Why? Weekends!

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

Camp Curiosity

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

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

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

Indians Game

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

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

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

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

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

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Michael Angelo’s Winery

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

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

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

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

So, that was our weekend! How was yours?

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Why? All Star Game!

OK, I promise this is the last of the wall to wall MLB All Star Game coverage. But as I sit here sunkissed and happily exhausted, I would be remiss if I didn’t put down a few thoughts on Cleveland’s moment in the spotlight:

Play Ball Park was a blast! From the World’s Largest Baseball…

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…to the memorabilia from the National Baseball Hall of Fame…

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…to the hands-on activities…

…there was something for every age of fan.

Working the magenta carpet at the T-Mobile Derby After Dark Party was a bit surreal. And Francisco Lindor is as gracious as you think he is. And his smile is as mega-watt as it seems on television.

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Photo Credit: Manny Wallace, Cleveland Scene Magazine 

The Red Carpet event prior to the MLB All Star Game was quite the spectacle. To see East Ninth Street turned into a massive red carpet…

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…to see so many talented players arriving at a pinnacle moment in their career…

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…to just see this ballpark and city that I love so much just bursting with energy…

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I honestly can’t overstate what an incredible few days it’s been to be a part of the All Star excitement.

We have so much to be proud of, from cultural institutions to restaurants. Cleveland is an amazing destination and there should be no question that we can show all of our visitors an incredible time.

But more than that, Cleveland really shines in times like this, not just with the ability to pull of a large national event, but in our ability to be warm, welcoming hosts.

Did you take part in any of the All Star festivities?

***Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to Play Ball Park and media access for the Red Carpet courtesy of Destination Cleveland. I was invited to cover the magenta carpet at the T-Mobile Derby After Dark Party. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Engage Cleveland YP Week!

This week, Engage Cleveland has a jam-packed schedule of events to help YPs get engaged to Cleveland. YP Week features events from fitness to networking to lunch and learns to wine tastings.

On Sunday, I took in two events that illustrate the wide range of activities happening this week. I started my day at Play: CLE for an open gym.

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From climbing walls to ninja courses to zip lines, Play: CLE offers tons of adventurous fitness options.

The Engage Cleveland event let you explore everything Play: CLE has to offer, while meeting other YPs in a fun, interactive activity.

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Then I headed to Blossom Cleveland for a build-your-own-bouquet workshop.

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Blossom Cleveland’s Flower Bar specializes in local flowers. You can build your own bouquet with flowers and greens priced per stem, have one built for you, or host an event or celebration there.

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Again, the interactive nature of the event allowed you to not only check out a great local business, but build relationships with fellow attendees too.

We also enjoyed some decadent treats, including Engage Cleveland-branded Oreos, from Cake Bites & Other Delights (try the mocha cake bite).

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From belays to bouquets, there is something for every interest during YP Week. You can volunteer, network, work out, and eat and drink, all while exploring Cleveland and meeting new friends.

There are still plenty of great activities left in the week, so check out the schedule and get engaged to Cleveland!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Engage Cleveland YP Week. In exchange, I received complimentary registration to the events of my choice. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

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

JCC Camp

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

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

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

Brim Kitchen and Brewery 

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

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

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

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

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

Cuyahoga50

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

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

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

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

Indians Game

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

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

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

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Heck’s Cafe

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

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

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I love dining al fresco this time of year!

Engage Cleveland YP Week

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

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Why? Play Ball Park Giveaway!

The MLB All Star Game is coming to Cleveland this July. This event shifts the national spotlight to Cleveland and brings with it not only visitors and media, but some fun events for Clevelanders to enjoy.

One of these events is Play Ball Park, an interactive fan festival taking place inside and outside the Huntington Convention Center from July 5-9. This festival brings unique baseball experiences to Cleveland to delight fans of all ages.

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Play Ball Park offers free outdoor events including batting cages, pitching drills, meeting rising stars and former All Stars, and live music.

Indoor events at Play Ball Park are ticketed and include virtual reality and video game experiences, memorabilia from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, autograph stages, the World’s Largest Baseball, and more.

Tickets for Play Ball Park are $25 for adults and $18 for and children ages 2-12. You can purchase tickets online now. Or you can enter to win four tickets good for Friday, July 5 of Play Ball Park right here, courtesy of Destination Cleveland!

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 your favorite current or former All Star player.

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

3. Hop on over to @whycle on Instagram and follow the instructions with the PLay Ball Park picture.

4. Follow @TheCLE 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 Play Ball Bark thanks to @TheCLE and @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/06/19/why-play-ball-park-giveaway/

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Sunday, June 23 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Destination Cleveland to help promote Play Ball Park. In exchange, I will receive 4 complimentary tickets for myself and 4 tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? North Union Farmers Market at Legacy Village!

Farm to table eating has become a way of life and Legacy Village is making it easy for you to make it part of yours.

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North Union Farmers Market is bringing their market to Legacy Village from every Sunday from 10am-1pm through September 29.

 

Not only will you have access an awesome selection of fruits and vegetables, but also dairy and meat products, honey and maple syrup, breads and pastries, cheese, sauces, pasta, and more. North Union Farmers Market also brings a host of fine artists and craftsman to round out your shopping experience, as well as live music to make it a true Sunday Funday.

Legacy Village is committed to total body wellness, so Farmers Market visitors can also take advantage of free summer fitness classes on The Lawn in conjunction with the North Union Farmers Market. The schedule includes:

  • Yoga with L.L. Bean: July 14, July 21, August 25, September 8
  • Bootcamp with L.L. Bean: June 23, July 7, August 4, August 18, September 5, September 22, September 29
  • Barre3: June 30, July 28, September 1

I hope to see you getting your shopping and fitness done in a fun way at the North Union Farmers Market at Legacy Village every Sunday this summer!

***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.***

 

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Why? Moon Cleveland!

You’ve probably read Douglas Trattner‘s writing over the years, from Cleveland Scene Magazine to co-authoring four of Michael Symon’s cookbooks to Eater to Food Network Magazine.

This prolific local author has just written a new Cleveland guidebook: “Moon Cleveland.” The guidebook is easily broken down into sections that will help both locals and visitors find their perfect Cleveland experiences.

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Start with the “5 Top Experiences,” for the must-do, top-level Cleveland things, like food, sports, and beer.

Visiting (or entertaining visitors) for a weekend? The “Three-Day Best of Cleveland” will have you hopping all over town hitting some impressive highlights that will certainly leave your guests wanting to come back again and again.

Just moved to Cleveland or to a new location in your hometown? The Neighborhood Guide can help you find the best spots in your new locale.

From Sights to Restaurants, Nightlife to Recreation, “Moon Cleveland” covers it all, with digestible, but still informative descriptions, prices, hours, websites, and maps.

Love Cleveland, but want a quick trip away? The “Day Trips” section shares Trattner’s favorites from Amish Country to the Lake Erie Islands.

I like to say that Cleveland has so much to see, do, eat, and explore that it can be impossible to keep up with it all. But Douglas Trattner certainly does an impressive job in “Moon Cleveland.” The book can help you ease into learning about Cleveland or give even a seasoned local some great suggestions of new places to try.

“Moon Cleveland” is on sale now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Google Play, Kobo, and Ebooks.com. Click here to order your copy and start (re)-exploring Cleveland!

***Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “Moon Cleveland” from the author. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

 

Why? Fitness Events at Legacy Village!

There’s so much going on at Legacy Village this summer, including some great fitness events!

barre3 and Brio to Beat Cancer

On Monday, June 24, barre3 Legacy Village and Brio Tuscan Grille are teaming up to give you multiple ways to donate to American Cancer Society ReasearcHERS.

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The 6:30pm barre3 class will be taught by studio owner Liz and will be entirely donation-based, which means you can register for the class for free right here and make a donation at the studio when you attend.

Then head over to Brio Tuscan Grille for dinner, where 10% of your bill total will be donated to American Cancer Society ResearcHERS when you present the flyer attached in this invite.

If pasta is more your thing than planks, you can just come to dinner at Brio any time between 4pm and 10pm and present the flyer for your donation to be taken.

As you know, I’m an ambassador for American Cancer Society ResearcHERS and I’m so grateful to my friends at Legacy Village, barre3, and Brio for working with me to make this great event happen!

Yoga in the Village

Then, get your flow on with my girl Alicia on the Lawn at Legacy Village with the monthly Yoga in the Village series, which kicks off on Tuesday, June 25.

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Alicia will lead a sixty minute, all-levels yoga class from 6:30-7:30pm on the Legacy Village Lawn. Attendees will also receive a gift bag with a $5 Legacy Village gift card, as well as coupons and goodies from other Legacy Village retailers. Cost to attend is $15 and proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation of Northeast Ohio.

Stay after class and enjoy a special Yoga in the Village drink menu at Bar Louie, where 20% of your bill total will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation, as well as complimentary mini spa services from Ladies & Gentlemen Salon & Spa.

Other Yoga in the Village dates are July 16, August 20, and September 17. Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming classes.

No matter whether it’s barre3 or yoga, Brio or Bar Louie, there are plenty of opportunities to detox, retox, and do good all at once at Legacy Village!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village to promote their events. In exchange, 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 long holiday weekend and the unofficial start of summer, so of course there was lots of fun to be had…

Goldfish Swim School

Crazy early on Friday morning, Jeffrey and I headed to Goldfish Swim School – Cleveland East Side as part of a segment on WKYC on swimming safety.

Jeffrey got to spend an hour taking a swim lesson, while WKYC did various live shots. He had a great time just doing something he enjoys anyway (albeit usually not that early!)

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You can see Jeffrey swimming along here and here.

We’ve been so happy with his progress at Goldfish Swim School, not only in swim skills, but also in self-confidence! We definitely feel confident going into the summer season that he is ready for all the pool and water fun the season brings!

Luca West

On Saturday evening, my mom and I met up for a Girls’ Night Out at Luca West.

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From perfect cocktails to delicious food, this is a great spot to dine! We started with an appetizer course of the Sacchetti, white truffle and ricotta-stuffed sacchetti pasta with white truffle and aged fig balsamic.

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This is one rich dish, but so worth the indulgence! Pro tip: use the bread to sop up the extra sauce!

For our entrees, we both chose veal: grilled veal chop with truffle butter for Mom and veal piccata for me. Both were served with roasted potatoes and asparagus.

We both cleaned our plates! The veal was tender, the piccata sauce was bright and citrusy, and the sides were the perfect compliment.

For dessert, we went with a trio of traditional choices: crème brûlée (so smooth and creamy), cannoli, and tiramisu (light and fluffy perfection). All were delicious and left us with something to take home to our husbands, too!

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I am always so impressed with the food and the service at Luca West…truly a fabulous place to enjoy an Italian feast!

Tremont Greek Fest

On Sunday, we crossed another item off my 2019 Blog Bucket List at the Tremont Greek Fest.

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The festival offers lots of traditional Greek food prepared from family recipes, from gyros to souvlaki to lamb shank. You can grab a gyro to go or stay and enjoy a full dinner platter.

Matthew had the jumbo gyro and I had the souvlaki pita. Both were so flavorful!

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Of course, we couldn’t skip the pastry table. The baklava was nutty, sticky goodness!

There are also vendors, Greek music and dancing, and a couple carnival-style games.

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Festivals always say summertime to me, so it was great to spend the unofficial kick-off to summer at a festival that I’ve always wanted to attend!

Jeffrey’s Birthday

Monday brought Jeffrey’s 5th birthday!

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Since we had his big party last weekend, we spent the day with our parents and him, playing in the backyard, exchanging presents, and of course eating.

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I made grilled garlic tequila lime flank steak (recipe here), street corn (recipe here), guacamole, and salsa, so we could all build our own perfect platter of Mexican-style deliciousness.

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For dessert, we went with our go-to Mitchell’s Ice Cream for a build-your-own-sundae bar.

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It was a lovely, relaxed afternoon celebrating our favorite young man!

How was your weekend?

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Why? Art of Words Progressive Field Giveaway!

I love Cleveland Indians baseball! When I was in high school, I worked at the Team Shop at Jacob’s Field. Both the sport and the field hold so many great memories! And the Indians current home is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season and hosting the MLB All Star Game, so it’s a big year for our home field.

Which is why I just love the newest print from artist Daniel Duffy of Art of Words. This fine art print of Progressive Field incorporates the handwritten names of every Indians player in the history of the franchise, from 1901 to 2019.

That’s 1,875 names making up the picture of Progressive Field! Can you find your favorites? For me, I had to play the word search game to find Vizquel, Nagy, Baerga, Alomar, and Thome.

The Progressive Field print is currently on sale for $49.99 for a 16″x20″ unframed print and $209.99 for a print with double matte and frame.

Or you can enter to win an unframed Progressive Field print 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 with your favorite Jacob’s Field/Progressive Field memory.

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

3. Hop on over to my Instagram page and follow the instructions with the Progressive Field picture for an additional entry.

4. Follow @realartofwords 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 Progressive Field print from @realartofwords and @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/05/15/why-art-of-words-progressive-field-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 Monday, May 20 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Real Art of Words Progressive Field print. I received a complimentary print for myself and a print to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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