Another great monthly post from my friend and mom extraordinaire, “i heart cleveland families!”
Hello CLE! With a few peeks of springtime weather, the kids and I are ready to get out and be done with the winter hibernation mode. Being inside for long stretches of time makes for lots of “what can I do’s?”….so every once in a while it takes a “date night” with one of the kids to keep them engaged and enjoyable to be around; if you know what I mean.
This past week it was my turn with my oldest, who is 9. Instead of the usual movie I decided on a trip to the LEGO store in Beachwood Place. For some reason, my kids think the mall is way cool probably because taking all three of them there is so daunting to me so we never go. But on this occasion it was a delight. The LEGO store creates that instant spark of creativity and child-like wonder – “you can build that out of legos?” They have hands on stations to create; a few computer stations to play and then walls of Lego “kits” to choose from to take home and build. To my delight, the store also has one whole wall, dedicated to just bricks, of every color and size. You grab a container and fill it with whatever you want, a lá salad bar style and get busy building. Let’s say we went home with a few blocks.
So I have a few favorite “burgers” in Cleveland, who doesn’t? Some of them are tiny and (more) healthy and some topped with a fried egg and cheese and dripping with greasy goodness (Royal Red Robin Burger) just depends on my mood as to what I’ll order.
Word on the street has it that we North East Ohioans’ are represented in this years Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, 4th Annual KIDS COOK OFF! Tyler from Mentor, Ohio has been selected as ONE of TEN finalists (11,00 entered!) to develop his own perfect burger creation.
Ten year old Tyler will compete with nine other kids from around the country on December 3rd in Denver Colorado. During the championship, the finalists will make their gourmet burgers for a panel of judges including Robin Miller, host of the Food Network’s “Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller.” The winning gourmet burger will be sold in Red Robin restaurants in summer 2010 and featured in a kids’ cookbook available online.
To make sure Mentor brings home the WIN, VOTE for the online fan win by clicking here! Or cheer on Tyler during the competition which will be streamed live online at www.redrobin.com/kidscookoff on Thursday, Dec. 3, starting at 10:30 and see the grand-prize winner named in real time.
Go Tyler! Make us proud! (and if you win…will you make me an “Awesome Cordon Blue Burger?”)