Category Archives: Holidays

Why? Entertaining by Design Giveaway!

I can’t believe the holidays are almost upon us, which means lots of chances to have family and friends over for a meal. To give you some inspiration for your table, the Ohio Design Centre is hosting Entertaining by Design, an annual tabletop showcase, with tablescapes created by top interior designers.

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New this year is a Patron Party and Gala on Thursday, November 6 to benefit North Union Farmers Market. Attendees will get a first look at the designs, as well as specialty cocktails, savory small bites, live music, and the chance to bid on unique auction items. Tickets for the Patron Party and Gala are $100.

Then, on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8, the sprawling Ohio Design Centre showrooms will be open to the public to take in these beautiful table designs and get inspired for your own holiday (and beyond) entertaining.

There will be the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award, as well as see how your own personal choices match up with the winners chosen by a celebrity judge panel, including Brandon Chrosotowski from EDWINS restaurant and Charity D’Amato from i heart cleveland.

The showrooms will be open from 11am-7pm on Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturday. Tickets are $10 at the door to peruse the beautiful designs and proceeds similarly benefit North Union Farmers Market’s education and access programs. Or you can enter to win two tickets to the public table viewing good for either Friday or Saturday 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 for which holiday you need decorating inspiration.

2. Leave a comment if you like Ohio Design Centre and Why CLE? on Facebook, letting me know you like both pages.

3. Follow @ohdesigncentre 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 get inspired at @ohdesigncentre #entertainingbydesign to benefit @NUFarmersMarket thanks to @WhyCLE: http://wp.me/p1fb9r-29L

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

The giveaway will close on Monday, October 27 at 11:59pm and the winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Ohio Design Centre to help promote Entertaining by Design. In exchange, I will receive 2 tickets for myself and 2 tickets to give away to the public table viewings. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend! So much so, that I’m saving the first part of our Friday evening – a preview of the newest exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art – for tomorrow. Stay tuned!

The second part of our Friday was a birthday dinner for our dear friend Scott at Urban Farmer.

IMG_0722We started our dinner with a lovely surprise – a complimentary cheese plate filled with delicious options!

IMG_0714Matthew and I shared the beef tartare, which I knew from my last Urban Farmer experience, is a dish not to be missed! The quality of the beef is fantastic, but I also love the little additions with this dish: the brioche toast and deviled egg.

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For dinner, we shared the New York Steak Tasting, which features 6-ounce cuts of White Oak grass-fed, Creekstone corn-fed, Ohio Proud twenty-one-day dry aged, and (for an additional cost), Imperial Ranch Wagyu.

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We also added on the candied bacon and bacon jam. For our side, we split the twice-baked Fingerling potato tart with sour cream, bacon, and chives. There is nothing to say about the candied bacon and potato tart except YUM! Both were amazing and I highly recommend adding them to your entree.

The steak tasting is more than enough to share, especially with a shared appetizer and side dish (which are family-style anyway). The tasting was a great way to get to know the different types of beef served at Urban Farmer and do an immediate comparison of flavor and texture. Our favorites were the dry-aged and the Wagyu, but explore the tasting and decide for yourself!

How on earth we found room for dessert, I don’t know. I had the sweet corn pound cake with buttered popcorn ice cream. I may have found a tie for The Greenhouse’s popcorn pot de creme. And Matthew chose the decadent Guanaja chocolate pate, with dried fruit, olive oil ice cream, and sea salt.

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This was my first off-the-menu dining experience at Urban Farmer and it lived up to my very high expectations. When you know a dinner will be a splurge, it is so nice when it is worth every penny and calorie.

On Saturday morning, I volunteered with Playhouse Square Partners at our first annual Halloween Town. The event featured crafts, photo opps, candy, hot cider, raffles, and a chance for the kids (and grown-ups) to show off their costumes.

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The Connor Palace Theatre lobby was all decked out for Halloween and everyone seemed to have a great time! It was a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit!

Later on that day, we stopped up at Broadview Heights’ indoor Halloween event with Jeffrey. My dad’s business, Tireman USA, has its headquarters in Broadview Heights and participated in the event with a festive table, juice for the kids, and an appearance by the Michelin Man.

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Halloween is quite a big holiday, with lots to do to celebrate, especially with little ones!

Sunday was spent relaxing and taking in a showing of “Gone Girl” with my Mom. I read the book, but was really impressed with the intensity of the movie and would say this is one where either the book or the movie are equally entertaining.

How was your weekend?

***Disclosures: While at Urban Farmer, we were presented with a complimentary cheese plate for our table. I am a member of the board for Playhouse Square Partners, which sponsored Halloween Town. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Halloween Events!

There are plenty of Halloween events coming up with scary fun for all ages. Check ‘em out:

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Halloweekends

Where: Cedar Point

When: Fridays (6pm-12am), Saturdays (11am-12am), and Sundays (11am-8pm) until Saturday, November 1

How much: Starting at $39.99 for adults

More info and tickets: Click here

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Image Source – playhousesquare.org

Halloween Town

Where: Playhouse Square Connor Palace lobby

When: Saturday, October 18 from 10am-12pm

How much: Family four-pack $40, $14 for children, $8 for adults, discounted admission for PALS members

More info and tickets: Click here

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Image Source – clevelandmetroparks.com

Boo at the Zoo

Where: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

When: October 16-19 and 23-26 from 6pm-9pm

How much: $8 for non-members, $7 for members, free for children 2 and under

More info and tickets: Click here

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Trick or Treat Street

Where: I-X Center

When: October 18-19 and 25-26 from 11am-8pm on Saturdays and 11am-7pm on Sundays

How much: $13.99 for general admission, $9.99 for 60+, free for children 2 and under

More info and tickets: Click here

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Hauntaquarium 

Where: Greater Cleveland Aquarium

When: October 17-18 and 24-25 from 6pm-9pm

How much: $11 for non-pass holders, $10 for pass-holders, free for children 2 and under

More info and tickets: Click here

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Image Source – westgateohio.com

Halloween Extravaganza 

Where: Westgate Shopping Center, sponsored by Inland Real Estate Corporation

When: Saturday, October 25 from 1pm-3pm

How much: Free

More info: Click here

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Q104 Boo Bash 18

Where: Dave & Buster’s

When: Friday, October 31 at 8pm

How much: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

More info and tickets: Click here

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Supper Club Halloween with Lounge Kitty

Where: Prosperity Social Club

When: Friday, October 31 at 8pm

How much: Admission is free, drinks and food on your own

More info and reservations: Click here

Have a spooky and fun Halloween!

***Disclosure: I am a board member of Playhouse Square Partners, which sponsors Halloween Town. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend! Wasn’t the weather just perfect?! Our weekend was busy with lots of cookouts and friends and family time, as holiday weekends tend to be.

On Thursday evening, our friends Jeff and Erin, who are married AND share a birthday, had a dual birthday cookout. This was Jeffrey’s first cookout and, seeing as he slept through most of it, I’m not sure how impressed he was.

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Matthew and I were very impressed with Erin’s cooking, however. From ribs and chicken on the grill to an orzo salad to a variation on The Greenhouse Tavern‘s “devils on horseback,” the food was quite tasty!

On Friday, we celebrated the Fourth with my family, which always involves plenty of good food, good margaritas, and good times.

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Saturday brought the third annual Poise in Parma cookout/birthday celebration. Any excuse to spend the day with these fine folks is alright with me!

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There was the usual grilling, eating, chatting, Honey Hut Ice Cream devouring, and Cards Against Humanity playing. I was so excited because Hans saved me a Great Lakes Brewing Christmas Ale to enjoy as my adult beverage of the day.

photo4 (4)This was one of the drinks I particularly missed this past holiday season and Hans was kind enough to remember and save me one! And it was as good as I hoped it would be!

So, all in all, a fabulous Fourth of July weekend! How did you celebrate the Fourth?

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Why? Happy 4th of July!

Whether it’s a cookout, fireworks, or just a chance to relax, here’s hoping you have a fun, safe, and happy 4th of July!

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“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.” – Albert Camus

“As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.” – George Washington

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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Why? Weekends!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Congratulations to itsahero (Comment #27), randomly-selected winner of 2 Big Kahuna VIP tickets to the Shoes and Clothes for Kids Luau on the Lake! Please check your email for more details. If you didn’t win, you can still purchase tickets online. When you purchase your tickets, enter Why CLE in the comments section for a chance to win a social media prize pack at the Luau on the Lake.***

It was a weekend filled with celebrations with some of our nearest and dearest. On Friday evening, Alicia, Kimberly, Amanda, and their husbands made dinner for Matthew and me to fete our second wedding anniversary.

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From baked brie to steaks from Pinzone’s and lobster tails from Lobster Brothers on the grill to a decadent chocolate cheesecake, the food was delicious! But what was even nicer was the time with friends.

Cheers! With a Scott and Jeffrey photo bomb...

Cheers! With a Scott and Jeffrey photo bomb…

The evening was my Mom’s idea and I can’t thank her enough for setting the wheels in motion. We’re also so grateful to our amazing friends for pampering us with an incredible meal! Even Jeffrey found this an occasion worthy of getting all dressed up…

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Saturday and Sunday saw back-to-back Father’s Day celebrations. On Saturday, Matthew’s family came over for a traditional hot dogs and hamburgers cook-out. The weather was perfect and the kids had a great time running around the back yard. Matthew’s Dad was in his glory, surrounded by kids and grandkids!

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On Sunday, Jeffrey and I had some surprises up our sleeves to celebrate Matthew’s first Father’s Day, starting out with Jeffrey’s outfit for the day…

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After the three of us celebrated in the morning, my parents came over for the third cook-out of the weekend (tequila lime marinated flank steak FTW). Our grill certainly got a work-out this weekend! It was a lovely weekend celebrating lots of special moments, made all the more so with the new little man in our lives. This picture pretty much says it all…

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How was your weekend? How did you celebrate Father’s Day?

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Why? Father’s Day!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Have you entered to win 2 Big Kahuna VIP tickets to the Shoes and Clothes for Kids Luau on the Lake? Check it out! Remember, you can tweet once per day for additional entries.***

This year, Father’s Day has taken on a new meaning and significance. In just two weeks, I’ve seen Matthew become such a wonderful and loving father to Jeffrey.

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Image Source – etsy.com

I had no doubt he would be a great dad, but to see it happen has been more amazing than I could have imagined. Happy first Father’s Day, Matthew! Jeffrey and I love you so much!

Photo Credit - Rich Jeschelnig

Photo Credit – Rich Jeschelnig

And, of course, Happy Father’s Day to my dad and my father-in-law, who are fully embracing their grandfather roles and who taught us so much about the love of a father.

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Photo Credit – New Image Photography

I hope all the dads out there have a wonderful Father’s Day weekend!

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Why? Memorial Day!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Congratulations to Paul Rosenberger (Comment #8), randomly-selected winner of 2 tickets to Our Lady of the Wayside’s Grapes and Ale fundraiser! Please check your email for further details. If you did’t win, you can still purchase tickets by clicking here.***

I hope everyone is enjoying the unofficial kickoff to summer! Mother Nature gave us some gorgeous weather this weekend! In the midst of the cook-outs, festivals, and other Memorial Day fun, it’s important to remember the true meaning of the day.

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“A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.” – George William Curtis

With gratitude to all those who have served, particularly those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

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Why? Mother’s Day!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Have you entered to win a 4-pack of tickets to the Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off? You have until Sunday to enter to be one of three lucky winners. Check it out!***

Yesterday at work, my friend Nicole surprised me with my first ever Mother’s Day card, which of course made me cry! This year, Mother’s Day has a different meaning for me and I’m sure that feeling will only intensify with Mother’s Day 2015.

As I figure out this new and developing role in my life, I am so lucky to have great role models around me to show me what being a mother is all about. And none can even compare to my own Mom.

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She has provided the best example of how to be a loving, supportive, fun parent and friend. So, Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! As I celebrate my Mother-to-Be Day, I can’t thank you enough for giving me the confidence to become a mom myself!

And to all the other moms and moms-to-be, enjoy your special day!

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Why? Weekends, Part 1!

This weekend, Matthew and I decided to have a “staycation babymoon,” if only to see how many made-up words we could use to describe one weekend. We did so much great stuff, I have to break it up into two posts! Not only was it a fun and relaxing weekend, but it was a great reminder that you don’t have to leave home to find plenty of new and different things to do.

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Friday evening, we went on the Grape Escape wine train on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. This was the first time on the Scenic Railroad for both of us and the sold-out Valentine’s event seemed like a great way to check it out.

All aboard!

All aboard!

The menu consisted of five Italian wines, paired with small bites supplied by Moe’s Restaurant. This proved a particularly good deal for Matthew, since he got to have all my wine! Our first course was prosecco paired with garlic and herb cheese and crackers.

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All the appetizers were cold to make serving/transporting easier. Our second course was pinot grigio paired with a mixed greens salad with cranberries, nuts, and goat cheese.

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All of the servers and trainmen on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad are volunteers. You can tell they just really enjoy and have a passion for the railroad. Unfortunately, since it was winter, our ride took place in the dark and we didn’t get to appreciate much of the scenery. We did get a glimpse of the Boston Mills/Brandywine ski areas and downtown Peninsula, though.

Our third course was “broken-heart” pasta salad, served with a light red wine (the varietal escapes me now).

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Our fourth course was a chicken salad croissant, served with the first of two chianti wines. And the sweet finish to the evening was chocolate mousse with strawberries and shortbread cookies, served with a fuller-bodied chianti.

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It was a fun and unique way to spend Valentine’s Day and I always enjoy crossing something off my Cleveland to-do list. There are monthly Grape Escape and Ales on Rails rides on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (click here for more information), along with many other special events for everyone from adults to families. Hop on board and explore the beauty of our area’s national park, as well as the neat throw-back feeling of riding the rails.

How did you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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