Why? Tour de Bruell!

Every year, six of Chef Zack Bruell‘s restaurants host the Tour de Bruell, happening through September 3.


If you purchase an entrée at all six participating restaurants, you are entered to win a private dinner for eight prepared in your home by Chef Zack Bruell.

Those overachievers who completed the Tour de Bruell by July 4 were entered into a drawing to win a progressive dinner through all six of the restaurants hosted by the Chef himself.

Last week, the winners of the progressive dinner, along with some very lucky bloggers…



…gathered to eat our way through all of Chef Bruell’s restaurants on the Tour de Bruell.

We started at Table 45, located at the Intercontinental Hotel. Chef Bruell told us that this sleek, modern restaurant is his favorite from an aesthetic standpoint. Our course at Table 45 consisted of deliciously fresh sushi,


as well as a cocktail called the Champagne Floh, made with champagne, Elderflower liquor, and local Floh vodka.


From there, we boarded a chauffeured limo bus with the Chef (sidebar: sometimes being a blogger lets you do ridiculously awesome things) and headed to our second stop: Parallax.

Parallax is the oldest of the six restaurants and, if you asked me prior to this progressive dinner, my favorite (I think it still might be, but this night made it harder to choose). At Parallax, we enjoyed scallops that just melted in your mouth.


Then it was off to our third stop: Alley Cat Oyster Bar. Alley Cat not only boasts an amazing seafood and fish selection, but also incredible views!


This course consisted of ridiculous huge shrimp cocktail, oysters on the half shell, and a mini version of Alley Cat’s seafood charcuterie board.


Everything was fresh and delicious and the seafood charcuterie board was a unique twist on a common concept.

Halfway through the tour! We got back on the bus and headed to Chinato. Located right at East 4th and Prospect, this is the perfect stop before a game or concert downtown!


The Bolognese sauce at Chinato has slow-roasted pork shoulder and is incredibly rich and flavorful!

Back on the bus for a short jaunt to Playhouse Square for stop five: Cowell & Hubbard. This restaurant prides itself on getting theater-goers to the show on time, while still providing the highest quality food and service.


Our course here was trout that actually made me like trout!

Finally, we ended our evening on the most lovely, secret-garden patio at L’Albatros Brasserie, with a sensational cheese plate and grapefruit sorbet.


It was truly a treat not only to experience all these restaurants, but to hear their history from Chef Zack Bruell himself. It’s also easy to appreciate his impact on the Cleveland culinary scene when you visit all the restaurants in one night. The sheer variety of cooking styles, menu, décor, and clientele served is impressive.

I’m so grateful I had the chance to tag along with the lucky Tour de Bruell winners. And the Tour isn’t over yet, so if you want to send your summer out with some great food, you have until September 3 to complete the Tour for a chance to win a private, in-home dinner. Trust me, the color commentary alone from Chef Bruell makes this a prize you’ll want to win!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Tour de Bruell progressive dinner. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Weekends!

Aside from lots of State Fair fun, there were other happenings this past weekend…

Autism Speaks Cleveland Chef Gala

On Saturday night, Matthew and I attended the Cleveland Chef Gala to benefit Autism Speaks. Held in the gorgeous atrium at the Cleveland Museum of Art, this event brought out the best of the best in Cleveland chefs for a delicious strolling tasting, followed by a sit-down dinner prepared by Chefs Michael Symon and Alex Guarnaschelli.


The tasting portion of the evening brought together well-known local chefs such as Rocco Whalen, Jonathon Sawyer, and Doug Katz. We also enjoyed nibbles from restaurants not as well-known to us, such as Trio Tremont and Polpetta.


The dinner portion was prepared in front of ours while Chefs Symon and Guarnaschelli exchanged witty banter, as well as great tips on how to prepare amazing eggplant bruschetta and mouthwatering braised lamb shank.

All of this food and fun were to benefit Autism Speaks, which provides both support and science to families impacted by autism.


It’s always so wonderful to see the talented Cleveland chef community come together to make an impact for a great cause!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Autism Speaks to help promote the Cleveland Chef Gala. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom

On Sunday night, we packed a delicious dessert picnic and headed to Blossom Music Center to hear the Cleveland Orchestra, with the incredibly talented Audra McDonald singing some of Broadway’s greatest hits.


There’s nothing like spending a beautiful summer evening on the lawn with wine and snacks and fabulous music!


Audra McDonald’s voice is nothing short of sensational and hearing her sing classics like “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Climb Every Mountain” made this Broadway lover very happy!

There are still shows remaining in the 2018 Blossom Music Festival, celebrating Blossom’s 50th anniversary, including “The Little Mermaid – Live,” Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach, and “Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert – Live.” Click here for shows and tickets.

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Orchestra to help promote the Blossom Music Festival. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the show of my choosing. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Culture in Cleveland!

Our family has packed a ton of cultural activities into three days! We’ve hit some of the biggest cultural events happening in town right now. So, here’s what we’ve been up to…

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

The three of us all went to see the incredible Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art.


The exhibition includes many of Kusama’s paintings and early work, as well as seven of her immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms.


There is even a room called Where the Lights in My Heart Go, which is exclusive to the exhibition in Cleveland.



Your time in each room is limited to 20-30 seconds, as the artist intended, which is just enough time to take it all in and snap a few pictures.


The final room in the exhibition is the Obliteration Room. Each guest receives a sticker sheet and can add their own personal mark to the room. Jeffrey especially loved this hands-on part of the exhibition!


Infinity Mirrors is truly an amazing sensory experience! The exhibition is at the Cleveland Museum of Art through September 30. Each Monday of the exhibition, the Museum releases a limited number of tickets at 9am. Click here for more details.

Hamilton: An American Musical

Matthew and I couldn’t wait to see one of the most talked about musicals in history: Hamilton: An American Musical.


On the advice of pretty much everyone who has seen the show, we both listened to the wordy, complex, fast-paced soundtrack before seeing the performance. It definitely helped to keep us focused and let us absorb more of the sets, staging, and amazing choreography.

Without giving too much away, Hamilton is compelling, funny, heart wrenching, and thought provoking. We enjoyed every moment of the nearly three hour performance and will certainly be talking about it for weeks to come.


It’s extraordinary that we have a performing arts center like Playhouse Square that could book a six-week run of this celebrated show! Hamilton is here through August 26. Every day, there is a lottery for 37 tickets to the show. You can get more details on how to enter here.

Asian Lantern Festival

We rounded out our cultural trifecta by taking Jeffrey to the Asian Lantern Festival at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.


Even though it was pouring, we still enjoyed the colorful, unique festival, although we got fewer pictures than we would have liked!


The Asian Lantern Festival features 40 larger-than-life lantern displays, featuring everything from Asian animals to architecture.


There are also nightly performances of acrobatics and music, plus the chance to see the zoo creatures after hours.


The Asian Lantern Festival takes place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights through August 19. Tickets can be purchased here.

All of these cultural events made me think how lucky we are to live in a city with world-class cultural institutions that can attract world-renowned exhibitions and performances. Plus, so many of these incredible cultural happenings are great for the whole family! If you’re a Hamilton fan, you’ll understand why I say, “Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now…in the greatest city in the world!”


Why? Cleveland Autism Speaks Chef Gala Giveaway!

The Cleveland Autism Speaks Chef Gala is coming up on Saturday, July 28, with a line-up of fabulous local and national chefs who will dazzle your tastebuds with a tasting and seated dinner.


The event is headlined by Chef Michael Symon and Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, who will be preparing a demo dinner in front of all the guests, who will then get to eat the dinner prepared by these celebrated culinary masters. Special guest Patricia Heaton will also be in attendance!

Add to that a strolling tasting event prepared by amazing local chefs such as Rocco Whalen, Douglas Katz, Eric Williams, and Jonathon Sawyer, and you have the makings of an amazing food event!

Of course, you’ll enjoy all this great food in a setting that is just as pleasing to the senses: the Atrium at the Cleveland Museum of Art!

If all that weren’t enough, tickets proceeds, as well as bids on fabulous silent and live auction items will all benefit Autism Speaks, which leads the way in research and support for those on the autism spectrum and their families.


Tickets are currently on sale online for $250, which gets you access to the tasting and seated dinner. Or you can enter to win two tickets to the Cleveland Autism Speaks Chef Gala 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 chef’s food you’re most looking forward to tasting at the event.

2. Visit Autism Speaks Northeast Ohio and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

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

4. Follow @AutismSpeaksOH and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to win tickets to see @chefsymon and Friends at @AutismSpeaksOH Chef Gala thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway http://whycle.com/2018/07/18/why-cleveland-autism-speaks-chef-gala-giveaway

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

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

***Disclosure: I was asked by Autism Speaks to help promote the Cleveland Chef Gala. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? FRONT International!

Cleveland has a booming arts and culture scene, which will only be enhanced this summer with FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art.

Image Source: https://frontart.org/

“An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises” in collaboration with museums, civic institutions, and alternative spaces across Cleveland, Akron and Oberlin, will showcase an ambitious roster of projects, including performance and theater. With a roster of national, international and area-based artists at all points in their career, FRONT will examine the ever-changing and politically urgent conditions of an American city.

FRONT International’s venues include the Cleveland Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum, Cleveland Public Library, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, West Side Market, Playhouse Square, Oberlin College, and Case Western Reserve University.

There will be events ranging from an Opening Gala to info sessions and lectures throughout FRONT’s exhibition.

There will also be three new public art installations as part of FRONT, which you can read more about here.

Image Source: https://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2018/05/front_announces_3_new_public_a.html

FRONT International runs July 14 through September 30 and will bring several different forms of art to shine in Cleveland. Click here to stay up-to-date on all the things planned with FRONT, as Cleveland’s cultural presence continues to grow!

***Disclosure: I will receive media VIP access to preview FRONT International. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Weekends!

It was another busy and fun weekend in Cleveland, so let’s dive right in!

Mad for Plaid

The Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society recently opened a new exhibit, Mad for Plaid.


This exhibit takes you through the history of plaid in fashion, starting in the time of Queen Victoria.


Mad for Plaid takes you from the early days of plaid in fashion through iconic UK designers, such as Alexander McQueen and Burberry through plaid in grunge and rock (there are even pieces on loan from the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame) through 1970’s fashion to today.


There are even examples from plaid on the silver screen in the form of two costumes from “The Greatest Showman,” which were designed by a local costume designer and worn in the film by Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron.


Mad for Plaid is now open and is a visually elegant way to experience the history of plaid in fashion. Also, check out StyleMe Saturdays, with monthly free programming including exclusive curator tours, themed discussion, and hands-on demonstrations from Praxis Fiber Workshop.

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary curator tour of Mad for Plaid. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

John Carroll Reunion Weekend

It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since I graduated from John Carroll University (probably because I’m still up on campus so often). This weekend, John Carroll celebrated Reunion Weekend, bringing together graduates from class years ending in 3 and 8.


Saturday morning, I attended a yoga class and the family picnic up on campus. The family picnic had great food, as well as face-painting, balloons, a bubble artist, and a sketch artist to keep everyone entertained.


Saturday evening, I attended the Reunion Weekend Mass at Church of the Gesu, then headed to dinner and dancing on the Quad. My friends and I made it a girls night at Reunion and had so much fun reminiscing about people and places from our college days.


We all met on our very first day at John Carroll, when we lived on the same floor in Dolan Hall. To be able to stay friends for all these years and celebrate Reunion together is truly something special!

The dinner, desserts, drinks, and DJ were all perfect! From toasting to National Rose Day to enjoying mini donuts from Donut Lab to catching up with friends, Reunion Weekend was filled with sweetness!


We’re already talking about our 20th Reunion, although no one quite wants to do the math on how old we’ll be for that!

Great Lakes Science Center

On Sunday, we met up with friends for a play date at the Great Lakes Science Center. Since we attended the member preview of TapeScape, Jeffrey has been asking to go back for more sticky, slide-y fun!


In addition to TapeScape, we enjoyed classic Science Center favorites like the Polymer Funhouse and checked out the cool duct tape photo opp, too.

The Great Lakes Science Center always offers something fun and educational that captures Jeffrey’s imagination and attention. It’s a favorite play date spot for sure!

***Disclosure: I received four complimentary tickets, courtesy of the Great Lakes Science Center. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

So, that was our weekend! How was yours?





Why? Weekends!

It was a busy and fun weekend in the CLE, so let’s get right to it!

Cedar Point

On Friday, Jeffrey, my mom, and I took the first of what will surely be many trips to Cedar Point this summer. We have season passes, so we go up there as much as we can. Jeffrey not only loves going on the rides, but also watching the big roller coasters.

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This year, Jeffrey is tall enough to go on rides by himself, which gives him even more of a thrill!


Jeffrey is also tall enough to ride (accompanied) one of my favorite rides from when I was a kid: Ocean Motion. After his first ride, during which he laughed and screamed happily the whole time, he immediately demanded to go again. Luckily, I convinced that the limit for consecutive rides is two…I can’t ride the way I used to!

We got to catch up with some favorite friends and visit the Melt Bar and Grilled there too.


So, all the way around, it was a great day!

Cleveland American Heart Association Heart and Stroke Ball

On Saturday, Matthew and I got to get all dressed up and have a swanky night out for our sixth anniversary at the Cleveland American Heart Association Heart and Stroke Ball.


Held in the beautiful atrium at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the event celebrated the $1.3 million fundraising success of this year’s Heart and Stroke Ball committee in grand style.


Over 750 people attended the event, which featured a cocktail hour with tasty drinks, such as this watermelon, lemon, vodka creation.


During the cocktail hour, there was a lot to take in, from performers to artists at work.

Guests could also mingle in the Social Suite, sponsored by Citrus Social, which I staffed during the event.


We then enjoyed a delicious dinner that included salad, short ribs, and chocolate tart.


We also heard from AHA staff, the event chairperson, and a sudden cardiac arrest survivor with inspiring messages of hope and thanks. There was surprisingly no auction portion of the evening, but rather drawings for giveaways to attendees as thank you gifts.


After the presentations wrapped up, it was time to dance to the sounds of Shout!, an impressive 11-piece band that kept guests moving and grooving well into the night!


It was a fabulous evening for a great cause! As I mentioned in one of my posts from the evening, my grandfather recently suffered a stroke, so the cause really struck close to home, as did the beautiful tribute walls created by family and friends.


To see such success for an organization working to alleviate heart and stroke conditions really meant a lot!

***Disclosure: I attended the Cleveland American Heart Association Heart and Stroke Ball as part of my working relationship with Citrus Social. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Rosewood Grill

On Sunday, we tried a new-to-us brunch at Rosewood Grill. I enjoyed the champagne sangria and Matthew had a bacon bloody mary, complete with a mini Miller High Life to accompany it!


We shared the monkey bread (pull apart cinnamon rolls) and deviled eggs to start.


For my entree, I chose the prime rib hash, with roasted red peppers, potatoes, and sunnyside-up eggs. The hash was flavorful and delicious!


Matthew enjoyed the crab cake Benedict, which is obviously the best kind of Benedict!


Since I’ve decided brunch is my favorite meal, I always enjoy trying new brunch locales. Rosewood Grill will stay on the Sunday Funday list for sure!

So, that was our weekend! How was yours?


Why? Silver Spoon Awards Party!

The Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party to benefit the Arthritis Foundation isn’t just a strolling food and wine event. It is a whole body sensory experience. From the tastes and smells to the sights and sounds, I always leave this party buzzing with Cleveland happiness.

So, let me take you on a little sensory overload tour of last night’s fun…

Matthew and I enter the VIP area and immediately head toward Porco Lounge and Tiki Room. Their set-up whisks us away to an island bar somewhere in the Caribbean…


…and so do their drinks. Get the Painkiller! We enjoy our drinks while taking in the historic sights at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center.


From the Caribbean to Japan, we can’t pass up the ultra fresh and ultra delicious sushi prepared by Chef Dante Boccuzzi at Ginko.


The Silver Spoon Awards Party isn’t just a chance to eat great food, but also a chance to rub elbows with Cleveland’s culinary elite! Oh, you can also rub elbows with some blogger friends too!

We head upstairs to the main room and prepare ourselves (loosen our belts) to tackle this gauntlet of gastronomic  glory.

We snag a delicious chicken slider with mango habanero salsa from Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar before heading downfield to enjoy steak from Kosar’s Wood-Fired Grill and see Bernie Kosar himself!


I almost fumbled my steak as I caught sight of Swensons Drive-In‘s burgers and mini milkshakes! I had two mini shakes, because they’re mini, obviously.


Next up was the delicious chorizo and roasted corn from Butcher and the Brewer and the comforting smells and tastes of French Onion Pot Roast from Creekside Restaurant & Bar.

We spiced things up with the delicious offerings from Thai Thai (the buzz is well earned) while taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.


We couldn’t resist diving under the sea with Pier W‘s oyster po boy and Marble Room‘s smoked salmon puff.

I attempted to look dainty as I tore into the ribs from Mabel’s BBQ, but that pepper crust and mustardy sauce made all restraint go away!


Speaking of making all restraint go away, we definitely did shots of ceviche followed up with shots of Mezcal. We blame Chef Jonathon Sawyer and this The Greenhouse Tavern deliciousness.


We capped off this feeding frenzy with sweet treats from one of my favorite east side haunts, Luna Bakery and Café. I didn’t dive in to this table set-up face first, but I wanted to.


Then, it was back downstairs for another visual treat: watching bartenders from Ginko, Porco Lounge and Tiki Room, Salt+, and Cork & Cleaver Social Kitchen compete in a Chopped-style cocktail competition, with ingredients including Woodford Reserve, green tea, rhubarb, and dragon fruit.

We also got to sample their unique creations and vote for our favorite! Matthew and I split our votes between Porco Lounge and Tiki Room and Ginko.

Tired, stuffed, and overwhelmingly impressed yet again by this event and Cleveland’s diverse and vibrant food scene, we waddled back to home to dream of next year’s Silver Spoon Awards Party!

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


Why? Weekends, Part 2!

So, here’s Part 2 of our busy and fun weekend around Cleveland!

Cleveland Orchestra PNC Musical Rainbows

Jeffrey is really interested in musical instruments and we’ve been doing everything we can to foster and expand this interest. The Cleveland Orchestra‘s PNC Musical Rainbows concert was the perfect way to do just that!


The PNC Musical Rainbows concerts each focus on a specific area of the orchestra and are designed for ages three to six. The performance is interactive and only 30 minutes long, so enough to introduce the instruments without losing attention.


Saturday’s concert focused on the percussion section of the orchestra. The Cleveland Orchestra’s percussionist Tom Sherwood led the kids through an introduction to a wide variety of percussion instruments and even performed familiar songs like “Old MacDonald” (changed to “Old McSherwood”) and BINGO.

At the end of the concert, the children could approach the stage and get to play one of the percussion instruments. Jeffrey was so proud to share that he’s playing a percussion instrument in a school concert and he was encouraged to just keep playing!


This kind of hands-on, accessible introduction to instruments makes the orchestra less intimidating and can foster a lifelong interest in music! I’ve said it before, but we in Cleveland are so lucky that our children can not only experience culture, but experience it with the some of the best cultural institutions in the country!

PNC Musical Rainbows is finished for this season, but stay tuned for next season’s line-up!

***Disclosure: I received three complimentary tickets to the PNC Musical Rainbows percussion concert. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Sunday was perfect weather for a visit to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo! One of Jeffrey’s school friends had a birthday party there, so we started out with pizza, presents, and dinosaurs…


…and then we headed into the Zoo to check out the critters. All of the animals were out enjoying the weather as much as we were!


And while we get to the Zoo a lot, we couldn’t pass up waiting in line to feed the giraffes! This is always a favorite stop on any Zoo visit!


Hooray for fabulous weather for us and the animals alike!

Talespinner Children’s Theatre Sundae Sunday

One of those places that’s been on my radar for awhile is Talespinner Children’s Theatre, so when I was invited to check out their Sundae Sunday fundraiser, I couldn’t pass it up!

Talespinner Children’s Theatre is Cleveland’s only professional children’s theater company that produces original shows. At Sundae Sunday, we got to check out the theater and interact with some of the actors in a fun, creative environment.

Children could even play up on stage acting out stories and using their imaginations!


There was also face painting, crafts, and fun selfies with costumes!


And it wouldn’t be Sundae Sunday without ice cream, donated by Talespinner’s neighbor Sweet Moses Soda Fountain & Treat Shop.


Proceeds from admission and a raffle all benefited Talespinner, to help them keep producing original children’s theater. After seeing the space and meeting the actors, I can’t wait to take Jeffrey to a performance at Talespinner! The next show is The Princess & the Nightingale, playing June 9 through July 1.

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend Talespinner Children’s Theatre’s Sundae Sunday with my family. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

So, that was our busy, fun, lovely weekend! How was yours?


Why? Weekends, Part 1!

Holy goodness, it was a beautiful and busy weekend! So, we’re doing a two-part, mini-series Weekend Recap. Let’s get right to it…

TapeScape: Sticky Science

The Great Lakes Science Center has a brand new exhibit and we are totally stuck on it!


It’s called TapeScape: Sticky Science and it features a two-level, 1,300-square foot, all-ages playground made out of packing tape! The playground is lit with bright colors and is truly a fun climbing and sliding experience for the whole family!


It’s truly amazing that packing tape can support the weight of people and create an entire playground. Of course, TapeScape: Sticky Science explores the science behind the polymers at work in tape, as well as things like adhesion and cohesion, how geckos cling to class and more.


There are also some cool duct tape fashions to check out!

TapeScape is part of the Great Lakes Science Center’s movement toward creating their own exhibits, rather than bringing in traveling exhibits. In fact, Matthew volunteered one evening to help build TapeScape, so it’s as local as it gets!


TapeScape is open now through September 3 and has fun for the whole family, including a TotScape area for the smallest tape climbers.


Don’t miss it!

Wade Oval Walk Against Hunger

On Friday, we couldn’t pass up the chance to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! So, Jeffrey and I met up with friends Elizabeth, Mia, and Charlie for the Wade Oval Walk Against Hunger.


The walk was put on by University Circle Inc. and raised money for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank‘s Harvest for Hunger campaign. You could walk 1 or 2 miles (4 or 8 laps around Wade Oval) for $10 per mile. We intended to walk 2 miles, but the kids’ attention spans only let us get in 1 mile!

There was a lot of other fun on Wade Oval that day, too, from food trucks to lawn games to live music!

It was such a fun way to spend a Friday afternoon and we contributed to a great cause too!

Azure Rooftop Lounge

Does it feel like a switch got flipped and we’re all in summer mode?! It certainly feels that way to me! On Friday evening, Matthew and I attended the season opening of Azure Rooftop Lounge at The 9, which put me even more in summer mode.


Azure Rooftop Lounge is an expansive space, with bar seating, comfy couches, and high top tables. You can get views of everything from the skyline to Progressive Field to Playhouse Square to even snippets of Lake Erie.


Of course, you can also enjoy tasty cocktails while taking in these views. Azure’s build-your-own drink menu let’s you construct your perfect mule, margarita, or mojito, all just right for summer sipping!


There are also delicious menu items from Chef Nelly Buleje, including tuna tartar, bruschetta, burgers and chicken sandwiches, and custom-built bowls in styles like Mediterranean, sweet berry, and Pacific.

The food and the drink at Azure elevate this to more than just your average rooftop bar! Azure has lots of fun events planned for the summer season, including Rooftop Rose on Tuesdays, Rooftop Happy Hour from 4-6:30pm, and Summer Nights every Friday and Saturday night with a DJ.


Don’t miss the fabulous views, food, and fun at Azure this summer!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Azure Rooftop Lounge Kick-Off with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 2 of our weekend adventures!