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  a CLE summer guide!

It’s always fun to make those summer to-do lists and challenge ourselves to check things off one at a time. Between hanging out at the beach, afternoons at the pool, if you have a friend who has a boat that is a plus and then there are cookouts, late night ice cream adventures and summer fun 5k runs you can always find exciting happenings around Cleveland, especially in the summer!

I tried my best to compile a few of my recent go-to’s for dinner, drinks and summer fun below. Take a look, check them out, let me know what I am missing on this Cleveland summer guide. Enjoy & happy summer everyone!

• TO DINE & DRINK •

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The Plum Kitchen & Bar : This new watering dining (& drinking!) destination is so pretty that from the moment you walk into the space you feel like you have traveled around the globe and discovered a hidden gem…right here in our backyard. The creative cocktails and family style meals will have you wanting to go back time and time again, so grab your friends and check out the plum. Try and get a seat on the pink bench or the patio, both my favorite spots.

Ninja City : I love this east-side, hot spot for asian-fusion carry out and a swanky cocktail while I wait for my order to be ready! I always order a sampling of their steamed buns and a fun mojito-like summer cocktail. If you like a fresh green-papaya salad, chili garlic wings or Bahn Mi Sandwich, give the team at Ninja City a visit.

Pier W : If you are looking for an incredible, fine dining experience and perhaps the best view of Cleveland and Lake Erie grab an adirondack chair on the deck of Pier W. During happy hour you can sit in the sun while enjoying a summer cocktail (Moscow Mule anyone?) and a few fresh oysters.

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Banter Cleveland  : If you love a good french fry, have you tried poutine yet? The perfect combination of fries, gravy and a touch of sweet. I admire the simple chic interiors of this hot spot and even better I love that they have a little store inside where you can bring home a bottle of Rosé or beer for your porch parties. I also enjoy sitting at their bar and indulging in a summer drink after a day at Edgewater Beach…I especially love a good dark ‘n stormy! Banter makes theirs with Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer and I love when I order a drink and it is not all watered down with ginger ale. Crabbie’s comes to the CLE from Edinburgh, Scotland. They steep real ginger for over 6 weeks before blending it with the other 4 secret ingredients in order for us to enjoy the first “hard soda” on the market. Give it a try next time you are at Banter!

Spice Kitchen & Bar : Chef Bebenroth and his team of farm to table experts make visiting Spice a memorable experience. The recently just expanded behind the restaurant to include a wonderful patio and bar area for your summer celebrations. Clusters of outdoor couches, a great hardwood bar and lots of herbs and potted plants has this outdoor space one of my go-to places for meeting up with friends this summer. Plus, their bartenders mix an incredible drink…ask them for something with ginger beer or whiskey in it and they will produce a unique flavor that will have you wanting to return to Spice to see what they will come up with next!

Pub Frato : in the mood for a day trip to the Mentor Headlands or Fairport Harbor? While you are there, go check out this authentic gastrobub for awesome cocktails, great cold beers and don’t miss their truffle fries!!! (They are also participating in Crabbie’s Week so ask for their special RNC Red Cocktail…more at the end of this post)

• THINGS TO DO •

41 Degrees North : In the summertime I love to get outdoors and enjoy our incredible weather and water. No boat? No problems. You can visit the crew at 41 Degrees North (at the Yack Shack) nested in the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation for all sorts of Kayak and stand up paddle board rental needs. The team will get you outfitted for a morning on the river or the lake depending on your confidence level and I’m telling you, it is one of the best summer experiences around. Truly makes living close to such a Great Lake accessible and is a wonderful activity for a group of friends or family to enjoy summertime outdoors together.

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Kendell Ledges in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park : If you are looking to escape the city and get outdoors for a morning, head south to my ultimate favorite outdoor hiking spot around town, the Kendell Ledges. These massive rock formations were created millions of years ago and span over 2 miles long and about 30 feet high. Covered in a vibrant green moss, these rock walls make you feel like you have stepped onto a set of Jurassic Park, they are just incredible. This shaded park would make for a wonderful weekend destination for a picnic with your pals. If you’ve lived here all your life or just visiting for the weekend, seriously, go explore Kendell Ledges, I promise you are in for a treat.

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The Westside Market : This market has been featured all over the place, but it truly is one of Cleveland’s most cherished community hot spots, food shopping mecca’s and an architectural gem. If you are visiting this summer make sure to stop at Cleveland’s public oldest market home to 100 vendors offering meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, dairy, flowers, ready-to-eat foods, spices and nuts….plus while you are there grab a crepe or a polish sausage sandwich, you won’t leave hungry!

The Cleveland Museum of Art : Celebrating their 100th year, this global art institution is one of my ultimate favorite places to take my family and out of town guests to visit time and time again. The museum is FREE and open to the public and the most recent renovations have guests still stopping to stare…you can’t miss the incredible new atrium. While you are enjoying art, you can also stop for a snack…or a cocktail at their restaurant Provenance. Take a moment and enjoy the Contemporary Art Collection the museum has, I can’t get enough of the big Marilyn Monroe, Warhol piece.

Tremont : This little pocket of Cleveland has incredible shopping and boutiques like Banyan Tree and Evie Lou. Plus it is home to incredible bars and restaurants. If you are visiting Cleveland, make sure to include a few hours to explore this neighborhood and the many churches and interesting architectural masterpieces. I love walking around here on a friday night before we decide on what the weekend has in store for us…especially on the second Friday of the month where they host, Walk About Tremont…check it out!

The Cleveland Flea : This monthly flea martket of over 100 vendors is a must-do during the summer in Cleveland. Filled with many makers and vintage enthusiasts, this show is seriously and incredible vshopping destination in our city. Don’t miss the next “FLEA” Saturday, August 13th. See you there!

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Thank you to Crabbie’s the Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer for sponsoring this post. This week is the official Crabbie’s Week here in Cleveland. While the RNC is in town they have partnered up with a few local watering holes to celebrate good cocktails and politics and are serving up “The “RED DRINK” Cocktail. This drink is simple and sounds super yummy…1 1/4oz vanilla vodka, 3/4 oz lemon juice, shake and pour with ice, Fill the rest with Crabbies Raspberry! If you don’t feel like making your own at home, you can visit Shinto (in Strongsville) to have their bartenders mix one up! Want to pick up a 4-pack of Crabbie’s visit Zagara’s (In Cleveland Heights,) Cap & Corks (in Lakewood) and many of the Giant Eagle Locations around town.

SPONSORED POST : This post has been sponsored by Crabbie’s the Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer. All of my thoughts are my own.

  Summer in the CLE!

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Hello CLE! How was your weekend everyone? While it called for rained it ended up being pretty nice weather. We took Baby Ninja to Huntington Beach for a little bit as well as a few stroller walks, a first birthday, dinner with friends and even a trip to the park!

Today I just wanted to call out a few fun, not-to-miss things happening in the city this summer. Gather up some of your friends and make sure to put a few of these in your summer calendars.

Wade Oval Wednesdays  :  Music. Food. Dancing. Spend your Wednesday evening with other CLE families and friends, bring your blankets, pack your picnics and settle in for an evening of free fun. I am especially looking forward to Carlos Jones & The Plus Band, performing July 1st..get your reggae on!

Edgewater Live : Yoga, food trucks and live bands on the beach, another perfect evening in the 216. Every Thursday through August 14th join your friends and enjoy one of the best beaches our city has to offer. Thanks to InnerBliss Yoga for leading a :30 minute practice to kick off the party and to the Cleveland metro parks for utilizing the beach in a new way! We love it!

The Flea Sunday Market : While I adore the Cleveland Flea; their baby-sister the Sunday Market is my favorite! The frenchie-themed morning is like a flea you might as you wander down the streets of france. Music, antiques, macaroons, oysters and champagne, makes for the best Sunday morning EVER!

So just a few reminders of three very fun, very “Cleveland” things to do with your families and friends this summer. Hopefully I will get myself to all of them…gotta love a good outdoor concert, picnic, trip to the beach and french flea market!

(I saw this amazing mural the other night while I was downtown cheering on our AMAZING CAVS, thought I would share. SO COOL!!!)

  An Ode to Cleveland.

Hey Cleveland friends, happy Friday!

Last night we got to experience a wonderful yoga party/Cleveland celebration at the Q with Believe in CLE and the team from Innerbliss Yoga. Truly, if you ever have the opportunity to practice with a large group of yogi’s (in our case over 600 yoga lovers) run don’t walk, it was both inspiring, challenging and it filled my heart even more love for our city and the people in it. Check out the hashtag #BelieveinCLE and #AllforOne for some pretty awesome pics.

Have you watched the video above? Another fun example of how proud we are to be Clevelanders. Thanks Mr. Symon for sharing your voice with us, with the world.

This weekend you’ve got to check out the November installment of the Cleveland Flea. Plan to pick up a few holiday gifts, grab a yummy treat, shop for some new/old ornaments, of other glittery fun additions to your winter home. The Holiday Market is located at 6555 Carnegie.

Cleveland Flea – November Holiday Market from The Story Is on Vimeo.

To put yourself in the “Flea spirit” check out their very cool video. Nice work Flea-team. Keep up all the great creative you bring to the city.

Have a great weekend everyone. Hope you find something to make you happy this weekend.

  Fall happenings!

photoHello and happy BROWNS WIN to all. Thanks Hoyer & team, you guys were amazing! What an incredible fall weekend we had. I hope you were able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and fall happenings.

Saturday I hit up the Flea with a pit stop into the Indigo Imp Brewery. Thanks to the owners for mixing up this creative fall shandy for me…part Old City Soda in Grapefruit and part Blonde Bomshell, makes a wonderful fall afternoon treat. Never been to Indigo Imp? Check out their listing of brewery events to find out when you can swing in for a sample of their small batch brews.

If you weren’t able to hit up the flea, the Sunday Market in Hingetown hits West 29th and Detroit this upcoming weekend…Sunday from 10am-4pm. I am planning on stopping by the parisian-style street fest post Harness Cycle’s first annual “Running the Bridges” road race. While I am not planning on actually running the race (not there yet,) Baby Ninja and I are going to cruise along with the baby jogger and enjoy being out and about in downtown CLE. Are you interested in the race? Check out the registration page to secure your spot.

To continue the fall weekend fun we packed the car with a few 8 year olds and headed south to explore Mapleside Farms and their fall festival. If you’ve never been it truly is a magical fall experience. From Corbo’s apple fritters to a massive “bounce cloud” (think bounce house without walls on sand) to all sorta of apples and don’t forget elaborate face painting and a paintball zombie hayride. If you are looking for a well-oiled, fall festival machine (plus a few caramel apples) head down to the farm this upcoming weekend, fingers crossed for another great weather weekend.

While the weekend was amazing, I’m really looking forward to this upcoming weekend farm dinner with friends at the Spice Acres Farm nestled in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The proceeds from this dinner will go to help the Bebenroth Family as they repair and “grow” the farm. You can either buy tickets to the entire dinner or for just the after hours bonfire and marshmallow roast. For details visit the event brite page and to learn more about their efforts watch their kickstarter video, it is so well done.

So needless to say, it was a busy and fun fall weekend…but if you are looking to immerse yourself in the fall fun, there is still plenty to look forward to. Go get your apples and pumpkins on. Happy fall everyone.

 

  Trentina + giveaway

photo 5Last Friday I had the pleasure of playing the role of a lady who “lunches.” Baby Ninja and I met a good friend of ours for lunch at the newest addition to the Sawyer restaurant lineup; Trentina, located in University Circle.

The interiors took my breathe away (sorry no pictures, I was so smitten with the mirror-topped tables, gold ceiling and the abstract artwork I forgot to snap a few) but the food is what really stole the show. We met for lunch because Trentina was kicking off their new lunch serving time. The menu had many creative selections of pastas, flatbreads, salads and a few more entree-like offerings.

photo 2photo 1Our experience started with a little charcuterie-like tasting of cheeses, pickled veggies and cured meats which was super yummy.

photo 3 Then I had a pasta and shellfish dish which was very different, the pasta was super al dente almost crunchy but it worked and the flavor was amazing! I would for sure order it again.

photo 4We had a lemon sorbet and olive oil ice cream to complete our fine dining along with a teeny tiny macaroon which left us satisfied and ready to take on the afternoon.

I was actually terrified bring Baby Ninja to a rather fancy restaurant during the middle of the work day but I have to say he did great! Plus, the restaurant was so kind and didn’t make me feel akward as I struggled with there car seat among the sleek white leather chairs and super thin, very fragile glassware (which I adored.) Thanks Sawyers for such a creative, unique and glamourous dining experience at lunchtime…we will for sure be back!

Now, onto the good stuff…who wants to try it out? I have a $25 gift card to giveaway to one lucky reader. Just tweet me “@iheartclev I’d love to experience @TrentinaCLE for lunch” winner will be drawn at random by next Wednesday, September 17th. Good luck!

Happy weekend CLE. Don’t forget this weekend is a CLE FLEA weekend, get your coats, boots and scarves ready and go shop!