Category Archives: eats around town

  Fall flavors & tours at Mitchell’s

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Hello friends! Well, it’s officially fall. Halloween is long behind us, daylight savings is still lurking around our house and Thanksgiving planning is alive and well. I read the other day we had six Monday’s until Christmas…now THAT seems CRAZY!

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In anticipation of the excitement of the upcoming holidays I recently had the opportunity to spend an afternoon at my favorite ice cream, go-to store…Mitchell’s Ice Cream. You might be thinking…why ice cream in the fall and winter? Well, did you know this is time of year is thought of as “quarts & pints season?” Yep, we all love to pick up a pint (or two) to bring to a friends house for a holiday peace offering or to make our favorite pies officially “a la mode.” We might buy a pint to take home and enjoy as we snuggle on the couch binge watching a winter Netflix series. We might not feel like bundling the family up after dinner in the cold temps to head out for ice cream..but everyone loves an at-home ice cream party…or at least my crew does. So yes, friends it is officially pints & quarts season and I plan on am fully embracing the fun.

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Have you been to Mitchell’s Ohio City flagship location? Not only is it so beautiful, it is also where all of their ice creams are made and sent out to regional restaurants, grocery stores, not to mention their other seven ice cream shops. Currently the ice cream-elves have been busy mixing and creating the fall/holiday flavor collection including Autumn Caramel Apple, Pumpkin Spice, Porter Chocolate Chunk (Ohio City only) and my absolute new favorite Amaretto Cookie…soooo good! 

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Ever wondered how they make their ice creams? Choose the ingredients? Or the logistics on what goes into each hand-scooped pint? Mitchell’s now offers some incredible behind-the-scenes tasting tours for you and your fellow ice cream enthusiasts. The tour includes a behind the scenes experience and tour throughout the manufacturing process from start to finish…plus at the end you will get a scoop of your choice…perfect for trying out some of those new flavors. I believe they just posted a handful of December tour dates, so go check them out and grab your holiday tour tickets today.

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During my visit I also learned of their ice cream pies and cakes. How have I not known about these before? They offer them in some of their best selling flavors in both including Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookies & Cream and Black Raspberry Chocolate Chunk. Also, as part of their seasonal holiday specials they are offering a Pumpkin Pie Spice ice cream pie for your turkey day celebrations but you must call and order yours today! Give them a ring.

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During my scooping lesson I did a pretty good job scooping out cups and cones. I would say that it is harder than the scoopers make it look. It took me a few times to get the feel of the perfect scoop which has a round dome and then a cloud-like bottom, super pretty and iconic. I bet you can really get some good biceps if you did that job every day. 

Thanks to Mitchells for having me and allowing me to be part of your fun ice cream shop for an afternoon. Thanks for not only one, but TWO cups of ice cream, (amaretto cookie & pumpkin spice!) which ended up being my dinner for the evening. We are super lucky to have such a sweet community partner in Northeast Ohio. We heart you Mitchell’s! Happy Friday everyone…go order those pies & cakes and pick up your pints & quarts for next week!

  A casual girls night out on the rooftop of Punch Bowl Social

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Happy Friday you guys. Looks like it’s gonna be a nice weekend, with a chance of rain on Sunday. I kinda feel that now that Halloween is over, the holiday events and celebrations are coming one after the other. I LOVE planning evening’s out to celebrate friends and connect with those who I maybe don’t get to see a lot. How about you? Love those holiday parties? The months of November and December I also kinda feel like it is totally okay to wear sequins all the time, which I LOVE. As you know I love to thrift shop and can’t pass by the opportunity to pick up sequins whenever I’m presented with those tiny drops of metallic goodness. Sequins pants, skirts, tops and dresses…come on Holidays…I’m coming for ya! I digress…

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A couple of days ago I had the total pleasure to kick off holiday fun with the coolest group of friends at the newly designed and installed Punch Bowl Social rooftop bar. We all met up after work, had some great “punchy” cocktails, took in the view of downtown, had some yummy tacos (because it WAS a Tuesday!) and we may or may not have enjoyed a bit of karaoke too.

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I kinda felt like the rooftop patio was the perfect place for all of us to get together a bit off the beaten path and celebrate Cleveland and friends both new and old. We talked about work, about kids, about what was exciting our creativity (that might have been the punch talking!) we laughed a lot and even left at a responsible time to make it home for This Is Us!

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PunchBowl_7I loved the way they served their goat cheese spread in small mason jars…I’m totally going to try this at Thanksgiving for sure. I also thought their tacos were pretty good, but I am kinda a fan of ALL tacos, so I am biased.

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Thanks Punch Bowl for the incredible Girls Night Out! We loved hanging out with you and your team and your new rooftop is super awesome. I foresee many parties their in the future…bring on next summer. CLE if you are looking for a great place to throw a shower, a special work party, if you are in charge of planning a cool conference in town and need a large space for showing off the city, this rooftop has it all.

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Happy Friday you guys. Cheers to rooftops, tacos, punch, awesome CLE friends who always play along when I call for a Tuesday night out AND to almost sequin season!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Punch Bowl Social who invited me to experience the rooftop with a group of gal pals and share my experience as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Welcome Harlow’s Pizza!

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Hey CLE friends. How has your week been? The weather has been incredible and they say it’s supposed to be a gorgeous weekend. We have big plans to grab hibachi with some friends for a birthday celebration on Friday. On Saturday I’d love to swing by the opening of the new Océanne Boutique in Gordon Square, in the afternoon we plan to head over to the high school football game to watch the marching band..that plus a ton of raking…it’s gonna be a good one.

If there’s time, I also haven’t stopped thinking about the pizza that we recently discovered at the new, Harlow’s in Lakewood. I already really want to go back!

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We stopped by Harlow’s on opening night to celebrate this chic, neighborhood restaurant. I actually used to live right down the street from this pizza destination..it’s probably a good thing I moved or I might have been there every night.

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From what I remember, the physical building has changed hands a few times over the last twenty years but all I can remember it being; before it was a gorgeous, Cali-infused pizza shop was a small karate studio. Chop Chop! The exteriors once mustard are now a vibrant white with black trimmed, windows that open up to the street. The interiors of the space are beachy in hue but with a twist of hip & cool. I especially LOVE the tiled bar facade and the salmon-pink walls, they did SUCH a great job on the interior design.Harlows_2Harlows_1 Plus, the PIZZA is incredible!!! I’m craving it writing this post right now. Personal-Pan style, extra hot out of the oven. You could easily eat one yourself or order a few to share with friends or take home leftovers! I also enjoyed a glass of Rosé but they also have some unique cocktails including Horchata with tequila…I totally want to try it when I go back. 
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If you are looking for a weekend pizza destination, head over to Lakewood’s newest and for sure most beautiful spots, Harlow’s at 14319 Madison Ave, between 140 & 150th!

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  Summer, REBoL & the closet switch!

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OMG you guys, where did summer go? It was like one minute it was sunny and we were hanging by the lake and then Labor Day weekend came and Mother Nature flipped her switch and it was instant fall. I don’t know about you…but I like the more gradual approach to seasonal changes. I like to try and squeeze in my last wear of my white pants and summer blouses. I like to sleep with the windows open. I LOVE to drink margaritas outside somewhere on a patio. Summertime, you will be missed because I feel like it is officially fall in Cleveland.

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Just a few weeks ago I met up with a friend downtown at our gorgeous Public Square for an drinks & snacks at one of my favorite “healthy” dining destinations; REBoL. We sat outdoors and took in the warm sunshine and summer evening sounds of people laughing, playing music and hanging outdoors. We watched the kids play in the fountains and I even jumped in and splashed around with them…I just couldn’t resist.

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I had one of the best maple and limeade cocktails I have ever experienced and summer felt complete. It’s like we knew that any day now the seasons would change and while we were enjoying strappy sandals and straw bags we would soon be in suede booties and big fall scarves.

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Over this past weekend I did my officially closet switch and brought out all of my fall sweaters and cozy boyfriend jeans and coats…I LOVE good coats. I packed away my summer prints…although you might see this incredible “camel coat” pop up with a black turtle neck underneath it this fall, for the most part all of the spring/summer stuff has been put in the way back of my closet until next year. Boo hoo.

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If you haven’t been downtown to check out REBoL, you should totally plan a visit. Morning, noon and night, they have a very tasty menu and it is for the most part pretty healthy but always delicious. I actually really love their breakfast menu and always suggest to clients we meet there for project meetings. So yummy.

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Hope everyone had a great week back to work after a long holiday weekend. It is supposed to be kinda yucky weather-wise over the next few days, so bust out those rain boots and warm sweaters and stay dry.

Please also keep all of those affected by the recent storms in Texas, Florida and the Islands in your thoughts and prayers, their weather has been nothing like I can even imagine. Have fun packing up your summer duds and pulling out your sweaters…WELCOME FALL in the CLE!

 

  Dinner from Fresh Meals

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A few weeks ago I had the privilege of trying one of Cleveland’s newest meal delivery services called Fresh Meals by Café Avalaun. The team at Fresh Meals prepares healthy, farm-to-table, 100% gluten free food customized to meet your dietary needs.

I try my best to make good, healthy choices when it comes to meal planning and eating out…sometimes better than others. When the chefs at Café Avalaun approached me to give their weekly subscription a try, I jumped at the opportunity. With each subscription you get three meals for two people made up of a locally sourced protein and a few yummy sides each week. The menus change monthly featuring in-season produce and seasonal pairings…pumpkin spice anyone?

freshMealsWe ordered a few incredible salads which were so helpful when the “after work lazys” crept in and I would have otherwise made (or ordered) something probably much less healthy. We also had toddler-approved chicken fingers and sautéed zucchini strips, so much healthy flavor for an easy weeknight family meal. With back-to-school on the horizon this easy and healthy dinner solution would be a great service to try out in the next few weeks!

Wanna give these guys a try? Use the promo code found on their site “GetFresh” for $25 off your first weeks order! Check out this month’s menu and get more details on their awesome service here!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Café Avalaun who invited me to try their food for a week as part of their social outreach. I received three meals in exchange for my opinions in this post. Thanks for supporting this local business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!