at their house in the pool, it was a wonderful chance to catch up and celebrate!
And while we had lots of other fun on the trip, the whole point was the family time. There’s truly nothing like face-to-face connection and I’m so glad we had a chance to make it happen for this big birthday!
How was your weekend? Are you doing any spring break travels?
I’m ba-a-a-a-ck. Literally at 1:30am today. And here I am, writing to you all. That’s true love, right?
Also, I figure the window on me talking about my vacation is closing, so here we go…
It had been awhile since Mom and I had traveled just the two of us. In fact, the last “girls only” trip was when we went to Scottsdale a couple months before Jeffrey was born. So the chance to get away together was much appreciated.
Which means right off the bat, I have to give mad props to Matthew for holding down the fort (seriously, the literal fort is still standing) and my dear friend Mariah for helping out too.
So, now to the trip: As you may remember, my dad owns a tire business (Tireman USA) and this trip was part of an incentive program with Goodyear. When we first got to St. Kitts, we spent a day with the other Goodyear folks and incentive-earners working on clean-up and building projects at a local school.
The group built picnic tables, re-tiled a kitchen, cleaned up classrooms, painted playground equipment, did landscaping, and packed nearly 200 bookbags stuffed with donated school supplies.
It was surely a different way to kick off a vacation, but so worthwhile!
We stayed at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, which boasted amazing ocean and mountain views, beautiful pools, and delicious food and drink.
Some of our favorite things we ate at the Marriott included the Chilean sea bass at Blu Seafood Restaurant, the St. Kitts BBQ Pizza from Pizza Shack, and the mushroom soup en croute at Royal Grill Steakhouse.
We also explored St. Kitts and it’s neighboring island, Nevis, a bit. On St. Kitts, we went to a wonderful dinner at Marshall’s Restaurant.
I had lobster jerk pasta and Mom had grilled local lobster tail, both of which were so fresh and delicious.
On Nevis, we saw the home where Alexander Hamilton lived as a child, which was a great piece of history and obviously much more popular because of the musical. They were actually playing the soundtrack at the house!
Everything was delicious and we washed it down with lots of wine! There were lots of great silent auction items up for bid, too, like a Baker Mayfield autographed football, jewelry from Kendra Scott, and more.
Great food, great wine, and a great time, all for a great cause!
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Arthritis Foundation, Ohio to help promote Red & White on Thursday Night. In exchange, I received two complimentary VIP tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
The Allison Rose Foundation was started after Allison Suhy’s life was tragically cut short due to anaphylaxis brought on by a food allergy. Out of this loss, Allison’s family decided to start a foundation to educate families about food allergies, help children transition to safe independent living with food allergies, and research new treatments and cures for food allergies.
The Founders Event was a celebration of how much Allison and her family mean to their community. The room was packed with family, friends, and fellow firefighters (Allison’s dad is the fire chief in Cuyahoga Heights).
Speaking of firefighter support, I got a chance to meet UFC Champ and Valley View firefighter Stipe Miocic, who was there to support the event.
There were tables packed with awesome raffle prizes, plus a silent auction and 50/50 raffle.
We also heard from Dr. Sandra Hong of the Cleveland Clinic, who spoke about developments in treatments and potential cures for food allergies.
What really struck me about this event was how many people have been touched both by Allison and her family and the issue of food allergies. The Allison Rose Foundation may just be kicking off, but they are starting with a huge amount of community support. I can’t wait to see the impact they’ll make for food allergy families.
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Allison Rose Foundation to help promote the Founders Event. In exchange, I received two complimentary VIP tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
2018 was, well, a year. To be completely honest, I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s Eve on a good year and this year was more challenging than most. I’m having a hard time separating the bad from the good, so I’m mostly just ready to welcome a new beginning.
But when I look back on it, there were certainly fun moments in 2018, along with a lot of growth, strengthening of relationships, and deepening of commitments.
In 2018, we ate…
…I yoga-ed and barre-d…
…we got cultured…
…and we got to the Point.
And my kid grew into even more of an extraordinary, funny, smart, inquisitive human.
It’s been a hell of a year and while I’m honestly not sad to see it go, I do hope the lessons, the growth, and the friendships stay with me into 2019.
May the New Year land softly, however you may feel about 2018. XO
It was a fabulous holiday weekend, filled with family, food, and fun! Here’s the recap…
Sugar Pines Farm
I love Thanksgiving and we had a fabulous run of back-to-back dinners with family, but on Friday, I was ready to kick off the Christmas season. Step one was to get a Christmas tree.
We headed to Sugar Pines Farm for a cut-your-own tree experience. It was so fun to pick our tree, cut it down, and haul it back ourselves!
Sugar Pines Farm also has a bonfire and s’mores, wagon rides out to see Santa, and a snack shack with yummy things like funnel cakes, roasted nuts, and hot chocolate. More than just getting a tree…it was a total experience!
Plus, the tree is just beautiful and looks fantastic all decorated!
On Friday evening, we all headed to University Circle for a little preview of Holiday CircleFest, which happens this coming weekend.
Holiday CircleFest includes a Polka Skate with the Chardon Polka Band on Friday night; a holiday market, horse-drawn carriage rides, and live music on Saturday; and free admission to museums, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carving, and photos with Santa on Sunday.
This weekend, we checked out the Rink at Wade Oval, which is a centerpiece of the Holiday CircleFest events. Unfortunately the Rink wasn’t frozen enough for skating yet, but we can’t wait to go back and let Jeffrey have his first ice skating experience!
The Rink is open through February 18. The lights around the Rink make it just a lovely holiday spot!
…gingerbread houses created by talented and creative Clevelanders (Jeffrey and I had the tough task of judging these houses)…
…the Garden Express train…
….and delicious holiday treats and fantastic live music.
Glow is happening at the Cleveland Botanical Garden every day except Mondays through January 5 and is a lovely holiday tradition!
***Disclosure: I was asked by University Circle to help promote Holiday CircleFest. In exchange, I received three complimentary tickets to the Rink at Wade Oval and Glow. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
We had a great time exploring the wineries and getting some fun souvenirs to take home with us! The Tannenbaum Trail is a yearly happening and for a small price, you can check out lots of wineries, get a cute Christmas decoration, and you have three weekends to complete the trail!
So, that was our weekend! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!