Platform Brewery!

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Hello and happy Monday everybody. Another busy weekend in the CLE and this brings us one more weekend closer to summer!!! While I totally expect a few more cold days ahead, I just can’t get myself to wear my winter coat anymore, I’d rather be chilly. How about you guys, have you switched to those pretty spring trench coats yet?

Enough about chilly temps, let’s talk beer…sure to warm you up. The other weekend me, Mr. C. and a handful of friends came out of winter hibernation and met up for a few brews to celebrate spring at Platform Brewery. I had never been to Platform and I’m not even much of a beer drinker but honestly I really enjoyed it.

photo 3The logo is chic, the interiors are warm and inviting…and they have a mini bowling machine when you first walk in so that makes everything extra awesome.

photo 4 They have a gazillion beers on tap and they let me sample a few before I settled on one of their refreshing, crisp ciders.

photo 2While they don’t have a permanent food menu, they bring in chefs from area establishments to showcase their creations,. The night we were their we got to try out a bunch of options from Ninja City located in Uptown. Really tasty stuff.

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So, long story short. If you like beer (or bowling) you should go explore the new(ish) Platform Brewery on Lorain Road.

  Behind the Series

Disclosure : this post is sponsored in partnership with HP as part of their marketing efforts with @Meghan_Trainor and her #TheBassTour. 

 

A few weeks ago I posted about my favorite CLE Coffee shops, the new HP Computer and their partnership with Meghan Trianor on her upcoming tour. The tour behind-the-scenes video series has just posted a few clips and I had to share the adorable one of Meghan and BarkleythePom (adorbs!) Check out the video here and follow her along on her adventures. Cheers!

  Weekend fun!

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Hey friends! No matter what someone might say, there is NEVER a dull moment int the CLE! This upcoming weekend is filled with two of my favorite things…Champagne bubbles and decorating stories from some of the best in the business Chip and his lovely wife Joanna Gaines from the hit HGTV show Fixer Upper.

This week marks the first annual Idea Stream Week of Wine. Celebrating wines and wine making this event is hosted by WVIZ/PBS and Heinen’s. While there are a few great signature tasting events, Friday nights champagne tasting event looks the best to me. I mean, who can turn down multiple tastes of bubbles paired with hor’doeuvres by many of Clevelands best chefs. $75 tickets are still available…get yours today!

If bubbly is not your thing…perhaps you’re into home design and remodeling…enter this weekend Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo. Friday through Sunday at the new Cleveland Convention Center you can hang with many of  Northeast Ohio’s best contractors and designers to talk “all things home.” PLUS my favorite HGTV design couple Chip and Joanna Gaines will be there to talk about how to take your house and make it feel like home. Chip and Joanna are obviously talented design experts but I also really enjoy their quirky chemistry with one another. For appearance times and tickets visit their site.

So, while you are starting to make weekend plans don’t miss out on these two fun events. I look forward to drinking many bubbles and geeking out at the show with you…Cheers!

  Eating out…special & everyday

Hello Cleveland, I hope you enjoyed your weekend. While we didn’t get those 50 degree temps, at least the sun was out and shining, spring has officially begun!

We had a great weekend including lots of films at the CIFF, dinner and drinks with a great group of friends, a trip to Trader Joes, a touch of wedding planning and lots of creative projects around home.

The other day I was thinking about all of the amazing restaurants and foodie opportunities we have in town. Our food scene is truly out of control, amazing! Then it crossed my mind that honestly some days I am so not a foodie and just crave the simplicity of the easy and familiar.

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Last week I had the opportunity to attend a preview of the spring tasting menu at Trentina. It was and over-the-top LUXURIOUS dining experience. Chef Sawyer and his team made each course more exquisite and creative than the previous one. I especially enjoyed the teeny tiny homemade english muffins served atop a large piece of charred hardwood. The four-hour meal was truly so luxurious, perfect for a special treat.

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Then there was the day last week when we had no food in our fridge and I had to bring work home with no time to whip up dinner for the family. That night was the perfect opportunity to swing into Chipotle to pick up chicken bowls topped with salsas, cheese and guacamole…the best easy dinner in the whole world. Did you know Chipotle now offers tofu-called Sofritas- for their burritos, tacos and salad bowls?

So while I always enjoy a very fancy meal from time to time, I’m not against the from time to time dinner of takeout as well. How about you? Where are your fancy go-to’s or weeknight take out destinations? I need a few new hot spots!

*I was invited as a guest to the Trentina spring menu tasting as well as provided a complimentary Chipotle meal as part of their marketing efforts. As a regular diner at BOTH restaurants my thoughts are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting the fancy and the everyday Cleveland establishments that allow me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  new spring makeup!

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It’s about this time every year that I begin to yearn for new makeup. My skin has taken on a pasty white, winter hue and it’s typically so dry from the winter weather that it is literally flaking off. The neutral winter color palettes now look drab and lack luster…and if I even have to think about anther tube of mint lip balm I’m gonna scream…so now you know where I’m coming from.

The other day I was strolling through Sephora, exploring the springtime hues when I decided I probably needed a few new spring “basics.”

I picked up the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer in color; Neutral. Supposedly her moisturizers are light, and will help cure any winter-skin woes you might have. Next up was a new roll-up eyeliner (my “stranded on an island item!”) in charcoal black. I find that I will experiment with other brands for the best eyeliner, but somehow I always come back to my tried and true Clinique for their eye products. Lastly, a trip to Sephora is never complete without a new tube of lip shine and this time I had indulged in the new Bare Minerals”Pop of Passion” lip stain. It is made from both passion fruit and vitamin A and is sure to keep color on your lips while moisturizing for hours at a time.

So my moral to the story? A few small changes and a couple new products can make for a much happier transition to spring! Happy new makeup to ya.