Why? Silver Spoon Awards Party Giveaway!

Cleveland loves to celebrate all the fabulous restaurants we have in town. And no party does that better than the Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party!

 

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The party takes place on Wednesday, May 16 at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center, which means that you can take in some really cool history and even ride the Euclid Beach Grand Carousel in between enjoying fabulous small bites from these Silver Spoon Award-winning restaurants.

 

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There will be a whopping 45 restaurants participating this year, so pace yourself! This party is a marathon, not a sprint, of eating! Participating restaurants include Butcher & the Brewer, Greenhouse Tavern, Mabel’s BBQ, Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar, Pier W, Alley Cat Oyster Bar, and many more.

Silver Spoon Awards Party is a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation Ohio, which means that ticket proceeds go to a great cause! There are also raffles to help raise money, for which you can purchase tickets in advance. The Stock-the-Bar Raffle has a prize donated by Brown-Forman that includes everything from whiskey to vodka. Tickets are $100 and only 52 tickets will be sold!

There are also two Dine Around Cleveland Raffles, each with $1,000 worth of gift cards to fabulous Cleveland restaurants. Tickets range from $50-$80 for the Dine Around raffles.

Tickets for the Silver Spoon Awards Party are currently on sale for $100 for general admission and $150 for VIP admission. VIP admission includes access to the Sysco VIP Lounge, with additional tastings, craft cocktails, a Chopped-style cocktail challenge, and an extra hour to stay at the end of the evening.

 

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You can purchase tickets online for both the party and the raffles. Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets to the Silver Spoon Awards Party 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 which participating restaurant you’re most looking forward to sampling.

2. Visit Cleveland Magazine’s Silver Spoon Awards Party and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

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

4. Follow @SilverSpoonCLE 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 attend @SilverSpoonCLE thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/04/25/why-silver-spoon-awards-party-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 Monday, April 30 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Silver Spoon Awards Party. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary VIP tickets for myself and 2 complimentary general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? NachoRita Fest Giveaway!

It’s Taco Tuesday and it’s very nearly Cinco de Mayo, which has me dreaming of Mexican food and margaritas! If you feel the same way, NachoRita Fest is for you!

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This inaugural event is being held at RedSpace on Sunday, April 29. You’ll get to enjoy nachos from spicy Cleveland restaurants, including Luchita’s Mexican Restaurant, BOMBA Tacos and Rum, Barrio, and REBoL.

 

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You’ll also get to sample margaritas from six different tequila vendors who have been paired with local mixologists to create perfect libations!

After all your sampling, you can vote for your favorite nachos and margarita. There will be Judges’ Choice, People’s Choice, and Most Unique winners in the nacho category and a People’s Choice winner in the margarita category.

Proceeds from NachoRita Fest benefit W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, which helps provide service animals to children with disabilities and who are on the Autism spectrum.

Tickets are currently on sale for $30 to sample all 10 nacho entries and $20 to sample all 6 margarita entries. Or you can hop over to my Instagram page and enter to win two tickets there!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote NachoRita Fest. In exchange, I will receive two tickets to give away. I declined my own tickets due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Grapes Under Glass!

This past weekend, Heinen’s Downtown Cleveland and The 9 co-hosted a series of wine tasting events called Grapes Under Glass.

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These events were a great way to showcase not only the gorgeous Cleveland Trust Rotunda, but also Heinen’s expansive wine selection and The 9’s delicious food from Adega.

On Friday night, my friend Mariah and I attended the California Blue Chip Wine Experience. The event showcased “powerfully-built, highly-rated, limited-release red wines from California,” which sounded like a total palate pleaser for me!

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We each received a wine passport giving us access to a one-ounce taste of all fifteen of the wines, plus three “bonus” tastes for our favorites of the bunch. Some of my favorites included the Caymus Special Select Cabarnet Sauvignon, the Turley Zinfandel, the Quilt Reserve Cabarnet Sauvignon, and the Paul Hobbs Dr. Crane Cabarnet Sauvignon.

Mariah and I agreed that our most enjoyed wine of the evening was the Duckhorn The Discussion, so named because it was a long discussion at the winery to create a Duckhorn red blend.

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All of these big, bold reds were masterfully paired with with tapas-style food from Chef Nelly Buleje of Adega.

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The poke bowl was light and fresh, but it’s spicy sauce could hold it’s own with the wine! And the build-your-own tacos or steam buns were delicious!

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My favorite was the chicken al pastor, which packed a ton of heat! The Kogi short rib was so tender too!

For dessert, there were tobacco chocolate cookies (rich and smoky) and strawberry rhubarb tarts (the perfect balance of sweet and tart).

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The California Blue Chip Wine Experience at Grapes Under Glass was a treat for all the senses, from the beautiful surroundings to the fabulous wines and delicious food. Heinen’s and The 9 are two of Downtown Cleveland’s prettiest, tastiest, most luxurious places to be and their combined forces made this event not to be missed!

***Disclosure: I was invited by Heinen’s to attend the Grapes Under Glass California Blue Chip Wine Experience. I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend in Cleveland! And while I didn’t have the chance to attend the Rock Hall Induction or the first Cavs playoff game, I am so proud of how Cleveland put on a fabulous show on the national stage!

So, here’s what I was up to as Cleveland was rocking it out:

Providence House Luncheon

On Friday, Kimberly and I attended the Providence House Annual Luncheon at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

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Providence House is a crisis nursery that is committed to ending child abuse and preserving families in the Cleveland area. Providence House was founded by Sister Hope Greener in 1981. This year, Providence House turns 37 and its founder Sister Hope turns 90.

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Friday’s luncheon feted Sister Hope and raised $90,000 for Providence House.

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It also introduced a powerful new brand campaign designed by Twist Creative. This campaign showcases the impact of Providence House on its residents and volunteers.

The Providence House luncheon was a wonderful way to not only celebrate the organization’s history, but also look forward to a bright and exciting future for the house. If you want to be part of that future, you can find out more online about how to donate or volunteer.

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Providence House Annual Luncheon with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Children’s Theater Series

On Saturday, we attended the final show of this season’s Children’s Theater Series at Playhouse Square.

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The show, put on by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, brought to life the sweet story of “Guess How Much I Love You” and the imaginative story of “I Love My Little Storybook.” We’ve been reading “Guess How Much I Love You” since Jeffrey was born. It was so touching to experience it live on stage together!

The shows for next year’s Children’s Theater Series are “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Rainbow Fish,” “Emily Brown and the Thing,” and “Junie B. Jones.” Season tickets go on sale May 21. We love attending the Children’s Theater Series shows and experiencing culture together as a family!

Mass and a Meal

Saturday evening, we attended the sixth annual Mass and a Meal event put on by the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter. We started the evening with Mass at Holy Rosary Church in Little Italy.

Then we headed across the street to Nido Italia for a delicious family-style dinner with breaded eggplant, cavatelli, and chicken piccata.

Of course, I can’t be that close to Presti’s and not stop for a cannoli, too!

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Mass and a Meal has become a Chapter favorite event and a yearly tradition for many alumni. If you’re a John Carroll alumni, the Chapter has some great upcoming events including our Founders Day Celebration this Thursday, April 19 at Market Garden Brewery. I hope to see you there!

***Disclosure: I am the president of the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Yoga Roots

Sunday evening, I met up with Mom for her first class at Yoga Roots. We took a restorative yoga class which was a great chance to recharge our minds and bodies before a busy week.

You know how much I love practicing, so I’m so excited to share that with Mom too. And I can’t think of a more supportive community than Yoga Roots to practice.

So, that was my weekend! How was yours? Did you get in on any of the Rock Hall excitement?

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Why? Bakersfield Cleveland!

A restaurant that bills itself as tacos, tequila, and whiskey sounds pretty fabulous, right? On Friday night, Matthew and I got a delicious sampling of what Bakersfield Cleveland has to offer, which is not only great food, but a relaxed, friendly atmosphere too.

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We started with Bakersfield delicious margaritas, any of which can be made spicy with the addition of jalapeno and Serrano peppers. I really enjoyed the pineapple margarita, with el Jimador Blanco, Licor 43, pineapple, agave nectar, and fresh lime.

We also dug into housemade salsa and guacamole, along with queso with chorizo, black beans, and pickled jalapenos.

I love the add-ons to the queso dip! So savory and filling!

Next up was the Willie salad (named after Willie Nelson), with romaine mix, roasted chicken, bacon, black beans, tomato, corn, fresnos, queso fresco, and buttermilk dressing. The salad was light and bright, with lots of fresh flavors.

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We then got to try three different kinds of Bakersfield’s tasty tacos, all on tortillas made in-house. The Baja shrimp had delicious lightly-breaded shrimp, chipotle lime crema, guacamole, red cabbage, pickled fresno, and chive.

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The cochinita taco had anchiote-braised pork, pickled red onion, habanero hot salsa, and cilantro. The pork was super tender and flavorful! And the salsa had a delicious heat on the back.

We also tried a seasonal taco with chicken, kimchi, black beans, and queso fresco. I really loved the flavorful heat on this taco!

We got to end our meal with Don Julio 1942, a fabulous sipping tequila that shows what kind of great hospitality and dining experience you’ll have at Bakersfield. For a fun atmosphere, with creative and delicious Southwest cuisine, check out Bakersfield!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary dinner at Bakersfield with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Grapes and Ale Giveaway!

Who’s ready to think about summer BBQ’s? I know I am! Our Lady of the Wayside wants to kick off your BBQ season at Grapes and Ale on Friday, May 18.

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Progressive Field will once again host this fabulous evening. You’ll get to sample BBQ bites from some of Cleveland’s sauciest restaurants. There will also be over 300 international wines to sample included with your admission, as well as craft beer samples available for purchase at The Corner.

Your hosts for all this food and fun will be Kenny Crumpton from Fox 8 News, Chip Kullik from Majic 105.7, and Jeremiah from Q104.

General admission tickets to Grapes and Ale are $60 and include unlimited wine and food samples, access to The Corner to purchase craft beer samples, a souvenir glass, entertainment by The Ace Molar Band featuring Todd Meany from Fox 8 News, and access to take your chance to win fabulous Chinese auction prizes.

You can also upgrade to VIP tickets, which are $125 and include all of the above plus access to a private Majic VIP area with featured wines, beers, and Tito’s Vodka cocktails, plus special hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

You can purchase tickets online now. Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets 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 letting me know if you’re most excited for BBQ, wine, or beer at Grapes and Ale.

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

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 attend @OurLadyWayside #GrapesandAle thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/04/12/why-grapes-and-ale-giveaway-6 

The giveaway will close on Tuesday, April 17 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 Grapes and Ale. In exchange, I will receive 2 general admission tickets to give away. I declined my own tickets due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Grapes Under Glass!

The most elegant and expansive wine tasting event in Cleveland is back at the Rotunda at The 9 and Heinen’s Downtown ClevelandGrapes Under Glass: An Unprecedented Wine Tasting Event happens Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22.

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All events will take place in the stunning Cleveland Trust Rotunda, a truly unique and beautiful place to enjoy a glass (or two or three) of wine. You will have access to amazing high-end wineries, as well as a wealth of knowledge from industry professionals.

You’ll also nibble on food paired specifically to the wines, created by The 9’s Executive Chef, Nelly Buleje, as well as Heinen’s culinary team.

The full schedule is impressive, including a Four Winemakers-Four Courses dinner on Thursday, April 19; a California Blue Chip Wine Experience on Friday, April 20; a Cognac Private Lounge and Main Tasting Event on Saturday, April 21; and a Conundrum Bubbles Brunch on Sunday, April 22.

Tickets can be purchased for individual events or in an event package, which can include overnight stays at The Metropolitan at the 9 Cleveland. Click here for more information, including pricing on events and packages, and to purchase tickets.

The Cleveland Trust Rotunda has quickly become a symbol of downtown Cleveland’s renaissance and the perfect place for a high-class event. Grapes Under Glass will be quite the event, so raise a toast!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Heinen’s to help promote Grapes Under Glass. In exchange, I will receive two tickets to the Blue Chip Wine Experience. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Market at the Food Bank Giveaway!

As spring event season heats up, I’m getting excited for a great evening of food and fun with Market at the Food Bank. Happening on Sunday, April 29 at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank warehouse, this event is not only a wonderful chance to contribute to the Harvest for Hunger campaign, but also a unique way to see firsthand where the proceeds from the event go.

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Market at the Food Bank is a strolling food and beverage event that features small bites from amazing local restaurants including BRIM Kitchen and Brewery, Mama Roberto’s, EDWINS, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, The Woods Restaurant and Lounge, Little Devil Cupcakery, and many more. You’ll also enjoy beverages from Private Reserve Fine Wines, Reggae Wines, Starbucks, Beverage Distributors, and more.

There is also a fabulous silent auction and live raffle with great prizes up for bid, all to raise even more money for Harvest for Hunger.

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Tickets are currently on sale for Market at the Food Bank. General admission tickets are $127 and include unlimited food and beverage samples, a souvenir wine glass, and valet parking. VIP tickets are $202 and include all the general admission benefits, plus early admittance to the event and access to the VIP lounge. You can purchase tickets online.

Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets to Market at the Food Bank 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):

1.Check out the list of participating restaurants and leave a comment here telling me which your most excited to try.

2. Visit Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

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

4. Follow @CleFoodbank 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 attend Market at the @CleFoodbank thanks to @WhyCLE #HarvestforHunger #giveaway #market2018 https://whycle.com/2018/04/10/why-market-at-the-food-bank-giveaway-3 

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, April 15 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to help promote Market at the Food Bank. In exchange, I will receive 2 general admission tickets for myself and 2 general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Austin!

This past weekend, I met up with my “PLP” (platonic life partner) Andrea for a fabulous weekend of face-to-face catching up in Austin, Texas.

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Andrea and I met in law school and quickly became inseparable. And while life has taken us in a lot of different directions since then, we’ve always managed to stay in touch and even carve out time to see each other in person.

We chose Austin because it was a city we could both get to easily (Cleveland has direct flights there now on both Southwest and Allegiant, woot) and we had heard great things about it. So, here’s where we went and what we loved:

South Congress

The South Congress (or SoCo) neighborhood reminds me of Gordon Square or Tremont, with lots of great restaurants and fun boutiques to explore.

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On my first day in Austin, while I was waiting for Andrea to arrive, I popped into the South Congress Hotel for a tasty drink in their adorable lobby bar.

Andrea and I both relaxed with pedicures at Ten Over Ten, a salon that exclusively does nail appointments and is totally relaxing, as well as totally focused on non-toxic products.

Also in the SoCo area, we fell in love with the adorable Maya Star boutique, as well as the tasty Amy’s Ice Creams (think Coldstone-style treats, but yummier).

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This street art says it all…we loved SoCo!

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Rainey Street

Another great neighborhood in Austin is Rainey Street, which has bars and restaurants galore, all built into adorable bungalows. Rainey Street also boasts some of Austin’s “trailer parks,” which are areas that have food trucks permanently parked.

I had a drink and food truck chicken wings at Lustre Pearl on Rainey Street. I sipped on a Clive Davis (Bulleit rye, lemon juice, ginger beer, and Peychaud’s bitters) while hanging out in the backyard-like patio with giant games, lawn chairs, and astroturf.

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Later in the weekend, Andrea and I returned to Rainey Street for margaritas and guacamole at El Naranjo.

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Rainey Street was definitely hopping on a Saturday night! For a fun collection of restaurants and bars, with tons of options for whatever your taste, I highly recommend a walk (or two) down Rainey Street!

The Roosevelt Room

From the laid back to the fancy, Andrea and I spent an evening sipping fabulous cocktails at The Roosevelt Room, a reservations-only speakeasy nestled in downtown Austin.

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The menu is divided by era and offers a huge selection of craft cocktails, with everything from a Manhattan to a Long Island Iced Tea. We scored seats at the bar, where we got to see the amazing bartenders work their magic, as well as enjoy our own delicious beverages (I got the Air Mail Special, with champagne, dark rum, honey, and lemon).

The Roosevelt Room was a treat for all the senses!

Mattie’s 

While we received tons of different recommendations for places to go in Austin, one place almost everyone mentioned was Mattie’s.

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Mattie’s feels like something out of “Gone With the Wind,” with a beautiful plantation-style house and a distinct feeling of southern hospitality. We went for brunch and loved everything from the amazing buttermilk biscuits to the duck confit hash.

Both the food and the setting were unique and lovely! Mattie’s famous peacocks were strolling the grounds while we were there and Snowball the peacock definitely enjoyed showing off for the camera.

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Mattie’s is a not-to-be-missed southern experience!

Drink Local

While in Austin, I also got to catch up with my friends Shannon and Steven, who took me to Still Austin and The Austin Winery, both located within steps of each other in an industrial park.

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I highly recommend the cocktail flight at Still Austin, which gives you a great taste of their different varieties of whiskey mixed into tasty drinks.

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Also in the same industrial park is a local brewery, so you can get whiskey, beer, and wine all in one spot!

Eat Local

When your AirBNB doesn’t have coffee, you end up at the nearest coffee shop, which is how we discovered the lovely SummerMoon.

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We also ended up at a lovely lunch spot by happenstance: Laundrette. Located in a former laundromat, this bright, charming restaurant served up a lovely ladies lunch.

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The fried chicken sammie was delicious, as was the beet hummus!

We also hit Barlata Tapas Bar, for delicious small plates. Andrea and I had a favorite tapas restaurant in law school, so Barlata was a nice bit of nostalgia, as we shared tapas standards like patatas bravas, garlic shrimp, and blistered shishito peppers.

Yay for eating local! Austin definitely has no shortage of great places to eat!

Getting my Om On

If you know me, you know I also snuck in some time on my mat while in Austin. I practiced at Sukha Yoga, which has a beautiful studio and a warm, welcoming vibe. Seriously, if you’re in town, check out this studio!

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I also picked up a class at barre3 Austin. Because barre3 is standardized across the franchises, I knew exactly what I’d be getting, which was a great workout that felt instantly familiar.

So, that was our weekend in Austin! Tons of time exploring a fabulous and fun town, but even better, tons of time catching up with a fabulous and fun friend!

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Why? Legacy Village Restaurant Week Giveaway!

Restaurant Weeks have become a popular way to be able to check out a new restaurant or rediscover an old favorite for a great deal. Legacy Village is once again offering their Restaurant Week, from Monday, April 9 through Sunday, April 15.

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Diners can enjoy $25 prix fixe meals at Bar Louie, Brio Coastal Bar & Kitchen, California Pizza Kitchen, Granite City Food & Brewery, and The Melting Pot and $38 prix fixe meals at The Capital Grille. You can check out all the different Restaurant Week menus here.

To sweeten the deal even more, Legacy Village Restaurant Week diners can also complete a contest form to be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card to each of the participating Legacy Village Restaurant Week restaurants. And each night, a diner will be selected to win a $50 Legacy Village gift card!

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To help you take advantage of Legacy Village Restaurant Week, I have a $50 Legacy Village gift card to give away 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 which restaurant at which you’d use your gift card.

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 gift card from @WhyCLE to enjoy @legacyvillageoh Restaurant Week #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/04/04/why-legacy-village-restaurant-week-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 Saturday, April 7 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village to promote their upcoming events. I receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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