Category Archives: drink

  beer on tap – giveaway

Hello Cleveland, happy Tuesday to each of you. Isn’t this weather divine? A wonderful past weekend of riding bikes, patios and sunshine makes me a super happy CLE-camper. I even switched over my closet from winter blacks and greys to more pattern and vibrancy…summer is when my closet comes to life, another reason to be happy…flip flops, I digress.

Do you like beer? Well, you are in luck because I have a pair of general admission tickets (valued at $90!) to the IX International Beer Festival happening THIS WEEKEND at the IX Center. I am way more a wine drinker (mostly reds) but I am a sucker for a good light wheat ale, a Corona on a beach or the seasonal brews, especially at Christmas time…you know what I’m talking about. :)

The ticket includes admission to selected entry sessions, unlimited tastings, a special tasting cup and special demos and educational sessions on everything BEER! Tell me which brewery you’d like to sample and a random winner will be drawn this Friday by noon. Good luck and happy hops to all.

  market under glass giveaway!

Morning Cleveland. A cute rain coat, some sassy wellies and perhaps a bubble-like umbrella should make this weeks forecast of rain, rain, and more rain a tiny bit more fabulous.

Again, another great week in our dear city, including this Thursday’s 16th Annual Market Under Glass event. Filled with unlimited food and drink, this event is the largest fundraiser for Harvest for Hunger.

I went last year (I passed out adorable apps made by Three Birds) and the fundraiser was more fun than I could have ever imagined. Tons of people, great food, decadent desserts…it was over the top amazing. Everyone should get their ticket and meet me there this year!

Speaking of tickets, I have a pair to give one lucky winner (tomorrow…TUESDAY) valued at $170 for the pair. To win, leave me your name and email, winner will be drawn at random.

  FREE SAKE & art

Good morning Cleveland, How were your weekends? Mine was great, overall pretty quiet but with a few fun events (VTR, Indians & Estate Sales) sprinkled here and there it made for another fun weekend in our lovely city!

If you got to attend TEDxCLE on Friday you probably spent the weekend thinking “what’s next?” What new business will I start? What type of technology or creative idea will happen next? Who will be the next leader of our community? So many fun questions that sparked conversations. Thanks Hallie & Eric, you guys are a welcome asset to Cleveland.

This Friday the Cleveland Museum of Art is hosting it’s first ever Nihonshu Night (nee-hon-shoe, means Japanese sake). An evening for young professionals that celebrates the museums current exhibition, The Lure of Painted Pottery : Japanese & Korean Art. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample various sakes and indulge in many food samples. Take a look at the art, sample the cuisine and meet a new friend or two. Sounds like a great Friday night to me!

Would you like a pair of tickets? I have a pair to give away and they could be yours. To win, tell me about your favorite piece of art. I don’t care about whether or not it’s here in Cleveland, or if your 3 year old drew it, just tell me a little something about YOU! Winner will be chosen by this Thursday, April 20th. Good luck!

  Sweet Moses Monday

Happy Sweet Moses Monday!

Were you able to get out this weekend and enjoy the latest and greatest sweet shop that Cleveland has to offer? Let me tell you, I was able to taste test a few of the perfect little treats a few weekends ago and I am still having visions and dreams of Sweet Moses dancing in my head.

Caramel popcorn, bacon & peanut butter sandwich, a sweet strawberry phosphate soda delight and to top it off a simple bowl of the most refreshing, chocolatey mint ice cream, it was a decadent afternoon of sugar-filled happiness.

This new eatery is going to be my summer go-to, I can just feel it. With a quick hop on my bicycle, a snap to my helmet and a handful of “moses money” (stop in to buy their adorable wooden coins to use for purchase) the warm summer nights will be soothed by the fresh ice cream (including Belgian Chocolate & Bananas Foster) and dark chocolate pretzel “bark.”

Owner Jeff and his family have poured hours of love and history into this new city treasure. The interiors boast a historic marble fountain counter, the simple wire parlor chairs compliment the wooden booths of the party room and with no detail left untouched the register shines a vintage golden hue.

Make your plans to visit Sweet Moses ASAP, I promise you will be overjoyed with the details of every sweet sundae, with the charming interiors and most of all…that we can say, Sweet Moses (Cleveland) is open and ready for your visit.

  New Wine Bar!

When you are with a close friend do you ever wish the conversation and the time spent together would never end? I do. Sometimes I sit back and realize that I’m growing older, (perhaps because my birthday is looming)  and that we are ALL growing older together and what makes life so precious is the good relationships we make while we are around…Is that me or the wine talking? :)

The other night myself and one of my closest friends had the opportunity to visit the newly opened Battery Park Wine Bar and let me just say, it’s AMAZING. Everything from the adorable retail wine “boutique” in the front of the space (I’m thinking it will be my place to go for that emergency-snow-must-have-a-bottle-of-wine-run) to the beautiful wood bar made from repurposed local timbers, no details has been overlooked.

I’m actually looking forward to going back to try out their yummy menu, it seriously looked wonderful, the perfect pairing to add to any wine drinking evening out type of munchies.

I guess the only bone I have to pick with them is this whole “Y.O.L.O.” thing? (on their menus, mailers, etc.) As a designer and brand consultant I think they are having a bit of new business identity crisis.

“The name of the restaurant is called The Battery Park Wine Bar, but we wanted to call it YOLO, but we couldn’t name it that because someone else has that name” they explained to us.

“What does “YOLO stand for?”  “You Only Live Once!” I smiled and agreed that YOLO is a wonderful wine bar concept, however my professional experience and opinion must kick in on this one… moving forward, I will be referring to the bar as “The Battery Park Wine Bar; where you only live once.” (rolls right off your tongue like…sorta like a Pinot)

The interior still has the smell of new construction, but the warmth of the bricks and the charming employees made it seem like this establishment has been there for years and years. This weekend grab a group and go explore this new find…located under the Battery Park smoke stack.