Happy April, CLE! Hope you all had wonderful weekends!
Friday night was one of my favorite monthly gatherings: Book Club. My book club always picks a book, which about half of us read, and we discuss the book for approximately 3 minutes of the time we spend together. More than anything, it provides a good excuse to get together, drink some wine, and catch up!
This month, we went to Wine Bar Rocky River. The menu is full of great appetizers and flatbreads that make sharing with a group easy and tasty.
We had the “WINO” fries, served with sea salt, lemon zest, and parsley. We also munched on the asparagus tempura fritters, with tomato-ginger jam and roasted garlic aioli. The fritters were incredibly tasty! The asparagus still retained a nice crunch, even after the deep-frying. The drunken goat cheese fondue was not to be missed, especially with the red wine reduction on top. Although this is more of a dip than a fondue, it is very yummy! Also on our table was the mushroom flatbread, with chevre and pickled thyme. Finally, we shared the calamari, with teriyaki glaze and wasabi mayo. The sauces elevate the calamari from your run-of-the-mill appetizer to something really worth a try.
Oh, and the wine…we shared a 2007 Tomas Achaval “Nomade” Malbec. You’ll always find red wine on our table! It was a fun and filling night with friends!
Saturday, after spending most of the day getting stuff done around the house, CLEguy and I headed out for the classic pairing of a burger and a beer. We ended up not far from home at Hooley House Sports Pub and Grille.
If you’re a Foursquare user, you get a free appetizer with your first check in at Hooley House, so CLEguy and I scored a free half-order of “Hooley Hunks.” Essentially, Hooley Hunks are boneless wings, which are quite tender and juicy. We chose the Cajun dry rub as our spicy seasoning and dug in.
From there, CLEguy stayed the beer-and-burger course with a BBQ burger. With BBQ sauce, onion straws, and pepperjack cheese, this was one massive burger. Also, definitely upgrade to the sweet potato fries!
I changed my mind once I saw Hooley House’s baked mac ‘n cheese. I chose the bacon and tomato mac ‘n cheese, with smoky pieces of bacon and diced tomato throughout. The bacon, as well as the onion straws on top, gave the mac ‘n cheese great texture and flavor. I ended up taking half of this huge dish home, too!
The bar was packed for the OSU game and there was a great energy in the place. I’m glad to know there’s such a fun sports pub close to home that also serves really tasty food!
Sunday morning, we got up bright and early to check out the grand opening of Nishkama Yoga in North Olmsted.
CLEguy and I were greeted at the door by one of my favorite yogis, Alicia from Poise in Parma.
The whole staff is so pumped about the new location and getting the studio up and running. There really is something special about Nishkama and the folks who work there. I always feel so welcomed and safe with them…they have created such an incredible atmosphere in which to practice and that carries from their Independence location to the new spot in North Olmsted.
After 75 minutes of very intense and sweaty Vinyasa flow, I can think of just one word to describe how I felt: awesome. Seriously, if you’re into yoga, you have to check out Nishkama for a truly amazing practice experience. And if you’re new, there is no better place to start! Just be prepared for sweaty hugs, too…
It was another fun weekend! What new answers to Why CLE? did you discover this weekend?