Many of you might know this about me but I am a total art geek. Thanks to my Mom, I spent my childhood growing up with a craft box under my bed. My Saturday mornings were spent in painting classes with other “free spirit”kids and by the time I reached college I was attending gallery openings in my down time, hanging out in the painting lofts of fellow art school students and taking extra credits in anything from silk screen to stained glass. As a professional graphic designer I feel lucky each day that I get to create visual inspiration for a living. MORE! →
The other night I had the pleasure of having a great night out with some of our best friends. It was a spontaneous evening date, nothing on the calendar for months in advance but the big question was where we should go?
After a few failed try’s for reservations we all agreed that the oldie but a very goodie would be our dinner destination for the evening. One of Tremont’s coolest places to eat Fat Cat’s was way better that any of us remembered.
We had a 7:30 reservation and when we showed up it was jam packed. We enjoyed some great cocktails, insane tater tots with tomatoe jam, korean barbeque ribs, mussels and lumpia (filipino egg rolls.) The food was great, the service was outstanding and the company was even better.
I have to admit, I often forget about Fat Cat’s but not anymore, back on my top go-to places for a great dinner with friends. If you haven’t been there in awhile go grab a drink but make sure you have a reservation because unlike me, a lot of Clevelanders haven’t forgot what a gem of a restaurant it is.
Fat Cats, 2061 West 10th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
Happy Tuesday yall. Fun stuff today at “iheart” the guys of GV Art & Design have offered one lucky reader one of their stylish and well-designed CLE shirts.
I picked out a few of my favorites to share and show today. From all the non-sensical weather we’ve been having, to celebrating Superman to a chic “lovely” shirt, these three are just a sampling of all their great work. You can see them all at their online store here.
To win one of their t-shirts tweet me (@iheartclev) which @gvartwork shirt you would proudly wear. (ex : @iheartclev, I heart the “Totem Pole” tee made by @gvartwork!) Winner will be drawn on April 30th. Good luck to you.
My heart hurts for the tragedy in Boston. My heart hurts for the runners who had trained for the race of a lifetime. My heart hurts for the families and friends who had come out to support their running hero’s. Please say a little prayer, send out good energy into the world and call your loved ones to remind them of how much you care about them. Boston, we heart you.
Good morning CLE & happy TAX Day! Hope everyone got by without owing too much to “the man” this year. Perhaps you’ve even received a refund…time to shop! :)
Did you know that this week kicks off the JazzFest? Last year I had the pleasure of attending the Tri-C JazzFest for the very first time. I saw the very talented, stunning and engaging artist Diana Krall at one of the many concerts during the week of live music presented by the JazzFest.
Now is your turn to win a pair of tickets and experience for yourself just how great this annual event really is.
Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland features jazz performances, classes, lectures, and many other concert and community outreach activities. Local and national artists teach, compose, arrange, and perform. Concerts take place at PlayhouseSquare, the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College, and the new MOCA Cleveland. This year, the show is running from April 19 thru May 4.
In addition to the show, there is an Opening Night Party on April 19 to kick off the festival! The party will be held at Playhouse Square in the State Theatre Lobby from 5-7pm and is sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Company. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature live music by Detroit’s Nadir & Distorted Soul. After the party, the fest will kick off with performances by Aaron Neville and Dr. John at 8pm!
So you want in? Want that free pair of tickets? Visit the festival site to explore the performers, then tweet me @iheartclev which artist you would like to see at this years #TriCJazzFest. Winner to be chosen by Wednesday, April 17th! Good luck.
Happy Friday friends. Hope everybody had a great week. From kicking it off with the Tribe’s Home Opener, and then the 70 degree tank top wearing Tuesday, followed up by a mid-week Wednesday night house party and now prepping for the weekend I swear, there are so many fun things to do and this weekend is no exception.
Tonight get yourself to Tremont to enjoy the monthly Art Walk. Perhaps you could also stop by the newly revamped Tremont Scoops for some creamy spring sweets.
Saturday brings the really fun day of the Lottery League concerts. Many artists coming together to form new bands, new songs and new sounds for our region…topped off with food trucks and you’ve got yourself a MUST for your Saturday.
There are also some new additional showings and stand by tickets available for this years Cleveland International Film Festival movies. Happy Birthday shout out to the CIFF as they actually turn 37 years old on Saturday.
There is the big Best of the Scene Party at the Cleveland Public Library on Friday night and Yuri’s Night Party at the Science Center on Saturday night.
Every now and then you come across a blogger who makes you smile. Today I get to introduce you to Courtney a fashion student, chef and fellow CLE-lover. I hope you enjoy the recipe she has “whipped” together for you, perfect for Peter Rabbit who might be hopping down your bunny trail for Easter weekend. Thanks Courtney & happy baking weekend to ya!
Hi Friends! My name is Courtney McCrone and I post my musings at 23 Skidoo Blog. I am a Cleveland-lover (what classy lady isn’t?) currently completing my fashion design degree in L.A.; upon graduation this June, and will quickly hustle back to the CLE to live the dream! This summer I will be working on launching some of my designs, so look out world!
Easter is just around the corner, so I am really excited to share a great recipe with you to enjoy with your friends and family–perhaps even some little bunnies that might stop by for brunch!
Get psyched TEDx ticket-holders, in just two days you’ll be enjoying the inspirational lectures, bold personalities and deep thoughts from this years TEDx participants. If you didn’t get a seat, stay positive there as you never know when someone will have to forgo their seat last minute. If you did get a ticket and you are just prepping for all of the fun, take a look at this years video…it’s try breathtaking!
Happy Monday Cleveland. Did everyone have a nice St Patty’s Day? I hope you were able to enjoy the festivities with family and friends; pinch-free!
Where did the snow come from? Just last Sunday it was almost 70 degrees and I was outside doing some necessary spring yard clean up. I should know better, springtime in Cleveland is such hit or miss, literally from one minute to the next it could be raining, sunny, snowing or thunder storming and sometime it comes to us all in that order in one day.
These types of mornings make for hard fashion choices, do you agree? However with the glimmer of spring styles and the bold colors creeping into the stores, I think a few days of layers is well worth the wait.
To remind us that spring is just around the corner, check out this video I found of the spring crocus peaking it’s little face to the springtime sunshine. Watching it over and over makes me happy.
Happy Monday everybody. Cheers to another bizarre weather week in the CLE!
Hey friends, did I tell you how excited I am to have scored one of the coveted tickets to this summer’s Alt Design Summit NYC conference? I’m psyched.
You see, besides posting about all things happening in the CLE; I regularly scour the web for every inspiring design tip, striking image and “how-to” story that I can soak up in my creative head.
As a professional designer I love to surround myself with other creatives and what better location to be infused with creativity than at the offices of the queen of creativity, Martha Stewart. The conference will be hosted by Ms. Martha and her amazing team of creatives at the MSL Omnimedia offices (eeeekkk!)
So I am starting to prep for the workshop and I am doing a bit of blog updating and writing homework. I’m cleaning up my pinterest palace (@charity216) and making a conscious effort to tweet and “RT” on a more regular basis (@iheartclev) I’m exploring new photo apps to share pics on instagram (@charity216) and even making movies on the latest and greatest the creepy, crawly Vine (@iheartcleveland). So much to do in so little time.
Before I know it I will be surrounded by other bloggy, blogsters covered in polka dots and neon prints, this years floral pants and sassy sandals. Spending time sharing tips with one another about life/blog balance, creative apps and design business successes.
This summer can’t come soon enough but this past weekend warm Cleveland temps sure were a treat! Happy Tuesday.