An evening with M Cellars Select Collection

Have you ever been out to Geneva and visited some of the amazing wineries of Northeast Ohio? One of my favorites is the exquisite vineyard out at M Cellars.  Last summer I had the opportunity to visit this family-owned winery and what a complete TREAT it was.

Speaking of treats, this past weekend I had a few friends over to celebrate the end of summer, good food, and even better wine; compliments of M Cellars. During the evening we had the opportunity to experience the chosen wines of this year “M Cellars Select Collection:” the vineyard’s wines made from their estate vines.

We kicked off the evening with some of the Brut Rosé paired with a charcuterie board. We tasted their Reserve Chardonnay with our watercress, roasted beets, and goat cheese salads. Keeping things casual I served an assortment of flatbreads paired with an M Cellars Reserve Pinot Noir and then finished the evening with a homemade stone fruit tart and a glass or their 2017 Meritage. To say it was a delicious and indulgent evening would be an understatement.

From bubbly to bold reds, The M Cellars Select Collection  gave us the perfect introduction to the premium wine grown and produced close by in Ohio’s Grand River Valley.

Over the next few weeks, purchase their 4-bottle, Select Collection and you can choose one of their upcoming, intimate vineyard-to-bottle tour of the vineyards and tasting; complete with special wines and small bites with the winemakers or sommelier. This collection and day trip opportunity would make for the best gift for any wine lover in your life…plus the wines are delicious; trust me! To find out more about this opportunity, check out their site and follow the easy steps to purchase your collection and schedule your vineyard tour. Who wants to join me? Let’s do it!

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to M Cellars for inviting us to experience their new M Cellars Select Collection. Thank you for supporting this creative, wine-loving business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Ready. Set. Eat. : A Jump on Meal Prep (sponsored)

Hi CLE friends! Hope you guys are prepping for a fun Labor Day weekend ahead. So many great things to do around town from holding onto summer activities (beach trip, ice cream, boating & more!) to prepping for fall (yard work, county fairs & back to school shopping) it is going to be a busy weekend for sure.

This past week has also been a jam packed week for my family. Our little guy started Kindergarten last week and while he loves it, it for sure adds a few more prep elements around the house. From prepping his clothes the night before, to packing his lunch, to doing his worksheets and practicing his guitar…weeknights are a whirlwind. To try and make after-work time easier on all of us; Sundays are filled with LOTS of meal prepping to help make dinners easier for the whole family.

Last Sunday I spent the afternoon cleaning TONS of produce. From snapping homegrown beans, to roasting cauliflower, to dicing up peppers, making small jars of mirepoix, grilling chicken and hours slow roasting tomatoes…food prep makes work and school nights better around here.

Last weekend I bought Roma Tomatoes specifically to slow roast (275 for 4 hours) and add to salads, sandwiches and dinner time for that extra healthy and yummy topping. I made sure they were cooled down before I stored them in the fridge in some of my new fridge containers that I found on Wayfair. Give them a try, they are so yummy.

Also, cleaning and prepping our produce and proteins on Sundays help make weeknight, family dinners so easy that there is no excuse not to eat at home. For dinner the other night, I simply stir fried green beans, broccoli, peppers and chicken breast (topped with roasted tomatoes and basil) for an easy, quick dinner meal.

Since we cook a lot at home; I love new pots and kitchen tools. Recently I bought a new Le Creuset pot for meal prep and a bunch of  glass storage boxes for make ahead meals. I donated some of our older kitchen things and our new kitchen additions have been making meal prep extra special.

Last nights dinner was super simple, so I thought I would share. I took the cleaned and prepped peppers, broccoli, beans, chicken and mushrooms and sautéed them in ghee and a handful of spices. I topped each bowl with the roasted tomatoes and basil and voila! Dinner was served in under :20 minutes. I’m telling you, with these new kitchen “toys” and a few hours on the weekend…cooking during the week can be very easy and quick.

I hope I have inspired some of you to make time over this upcoming holiday weekend to prep for next. It doesn’t take a lot of time and with a few new, kitchen pots and storage containers I promise you will thank me!

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to Wayfair for inviting me to share a few ways to make weeknight dinners better. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Fall decor finds over at Wayfair

It’s feeling like fall and I am itching to do a few more decorating projects before the holidays. Nothing huge, switching out some small furniture pieces, updating some kitchen things, perhaps a new house plant or four!

I have plans to hit up a few vintage stores over the next few weekens, and one of my designer friends is going to swing by to give me here thougths on a few of my decor ideas. I’t fun to brainstorm with fellow creative friends on furniture picks and more.

For some other pieces I found some things over at Wayfair. Here are just a few of my fall picks below; check them out!

  100 Things to Do in Cleveland this August!

One official month left of summer? Not to worry. Here is a list of 100 things to do in CLE to make your summer complete.

  1. Lindey’s Lake House
    Visiting Lindey’s, you might even feel as if you are in Maine sitting by the water indulging in a lobster roll, a great place for a summer afternoon.
  2. Edgewater Live
    Visit Edgewater Beach Park for a sampling of local music on the Lake.
  3. Tabletop Board Game Café 
    Get your summer game on with an afternoon of classic board games with your friends…and snacks!
  4. Cedar Point 
    Take a day to visit the roller coaster capital of the world for a fun thrilling day at The Point!
  5. Water Lantern Festival
    Summer makes everyone feel lighter & brighter! Embrace the feeling by lighting the water in an unforgettable way August 17th at this event
  6. An Ice Cream Trifecta
    Cleveland is filled with so many great ice cream shops make summer your excuse to try them all. Some of my favorites are Mitchells, Masons Creamery or Sweet Moses for the perfect sweet treat on any summer day
  7. Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy
    Take a trip to (Little) Italy August 15th-18th to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. Best Italian food and music for your summer pasta cravings!
  8. Beach Boys at Blossom
    Grab a lawn chair and head to Blossom to listen to this classic surfer rocker and his summer hits.
  9. Lolly the Trolley
    Nothing says summer like cruising on the Shoreway in Lolly! Take a tour of Cleveland and enjoy sightseeing as you ride in an old fashioned trolley
  10.  Playhouse Square Silent Disco
    Raise the Roof August 10th for a musical dance experience on the streets of downtown Cleveland. Summer sandals a must.
  11. Drinks at Pier W
    Enjoy an after-work happy hour as you enjoy an Adirondack chairs on Pier W’s patio with seriously, the BEST views of the lake
  12. Wade Oval Wednesdays 
    Pack a picnic and head to Wade Oval for their weekly music concerts. Every Wednesday through August 21st
  13. Take a hike in the Metroparks
    Visit one of the many locations throughout Northeast Ohio to enjoy miles of paved trails along the river or through the woods! Don’t forget a canteen of water & some bug spray!
  14. A visit to the Memphis Kiddie Park
    Pack up your car filled with the “littles” for an early morning visit to this classic Cleveland summertime destination.
  15. Explore Cleveland Pickle Fest
    Yes, this is a real event! Pucker up and head to East 9th Street Pier on August 24th for a day of pickle themed foods and hilarious activities.
  16. 808 Shave Ice
    A classic summer treat with over 30 flavors of shaved ice, keeping all of us cool(er) in the summer with locations in Strongsville and Fairview Park
  17. Cruise on the Nautica Queen 
    Have a sunset dinner or Sunday brunch on this boat with your family. I love taking in the views from the top deck, complete with a Corona in hand.
  18. Visit the Cuyahoga County Fair
    Indulge in a few funnel cakes and cotton candy as you stroll through this yearly fair extravaganza! August 6th-11th
  19. Tax-Free Weekend
    Three full shopping days of savings August 2nd-4th for early back-to-school shopping! Clothes under $75 and school supplies under $20!
  20. Take a cruise to the Drive-in Movie
    Don’t forget the popcorn and pack your pj’s for a double feature at the Auto-Rama Twin Drive-In for current hit movies for the whole family!
  21. Si Jolié: French Fashion Exhibit
    Looking to get out of the summer sun, visit the new French fashion exhibit at the Western Reserve Historical Society; Si Jolie!
  22. Kayaking at 41 Degrees North
    Rent a kayak or stand up paddleboard to explore the Rocky River and the shores of Lake Erie at your own pace or with a tour group
  23. Go to an Indians Game
    Support our beloved baseball team for a day of running the bases and home runs! Go, Tribe!
  24. An icy cup of joe at Goodkind Coffee
    Enjoy an iced coffee or cappuccino at this local caffeine gem. Personally, I love their coffee that tastes like a manhattan; cherries and all!
  25. The Cleveland Arcade
    Walkthrough this historic landmark as you enjoy the turn of the century architecture. So cool even on the hottest of summer days!
  26. Playhouse Square: Lion King
    Get your tickets to this Broadway musical. Try not to be late as the opening sequence is awe-inspiring!
  27. Johnny Mango World Cafe + Bar
    Who doesn’t love margaritas on the patio! Try one of many summer cocktails and Caribbean-inspired food outside.
  28. Kelly’s Island and Put-in-Bay
    Can’t get away for a long summer vacation? Spend the day up at the islands where you’ll cruise around in your golf cart under the summer skies. Don’t miss out on The Boardwalks’ Lobster Roll!
  29. Outdoor yoga by Three Sisters Yoga
    Relax and stretch out as Three Sisters Yoga offers all-level classes to find your inner peace. They currently are offering outdoor, donation-based classes. Check them out!
  30. Summer sweets at BA Sweeties
    Be a kid on summer break and visit the enormous candy store or try their putt-putt golf in the candy-themed course
  31. Terminal Tower Observation Deck
    Take in the summer views, look out at incredible views of the entire city from the 42nd floor of Terminal Tower for only $5 a ticket
  32. Downtown Vermillion
    Head to this quaint little town for a casual lunch on the beach or a fancy night out at Chez Francois
  33. The Princess Bride at Playhouse Square
    Enjoy this timeless film August 8th in Connor Palace as part of their annual Cinema in the Square celebration.
  34. Brewella’s
    You’ve seen it on Instagram, now why not treat yourself this month to a sweet or savory crepe at this darling cafe in Lakewood!
  35. Westside Market
    The perfect destination to pick up burgers and dogs for an impromptu backyard cookout (plus they sell so much more, LOVE The market!)
  36. Gordon Square Sip & Shop
    Experience the heart of this arts district through wine tastings and variety of eclectic shopping happenings on August 16th
  37. Cleveland Air Show
    Layout a blanket and picnic August 31st to enjoy the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds …don’t forget your headphones for the little ears…it gets really loud!)
  38. Pizza on Harlow’s patio
    Kick back on the patio of Harlow’s located in Lakewood for fresh wood-fired pizza and a good tequila cocktail. Summer at it’s finest!
  39. Self Care at Flower Power Skin Studio
    Feel refreshed with a facial from Flower Power Skin Studio in Lakewood to rejuvenate your skin after a day in the sun!
  40. Oberlin Bike Path
    Rent a bike or bring your own to ride on this 13-mile paved trail while enjoying the woods and small neighborhoods in and around Oberlin.
  41. House of Blues
    There are a few awesome shows coming up at the House of Blues but if you don’t get tickets…they also have a killer happy hour Monday through Saturday at 3:00 pm
  42. Baumhart Berry Farms
    Pick buckets of blueberries or blackberries at this farm in Vermillion. Perfect for making summer pies or eat as you pick!
  43. The Grocery
    Grab supplies for a picnic at the beach at The Grocery in Ohio City. They have everything you need for a relaxing day with your toes in the sand. Loving the bagel sandwiches, scones and all of their fresh-pressed juices!
  44. Barrio Tacos
    Sit outside in Lakewood, Tremont, Cleveland Heights or downtown to enjoy queso and a cocktail!
  45. Catch an outdoor movie in Playhouse Square!
    Bring your blankets, outdoor chairs and your neighborhood kids to the US Bank Plaza at Playhouse Square to take in Spiderman under the stars
  46. Vegan Brews and BBQ
    Save the date, August 5th & 6th a large Vegan barbeque sponsored by the Terrestrial Brewing Company! Sounds healthy & yummy!
  47. Beach Volleyball
    Grab some friends for an evening of outdoor fun at Huntington Beach, Edgewater Park, or many other sand volleyball hot spots around the city
  48. Flats Festival of the Arts
    Head down to the Flats to see the works of both national and local artists as they exhibit and sell their work August 17th and 18th throughout the Flats East Bank
  49. Merwin’s Wharf
    Kayak on over and hope out for dinner on the river. Don’t miss out on their monstrous soft pretzel! My fave!
  50. Lake Erie Nature &Science Center
    Visit Bay Village to explore native animals and take a walk through the many rolling trails. Get out of the sun and explore the wonderful nature in Bay.
  51. Prayers from Maria Sunflower Field
  52. Admire the work of Prayer for Maria by visiting the field of sunflowers, usually in bloom by late August. Remember those we’ve lost but celebrate the living with a family photo.
  53. Porcos’ Lounge & Tiki Room
    Sip on a tropical tiki cocktail to make you feel like you are on a getaway in the tropics even on a Tuesday after work!
  54. Twilight at the Zoo
    Head to the Metroparks Zoo August 2nd to catch your favorite local band playing all kinds of tunes …the animals love it too!
  55. Crocker Park
    Pack up your lawn chairs and bug spray and head up to Crocker for a great family movie night on one of their many lush and lovely lawn areas.
  56. William G Mather Ship
    A fun summer outing, board the steamship to experience what it would have been like to live on a Great Lakes freighter.
  57. Swings and Things
    Batter up…for an afternoon of batting cages and arcade games. I know a little boy who loves this place!
  58. Main Street Modern
    Summer Saturdays are the perfect time for a road trip to Canton to visit my favorite, Main Street Modern. This place is a regional destination for all things mid-century. You don’t want to miss it!
  59. Edgewater Beach House
    Not only is this beachy hangout the perfect place for any summer sunset…did you know they have free wifi too? Work hard, play hard!
  60. North Union Farmers Market
    Visit the locations at Crocker Park, Chagrin Falls or my personal favorite Shaker Square for the freshest produce in town!
  61. Summers at Severance
    Listen to the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra followed by an after-party on the outdoor terrace of Severance Hall…what better way to “summer” than a touch of classical tunes & sipping champagne
  62. Chagrin Waterfalls
    Have you ever seen the falls in Chagrin? OMG, they are so pretty. Grab a coffee and head down the path for a mesmerizing view of the raging falls.
  63. Shop & Rock Handmade Fest
    Celebrate summer with live music, food trucks and shopping from homemade artisans and other vendors on August 3rd
  64. Tour Great Lakes Brewery
    Tour this brewing destination housed inside a 19th-century building in Ohio City. Learn how their product is made while sampling some of their favorite brews…it is a great tour to share when you have visitors in town.
  65. Believe in CLE yoga
    Come to a free yoga party to celebrate Cleveland and the practice of yoga. Celebrate outside the Rock Hall followed by live music, food trucks and the power of community on August 30th
  66. La Plaza Supermarket Tacos at Terrestrial Brewing
    Order some of the best tacos, most authentic tacos in town and watch the trains go by!
  67. Tremont Walkabout
    Let’s Luau! Come to a Hawaiian Festival, Friday night August 9th. Who doesn’t love a good theme party?
  68. Cleveland Art Museum: Medieval Monsters
    Check out the limited-time exhibit on some of the wonders of beasts and terrors of the medieval times. It’s so Game of Thrones.
  69. Sparx City Hop
    Hop on and off trolleys while discovering different art galleries and hidden gems of the city August 17th
  70. Collision Bend
    Enjoy the sunshine and a cold brew as you watch the barges and boats pass by. So relaxing!
  71. Greek Festival
    Experience St Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral with traditional Greek food and dancing August 22nd. Love me some Baklava!
  72. Guided Sunset Paddles
    Take a guided sunset kayak with the Avon recreation department enjoying the colors of the lake.
  73. Kelsey Elizabeth Cookies & Cakes
    This summer, be instantly transported to Paris with one of Kelsey’s fancy, French macarons.
  74. Bay Arts Farmers + Art Market
    Bring your blanket and plan to go hungry every Thursday from 5-8pm at the Bay Arts outdoor shops.
  75. Restore Cold Pressed
    Nothing says summer like a fresh juice! Sip on a freshly pressed juice or smoothie for a morning go-to or afternoon pick me up.
  76. Big Met Golf
    Book a tee time and practice your swing on this course in the Metroparks
  77. Il Rione Pizzeria
    Check out this rustic-chic pizzeria serving New York-style pies with unique toppings. Also, don’t miss out on their Negroni’s…I love them!
  78. Rocket Fizz
    Try over 400 flavors of old fashioned soda as well as thousand of vintage treats and goodies. Our little guy loves going there on a special summer day.
  79. Horseback Riding in the Metroparks
    Get back in the saddle and take a ride at the Rocky River stables or even take a lesson to learn more about horseback riding. Giddy up!
  80. A concert at Cain Park
    Sway to the music of the late ’60s with the “Summer of Love” at Cain Park August 8th
  81. The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom
    Don’t forget the wine and cheese! Enjoy extraordinary scores from exceptional composers on the lawn.
  82. The Cleveland Flea: Night Markets
    Head to Van Aken on August 9th and 23rd to shop and come together as a community to support local vendors.
  83. Barbeque from Woodstock
    Known as one of Cleveland’s best smokey bbq joints, you must try a little bit of everything. So yummy!
  84. Cinema at the Square
    Indulge in classics such as Jurassic Park and Jaws this August at Playhouse Square. Check out the site for movies and times.
  85. An evening at Nightown
    When the summer heat gets to be too hot, head indoors for some Jazz tuned and old fashioned cocktails!
  86. Shaker Square Garlic Festival
    Enlighten your taste buds with some unusual garlic foods such as garlic ice cream, beer, and cocktails August 25th.
  87. The patio at Georgetown
    If you are looking for a quintessential summer patio, look no more. Georgetown serves a mean martini and makes a great summer salad to share.
  88. Geauga County Fair
    Ohio’s oldest continuous county fair is held as a grand finale to summer. We love to go and not only do some fair food, games, and rides….personally, I love the animal barn.
  89. Punchbowl Social
    Feel like going out in the flats but want someplace indoors with games, some good food, and drinks? Punchbowl Social is a fun place to meet up with friends some hot summer night.
  90. Heinen’s Downtown Cleveland
    Pick up lunch for a summer event or enjoy it indoors on the corner of East 9th and Euclid in the magnificent old Cleveland Trust bank,
  91. Music Box Supper Club
    Ever been to brunch at Music Box? Music. Mimosas. Eggs. Makes every breakfast best!
  92. Cleveland Sand Festival
    Check some crazy amazing sculptures made of sand! You can even play along with your build-your-own castles. August 3rdat Edgewater Beach,
  93. Big Bounce America 2019
    OMG! I want to try and go to this! Sounds like a lot of fun and a great workout!
  94. Visit Antique Shops
    Carve out time for a bit of treasure hunting at the many antique shops sprinkled around Larchmere, Lakewood or other parts of the city
  95. Girls Night Out: Cleveland Aquarium
    Grab a gal pal for an evening at the Aquarium complete with pop up boutiques and lots of love aquatic creatures. August 15th
  96. Margarita Crawl
    Frozen or over ice, try any flavor of Margarita August 17th throughout the city with friends. Sounds yummy…I’ll bring the chips
  97. NASA Free Youth Day
    Great Lakes Science Center welcomes all Cleveland youth Monday, August 12th as part of a partnership with NASA’s Glenn Research Center. Grab a mini-van load of kids, it’s FREE all-day
  98. Pour Cleveland
    Sample fresh pour-over coffee each morning from some of the best roasters all over the world. Pour Cleveland is so adorable, you might not want to leave,
  99. Lincoln Park Arts Events
    Watch actors perform classic Shakespeare dramas and different types of dance theatre. Bring your lawn chairs, these events get crowded fast.
  100. Rock Hall Outdoor Concert Series
    Live music, all summer long! Enough said.

So those are just a few ideas of fun things this month! Now go out and get that summer on. (Thanks to M. Shenk for collaborating on this very fun list, Nice job!)

  Currently Loving in CLE • June & July

Hi friends. Happy SUMMER!!! It was such a wonderful 4th of July, long-weekend holiday…don’t you agree? To be honest, we didn’t leave the neighborhood much; but instead, we stayed around home and just hung out, swam, rode bikes, went to the farmer’s market, hit up an estate sale and watch a ton of Stranger Things! It was pretty incredible.

Since it’s summer… I have a long list of things I am currently LOVING so I thought I would combine my June and July list here. Just a bit of this and that but a few fun things you might also enjoy…here we go!

The Nautica Queen
A few weekends ago my family spent a few hours on a Saturday cruising the Cuyahoga and Lake Erie on the Nautica Queen. While the water was still a bit muddy from all of the rain, the ship was shiny from port to starboard. We had a bit of lunch downstairs and then after made our way up to the top deck to take in the views and get a bit of sunshine. Everyone seemed to be having a blast. There were balloon artists for the kids, a DJ mixing “yacht rock” for those of us who love the 80’s and plenty of servers to quickly bring you a corona or Moscow Mule…everyone wins! I would love to get a group of girlfriends together for a brunch cruise before the end of summer…mimosas on top deck anyone? Thank you to Nautica Queen for inviting us to cruise around and explore all that the ship offers, we had a blast.

Si Jolie; French fashion in Cleveland
Just in time to celebrate Bastille Day join the talented curators at the Cleveland History Center as they celebrate the opening of their newest exhibit…Si Jolie; French Fashion in Cleveland. This new exhibit highlights how Paris fashion motivated Clevelanders to travel abroad, influenced local fashion, inspired the golden age of department stores, and how significant fashion was socially. This Sunday they are having a Bastille Day party in the historic Hanna-Bingham Mansion & Garden and I’d love to see you all there. Show off your best garden party attire while you sip champagne and enjoy this exhibit that showcases French fashions in Cleveland from early 1900’s until today. Get your tickets today! 

Lilly Pulitzer for summer!
Speaking of fashion…if you are craving a touch of pretty with a pop of pattern head over to Lovely Paper and Gifts in Rocky River to get your Lilly Pulitzer fashion fix. Last month I had the privilege of getting glammed up and walking the runway in Lovely’s second annual Lilly fashion show. I wore three different Lilly-looks including a casual blouse with white jeans, a maxi sundress, and a work-friendly tank and sweater combination..all of which I loved and could easily wear every day. Kate and her “Lovely team” welcome all of us to come by and check out this summer’s looks including clothes for your little girls, athleticwear, dresses for summer parties and casual work attire. Bring on all the bright colors…happy Lilly summer.

The Lakehouse Inn
If you are looking for a getaway that is both close to home and feels like a world away, look no further than The Lakehouse Inn at Geneva on the Lake. Last year I visited the Inn with a few friends and to our surprise, it was simply delightful. First off the FOOD…so good. We had dinner at Crosswinds Grille and everything that chef Nate served was truly delicious. Our room was adorable and would make a great girls-weekend escape complete with two bedrooms, a living room and a tiny kitchenette perfect for serving up some of their wine and local cheese at happy hour. Along with boutique accommodations and gourmet food offerings, the Inn also has an on-premise day spa perfect for mani’s, pedi’s, massages and more. Best part? The Lake Erie sunsets as you have dinner down by the water, truly magical. Check out their website for more info on this Inn on the Lake, it’s such a gem. Thanks again to the team at the Inn for hosting our group, we had such a good time and can’t wait to come back.

So just a few great things, finds, events, destinations all happening in the CLE this summer. Hope you all have a great week!