Why? Music Box Tiki Tuesdays!

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…

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…and the Cleveland skyline.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.***

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Why? Weekends!

Hope you found fun ways to stay cool on this toasty weekend! Here’s what we did:

Camp Curiosity

On Friday, Jeffrey wrapped up a week of Camp Curiosity at the Great Lakes Science Center. We chose the Race to Space camp, which centered around celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

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The kids made astronaut helmets and patches, moon models, and more. They heard from speakers from NASA Glenn and learned so much.

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Jeffrey had a wonderful time and grew in his knowledge of and love for all things space-related.

Indians Game

On Friday night, Alicia, Amanda, and I went to the Indians game.

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I had already been to a few games this season, but this was the first of the season without Jeffrey. And while I love his excitement for the game, it was also fun to spend time outside of the Family Deck!

We got the District tickets, which include standing room space in The Corner, as well as a beer. What a great deal! And it was Dollar Dog night, which meant cheap eats, too.

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We supplemented our dollar dogs with some pizza from Dante’s Inferno and quesadilla from Momocho. There are great local eats at Progressive Field!

Despite the heat, we had a great time and the Indians brought home a win, so that makes for a pretty great Friday night!

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Michael Angelo’s Winery

On Sunday, I met up with some Playhouse Square Partners friends for a Sunday Funday at Michael Angelo’s Winery.

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I love everything about Michael Angelo’s Winery! The setting is beautiful, the wines are delicious (the sparking rosé is my new favorite), and the food is so tasty!

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I had the crab cakes, with apple garden slaw and lemon aioli. I also snagged nibbles of the crispy Brussel sprouts, calamari, and truffle fries, all of which are perfect for sharing with a group of friends.

This is the perfect spot for your next girls’ night out or a romantic date!

So, that was our weekend! How was yours?

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Why? Think Pink at Opal on Pearl Giveaway!

‘Tis the season for rosé! I don’t know about you, but I’ve gone all in on this refreshing summer wine.

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Which is why I’m so excited about Think Pink! at Opal on Pearl. On Thursday, July 25, this event brings together two great Old Brooklyn businesses at the lovely Opal on Pearl for an evening of rosé and chocolate.

Lilly Chocolates and Confections will provide both sweet and savory bites created by Chef Amanda Montague.

 

Tony Mellon of Opal on Pearl will expertly pair these bites with rosé wines from all over the world, expanding your rosé palate beyond the usual California or Provence choices.

There will be six tasting stations that you can enjoy at your own pace, while you take in the ambiance of Opal on Pearl.

Tickets are $45 each and space is limited to 50 people. You can purchase tickets online. Or you can enter to win two tickets to Think Pink! 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 whether you like rosé or chocolate better (tough choice, I know!)

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

3. Visit @whycle on Instagram and follow the directions with the Think Pink! image to complete an additional entry.

4. Follow @opalonpearl1 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 Think Pink! at @opalonpearl1 with @LillyChoc thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/07/18/why-think-pink-at-opal-on-pearl-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 Sunday, July 21 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Opal on Pearl to help promote Think Pink! In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets for myself and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Zoo Clues and Brews!

On Wednesday, August 21, the Cleveland Zoological Society‘s The Herd (the young leaders group) is hosting a super fun, after-hours scavenger hunt through the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

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Team Ostrichological Signs!

Zoo Clues and Brews, presented by Great Lakes Brewing Co., allows teams to join in a friendly competition of finding the answers to clues by exploring animal exhibits and interacting with Zoo staff. Through the Scavify app, teams can upload answers and photos and see in real time how other teams are progressing through the scavenger hunt.

There are prizes for the winning team and most spirited team, so think of a fun team name, as well as costumes or tshirts, hashtags, and real time posting throughout the event to show your enthusiasm.

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The event will also include the chance to purchase raffle tickets for additional giveaways. You’ll enjoy complimentary small bites from Driftwood Catering, as well as beer, wine, soft drinks, and water.

Registration is now open for this great evening of after-hours animal excitement! A team of six people costs $240, a team of four people costs $160, and a team of two people costs $80. Click here to register your team!

All this friendly competition benefits the Cleveland Zoological Society and gives you a great chance to interact with members of The Herd, too! Hope to see you on the hunt at Zoo Clues and Brews!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Zoo Clues and Brews. In exchange, I will receive a complimentary 6-person team registration. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Caruso’s Coffee!

The best part of waking up is something local in my coffee cup. Recently, I had a chance to sample several varieties of coffee from Caruso’s Coffee.

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Formed in 2003 as a family business, Caruso’s Coffee harnesses Mike Caruso, Sr.’s nearly 40 years of experience in the coffee business. Caruso’s uses only the finest Arabica beans, which are custom-roasted to order for coffee shops and roasted in various flavors for consumers, packed the same day, and shipped within 24 hours of roasting. This process ensures the highest quality coffee!

Caruso’s roasts and blends a wide assortment of Fair Trade Organic Coffees. Their roasting facility is certified organic by OCIA (Organic Crop Improvement Association) International.

Caruso’s offers a variety of roasts to meet your tastes. Full City roast is their standard and most popular roast. Caruso’s also offers Viennese, French and Italian, each of which gets progressively darker. Light roast is available upon request.

I sampled four varieties of Caruso’s Coffee: Erie Island Coffee Co. Perry’s Brew, Caruso’s Coffee Sumatran Viennese, North Coast Coffee Co. Ohio City Blend, and Zack’s Brews Parallax Blend.

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I tend to like medium-bodied coffees, while Matthew likes bold, dark roasts. My favorites were the Parallax Blend (ironically my favorite of Zack Bruell’s restaurants) and the Ohio City Blend. Matthew loved the smoky Perry’s Brew. Both of us enjoyed the Sumatran Viennese for easy waking up.

I love encouraging you to shop, eat, and drink local as much as possible. And what better way than to kick off each morning with delicious locally-roasted coffee that is perfectly suited to your taste? Check out Caruso’s Coffee today!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Caruso’s Coffee. In exchange, I received four complimentary bags of coffee chosen by Caruso’s. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? The West Side Market!

***Editor’s Note: Today we have a guest blog post from Lauren Reed about one of Cleveland’s most iconic spots: The West Side Market. Read along as she takes you through the history of the Market and some of her favorite vendors. I added a couple of my own photos.***

Just seven years ago, in 2012, we celebrated the Centennial of Cleveland’s West Side Market. As it stands today, the West Side Market is the oldest continually operating municipally owned market in Ohio.

Located in historic Ohio City, the West Side Market was originally built to replace Pearl Street Market. Once construction started in 1908, the market became one of the three public markets in Cleveland that served the growing immigrant population in the 20th century – and it is the only one out of those three that remains open to this day.

In late 1973, the market entered into the National Register of Historical Places. Much later in 2008, the West Side Market was named one of the “10 Great Public Places in America” by the American Planning Association.

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Throughout the years, the West Side Market has done a terrific job at attracting and maintaining a solid base of consistent consumers. There are many vendors that pop into one’s head when they think of the West Side Market.

Some of the well-known favorites are Ohio City Pasta, Ooo…Fudge, Campbell’s Popcorn Shop, Pierogi Palace and D.W. Whitaker Meats.

I grew up with a ton of Italian influence on both sides of my family. Every time we go to the West Side Market, we always make it apparent that a visit to the Ohio City Pasta stand is a must! At their stand they have a variety of pasta types all accompanied with a variety of tastes and health benefits. My personal favorite is the assorted ravioli because it looks and tastes amazing!

Similar to growing up with an Italian influence, I am also surrounded by a very strong Polish denomination within my family. My grandma always says that no one can make pierogi like her mother did, but the Pierogi Palace is a close second! Everything at this stand tastes incredibly fresh and it is something that you can’t quite experience with frozen store-bought food.

I wouldn’t consider myself a “sweets” person but Ooo…Fudge and Campbell’s Popcorn Shop are two places that cannot be missed during your next trip to the West Side Market. Lastly, D.W. Whitaker Meats is the one stand that both my mom and dad swear by.

The West Side Market is also home to a variety of healthy vendors with delicious options. Some of the most noteworthy include The Basketeria Organics and King Produce.

The Basketeria Organics is a vendor that sells solely organic fruits and vegetables. Within the same commodore, you will find King Produce which sells Ohio-grown fruits and vegetables in addition to their selection of tropical fruits.

The location of the West Side Market itself is gorgeous. Growing up in Cleveland you were supposed to understand and promote the “rivalry” between the east and west side of Cleveland. I grew up on the east side of Cleveland about 30 minutes outside of the downtown area.

As I grow older and am in my 20s, I have to say (regretfully) that the west side truly is the best side. ***Editor’s Note: Agree to disagree, Lauren. Mad love for both sides of town!***

The West Side Market is right next to the bridge that connects the west side to the downtown area. Within walking distance of the market are various restaurants, little getaway spots, and outside-of-the-box fun!

Some of the most popular businesses in the surrounding area include Ohio City Burrito, Townhall, Great Lakes Brewing Company, and the home to newly reigning baseball state champions at Saint Ignatius High School.

The future for the West Side Market varies on which vendors you ask. Some vendors blame the increase of rent for affecting the traffic of shoppers. Some vendors note that there has been a decrease in shoppers while others disagree.

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Photo Credit: Angela Fach Photography

The future of the West Side Market is ultimately in the hands of the consumers. Be sure to plan your next grocery trip or weekend plans around visiting the West Side Market and all of its wonderful vendors including two of my favorites Theresa’s Bakery and EuroSweets!

***Editor’s Note: To read more posts from the author, be sure to check out her online portfolio and marketing blog for Sixth City Marketing!***

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Why? Playhouse Square Partners at Bin 216!

Last night, Playhouse Square Partners celebrated the end of our (fiscal) year with our fifth annual wine tasting night at Bin 216.

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This event has become both a staple and a favorite for the organization. This year’s theme was South American wines and we enjoyed five courses of small bites and wines that were perfectly paired.

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Our first course paired Leyda Sauvignon Blanc with Asparagus & Egg Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette.

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You really can’t go wrong in my book with either asparagus or Sauvignon Blanc!

Our second course paired Tilia Chardonnay with a Seared Scallop over Sweet Corn Purée and Herb Oil.

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This particularly chardonnay was very oaky and on its own was not my favorite, but when paired with the food, it was quite good.

Our third course paired Root 1 Carmenere with Devils on Horseback.

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This peppery, delicious red wine was perfect by itself, but became even more delicious when paired with the chorizo-stuffed dates of happiness. (This was my favorite course, can you tell?)

Our fourth course paired Catena Malbec with Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Chimichurri.

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Much like the first course, this course paired two can’t miss items for me: Malbec and chimichurri.

Our fifth course paired El Enemigo Bonarda with Marinated, Smoked, and Grilled Portobello Mushroom Risotto.

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The risotto had a delicious, smoky taste to it which matched the wine nicely and added a depth of flavor you don’t always get with this kind of dish.

All in all, it was a delicious evening trying some new-to-me wines. Bin 216 is a great pre- or post-theater stop, with ambiance (check out that view of the beautiful Ohio Theatre lobby), delicious food, and great wines.

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And if you’re interested in getting involved with Playhouse Square Partners, we’re starting our Jump Back Ball 29 planning on Thursday, July 11 at Market Garden Brewery. You don’t have to be a member to attend. Click here to learn more and RSVP.

***Disclosure: I am the Communications Co-Chair for Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

Oh my gosh, you guys. It’s JULY! When did that happen?! Here’s how we closed out the last weekend in June…

John Carroll Alumni Volunteer Summit

I spent a good part of my weekend up at John Carroll University attending the inaugural Alumni Volunteer Summit, which was truly energizing and inspiring.

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The Summit brought together alumni volunteers from various university departments and areas of the country to share ideas, learn about the university’s vision for the future, and eat ice cream overlooking our beautiful alma mater’s campus.

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We kicked off the Summit with a cookout outside of Murphy Hall, spent Saturday hearing from various departments within the university, and ended with a party on the Quad with a band and food trucks.

Matthew and I stuffed ourselves with pizza, mozzarella sticks, and truffle fries from Sauced Wood Fired Pizza (the firecracker chicken pizza is so good).

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As one of the incoming members of the Alumni Association Board, the Summit was a great chance for me to connect with other Board members and get ready to once again give back to a place that has given me so much.

Dear Evan Hansen

On Saturday night, Matthew and I attended one of the final Cleveland performances of “Dear Evan Hansen.”

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This deeply moving, funny, true, heavy, beautiful story made me laugh, cry, and think about loneliness, human connection, parenting, and so much more. I was so glad we had a chance to see it!

Cedar Point

On Sunday, we met up with our dear friends (and some of Jeffrey’s godparents) Amanda and Scott for a toasty, fun summer day at Cedar Point.

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Jeffrey is enjoying his new height and was able to ride Thunder Canyon for the first (and second and third) time this season.

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From rides to lunch at Famous Dave’s to ice cream at Toft’s to fun with some of our favorite people, it was a perfect summer Sunday!

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How was your weekend? Do you have big plans for the holiday week?

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Why? Punch Bowl Social Summer Specials!

By now, my love for Punch Bowl Social is well-documented. From delicious food that utilizes lots of local ingredients and providers to a fun environment with tons of games and entertainment options to those cocktails and punches…

Last night, we got a chance to sample some of Punch Bowl Social’s latest seasonal menu additions. Matthew tried the featured punch: The Watermelon Polo Bowl, with Sauza Blue Reposado Tequila, Teakoe’s Watermelon Spearmint Tea, McClary Bro’s Watermelon Shrub, house-made strawberry syrup, and fresh lime juice.

I had the It’s a Mer-Man’s World, with Old Forester Bourbon, Teakoe’s Pineapple Papaya Tea, house-made cardamom syrup, Bacardi 8, and fresh lime juice. What light, refreshing summer drinks!

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And there’s no better place to enjoy them than Punch Bowl Social’s rooftop bar, offering great views of the city, Lake Erie, and the rest of the Flats East Bank.

We started our meal with a new appetizer: Umami Bomb Chips and Dip, with charred onion, sour cream, garlic, shiitake mushrooms, and anchovy, served with celery sticks and sea salt kettle chips.

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This dip was creamy, salty, savory deliciousness! It’s a great spin on the classic chip and dip combo.

For Matthew’s entrée, he had the Mediterranean Salad, with crispy falafel, marinated feta, marinated cabbage, romesco, hummus, tzatziki, mixed lettuce, and sumac lemon vinaigrette.

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This salad is a trip around the Mediterranean, with lots of different styles and flavors incorporated. And what a bright, colorful presentation too! It’s not often that just a salad fills Matthew up, but he was completely satisfied after this one.

I had the Shrimp Burger, with butter lettuce, roma tomatoes, pickled red onions, Old Bay mayonnaise, on a sesame seed bun with rosemary fries on the side.

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Much like a crab cake sandwich, the Shrimp Burger was hearty, packed with shrimp, and a great summer sandwich option.

Jeffrey devoured the Lil Knock, the kids menu cheeseburger, in between rounds of Candy Land at the table.

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For summer fun, summer sippers, and summer seasonal menu items, you can’t go wrong with a trip (or two) to Punch Bowl Social!

***Disclosure: I received complimentary food items at my visit to Punch Bowl Social. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

Was this weekend not the most glorious kickoff to summer?! Oh my goodness, we soaked up every moment of it!

JCC Camp

Friday wrapped up Jeffrey’s week at the Mandel Jewish Community Center‘s Anisfield Day Camp.

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The kids got to swim, play dodgeball and Simon Says, do crafts, run a ninja course, and generally burn a lot of energy and get really dirty, as kids should in the summer.

Jeffrey had so much fun and I managed not having my buddy with me all day better than I thought I would, so it was a win all the way around!

Brim Kitchen and Brewery 

On Friday night, I met up with my friend Elizabeth for dinner at Brim Kitchen and Brewery.

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Brim has a great rooftop deck, as well as a second floor that soaks up lots of wonderful sunlight. Brim brews their own beers, as well as having a tasty cocktail menu. I enjoyed the Pom Delight, a Belgian light ale brewed with pomegranate.

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For dinner, I had the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich, with yum-yum sauce, pickles, and house coleslaw.

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In an effort to be healthy, I swapped the truffle fries for grilled asparagus and was totally happy with that choice.

It was a fun and yummy kick-off to the weekend!

Cuyahoga50

On Saturday, the entire family celebrated Cuyahoga50, the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River fire that sparked a national wave of environmentalism.

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For the third summer, Matthew rows crew on the Cuyahoga River with Western Reserve Rowing. He had a regatta on Saturday morning, so Jeffrey and I went down to cheer him on and take in the Cuyahoga50 events too.

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We got to check out the Blazing Paddles event, see the Never, Ever Give Up installation, and just generally enjoy the amazing transformation the Cuyahoga River has undergone.

It made my heart so happy to see how many people of all ages were out and about on the River!

Indians Game

Saturday afternoon, we celebrated another big Cleveland anniversary: 25 years of Progressive (cough, still Jacob’s, cough) Field.

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The giveaway for the game was a replica ballpark, which is currently in Jeffrey’s room, but I might be stealing it back soon!

The weather was perfect to take in an Indians win, enjoy a beer and some Momocho nachos, and generally feel like summer.

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Heck’s Cafe

Between activities on Sunday, I met up with my mom for lunch at Heck’s Cafe in Avon. The weather was perfect for sitting outside and enjoying a champagne mule.

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I had the Asparagus Salad, with mixed greens, avocado, tomato, black sesame, and a lemon ginger vinaigrette. I added seared tuna for a delicious, light lunch.

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I love dining al fresco this time of year!

Engage Cleveland YP Week

Stay tuned tomorrow for my recap of my Sunday spent doing activities with Engage Cleveland’s YP Week, which is happening now!

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