Category Archives: Tremont

Why? Weekends!

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It was another busy weekend of friends and family in the CLE! On Friday evening, Matthew and I met up with Amanda, Scott, Kate, and Brian at Dante. We had won $100 in gift certificates from our Playhouse Square Partners’Trivia Night victory and finally were cashing in our winnings.

I hadn’t been to Dante in awhile and now we were there two weekends in a row! Luckily, there is plenty on the menu to tempt me. Matthew and I started with the Maine lobster spring roll, with butternut squash, shiitake, and ginger sauce. The spring roll had huge chunks of lobster and the delicate vegetable and ginger flavors all stayed distinct enough to identify and enjoy.

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For dinner, Matthew had the bone-in strip loin, served with oyster mushrooms and a horseradish potato puree. I had an appetizer size of the pasta special, which was ricotta cavatelli with lamb ragu sauce, and a tasting size of the pasta carbonara with poached egg and pancetta.

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Matthew’s steak was absolutely delicious: perfectly cooked and seasoned. I loved the pasta special with tender lamb and hint of mint in the sauce, but felt that the carbonara tasted a bit flat. For dessert, I ordered another special for the evening: a chocolate mousse with sesame crunch and ginger ice cream.

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One of the things I love about dining at Dante is getting both Asian and Italian-influenced dishes in one meal. It was a tasty and fun evening!

On Saturday, I went up to John Carroll University to speak to potential incoming JCU freshman on a panel called “JCU: Preparing You for the Future.” The incoming freshman class will be the class of 2017! Having just registered for my 10-year reunion, that number gave me pause. But, I got over that and was happy to be able to talk about the role JCU played and still plays in my life.

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From there, I continued the college theme for the day by attending a christening party for my college friend Tracy’s daughter, Nina. It’s hard to believe that a bunch of us who met as freshman are now celebrating children’s lives milestones together.

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The christening party was held at Gambitta’s Party Center and was quite the affair. Tracy’s husband Luca comes from a large Italian family, so the parties tend to be big, filling, and fun. And Nina, the star of the show, was a very well-behaved and entirely adorable guest of honor!

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On Sunday, my friend Katie and I started the day at Harmony Yoga for a power vinyasa class, where I saw this, which I just love:

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Oh yoga studio chalkboard, you are so full of wisdom!

Later that day, we celebrated Easter with Matthew’s side of the family, a week late so everyone could attend. As usual, it was a blast playing with our nieces and spoiling them with Easter treats. The weather was so nice and we took the kids outside for an Easter egg hunt and lots of drawing with chalk.

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I love her face. Pure amazement at the wonder of the Easter egg.

How was your weekend? Are you still involved, formally or informally, with your college?

***Disclosure: I am the VP of Special Initiatives for the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter and a member of the Class of 2003 Reunion Committee. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

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It was a wonderful weekend of friends and family celebrations! On Friday morning, I went to a butt-kicking vinyasa flow at Nishkama Yoga. I don’t get to practice at Nishkama as much as I would like, so I was happy to take advantage of one of my days off before I start my new job to get to class there (more on the new job tomorrow).

I spent the rest of the day on Friday learning how to make nut roll and poppyseed roll with Mom. This is a traditional Eastern European holiday dessert and I’m all about tradition at the holidays.

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For my first try, I was pretty happy with the results and, from the way they were gobbled up, everyone else was, too!

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Friday evening, Matthew and I met up with the usual suspects to fete our lovely friend Kimberly for her birthday. We started with the ridiculously well-priced Friday wine tasting at Wine and Design. Two delicious wines for $5? Yes, please!

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Then it was off to dinner at Dante. Matthew and I decided to share a little bit of a lot of things on the menu. I love Dante’s options of tasting or appetizer-sized portions, which gives you a chance to taste even more dishes.

We thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered: the wild mushroom and baked brie tartlet, the Hawaiian tuna tartare, the “chunky” soup with lobster, potato, and leeks, the green spaghetti, the three-cheese polenta, and the black squid ink risotto.

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Since Kimberly and Chris are Dante regulars, Chef Boccuzzi treated us to quite the dessert spread on the house. I was so blissed out, I don’t remember the exact names of most of the dishes, but there was a chocolate and orange meringue, baklava with pistachio and cherries and cardamom ice cream, a chocolate banana crepe, and a heavenly s’mores-like sundae.

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It was a fabulous evening befitting a fabulous friend! Kimberly is truly one of the sweetest, most caring, funniest people I know and I am so blessed to have her in my life! I hope this year is her best yet!

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Saturday morning brought more yoga, this time at Harmony Yoga. Then, it was into holiday prep mode. I hosted my parents, grandfather, and Matthew’s father for a traditional Holy Saturday dinner of kielbasi and sauerkraut.

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We got our kielbasi from Pinzone’s Market Fresh Meats, which is one of my go-to stands at the West Side Market. Tradition is tasty!

On Sunday, we went to Easter Mass and had dinner with my parents and grandfather.

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I also broke my Lenten no-sweets fast (Friday night’s dessert bonanza excluded) with some yummy chocolate from Malley’s. All in all, it was a great weekend with some of our favorite people!

How was your weekend? Do you celebrate Easter? What are your traditions?

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Why? Weekends!

This weekend my dear friend, former bridesmaid, fellow dog-lover, and all around fabulous gal Jen came up from DC for a visit. She brought her black lab Skylos as well, so we had a full house of three people, three dogs, and lots of fun!

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Jen is pretty laid-back and her only request for while she was here was dinner at Melt Bar and Grilled. So, Friday night, we headed there for some cheesy, carby goodness. I had the Rising Sun melt, Jen had the Gyro Melt, and Matthew had the Northcoast Shores Melt.

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Saturday morning, I met up with my friend Katie to burn off the cheese and carbs at Harmony Yoga. This was Katie’s first power vinyasa class and I was so impressed how far she’s come in just a couple months of practicing.

Saturday afternoon was spent doing a photo shoot. Jen is an awesome photographer who is building up her business in the DC area. She kindly offered to do photo shoots for friends to add to her portfolio. So, we spent a sunny Saturday afternoon bopping around Ohio City and the Flats doing a glamour shoot with an urban backdrop.

We started with lunch at the West Side Market. The Market is a gorgeous backdrop for photos and a must-see for any non-Clevelander, plus we got to eat some tasty crepes from Crepes De Luxe. The Market was absolutely jammed and it was great to see so many people out and about!

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From there, it was down to the Flats for some more glamorous photos. I felt like a model and I definitely credit the photographer for that! Matthew also came along and not only got to play around with his camera, but even got pulled into a few photos. It was a really fun experience and I can’t wait to see the finished product!

After all that hard modeling work, it was time for some refreshments. Matthew, Jen, and I met up with Beth and Enzo at Barrio for margaritas and tacos.

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I really like Barrio’s build-your-own-taco concept. Don’t be afraid to add on lots of sauces and salsas. The meat was all very mildly seasoned, so you need those add-ons for flavor.

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Sunday, it was time for another photo shoot, this time with my too-cute nieces! Apparently, after photos, we just naturally need margaritas. We headed to my mom’s for a southwest-style feast. Alicia and Amanda joined us, too. We started with a beginner’s yoga session to introduce my Mom to yoga, then proceeded to enjoy great food and great conversation.

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This morning, Jen is hitting the road back home. It was a whirlwind trip and we packed in as many friends and as much Cleveland goodness as we could. Now I owe Jen a trip to DC!

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How was your weekend? When friends visit Cleveland, where do you like to take them?

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Why? Tremont Happy Hour Holla!

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I always mean to do recurring blog features and then I get blogger-distracted. So, I’m giving “Happy Hour Holla” a shot. Once a month, I’ll give you the scoop on some great happy hours in different Cleveland neighborhoods. This idea was inspired while at a recent happy hour in Tremont. So, we’ll start there, with a sampling of some great happy hour options in that neighborhood:

Lolita Restaurant

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The Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 5-6:30pm and 9pm to close; Friday – Saturday: 5-6:30pm and 10:30pm to close; Sunday: 4-6pm

The Drinks: $4 select glasses of wine, $2 select beers, and $5 select specialty cocktails

The Eats: $5 a piece for fried Brussels sprouts, 1/2 portion of mac ‘n cheese, mussels, Lolita burger, and charred eggplant dip

The Catch: You must be seated in the bar area to get happy hour pricing.

Ginko

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The Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 4:30-6:30pm

The Drinks: $2 sake, $4 hot sake, and 1/2 price beer, speciality cocktails, and glasses of wine

The Eats: $3 edamame, $2 miso soup, and $5 select sushi rolls

The Catch: None.

The Treehouse

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The Hours: Monday – Thursday: 4-8pm

The Drinks: $1 off anything on the menu plus daily specials, such as $1.50 PBR 16oz Pounders on Tuesdays, $2 Yuengling drafts on Wednesdays, and $5 Stoli-Doli’s on Thursdays

The Eats: A different $5 food item each day (burgers, pizza, hot dogs, hummus, quesadillas)

The Catch: None.

Fahrenheit

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The Hours: Monday – Friday: 5-7pm

The Drinks: $3 select beers, $4 select glasses of wine, and $5 select specialty cocktails

The Eats: $4 a piece for fries, shrimp taco, and vegan ravioli; $5 a piece for burger and panini; $6 pizza

The Catch: You must be seated in the bar area to get happy hour pricing.

Bac Asian American Bar and Bistro

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The Hours: Monday – Friday: 4-6pm

The Drinks: $5 select cocktails; discounted beer and martinis

The Eats: $5 select food specials

The Catch: None.

Where is your favorite spot to happy hour in Tremont? What neighborhood should I “Happy Hour Holla” in next month?

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Why? Weekends!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Today is your last chance to enter to win two tickets to the Great Big Home and Garden Show. Remember, you can tweet daily for more entries. Check it out.

Also, wishing the happiest of birthdays to my grad school bestie, who comments here as “PLP.” Love you, lady! Wish we could celebrate in person!***

We didn’t let the cold and snow keep us in this weekend! On Friday night, Matthew and I met up with Nathan and Lane to warm up with some margaritas and spicy food at Lopez Southwest Kitchen.

IMG_5255We started out with a pitcher of the Lopez traditional margaritas (mine has the spicy salt rim) and an order of the Iron Chef guacamole, with bacon, bleu cheese, and sage.

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For our entrees, I chose the Mezcal chicken special and Matthew had the Buenos Dias burrito, with egg, house-made chorizo, and roasted peppers.

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The chicken was roasted and served with red mole sauce, roasted corn pudding, and arugula salad with pork belly. The roasted corn pudding had jalapenos and was creamy, spicy deliciousness. The chicken was moist and the sauce had just the right smoky spice. While I loved the salad, it was a bit much and didn’t really fit with the rest of the entree. 

For dessert, both couples split the Mexican hot chocolate.

IMG_5254Decadent dark chocolate lava cake, with cinnamon and chile spice, is topped with vanilla bean ice cream, strawberries, and a brown sugar cookie. This is one tasty and rich dessert! We had a great night catching up with friends and left with full bellies and big smiles.

Saturday, Harmony Yoga celebrated their fifth anniversary in business with a day of free 45-minute yoga classes.

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I like having this reminder during class!

In the morning, I practiced the Foundations of Yoga class with my friend Katie, who is relatively new to yoga. Then, in the afternoon, I headed back for a Power Vinyasa class with Matthew, who is one heck of a good yogi.

After class, we stuck around for some light refreshments, chit-chat with classmates, and shopping. I picked up a bottle of lavender-scented yoga mat spray made locally by Terra Verde Handmade (and recognized in Cleveland Magazine as the best yoga mat spray in Cleveland).

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Saturday evening, it was time to celebrate Julie‘s birthday with some adult beverages at Press Wine Bar. It seemed perfect to fete one of my favorite new friends in one of my favorite new spots.

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We ate and drank in the event space in the back of the restaurant, which gave us plenty of room to spread out and be a little rowdy. My obsession with Press’ flatbreads was heightened with my choice of the duck sausage flatbread.

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Duck sausage, brie, cranberries, white bean puree, and orange and ginger gastrique combined into a very delicious meal. Matthew had the crab burger, which was quite tasty and packed with crab meat. We also discovered the ROOBREW Winter Milk Chocolate Stout off Press’ all-local craft beer draft list. Brewed in Akron, this beer is mostly chocolate, with just a hint of mint on the finish.

It was a fun (and tasty) evening celebrating a great gal! Julie was a great hostess and made her friends from all different parts of her life feel welcome. I hope she enjoyed her party as much as we did!

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Sunday was a low-key day, with a little yoga, a little craft beer drinking, and a little gumbo making (more on that later in the week). How was your weekend? Did you brave the cold or hibernate?

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Why? Upcoming Events!

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Also, I’m starting as a monthly guest blogger for the Lake County Visitor’s Bureau. You can check out my first post today by clicking here.***

Where did January go? I can’t believe how fast this year has kicked off. Probably because there’s so much to keep busy with, like these great upcoming events:

16th Annual Red and White on Thursday Night

Thursday, January 31 at 5:30pm

Quaker Station at the Quaker Square Inn

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The Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region is hosting this annual fundraiser. Stroll around while you sip wine and nibble delicious bites. There will also be raffles and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $85 in advance, $95 at the door, and $125 for VIP, which includes a special wine tasting. Click here to purchase tickets.

4th Annual Pancake Barkfeast

Saturday, February 2 at 8am

Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ

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Join Secondhand Mutts, a rescue and adoption organization, for a tasty breakfast and help raise money for treatment of heart worm-positive dogs. There will be buttermilk and chocolate chip pancakes, bacon and sausage, orange juice and coffee. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Click here for more information (at that link, you can also find out about the Smooches for Pooches Bowl-a-Thon on Friday, February 15).

Dinner in the Dark

Monday, February 4 at 6pm

The Q

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Dinner in the Dark is a way to tap into both your culinary adventurous side and your philanthropic side. A group of six local chefs create a meal and you only find out what’s being served as each course appears. It’s a chance for these chefs to have some fun and for you to taste some interesting dishes, all to benefit a local charity. Tickets are $87 and can be purchased by clicking here.

10th Annual Orchid Mania

Tuesday, February 5 – Sunday, March 10

Cleveland Botanical Garden

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If the grey and gloom are starting to get to you, then head over to the warmth and beauty of the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Orchid Mania will feature more than 100 varieties of orchids on display. New for this year, check out “Orchids After Dark” every Wednesday and Friday until 9pm, with cocktails, chocolates, and exclusive tours. Tickets for Orchid Mania are $9.50. Click here for more information.

Cupid’s Undie Run

Saturday, February 16 at 12pm

Tremont

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Cupid’s Undie Run is a one-mile-”ish” run in your skivvies, with a pre- and post-run party at The South Side. Registration is $25 and there are awesome incentives for fundraising levels, including VIP Open Bar access for raising $150. You think you’re brave? Brave enough to run for a mile through Tremont in February in your undies? Even if you’re that brave, you’ve got nothing on the children helped by The Children’s Tumor Foundation, the beneficiary of all funds raised by Cupid’s Undie Run.

Brite Winter 2013

Saturday, February 16, starting at 4pm

Ohio City Market District

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It’s the fourth annual Brite Winter festival, combining art, music, games, snow and fun. 48 different bands are scheduled to perform on various outdoor stages throughout the Market District. This year’s theme centers around light and fire, so there will be amazingly-lit art installations to check out, as well as some fun games to let the kid in you come out to play in the snow. Admission is free.

Winter Warmer 2013

Saturday, February 23 at 2pm

Windows on the River

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Join the Ohio Craft Brewers Association for the 7th annual Winter Warmer event. There will be lots of Ohio craft breweries with samples of winter, limited-edition beers, as well as live blues music from Austin Walkin’ Cane. Tickets are $35 and include 20 tasting tickets and 1 deli lunch ticket. Click here to purchase tickets.

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Arthritis Foundation to help promote Red and White on Thursday Night. In exchange, I was offered 2 VIP tickets, but declined due to scheduling issues.***

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Why? Holiday Shopping!

It’s beginning to look a lot like holiday shopping time. Stores are decorated, commercials for holiday deals are everywhere, and the over-achieving already-bought-gifts people are making me feel guilty. So, here’s a little holiday shopping guide to hopefully make your gift giving a bit easier:

For the Fashionista

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There are lots of great options, but ultimately you want something unique for the glamour queen in your life. Here are some places to check out:

Banyan Tree - Clothes, accessories, jewelry and more with a laid-back vibe, located in the heart of Tremont.

Yellowcake Shop -Designs from Cleveland’s own Project Runway diva, Valerie Mayen.

Room Service – Danielle DeBoe’s store features a collection of fun and whimsical apparel.

For the Homebody

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For the person who needs or can never have enough art, vases, and various home accouterments, check these places out:

Wine and Design – From trinkets to furniture to artwork, this store has a little bit of everything. Plus, you can pick up a bottle (or a case) of wine while you’re at it!

DUOHOME – Much like Wine and Design, this shop has a little bit of everything, from knick knacks to furniture and lots in between.

Salty Not Sweet - From candles to cool art prints and more, this store has great gifts, with a very strong Cleveland theme.

For the Cleveland Lover

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Maybe you know a friend (or a blogger) who loves them some CLE and loves to show that love off. Shop for them at:

C.L.E. Clothing Co. – Everything you need to dress from head to toe in Cleveland gear, while reading a Cleveland book and looking at Cleveland artwork.

Fresh Brewed Tees – A great collection of Cleveland apparel, now with a store in South Park Mall.

For the Sweet Tooth

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Is there someone in your life who wants nothing more than a stocking filled with candy? Get them some of the best at these places:

Lilly Handmade Chocolates – Amazing truffles and barks in interesting and adventurous flavors, plus wine and craft beer.

Sweet Moses – Take a step back in time at this soda fountain and pick up a bag filled with delicious candies, popcorn, and baked goods (plus reward yourself with some ice cream while you’re there)!

Malley’s Chocolates - It’s a Cleveland institution for a reason: delicious candy! You’ll find lots of great gift box options here.

For the Wine and Beer Aficionado 

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Shopping for the wine or beer snob in your life? Aside from some of the places already mentioned that carry wine and beer, also check out:

Rozi’s Wine House - A huge selection of wine and craft beer, plus liquors! Check out the gift baskets.

Vineyard’s Wine Merchant – Run by the nicest guy you’ll ever want to meet, with a story about every wine. Go on an evening when they have a tasting and discover a new favorite for yourself too!

The Wine Spot – Another great place to get both wine and craft beer.

For the Techie

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Need to buy for the person who has to have the latest technology? Head over to:

Microsoft Holiday Pop-Up Store – Located in Beachwood Place, this only-for-the-holidays shop makes Microsoft technology and service even easier to access.

Apple Store - With locations at Crocker Park and Legacy Village, you can get your iGifts on either side of town.

For the Athlete

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For the person who will be working off the Christmas cookies before the last gift is opened, these stores have just what you need:

Lululemon Athletica – A wonderland of incredibly well-made clothes, catering largely to runners and yogis.

Athleta – Gap brand’s workout clothing store just opened in Beachwood, with a great mix of cute, comfy, and performance gear.

Second Sole – THE place for running shoes, with professional advice on finding the right pair. Also a great stop for workout apparel.

Where are your favorite spots for holiday shopping?

Why? Ohio Blogging at The South Side!

On Tuesday night, I attended the meet-up of the Ohio Blogging Association. This group of bloggers and “blog supporters” meets monthly to chat about everything from Cleveland to blogging and experience great places around the city. This month’s meet-up was a dinner and lively conversation at The South Side.

Also in attendance were bloggers from:

Am I There Yet?

Blog the New Black

Clue Into Cleveland

Cooker Girl

Eat*Drink*Cleveland

Life Lyn Style

Miss WineOH

Poise in Parma (our fearless organizer, with a lot of the PIP family in tow)

Rust Belt Runner

Smitten…in Cleveland

Songs and Stories

SOS Associates

Conversation ranged from CSA’s to puppies to blogs to jobs to wine. We all shared a bit about our blogs and about upcoming events in the community. We also ate some tasty food! I had the chorizo sausage links with black bean and cheddar pierogi.

A Southwestern, slightly spicy spin on a Polish standard? Sign me up! Also, I have to give major credit to our servers who kept everything organized, did separate checks for our massive group, and generally got everything done in a timely way. I’ve been underwhelmed by the service at The South Side before, so this was a pleasant surprise.

It was another fun night of hanging out with bloggers and “blog supporters!”

The November OBA “meet-up” will be a blog swap! These are always a fun way to write a little something different and also expose your blog to new readers. You will receive a swap partner and your posts will go live on November 19. RSVP by November 11 by clicking here. And you won’t want to miss the 2nd annual holiday party and cookie swap on December 12. Click here to RSVP for that festive event!

Why? Upcoming Events!

If you thought life in Cleveland would slow down after summer passed, think again! This fall is shaping up to be just as busy. Here are some great upcoming events to check out:

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Ingenuity Festival

September 14 – 16

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Live music, performance art, speakers, food, comedy, and more. It’s a coming together of cool and unique Clevelanders to celebrate, well, ingenuity. The festival is free, so come early, stay late, and take in all the inspiration. Click here for more information.

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Sparx City Hop

Saturday, September 15

All over Cleveland

Experience Cleveland’s vibrant and diverse neighborhoods by “hopping” around them courtesy of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance. There will be 4 free trolleys with different routes, including Asia Town, Campus District, Ohio City, and Tremont. There will be a C-Town Chowdown, walking tours with actors portraying famous figures from Cleveland’s past, dance performances, an open air market and much more. For information on the trolley lines and more, click here.

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Tremont Art and Cultural Festival

Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16

Lincoln Park

Live music, art demonstrations and performances, Yoga Rocks the Park, chef demos, and more! This is a fun, all-ages, budget-friendly event that celebrates the great art and culture that goes on in Tremont. Click here for a schedule of events and more information.

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RIPE! Fest

Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23

Cleveland Botanical Gardens

A celebration of fall harvest, RIPE! Fest combines a farmer’s market, local crafts, live music, food trucks, gardening classes, and kids’ activities into two action-packed days. Be sure to catch the pancake flip-off on Sunday morning! Tickets are $11 in advance and $13 at the door. Click here for more information.

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Flavors of Northeast Ohio 2012

Monday, September 24 at 6pm

Cleveland Downtown Marriott at Key Center

Flavors of Northeast Ohio isn’t just about tasting. Each table at Flavors is paired with a local chef who creates their meal tableside. Restaurants with chefs participating include AMP 150, Luxe, Light Bistro, and Market Garden Brewery. Tickets are $225 and proceeds benefit the American Liver Foundation. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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Cleveland Foodbank Young Professionals Happy Hour

Thursday, September 27 at 6pm

Grovewood Tavern

The Cleveland Foodbank is forming a Young Professionals group committed to supporting the mission of the Foodbank. At the kickoff happy hour, you can learn more about the group’s upcoming events, meet other members, and enjoy tasty treats from Grovewood Tavern. Bring cans of food as your admission. Two cans equal one drink ticket (limit two drink tickets per person). Click here for more information and to RSVP.

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Playhouse Square Partners’ Ohio State v. Michigan State Viewing Party

Saturday, September 29

The Blind Pig

Each Fall, PlayhouseSquare Partners hosts their annual OSU viewing party. This year, cheer on the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan State Spartans when they go head-to-head. The party will start a half hour prior to kickoff. Admission is free and you can purchase food and drink packages for $25 in advance, $30 at the door. The package is good for 4 hours of unlimited food, beer, wine and well drinks. A portion of the proceeds from these packages will go towards the Playhouse Square Bus Fund. There will also be raffles, football squares, and more. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

***Disclosure: I am a council member of The Cleveland Foodbank’s Young Professionals group. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Why? A Mother-Daughter Evening in Tremont!

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On Tuesday night, I met up with CLEmom after work for a mother/daughter evening. First, we went to Wine & Design in Tremont.

I always love going to Wine & Design for their great, affordable wine selection and adorable home accoutrements. Plus, Greg – the owner – is always so friendly and welcoming! However, Tuesday night’s trip had more of a purpose than just regular Wine & Design shopping. Kimberly from Smitten…in Cleveland hosted a Baubles & Bubbles party combining champagne and Stella & Dot jewelry.

Our friend Julie from Wearing Mascara recently became a Stella & Dot consultant. So, we got to sip bubbly, peruse a favorite store, buy jewelry (I got this…what do you think?), and support a friend all at once. Sounds like the perfect start to an evening!

If you’re interested in hosting a party or ordering some baubles for yourself, check out Julie’s Stella & Dot page!

From there, CLEmom and I headed to Ginko. I had been dying to check out Chef Dante Boccuzzi’s sushi spot. The space is very tiny, with most of the seats being at the sushi bar. This is great, though, for checking out all the fresh delicious choices and watching the sushi chefs at work.

For an appetizer, we ordered the spicy scallop chips. Topped with tobiko and scallions and served with avocado, the spicy scallops were atop Pringles. A really different presentation and so tasty!

CLEmom is wading into sushi and this was her first bite of the raw stuff…the verdict: she loved it!

We then tried some nigiri, including seared beef and fatty tuna. But the nigiri that did me in was a piece of seared duck, topped with foie gras and plum. Insanely rich and delicious!

Next up were the rolls: king crab for CLEmom and the house specialty Zeppelin for me. I forget all of the Zeppelin’s many elements, but it’s essentially a rainbow roll exterior with a whitefish interior that packs quite the wasabi punch.

For dessert, we shared the tempura apple, which was served with a pastry cream and strawberry parfait, with a generous sprinkle of sesame.

In between bites, we chatted with Chef Boccuzzi about the People’s Party for the West Side Market and the excitement surrounding all the centennial events.

It was such a fun evening in Tremont, experiencing two of that neighborhood’s gems. Plus, I got to spend time with my best friend…nothing better than that!

Where’s your favorite place to hang out with your parents?