Why? Weekends!

It was a low-key weekend, which after last weekend’s birthday busy-ness, was much-needed.

Sunrise Yoga

On Saturday morning, I headed down to the Cleveland American Heart Association Heart Walk for a sunrise yoga class with my girl Alicia.

GrooveRyde, where Alicia teaches on Monday nights (take her GrooveFlow class…your thighs will hate you, but thank you), was one of several local businesses supporting the Heart Walk with additional fitness offerings, fun booths, and more.

I forgot how different it is to practice on the grass, though. You’re using different muscles to stabilize and you’ll definitely feel the difference the next day!

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The view of the city at sunrise makes it worth it though!

Soccer

So, I’m officially a soccer mom!

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Jeffrey joined the school soccer team and had his first two games on Saturday morning. From learning which way to kick the ball (mostly because of kicking it the wrong way) to agreeing to play defense, then immediately asking “What’s defense?,” it was equal parts heartwarming and hilarious.

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But I’m so proud of Jeffrey for trying something new and for the coaches for doing a great job exposing the kids to soccer specifically and sportsmanship generally.

Birthday Dinner

I also snuck in one last birthday dinner at my parent’s house. We had delicious, huge crab legs from Lobster Brothers, tasty sangria, and a decadent ice cream cake from Mitchell’s.

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Despite the candles literally singeing my hair (the hazards of a bigger number birthday), it was a lovely celebration. My presents also added two new leopard-print items to my ever-growing collection!

How was your weekend?

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Why? Weekends!

I spent the weekend celebrating my impending birthday and it was nothing short of perfection…

Winery Hopping

On Saturday, I gathered some of my favorite ladies and went winery hopping in Geneva. We started at Laurentia Winery, which has fast become a favorite of mine thanks to their excellent wines (their Cabernet Sauvignon is incredible) and beautiful tasting room.

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We ordered tons of nibbles for the table, from cheese and charcuterie boards to a brie, fig, and pork belly flatbread (I didn’t share, but it’s my birthday party, dammit) to hummus and more.

Plus, a trio of decadent desserts made even more special with the sweet additions of Mariah’s candles and sparkly “Happy Birthday.”

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From there, we headed to M Cellars, where a bottle of their fantastic Brut Rosé enjoyed on the patio with live music convinced Elizabeth, Alicia, and I that summer is not quite done yet!

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Consider this my application to be an M Cellars model 😉

Our final stop was Harpersfield Vineyard for some Pinot Noir and veggie pizza.

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This cozy, dog-friendly winery has quickly become a must-stop because of the relaxed atmosphere and delicious food.

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It was a perfect afternoon exploring some of my personal highlights of Geneva wine country.

Indians Game

On Sunday, my friend Anne took me to the Indians game, because I love me some birthday week baseball as much as some birthday week wine.

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Not only did we bring home a win, but we enjoyed some patio time at Thirsty Parrot and a Ballpark Sundae from Sweet Moses, too.

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It was a lovely weekend taking in some of my favorite places in Northeast Ohio with some of my favorite people! How was your weekend?

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Why? Taste of the Browns!

Despite losing on the field in the home opener, the Cleveland Browns still scored a big win this week at FirstEnergy Stadium. The 21st annual Taste of the Browns fundraiser to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank was hosted on Monday night and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to feed the hungry in our community.

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The event brought together Browns players and alumni, fantastic chefs and restaurants, and fans of the team and the city, all to help those in need. Fifty percent of the people served by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank are children or the elderly, so this event truly benefits those least able to help themselves.

From Chomps…

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to stadium views…

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…to foodie friends…

…to the delicious dishes, this event was a taste touchdown!

Some of my favorite dishes included the braised lamb with corn masa from Momocho

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…the tuna tartare tacos from Fahrenheit

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…the sliders with OBJ sauce (spicy!) and my favorite pork cracklins from B Spot Burgers

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…the wild boar bolognese from Johnny’s Downtown

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…and the scallop ceviche from Barrio Tacos, which I gobbled without getting a picture!

I’ve always been impressed with the Browns organization’s commitment to the community and the star power that helped make last night a success is no exception.

Cheers to a successful fundraiser for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and a successful season for the Cleveland Browns!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Taste of the Browns. In exchange, I received two complimentary VIP tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Watching the Browns at Legacy Village!

The countdown to the Browns home opener on Sunday, September 8 is almost at zero! You might be wondering where you should go to catch all the gridiron action this coming (or any given) Sunday.

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I had the chance to head to Bar Louie and Granite City Brewery, both at Legacy Village, to check out their sports bar chops.

Bar Louie has lots of televisions around the bar area, with ample bar seating, as well as booths that face the bar and TVs.

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They have a wide variety of local craft beers, such as Sibling Revelry and Great Lakes Brewing.

I tried a couple of their “Flavorful Bar Bites,” which would be great for sharing with your friends while watching the game. The Bavarian Pretzel Twists come with warm salted queso and jalapeno honey mustard for dipping.

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The Chicken Nachos have black beans, queso, jalapenos, pico de gallo, radish, scallions, avocado cream, and cilantro. They’re a taste touchdown!

As part of Bar Louie’s NFL Game Time specials, the nachos are only $9! Other specials include $3.50 select short domestic drafts, $15 pitchers of sangria, and $4.50 glasses of wine. The NFL Game Time specials are available at Bar Louie on Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm-9pm and on Sundays from opening to 9pm.

Granite City Brewery also has lots of TVs tuned to NFL action, with plenty of seating in the bar area where you can watch the game while you eat and enjoy one of Granite City’s own craft beers.

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For research purposes, I kept the menu the same at Granite City as at Bar Louie (nachos and pretzels). The BBQ Pork Nachos have The Duke Pale Ale-braised BBQ pork, sriracha queso, tortilla chips, cheddar-jack cheese, corn and black bean salsa, guacamole, Santa Fe cream, and fresh cilantro.

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Tasty and perfect for sharing, although I’m giving the nacho win to Bar Louie.

I also tried Granite City’s Big Bavarian Pretzel, with sriracha queso sauce. I’m giving the win to Granite City’s pretzel over Bar Louie’s, but it was a nail biter!

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Both Bar Louie and Granite City offer lots of televisions, great beer selection, Sunday brunch menus, and game-watching bites that are filling, tasty, and perfect for your whole team. Cheer on the Browns at either spot at Legacy Village for a true Sunday Funday!

***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? St. Jude Walk/Run Cleveland!

Lace up your running shoes and get ready to run for kids with cancer. On Saturday, September 28, the annual St. Jude Walk/Run takes place at Edgewater Park.

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The event includes a 5K race and a walk. Registration for the 5K race is $20 for participants ages 6 and up. Registration for the walk is free. Registration for any participants 5 and under is also free.

You can join or start a fundraising team or raise money on your own. Click here to join or start a team.

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The proceeds from the Run/Walk benefit St. Jude, an organization that helps families dealing with childhood cancer. St. Jude ensures that families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing, or food because all they should worry about is helping their child live.

St. Jude has helped push the overall cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80%. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes so that doctors worldwide can work together to make childhood cancer 100% survivable.

Last year, 900 participants in the St. Jude Run/Walk Cleveland raised over $100,000! So, if spending a fall morning getting a workout on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie for a fantastic cause sounds like your thing, register today for the St. Jude Run/Walk Cleveland!

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Why? Recovery Resources Run for Recovery Giveaway!

You’ve got to love when the chance to do a fun activity in a great location for a good cause all come together. That’s a trifecta for me! That’s why I’m excited to again partner with Recovery Resources for the Run for Recovery.

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Held on Saturday, August 17 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Run for Recovery offers a 5K race, 1 mile wellness walk, and kids’ fun run. There will also be family-friendly activities and free admission to the Zoo for the entire day following the Run.

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Run for Recovery proceeds benefit Recovery Resources, which provides education and prevention, outpatient treatment, and supportive services to those dealing with mental illness and drug, alcohol, and other addictions in Northeast Ohio.

You can register for Run for Recovery as an individual or a fundraising team. Registration prices are as follows:

  • $30 for 5K Race
  • $15 for the 1-mile Wellness Walk
  • $15 for the Kids’ Fun Run (up to age 10)

You can also purchase additional Zoo passes at a discount for family and friends to join you after the Run for Recovery at $6 for those 12 and up and $4 for those ages 2 to 11.

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You can register for the Run for Recovery online. Or you can enter to win two registrations for the Run for Recovery event of your choice 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 why you want to participate in the Run for Recovery.

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

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

4. Follow @recrescleveland 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 #RunforRecovery with @recrescleveland and @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/08/02/why-recovery-resources-run-for-recovery-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 Tuesday, August 6 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Run for Recovery. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary race registrations to give away. I declined my complimentary race registrations due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Taste of the Browns!

Training camp has started and everyone is getting excited for the upcoming Cleveland Browns season. There’s another reason to celebrate the return of football to The Land: the annual Taste of the Browns to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, happening Monday, September 9 at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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This event combines Cleveland’s love for the Browns, the city’s celebrated culinary scene, and the chance to help those in need into one fabulous evening! Every dollar raised can provide four meals to those in need.

Your ticket includes wine and beer tastings, as well as delicious nibbles from some of Cleveland’s best restaurants, like Fahrenheit, Momocho, Pier W, Blue Point Grille, Zack Bruell Restaurants, B Spot Burgers, and more.

Plus, you’ll get to mingle with Cleveland Browns player and alumni, pose for photo opps, bid on amazing silent auction items, and enjoy the beautiful Club Lounge at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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This year’s honorary co-chairs for the event are Chef Rocco Whalen, Jarvis Landry, and Josh Cribbs.

 

Tickets for Taste of the Browns are currently on sale for $175 for general admission and $250 for VIP admission. Prices increase on Thursday, August 8 to $200 for general admission and $295 for VIP admission, so score your tickets today! You can purchase tickets online.

Hope to see you at this gastronomic gridiron!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to help promote Taste of the Browns. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary general admission tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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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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