Category Archives: eats around town

  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!

  new Bakersfield Taco’s in the CLE

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Hey friends! Happy belated Easter to you and yours. I don’t know about you, but I would say Easter Sunday was probably the nicest day, weather-wise that we have had thus far in 2017. Cheers to many more warm, summery days ahead.

To kick off the holiday weekend Mr. C and I went to the new Bakersfield Taco’s on West 25th (close to Lorain and across from the Rent A Center/Key Bank ATM plaza.) This new hot spot is such a welcome addition to “brewery row,” if you like a stiff margarita and fresh guacamole you’ve gotta go check this one out.

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We each had a cocktail, ordered a basket of the most perfectly salted chips with homemade guac as well as a few tacos for sharing. The service, atmosphere, drinks and food was hands-down summertime fare perfection.

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The interiors are bright, lots of windows to flood the space with light, oodles of artwork, many different textures and industrial touches. It is chic but not fussy, friendly but with an edge. There are many seating options including group seating indoors, picnic tables outdoors and a cozy private dining room for roughly 8-10 people…perfect for the new “cocktail club” night out!

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You will for sure find us Bakersfield Tacos this summer as we love dining al fresco and this place has a serious patio, complete with pretty, strung up lights. I’m fairly certain I must “sample” each and every one of their margaritas especially knowing they make their own sour mix in-house; so yummy.

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(I very much enjoyed the crispy fish taco and a Bakersfield Margarita with salt, while Mr. C had the San Luis and a pulled pork taco, both equally yummy.)

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This post wouldn’t be complete without my new favorite WestSide Market pic I took as we were headed to Bakersfield Tacos…as you can see, it was a perfect CLE day to sit outdoors, sip margaritas, eat baskets of chips and enjoy the holiday weekend with your sweetie at a new spot in town…it almost felt like we were on vacation!  Go check it out!

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  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!

  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!