Category Archives: eats around town

  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!

  An overnight at Vineyard Woods + Wine tasting in Geneva!

Wine_05Hello friends, happy almost Monday. Hope everyone has had a fantastic weekend in the CLE! I can’t even believe it is August already, our end-of-summer countdown is officially on. Have you been Wade Oval Wednesday? Have you had a picnic at Edgewater Park? Have you rode coasters at Cedar Point, cheered in the Indians or hosted a backyard barbecue? So many summer days left, make sure you wake up each day and make the most out of our Ohio summer days…they truly are the best.

Perhaps I am late to this tid bit of info…but have you been out to our Northeast Ohio wine country in Geneva over the last few years? It is AH. MAZE. ING!!! I had visited probably over ten years ago but since then it has totally grown up and become quite a destination, so today I’m going to tell you all about a recent trip….here we go.

One of the most fun parts of writing this blog is the incredible people, creative dreamers, entrepreneurs and civic minded individuals I have the opportunity of meeting and getting to know. A few months ago, in the dead of our Ohio winter I received an email from Scott about his project that he was working on called Vineyard Woods. You see Scott, a former finance executive had left his corporate life behind to follow his and his families passion of development, hospitality and their love of wine. Scott had grown up in the Geneva area and had the vision to build a new type of luxury lodging in our Northeast Ohio wine country making it a destination somewhat like a Hocking Hills. Flash forward a few months and Scott’s new lodge and cottage resort; Vineyard Woods is the first lodging destination like this in the region.

Wine_2I had the opportunity to stay overnight in the two bedroom suite and it was a real treat. Our place was so bright, fresh and new, I can’t say enough great things about the accommodations. From the drive in where we were welcomed by Scott’s parents (while they were watering the new resort landscaping) to the incredible lodging details (in-room fireplaces, locally crafted artisinal chocolate with sea salt and locally roasted coffee) Vineyard Woods is totally a dreamy destination for overnight lodging in the Geneva wine country area.

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So dreamy that our host Scott put together an hour-by-hour winery itinerary for us to explore the local vineyards while we were visiting. We started our afternoon visit with wine, cheese and charcuterie at the new(ish) Laurentia Winery.  This gorgeous wine-making destination is a perfect place to spend the afternoon catching up with a good friend over a great bottle of Chardonnay…Go check it out.

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From there we headed over to M Cellars to explore their tasting bar. We tried a handful of different varietals but ended up purchasing glasses of chardonay, rosé and malbec…all so good and yummy.

Wine_07As we were leaving we realized there was an adorable distillery across the road in an old barn and so we had to check it out; Red Eagle Distillery. The barn was incredible, built in the 1800’s this distillery has been restored to a historical bourbon and rye distilling destination. A taste of their smokey, full-bodied bourbon was a nice change of pace from all the vino we had tried…kinda like dessert. We each purchased a bottle of the spirits for our men back home and then off we went to explore the last winery of the day.

Wine_04Our final wine stop was at the South River Winery. Once an old church this building has also been restored to a work of winery art, complete with an incredible patio overlooking their acres of vineyards. We saw many families enjoying wine and homemade picnics, kids running through he grounds and lots of friends enjoying the view for the afternoon, this space was truly gorgeous.

After the winery and vineyard tours, we detoured up to Lake Erie in Geneva by the Lake for dinner near the beach at The Lakehouse Inn. Sunset was exceptionally stunning, my Lake Erie Perch sandwich hit the spot and of course one more bottle of chardonnay to wrap up our winery adventure day.

Wine_06After all the fun, we headed back to Vineyard Woods for an incredible nights sleep. Our suite had two large queen beds so we each had our own room complete with the best sheets and pillows. I’m not sure if it was all the wine or if it was seriously one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept in. While we didn’t spend much time outdoors, our lodge also had a great outdoor fire pit that anyone in the lodge could use, complete with a stacks of firewood. Next time we visit I am totally going to bring smores supplies for a late night treat.

Thank your Scott and his family for hosting us for the evening. I think your new accommodations are so unique and well done that everyone should book a night or two to come and stay with you and explore wine country…Ohio style. I was also thinking about the resort and how the place would make a wonderful family overnight getaway, an incredible girls weekend away or small-business work-retreat destination, I can’t wait to come back.

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Vineyard Woods who invited me spend the night at their resort as part of their social outreach. I received an overnight stay at the resort 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!

  Free SODA for LIFE!

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Hey CLE friends! I don’t know about you, but every now and then I still crave a diet Coke circa 1998. I know, I know soda is so bad for us…but every now and then I totally crave the sweet, bubbly drink; and I know this sounds crazy…but I often want it after a really hard workout. Weird.

For those of you out there who also have this “soda once in awhile craving”…I encourage you to enter the Circle K “Free Polar Pop for Life” Sweepstakes. Circle K is giving one CLE soda drinker the chance to fill their Polar Pop Cup free for life by joining the sweepstakes.

To enter, share a photo of your Polar Pop Cup with the hashtags #polarpopcup4life #sweepstakes (you must include both hashtags to enter). Facebook entry: for valid entry, you must go to Circle K’s Facebook page, locate the sweepstakes post, then post your photo as a comment, and include both hashtags. A new winner will be selected every day to win a year’s supply. The Grand Prize winner will receive a lifetime supply.

Not to worry if you don’t win, I have a $50 Circle K gift card to give away to one lucky winner! So start posting those fun family and friend pictures of you and your soda and then remember to tag #polarpopcup4life. Winner to be selected by June 7th! Gift card to be shipped directly to the winner from Circle K. I can’t wait to see your pics of you and your soda cravings.

So happy soda drinking long, Memorial Day, holiday weekend to all of us! Cheers!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Circle K who invited me to share their contest as part of their social outreach. I received a $50 gift card to give away to one lucky diet Coke enthusiast. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Feeling like summer with Chill Pops!

IMG_8262Hey Cleveland, how has your week been? I’ve had a busy one but super productive and filled with lots of fun possibilities for the Cleveland-summer horizon. Between new design projects at studio Chartreuse and a handful of spring home projects it’s been an exciting few weeks around here. Spring is for sure in the air, the trees are blooming, the skies are blue…if you have allergies you are probably feeling them by now and if you are a popsicle lover you are probably jonesing to fill your freezer with all sorts of summer flavors…enter local foodie makers, Chill Pops!

IMG_8298If you haven’t tried these real fruit popsicles you should run to any one of their retailers for the most perfect, sweet, spring treat. “Toddler Ninja” loved the Watermelon Lime flavor while I was more partial to the Lemon Ricotta…a bit sweet & sour! Lately we keep a few varieties in our freezer so when we are craving something sweet and sorta “bad” we always have “Chill” on hand…and to be honest, they aren’t that “bad!”

IMG_8354Each popsicle is “Made with Meaning” so make sure to share them with the people you care about and love. Not only will you enjoy the taste of each frozen treat but you will feel really good about supporting these local entrepreneurs who are making our city more sweet, more fun and for sure…more Chill!

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“So yummy! Mom can we eat these for dinner?”

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FUN POST, NOT SPONSORED : We love Chill Pops! We bought these three boxes at Whole Foods for a special weekend treat. Thanks for supporting this local business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!