Why? Wild Kratts Live in Cleveland Giveaway!

The PBS Kids show Wild Kratts is a fun, popular, educational program that is coming to Cleveland with a live performance.

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The Wild Kratts Live! 2.0 Activate Creature Power is coming to Music Hall at Cleveland Public Auditorium on Saturday, May 11! Use Code WILD to get your tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Click here to purchase tickets.

Or you can enter to win 4 tickets to the show right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, or all four entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Leave a comment telling me who you’d take to see Wild Kratts LIVE!

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

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

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

I want to see @PBSKids Wild Kratts LIVE! thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/01/09/why-wild-kratts-live-in-cleveland-giveaway 

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

The giveaway will end on Saturday, January 12 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

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Why? United Way of Greater Cleveland Love Out Loud!

On Thursday, February 7, the United Way of Greater Cleveland will be kicking off its 2019 Community Campaign Fundraiser with an event called Love out Loud.

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The event is at Magnolia Night Club from 7-10pm. There will be a DJ, cash bar with 20% of profits benefitting United Way of Greater Cleveland, and a spoken word artist. Cost to enter is donation-based (give $1, $5, $20, whatever you can.)

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Love Out Loud will focus on those affected by displacement and its lasting impact on our communities. Displacement occurs when any household is forced to move from its residence by conditions which affect the dwelling or immediate surroundings, and which

  • Are beyond the household’s reasonable ability to control or prevent
  • Occur despite the household’s having met all previously imposed conditions of occupancy
  • Make continued occupancy by that household impossible, hazardous or affordable.

Displacement disproportionately affects mothers of single-family households, families of color, and children.

The United Way of Greater Cleveland is working to raise awareness of the problem of displacement. Their goals are to spread awareness about house evictions, housing insecurities and lead; encourage the community to imagine themselves in the “shoes” of those who are affected by it; and, ultimately, to come together to develop solutions.

Join the United Way of Greater Cleveland for Love Out Loud and help kick off the Community Campaign Fundraiser focusing on the important issue of displacement.

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Why? Weekends!

Hey guys! How was your weekend? Ours was a nice balance of time out and time at home, so let’s get right to it…

Michael Angelo’s Winery

On Friday night, I met up with my friends Anne and Kim at Michael Angelo’s Winery.

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The winery is huge and beautifully decorated, with lots of seating options from at the wine tasting bar to tables to cozy chairs and couches.

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I started with a wine flight, which let me sample four different wines. I chose the Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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I really enjoyed all my selections, except for the Pinot Noir (which, admittedly, I don’t have as much experience with in general.)

We decided to share a couple appetizers: the crispy Brussel sprouts with maple aioli, mint, and lemon and the confit chicken wings with soy garlic sauce.

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Both were quite tasty! The pizzas coming out of the kitchen all looked amazing, too!

In addition to the food and wine, you can snag yourself some of Michael Angelo’s well-known bakery items, from bread to macarons to paczki. There is also a shop with coffee, candy, and bottles of wine for purchase.

The winery quickly filled up on Friday evening and is clearly deserves it’s new “hot spot” status with food, wine, and atmosphere that are all on point.

Yoga and Oils

Saturday morning, I went to an event that combined something I know really well (yoga) with something I don’t know as well (essential oils.)

Held at Borrow – Curated Rentals & Design, the event started with a presentation on doTERRA Essential Oils, with a sample of their Balance oil to take home.

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Then, Alicia led us through a Slow Flow and Yoga Nidra combination that left us feeling refreshed and intent on the year ahead.

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Alicia graciously let me just hang out in my own restorative poses in the back, but I was definitely able to reap the benefits of the relaxation and the chance to set a mantra for 2019.

Mine? “I am at ease.”

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Plus, Borrow was just a lovely environment for this event, with lots of beautiful lighting and vintage items all around. I want one of these swings at home, stat!

The Rest of the Weekend

We spent most of the rest of the weekend taking down the Christmas decorations. It was definitely time to do it, but I also just don’t like that job, except when it’s done.

Since we were all working so hard around the house, we needed some sustenance, so I made a winter time favorite: hatch chile and chorizo mac ‘n cheese.

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I use this recipe, but add in some loose chorizo that I brown and mix in. When you can get hatch chiles from Heinen’s next summer, grab as many as you can and freeze them. That way you can enjoy these smoky, spicy peppers all year!

We also went to a 10th birthday party for Iain, who Jeffrey calls “my big friend Iain.” Pizza, cake, and lots of chances to play made for a perfect Sunday Funday for these guys!

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So that was our weekend. Hope you enjoyed the very not-January-like weather!

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Why? Affogato Cat Café!

This week, Affogato Cat Café opened in Tremont. Jeffrey is obsessed with cats, so a visit to Affogato made it onto our 2019 Bucket List and was quickly accomplished.

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Affogato is co-owned by three young, entrepreneurial folks, two of whom are John Carroll alumnae. As you can imagine, I was excited to discover that bit of trivia!

There is a small (think: four tables) café area, with coffee house drinks and treats, all with fun cat-themed names. Jeffrey had a Meowcaron and I had a Café au Lay on My Keyboard.

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The café uses lots of local products, like Rising Star Coffee and Storehouse Tea.

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The café area has windows that look into the cat lounge. To enter the cat lounge, you need to make a reservation for a one-hour time frame. Weekday reservations are $10 per person, weekend reservations are $12, student reservations are $8, and a 10-hour day pass is $49. Children are welcome and those over 5 years old require a separate reservation.

Before you enter the cat lounge, you get a review of the cat lounge rules and then it’s kitty time.

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The cats in the lounge currently range in age from 8 months to 13 years, with all the different energy levels and personalities that go along with it.

Jeffrey’s favorite was Trish Panda, who enjoyed playing string toy games and even let Jeffrey pet her a bit.

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With the exception of Prince, the resident cat, all the cats in the lounge are adoptable through the Cleveland APL.

The cat lounge has everything from cozy places to curl up with a furry friend to desks to work. There are phone chargers, books, games, and cat toys…everything you need to make a visit fun, productive, relaxing, or whatever else you might be seeking.

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I’m seriously wishing I saved my papasan chair from college after seeing how much Jeffrey liked this one!

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I am a confirmed dog person, but I did find the residents and the concept of Affogato Cat Café to be really sweet. Adoptable animals always have a special place in my heart Affogato provides a great way to find a new adoptable pet or just have some cozy kitty time. Jeffrey certainly loved it, if his individual goodbyes to each cat are any indication.

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Affogato is now open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am-9pm. Remember, if you want to visit with the kitties, you need to make a reservation online.

 

Why? 2019 Blog Bucket List!

Hey there, 2019! I’ve been thinking about this new year from a blog perspective in terms of where I’d like to go that I haven’t been.

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So, here’s my current 2019 places-to-go bucket list:

1.Il Rione Pizzeria – How have I not been to this place yet?! I’m pretty sure I could house one of those pizza solo.

2. Flight Cleveland – While I’m in the neighborhood for Il Rione, obvs. I like my Bucket Lists to be efficient.

3. Affogato Cat Café – OK, this is on Jeffrey’s bucket list. And we’re going today. So I mostly like just being able to already check something off.

4. Marble Room Steak and Raw Bar – See my reasoning for #1. How have I not been here yet?!

5. The Georgia O’Keefe: Living Modern exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art – Georgia O’Keefe is a sorority sister of mine. And I’ve heard the exhibition is a stunner.

6. More general day trip/small trip exploration. Jeffrey is getting to be a great road trip buddy. We’ve had a blast on our Columbus drives. Currently on my list to get to: Toledo, Pittsburgh, Amish Country, and Cincinnati.

7. Nell and Rose – This just looks like a great place to shop!

8. The Van Aken District – In the same vein, I want to get some more local boutique shopping on at this new spot.

9. The Lake Erie Bluffs in the Lake Metroparks – Spectacular views of our Great Lake? What’s not to love?!

10. The Tremont Greek Fest – I live for summer fairs and festivals and this is somehow one I’ve never been to. Is it less crazy than Taste of Tremont?

What’s on your 2019 bucket list?

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Why? Red & White on Thursday Night Giveaway!

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to get out more? Or maybe to try a new restaurant or two? Then I’ve got the event for you: the 22nd annual Red & White on Thursday Night to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, Northeastern Ohio.

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Happening Thursday, January 24 at Quaker Station at the University of Akron, this event brings together the winners of Akron Life Magazine‘s 330 Flavor Awards, wine and craft beer samples, silent auctions, and an exclusive VIP lounge for a evening filled with food, fun, and philanthropy.

You will get to enjoy both savory and sweet small bites from Bistro on Main, Cilantro Thai and Sushi Restaurant, Gervasi Vineyard, Kosar’s Wood-Fired Grill, Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar, The West Side Bakery, and more.

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VIP guests will enjoy exclusive tastings from The Galaxy Restaurant & Banquet Center, high-end wines tastings, and specialty cocktails from Brown-Forman, as well as access to all the general admission food and drink.

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Plus, all the proceeds from the event benefit the Arthritis Foundation, Northeastern Ohio, which is working to help the over 2.6 million people in Ohio living with arthritis.

Tickets are $85 for general admission and $125 for VIP admission. Tickets are available online.

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Or you can enter to win 2 general admission tickets to Red & White on Thursday Night right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Check out the list of participating restaurants and leave a comment here telling me from which you’re most excited to sample food.

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

3. Hope over to my Instagram page and complete an additional entry there.

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

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

I want to attend #akronredwhite thanks to @ArthritisFDN and @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/01/02/why-red-white-on-thursday-night-giveaway-3 

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, January 6 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Arthritis Foundation, Northeastern Ohio to help promote Red & White on Thursday Night. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary VIP tickets for myself and two general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? 2018!

2018 was, well, a year. To be completely honest, I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s Eve on a good year and this year was more challenging than most. I’m having a hard time separating the bad from the good, so I’m mostly just ready to welcome a new beginning.

But when I look back on it, there were certainly fun moments in 2018, along with a lot of growth, strengthening of relationships, and deepening of commitments.

In 2018, we ate…

…we drank…

…we traveled…

…I yoga-ed and barre-d…

 

…we sported…

 

…we got cultured…

 

…and we got to the Point.

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We loved…

 

…and lost.

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And my kid grew into even more of an extraordinary, funny, smart, inquisitive human.

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It’s been a hell of a year and while I’m honestly not sad to see it go, I do hope the lessons, the growth, and the friendships stay with me into 2019.

May the New Year land softly, however you may feel about 2018. XO

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Why? Turn Bar & Kitchen!

Have we dispensed with the notion that hotel restaurants can’t be epically amazing places to dine? If so, let’s toss that out on the curb with the rest of things we need to leave behind in 2018.

Last night, Matthew and I thoroughly enjoyed a fabulous meal at Turn Bar & Kitchen at the Ritz Carlton Cleveland. Our server, Mary, and the hotel’s general manager, Yael, explained that the restaurant’s name has a dual meaning. One is that wherever you turn in Cleveland, there is something new to discover, especially in terms of cultures and ethnicities.

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The other is that the restaurant turns as the day does, from a breakfast stop after a guest works out to a happy hour destination to an elevated dining experience to live music on the weekends.

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While Turn is located in the lobby of the hotel, you’d never know it. It is set apart and quiet, with an insulated, comfortable vibe.

Matthew and I started with a couple smoked cocktails, which were worth ordering on presentation alone. Served in a stopped bottle with the smoke inside, they were expertly handcrafted and delicious.

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Also, mine incorporated some of our friend Clark Pope‘s spicy orange habanero syrup…local craft cocktails FTW!

Also, at happy hour each day, the bartender does a demonstration of a smoked cocktail and serves samples, so that is not to be missed!

The food menu at Turn incorporates many different ethnicities represented in Cleveland, with food that is both elevated and accessible. You can order everything from matzo ball soup to a Polish boy to a falafel.

We started our dinner with The West Side Olive Bowl, featuring a selection of olives from the West Side Market, and the Polish Meatballs, which had the richest mushroom gravy I’ve ever tasted.

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We also tried the soups: Matzo Ball for me and the Asia Town Tom Yum Goong for Matthew. Both were perfect to warm you up on a blustery winter evening!

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For our entrees, Mary and Yael conspired to absolutely stuff us full of delicious food. We shared the Braised Short Ribs with red wine and charred Brussel sprouts, the Faroe Island Salmon with asparagus and lemon, and the Day Boat Scallops, with Ohio City Pasta and tomato broth.

The red wine demi glace on the short ribs was so concentrated and delicious and the meat just melted in your mouth.

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While I like salmon, it’s not usually a first choice for me on a menu, but I would order this salmon again and again. The lemon sauce was just enough to make it stand out without overpowering the salmon.

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The scallops were massive, perfectly prepared, and paired nicely with the asparagus and marscapone ravioli.

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For dessert, we got a sample of three of Turn’s sweet treats: the Slavic Village Mini Paczki, the Northeast Ohio Cassata Cake, and The Cake.

The paczki were light, crisp, sugar-coated and filled with jam. The cassata cake was a delicious berry treat. And The Cake was a decadent blend of chocolate and orange flavors that paired perfectly with a side of Mitchell’s vanilla bean ice cream.

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From higher-end entrees to sandwiches to salads and wraps, Turn’s menu offers a bit of everything and wonderful conglomeration of Cleveland’s ethnic pockets.

Turn is the perfect stop for drinks and dinner before an event at the Q, in between movies at the Cleveland International Film Festival, when you’re looking for a restaurant that shows off so much of what Cleveland has to offer, or for a post-holiday date night.

The biggest takeaway for me is that Turn has not only nailed in selection and execution what Cleveland is all about, they’ve also nailed it in terms of hospitality. Cleveland, much like Turn, is warm and welcoming, haute and accessible all at once. Turn understands that and executes it flawlessly.

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary dinner at Turn Bar & Kitchen. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? barre3 January Challenge!

It’s almost the new year and there are certain to be a lot of fitness deals and challenges to capitalize on new year’s resolutions. I tend to just tune those out, but the barre3 January Challenge really caught my attention.

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The challenge is premised on being “balanced in body and empowered from within.” The barre3 January Challenge combines guided movement with daily mindfulness, provided by barre3 and Headspace.

Once you join the barre3 January Challenge, you’ll get access to unlimited studio classes through the challenge, new online workouts each week, and access to Headspace meditations. The barre3 studios will have charts posted where you can track your progress not only in taking classes, but also in daily meditation.

The biggest thing that sets the barre3 January Challenge apart is that it starts with the notion that you are already enough.

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You don’t need to punish yourself for holiday eating and drinking (or any eating and drinking.) Your body is not a problem that needs to be fixed. You have inherent strength, both physically and emotionally.

Through mindful classes and helpful meditations, the barre3 January Challenge will help you tap into that inner strength, making you feel balanced in body and empowered from within.

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I am so excited to be partnering with the barre3 Legacy Village studio on the January Challenge. Once I’m cleared to work out again (toward mid-January), you’ll see my rocking the studio classes, but I’m all in on the meditation for the entire challenge.

I have found barre3 Legacy Village to be an awesome community that truly supports one another and has your best interests as a whole person at heart. So, this January Challenge just plays right into what they’ve already been doing.

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Are you ready to take the barre3 January Challenge too? You can sign up online anytime now through January 6. The Challenge runs January 7 through February 3. Cost to enroll is $99 and includes unlimited studio classes, 30 days of Headspace access, and a weekly barre3 email with guided programming.

Registration for the challenge will remain open through January 20, so if you’re a late bloomer, you’ll still get unlimited studio classes through February 3 and 30 days of Headspace access for $99. There is also an “online only” challenge option for $29.

You are already enough. Take the barre3 January Challenge to help you connect with that truth and feel empowered from within!

***Disclosure: I was asked by barre3 Legacy Village to help promote the January Challenge. In exchange, I will receive a complimentary January Challenge registration and some barre3 swag. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Somewhere in Time 1969!

Ever wanted to step back in time to the year that was called “The Year of Change?” Then Somewhere in Time 1969 on Saturday, February 2, is the perfect party for you!

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This event is a fundraiser for the Western Reserve Historical Society and is held at the beautiful Cleveland History Center.

The event celebrates this tumultuous year of protest, revolution, and change through the sounds, grooves, duds, suds, and moves of this pivotal year in which the eagle landed.

Somewhere in Time will feature Lip Flappin’ Live Music, Funkadelic Full Bar, Cool Threads Costume Contest and Prizes, and Super Square Silent Auction.

Costumes are not required, but encouraged! Tickets for Somewhere in Time 1969 start at $100 for Western Reserve Historical Society members, $125 for non-members if you purchase by January 1 (price jumps to $150 after that), and $50 for young professional members. Tickets can be purchased online.

Somewhere in Time is a fun way to step back to a time of social change and cultural revolution, all while supporting one of Cleveland’s great cultural institutions!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Western Reserve Historical Society to help promote Somewhere in Time. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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