Category Archives: bar

  Close Quarters!

Hey CLE! Happy Tuesday, can you believe we are into June? Time flies when we are having fun don’t you think?

Today’s post is brief but I wanted just to touch base and say “hi.” I wanted to share some some cheeky pictures I snapped a few Friday’s ago at the Avon Lake Bar; Close Quarters. For those of you who haven’t visited you are in for a treat…a handful of bar stools, cute cocktail napkins, the hyponotizing scent of a fryer wafting about, cold brews, a colorful local crowd and to top it all off…nautical design everywhere you turn! MORE! →

  giveaway : Provenance at the Art Museum

Hello & Happy “Monday!” How was your (chilly) Memorial Day 2013? All good here, two big picnics, going out to dinner & a “mini-bar” with friends, lots of putting together IKEA furniture, hours of planting perrenials, 72 homemade bacon deviled eggs and a bit of relaxing…all in all a good holiday weekend.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to have a great girls-evening-out at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s latest installation, Provenance. A friend of mine and I made a reservation for a Wednesday evening, had a few glasses of bubbly pre, pre-fixed dinner and finished it up with a sweet dessert and glass of red wine. Plus, we enjoyed wandering through the coolest Gallery One.

Chef Douglas Katz did not dissappoint, from the yummy sweet bread and butter, to my fish and chips to the carrot cake muffin and carmelized walnuts this dinner was anything but low fat…however worth every calorie, I can’t say enough about the chic, clean lines of the interior, the wonderful evening light the makes the dining area glow and the terrific service.

Want to check it our yourselves? I have a generous $100 gift certificate available to a lucky reader. Either leave me a comment OR tweet me “I would HEART $100 for Provenance at @ClevelandArt from @iheartclev” (Winner to be announced by Monday, June 3rd) Enter daily, the more entires, the better your odds!

  Cocktail time!

Hey friends, happy sunny Monday to you! Did everyone have a nice weekend? Did you shower the Mom’s in your life with lots of love and special somethings?

It was a busy weekend for me including drinks at Luxe followed by a late showing of Gatsby, a trip to PA to hit up IKEA  and purchasing gobs of tile for our home remodel project, yoga at the new uptown Cleveland Yoga and to top off the night a smidgen of menchies! 

On the way to IKEA I was lucky enough to be a passenger and get through a stack of magazines that were on my weekend to-do list. I love tearing out reference, inspiration, things to buy…you know like old fashioned pinterest! One of the things that caught my eye was the Cleveland Independents Bartender Competition…while I may have missed the first one I am gonna try my darndest to get out, support these local celebrity’s and “sample” a few of their best creations.  Check out who is actually competing here.

Enjoy the sunshine and get psyched as it looks like the summer temps will be back later this week. Peace out!

  weekend fun

Looking for fun stuff to do this weekend? I have two especially sweet things you might want to check out..

First is the monthly Friday night “MIXup : Apocalypse” event at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The event begins at 5 with cocktails, music, art and an opportunity to explore the current exhibitions. Starting at 7 the Theater Ninjas will present their first CMA performance of The Excavation, an interactive theatrical examination of the life, death and resurrection of Pompeii. This apocalyptic event continues at 8:45 p.m. with the live electronic beats of the headline act, Teengirl Fantasy, the Oberlin graduate duo who Interview Magazine notes “know how to carve a danceable moment and hold onto it for a seven-minute song and a whole set.”  So bust out your best Warhol-artsy-party-pants and get your groove on Friday night at CMA.

On Sunday (after you get all your Saturday errands done) head over to Chagrin Yoga for a special workshop presented by Dave Romanelli on yoga and CHOCOLATE! I’ve taken a few classes from the traveling guru before, not only is his music spot-on, his wise words and suggestions enhance my practice and my heart. This weekends class not only features a chocolate treat at the end of the two-hour journey, it also open your mind and your intentions on being especially more present in your every day activities. For more information or to sign up give Chagrin Yoga a ring today, spots are filling up.

Happy ALMOST weekend!

  Summer yummies!

Morning CLEV! Only a few more work days until we embark on the first summer holiday weekend. Kicking off beach season at a warm & sunny 70 degrees!

Over the past few weeks I have had the privilege of attending two new food and spirits tastings/introductions.

The first was the opening of the rather new Washington Place patio. Owner Scott has cleaned it up, added some new landscaping and even carved out a special private table for those romantic outdoor evenings. That evening Scott and his team carved up a pig for the group to enjoy. I must admit that while I determined pig skin is not my thing, deviled eggs made with a touch of bacon fat was, super yummy! We all enjoyed the outdoor barbeque AND the new Washington Place patio. Great job Scott, thanks for introducing us to your new summer patio destination.

The next little delight I was introduced too was the new boutique spirit called Crav vodka (  Local entrepreneur Tom Rini (a St Ignatius Grad) shared his story or passion and the learning curve it took to get his own vodka up and running. He told us about the high-quality distillery process and what goes into starting your own vodka line. The tasting was held at Pier W (Love that place!) who’s mixologist whipped up a few lovely cocktails using the new Crav product. The vodka was clean and fresh, not bitter or rubbing alcohol like it could easily be sipped chilled. The vodka is slowly making it’s debut in area bars and restaurants including some of great places like Fahrenheit and Market. Next time you order your summer vodka tonic, specify Crav in your cocktail. Good luck Tom and thank you for having us!