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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!



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.


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)


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.


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.


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!


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.

  Copper River Salmon Run + Entry giveaway!

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It’s that time again friends…time for the annual Copper River Salmon Run/Walk 5k on Saturday, May 21 in Lakewood sponsored by our friends at Pier W.

I’ve been really trying to get back into my running grove lately and this happening is the perfect goal to shoot for. The race celebrates Alaska’s Copper River salmon season, and proceeds benefit Cleveland’s Malachi House. The course is a great neighborhood race through some of Lakewood’s best tree-lined, century-home laden streets.

What makes the race so popular is that participants gather on Pier W’s patio afterward to relax and enjoy lunch, which is included in the registration fee. A lunch-only option also is available for those who can’t partake in the race. Chef Regan Reik also will join participants on the patio and will be on the grill, cooking up Copper River salmon burgers, vegan black bean burgers, standard all-beef burgers and turkey dogs for lunch.

Registration begins on race day at 9 a.m. at Lakewood Park’s Outdoor Pavilion (14532 Lake Ave.,Lakewood) and the race begins at 10am Sign up here!

Want to win a free race registration? Tweet me “@iheartclev I’d love to run/walk the @PierW Copper River Salmon Run, Saturday the 21st!”…It’s a quick contest, winner to be drawn tomorrow, May 10th. So get ready to lace up those sneakers, it’s gonna be a fun race & a delicious lunch.

SPONSORED POST : I was invited to attend the Copper River Salmon Run in exchange for a post here on the blog as part of their social engagements efforts. Thanks for supporting this organization as they celebrate wellness, good food and give back to the community while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Pier W : Wine Dinner, April 12

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Happy Friday everyone! It is gorgeous outside today…hard to believe they are calling for chilly temps this weekend. So many fun happening around town these next few weeks don’t you think? I feel like when spring hits everyone comes out of hibernation and people want to get back to socializing.

With that said, why not grab a bunch of your gal pals and head over to Pier W on Tuesday, April 12th for the Annual Tour of Oregon Wine dinner. Pier W, the iconic Cleveland waterfront restaurant (that looks like a boat!) will host this multiple course dinner, paired with various Willamette Valley vineyard wines.

“The Willamette Valley is best known for the earthy undertones and mineral qualities in the soil and conveyed in the wines,” comments Stevoff (Pier W’s wine director). “Similar in latitude to Burgundy (France!), the Oregon pinot region produces some of the most exquisite flavors. I’m looking forward to walking guests through the nuances of the Pacific Northwest set against Chef Reik’s culinary creations in an intimate but approachable learning experience.”

Personally….I am especially looking forward to the dessert course of lemon cheesecake paired with a late harvest reisling…delicious!

And while I am talking about Pier W…if you are a runner…or want to be, you have plenty of time to train for their annual Copper River Salmon Run 5k run/walk, Saturday May 21st with proceeds to benefit Cleveland charity Malachi House. This is one of my favorite races because not only is it a great route through Lakewood, but you also get lunch post-race on their patio. Who want to run with me?

So like I said, grab your friends and reserve your spot for the upcoming wine dinner on April 12th…I’ll plan to see you there.

SPONSORED POST : I was invited to attend the Pier W wine dinner as part of their social engagements efforts. Thanks for supporting this restaurant as they bring in incredible wine (and lots of great seafood) to our city and allow me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Giveaway : Harness Cycle “Bike Chick” package


Hello and happy 2015! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are taking today to reflect on ’14 and look towards a promising new year ahead. The first day of the year is always so exciting thinking about the possibilities that lie ahead. 2015 is going to be a big year in my world and I am so excited to get this party started!!!

Today marks the last of the holiday giveaways for this merry season. As you are making your resolutions to eat better, to read more, to drink less…I’m sure many of us have included exercise more on the list of 2015 goals.

Harness Cycle has graciously provided their “Bike Chick” package to one lucky reader winner to make kicking off resolutions fun and stylish. The package includes a pair of Lululemon crop pants, a Lululemon tank, a pair of Cory Vines ankle socks, 1 house ride and a shoe rental. (valued at $150) It really is a rocking giveaway, thanks to the amazing team at Harness for the fun fitness prize.

To enter to win tweet me and let me know “@iheartclev & @Harnesscycle I’d love to win the Bike Chick package as a kick start to my 2015 goals!”

Good luck everyone. Winner to be drawn Monday, January 5th.

Congrats to @Beastlybeat on winning the @Minted gift certificate and to @kimcook78 on winning brunch for two at @PierW. Email me at editor@iheartcleveland.com to grab those gift certificates. Happy New Year!


  Giveaway : Brunch for 2 at Pier W

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Good morning friends. Hope your holiday fun is in full swing. Our tree(s) are up and the house finally decked. Planning on making cookies with my gal pals this weekend. I still have some last minute shopping to do, but overall I’m feeling pretty good.

At work we are counting down till holiday break, looking forward to rejuvenating our creativity for the new year ahead. During break, I have lots of time to meet up with friends and connect as we wrap up 2014.

One of the places I like to get my gather together a group of friends for a yummy brunch is Pier W. Seriously, this tried and true Cleveland on-water, dining destination has alway been one of my personal favorites. I tend to go there for special occasions, for an amazing happy hour, this past summer I experienced their new patio (the view is gorgeous on a nice summer night) and don’t even get me started about their Sunday brunch.

Speaking of brunch, today I have a treat for one lucky reader, Brunch for 2 (valued at $76) at Pier W. What a holiday treat for one of you!

To enter to win, tweet me “@iheartclev I’d love to win your giveaway and go to brunch at @pierwcleveland !”  Good luck everyone, winner to be drawn Tuesday the 23rd.

Don’t forget you have till end of day today to enter for the Frozen sing-a-long DVD. Enter now.

*I was approached to share this giveaway as part of Pier W’s marketing efforts in exchange for brunch for 2.  All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting this great restaurant on the lake and that also allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!