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  2 must-see art exhibits!!!

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Hello CLE! Hope you had a great weekend and an even better Monday. We had a pretty chill weekend checking out a new art exhibit, time at home, a fun visit with friends and their new baby, great thai food and lots of family time…

Today I want to share with you about two big art exhibits that are incredible and not to be missed. The first is the Basquiat show at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the second is a new show at the Akron Museum of Art called Please Touch. Both inspiring, both full of energy and passion…you’ve got to make time to go check them out.

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Basquiat; The Unknown Notebooks is an intimate look into the life of Brooklyn-based Jean-Michel Basquiat and his series of notebooks. Filled with sketches, notes, daily thoughts this exhibit is thought-provoking and will make you think about the art, the artist and the time period in which it was created. Make sure you get to the exhibit soon, it closes on April 23rd and you won’t want miss out.

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The second exhibit is is super family-friendly show at the Akron Museum of Art called Please Touch by Jay Croft, Erin Guido & John Paul Costello and Jordan Elise Perme & Christopher Leese (also known as Horrible Adorables.) You guys!!!! This show was SO MUCH fun…for both adults and toddlers alike. I HIGHLY suggest you pack up the car and head down to Akron to see this show, you have some time it runs until mid July!

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IMG_2983(Erin & JP, NinjaMax LOVED your work, especially your interactive color/shape wall. You should be so proud of your work, CONGRATS!)

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(WE LOVE horrible adorables! These mystical creatures are paired with magical riddles that are fun for the whole gang. SO FUN Jordan and Christopher, CONGRATS!)

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So…if you like art, the morale of this story is to go check out BOTH of these shows…I promise you will be thrilled you did! Have a great week everyone….and happy Spring!

  Tomato Soup & my new Ascent Vitamix

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So I guess we are back to cold weather at least for a few more weeks! I actually don’t mind, except for the fact that I have a handful of daffodils and tulips starting to bloom and I am concerned they may not pull though the snow. I love wearing cozy sweaters, tights and furry coats so a few more weeks of winter is a-okay with me.

Plus…cold weather means lots of yummy, healthy, homemade soups…and what could be more fun to make in my new Ascent Vitamix machine than a fresh tomato soup?

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I love how simple and how deliciously healthy this recipe is.

Ingredients :
• 2 – 16 ounce cans of tomatoes
• 1 – onion
• 6 – cloves of garlic
• 1 – tbsp good olive oil
• 1/2 – tbsp sea salt
• kale sprouts & fresh parmesan for garnish

IMG_8487This new machine is seriously over-the-top incredible. From the pre-programmed settings, to the new crystal clear container to the entire sleek design of the overall machine, I am loving it so much. With this new machine you can also add a family of various sized containers to make blending things like custom spice mixes or on-the-go smoothies more convenient and portable. Trust me, if you can get your hands on on of these new machines, you are going to really enjoy it.

IMG_8494For this recipe I sautéed the onion and garlic in the olive oil. For some Vitamix recipes you can cook everything directly in your machine but for this recipe but I like how rich the cooked onions and garlic make the tomatoes super rich and decadent.  From here I opened the tomatoes, tossed them in my machine with the salt and added the translucent onions and garlic. Press the soup button on the machine and then wait the to see the Vitamix magic unfold.

IMG_8516IMG_8510I love how this new model even ramps itself up and down depending on the recipe, it is seriously too smart for itself. You just assemble the ingredients, press the button and then clean off the counter as your Vitamix does the work. It will shut itself off and you will have that delicious end product ready to share with your family and friends…voila!

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IMG_8532I added a dash of parmesan cheese and a handful of kale sprouts then it was ready to serve. Healthy, creamy, simple-to-make, hot soup! The perfect meal on these cold (spring) winter days. I hope you enjoyed my recipe and I hope next time you have the opportunity to ask someone for a fancy kitchen gadget you choose the new Vitamix Ascent Series…I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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SPONSORED POST : Thank you to the team at Vitamix who invited me to try their new machine as part of the companies social outreach. Thanks for supporting this successful Cleveland business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  24 hours in Detroit!

IMG_2549Hello CLE! Hope you are having a great weekend. While it is sunny and very pretty outside, don’t let it fool you…it’s COLD!!! A few more weeks of winter and then Spring…hang in there.

I know so many of you have plans for a weather break from our winter, what are your spring break plans? A few months ago I was trying to rally a weekend trip with friends but it kept falling through from various reasons…what we did end up with is a 24-hour road trip to our sister city, DETROIT, Michigan…and I gotta say, I would highly recommend it. A few of you had messaged me to find out some details of the trip so I thought I would share the details.

IMG_2505IMG_2508We left late on a Thursday morning and headed through Toledo with a detour to the Libbey Glass factory outlet. This store was out of control amazing and SO affordable, you gotta check it out. I ended up buying MULTIPLE dozens of glassware for various cocktails, occasions and uses. It is seriously the perfect place to explore when looking for glassware for furnishing a new kitchen or for gift giving…we are talking incredible champagne stems at $1 pop! Crazy affordable and the selection was wonderful, worth the exit off the highway for sure.

IMG_2540IMG_2541IMG_2546From there we headed into Detroit to check into our hotel. We stayed at the newly designed Trumbull & Porter Hotel that was once an old Holiday Inn. The overall decor was California-chic, lots of grand open areas for conversations, tons of white and light topped with lots of local artwork sprinkled throughout. Our rooms were clean and almost utilitarian in feel. Simple beds, nice linens, rolling carts in the bathroom for all your stuff, I enjoyed the design. I will say, if you are headed there, just keep in mind it is in the “up and coming” part of the city and just to be aware of your surroundings…follow me?

IMG_2521IMG_2510IMG_2517IMG_2516We were starved for lunch so we tracked down the ultimate diner, Rose’s Fine Food located on the East side of town. While it might look like a typical diner from the outside, the moment we stepped in the door we knew we were in for a dining treat. The smells of fine bakery and unique spices filled the space, it was a sensory explosion. The food? Incredible. I had a wonderful rice, kale, egg bowl with a piece of homemade toast, ricotta cheese and jam, so perfect together. Next time you head tot Detroit, you’ve got to make time to visit Rose’s…let’s just say Bon Appétit Magazine gave it a more than favorable review!

IMG_2527IMG_2526IMG_2531IMG_2533IMG_2534With full, happy belly’s we stumbled upon the historic Pewabic Pottery Studio & Museum just down the street. This place was like walking into  Detroit’s history of arts and culture providing an understanding of how this group of artisans impacted the cultural growth of the city. Pewabic was founded in 1903 and still today celebrates artists doing innovative work in the ceramics fields. Upstairs, there is a museum filled with bits and pieces of early works of pottery and architectural designs; while downstairs they had the studio for making pottery  and they also had a wonderful store showcasing many new and modern clay artists on the Detroit and Michigan scene. Let’s just say we couldn’t decide what treasures to bring home from there but one of us purchased a gorgeous hand thrown mug!

IMG_2553IMG_2556IMG_2558After that we were headed for a drink when we drove by John King Used and Rare Books Store…Michigan’s largest used and rare bookstore…so we made a U-turn and went to do some more exploring. Warning, this 4-floor warehouse is not for those with any allergies or issues with claustrophobia…enough said. For those of us who can handle it…this store is filled with rows and rows of one of a kind books, with everything from kids books from the 1930’s to music coffee table books from the 80’s and everything else you can imagine. This rare book store will make those of you who A) love to collect books (me) or B) love to actually read books, go crazy. We both picked up a books and I thought it was really sweet how they actually brushed the books off with a small broom/brush as you paid for them to rid them of the layer of old-book-dust. So, If you like books…you should check this place out.

IMG_2564IMG_2568IMG_2571Finally we ended up where we had planned to grab dinner and a drink, but first we had a few shops to explore. Have you ever heard of Will Leather Goods? It seriously might be one of the coolest, best-smelling leather stores I have ever been in. While this family owns store may be based out of Oregon, the owner was originally from Detroit and hence opened a gorgeous retail space in an old neighborhood grocery store. The best part? I loved the tee-pee in the center of the store and how you can make custom belts, while you wait. The staff was incredibly knowledgable about the store and the neighborhood and we really could have stayed all night just to chat…but we had to keep exploring.

IMG_2572IMG_2574IMG_2575Also located in the Midtown neighborhood is the most exquisite retail experience, Shinola Detroit.  This store not only offers luxury watches; it also sells sleek bicycles, leather and paper goods, as well as a coffee and flowers for their customers. They will monogram any purse, bag or book you buy while you wait and again, the staff was so chic and so helpful, such a wonderful shopping experience. BONUS…did you know they are going to open a Shinola at the new Shaker Heights, Van Aken District next summer? Get psyched!

IMG_2587IMG_2586Finally we landed at our dinner destination Selden Standard and enjoyed an incredible meal of all veggies prepared various ways. My favorite dish was a vegetable carpaccio..I plan to try and recreate the dish some summer when all the veggies are so readily available. We also had Manhattan-like drinks and after not really drinking much for a few weeks…they were incredible!

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We couldn’t leave Detroit without stopping into the authentic speak easy in Corktown, Sugar House. The space was awesome and the drink menu totally over-the-top. There were so many cocktail options we ended up just taking the recommendation of our bartender and we were super satisfied with his direction. I really enjoyed how they actually peeled an orange, then used pinking sheers on the rind to make a tiny bird on the side of my cocktail…it was all in the details. When you visit Detroit, make sure to plan to stop into Sugar House, it was awesome.

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The next morning we woke up pretty early and went back to Corktown to hang out a bit at Astro Coffee. Not only was my latte so picture perfect…I haven’t stopped thinking about my delicious egg sandwich with fresh herbs and a no-joke garlic aioli…nothing like garlic breathe to start the day. This coffee shop was filled with both hip artists as well as young families, it was a great place to feel like a Detroit local.

Then it was off to a “quick” IKEA trip about :30 west of the city and then we headed back home.

Detroit was the perfect 1-night getaway. A city of renewal and hope, filled with so many creative thinkers and entrepreneurs, a city who loves their food and has a keen eye for fashion. If you are craving a little get away but can’t pick up and fly far away, I promise a little overnight road trip will leave you feeling creatively recharged and refreshed.

Thanks Detroit, you surpassed my expectations, feel free to come visit Cleveland anytime…I’d be happy to share our hot spots!

  March is reading month & Girl Scout cookie season!

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Hey friends in CLE! How was your week? Can we just talk for a second about the crazy winds we had the other day? I honestly was concerned that we were all going to get swooped up and carried away…kinda Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, but minus the twister. Sorry to hear some of you guys are still without power, I know how rough that can be and fingers crossed it comes back soon.

We lost power recently and one thing that did make the happening kinda fun was the ability to shut down our technology and go a bit “old school” back to books and board games for entertainment. Speaking of…did you know that March is National Reading Month? During these chilly, spring months there is nothing better than curling up on the couch with a good book (or magazine!,) a great blanket and a warm cup of coffee.

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With our little guy starting to finally sit still and appreciate some of the awesome books in his bookshelf I’m really enjoying sharing stories, discovering incredible illustrations and of course, snack time together. Some of our favorite books right now are Pool by Jihyeon Lee, Max the Brave by Ed Vere and This is New York by Miroslav Sasek. Am I missing any incredible early reader/toddler type of books, what are you guys reading with your little ones?

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Besides being National Reading Month…did you know that March is also a time to buy your Girl Scout Cookies for the year? This year actually marks the 100th year of the cookie sales supporting so many Girl Scout adventures both in our own communities and across the country. To find Girl Scout cookies in your neighborhood just visit their website, type in your zip code and you’ll see many options; there are a ton of cookie buying options for this weekend; so get out there, support and stock up on your cookies.

I hope everyone has a great weekend, stays warm and hopefully the power will come back on for those missing it. Happy reading, Thin Mints and Samoas for all!

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(Thanks K. Ardner for the great photos of my little reader.)

  All About the Bag! + giveaway

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Hey Cleveland! Happy (faux) Spring! Wasn’t this weekend weather wild? We rode bikes, cleaned out the garage, played at a few playgrounds, went for a run and had the windows and doors wide open letting the fresh spring-ish air flood our home. I hope you enjoyed the weekend and cheers to the week ahead.

This week is filled with so many wonderful events around town…but today I want to tell you  (and I have TICKETS to giveaway!!!) about a fashionable, fundraiser event happening THIS WEDNESDAY; the 4th annual All About The Bag, to benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland.

I had the privilege of attending this incredible evening event last year and I gotta say, it was truly an awesome night out filled with fashion shows, a silent auction of many chic handbags, some great cocktails, food and tons and might I add, incredible people watching…everyone was dressed to impress!

The good news is there are still a few tickets left (this event will for sure sell out) and you can go snag yours their website here. For one lucky fashionista I have a pair of tickets to giveaway. Just tweet me “@iheartclev I’d love to attend the 4th #allabouthebagCLE for @HungerNetworkGC…winner will be chosen by random by Tuesday evening at 5pm!

Don’t miss the All About the Bag event this Wednesday, February 22nd, 6:30-10:30 at Landerhaven. It’s seriously gonna be amazing! Good luck to one lucky winner!

SPONSORED POST : I was invited to share about the fashionista fundraiser in exchange for a pair of tickets as part of the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland’s social outreach. Thanks for supporting this local organization while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!