Category Archives: eats around town

  Still feels like summer!

Hi friends! Hope everyone had a great weekend…minus our Browns loss…Grrr. It was so gorgeous outside today, felt like summer for sure. We spent most of the day packing up patio furniture and putting away pool toys to prep for fall…but the hot temps and bright sunshine had me craving a few more days of summer. Enter…Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.

Have you ever been down to the new “Margaritaville” in the Flats East Bank? It literally is summer there 365 days a year. We went down the other day for margaritas and fish tacos…so good. Our little guy loved all the fun nautical decor…did you know you can literally eat on a boat inside the restaurant? Mr. C. enjoyed all the big screens and noted that this place would be a great destination for meeting up and watching the Browns next win; we are so optomistic.

The fun team down at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville would like to welcome Cleveland Browns fans for Sunday FUNday to the restaurant. They have brought back their famous WINGS especially for big game days. More in the mood for a burger? I hear their “Cheeseburger in Paradise” is really good as well. Their patio has plenty of space and so many tv’s, make a great place to enjoy these last few summer-like Sundays. Next time you are looking for a place to gather your team you should for sure check them out. I gotta say…my fish tacos were delicious, made me feel a bit like I was on vacation.

(water looking floors had this toddler entertained for a few solid minutes!)

Head over to my Instagram account (@charity216) where I will be doing a $50 gift card giveaway to this beachy-keen restaurant this week; details on the page.

Cheers to the end of summer but the beginning of a gorgeous fall…complete with fish tacos and margaritas! Best of luck to all!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. for including this blog as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

 

  Goodbye Summer…Hello Fall Cocktail!

With only a handful of summer days left, I’ve started to feel the onset of fall in Northeast Ohio…and I love it!

From planning our pumpkin patch visit and apple picking adventure to new boots and sweaters, this is MY SEASON. Personally, I also LOVE all fall food and flavors and don’t even get e started on pumpkin space everything…the best.

It’s also the time of year when my summer drink of choice does a bit of an overhaul. It typically goes something like this…Rosé’ to Red and vodka soda to bourbon ginger…overall richer, deeper, warmer. Then I discovered this drink, a Rosemary Maple Peach Bourbon Cocktail or what I like to call “Goodbye Summer…Hello Fall!”


I had a few friends over for an officially cocktail tasting and I think it was a smash hit! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Here is the recipe…give it a shot this Saturday when fall is officially here! Enjoy…CHEERS.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall Cocktail
(Makes 1 cocktail)

• 1/4 of an over-ripe peach, plus a few slices for garnish
• 1 1/2 tablespoons rosemary maple simple syrup (below)
• 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1/4 cup Bourbon (I HEART Watershed!)
• tiny pinch smoked sea salt
• ice
• rosemary sprig for garnish

Muddle together the chopped peach, rosemary maple simple syrup, lemon juice, bourbon and salt in a measuring cup or glass. Strain the mixture into a tumbler filled with ice, pressing on the fruit pulp to get out all the good stuff. Garnish with the peach slices and rosemary sprig.

Rosemary Maple Simple Syrup
Makes about 1 cup, enough for 10 drinks

• 3/4 cup lightly packed rosemary leaves (from about 10 sprigs), roughly chopped
• 1/2 cup (5 3/4 ounces by weight) maple syrup
• 1/2 cup water

Combine the rosemary, maple syrup, and water together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then cover and steep for at least 15 – 30 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on the rosemary to extract all the liquid. Discard the rosemary. Chill the syrup until cold, 1 hour (or mix your drinks right away if you just can’t wait). The syrup will keep, refrigerated, for at least several weeks.

  LOVING Il Rione Pizzeria!

Hey CLE! I don’t know about you but I feel like 2018 has been the year of amazing pizza shops popping up in the 216! So many great small business owners making artisanal, wood-fired creations…so many pizzas, so little time.

One of my recent go-to’s is the Gordon Square neighborhood’s; Il Rione. Did you know the word ‘rione’ loosely translates to district/neighborhood from Italian?  This neighborhood Italian pizzeria serves more than just really good pizza, personally, I love their arugula salad.

Planning on visiting on the weekend? Get their early as this intimate restaurant can fill up fast. I love to sit at the bar and enjoy a Negroni while we wait!

Have you been to Il Rione yet? What is YOUR favorite new CLE pizza must?
Happy Thursday everyone!

  Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day 2018

Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day to all you smores lovers out there! I mean…who doesn’t love roasting a sweet, puffy, sugar explosion over an end-of-summer campfire?

This summer we’ve had a few backyard evening fires in our outdoor firepit. Our little guy legit thinks we are camping just steps away from our home…it’s quite cute.

In honor of this food celebration, I thought it would be fun to toast up some marshmallows for an after-dinner family treat. While I would like to be able to make time for “camp fires” every night, I thought this pan I found at Wayfair would be perfect for a weeknight smores-making celebration.

We assembled graham crackers, chocolate squares, and the classic puffy marshmallow pouf…placed them in this new pan invention…set them into the oven on bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees and voilla! In-home smores party all around. Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day everyone and even better happy long, Labor Day weekend to you!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair for including my story about making smores as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  GVEAWAY : Explore Pinecrest + $100

Hello friends! Happy friday! Do you have lots of fun plans for the weekend? I can’t believe kids are headed back to school over the next few weeks. Summer was filled with awesome adventures but I am always left wanting so much more. With that said, I seriously LOVE fall in Ohio so I am getting pumped for new sweaters, boots and tight season!

Speaking of fall clothes….Have you been out to explore the new east-side shopping destination…Pinecrest…as of yet? I went the other day and I gotta say…SUPER impressive. The new development is close to our house so I can totally see it becoming a “go to” on our shopping circuit for sure. Whole foods is opening at the end of the month, Warby Parker is opening THIS WEEKEND and the movie theatre is the perfect date night hot spot. It’s pretty cool!


A friend of mine and I went out to the new development the other evening to get a pedicure, shop a bit and have a glass of wine. It’s as the perfect set up for a successful girls night out. We started by getting pedicures at the new Zen Salon. This salon is so bright and clean that I highly recommend checking it out. The staff welcomed us into the new space and gave us the best sugar scrub a girl could ask for…complete with OPI shine nailpolish for the win! Thanks, Zen…I will for sure be back.

From there I wanted to buy a new “green” fry pan set from William Sonoma. This new store is gorgeous…the floors alone are enough to make you stop and swoon. The staff was super helpful in explaining to me all about this new cooking technology and I was immediately sold on the product. Plus…in between shopping I snacked on some sample bakery and refreshing lemon water…such a pleasant shopping experience.

I also had wanted to look at what REI had in stock with regards to new yoga pants for fall. This new store just makes you want to get off the couch and go take a hike outdoors. They offer everything from actually hiking equipment, boots, and clothing to the de-hydrated snacks you will need to make your outdoor adventures enjoyable. They also offer a series of workshops and how-to’s …if you are planning to spend some time outside this fall, swing by the new REI and let their sales team get you all geared up!

After those two stores, it was time to grab a little late night dinner and wine. I had heard good things about the new Pinstripes Bowling, Bocce and bistro so I was pretty pumped to give it a try. For real you guys, it is really nice. There is something for everyone to do; the bowling lanes are really nice and the bocce is very super cool. The menu was full of seasonal options including our fig & prosciutto flatbreads, calamari and summer salad. And lastly…the wine list had so many options it was hard to choose just one. Pinstripes also offers brunch and if you are looking for a place to host a party, they would be a great option for any fun gathering!

Want to go to Pinecrest and explore yourself with a FREE $100 gift card? Head over to my instagram page, make sure you follow @Discover_Pinecrest, the like the post and tell me what you would spend you hundred on at Pinecrest for your official entry. Winner will be drawn by Friday, August 24ht! Head over to instagram to see my stories and enter today!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Pinecrest for including me in their shopping gift card giveaway opportunity as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this new shopping destination, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!