We both love their selection of bourbon cocktails (I had the rye old fashioned). We also devoured the Warm Bavarian Pretzel Sticks with cheddar-beer sauce and the Warm Street Corn Dip, with sweet corn, white cheddar, cilantro, and lime, served with corn tortilla chips.
Then it was over to the show. Alicia and I both had the chance last week thanks to Playhouse Square to interview the actors portraying “The Plastics,” so it was especially fun to see them in action after getting the chance to know them a bit off-stage.
The show is energetic and hilarious and has all the best lines that you love from the movie version, plus updated jokes for 2019. And boy, can the cast sing and dance! I absolutely loved the performance! “Mean Girls” is at Playhouse Square through Sunday, December 22, so don’t miss your chance to get in on the fun!
So, that was my weekend in (three) nutshells. How was yours?
On Saturday night, Jeffrey and I stopped up at Legacy Village for a holiday Sip, Shop, & Stroll. Legacy Village is festive anyway, with the big tree and the “Create Joy” sign, but they added even more merriment on Saturday night.
…complimentary s’mores supplies, with fires for roasting the marshmallows…
…Christmas carols playing and great photo opps, including the iconic #TheLand sign from Destination Cleveland.
You can also grab a festive beverage from BRIO or Bar Louie in a to-go cup and then walk around the Lawn and shops with it!
I tried the Santa’s Reindeer Fuel from Bar Louie, with Bulleit Rye, maple syrup, lemon, apple puree, and candied bacon. Yummy!
The next Sip, Shop, & Stroll happens on Saturday, December 21, just in time to help you get your last-minute shopping done! From 5-8pm, enjoy all the fun mentioned above, plus special discounts at select retailers like L.L. Bean, LOFT, White House Black Market, Banyan Tree, Merchant’s Mrkt, Lilly Pulitzer, and more.
There’s no better place for seasonal shopping (and sipping) than Legacy Village!
***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village, for which I receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
Are you looking for original, handmade, local holiday gifts? Then you need to get to Legacy Village this weekend (Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8) for the Wildroots Holiday Market.
From 12pm-6pm each day, you can peruse up to 60 talented local vendors, all with tons of great gifts for everyone on your list, including yourself!
The Wildroots Holiday Market will be indoors in the storefront between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Ethan Allen. You can take advantage of Legacy Village’s DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area) and sip on festive beverages while you shop. Cleveland Field Kitchen will be providing food at the Wildroots Holiday Market, too!
So, don’t miss the Wildroots Holiday Market at Legacy Village on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8. Admission is free for this family-friendly, shop-local market!
***Disclosure: I have an ongoing agreement to promote Legacy Village events. In exchange, I receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
Thanksgiving weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year!
Not only do I get to enjoy a delicious, traditional dinner with family, but I also get to officially kick off the Christmas season!
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
On Wednesday (it was a looong weekend), I met up with my oldest friend, Kevin, who was in town for the holiday. What better place to catch up than Great Lakes Brewing Co.?
I always like going to the brewpub, because I can grab a brewpub-exclusive beer. This time I tried the Meow Meow Pumpkin Milk Stout, which was creamy and rich and specifically noted as being brewed by GLBC’s female brewers.
The Seared Salmon Salad, with pickled carrots, cabbage, sesame seeds, and herbed peanut dressing, balanced out the heavy beer and made for a great lunch.
It’s so great when folks come back to Cleveland for the holidays (and I get face-to-face catching up time!)
‘Tis the season to take a lot of photos! It seems like I can never have enough fabulous photos with holiday décor, Santa, and general merriment. Legacy Village certainly has me covered in the holiday photo opp department…
Legacy Village’s life-sized JOY sign in back for the season. You can become the “Y” and create your own personalized JOY for this festive time.
Jeffrey got so excited when he saw the sign again this year and immediately asked to be the Y, “just like last year!” And I have to tell you, I’m a sucker for year-to-year photo traditions!
Share your photos on social media with the #CreateJOY hashtag. There will be a variety of social media contests throughout the season, so stay tuned to the Legacy Village Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts for more details.
Photos with Santa
On Saturdays and Sundays from November 30 through December 22 from 12pm-4pm, you can enjoy a free visit and photo with Santa at Legacy Village.
Your first photo with the big man of the moment is complimentary, courtesy of L.L. Bean and media sponsor Q104. For every complimentary photo taken, $5 will be donated to Cleveland Clinic Children’s up to $10,000!
Additional photos are available for purchase, a portion of proceeds from which will also be donated to Cleveland Clinic Children’s. Make some sweet holiday memories and benefit a great cause at the same time!
Santa will be located on Main Street next to Starbucks and Janie & Jack.
Pet Photos with Santa
You can’t leave your furry friends out of the holiday merriment!
The First Tee of Cleveland is a non-profit that teaches children core values and builds character through the game of golf.
And while I am admittedly not a golfer, there is obviously something to their system. I have been continually impressed by the program participants I’ve met, who handle themselves with beyond-their-years poise and confidence.
I had the chance to attend with and meet some of the program volunteers, who get to pass on their love for golf, as well as their life experience to participants on a weekly basis.
There are so many wonderful non-profits in the Cleveland area doing a host of good works through sometimes unexpected outlets. If The First Tee of Cleveland speaks to you, you can learn more their programs, volunteer to help the organization, or donate.
***Disclosure: I was asked by The First Tee of Cleveland to help promote Grit, Gratitude and You Breakfast. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
The Winter Market
Friday night, I had the chance to attend the VIP preview of The Winter Market, a holiday-themed extension of the popular The Summer Market.
Held at The Shipyards, this event was packed with fabulous local makers, most of whom I was fangirling over after following for so long on Instagram.
So, not only was it a fun night of hockey, but it was meaningful too!
Also, I think Jeffrey might be the newest member of the Monsters Top Line Dance Team!
Our friend Maddie is on the team and was so sweet to stop to chat with Jeffrey and get this fun group shot!
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Monsters to help promote the Monsters Monthly Pass. In exchange, I received two complimentary Monsters Monthly Passes for November. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
Girls Night Out
On Saturday night, I met up with some gal pals to celebrate my friend Stacey’s birthday at the Wild Eagle Saloon.
From the pour-your-own-beer wall to the solid 80’s music choices on the jukebox to the tasty bar food (get the pulled pork quesedilla, trust), we had a great time.
We also felt like we stepped back in time to college, as there was an intense game of beer pong happening while we were there!
From Wild Eagle, we headed over to Nano Brew. Apparently, this unassuming beer and burger joint turns in to quite the hot spot on a Saturday night!
After a lot of laughs, hugs, and drinks, we headed home…a perfect girls night out!
Platform Pub Yoga
I’m no stranger to Sunday morning yoga, but it gets even better when it’s Alicia teaching and when I get a beer after class!
I attended this month’s installment of the Platform Pub Yoga series. Taking place on the last Sunday of the month, this series pairs an hour-long vinyasa flow with a post-class beer, plus a donation to a local non-profit.
This month’s non-profit was the May Dugan Center, which provides a host of services to those in need from trauma counseling to a food pantry.
There’s nothing I like better than starting my day with yoga, good friends, tasty beer (I had the Smores Yammy), and an everything bagel (not pictured, because I just ate it too damn fast).
I’m not usually someone who goes all-in on Christmas before Thanksgiving. But when I walked into Table 45 last night and saw their beautiful holiday set-up for our tasting dinner, I let go of all my reservations and started singing “All I Want for Christmas is You.”
Starting November 18 through January 1, you can indulge in the 12 Cocktails of Christmas at Table 45. Themed on the classic Christmas song, these martinis are unique, delicious, and festive.
Each comes with a nutcracker glass charm and are priced at $13. My favorites were:
Table 45 is also offering A Christmas Story Cocktail, with Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka, Baileys, Goldschlager, Cinnamon Schnapps, Butterscotch Schnapps, and Cinnamon. It comes with a Leg Lamp ornament for $30.
Table 45 has your holiday merriment covered on the food side too. You can enjoy Thanksgiving Brunch or Thanksgiving Dinner on November 28. Both are prix fixe at $65 for adults and $35 for children ages 4-12.
You can also let Table 45 do your holiday cooking for you with Thanksgiving-to-Go, which serves 8-10 guests and includes a 22-24 pound turkey, seven sides, and two desserts for $225.
Table 45 will be offering a Children’s Magical Tea on December 7 and 14 for $45 per person. There will be face painting, cookie decorating, and delicious tea-time nibbles. I sampled some of the tea offerings last night and the desserts from Pastry Chef Stephanie will blow your mind.
They’re sweet without being overly sweet, inventive, and just downright delicious! My favorite was this macaron with vanilla bean cream.
Table 45 will also host Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Brunch, and Christmas Dinner. I got to try the Bistro Steak, which is offered at the holiday brunches, and is tender and flavorful.
We also sampled the pork, which will be offered for Christmas Dinner and is a pretty great present to give yourself!
Don’t miss the traditional toffee pudding either!
Oh, and Pastry Chef Stephanie will be creating a gingerbread village in the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel, which will be revealed on November 29.
There is so much holiday merriment happening at Table 45 that you can’t help but be swept up in the spirit(s) of the season! Don’t miss out!
***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary tasting of Table 45’s holiday offerings. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
Held at the Mandel JCC, this sale has something for every fashionista, from exclusive designer labels to cashmere to furs to handbags.
I scored an amazing deal on this stunning dress off the Celebrity/Influencer rack.
It was donated by Kimberly of Modern Musings and I just cannot wait to wear it out on the town (perhaps to the event I’ll be blogging about tomorrow).
The sale is still on today, October 28, from 12-8pm and tomorrow, October 29, from 10am-7pm. And today, everything is 20% off the already amazing prices! So stop by and grab yourself some fabulous new finds for your wardrobe, all to benefit a great cause!
***Disclosure: I was asked by NCJW Cleveland to help promote Designer Dress Days. In exchange, I received complimentary admission to the preview day and compensation. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
Burntwood Tavern Dia de los Muertos
On Friday night, I met up with my friend Lisa for dinner at Burntwood Tavern to enjoy their limited-time Dia de los Muertos menu.
We both started with the Perfect Margarita, served on the rocks with Patron, Grand Marnier, lime, and a salted rim.
We shared the Pacos Nachos, with smoked pork carnitas, colby jack cheese, crispy jalapenos, peppers and onions, avocado salsa, pico de gallo, and queso blanco.
Hearty and filling, these were delicious nachos!
For my entree, I had the Baja Fish Tacos, with beer-battered cod, cole slaw, queso rico, chipotle aioli, and rice & beans.
The rice & beans were not your typical Mexican rice & beans, but they were tasty. And the fish was tender and flaky, with a nice kick from the chipotle aioli.
The Dia de los Muertos menu is available at all Burntwood Tavern locations through Sunday, November 3, with options from tacos to burritos to chicken tortilla soup. Over on Instagram, I’m running a gift card giveaway for $50 to Burntwood Tavern to check it out for yourself. The giveaway closes on Tuesday, October 29 at 11:59pm, so hop over and enter!
***Disclosure: I was asked by Burntwood Tavern to help promote the Dia de los Muertos menu. In exchange, I received two complimentary entrees and two complimentary margaritas. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
The first show was Jungle Book, a re-imagined version of the classic tale, with a great message about conservation mixed in. Every year, Jeffrey becomes so much more engaged in the stories taking place on stage!
While the season ticket packages are sold out for this year, stay tuned in March for when the 2020-2021 season is announced. This a great way to introduce children to live theater in a way that is friendly and accessible, while still challenging their imaginations.
Gesu Young Families Truck or Treat
Trunk or Treat events have become quite popular over the last few years with church groups and schools, where families can decorate their cars and let their kids trick or treat in an enclosed area.
The Gesu Young Families group hosted their Truck or Treat on Saturday night, but it turned into a Gym or Treat due to the weather!
There was a DJ, pizza, and plenty of candy! Our Trunk or Treat design came from my friend Sarah who created this adorable Toy Story-scape and was kind enough to let me borrow it! It was definitely a hit with the kids!
Trunk or Treat was a fun night and a great precursor to all the Halloween action coming this Thursday.
Gesu Blue-Gold Game
On Sunday, we bundled up and headed to the last game of Jeffrey’s soccer season: the Gesu Blue-Gold game.
All the Kindergartners played each other, enjoyed pizza and snacks, and generally celebrated the end of a fun season!
It’s time to start thinking about holiday shopping! The Sunbeam Holiday Boutique is the perfect place to get the gifts you need!
Taking place November 6, 7, and 8 at The Country Club in Pepper Pike, Sunbeam Holiday Boutique features more than 30 vendors from all over the country selling jewelry, apparel, fine clothing, stationary, delectables, and gifts for the home.
There is an opening night party on Wednesday, November 6, where you can be the first to shop the vendors, as well as enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets for the opening night party are $135 and can be purchased online.
The Boutique is open to the public on Thursday, November 7 (10am-9pm) and Friday, November 8 (10am-3pm) for $10 admission.
There is also a Ladies Night on Thursday, November 7 from 6-9pm, where a master sommelier will guide you through a French champagne tasting. Admission is $20 and includes the tasting, a glass of champagne, and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets can be purchased online.
All of this shopping fun benefits Vocational Guidance Services, a non-profit that serves people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Admission fees, as well as a portion of vendor proceeds, go toward helping Vocational Guidance Services provide a full range of vocational rehabilitation services, as well as paid work opportunities, to nearly 4,000 individuals with physical disabilities, mental disabilities, a history of incarceration or addiction, injured veterans, or other barriers to employment.
You can enter to win one of two sets of admission tickets to the Sunbeam Holiday Boutique, good for November 7 or 8 including the Ladies Night, right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, or all four entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):
1. Leave a comment here telling me who you’re shopping for at the Sunbeam Holiday Boutique.
You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.
The giveaway will close on Tuesday, October 29 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!
***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Sunbeam Holiday Boutique. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary admission tickets for myself and two admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
I’m always impressed by the number and creativity of the various stations you pass on the hayride, especially when you consider that they’re all staffed with volunteers!
Jeffrey enjoyed the corny jokes and various just slightly spooky things we saw on the hayride.
He also loved the Glow Stick Dance show and made his way through his first haunted house in the festival field.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s events are always top-notch! Halloween Hayrides are sold out for this year, but stay tuned for next year’s offerings. And I’ll definitely be grabbing tickets for the holiday Country Lights event when they go on sale (November 2 for Farmpark members and Lake County residents, November 3 for others).
Well, you might have heard on the news that it was a crazy weekend at Cedar Point. I’m here to confirm that it was!
The park was so crowded that it was temporarily closed to new guests on Saturday! Between the weather and the great deal with the new Gold Pass, it’s easy to see why.
We actually went both Saturday and Sunday and had a blast! Jeffrey trick or treated through Kiddie Kingdom, checked out the pumpkins, and generally enjoyed the Halloweekends fun.
But the big excitement was getting his 48″ wristband, which meant he was tall enough for roller coasters! We went on the Iron Dragon…
…the Blue Streak (which was my first roller coaster)…
…and Cedar Downs with his new height access.
He absolutely loved the rides and I know he’ll be a ride warrior next summer too!
Halloweekends continues this coming weekend (October 25-27) and is worth checking out for both family fun and spooky shenanigans!