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  CLE Urban Winery


Hey friends! Hope you had a great weekend and that your Monday went off without a hitch! Are you enjoying fall? I think the weather has been super incredible as of late…chilly in the mornings and evenings, warm and cozy during the day…the perfect weather for layering on sweaters and scarves as we enter fall.

The other evening I had the pleasure of visiting the rather new CLE Urban Winery nestled in Cleveland Heights. Just like your wineries out of town, this vino-destination offers an assortment of blends from sweet to dry to something for every pallette. The staff was super helpful in explaining the various wines and the snacking options; they offer the usual cheese & crackers but you are also welcome to bring your own snacks in.


I enjoyed learning about how the wines are made, all while “taste testing” a few of their reds..really enjoyed the Pinot Noir.  I also loved the fact that you can host events at the winery free of charge as long as you partake in drinking their wines. While we were visiting the Cleveland Big Brother, Big Sisters was hosting a happy hour…seems to be a great place to meet with plenty of room for attendees to spread out and mingle. Holiday parties anyone? Call today to book your place at the wine bar!

Anyhow, I just wanted to fill you in on this new, east side hot-spot. Next time you are on Lee give it a try! For more details, check out their site here. Cheers everyone, have a great wine-filled week.

  My Ohio Peach Mule!


Hey friends. Hasn’t summer in Cleveland just been gorgeous? Beautiful weather, perfect beach temps and the sunsets over Lake Erie, seriously stunning!

We are knee deep in packing our current home as we are getting ready to cross the river to explore the East side of town (I promise to post more on that soon.) I have been donating and organizing and wrapping and packing, it’s honestly a bunch of work. Fun work, but nonetheless a lot…enter my recent summer “cocktail-ing” and my Ohio Peach Mule.

The other night after a marathon packing session I decided to make myself and Mr. C the perfect summer cocktail; an Ohio Peach Mule. Very much like a traditional Moscow Mule with rum and ginger beer (I used Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer,) this drink has pureed peaches and limes mixed in with your rum and ginger beer. It is both refreshing and spicy…the perfect summer night drink. Give it a shot and see what you think.



Ohio Peach Mule!
Makes about 4 cocktails

• ginger infused vodka
• 2 ripe Ohio peaches, peeled & sliced
• 3 limes
• 3-4 bottles of Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beer
• crushed ice
• additional peach slices for garnish…to make it pretty
• 4 copper mugs…to keep them extra cold

In blender, add peach slices, juice of 1 lime and puree. (Can be made ahead & refrigerated.) To each copper mug, add 2-ounces peach puree, juice of 1/2 a lime, 2-ounces ginger infused vodka, stir, add ice and top with Crabbie’s ginger beer.

Happy summer cocktails Cleveland! Cheers to summertime in the 216!

SPONSORED POST : this post was sponsored by Crabbie’s. All thoughts are my own.

  celebrate Bastille Day!


As a local CLE Francophile I thought it was my duty to recognize a few of this weeks Bastille Day celebrations around town.

Tartine Bistro : While the official Bastille Day holiday is Thursday, July 14th…the team at Tartine is hosting a Bastille Day Festival Sunday July 17th from 11am-3pm. French foods, “adult lemonade,” and a petite street fair to celebrate the holiday!

An American in Paris : Nothing says summer like a picnic with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom. This Sunday night, July 17th at 7:00pm enjoy the tunes of our own orchestra as they perform An American in Paris with works by Frenchman Maurice Ravel, Aaron Copland and many others. So pack your pretty, picnic blanket, wear your navy and white stripes and chill your bottle of Rosé…I’ll see you on the lawn.


Quiche & Macarons : If you are looking for a sweet indulgence this holiday, swing by the adorable bakery in uptown; Coquette Patisserie. This french destination will have you hooked on jewel-toned macarons from the moment you walk through the door.

Le Petit : Last, but certainly not least I would be remised if I didn’t mention the original Cleveland creperie, Le Petit Triangle Cafe nestled in an adorable, Ohio City neighborhood. I love going to Le Petit with my girlfriends for Saturday mornings for brunch, but don’t forget to get your is a hot spot for crepes, omelets and of course mimosa’s.

Happy Bastille Day Cleveland! Vive la France! Vive la Cleveland!
(photos from our trip to Paris last year!!! When can we go back?)

  Common Threads + giveaway


Hey Cleveland! Did everyone have a great long, holiday weekend? So much fun spending time with our family and friends and exploring time around the city. Plus, we got our keys to our new house! I am a bit superstitious so we were keeping things on the down low for the most part. Long story short, this unique home found us last winter, it would not let us forget about it and kept popping up. We loved it but were hesitant about switching sides of town…but we are making the leap to try something new and explore another AWESOME part of the city! East side here we come. LOTS more to come on our new house soon…I can’t wait to share lots about the new pad with everyone, stay tuned.

So, with all that excitement…today I gotta tell you about a truly INCREDIBLE thrift shop in town! Common Threads is resale done right, a true destination for high quality thrift treasures set in an engaging retail space, located in Fairview Park. Seriously this thrift shop is unlike I have ever experienced before. Stylish window displays with a very “anthro” feel, a little coffee bar selling fresh roasted beans and rows and rows of resale clothes, housewares and toys for the little ones.



I stopped into Common Threads the other day to explore the new store and found a handful of treasures. From a yellow, metal Tonka Truck for Toddler Ninja to an incredible marble-based, mid century table lamp and killer yellow swing coat for me…this shop was seriously filled with tons of treasures. I especially enjoyed how they collaborated with area designers, architects and visual enthusiasts to create such a retail friendly approach to shopping second hand.




Would you like to explore Common Threads with a free $30 to explore the new store? Enter the giveaway below by liking me (@charity216) and @CommonThreadsThrift on instagram and then letting me know! Contest closes 7/14. Good luck! I can’t wait to see what treasures you find!

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SPONSORED POST : I was invited to visit the new Common Thread Thrift and provided gift certificate to giveaway as part of their social engagements efforts. Thanks for supporting the organization that promotes stylish second-hand resale while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Mabel’s BBQ



A few weeks ago I grabbed a quick happy hour at the new Michael Symon hot spot; Mabel’s BBQ. The moment I walked through the front doors I was in awe of the spectacular interiors…no detail untouched. From the larger-than-life, neon welcome sign…to the artwork in the restroom hallway made from individual matchsticks (see dawg illustration below) this place is a hands-down, Cleveland summer dining destination!



When we were there we had a shareable plate of J.W. Potatoes which were basically more like a chunky french fry. Add a few glasses of Malbec, two fun gal pals and a helpful bartender and it was an awesome way to explore the new place in town.



I gotta say, I’m excited to go back for ribs one of these days…who’s with me? Happy good Barbecue in Cleveland! Happy weekend everyone. THANK YOU CAVS!