Why? Fashion Forward Giving Back Giveaway!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Congratulations to Jeff Anderle (Comment #23), randomly-selected winner of 2 weekend passes to the Cleveland Garlic Festival. If you didn’t win, you can still purchase tickets online. Remember you can save $1 off your tickets with promo code GFWhyCle.***

I love to shop and when I can shop for a good cause, it’s even better! That’s exactly what you can do at Fashion Forward Giving Back at Beachwood Place.

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Fashion Forward Giving Back happens on Saturday, September 13 from 10am to 9pm and is a day of fashion and fun to benefit Cleveland Clinic Children’s. There will be live music, family-friendly activities, cosmetic samples, exclusive shopping discounts, and a fashion show featuring local celebrities and patients and caregivers from Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

To participate in Fashion Forward Giving Back, you can purchase a $25 shopping pass online, which will get you access to all the great shopping discounts available that day. Or you can enter to win 2 shopping passes 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. Check out the list of retailers with exclusive discounts and leave a comment telling me where you’re most excited to shop.

2. Leave a comment if you like Beachwood Place and Why CLE? on Facebook, letting me know you like both.

3. Follow @BeachwoodPlace and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know you follow both.

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

I want to shop to benefit @ClevelandClinic Children’s at @BeachwoodPlace thanks to @WhyCLE: http://wp.me/p1fb9r-263

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

The giveaway will close on Thursday, September 4 at 11:59pm and the winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Fashion Forward Giving Back. In exchange, I will receive 2 shopping passes to give away. I declined my own 2 shopping passes due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Congratulations to jimbaumgartner (Comment #123), randomly-selected winner of 2 general admission tickets to the Greater Cleveland Foodbank’s Taste of the Browns fundraiser! Please check your email for details. If you didn’t win, you can still purchase tickets to Taste of the Browns online.

Also, today is your last chance to enter to win 2 weekend passes to the Cleveland Garlic Festival. Check it out! Remember, you can tweet daily for additional entries.***

It’s been a great holiday weekend so far! On Saturday, Matthew and I hosted our third annual cook-out. We always have such a great time having friends and family over for hamburgers, hot dogs, beer, cornhole, and general summer fun and relaxation.

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As hostess, I completely failed at taking pictures, but it was a wonderful group of people from all parts of our lives, from Matthew’s high school friends to my college roommate and her new husband to newer but no less dear friends.

As more and more of our friends start their families, we’ve noticed a change in the cook-out though. Three years ago, we were kicking people out well after midnight, after many rounds of drinks and lots of stories by the outdoor fire pit. This year, the last guests left around 9pm, giving us time to clean up, get Jeffrey into bed, and even get a decent amount of sleep ourselves. No less fun this year, just a different way of doing things!

On Sunday, I decided I needed an evening to hang out with my two favorite boys. I had plans to go to a yoga class and while I definitely need to find time to get back into my flow, I decided what my soul needed more than downward dog was time with my family. We ended up checking out the Cleveland Scene Pig and Whiskey event.

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There was tons of tasty BBQ, whiskey and beer, live music, and other vendors. Before we got our BBQ on, I popped into The Wandering Wardrobe for a bit of shopping. I’ve been following the shop on Instagram and loved all the cute clothes available. Stepping inside the truck is like being in a mini boutique and I scored two very pretty tops for very reasonable prices.

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You can follow the truck around while the weather is still nice and then from November until January, Wandering Wardrobe will have pop-up space in the Warehouse District.

Of course, you can’t go to Pig & Whiskey without enjoying some of both, which Matthew did. Since I’m not a fan of whiskey, I stuck with just the pig.

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I had the pork belly sandwich and smoked mac ‘n cheese from Smoke Ring BBQ. My only regret was not going for the hot sauce, as the medium didn’t pack much of a punch. But the food was tasty and it was nice to have pork options other than ribs or pulled pork.

This was the inaugural year for Pig  and Whiskey, but hopefully it will be back next year! While the beer distributors were local, it would be nice to see some hometown beer options in the beer tent and some lower-priced whiskey (most were between $7-$10 for a shot). Overall, we all had a great time!

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Hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend!

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Why? Cleveland Garlic Festival Giveaway!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Have you entered to win two tickets to the Cleveland Foodbank’s Taste of the Browns fundraiser? Check it out! Remember, you can tweet daily for additional entries.***

As the summer festival season winds down, one of the most unique and fragrant festivals is still to come: the Cleveland Garlic Festival taking place on Shaker Square on September 6 and 7.

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The Cleveland Garlic Festival features 14 live bands, a kids’ Mighty Locavores area with activites and fun, appearances by Miss Garlic, all the tasty garlic dishes you can handle from tons of great vendors, and a grill-off competition featuring local celebrity chef competitors and judges.

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Saturday’s grill-offs feature grass-fed beef and free-range chicken prepared by chefs from Cibreo Italian Kitchen, Urban Farmer, The Willeyville and more. Sunday’s grill-off features pasture-raised heirloom pork prepared by chefs from Ligali’s Bistro, Sterle’s Country House, and more.

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Proceeds from the Cleveland Garlic Festival benefit North Union Farmers Market, which operates farmers’ markets around Cleveland. North Union Farmers Market has educational and charitable market programs that are supported by the Cleveland Garlic Festival, helping to bring quality local food to an even more expanded population.

Tickets for the Cleveland Garlic Festival are $9 for adults and $5 for children and seniors for one-day admission. You can purchase tickets online and can save $1 off your admission with promo code GFWhyCle. Or you can enter to win two weekend passes to the Cleveland Garlic Festival 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 your favorite way/dish to use garlic.

2. Leave a comment if you like Cleveland Garlic Festival and Why CLE? on Facebook, letting me know you like both pages.

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

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

I entered to win passes to attend the @CleveGarlicFest thanks to @WhyCLE and you can too: http://wp.me/p1fb9r-25F

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

The giveaway will close on Monday, September 1 at 11:59pm and the winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by North Union Farmers Market to help promote the Cleveland Garlic Festival. In exchange, I will receive 2 weekend passes for myself, 2 weekend passes to give away, and a reader promo code for tickets. Images courtesy of North Union Farmers Market. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Urban Farmer!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Have you entered to win tickets to the Greater Cleveland Foodbank’s Taste of the Browns fundraiser? Check it out! Remember, you can tweet daily for additional entries.***

There’s a whole lot of buzz surrounding Cleveland’s newest steakhouse, Urban Farmer. Not that I don’t love a good steakhouse, but I was wondering what had everyone so excited about this one in particular. Well, having just dragged myself out of a decadent food coma that lasted from Monday night, I’m here to tell you that Urban Farmer is not just another steakhouse.

I was invited to attend Urban Farmer’s Blogger Round-Up and we were treated to the best that both the menu and Chef Brad Cecchi’s creativity have to offer. We started with a trifecta of c’s: charcuterie, cheese, and cocktails.

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Urban Farmer’s menu offers charcuterie and cheese selections, with many of the charcuterie choices and cheese accompaniments made in-house. The cocktails are truly an art form, with the highest quality ingredients and meticulous preparation and presentation. I recommend the Gin Gin Mule as a refreshing end-of-summer sipper.

After cocktails and nibbles on the patio, we headed inside to the semi-private dining room. This room boasts jars and jars of pickled vegetables, all made by the Urban Farmer chefs, as well as some of the most unique wallpaper and chandeliers I have ever seen. Urban Farmer’s decor is quirky and a good indication that the restaurant doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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Once ensconced beneath the glow of feathery chandeliers, we were treated to an amazing five-course tasting dinner, complete with wine pairings! Chef Cecchi is a level-two sommelier, so he and our server combined their knowledge to create perfect pairings.

Our first course was an item that can be found on Urban Farmer’s menu: beef tartare with deviled egg. This course was paired with a Charles & Charles Rose.

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I’ve always been take-it-or-leave-it when it comes to tartare, but I loved this dish and ate every last bite. The texture was appealing, the flavor delicious, and the deviled egg a fun play on the usual egg atop tartare.

Our second course was a chilled lobster salad with tomato, avocado, fennel, mint, and verjus sorbet. This salad is available on the Urban Farmer menu and was paired with Mayu Pedro Ximenez.

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Verjus sorbet, for those of you wondering, is sorbet made from ice wine from the Finger Lakes region. The sweetness of the sorbet, with the tart tomatoes and rich avocado and lobster made for a great summer dish.

Next up was the fish course, which was a seared scallop served with corn, candied bacon, and tomato, paired with Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier.

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This dish is not available on the menu, but was Chef Cecchi’s way of presenting various menu items (creamed corn, candied bacon, scallops) in one dish. This plate featured both corn and bacon in two ways: creamed corn and corn fritters, as well as candied bacon and bacon jam. I loved every element individually and kept changing combinations of flavors in each bite.

Next, it was time for what Urban Famer does best: steak. The fourth course featured roasted 21 day dry-aged strip loin with boulangere potato and summer squash. It was paired with my favorite wine of the evening: Lock & Key Meritage.

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The steak was prepared sous vide and just melted in your mouth. Those little dollops on top the potatoes are whipped beef tallow. Urban Farmer is committed to using every part of the animal and so whips the tallow into what Chef Cecchi described as “beef butter” and finishes their steaks with it. Just let the wonder of beef butter sink in for a moment…

While this particular presentation is not available on the menu, Urban Farmer of course offers a wide variety of types and cuts of steak and even a steak tasting, which allows you to side-by-side compare grass-fed, corn-fed, and Ohio Proud 21 day dry-aged steak (and add Wagyu for an additional charge).

Finally, it was time to enjoy dessert: a Great Lakes malted barley custard with malt balls and honeycomb.

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The malted barley used to make the custard comes from Great Lakes Brewery‘s Dortmunder beer. Topped with house-made malt balls, malt powder, and house-made honeycomb, this dessert is a truly unique treat. For a girl who loves chocolate malts and Whoppers, this dessert was perfect! This is available on the menu and is not to be missed!

Thanks to Chef Brad Cecchi and the staff at Urban Farmer for a wonderful meal!

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Urban Farmer is a fantastic addition to the Cleveland steakhouse scene and is truly unique in its genre. The restaurant features classic steakhouse offerings, but adds playful and unique touches. Also, Urban Farmer’s commitment to local ingredients and transparency with regard to where menu items are sourced is admirable. I know I will be back and I hope to see you there, too!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Urban Farmer Blogger Round-Up, which featured a complimentary dinner described above. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Taste of the Browns Giveaway!

Clevelanders love two things for sure: football and food. So combining those two into a fundraiser for one of Cleveland’s best causes, the Greater Cleveland Foodbank, is a touchdown.

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On Monday, September 15, the 16th annual Taste of the Browns will turn First Energy Stadium into a Clevelanders dream mix of Browns players and fabulous food. Chefs such as Rocco Whalen, Jeff Jarrett, Eric Williams, and Zack Bruell will be on hand preparing tasting dishes to enjoy. There will also be the chance to mingle with current and former Browns players, including event co-chair Joe Haden.

There will be a silent auction packed with sports memorabilia and other fabulous prizes and a wine and craft beer pull (new this year). Last year’s event raised over $175,000 for the Greater Cleveland Foodbank, which equates to more than 700,000 meals distributed to those in need in Northeastern Ohio. This year’s totals hope to be even bigger and help even more people!

Need more proof this is a can’t-miss evening? Check out my recap of last year’s Taste of the Browns!

Tickets are $175 for general admission and $250 for VIP. Tickets can be purchased online. Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets 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. Check out the list of participating restaurants and leave a comment telling me which you’re most looking forward to trying.

2. Leave a comment if you like the Greater Cleveland Foodbank and Why CLE? on Facebook, letting me know you like both pages.

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

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

I want to help tackle hunger at @CleveFoodbank’s #TasteoftheBrowns. Win tickets from @WhyCLE: http://wp.me/p1fb9r-259

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

The giveaway will close on Sunday, August 31 at 11:59pm and the winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Taste of the Browns. In exchange, I will receive 2 general admission tickets for myself and 2 general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

After surviving my first week back to work from maternity leave, this weekend provided a perfect combination of time at home with Jeffrey and time out with friends to relax. On Friday night, Matthew and I attended the Cleveland Zoological Society’s Date Night at the ZOOvies. This year’s event was sold out and it was great to see so many people out enjoying a nice evening at the zoo.

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When we arrived, the Australian Adventure and African Savanna areas were open to explore. There were also critters you could get up close and personal with, including a snake and an owl.

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There were heavy appetizers, wine, and Great Lakes beer to enjoy before the movie.

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Then during the show, there was a plethora of movie theater treats, like popcorn, hot pretzel sticks, and candy. Eating Reese’s Pieces while drinking red wine is what being a grown-up is all about, right?!

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The movie was “The Great Outdoors,” a fun 1980’s comedy with John Candy and Dan Aykroyd. We relaxed under the stars in the zoo’s amphitheater and enjoyed the show!

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Proceeds from Date Night at the ZOOview benefit the Cleveland Zoological Society. It’s a fun night out and it’s easy to see why the event is gaining popularity every year. Make sure to put it on your calendar for next summer!

Saturday evening, we went out to dinner to celebrate our dear friend Amanda‘s birthday.

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We went to one of my favorite spots: Spice Kitchen and Bar. A glass of Prosecco for me and a “Gin It to Win It” (gin, green chartreuse, celery syrup, lime, vermouth, and lemon bitters) for Matthew started the evening off right.

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Matthew and I shared the mushroom beignets (a must-order at Spice) and the pork & shiitake dumplings to start. For our entrees, I had the mushroom pappardelle, served with local mushrooms, fava beans and local chevre, in a light cream sauce. After our experience at the Spice Plated Landscape Dinner, we knew Chef Ben Bebenroth knew what he was doing with mushrooms and this dish proved no exception. Matthew also had pappardelle, but his was an evening special with rabbit.

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Spice prides itself on using the freshest, most local ingredients, which I love. Their dishes are creative, seasonal, and always delicious!

When in Gordon Square, it’s impossible to resist a stop at Sweet Moses. We ended the evening sweetly, with a chocolate turtle sundae for Matthew and triple berry pie a la mode for me.

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It was a great night celebrating a great friend! I hope this year brings you much happiness, Amanda!

How was your weekend? Did you attend one of the many sports events downtown on Saturday night?

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society 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.***

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Why? IPM General Assembly!

International Partners in Mission is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and as part of the celebration will be hosting an inaugural General Assembly from October 13-17, with the theme “Connecting Cleveland to the World.”

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IPM started in St. Louis, but moved its headquarters to Cleveland in 2001. IPM’s mission is to work “across borders of faith, culture, and economic circumstance with children, women, and youth to create partnerships that build justice, peace, and hope.” The primary way to accomplish this is through IPM’s Immersion Experience Program.

IPM’s General Assembly will host participants from Cleveland and around the world, from academic, government, inter-faith, non-profit, and philanthropic realms. Each day of the General Assembly will also include at least two public presentations. The wide range of interesting speakers include:

  • Meran Chang Rogers, GALA
  • Rodrigo de Castro Amédée Péret, OFM, Pastoral Land Commission, Uberlandia, Brazil
  • Anthony Dowell, World Food Programme, Rome, Italy
  • Jay Friedlander, College of the Atlantic, ME
  • Hillary Kazoora, Watoto Wa Lwanga, Nairobi, Kenya
  • James P. Keane Ph.D, Catholic Memorial School, MA
  • J. Clinton McCann, Eden Theological Seminary, MO
  • Jay McNally, founder of Ibis Consulting—a Pittney Bowes Company
  • Randell McShepard, RPM Inc.
  • Paul Nuendorfer, The Refugee Response
  • Dorothy Nyong’o, African Cancer Foundation & Mother of Oscar Winning Actress Lupita Nyong’o
  • Judith Ranger Smith, The Singing for Change Foundation, SC
  • Joy Roller, Global Cleveland
  • Stavros Spryopolous, Eaton Corporation, East Africa
  • Rick Steves, Public Broadcasting Personality and author of Travel as a Political Act

Of particular note on the speakers list are Rick Steves and Dorothy Nyong’o. Rick Steves will be discussing “Travel as a Political Act” and his views of becoming a “temporary local” and getting off the beaten path while traveling. His presentation will be on October 17 at 6:30pm at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts at St. Ignatius High School. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students. Click here to purchase tickets.

Dorothy Nyong’o will be part of a panel discussion on October 14 at 6:30pm at Notre Dame College. Her background includes research on strategies for increasing the visibility of NGO’s in Kenya. Plus, her daughter is an Academy Award winner! Ticket information will be available soon from IPM.

The IPM General Assembly is a wonderful opportunity not only to expose international writers, thinkers, and leaders to Cleveland, but also vice versa through the public events surrounding the General Assembly. Keep an eye on IPM’s Facebook page for all the latest details on the General Assembly and speaker events.

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Why? Red’s Tequila Dinner!

For Matthew’s birthday, my parents wanted to take him out to dinner, but were looking for something a little different, since we eat out a lot. Enter the Tequila Dinner featuring Don Julio at Red, the Steakhouse. It was a beautiful evening and the event christened the brand new rooftop bar and patio at Red’s downtown location.

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We began with cocktails and appetizers. I enjoyed the El Diablo, with Don Julio Anejo, chambord, lime juice, and Fever Tree ginger beer. Matthew chose the Paloma, with Don Julio Reposado, grapefruit and lime juices, and soda. Both were refreshing and a nice change from simply making a margarita with tequila.

The appetizers included mini-tacos and tamales, which were devoured almost quicker than the staff could refill the table.

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Then it was time for our four-course dinner. Each course was paired with a different Don Julio tequila: Blanco, Reposado, Anejo, and 1942. The tequila was served straight. As Joseph DeLuca, our host for the evening, explained, the idea of shooting tequila is an American notion. Good tequilas are meant to be sipped.

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Joseph DeLuca educating us on tequila

While Mom and I only took tiny sips of the tequilas, Matthew and Dad enjoyed each with its given course and found that tequila can be a flavorful beverage to pair with food.

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Mom trying the tequila

Our first course was steelhead trout ceviche, with mango, cucumber, lime, Fresno peppers, and puffed cumin rice.

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I expected the trout to taste fishy, but it was very mild and all the fresh, summery flavors in the dish shone through.

Our second course chipotle-glazed confit pork belly, with corn cake, pickled jicama, black bean puree, and corn shoots.

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I loved everything about this course, from the spice of the chipotle glaze, to the just-enough texture added by the corn cake.

The third course was braised short ribs, with mofongo, salsa verde, charred corn, jalapeno, pork cracklings, and cumin vinaigrette.

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This might have topped the pork belly course for me. While I knew Red did an amazing job with beef, I was so impressed to try savory courses outside the steak realm and find them all to be just as high quality.

Our fourth course ended the night on a sweet note, with a churro paired with dolce de leche, pralines, roasted marshmallow, and coffee ice cream.

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The elements of this dessert worked so well together, but each on its own was fantastic. I think my favorite part was the housemade roasted marshmallow. Or the coffee ice cream. Or the pralines…

It was a tasty and educational evening, trying both new food (Red is not just for steak!) and new beverages! Stay tuned to Red’s website for information on future spirits-pairing dinners.

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Why? Jeffrey’s Baptism!

Sunday was a big day as we celebrated Jeffrey’s baptism. The ceremony was held at St. John Vianney by the same priest who performed Matthew’s and my marriage ceremony.

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We were so lucky to have both sides of our family able to attend this special day.

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Jeffrey did really well throughout the whole ceremony and didn’t cry one bit when the water was poured over his head! All the practicing in the bath paid off!

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Our wonderful godparents (all six of ‘em!) were all in attendance and we’re so grateful for their already strong presence in Jeffrey’s life!

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After the ceremony, we headed to Match Works Tavern for Jeffrey’s first official party. We had a room off their patio and the staff made it a lovely afternoon for all of us. We enjoyed strawberry spinach salad, grilled veggies, cheese, hummus, and chicken salad croissants.

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We also had a delicious white and chocolate layer cake with chocolate mousse filling from Cakes to You. And my Mom added to the sweetness with personalized M&M’s as party favors!

IMG_8299All in all, it was a truly lovely afternoon celebrating our wonderful little man! Thanks to everyone who helped make it so special!

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Why? Visiting DC!

This past week was my last full week of maternity leave, so we decided to make the most of it! Part of that plan involved taking a road trip down to the Washington, DC area to visit with family and friends.

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Baby J ready to hit the road

It’s an easy 6-hour drive from Cleveland to the DC area and with the little guy in tow, it only took an extra hour and a half. He slept for most of the drive!

We stayed with my dear friend Jen, who was so great to allow our whole menagerie to invade her house for a few days. Our first night in town, we just relaxed with Jen, her boyfriend Jared, her dog Skylos, and some takeout sushi.

IMG_8146The next day, we met up for lunch with Matthew’s Aunt Sharon. We ate at Jackson’s Mighty Fine Food and Lucky Lounge. Matthew had the crab cake sandwich, I had the corn and crab bisque and warm goat cheese salad, and we all shared an order of deviled eggs with spiced pecans and candied bacon.

PicMonkey CollageThe name doesn’t lie: the food was mighty fine! It was also great to get to catch up with Aunt Sharon and introduce her to Jeffrey. She is the first member of Matthew’s family that I met when we started dating and she’s always held a special place in my heart!

IMG_8169That evening, it was time to catch up with my relatives, Uncle Lou and Auntie Betts. We met them at Hops Grill & Brewery. Hops has a great selection of hearty pub fare. I had meatloaf marsala and Matthew had fettuccine alfredo with shrimp and broccoli. I also enjoyed Hops’ own Hang Ten Honey Wheat beer.

Again, it was so great to have a chance to introduce the newest member of the family. Uncle Lou and Auntie Betts were my closest-in-distance family when I lived in DC and I grew especially close to them.

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IMG_8187We showed Jeffrey the Washington Monument, the WWII Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the White House. He was even awake for most of it!

PicMonkey CollageWe lunched at one of my favorite classic DC restaurants: Old Ebbitt Grill. Situated right near the White House, Old Ebbitt is a DC establishment and a mix of power lunchers and tourists both. I had the calf’s liver with bacon mushroom stuffing and Matthew had the swordfish.

PicMonkey CollageBoth meals were delicious, but the real treat was the dessert. I had the bourbon walnut chocolate pie and Matthew chose the peach cobbler. While he enjoyed it, Jeffrey’s reaction to the sight of the dessert was even better!

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He takes after his mom with his reaction to ice cream

That night, Jen hosted a gathering of friends I met through the Kappa Delta alumnae group in DC. It was a wonderful evening sharing laughter, stories, and sangria!

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The next morning before we hit the road toward home, we met up with graduate school friends for brunch at Mosaic Cuisine & Cafe. Mosaic is known for their waffles and the entire table each ordered the eggs benedict served on waffles.

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The waffles were the lightest I’ve ever eaten! What a tasty breakfast! Plus, it was great to see and catch up with these ladies!

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Overall, it was a perfect trip! While I was nervous about traveling with Jeffrey, he was absolutely great both on the drive and with all the activity and new people. The amount was had to pack (stroller, pack-n-play, etc.) was a bit intimidating, but we made it work and I’m so glad we did. It was so wonderful to introduce our little man to our family and friends in what will always feel like my second hometown!

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