Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Lately... + Upcoming Cleveland Events!

Hi!  I know I have been lacking on the blog posts, so I wanted to update you on what I've been up to lately.  I have been trying to do more things for me - attend events, eat good food, and spend more time with friends and family.  Here is what I've been doing since last week:

Veteran's Day - lunch at Burger Fresh -Brecksville - with my mom
Cali Salad with a black bean patty - baby greens, fresh berries, avocado, blue cheese and honey lime dressing

 Delicious buys at Mustard Seed - Fairlawn

Dinner - Brasa - Downtown/Warehouse District (had a Groupon!!)
Selections from the crazy-huge salad bar! 

Cheese-filled bread, seasoning for the meats, pico de gallo, fried plantains, polenta and rice

Some of the meats: rib, lamb, bacon-wrapped turkey and steak, filet, flank, and parmesan-encrusted filet - my personal favorite!! Luckily, it was the last piece of meat I managed to eat!

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium  - the Flats 
Lake Erie fish

Market District - dessert table - delicious French Macaroons and chocolate ganache for me and my mom!

Nice view of the Cleveland sky

I love the fish tanks!

A puppeteer - I just thought this puppet was so cute!

Mason's Creamery - My favorite ice cream makers!! [I am sure everyone knows by now]

KB Confections - amazing cake flavors - located in Lakewood (too crowded for cake pictures, so check them out here!)

Stingray Touch Tank

Complimentary photo booth - provided by Magnolia Photo Booth Co. - They do a fantastic job!  The same gentleman that worked this event worked an event I attended the week before and he rememberd me.  I really appreciate businesses with genuine people - he was super nice and helpful!

Other participating [local] restaurants for Drink Local Drink Tap: 
Chutney Rolls - University Circle/Little Italy. Lago - East Bank of the Flats. Town Hall - Ohio City

[Free] Family Outing to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium - thanks to the Cleveland Indians! - The Flats
Shovelnose Sturgeon - This is in Lake Erie!

 Toby - Giant Gouramis  

Cute little puffer fish!  

This little guy loved me :)

Touching some ginormous African Tortoise - we caught them at lunch time feasting on healthy salads!  

Discovery Zone - Moon Jellyfish Exhibit

Dori - just kept swimming [such a hard time getting her picture!]

My parents - my dad thought it was a real fish tank behind him!

A fish archway!

Lunchtime at the 11,000 Gallon Touch Pool

 Yes, we pet the stingrays!


We found Nemo!

 This little cutie kept playing with me - I had to keep snapping!

Raise the Jolly Roger - even at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium!

A nice, big shark in the Shark Tube - grateful for the glass!

Goliath Grouper in the Shark Tube

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is so unique.  I definitely enjoyed my visit there.  I heard it is expensive, but I know they lowered their prices and it is definitely a part of Cleveland that needs to be checked out at least once!  

Family Lunch - Bonbon Pastry and Cafe - Ohio City
 key lime pie French macaroon, vanilla French macaroon and a coconut macaroon dipped in dark chocolate

Ashley ordered Chorizo Biscuits 

I ordered Tofu Hash (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

We all shared the Beet Salad

My mom ordered the Turducken Sandwich - chicken, turkey, crispy duck prosciutto, arugula, cranberry aioli and stuffing bread.  The best fall/Thanksgiving flavored anything I've ever tasted!!  And a side of the best chicken soup I've ever had

Whenever I break my phone out for foodie pics, my dad always wants me to take a picture of what he orders - so I included him :)  He also ordered the Turducken Sandwich with a side salad

Bonbon is such a cute and hip pastry and cafe.  The pastries are to-die-for and the food is so filling, but so good that you cannot stop yourself from trying to finish in one sitting!  It takes a lot to fill my dad up :)

 Sunday Brunch - The Harp - Ohio City
Irish soda bread, scones and some sort of sweet lemon bread (maybe?)

Appetizer: Oatmeal French Toast Bake - I had 3 bites [so worth it!]

Veggie Benedict - with fried tomatoes

The Harp is an awesome Irish restaurant located right off the shore way.  The brunch is fantastic and the service was great!  The restaurant - itself - is comfy-cozy and I cannot wait for the summer to sit on the patio overlooking Lake Erie!

Rising Star Coffee Roasters - Hingetown/Ohio City
I love coffee artwork :)  And their hot chocolate is amazing for non-coffee drinkers!! They get their milk from Hartzler Family Dairy in Wooster - which made a huge difference in taste :)  Check them out as the weather gets cooler.  Rising Star Coffee Roasters is housed in a old firehouse and they roast in house.

[Go Local Or Go Home]

I had a student ask me today, "Why do you always get to eat such good food?"  I had to really think about it - I think I am always looking for really good food and free things to do because this is how I can do something for myself.  When I am stuck with kids all day, every weekday, I just want to relax without kids.  My way of relaxing and enjoying myself is getting out of my house/school with family and friends and enjoying all the great foods and things to do that Cleveland has to offer.

There are some awesome things happening in the Greater Cleveland area this weekend:

The Cleveland Flea - 6417 St. Clair Ave - Sat, Nov 23 - Sun, Nov 24 - Mason's Creamery will be in the underbelly with some awesome seasonal flavors! - FREE to attend - bring $$ for purchases
Christmas Beer and Wine Tasting - Rozi's Wine House, 14900 Detroit Ave, Lakewood - Fri, Nov 22 6-9PM - $15
Holiday Tree Lighting - Crocker Park, Westlake - Sat, Nov 23 6-7:30PM with festivities beginning AT 4:00PM - FREE
Christmas Connection - IX Center - Fri, Nov 22 - Sun, Nov 24 - $10.99 or $8.99 at Drugmart
Christmas Cheer and Beer - The Greater Cleveland Aquarium - Sat, Nov 23 7:00PM - $35
Compassion From Fashion - Beachwood Place - Sat, Nov 23 - $30 - 100% proceeds go to The Gathering Place or UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital [ticket purchaser's choice]
Holiday Harvest - Gordon Square Farmer's Market - Sat, Nov 23 10:00AM-1:00PM - FREE to attend - $$ needed for purchases 
Holidays at Frostville - Rocky River Metroparks Reservation - Sat, Nov 23 - Sun, Nov 24 11:00AM-4:00PM - FREE

I will be at two of these events for sure!! Maybe I will see you there :) Have a great week!