Category Archives: Wine

Why? Twilight at the Zoo Giveaway!

Remember when I told you to stay tuned, because I had some wild Zoo giveaways coming up?! Well, here’s the first one! Twilight at the Zoo presented by Medical Mutual is coming up on Friday, August 7 and I have two general admission tickets to this awesome party to give away!

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This 21-and-older fundraiser put on by the Cleveland Zoological Society benefits the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The general admission party goes from 7pm to 12am, all over the Zoo. Your general admission ticket includes small bites, Samuel Adams beer, Angry Orchard cider, wine, and soda. You can also rock out to 18 local bands with styles from pop to country to reggae to swing.

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This is one hot party and you don’t want to miss it! Here’s how to enter to win two general admission tickets to Twilight at the Zoo (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1. Check out the list of Twilight at the Zoo bands and leave a comment telling me which you’re most excited to see.

2. Visit the Cleveland Zoological Society and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

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

4. Follow @clevezoosociety on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following.

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

I’m #wildaboutCLE and want to rock out at @clevezoosociety #TwilightattheZoo to benefit @clemetzoo: http://wp.me/p1fb9r-2qJ #giveaway

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

The giveaway will close on Sunday, July 26 at 11:59pm and the winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Twilight at the Zoo. In exchange, I will receive 2 VIP tickets for myself and 2 general admission tickets to give away. Also, Matthew and I are members of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

Well, it finally felt like summer this weekend! We had lots of outdoor plans, so the sunny, warm weather was just what we wanted! Friday morning, Jeffrey and I met up with our Kindermusik friends for a play date at Patterson’s Fruit Farm. While there is no apple-picking yet, we all enjoyed some apple cider donuts and some real apple cider to take home.

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We also enjoyed their outdoor play area, with swings and tractors and slides. Any playground is a good playground!

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I definitely can’t wait to go back for Patterson’s Fun Fest, with a corn maze, slides, wagon rides, and more, starting in September!

From there, we grabbed a quick lunch at Kirtland City Tavern. My recommendation? The soft pretzel appetizer with queso dip. Dive bar deliciousness!

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Friday evening, Matthew and I went on a date night to see the Minions movie. Yes, we’re adults. Yes, we went on a date to see the Minions movie. And yes, I laughed so hard I snorted. It was pretty perfect!

On Saturday, Matthew was part of a team from AECOM competing in the AIA Cleveland Beach Day sand castle building competition at Edgewater Beach. Jeffrey and I went up to cheer the team on and to “help” with the building.

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Jeffrey loved the beach! Playing in the sand and starting to explore the waves made him so happy!

Matthew’s team, which built the Lake Erie lighthouse and monster, won both the Judge’s and People’s Choice Awards, which netted them $600 in scholarships from AIA to distribute to interns. Their sandcastle was really awesome and I’m so proud of all the work that went into it!

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Sunday was one of the hottest and most humid days of the summer, so of course it was also the Taste of Tremont! My parents and I braved the heat and crowds to enjoy food and drink in one of Cleveland’s best neighborhoods! We started with some refreshing sangria at Wine & Design, which is always a favorite stop.

We also munched on cabbage and noodles from Pierogies of Cleveland, jambalaya from Bourbon Street Barrel Room, ribs from Dante, a lobster roll from The South Side, and Jeffrey ate a meatball from Dante and carrot cake pancakes from Grumpy’s Cafe.

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It was another great (and hot!) year at Taste of Tremont!

How was your weekend? Did you head out to Taste of Tremont? Were you at Edgewater and happen to see the cool sand castles?

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Why? Weekend of Festivals!

There’s nothing I love better than a summer festival. I will drag Matthew (and now Jeffrey) all over the Greater Cleveland area to stand elbow-to-elbow with other Clevelanders, drink overly-sugared lemonade, and eat funnel cakes. This weekend, two fabulous festivals are on tap to keep you busy and happy and well-fed.

On Saturday, July 18, St. Malachi Parish is hosting its Homecoming Festival from 2pm-8pm at the St. Malachi campus at West 25th and Detroit.

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There will be live music, food trucks, and a cornhole tournament and other games. There will also be history displays and church tours, as St. Malachi is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year!

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A lot of you know St. Malachi because of their charitable community work or their 10-mile race. The Homecoming Festival is a great way to learn more about this Cleveland faith institution, have some fun, and benefit the parish in the process. Admission is free.

Then on Sunday, July 19, is one of Cleveland’s biggest (and one of my favorite) summer festivals: Taste of Tremont. The festival takes over Professor Avenue from 12pm-8pm.

There will be entertainment; a beer and wine garden, including signature rum drinks from Portside Distillery; more amazing food than you could possibly eat from places like Lolita, Fahrenheit, Dante, Bourbon Street Barrel Room and more; shopping with Banyan Tree, Evie Lou, So CLE Tees, and more; and just the general happy, fun vibes of a crazy Cleveland street fair. Admission is free, food and drink purchases are on you.

I hope to see you out and about this weekend at one or both of these great festivals! What are your favorite Cleveland summer festivals?

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Why? Grapes and Ale!

Friday night, Matthew and I got to take in the awesome Progressive Field renovations, enjoy tasty food and drink, and mingle with friends and fuzzy mascots alike at Our Lady of the Wayside‘s Grapes and Ale fundraiser.

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Much like the refreshed feel of Progressive Field, this event felt new and fresh this year. Matthew and I agreed this was our favorite Grapes and Ale so far! We got to check out the VIP area, with a special wine tasting of premiere reds and whites, as well as tasty appetizer from Spice Kitchen and Bar.

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The wine and beer selections at the main event were expansive and all available at your local Giant Eagle, which makes finding your new favorite very easy! I’ve always been impressed by the variety of libations at Grapes and Ale, but the food this year was at a new level in terms of variety and taste.

Barrio and Sweet Moses were two of the food providers and were able to use their new Progressive Field locations for service. We enjoyed a delicious chicken taco and some decadent sea salt caramel ice cream with fudge sauce from these local gems.

Hodge’s served up some addictive crispy pork rinds. But my favorite of the evening came from The Tree House Gallery and Tea Room, whose slider with both a pierogi and a sparkler made for a creative, delicious, and much-talked-about dish.

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It was a great evening at Grapes and Ale. We were so impressed not only with the new feel of Progressive Field, but with the quality of the event as well. It was a good time for a wonderful cause!

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***Disclosure: I was asked by Our Lady of the Wayside to help promote Grapes and Ale. In exchange, I received 2 complimentary VIP Majic of Wine Tasting tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Summer Flight Night at Bin 216!

Last night, Playhouse Square Partners hosted a Summer Flight Night at Bin 216.

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The coursed meal provided a lot of delicious food and wine, with seasonal ingredients and tastes. Our first course was a cheese and fruit tray, served with a vermouth aperitivo. The general manager of Bin 216, who took us through the courses, explained that in Europe, serving a vermouth apperitivo is common to wake up the palate for the courses ahead.

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The next course featured my favorite wine of the evening, paired with one of my favorite summer vegetables. We enjoyed an asparagus salad with chopped hard boiled egg and dijon, paired with Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc.

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The wine helped soften the acidity of the asparagus and made for a delightful, light start.

Our third course was one of my favorite food courses of the evening: seared mahi mahi, served on top a quinoa salad and paired with William Hill Chardonnay.

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Next up was a creative play on the classic beef Wellington dish. A vegetarian Wellington was paired with Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare Rose.

IMG_3436Our last savory course was tied with the mahi mahi for my favorite food of the night: duck confit served on top parmesan risotto and paired with 10 Span Pinot Noir.

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The Pinot Noir was a light, summery red and complimented the richness and smokiness of the duck and risotto well.

Finally, we capped off the evening with lemon sorbet, served in a hollowed-out lemon, and paired with Poema Cava.

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While I am usually a huge fan of any bubbly wine, this Cava was too sharp for my taste. I loved the sorbet, though, which helped give my palate the sweetness I craved without being too heavy or filling.

All in all, it was a delicious evening in one of my favorite theater-district spots. I love the intimate and lounge-like vibe of Bin 216. Cheers to another fabulous Partners event!

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Amanda and her secret wine stash

Playhouse Square Partners will be kicking off our 25th year with a Christmas Eve in July party on Friday, July 24. Join us on U.S. Bank Plaza from 5:30-8:30 for libations, food, quirky Christmas decor, live music from Billy Morris and the Sunset Strip, and more. For more information and to purchase tickets (only $10 for Partners, $15 for non-Partners), click here.

***Disclosure: I am a member of the executive board of Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Downtown Drinks!

I wanted to share two recent happy hour experiences at two of downtown’s best restaurants: Urban Farmer and The Greenhouse Tavern.

Before one of the Cavs games, Matthew and I met up with Amanda and Scott for happy hour at Urban Farmer. The happy hour runs until 6pm and is available in the bar, lounge, and patio. We snagged a patio table and started with a Cavs specialty cocktail: the wine and gold.

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Unfortunately, this drink was not on happy hour, but it was delicious. Tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup were topped with a pinot noir float. I was skeptical about the combination of tequila and wine, but the drink was well-balanced and tasty. There are specialty cocktails on the happy hour menu for $5, as well as $4 house wines and draft beer.

We ordered a selection of items off the happy hour food menu, including the charcuterie board ($8), the cheese plate ($10), the deviled eggs ($5), and the marinated shrimp ($8). When there was a kitchen mix-up with our shrimp and grits order, the manager graciously brought out a selection of happy hour food items on the house. So, we also got to try the chicken pops ($6), the braised beef popover sandwich ($5), and the beef tenderloin ($7).

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My favorites were the cheese and charcuterie board (get both) and the braised beef popover sandwich (so tender and flavorful)! Urban Farmer offers a great selection of happy hour food and drink for really reasonable prices. I would definitely make it an after-work stop!

A couple weeks later, I met up with Amanda, Alicia, Nadine, and Stephanie for a much-needed evening of fabulous food and friends at The Greenhouse Tavern. Happy hour at The Greenhouse Tavern is available throughout the entire restaurant until 5pm, then at the bar. Since we were able to score seats on the patio, we skipped the happy hour deals in lieu of people-watching on East 4th Street.

I picked the animal frites and the barrel-aged Tobasco fried chicken (because, you know, I was eating healthy).

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I loved every decadent, delicious, James-Beard award winning bite. The fried chicken I ordered is available on the happy hour menu. And while the animal frites are not on the happy hour menu, you can get the gravy frites.

So, in two different areas of downtown, I had fantastic after-work drinks and dining experiences, without spending a ton of money! Where is your favorite spot for happy hour downtown?

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Why? Twilight at the Zoo!

As you know by now, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is not just for kids. There are so many fun events happening this summer put on by the Cleveland Zoological Society that are the perfect way to get your dose of adult fun at the Zoo.

Today I was going to tell you all about Date Night at the ZOOvies, presented by the Cleveland Airport System. But tickets went on sale yesterday and sold out that same day! There’s some serious buzz about these great Zoo events!

If you missed out on ZOOvies tickets, don’t worry, because there’s another Zoo event that you can enjoy this summer: Twilight at the Zoo, presented by Medical Mutual.

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On Friday, August 7, the Zoo will host 18 local bands, spanning rock to pop to swing to reggae, who will serenade you under the summer sky, while you get to check out the Zoo critters after hours, eat and drink, and just generally have a fabulous time!

The general admission party goes from 7pm-midnight and includes admission to the Zoo and all the bands, small bites, beer, wine, and soda. General admission tickets are $75 in June and $80 in July.

The VIP party, presented by Scene Magazine, goes from 6pm-9pm and includes all the general admission amenities, plus open bar, priority parking, and tasty food from AMP 150, Choolaah Indian BBQ, Sterle’s Country House, and more! VIP tickets are $150.

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Twilight at the Zoo is always one of the hottest parties of the summer, plus proceeds benefit our wonderful Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Buy your tickets today! And stay tuned here later this summer for your chance to win your way into Zoo events… It’s going to be a wild summer at the Zoo!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Date Night at the ZOOvies and Twilight at the Zoo. In exchange, I will receive complimentary tickets for myself and to give away to these events. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Grapes and Ale Giveaway!

Do you like wine? Beer? BBQ? How about all of these combined? Grapes and Ale, a fundraiser to benefit Our Lady of the Wayside, is the event for you, then!

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This great summer event keeps getting bigger and better each year! On Friday, June 26, Grapes and Ale will take over Progressive Field‘s newly-renovated Right Field District and “The Corner” with over 300 wines to sample, craft beer tastes for purchase ($5 for 10 samples), and succulent BBQ fare and sweet treats from some of Cleveland’s hottest restaurants, such as Barrio, Corleone’s, Hodge’s, and Sweet Moses.

Plus, all of this fun and frivolity benefits Our Lady of the Wayside, which for nearly 50 years has been providing residential and transportation services to children and adults with developmental disabilities.

There are two ticket levels available for Grapes and Ale:

Premiere Grand Tasting – $50 – unlimited food and wine samples, access to “The Corner” to purchase craft beer samples, souvenir glass, and live entertainment

VIP Majic of Wine Tasting – $125 – all of the above, plus private wine blind tasting, complimentary parking, hors d’oeuvres and featured wines, and one-hour early admission

Tickets are available online or you can enter to win 2 Premiere Grand Tasting tickets right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment on this post for each):

1. Leave a comment telling me whether you prefer grapes (wine) or ale (beer) to sip in the summer.

2. Visit Our Lady of the Wayside and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow Our Lady of the Wayside on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following.

4. Follow @OurLadyWayside and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

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

I want to attend Grapes and Ale, CLE’s hottest BBQ, thanks to @OurLadyWayside and @WhyCLE: http://wp.me/p1fb9r-2oD

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, June 14 at 11:59pm and the winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Our Lady of the Wayside to help promote Grapes and Ale. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary VIP Majic of Wine Tasting tickets for myself and 2 complimentary Premiere Grand Tasting tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Pier W Patio!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Have you entered to win 2 Big Kahuna tickets to the Luau on the Lake? Check it out! Remember, you can tweet daily for additional entries!***

Patio season is in full swing and I personally like to soak up every moment of it. There’s nothing better than sitting outside with a cocktail and some friends, enjoying the summer!

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When Pier W asked if we’d help kick off their patio season with a little pre-opening party, we couldn’t possibly say no! The Pier W patio features a cocktail, wine, and beer selection, as well as a menu of more casual, patio-friendly food. It’s the same high-quality experience you expect from Pier W, just in a more outdoorsy setting.

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We enjoyed the flatbread with goat cheese and artichokes, the shrimp tacos, and the scallop ceviche. My personal favorite was the ceviche…no one has fresh, delicious seafood quite like Pier W!

This season, the Pier W patio will also feature a raw bar and, if the oysters we had last night are any indication, it is not to be missed!

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Plus, you can relax in the Adirondack chairs and take in a fabulous view of Cleveland.

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Pier W is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year and, as we toasted with our champagne to this Cleveland icon, I was struck by how Pier W keeps getting better and better each year. The menu is always fresh, updated, and delicious and additions such as the patio keep Pier W on the forefront of the Cleveland restaurant scene. Cheers to Pier W!

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I know where I’ll be spending a lot of time this patio season. I hope to see you out there, too!

What are some of your favorite patio spots in Cleveland?

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Pier W patio party with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Luau on the Lake Giveaway!

Summer event season is in full swing and one of my favorite summer parties is celebrating it’s 10th year with an even bigger and better soiree. The Luau on the Lake to benefit Shoes and Clothes for Kids happens on Saturday, July 25 at Wendy Park at Whiskey Island.

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This year there are three tickets tiers, with even more fun to enjoy:

General Admission – $50 through June 26; $60 through July 20; $65 at the door – inlcudes island buffet, beer, wine, soft drinks, and souvenir cup. Pre-mixed Island Cocktails available for purchase.

Big Kahuna  – $60 through June 26; $75 through July 20 – includes all the above plus 3 Island Cocktail drink tickets, Hawaiian lei, VIP cup and tote, and half-hour early admission

Tiki God – $125 per person or $200 per couple through July 10 – includes all of the above plus open bar (beer, wine, liquor, and Island Cocktails), appetizers, VIP tent with seating and port-o-lets, and one-hour early admission

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No matter which price point you choose, you’ll be helping a wonderful organization that provides not only shoes and clothes, but also confidence and dignity, to local children.

You can purchase tickets to Luau on the Lake online or you can enter to win two Big Kahuna  tickets 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. Leave a comment telling me your favorite island cocktail.

2. Check out the Luau on the Lake Facebook event page and leave a comment here letting me know you visited the page.

3. Follow SC4K on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following.

4. Follow @SC4K and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

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

I want to be a Big Kahuna at the @SC4K Luau on the Lake thanks to @WhyCLE: http://wp.me/p1fb9r-2ob #SC4KLuau15

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

The giveaway will close on Sunday, June 7 at 11:59pm and the winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Shoes and Clothes for Kids to help promote the Luau on the Lake. In exchange, I will receive 2 Big Kahuna tickets for myself and 2 Big Kahuna tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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