Why? Weekends!

It was a low-key weekend around here, which was much needed after a busy week and an aversion to going out in the blustery winter weather…

Salted Dough

On Saturday, Jeffrey and I met up with my parents to check out the newly-opened Salted Dough in Broadview Heights.

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From the same owner as Crust in Tremont, Salted Dough serves up pizzas and a handful of other Italian dishes in a warm, casual setting.

I started with a Maple Bacon Old Fashioned, because who can resist a drink with both bourbon AND bacon?!

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We all shared the Brussel Sprouts, with Dijon aioli, balsamic, and crispy shallots…

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…and the Meatballs, packed with traditional Italian flavors. Pro tip: order the Salted Dough appetizer to dip in the sauce.

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Salted Dough has a wide variety of pizzas, as well as build-your-own options. Jeffrey had the cheese pizza, which made him a very happy camper!

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Mom chose the gnocchi with rosemary and mushroom cream sauce…decadent and delicious!

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Salted Dough offers daily beef, chicken, and fish specials, as well as a daily ravioli special. I had the chicken special.

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The chicken was lightly breaded and served on top of fried eggplant and salted dough. It was covered in red sauce with capers and olives. It was rustic and satisfying!

I couldn’t pass up the tiramisu for dessert. Salted Dough offers several varieties daily, but I stuck with the traditional.

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Jeffrey enjoyed the chocolate gelato.

Salted Dough is a great addition to the south side of town and I can’t wait to go back to try some more of the pizzas!

Vault

On Saturday night, I stopped in at Vault at The 9 to research my next piece for Ohio. Find It Here.

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That’s all I can say for now, but I’ll share the link to the full post on all the craft cocktail and Cleveland history fun I had once it’s done…

The rest of the weekend was spent keeping warm on what felt like our first real winter weekend of the season! How did you stay warm this weekend?

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Why? Playhouse Square Partners!

On Wednesday, I got to spend the evening pretending it was summer with putt-putt, margaritas, and tacos at Playhouse Square Partners‘ Putt-Putt Night.

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The event was held in the lobby of the KeyBank State Theatre, which not only provided a unique setting for miniature golf, but also let us start daydreaming about Jump Back Ball, which will be held there in just over a month!

We had a great time playing putt-putt and I even got two holes in one! There were also some great prizes of loge seats to various shows at Playhouse Square for those with the lowest score, as well as those who could get a hole in one on a particularly tricky hole.

Playhouse Square Partners plans lots of fun evenings like the putt-putt event, as well as our gala Jump Back Ball. We also assist Playhouse Square’s Community Engagement and Education initiatives through both fundraising and hands-on volunteering. And we get to do a lot of it in the absolutely beautiful theaters of Playhouse Square!

If that sounds like you’re speed, check out joining Playhouse Square Partners and/or join us for Jump Back Ball on Saturday, February 29. This will be my ninth Jump Back Ball and I swear they get better every year! This year’s theme is “From Jukebox to Boombox” and it’s sure to be a rockin’ evening!

***Disclosure: I am the Communications Co-Chair for Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? NCJW Winter Meeting: Headlines and Hemlines!

Spend a fun and fashionable morning with NCJW Cleveland at their 125th annual Winter Meeting on Wednesday, February 5 at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven.

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The theme of this year’s Winter Meeting is Headlines and Hemlines. The morning will include a presentation from Sarah Rogers and Sara Hume from Kent State University Fashion Museum, exploring how the tenor of the times has impacted both fashion and the activities of NCJW Cleveland.

You can start your morning perusing pop-up shops starting at 10am, enjoying a curated shopping experience with unique retailers. Brunch and the presentation begin at 11:30am.

Cost to attend is $40 for NCJW Cleveland members and $45 for non-members. Click here to purchase a ticket and enjoy a morning of fashionable fun!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the NCJW Cleveland Winter Meeting. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Cavs Academy Clinics!

Jeffrey is so into sports, more so than I ever imagined he would be. And not just watching sports, but playing them too. If your kids are the same way, the Cavs Academy Clinics are a great way for them to experience hands-on all the basketball excitement they enjoy watching at the Cavs games.

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The Cavs Academy Clinics are designed for boys and girls ages 7 and up, of all skill levels. There are clinics throughout the Northeast Ohio region. Upcoming clinics are:

  • Thursday, January 16 in Akron
  • Monday, February 17 in Fairview Park
  • Friday, February 28 in Toledo
  • Sunday, March 8 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (All Girls)
  • Saturday, March 28 at Cleveland Clinic Courts (All Girls 3V3)
  • Saturday, April 4 in Youngstown
  • Thursday, April 9 in Broadview Heights (Elite 3-on-3)

For the younger kids ages 3-6, there are Cavalittles Clinics. Upcoming clinics are:

  • Wednesday, January 15 in Seven Hills
  • Wednesday, February 5 in Brunswick
  • Wednesday, March 11 in Avon Lake

Clinics include a Cavs Academy dri-fit shooting shirt,  Cavaliers 50th Season Celebration Spaulding basketball, and a ticket to a 2019-20 regular season home game.

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Click here for more information and to register for a Cavs Academy Clinic!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Cavaliers to help promote the Cavs Academy Clinics. In exchange, I received a complimentary Cavalittles Clinic registration for Jeffrey. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a fun weekend in Cleveland, as we bounced between spring and winter weather…

Disney on Ice

On Friday night, Jeffrey and I attended opening night of Disney on Ice Presents Road Trip Adventures at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

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Disney always puts on a fantastic show, between great costumes, fun songs, and amazing skating and acrobatics.

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We got to see favorites from Frozen, The Incredibles, Toy Story 4, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Lion King, and more.

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Our seats were in the “Extra Magic Zone,” so we had lots of up close time with the characters! Jeffrey’s face says it all…it was a magical show!

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Disney on Ice Presents Road Trip Adventures is at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse through Sunday, January 19, with shows on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Click here to purchase tickets. If you use code WHYCLE, you can save on tickets to the 7pm shows on each day.

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Disney on Ice. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

JCU Alumni Retreat

On Saturday morning, I attended an alumni retreat at John Carroll University. I always love being back up on campus, but I find it especially conducive to reflection for me.

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The retreat focused on releasing things from the past year that were no longer serving us and cultivating healthy habits for the year to come. The retreat even started with an hour-long yoga flow, which you know always puts me in a great mindset!

One of the most moving parts of the retreat was when all the participants wrote down on flash paper something they wanted to release moving into 2020. We each lit the paper on fire and watched our something be released into the air.

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I got so much out of both our personal reflection time, as well as the group sharing that we did. Campus Ministry and the Cleveland Alumni Chapter did a fantastic job planning a meaningful morning!

Winter Wonder Cleveland

On Saturday afternoon, I made a return to Winter Wonder Cleveland, which is fun, interactive “Instagram museum” where you can play and get some great photos, too.

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Since I first visited Winter Wonder Cleveland, there are some new interactive elements at the Griswold House, as well as some new artwork from Platform Beer Co

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…and an even more in-depth mirror room.

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Winter Wonder Cleveland is open through Sunday, January 26. There’s so much more than just Christmas fun to experience here. Instagram museums are becoming the hot new thing and Cleveland has its own for just a bit longer, so check it out while you can. For hours and tickets, click here.

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Winter Wonder Cleveland. In exchange, I received complimentary admission. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Phunkenship Barrel Room Yoga

On Sunday, I checked out a familiar yoga teacher (Alicia) in a new-to-me setting (Phunkenship by Platform.)

Phunkenship is Platform Beer’s dedicated sour-beer facility, which also has a very cool taproom for enjoying those sour beers. I had a The Wolf at the Door, a dark-chocolate raspberry stout.

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But before enjoying the beers, we enjoyed an hour-long vinyasa flow in Phunkenship’s barrel room.

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Alicia is teaching at Phunkenship on the second Sunday of every month, so check out the schedule for some savasana and sours combined! For $15, you get the hour-long class, plus a beer. The laughs are free!

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So that was my weekend! How was yours?

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Why? Allison Rose Foundation Yellow Brick Road Celebration!

This month, the Allison Rose Foundation will host its second annual gala event: the Yellow Brick Road Celebration.

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The event takes place on Saturday, January 25 at the Embassy Suites in Independence and focuses on giving guests the “courage” and “heart” to advocate for children and young adults with food allergies.

The Yellow Brick Road Celebration will raise funds to expand the Allison Rose Foundation’s educational curriculum and scholarships, create additional awareness campaigns, contribute to research and advocate for change to save lives.  A portion of the proceeds will also go to the new Cleveland Clinic Food Allergy Center of Excellence.

The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, raffles, and a keynote speech from Broadway star Jessica Vosk, a star of the musical “Wicked,” who will share her story of managing anaphylactic food allergies.

The Allison Rose Foundation was created after the tragic death of Allison Rose Suhy from an extreme food allergy reaction. Her parents turned that tragedy into an opportunity to help other families manage food allergies and hopefully never deal with the same sort of tragedy.

Tickets for the Yellow Brick Road Celebration are currently on sale online for $100 for those 21+ and $50 for those ages 16-21. Click here to purchase tickets and attend this inspiring night of turning tragedy into a true community effort of giving back.

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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 23rd annual Red & White on Thursday Night to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, Northeastern Ohio.

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Happening Thursday, January 23 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 BOMBA Tacos & Rum, Crave, Gervasi Vineyard, Saffron Patch, West Side Bakery, Trattoria Vaccaro, Missing Falls Brewery, and more.

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VIP guests will enjoy exclusive food and high-end tastings, specialty cocktails from Brown-Forman, and more, 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.

 

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 on the Red & White on Thursday Night image.

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/2020/01/08/why-red-white-on-thursday-night-giveaway-4 

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

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Why? Getaway!

This past weekend, I took a big step outside my comfort zone in two ways: I traveled solo and stayed overnight in a cabin. I’m pretty bad at both alone time and things involving nature, so this was sure to be an adventure.

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I stayed in a Getaway cabin in in Lisbon, Ohio at Getaway Beaver Creek. Getaway cabins are essentially tiny houses, with a kitchenette, bathroom with both toilet and shower, desk, and bed.

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The queen-sized bed is against a wall with a huge window to look out into nature.

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Your Getaway cabin includes pots, pans, utensils, cups, a kettle, coffee, tea, a radio, and some books.

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You also have access to an outdoor campsite with chairs, a picnic table, and a firepit with wood to make a camp fire.

And of course, there’s a s’mores kit! Getaway cabins include lots of cute touches like a cellphone “lockbox,” postcards to send to loved ones, crayons for if you brought the kiddos (or for you)…ways to relax and unwind and disconnect.

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Your cabin locks with a keycode and you receive a text message prior to check in with your cabin name and keycode. There’s also a main office when you arrive at the cabins, as well as a phone in your cabin to call to the office, which made me feel secure, especially when traveling alone.

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The Getaway cabins are in a secluded area, but all in a horseshoe near each other and every cabin was occupied on the day that I stayed.

Getaway also helps you out with a website that includes nearby hiking trails, as well as restaurants and attractions. Being not a big nature girl, plus being by myself in January, I opted for more of the attractions than the hiking.

I had a delicious lunch at The Vineyards at Pine Lake, which boasts a lovely view, tasty wine, and great food.

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I highly recommend the Chicken Francaise paired with the Vineyard White wine and I also grabbed a bottle of the Pinot Noir to take back to the cabin with me.

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And of all the crazy, fun coincidences, Mariah’s parents happened to be having lunch there too, so I guess I’m never really alone!

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The bartender at The Vineyards at Pine Lake recommended I check out Birdfish Brewing, so I popped in to one of their tasting rooms for a quick sample of the local brews.

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After some time in the cabin unwinding, watching movies (no Wi-Fi, so bring DVDs), reading, and eating lots of popcorn…

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…I decided to venture out in the evening to Numbers Brewing Company for some live music.

So whether you’re in to exploring nature or exploring new-to-you places, Getaway makes a great jumping off point. Plus, with being solo, I found myself chatting away with people more than I would have otherwise, finding out some cool recommendations from the locals, and really getting a better sense of the area.

I was surprised at how modern, cute, and comfortable the Getaway cabins are and honestly how safe I felt, even being by myself. And Getaway gives back too: for every Getaway, one tree is planted by the non-profit One Tree Planted.

You can book a Getaway cabin that will accommodate two people or four (the four-person has a second, lofted queen bed.) And you can make your Getaway as laid back or active as suits your personality. You can also saev $25 off your next Getaway using code WHYCLE25 when you book.

***Disclosure: I was invited by Getaway to help promote Getaway Beaver Creek. In exchange, I received a complimentary one-night stay. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Mecklenburg Gardens!

For New Year’s Eve this year, my friend Anne invited me to take a road trip with her to Cincinnati to ring in the new year German-style.

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Anne’s friends Chris and Allison own Mecklenburg Gardens, the oldest restaurant in Cincinnati. Mecklenburg Gardens was established in 1865 and is still serving up delicious German food and beer, with the distinction of being named America’s Best Beer Garden by Travel and Leisure Magazine.

While it was too chilly to enjoy the outdoor gardens, we did get to experience the bier hall, which was filled with old-world charm.

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Mecklenburg’s Midnight in Munich party included a champagne toast at 6pm (midnight Munich time); a delicious buffet of German favorites like sauerkraut balls, a whole roast pig, and German chocolate cake; live music; and lots of fun.

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Seriously, all New Year’s Eve celebrations should happen at 6pm. I was in my PJs on our hosts’ couch before midnight.

While our trip to Cincinnati was super short, I was absolutely delighted with Mecklenburg Gardens and the hospitality we received. I definitely want to head back down south soon to explore more of the city, so let me know if you have any recommendations of where to go!

And if you find yourself in Cincinnati, check out Mecklenburg Gardens for a delicious taste of old-world Germany!

How did you ring in the New Year?

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Why? Happy 2020!

Happy New Year! Happy New Decade! There’s been so much talk, even more so this year, about recaps and resolutions. And I’ve been thinking about what to write…what my recaps and resolutions are…

While I certainly have both, they aren’t formed enough yet as thoughts to share here. So I’m sharing something from a writer who has become one of my absolute favorites this year: Amy Turn Sharp.

She is a poet who lives in Columbus and writes just beautiful, inspiring, makes-me-feel-like-she-knows-me things. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Here’s what she had to say about the end of 2019/beginning of 2020:

“The problem with this year-end look back sort of thing is that we are all trying to relive it and recall it while it’s December and we’re exhausted and emotionally fragile. We think it was much worse than it was. We can’t exactly remember the beautiful moments as strongly as the ones that broke our hearts. We compare our life to others without realizing that nearly everyone had time in 2019 that tried to break them. That probably most of us cried alone some. And we also all felt some joy, somewhere.

 

Very capable people hide pain. There are friends of yours who have money but not love. Some people in your life are struggling with secret addictions and mental health and still look so cool in the internet. There is a time bomb happening in someone’s life right now. You are filtering things through you so quickly. Take a moment to think collectively about the humans in your circle. Go beyond that even.

 

And if you weren’t brave this past year you get to be in 2020. And if you weren’t kind to yourself, you get to be in 2020. And if you didn’t put all of your effort into love and magic, well you know what to do. And maybe you can cultivate a new little habit of journaling and looking back each month. It’s how to get real with yourself. It’s how to sit in a chair in December 2020 and be calmer, less worried about the always coming future.

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Wishing you peace in your reflections of the past year and strength in your convictions for the coming one, friends.

Happy New Year,

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