Why? Weekends!

You guys, spring is in the air! Which made for a busy and fun weekend! Let’s get to it…

Cleveland Monsters Game

On Friday night, Jeffrey and I went to one of his favorite places in town: a Cleveland Monsters game. First, though, we grabbed dinner at Yours Truly.

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Yours Truly is a favorite for both of us. Jeffrey loves the grilled cheese and I couldn’t pass up the Tuna Supreme, on toasted rye with cheese and tomato. A perfect Lenten dinner!

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From there, it was off to the Monsters game. It was Mascot Night and there was a bobblehead giveaway (plus we ran into our friend Maddie from the Monsters Top Line Dance Team), so it was a pretty exciting night even before the ice action started.

It was also Gesu night at the game, with one of the teachers getting to ride on the zamboni and represent the school.

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Monsters games are one of my favorite things to do with Jeffrey. He always has a great time, there’s lots of family-friendly fun, and the price point is really reasonable!

LOFT Shopping Party

On Saturday, I hosted a spring shopping party at LOFT at Legacy Village. As usual, the LOFT ladies made everything so fun and easy, providing beverages and sweets and just being a total treat to work with.

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Before we even got to the party, though, my friend Anne and I hit a class a barre3, then grabbed Bloody Marys at Bar Louie (it’s called balance, friends.) I love how Legacy Village is a one-stop for everything to make a perfect Saturday afternoon!

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I got a ton of cute spring clothes at LOFT that will work for everything from work to play to going out, all for great prices, too.

If you need to refresh your wardrobe for the coming season, stop by and tell ’em I sent you!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village, for which I receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. For hosting a shopping party at LOFT, I received two complimentary items from the store. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Gigi’s on Fairmount

On Sunday, I met up with Mariah and Ashlie to celebrate Ashlie’s upcoming new arrival, Baby Aria. Gigi’s on Fairmount is the perfect spot for a ladies brunch! I just adore this cute, cozy, French spot!

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I had the Avocado Toast 2 Ways, with jammy eggs and pink peppercorn on one and grapes tomatoes on the other.

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Oh, and get the Passion Bubbles, with cava and passionfruit puree. So delish!

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It was a lovely weekend, with lovely weather and lovely friends! How was yours?

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Why? Picnic Hill Market & Cafe!

You know you’ve become part of a neighborhood when a new place opens up and not only are you curious about it, but you have multiple friends message you to find out if you’ve gone yet. So, when my friend Megan asked if I wanted to check out the new Picnic Hill Market & Cafe in Fairmount Circle, I immediately said yes.

I was expecting a sandwich shop and bakery a la J. Pistone’s. And while there are grab-and-go, some grocery items, and beer and wine for sale, Picnic Hill also has a full-service restaurant and bar.

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The menu has a wide variety of appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts, ranging from Korean chicken wings to roasted salmon to a classic cheeseburger. There’s a kids menu, too, with multiple things I know Jeffrey would love!

Aside from the regular menu, Picnic Hill has nightly specials from Tuesday through Friday. Thursday’s special is Birds & Bubbles Thursday, which is exactly why Megan and I picked that night to go. For $18.50, you get two pieces of fried chicken, your choice of either mashed potatoes or four-cheese penne, and sparkling wine.

If there are two things I love in this world, it’s fried chicken and sparkling wine. I didn’t know how much I needed them put together!

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The chicken was super crispy and the penne was dreamy (we both got the penne, so no reports on the mashed potatoes.)

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The other nightly specials are Tequila Tuesday (tacos and margaritas), Burger Wednesday, and Fish Fry Friday.

This cute, cozy spot is more than meets the eye and I cannot wait to go back and order off the full menu!

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Why? Girls Night Out at Legacy Village!

If you read this blog really ever, you know how much I love and value time with my girlfriends. There are few things I love more than planning and executing a fabulous Girls Night Out. And a great place to have a Girls Night Out is Legacy Village.

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At Legacy Village, my girlfriends and I can do four of my favorite things, all in one place: sweat, shop, spa, and sip.

My ideal Legacy Village Girls Night Out starts at barre3. There’s nothing like a fun, energetic workout with your friends to get you bonding over how much you worked your thighs and abs.

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Plus, the barre3 community is so warm and welcoming that it kind of feels like an extension of your Girls Night Out!

Next up, shop! My favorites at Legacy Village include LOFT, White House Black Market, and Lilly Pulitzer for clothes; Arhaus and Crate & Barrel for home; and Merchant’s Mrkt for local flavor.

Then, spa! Get a pedicure at Anthony Vince or a sassy blow-out at Dry Bar, both of which serve cocktails and can easily accommodate groups with advance notice.

Now that you have yourself looking and feeling fabulous, it’s time to sip (and snack!) Bar Louie, The Melting Pot, Wild Mango, or The Capital Grille (especially their lounge happy hour) are all fantastic choices with great cocktails and lots of food options perfect for sharing with your whole group of gal pals.

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For your next Girls Night Out that has a little bit of everything all in one place, head to Legacy Village! And to help you have a fabulous time, I have a $50 Legacy Village gift card to give away!

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 which part of my Girls Night Out would be your favorite: sweat, shop, spa, or sip.

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

3. Follow @legacyvillage and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @LegacyVillageOH 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 a @legacyvillageoh gift card for a great Girls Night Out from @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2020/02/26/why-girls-night-out-at-legacy-village 

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, March 1 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***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.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy and fun weekend of food and friends, so let’s get right to it…

Lindey’s Lake House

On Friday night, I met up with my friend Maria for dinner at Lindey’s Lake House. Lindey’s has a relaxed, coastal vibe in everything from the decor to the drinks to the food.

Maria started with the Coastal Paloma, with tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, agave, and a pink-peppercorn salt rim. I had the Basil Bourbon Smash, with bourbon, simple syrup, muddled lemon, mint, and basil shrub. Both made us dream of summer patio sipping!

We shared the Crab & Parmesan Dip, with baked and topped with spinach and bread crumbs and served with parmesan garlic crisps. A tasty way to start our meal!

Maria had the Lindey’s Lobster Roll, with tarragon mayo and cucumber salad. You would have thought we were in Maine!

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And I had the Crab Cakes, with remoulade, slaw, and handcut fries. These crab cakes were meaty and delicious!

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For dessert, we shared the Warm Cookies & Milk and felt like kids again!

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For a taste of summer with great drinks and yummy seafood, check out Lindey’s in Beachwood, the Flats East Bank, and Lakewood.

Little Italy

OK, so I told you this weekend was a lot of eating! On Saturday night, Jeffrey, my parents, and I had dinner at Mia Bella. This is one of our favorite places in Little Italy.

Before we left for dinner, Jeffrey insisted on wearing a tie and bringing his wallet so he could “pay the bill.” Such a gentleman!

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We shared the spicy Shrimp Saganaki and the House Meatballs as appetizers, while Jeffrey ate tons of the homemade bread.

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For my entree, I had the Veal Piccata, with chardonnay-lemon sauce and asparagus. The veal was tender and the delicate sauce was perfect on this dish.

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Jeffrey had a cheese pizza and was delighted with his choice. It’s always nice to find a restaurant that can make everyone happy!

Our server was so sweet, too. We told Jeffrey the bill was $3, which he proudly paid and she went right along with it!

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We headed across the street to Presti’s Bakery for dessert, where Dad and I had affogatos, Mom had a “lobster tail” (puff pastry with amaretto filling), and Jeffrey had a gigantic M&M cookie.

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A perfect end to a lovely evening!

Platform Pub Yoga

I spent the last Sunday of the month in my favorite way to spend that day: Pub Yoga at Platform Beer Co.

Alicia taught a fantastic hour-long flow with lots of feels (damn you for playing “Fast Car”), lots of laughs (yogi semi-pro tip: don’t laugh in camel pose), and lots of my favorite ladies.

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Plus, the class benefited Ursuline Piazza, which provides services such as housing, counseling, and more to those with HIV/AIDS. Each month’s Pub Yoga benefits a different local non-profit. The next Pub Yoga class is on Sunday, March 29. For just $20, you get the yoga class, a beer, and a donation to the non-profit. Plus lots of laughs! Now that’s a great Sunday Funday! 

Between the eating, yoga, and laughing, Jeffrey had his weekly basketball game and a little friend’s birthday party, so there was lots of busy fun this weekend! How was your weekend?

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Why? Thyme Table!

I had heard so much good buzz about Thyme Table, so I was excited to meet up with my friend Beth for dinner there this week. I got even more excited when I was greeted in the parking lot by this awesome Lisa Quine mural.

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I love Lisa’s work and I love this punny message, too!

Beth and I snagged seats at the bar (Thyme Table is small and popular, so you might end up there, but it’s still a great experience either way) in the last moments of happy hour, which goes until 6pm.

Thyme Table’s happy hour includes select wine, beer, cocktails, and appetizers for $5. The Lobster Tots were included on the happy hour menu, which made them even more irresistible.

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The Lobster Tots have lobster meat, bacon, scallions, cheese sauce, chipotle aioli, and cilantro. So decadent and so delicious!

I didn’t order my cocktail from the happy hour menu, but it was worth it. I had the Friends with the Bartender, with bourbon, grilled pineapple, mint, and ginger.

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Beth chose the BBQ and Beer Braised Short Ribs for her entree, wild cheddar grits and garlic broccolini. Perfect comfort food for a winter night!

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I had the Crispy Chicken Confit, with sweet potato puree, roasted Brussel sprouts with bacon, and mustard jus.

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The chicken was juicy, with just enough crisp to the skin. And the sides were a perfect compliment. The jus added a mustard tang, without being overwhelming.

From the drinks to the food, Thyme Table delivered and I can see why this cozy, tasty spot is getting such a fan following.

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Why? Cleveland’s Finest Hors D’Oeuvre Contest Giveaway!

***This event has been postponed.***

Cleveland’s Finest Hors d’Oeuvre Contest to benefit Our Lady of the Wayside is always a fun and delicious night for a fantastic cause. I love a good appetizer and I love seeing local chefs have some friendly competition with each other!

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You can sample tons of tasty small bites, then vote on who should be awarded the Cleveland’s Finest Hors D’Oeuvre title. There is also live music from Elite Dream Band, wine and craft beer samples, silent auction items, and amazing ballpark views.

The event takes place on Thursday, April 2 at the Discount Drug Mart Club at Progressive Field. There are 14 participating restaurants, including Cleveland Chop, Tartine Bistro, Mallorca, The Woods, and Zak Bruell Restaurant Group.

Tickets are $80 and all proceeds benefit Our Lady of the Wayside’s mission of supporting over 1,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities. For Our Lady of the Wayside’s clients, nursing care isn’t an option, at an annual unfunded cost of $650,000. Cleveland’s Finest Hors D’Oeuvre Contest will support Wayside’s nursing program.

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Tickets are available online or you can enter to win two tickets to the event right here! Here’s how to enter:

1.Leave a comment here letting me know which participating restaurant‘s hors d’oeuvre you’re most excited to sample.

2. Visit Our Lady of the Wayside and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Visit my Instagram page and follow the instructions on the Cleveland’s Finest image for an additional entry.

4. Follow @OurLadyWayside 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 @OurLadyWayside #ClevelandsFinest2020 from @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2020/02/18/why-clevelands-finest-hors-doeuvre-contest-giveaway-5 

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, February 23 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Our Lady of the Wayside to help promote Cleveland’s Finest Hors d’Oeuvre Contest. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to the event for myself and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a fun and festive weekend, celebrating both Valentine’s Day and my mom’s birthday. Let’s get to it…

Valentine’s Day

Jeffrey didn’t have school on Friday, so I got to have a Valentine’s day-date with my best buddy. We started with breakfast at Original Pancake House.

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There’s nothing that Jeffrey likes more than a stack of chocolate chip pancakes!

Then we headed to Busy Bee’s Pottery and Arts Studio for some pottery painting. Busy Bee’s allows you to walk in, select a piece, and paint it however you choose.

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Jeffrey chose this water cup with various sports on it, which is pretty on-brand. He got to paint it in his own style and it will be fired and ready to pick up in a week.

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What a fun activity! I had such a lovely Valentine’s Day with my best date!

Columbus

On Saturday, Jeffrey, my parents, and I headed down to Columbus for a long-weekend road trip. My mom’s birthday was on Saturday, so I wanted to do something to celebrate her special day. Being the awesome grandma that she is, she couldn’t think of a better way to spend her birthday than doing things that Jeffrey enjoys.

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We started at Legoland Discovery Center.

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Jeffrey and my dad spent most of the time there building and racing LEGO cars, which was a great way for them to bond.

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From building to exploring the cities of Ohio built out of LEGOs to rides, Legoland Discovery Center has tons of hands-on fun for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages!

After Legoland, we took a short walk over to McCormick and Schmick’s for dinner. Being Valentine’s weekend, the restaurant was packed and the service and the kitchen were less than stellar. But the manager definitely helped smooth the bumps in the road. And the food and drinks were very tasty.

Mom and I each chose a drink that was prepared tableside, because we so fancy like that. I had the Overcast, with bourbon, crème de cassis, orange bitters, and chocolate foam. Delicious!

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While I didn’t get any entrée pictures because we basically inhaled them after the long wait, I had the sesame-crusted tuna, which was so good. I’m a sucker for good side dishes and the wasabi mashed potatoes and black pepper sauce brought the heat to this dish!

We all shared the Chocolate Bag for dessert: a bag molded out of dark chocolate and filled with white chocolate mousse and berries. Yum!

The next morning, we took a mandatory dip in the hotel pool. There is nothing more exciting for a kid than a hotel pool, I swear!

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We stayed at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, which was beautiful inside and located in close proximity to everything we wanted to do while we were in town.

Sunday morning, we grabbed breakfast at SuperChefs, a superhero-themed restaurant that was as fun as it was tasty.

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I had the croissant breakfast sandwich, with eggs, candied bacon (yes, please), and mixed green, served with a side of delicious hash browns.

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Jeffrey had this gigantic pancake stack. The look on his face says it all!

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Then it was off to COSI for an afternoon of science fun.

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Jeffrey was thrilled with the recently-opened DC Superheroes exhibit, where he could channel his inner Justice League hero.

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I was thrilled that our admission was free with our Great Lakes Science Center membership, as the two museums have membership reciprocity. What an awesome deal!

From futuristic superheroes…

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…to prehistoric dinosaurs, there was so much to see and do at COSI!

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Then it was time to hit the road home, with a mandatory stop at Grandpa’s Cheesebarn on the drive back.

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Yes, I got a bag of cheddar and caramel corn. No, I amazingly haven’t eaten it yet.

It was such a fun road trip and a great chance to get away to celebrate Mom’s birthday. I always have a great time in Columbus, from the food to the activities!

So, that was our weekend. Jeffrey still has one more day off school, so we’ll be fully back to reality tomorrow! How was your weekend?

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Why? Anastasia Galentine’s Package!

Last night I celebrated one of my favorite holidays, Galentine’s Day, with my original galentine: my mom!

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We started with dinner and drinks at Bin 216. Bin 216 is offering a special Galentine’s Cocktail Menu through the run of Anastasia at Playhouse Square. There are select wines, beers, and cocktails.

Mom had the lemon drop and I had a Kentucky mule.

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Then we shared a selection of small plates, including the Neopolitan flatbread, the spinach and artichoke dip, and the special of the day: crispy Brussel sprouts.

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So delicious! We capped off the meal with the decadent apple tart.

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Then it was off to see Anastasia, a beautifully staged and costumed show. And the lead actress’s voice blows the doors off the Connor Palace Theatre.

We had single seats, but since we don’t talk during the show, it wasn’t a big deal! We just caught up at intermission and after the show.

What’s more fun than drinks and a Broadway show with your galentine? Playhouse Square knows that combo makes the perfect night out, so through the run of Anastasia, you can score single seat tickets, each of which will be paired with a drink voucher for a complimentary drink from the Bin 216 Galentine’s Cocktail Menu.

It’s a great deal on a great night out with your galentines! Click here to purchase tickets.

***Disclosure: I was asked by Playhouse Square to help promote the Anastasia Galentine’s package. In exchange, I received complimentary tickets and drink vouchers. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? B Spot Burgers!

You probably already know that B Spot Burgers offers delicious, well, burgers. But next month, B Spot is rolling out a revamped menu of non-burger offerings. Jeffrey and I got a sneak peek at the new menu items that are diverse and delicious.

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In the appetizer category, B Spot is adding two different kinds of chicken wings, as well as classic guacamole and tortilla chips. The wings are available with a flavorful mild dry rub or a spicy jabanero glaze.

There are also two new salad offerings: chickpea and farro and the sunny side. Anything is better when you put a fried egg on top, right? These salads are hearty, but healthy!

B Spot is also adding three new kielbasa sandwich options, all made with kielbasa from the West Side Market. There is a Cleveland classic: the Polish Boy.

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There will also be Reuben-Style and Pulled Pork kielbasa sandwiches.

My favorite was the Polish Boy, made with Cleveland Kraut!

A trio of new sandwiches are also being added to the menu in March. The Pulled Pork was my flavorful favorite of the bunch.

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The Turkey and Pastrami are also delicious and packed with quality meats and toppings.

And last but not least, some decadent new milkshake choices: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel, Blueberry (Jeffrey’s surprising favorite), and Creamsicle (my favorite.)

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B Spot is upping it’s non-burger game with these new options, so stop by and discover another side of B Spot!

***Disclosure: I was invited with a guest to a complimentary tasting of B Spot’s new menu. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend, with lots of buddies, beverages, and brunches, so let’s get right to it…

100th Day of Kindergarten

On Friday, Jeffrey’s class celebrated their 100th day of Kindergarten. All the kids had to make a project using 100 of something they love, so Jeffrey built a roller coaster with 100 LEGOs.

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He was so proud of the project, plus his class made special 100 day t-shirts and crowns, too. I can’t believe the school year is more than half over!

Griffin Cider House & Gin Bar

On Friday night, I met up with Amanda at Griffin Cider House & Gin Bar for some low-key cocktails and catching up. We happened to run into our friend Kate, too!

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Griffin Cider House has an expansive gin selection, but if gin isn’t your thing (and it’s not mine), there are still plenty of great cocktail choices, like this bourbon apple cider that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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It’s a chill spot that’s perfect for hanging out with friends!

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

On Saturday, I gathered some of my favorite ladies for a Galentine’s brunch at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.

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From bottomless mimosas to delicious food, this was the perfect spot for our celebration. I had the shrimp and grits, with andouille, poached eggs, and a truly spicy and flavorful hot sauce.

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The grits were the perfect texture and this dish had a lot of great flavor!

I also highly recommend a side (or two) of the focaccia bread, which was served piping hot in a mini cast iron skillet.

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Most of all, it was a great morning spending time with some of my girls. I am so lucky to have friends from a lot of different areas of life. Around the table were ladies I met in high school and college and through blogging and motherhood. They all blend together so well and it just makes getting everyone together such a joy!

Blu the Restaurant

On Sunday, I was back on the brunch bandwagon at Blu the Restaurant. My dear friend Anne is heading to Honduras on a mission trip this week, so after her missioning Mass, we wanted to take her out to brunch to send her off well.

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We shared the spicy hash, with barbecued potaotes, jalapeno, poached egg, and spicy hollandaise to start. Everyone agreed these were the tastiest potatoes they’ve ever had.

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We also shared the mimosa bottle service, with blood orange, orange, and pomegranate juices.

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For my entrée, I had the stuffed peppers, with veal and pork stuffed peppers and marinara, topped with fried eggs. I liked the brunch twist on this traditional Italian dish!

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Jeffrey had the Yaya’s Pancakes, which were somewhere between a biscuit and a muffin in terms of shape and texture, and were entirely devoured!

This was a great spot for brunch and I definitely have my eye on a few other menu items for the next time we go back!

I snuck in a bit more food fun this weekend at the soft opening of Proof in Tremont, so stay tuned for that later this week…

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