Category Archives: eats around town

  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!

  Welcome Cantina Laredo!

Hey friends! Hope you had a wonderful summer weekend with your friends & fam. I love summer CLE weekends but honestly by the time I sit down and prep for the week ahead…I am beat.

We went to see the Tribe play on Friday night which consisted of us hanging out in the Kids Clubhouse area for most of the game. Parents, if you’ve never been to the Kids Clubhouse it is a BLAST for the little ones and a good escape for us parents too…LOVE the air conditioning, the phone charging stations and the mini, kid-friendly restrooms for the littles! On Saturday we went to the West Side Market for some grilling food, had some friends over to the pool and then went to see Carlos Jones perform at Shaker Square. Sunday we celebrated a friends birthday, played some pinball, explored a bit of contemporary art of Front Triennial at the Weltzheimer/Johnson House in Oberlin and then topped off the weekend by visiting our Oberlin friends. Another fun-filled CLE weekend for sure!

Have you been to Crocker Park recently? Seen the newest dining destination, Cantina Laredo? OMG, it’s really great. We went for lunch last week and we were truly blown away by everything from the decor, to the service and most of all the food and drinks.

I started lunch with a “Cabo Flip” which is a fresh lime margarita with Cabo Wabo Reposado and Grand Marnier Liqueur with a lime boat full of tequila. Then we had homemade, table-side guacamole and freshly-made, warm tortilla chips. We had a handful of apps including these incredible, individual nachos where each nacho is made up of every ingredient so you get every nacho ingredient in each bite; so good. We also had these mini tuna tacos which honestly would make a perfect quick lunch all by themselves.

For the main lunch entree, we had Cameron Poblano Asada which was shrimp, mushroom, jack cheese stuffed poblano pepper wrapped with a fire-charred skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, charred street corn and cilantro lime rice. This was a great sharing-entree and totally over-the-top but also so, so decadent.

To wrap it all up, we had Mexican Apple Pie which was served to our table bubbling with brandy butter and cinnamon ice cream…DECADENT!

I know I told you a bunch about the food…but the interiors are very chic as well. Lots of patterned tiles, painted blocks, modern-nuevo upholstery and lots of great outdoor light flooding inside the space. Plus, they had an awesome patio which is the perfect Crocker escape at lunchtime, happy hour or after a summer blockbuster at the movie theatre. This modern Mexican restaurant has a handful of locations in Florida and down south but they are slowly making their way up North and I am happy they have come to our neighborhood. Welcome you guys!

So…the moral of this story is…if you find yourself out at Crocker Park and want to try out something that is really yummy check out the new Cantina Laredo.

Have a great week, talk more soon. Happy new, modern Mexican to all! Cheers Cleveland.

  Family fourth fun. Sponsored by Wayfair

Happy Fourth of July week friends! It’s been a crazy, fun, busy last month for our little family. We traveled to Nashville for one of our friends’ weddings, we have had tons of family visiting for birthdays and celebrations. We have taken time off to get outside and enjoy this magical time of year to live in Cleveland. We have cooked and baked and grilled and entertained and now I am currently loving all things take out, HA!

For the holiday week, I wanted to make something special for our family that was both festive and simply low calorie. We have had Mitchell’s ice cream cake living in our freezer for the past few days and while I love me some mint chocolate chip; dairy doesn’t agree with me like it used too. Enter “superhero, layered sugar-free Jello” to the rescue!

If you’ve ever wanted to make a layered jello treat but thought it might be too time intensive or even challenging, let me assure you it’s so simple you can’t go wrong. I bought three Jello flavors (blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry) which were perfect for red, white and blue holiday fun.  I made one flavor about every three hours, making the Jello and simply pouring it over the other flavor and popping it back in the fridge to obtain the different color layers.

For the adults, we made the dessert treat in fancy wine glasses and for the little ones we opted for smaller, low profile glass bowls. We served the treat with fresh blueberries and strawberries for our guests to decorate their own dessert masterpiece with. The kids LOVED them and the adults appreciated the simple, low-calorie fun. Next time you are looking for a simple, but super festive and fun dessert I highly recommend a fancy Jello treat!

Side note: Our little ninja turned four last week…he loves celebrations, making dinner and having friends over. He had the best time with this festive fourth of July dessert…and loved that we were all eating them together!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair for including my story about a simple 4th of July dessert 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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