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  family-fajita night out at Abuelo’s

Typically you won’t find me ordering a strawberry margarita on a Tuesday night, I’m typically more of a wine drinker..but this dinner out was extra sweet and special. You see, a few weeks ago Abuelo’s reached out to invite me and my family to stop in and try their “Fajitas for Two” Valentine’s Day special, that also included margaritas and dessert. We try to eat at home during the week but it was funny, I was literally just daydreaming about Mexican food when the email came through and I took it as a sign that we had to say “yes!

Our experience at this Warrensville Heights restaurant (near Eaton Corp)  for sure did not disappoint. From the moment we walked in we felt super welcomed by the hostess who greeted us. Once seated we had an incredible server who explained the menu and the cocktails in detail.

We started our meal with strawberry margaritas, chips, salsas, and QUESO; so good! Then our server brought out their “Firecracker Shrimp” which had the perfect amount of spice for all of us. Next up was the sizzling platter of chicken, steak, and shrimp fajitas with grilled veggies. Our little guy was in awe of how the plate was sizzling and crackling when it arrived but then how quickly we were making and eating our own tacos. Honestly, we didn’t make that much of a dent in the portion (chips do that to me every time!) but not to worry, our rockstar server packed it up for us to-go…including our dessert..to enjoy another time at home.

Thank you to Abuelo’s for connecting and inviting us to dinner. It was super fun to have a night off cooking at home PLUS your food, drink (s – I had 2!) and staff were really impressive. Mr C. was also pleasantly surprised that he found you them on “Door Dash” and is now schemeing to have the queso delivered late night!

If you are looking for a fun place to bring your sweetie on Valentine’s Day or anytime for that matter, visit Abuelo’s. One thing that our son thought was really cool was the sky-like ceiling in their dining room…I think he was fascinated that it looked like we were outside but nice and warm inside; super fun!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Abuelo’s for inviting me to explore their restaurant with my family and share my experience as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

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  The New Year is here!

Hello & Happy 2018! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season filled with lots of family and friend time. I hope you stayed up late, slept in later and was able to step away from the daily calendar and to-do lists. I hope you spent an afternoon baking or cooking and maybe even tried a new recipe or two. I hope you gave great gifts and opened a few treats yourself. I hope you played in the snow and snuggled under blankets and drank a cup of cocoa. It was a much needed, wonderful holiday break.

Thank you to all of my friends and those of you who read this blog who sent me and my family kind wishes when we had to say goodbye to our 17 year old pug; Sir Franklin of Marlowe. The holidays were quiet without him, but we know he is in a better place with all of his fellow old dog friends.

While the holidays are packed with excitement and wonder, I also enjoy the opportunities to start the new year off filled with new goals and dreams. I love reflecting on the past year and seeing how some goals I made for myself came (or didn’t) to fruition.

I typically break my goals out into three categories – personal, professional & fun. Last year was a great year; a year for growth and a year filled with fun.

Personally, I wanted to concentrate on wellness, take better care of my skin, and change into my pajamas more often, check check check,

Professionally studio Chartreuse dove into the world of public art, we partnered with the Cleveland Clinic on it’s first Gathering for Good event, we are currently in the midst of designing collateral alongside Playhouse Square for the summer arrival of Hamilton and we partnered with numerous other creatives and entrepreneurs in this region to develop new brands, product packaging and event materials.

Now for the FUN recap…this blog provided me the coolest opportunities to explore new Cleveland hot spots, to travel throughout Northeast Ohio including Wooster, Sandusky, Geneva, Put in Bay and numerous trips to Cedar Point (#ninjamax216 LOVES exploring the park) I am grateful for all the incredible partnerships and friendships this blog continues to make and grow. Thank you so much for the wonderful 2017!

With that said…let’s move from reflection to goal-setting as we enter the new year. I know some think that setting one or two goals is the best way to go…but for me, I love to have a smathering of goals to think about and work towards, it somehow just works and keeps me interested. So here we go…so many fun things to work towards this year, it’s gonna be awesome.

Personally…I am looking forward to finding a better balance between cardio and getting stronger. I’m such a cardio junkie that I often put strength exercise on the back burner.  I’d also love to get more serious about meal planning and Sunday afternoon meal prep. I’m hoping to hang more art in our home, to redo our front landscaping, plant more flowers outside for cutting (any gardeners out there wanna brainstorm?)  and perhaps even give our bathroom a small facelift.

Professionally…we are looking forward to some incredible new partnerships on the horizon. We are excited to be doing more projects out and about in the community with arts organizations and non-profits. We are carving out more space to have more fun with our social friends through creative posts and campaigns on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest (follow us!) Of course we want to celebrate our artist and maker friends with this years 8th annual Art in the Parc event (let us know if you’d like to come and show your work!) Lastly we are also taking on a handful of new projects for 2018; more specifically we are looking for branding and packaging initiatives…we are experts at developing product branding and creating the perfect package to go along with it!

Fun…Planning for overall more FUN in the year ahead. Perhaps re-designing this blog space to allow for larger images and a few more regular feature posts. Making more time for friends to have picnics, pizza parties and sweat dates. I am so looking forward to attending our friends wedding in India in February and making time off to see that part of the world. I also want to take our toddler skiing, sledding and camping this summer. Travel is SO fun!

Overall I am just excited to live a full, creative and colorful life with my better half Mr. C, our little ninja, the talented, creative team I get to collaborate with and all of my friends in Cleveland and elsewhere. It’s gonna be an incredible year ahead. Peace and love to you and your family in 2018!

 

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Thank you to Erie Bone Broth for the recent incredible product samples. I have been enjoying substituting holiday-snacking with a hot mug of your bone broths instead of gingerbread cookies. I am looking forward to using your products in my meal planning efforts of 2018. Thank you!

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  Simple holiday cocktails with Root 23

It’s the season for holiday entertaining! Whether it be a big holiday bash or a simple, impromptu gathering, one thing is for sure a good cocktail can really get the good times rolling. I recently was introduced to the team from Columbus who make the yummy cocktail syrups called Root 23.

ROOT 23 specializes in the farm to cocktail movement. They craft all-natural, small batch simple syrups that can be used to easily make a delicious cocktail or non-alcoholic drink with just a few ingredients!

Today I am going to share with you two incredibly simple drinks we whipped up for some holiday visitors. Seriously friends, these syrups are the perfect treat to have tucked in your bar for the most wonderful time of the year.

Vanilla, Ginger & Bourbon. We mixed up 1 ounce of the Root 23 Vanilla Ginger Syrup with 2 ounces of Bourbon; we used Maker’s but any yummy Bourbon will do. Poured over a few substantial ice cubes and topped with some cherries, perfection in a glass. It was almost like a manhattan but a touch sweeter…but not too sweet…just right.

The second simple cocktail we made was using the Root 23 Blueberry Mint syrup. We found a very pretty glass, added 1 ounce of the syrup, mixed with some dry bubbly and topped with a fresh sprig of rosemary. A bit of sweet and a touch of earthiness from the mint and rosemary. Super easy and delicious.

I was also just thinking about how great these syrups would be to give as hostess gifts at any holiday party. The bottles themselves are so pretty, just wrap them with a bow and you are all set! These syrups can be found on their site or locally at The Happy Hour Collection, Natures Oasis or if you are way out west swing by Quarry Hill Farm and their adorable farmers market store.

So the moral of this story is, if you love to entertain like I do, but you need to keep it simple also like I do, then look no further than Root 23 syrups for something special to offer your guests.

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Root 23 who invited me to share my experience with their syrups as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this local businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

 

 

 

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  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!