Why? Weekends!

Aside from brunching, there was lots of other fun to be had this weekend! Here’s what we were up to…

Boo at the Zoo

One of our favorite Halloween traditions is attending Boo at the Zoo at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

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This year, Jeffrey is dressing up like a race car driver for Halloween, complete with a gas can treat bag and a wagon that I turned into a race car.

We cruised through the Zoo, stopping at the trick or treat street, the dance party…

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…getting encased in a giant bubble…

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…meeting characters…

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…and making our way through the hay maze.

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There was lots of fun stuff to explore and the weather was perfect! Boo at the Zoo continues on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 5-9pm through Sunday, October 27. You can purchase tickets online.

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On Saturday, I met up with my friend Anne to celebrate her birthday at the wineries in Geneva. This has quickly become a favorite spot to celebrate birthdays, with so many great places to go!

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We started at M Cellars, where the Brut Rosé and some tasty snacks were enjoyed by all!

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Anne brought these hilarious wine glass markers to keep our glasses in check throughout the day!

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I was also super excited about these glasses I found from Lulusimonstudio for Anne’s birthday present. They say “Partners in Wine,” which is perfect because Anne and I co-chaired Playhouse Square Partners together!

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Our next stop was Cask 307, which I had not been to yet.

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Despite not being a fan of chardonnay, I really liked the bourbon chardonnay there. The chicken and goat cheese flatbread is also delicious!

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My final stop with the group was Harpersfield Vineyard for some pinot noir on the patio.

The lovely fall weather, the tasty wines and food, and the fabulous company made for such a fun day! I hope Anne had as wonderful a birthday as she so deserves!

Red Wagon Farm

On Sunday, Jeffrey and I took advantage of the beautiful weather with a visit to the Pumpkin Festival at Red Wagon Farm.

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There is so much to do, from a corn maze to a hay ride through fields filled with fun scarecrows…

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…to a kids hay play area…

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…to picking out a perfect pumpkin.

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It was a great fall afternoon! The Pumpkin Festival at Red Wagon Farm continues every weekend through Sunday, October 27. Admission is free, but activities such as the hay ride and corn maze require payment.

So, that was our weekend! How was yours?

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Why? The Winchester Music Tavern!

Yesterday, Jeffrey and I kicked off our Sunday Funday with brunch at The Winchester Music Tavern. Located on Madison Avenue in Lakewood, The Winchester is a music venue, bar, and restaurant all in one.

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The dining area is small and relaxed. We grabbed a table and I started out with the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. For only $5, you can pick your mix, hot sauces, and create a fabulous skewer to enhance your drink.

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The Winchester also offers bottomless mimosas or brunch mules for brunch libations.

Jeffrey chose the Winchester burger, topped with American cheese on a brioche bun, with a side of fries. He declared both the burger and fries to be delicious!

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I had the unique breakfast ramen, with red miso broth, bacon, and poached eggs. The broth was flavorful, the eggs were perfectly poached, and it was fun to try a unique spin on ramen.

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The Winchester’s brunch menu also offers traditional favorites, like eggs benedict, French toast, and chicken and waffles.

The Winchester offers brunch on both Saturdays (11am-3pm) and Sundays (11am-4pm). There are also lots of fun weekly happenings, such as Vegan Mondays, Turntable Tuesdays, Boozy Bingo and Modern Kicks Comedy on Wednesdays, Taco Thursdays, and Angry Hour (Punk Rock Happy Hour) on Fridays.

And of course, The Winchester is a concert venue. You can check out the complete line-up of musical acts playing at The Winchester here.

For your next weekend brunch in a laid-back location with tasty food, look no farther than The Winchester!

***Disclosure: I was invited to a complimentary brunch at The Winchester Music Tavern. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends, Part 2!

So, here’s the second half of the weekend…

CIAO! Cleveland

On Saturday, I dropped by a new Cleveland festival: CIAO! Cleveland, put on by NOIA Foundation to kick off Italian Heritage Month.

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I described this festival to a friend as a smaller, less crazy version of the Feast of the Assumption and I stand by that description. Held on the East Bank of the Flats, there were tons of food vendors, music, merchandise, and beer and wine.

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I couldn’t resist a serving of Luca Italian Cuisine‘s amazing sacchetti appetizer, which is truffled perfection!

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Then, I headed over to the demo tent to watch Chef Fabio Salerno of Lago East Bank prepare their most popular pasta dish: lobster gnocchi.

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With lobster, heirloom tomatoes, corn, truffle sauce, and homemade gnocchi, it’s easy to see (and taste) why this dish is the restaurant’s most popular one.

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Chef Salerno made cooking it very approachable too…I may have to try making it myself one of these days!

CIAO! Cleveland was such a fun celebration of Italian food and heritage! I definitely hope it becomes an annual tradition!

***Disclosure: I was asked by NOIA Foundation to help promote CIAO! Cleveland. In exchange, I received a complimentary press pass to the demo tent events. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

John Carroll Homecoming

This weekend was also John Carroll University‘s Homecoming weekend. I got to spend some time up on campus twice: for my first meeting as a member of the John Carroll Alumni Association Board

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…and for the Homecoming Mass and Brunch on Sunday.

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It’s always so nice to be back up on campus and especially when I can have Jeffrey there with me!

So, that was my weekend! How was yours?

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Why? Weekends, Part 1!

It was a busy weekend, so I’m splitting up the weekend recap:

Firehouse Subs

On Friday night, we grabbed a quick and tasty dinner at Firehouse Subs. These subs aren’t your typical sub shop sandwiches. They are hot and tasty and substantial.

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We tried the new Nashville Hot Brisket, the Sweet and Spicy Meatball, and the Firehouse Steak and Cheese.

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All were packed with delicious meats and cheeses, served hot and fresh.

Plus, Firehouse Subs is a super fun place to bring the kids, with firefighters uniforms and all kinds of engaging décor.

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Firehouse Subs also collects money to support local fire departments by helping them purchase necessary equipment. Jeffrey donated $1 of his own money to the fund!

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And now, every Sunday at Firehouse Subs, you can get a kids meal for 99 cents with the purchase of an adult combo meal.

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So, not only are you getting a great meal, you’re getting a great deal too!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the kids meal deal at Firehouse Subs. In exchange, I received a complimentary meal. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Jurassic World Live Tour

On Saturday, we took Jeffrey to see Jurassic World Live Tour.

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From tons of giant, lifelike dinosaurs…

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…to an entertaining storyline with lots of scientific tidbits…

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…to, did I mention the really cool dinos?

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Jeffrey had a great time and really engaged with the story.

We also got to see the brand new Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, which is shiny and bright and so different from what you remember.

I can’t wait to spend more time there!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Jurassic World Live Tour. In exchange, I received complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our busy weekend!

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Why? Weekends!

It was a mostly nostalgic weekend around these parts…

Magnificat Reunion

I celebrated my 20-year (eek!) high school reunion this weekend. On Friday night, I met up with my Magnificat High School Class of 1999 classmates at Townhall.

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From old yearbooks to 90’s music to a montage of old pictures and memory books, it was a trip down high school lane.

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We were in the new upstairs room at Townhall, which was the perfect space for a group! From a private bar to plenty of seating and mingling space to cute decor, this is a great spot!

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The specialty drink for the evening was the Blue Streak, the Magnificat mascot (and a darn tasty drink, too).

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It was so fun catching up in person with everyone!

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On Saturday evening, I went back to Magnificat itself for the reunion weekend Mass. My dear friend Melissa was singing at the Mass and it was a wonderful chance to be reminded how much the mission of the school means to me still.

I also got to show Jeffrey around a little bit and he met some of my former teachers, which was really fun!

I was a bit ambivalent about attending reunion, especially since I’ve stayed so much more in touch with my college alma mater than my high school one. But I’m really glad I went and reconnected with that place and those women who meant a lot to me.

Patterson’s Fun Fest

On Sunday, Jeffrey and I went to Patterson’s Fruit Farm for their Fun Fest, which has become an annual tradition for us.

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From slides to pony rides to hay bale and corn mazes to buying pumpkins and the best apple cider on the planet, a trip to Patterson’s will leave you fully immersed in that fall feeling, no matter what the weather is going to be like this week!

Patterson’s Fun Fest is open daily through Sunday, October 27. Admission is $5 per person on weekdays and $8 per person on weekends. Don’t miss your chance for some good old fashioned fall fun!

How was your weekend?

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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? Weekends!

Beyond Chefs Unbridled, there was lots of other fun to be had this weekend…here’s what we were up to:

Date Night at the ZOOvies

On Friday night, Matthew and I attended one of our favorite Zoo events: Cleveland Zoological Society‘s Date Night at the ZOOvies.

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This evening is always such a fun, chill way to experience the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo after hours. The Australian Adventure and African Savanna areas were open for exploration.

There were tasty small bites from Driftwood Catering, including grilled chicken and veggie sliders, flatbreads, and chips and salsa.

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Graeter’s had mini scoops of their delicious ice cream.

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Sponsor Vitamix provided a handy picnic blanket giveaway, as well as some incredibly tasty punch and Cajun popcorn.

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There was also beer, wine, and movie theater snacks to enjoy!

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Then we headed to the Savanna Theater to enjoy “The Goonies,” complete with a Goonie costume contest and Truffle Shuffle demonstration before the film started.

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It’s always fun to be at the Zoo after-hours, but I particularly love ZOOvies because I get to be there and have fun, all while just relaxing and taking in a great throwback movie.

The Cleveland Zoological Society’s next upcoming after-hours event is Brew at the Zoo, happening Thursday, October 10. There will be craft beer, live music, animal encounters, and lots of seasonal fun. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $80 for VIP admission through September 30. For more information and tickets, click here.

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Date Night at the ZOOvies. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Things Remembered Personalization Bar

On Saturday, I stopped by the new Personalization Bar at Things Remembered at Legacy Village.

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You may have shopped at Things Remembered awhile ago and it may still be on your radar for keepsake gifts, but if you haven’t been in recently, you must go back. The Personalization Bar makes selecting and personalizing your keepsake items easy, interactive, and seamless.

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I was generously gifted lots of items to personalize from Things Remembered, some of which I’m definitely keeping for me and some of which will make fantastic gifts. For each item, I got to see it on the screen; play with the spacing, fonts, and design; and make sure that my customized pieces were exactly what I wanted.

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From jewelry to wine glasses to butcher block cutting boards, there’s an item that’s right for each important person or event in your life. And being able to see exactly how the item will look once it is completed ensures your complete satisfaction with these special gifts.

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Stop in to see the modern side of Things Remembered. And you can save 10% off your purchase with code BA2R!

***Disclosure: I was invited by Things Remembered to visit the new Personalization Bar and received complimentary items. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

So that was our weekend. How was yours?

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Why? Chefs Unbridled!

One of my favorite foodie events of the year is Chefs Unbridled, to benefit Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center. Not only is the food always outstanding, but the setting is picturesque too.

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The weather was just perfect on Saturday night for this year’s event. Outside the tent, we enjoyed samples from Tom’s Foolery Distillery

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…and Crooked Pecker Brewing Company. The Driftwood Group food truck was also on hand with delicious offerings like hangar steak, halibut, and their famous tater tots with yum-yum sauce.

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Inside the tent, there were tasty morsels from some outstanding Cleveland chefs, along with live music, a spirited live auction, a wine pull, and a special appearance from Willie, one of Fieldstone Farm’s therapy horses.

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The dishes I most enjoyed from the evening were the flavorful duck breast with fried farro from Flour Restaurant

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…the truffled bologna sandwich from The Black Pig (bonus points for serving it on an English muffin…I love those!)…

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…the Tinman burger from Tinman, which is one of the tastiest burgers I’ve had in ages…

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…the lobster mac ‘n cheese with a delicate sauce that didn’t detract from the lobster from The Driftwood Group

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…the apple tart, which was fall dessert at it’s best, also from The Driftwood Group…

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…and the simple, delicious cacio e pepe agnolotti from The Union Club.

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All of this food, wine, and fun raised money for Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, which serves over 1,000 children and adults with special needs by connecting them with horses and teaching them independence, social skills, and more.

It was another year of perfection (and accidental outfit twinning with Jen) at Chefs Unbridled!

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

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy holiday weekend in Cleveland. Here’s what we were up to…

Totally 80’s Birthday Party

On Saturday, my friend Denise hosted a Totally 80’s Birthday Party for her husband Ritch. From the decor…

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…to the drinks…

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…to the music, everything was on-point 80’s themed.

Of course, we went all out with our 80’s looks too, including making good use of the crimper that Denise found on Amazon!

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It was a fun party with lots of good food, good friends, and good times!

Balance & Brews

On Sunday, I met up with Alicia, Lisa, and Ann for Balance & Brews at Bookhouse Brewing.

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Balance & Brews is preparing for a hiatus in its weekly beer and yoga schedule, so it was great to sneak in one more class before the break, especially since it was taught by Balance & Brews founder, Melissa.

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After class, we enjoyed both the beer and the books at Bookhouse Brewing!

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I love this cozy little spot with great beer!

Cleveland National Air Show

On Monday, we went to the Cleveland National Air Show: a staple in any Clevelander’s Labor Day Weekend plans. Usually we just watch the show from a distance, but this year we went inside the show grounds at Burke Lakefront Airport.

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Not only do you get an up-close view of the planes and get to see lots of passes that aren’t visible from a distance, but there are also lots of aircraft to explore on the grounds of the show.

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Some of our favorites this year included the U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, the Mike Wiskus Airshows, the USA Golden Knights, and of course the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

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It was certainly an impressive display of flying talent, as well as the incredible machines that are part of the US military.

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The Cleveland National Air Show is a financially self-sufficient non-profit, which means that your ticket proceeds help to continue putting on this world-renowned air show.

I can remember sitting in my grandpa’s driveway watching the planes from the Air Show when I was growing up. It was so cool to be able to see them up close on the Air Show grounds.

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***Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to the Cleveland National Air Show, courtesy of Destination Cleveland. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

How was your holiday weekend?

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