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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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!

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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!

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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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