Yesterday, Jeffrey and I kicked off our Sunday Funday with brunch at The Winchester Music Tavern. Located on Madison Avenue in Lakewood, The Winchester is a music venue, bar, and restaurant all in one.
The dining area is small and relaxed. We grabbed a table and I started out with the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. For only $5, you can pick your mix, hot sauces, and create a fabulous skewer to enhance your drink.
The Winchester also offers bottomless mimosas or brunch mules for brunch libations.
Jeffrey chose the Winchester burger, topped with American cheese on a brioche bun, with a side of fries. He declared both the burger and fries to be delicious!
I had the unique breakfast ramen, with red miso broth, bacon, and poached eggs. The broth was flavorful, the eggs were perfectly poached, and it was fun to try a unique spin on ramen.
The Winchester’s brunch menu also offers traditional favorites, like eggs benedict, French toast, and chicken and waffles.
The Winchester offers brunch on both Saturdays (11am-3pm) and Sundays (11am-4pm). There are also lots of fun weekly happenings, such as Vegan Mondays, Turntable Tuesdays, Boozy Bingo and Modern Kicks Comedy on Wednesdays, Taco Thursdays, and Angry Hour (Punk Rock Happy Hour) on Fridays.
And of course, The Winchester is a concert venue. You can check out the complete line-up of musical acts playing at The Winchester here.
For your next weekend brunch in a laid-back location with tasty food, look no farther than The Winchester!
***Disclosure: I was invited to a complimentary brunch at The Winchester Music Tavern. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
You can party like it’s 1969 to celebrate St. Augustine Health Ministries, which was founded in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood in 1969. Groove to the sounds of SHOUT!, Cleveland’s ultimate party band playing the music of the 60’s and 70’s.
Get your grub on with small bites from great local restaurants, including Tinman, Rocky River Wine Bar, Element 41, Parker’s Downtown, Berea Depot, and more.
And give, as proceeds benefit St. Augustine Health Ministries, which is a mission-driven, faith-based, not-for-profit organization founded by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland, dedicated to providing a continuum of health care and social services within the community. The Health Ministries ensure that the needs of every individual are met with dignity, comfort and love.
Tickets are $100 for general admission, which includes food, 2 drink tickets, and valet parking and $150 for VIP admission, which includes a VIP reception, food, unlimited beer and wine, and valet parking. You can purchase tickets online. Or you can enter to win two tickets to RetroMania right here!
Here’s how to enter:
1. Leave a comment here telling me your favorite 60’s or 70’s song.
2. Visit RetroMania and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.
The giveaway will close on Monday, September 30 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!
There will be wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, fashion art, music, and of course food. Vendors for CIAO! Cleveland include Lago East Bank, Caruso’s Coffee Roasters, Orlando Baking Company, Miceli’s, Luca Italian Cuisine, Dante’s Inferno, Corbo’s Bakery, and more.
This is sure to be a fun and delicious day celebrating the best of Italian culture in Northeast Ohio!
CIAO! Cleveland is free and open to the public, but the demo tent events are ticketed and I have your chance to win two tickets to an event in the Medical Mutual Demonstration Tent! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, or all three entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):
1. Leave a comment here telling me your favorite Italian dish.
The giveaway will close on Sunday, September 29 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck! Hope to see you at CIAO! Cleveland!
***Disclosure: I was asked by NOIA Foundation to help promote CIAO! Cleveland. In exchange, I will receive a press pass to the events in the Medical Mutual Demo Tent. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
What a beautiful weekend in CLE! Here’s what we were up to:
On Friday night, Mom and I met up for dinner at Lola Bistro. It was the perfect night to sit outside and take in the great weather and the game night crowds on East 4th Street.
Lola Bistro is in the process of unveiling a new menu. Our server told us Chef Symon was recently in town to help develop the new dishes. For our appetizers, we selected one new dish and one classic one.
The Beef Cheek Pierogi, with mushrooms and horseradish crème fraiche, is still on the menu and is so delicious!
We also enjoyed the seasonally-perfect Tomato Salad, with fresh and pickled tomato, peaches, almonds, dill, and farm cheese.
Mom had the Strip Steak, with stilton au poivre, frisee, pickled shallots, and chives. The steak was perfectly done, simple, and delicious.
I had the Duck and Foie Gras Meatloaf, with celery root puree. The slices of meatloaf were thin, almost like terrine, and the flavor was smoky and rich, with just the right amount of foie gras.
For dessert, I couldn’t pass up the 6am Special, another item I’m so glad stayed on the menu. This decadent dessert has brioche French toast, maple-bacon ice cream, and roasted apple.
Mom had the My Dad’s Favorite Cake, with lemon cake, strawberry buttercream, lemon curd, raspberry jam, and vanilla bean ice cream. I love the combination of berries and lemon!
It was a fantastic dinner! The new menu at Lola Bistro is definitely worth a visit or two!
The Foundation Room is a membership-based space at House of Blues, with a great menu of cocktails and food;
a funky vibe, with lots of cozy spaces;
and a gorgeous new flower wall from CLE Flower Walls on the patio overlooking East 4th Street.
Foundation Room membership benefits range from food and beverage discounts to exclusive presale access to backstage tours. Click here to learn more about the various membership levels and elevate your House of Blues experience.
***I was invited to a complimentary event at the Foundation Room, with cocktails, food, discounted parking, and a swag bag. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
This annual event is a fundraiser for North Union Farmers Market and supports not only the markets around town, but also their Access Programs, Mighty Locavores, and more.
I had the cool opportunity to be a judge for the beef competition of the Top Chef Garlic Grill-Off. Chefs from Nomad Culinary, CLE Kraut, and EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute presented their beef and garlic creations.
I was blown away by the creativity, plating, and downright deliciousness of all the food!
Congratulations to Nomad Culinary, who won the competition. It was a tough choice picking a favorite, for sure!
We also checked out all the varieties of garlic for sale, the live entertainment, and the kids area! There is so much to do at the Cleveland Garlic Festival! This is definitely an annual tradition for us.
***Disclosure: I was asked by North Union Farmers Market to help promote the Cleveland Garlic Festival and to judge the Top Chef Garlic Grill-Off. In exchange, I received four weekend passes to the Garlic Festival. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
We actually had a few other things this weekend, including another festival, stopping by Matthew’s regatta, and a baptism, so you get the picture…it was a busy weekend!
Since Jeffrey starts school this week, I’m glad we squeezed in so much fun! How was your weekend?
When Michael and Rebecca Suhy lost their daughter, Allison, to a food allergy reaction in 2017, they turned their tragedy into purpose by founding the Allison Rose Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to changing the lives of food allergy families through education, awareness, research, and advocacy.
I had the opportunity to attend the inaugural ARF Founder’s Event, which drew more than 600 people and raised over $100,000.
It was a powerful evening seeing the community come together to support the Suhy family and help make the Allison Rose Foundation’s goals a reality.
In the past year, the Allison Rose Foundation has had national reach and is now educating teens and young adults in high schools and colleges, as well as school staff, on food allergy severity, signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and how to manage a food allergy emergency—especially as teens begin to transition to their own independence.
The Allison Rose Foundation has also granted a scholarship to an Independence High School senior who is starting her freshman year at Ohio University, begun work on changing legislation and created a video guide on how to set up and access the Medical ID on smartphones.
On Saturday, January 25, 2020, the Allison Rose Foundation will be holding its second annual fundraising event at the Embassy Suites in Independence: The Yellow Brick Road Celebration. You won’t want to miss this inspirational and fun evening. Stay tuned here for more details!
As a supporter of Allison Rose Foundation, I have the opportunity to give away two pavilion seats to the Rascal Flatts concert at Blossom Music Center on Friday, September 20! 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 your favorite Rascal Flatts song (mostly because I cannot decide which one I love the most).
You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.
The giveaway will close on Wednesday, August 28 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!
***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Allison Rose Foundation. In exchange, I will receive two tickets to the Rascal Flatts concert for myself and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
While the stores are starting to stock pumpkin spice and Halloween decorations, there is still plenty of time to enjoy summer at Legacy Village.
Dine on a Patio
One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to dine al fresco. Legacy Village has four great patio options surrounding their Lawn, where you can enjoy a meal outdoors, along with some people-watching and summer breezes.
Bonus if you can do this on a night when Legacy Live is happening, so you can enjoy the live music, too!
Legacy Village’s outdoor events are a great way to hang on to that summer feeling. Legacy Live, a free outdoor concert series, continues every Friday and Saturday evening through Saturday, August 31.
Food Truck Mondays continue through Monday, August 26 to give you a tasty, picnic-atmosphere lunch option.
Yoga in the Village has two more events this summer to get your downdog on outdoors: tonight (Tuesday, August 20) and Tuesday, September 17.
And the North Union Farmers Market continues its outdoor market packed with seasonal deliciousness at Legacy Village every Sunday through Sunday, September 29.
The Generous Pour
If you have never experienced The Generous Pour at The Capital Grille, don’t let your summer end without giving it a try!
The event includes unlimited pours of seven wines that you can add on to your meal at The Capital Grille. It’s a perfect way to toast to the end of a fabulous summer! You can enjoy The Generous Pour through Sunday, September 1.
Lilly Pulitzer is the quintessential summer wardrobe, so stop by the store at Legacy Village to grab that perfect dress, romper, or accessories to end your summer in style!
On Sunday, Matthew and I attended a show with the Blossom Festival Orchestra and Brian Wilson, celebrating the iconic “Pet Sounds” album (as well as lots of Beach Boys classics). This was so exciting for me, since my first concert was seeing The Beach Boys at Blossom.
But before the music even starts, there are new features at Blossom that make an evening there with The Cleveland Orchestra even more spectacular! The newly-opened Tasting Room offers wine, beer, and desserts to enjoy in the Tasting Room or take with you to your seats in a handy, yours-to-keep carafe.
At all The Cleveland Orchestra concerts, the featured wines in the Tasting Room are themed on what the orchestra is playing. So, at Sunday’s show with Brian Wilson, the wines were from California.
You can also order boxed lunches or picnic baskets from the Tasting Room to enjoy on the lawn or in one of the cute new seating areas.
Beyond The Tasting Room, the Blossom Grill offers full-service, sit-down dining or you can enjoy one of the many food truck vendors lining the lawn.
Matthew and I grabbed dinner from The Shuckin’ Shack. The BBQ pulled chicken was delicious, as was the garlic parmesan roasted corn.
If you’re a season subscriber to The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, you get exclusive access to Kulas Plaza, which includes a bar, food vendors, seating, restrooms, and easy access to the pavilion.
We also got a glimpse of all the backstage action. The backstage set-up at Blossom is truly impressive and massive, with practice rooms, dressing rooms, catering services, and everything to keep shows from The Cleveland Orchestra to rock ‘n roll up and running.
Then it was time for the show! It was such a cool throwback for me to see Brian Wilson and hear music that I enjoyed at my first concert ever. The Blossom Festival Orchestra added such great depth to the music too.
From taking us through the entire “Pet Sounds” album to an encore dance party of Beach Boys favorites, it was a wonderful night!
Of course, you can also catch The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. Learn more about the 2019-2020 series here.
For a magical night of music, food, and fun, don’t miss your chance to see The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center!
***Disclosure: I was invited by The Cleveland Orchestra to attend a show at Blossom Music Center. I received two complimentary tickets to the show, a parking pass, and drink vouchers. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
On Sunday, August 11 from 12pm-4pm, Legacy Village will host a monster-sized touch-a-truck event that will allow children and their families to get hands on with safety vehicles, school buses, construction equipment, service vehicles, and more.
Meet the Machines is fun for the whole family! There will be vehicles from the City of Lyndhurst Police Department, Fire Department, and Service Department; the Cleveland Police Museum; the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Cleveland Monsters; W.B. Mason; and more.
Aside from all the vehicles to see and touch, Meet the Machines will also feature live entertainment, giveaways, crafts, and safety information. This event is free and is made possible with support from Hawken School, the City of Lyndhurst, iHeart Media, and Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine.
Fuel up and head on out to Meet the Machines at Legacy Village!
***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village to promote their events. In exchange, I will receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
We started out in the VIP area. Twilight at the Zoo is an event where the VIP upgrade is really worth it: you get reserved parking, more food options, and a full bar, as well as some additional bands to hear.
If you want to have a wild time at the Zoo yourself, you can grab tickets this morning for another great Cleveland Zoological Society fundraiser: Date Night at the ZOOvies. The event takes place on Friday, September 6 and includes complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers, along with a showing of “The Goonies” in the Zoo’s Savanna Theater (with movie snacks to enjoy during the film).
Tickets are $90 for a couple or $55 for an individual. This event always sells out quickly, so grab your tickets ASAP! They go on sale today (Monday, August 5) at 9am!
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Twilight at the Zoo and Date Night at the ZOOvies. In exchange, I received four complimentary VIP tickets to Twilight at the Zoo and two complimentary tickets to Date Night at the ZOOvies. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Ohio State Fair. In exchange, I received complimentary tickets, a parking pass, food vouchers, and compensation. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
Hello from Columbus! We spent the night in the 614 after a fun-filled day yesterday at the Ohio State Fair. The Fair opened yesterday and continues through August 4. And while there are tons of fairs and festivals in the summer, there are lots of things that make the Ohio State Fair unique and worth the drive!
The Butter Sculptures
OK, seriously, these are some crazy works of art, all made out of butter. Also, if you’re a West Wing fan, you can do the entire “butter cow” bit.
This year’s theme celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, with butter astronauts and more.
In the same building, you can also snag some of the special Moon Landing Ice Cream: orange ice cream with a marshmallow swirl and brownie chunks.
Which leads me to…
Sure, there are all your standard fair food options: deep-fried this and that, corn on a stick, etc.
But there’s also the Taste of Ohio Cafe, with Ohio chicken, pork, and beef farmers serving up delicious eats.
The pork tenderloin sandwich is my absolute favorite. It’s tender, juicy, and doesn’t need any sauces or extra seasonings to make it mouth-watering.
In the Taste of Ohio Cafe, you can also find Ohio wines and craft beers.
Just outside the Taste of Ohio Cafe, grab a buckeye funnel cake from KG Concessions.
This Ohio-shaped fried marvel is topped with powdered sugar, peanut butter, and chocolate.
The sheer volume and variety of rides at the Ohio State Fair is enough to keep everyone happy, from the smallest to the most adventurous.
The all-day ride wristband is a great deal and will let you explore all the rides as much as you want.
Cows! Sheep! Horses! Pigs! Row after row of critters, winning prizes, being shown, and just hanging out in their farm-animal cuteness.
One of the big reasons we love the Ohio State Fair is that it brings together city and country so well. You can see the pride that generations take in their livestock and honestly learn more about farming, raising animals, alternative fuels, and sustainability.
So, have I convinced you yet to hop in the car and cruise down 71 South to visit the Ohio State Fair? (Hey, you can always stop at Grandpa’s Cheesebarn on the way!)
The Ohio State Fair is open daily through Sunday, August 4. Tickets are $10 for adults ages 13-59, $8 for seniors 60+, $8 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under.
You can enter to win a four-pack of tickets to the Ohio State Fair right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment for each entry):
1. Leave a comment here telling me which part of the Ohio State Fair you’re most excited to experience.