Monday, May 18, 2015

10th Annual Chili Cookoff for Autism

Everyone has their own special chili recipe. And normally we all think ours is the best. White chili, spicy chili, Texas chili, vegetarian chili - this possibilities are endless. This is why I love a chili cook-off.

Last year we found out about the Annual Chili Cook-Off for Autism. It's a fundraiser for the Autism Society of Greater Cleveland. We attended last year and couldn't wait to go again. It's so much fun trying all the different kinds of chili and it's for a great cause.
Autism Society of Greater Cleveland
The main ballroom at the Holiday Inn in Independence was full of a mix of professional and amateur chefs hoping to take home bragging rights. 

The event is so popular that it was crazy crowded. And loud. Here are a few pictures I managed to take:
Corleone's Restaurant makes great chili!
My favorite chili of the night
CLEevents, chili cookoff
My 2nd and 3rd places - firefighters vs Ahuja
Serving cornbread gives you bonus points in my book
So does offering toppings like corn chips, cheese, fresh cilantro, and sour cream
It's a messy job but someone has to do it!
The Ace Molar Band provided entertainment. With Todd Meany from Fox 8 as the front man, they were really rockin'! It was the perfect excuse to dance off some of that chili.
Fox 8 Todd Meany
This event is really fun, affordable and for a great cause. Check it out next year! 
You can donate now by clicking here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

#CLEfood: Helio Terra Vegan Cafe

This week while walking at lunch, I was greeted with this happy sign letting me know there's a new vegan place in CLE - Helio Terra.
Formally the Titan Up Cafe, it's located in the Titan Gym on Prospect by the 5th Street Arcades. They are open Monday through Friday from 12-5pm. The mural depicts the name perfectly "Sun Earth" and draws your gaze away from the gym right to kitchen.

Right now the menu only includes smoothies and juice. The smoothies are 90% organic, made of whole ingredients and don't have any ice, water, sugar or other yucky stuff in them. Prices for the smoothies are between $7-9 based on the ingredients. I chose the Tropical Breeze ($7) and added flax seed. It was a tasty combo in spite of the date chunks that remained.

Later this month will be their official grand opening. The cafe is 100% vegan with a menu including half raw and gluten-free items. Soups, salads, snacks like kale chips, sandwiches and raw veggie burgers will be featured. If you're in the mood for something sweet, you can choose vegan chocolate, raw cheesecakes and more.
Photo Credit: Helio Terra Facebook page
One of my favorite features that is in the works is the house fermented cabbage, pickled veggies and beansprouts. They also have Reverse Osmosis water to be used in their recipes as well as for drinking.

Their grand opening is May 22nd. 
From 5 to 9 pm they are serving 
complimentary samples 
of smoothies, juice and food menus. 
Be sure to stop by and check it out.

Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter to keep updated on the grand opening and daily specials.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pedal Power - May is Bike Month in CLE

May is one of my favorite months. It's Birthday Month for me so I know it's always packed full of fun personally. But for the rest of you,there's a lot to love too: spring is in the air, Mother's Day, May 4th (May the 4th be with you!) and Memorial Day are just some of the highlights. 

And it's also Bike Month in Cleveland!
Cleveland Bike Month 2015

There's 40+ events for the month so there's something for everyone at every riding level. Women's rides, long distance, races and even a Pajama Party Night Ride are just some of the ways you can get out and participate.
Slow Roll Cleveland, Bike Month Cleveland
Every month there is also Bike to Work Day - this month it's May 15. They have donuts and coffee in the morning to get your day off on the right foot. Or maybe I should say pedal...
BTWD 2015
Here's some cool bike groups in CLE:

Cleveland Bike Month, Slow Roll Cleveland
If you haven't started riding yet, dust of that bike and get pedaling. What are you waiting for?