Goodbye Summer…Hello Fall Cocktail!

With only a handful of summer days left, I’ve started to feel the onset of fall in Northeast Ohio…and I love it!

From planning our pumpkin patch visit and apple picking adventure to new boots and sweaters, this is MY SEASON. Personally, I also LOVE all fall food and flavors and don’t even get e started on pumpkin space everything…the best.

It’s also the time of year when my summer drink of choice does a bit of an overhaul. It typically goes something like this…Rosé’ to Red and vodka soda to bourbon ginger…overall richer, deeper, warmer. Then I discovered this drink, a Rosemary Maple Peach Bourbon Cocktail or what I like to call “Goodbye Summer…Hello Fall!”


I had a few friends over for an officially cocktail tasting and I think it was a smash hit! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Here is the recipe…give it a shot this Saturday when fall is officially here! Enjoy…CHEERS.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall Cocktail
(Makes 1 cocktail)

• 1/4 of an over-ripe peach, plus a few slices for garnish
• 1 1/2 tablespoons rosemary maple simple syrup (below)
• 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1/4 cup Bourbon (I HEART Watershed!)
• tiny pinch smoked sea salt
• ice
• rosemary sprig for garnish

Muddle together the chopped peach, rosemary maple simple syrup, lemon juice, bourbon and salt in a measuring cup or glass. Strain the mixture into a tumbler filled with ice, pressing on the fruit pulp to get out all the good stuff. Garnish with the peach slices and rosemary sprig.

Rosemary Maple Simple Syrup
Makes about 1 cup, enough for 10 drinks

• 3/4 cup lightly packed rosemary leaves (from about 10 sprigs), roughly chopped
• 1/2 cup (5 3/4 ounces by weight) maple syrup
• 1/2 cup water

Combine the rosemary, maple syrup, and water together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then cover and steep for at least 15 – 30 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on the rosemary to extract all the liquid. Discard the rosemary. Chill the syrup until cold, 1 hour (or mix your drinks right away if you just can’t wait). The syrup will keep, refrigerated, for at least several weeks.

  LOVING Il Rione Pizzeria!

Hey CLE! I don’t know about you but I feel like 2018 has been the year of amazing pizza shops popping up in the 216! So many great small business owners making artisanal, wood-fired creations…so many pizzas, so little time.

One of my recent go-to’s is the Gordon Square neighborhood’s; Il Rione. Did you know the word ‘rione’ loosely translates to district/neighborhood from Italian?  This neighborhood Italian pizzeria serves more than just really good pizza, personally, I love their arugula salad.

Planning on visiting on the weekend? Get their early as this intimate restaurant can fill up fast. I love to sit at the bar and enjoy a Negroni while we wait!

Have you been to Il Rione yet? What is YOUR favorite new CLE pizza must?
Happy Thursday everyone!

  Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day 2018

Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day to all you smores lovers out there! I mean…who doesn’t love roasting a sweet, puffy, sugar explosion over an end-of-summer campfire?

This summer we’ve had a few backyard evening fires in our outdoor firepit. Our little guy legit thinks we are camping just steps away from our home…it’s quite cute.

In honor of this food celebration, I thought it would be fun to toast up some marshmallows for an after-dinner family treat. While I would like to be able to make time for “camp fires” every night, I thought this pan I found at Wayfair would be perfect for a weeknight smores-making celebration.

We assembled graham crackers, chocolate squares, and the classic puffy marshmallow pouf…placed them in this new pan invention…set them into the oven on bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees and voilla! In-home smores party all around. Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day everyone and even better happy long, Labor Day weekend to you!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair for including my story about making smores as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  GVEAWAY : Explore Pinecrest + $100

Hello friends! Happy friday! Do you have lots of fun plans for the weekend? I can’t believe kids are headed back to school over the next few weeks. Summer was filled with awesome adventures but I am always left wanting so much more. With that said, I seriously LOVE fall in Ohio so I am getting pumped for new sweaters, boots and tight season!

Speaking of fall clothes….Have you been out to explore the new east-side shopping destination…Pinecrest…as of yet? I went the other day and I gotta say…SUPER impressive. The new development is close to our house so I can totally see it becoming a “go to” on our shopping circuit for sure. Whole foods is opening at the end of the month, Warby Parker is opening THIS WEEKEND and the movie theatre is the perfect date night hot spot. It’s pretty cool!


A friend of mine and I went out to the new development the other evening to get a pedicure, shop a bit and have a glass of wine. It’s as the perfect set up for a successful girls night out. We started by getting pedicures at the new Zen Salon. This salon is so bright and clean that I highly recommend checking it out. The staff welcomed us into the new space and gave us the best sugar scrub a girl could ask for…complete with OPI shine nailpolish for the win! Thanks, Zen…I will for sure be back.

From there I wanted to buy a new “green” fry pan set from William Sonoma. This new store is gorgeous…the floors alone are enough to make you stop and swoon. The staff was super helpful in explaining to me all about this new cooking technology and I was immediately sold on the product. Plus…in between shopping I snacked on some sample bakery and refreshing lemon water…such a pleasant shopping experience.

I also had wanted to look at what REI had in stock with regards to new yoga pants for fall. This new store just makes you want to get off the couch and go take a hike outdoors. They offer everything from actually hiking equipment, boots, and clothing to the de-hydrated snacks you will need to make your outdoor adventures enjoyable. They also offer a series of workshops and how-to’s …if you are planning to spend some time outside this fall, swing by the new REI and let their sales team get you all geared up!

After those two stores, it was time to grab a little late night dinner and wine. I had heard good things about the new Pinstripes Bowling, Bocce and bistro so I was pretty pumped to give it a try. For real you guys, it is really nice. There is something for everyone to do; the bowling lanes are really nice and the bocce is very super cool. The menu was full of seasonal options including our fig & prosciutto flatbreads, calamari and summer salad. And lastly…the wine list had so many options it was hard to choose just one. Pinstripes also offers brunch and if you are looking for a place to host a party, they would be a great option for any fun gathering!

Want to go to Pinecrest and explore yourself with a FREE $100 gift card? Head over to my instagram page, make sure you follow @Discover_Pinecrest, the like the post and tell me what you would spend you hundred on at Pinecrest for your official entry. Winner will be drawn by Friday, August 24ht! Head over to instagram to see my stories and enter today!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Pinecrest for including me in their shopping gift card giveaway opportunity as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this new shopping destination, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  InCuya Ticket Giveaway : Festival Fashions

 

PEACE & LOVE! We are into the final countdown…11 days until the new, music festival makes its Cleveland debut! InCuya (pronounced In-kie-ya) will be rolling into downtown Cleveland Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th, to showcase both local musicians and national names including New Order, the Avett Brothers & Sva.

While I could talk about the bands, the food, the marketplace filled with unique vendors, the gorgeous downtown festival location….today I am talking festival fashions!

As summer weather starts to change to early fall, the evening temps have dropped a bit…perfect for your best jean jacket or floral shawl. Festival fashions are filled with flowing maxi dresses, bell bottom jeans and layered tops…perfect for dancing! Dressing for an outdoor concert it the perfect time to bust out your straw hats, your dangly, statement earrings and your crazy bold turbans. Basically, music festivals are the perfect time to try out some more daring fashion options…go for it…rock your turbans!

Do you want to WIN 2 tickets to next weeks festival?
Go over to my instagram feed…@charity216 to enter. Here are the details…

To enter complete the following steps:
1) Follow @charity216 and @incuyafestival on #Instagram.
2) Like the Instagram post.
3) Tag a friend. One comment = one entry (unlimited entries).

Winner will be announced on Instagram August 20 and contacted via direct message.

For the complete musical lineup check out all of the musicians here. Looking forward to rockin out with Cleveland next weekend…I’ll be in my brightest summer maxi and jean jacket around!

Photos : @paigemoag
Clothing: @shopbanyantree
Jewelry: @bombaytaxiboutique
Models:  @shibani.faehnle @facteurpr @jbszabo

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SPONSORED POST : Thank you to InCuya for including me in their festival fashion/ticket giveaway opportunity as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this new musical festival, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!