Monday, July 4, 2016

Grapes and Ale 2016 Recap

Summer always goes by way too fast but this one seems like it's flying by even faster than normal! There's been so many cool things happening, I don't know where to start! We bought another house and are moving, the Cleveland Cavaliers finally broke the Cleveland Curse, the newly renovated Public Square was unveiled and the RNC is coming to town any day now.

Thanks to the RNC, one of my very favorite events was moved up a month. Our Lady of the Wayside's Grapes and Ale is held at Progressive Field which is right in the midst of all the craziness, so instead of being in June, it was held in May this year. The temps were cooler than normal but the party was as hot as ever. I can't believe it's taken me this long to tell you about it!
Our Lady of the Wayside really knows how to throw a party! Every year this event gets better. Once I get there, I never want to leave! They raised $100,000 at the event this year and a record 1,700 people attended.

The unofficial theme of this year's event seemed to be pulled pork - almost every food offering had it in it. Thankfully I love pulled pork, but I wish they would show off more creativity when it comes to BBQ for this event. 

This was my favorite bite - Crooked River BBQ's delicious pulled pork tacos with grilled pineapple salsa and garlic lime aioli.
Most creative went to Agostino's - their Carnitas Cones (pulled pork topped with mashed potatoes in a wonton cone) were super cute and tasty too.

Melt added the ubiquitous pulled pork to a grilled cheese and it was damn good.


Hodges had pulled pork nachos
We were pleasantly surprised that Happy Dog didn't add pulled pork to their dogs:
And loved the cupcake assortment from Cupcake Cravings:
The VIP area had great seating, additional food items and everyone got a selfie stick to help capture the fun they were having.
The band was rockin' and everyone was dancing...
As always, it was a fun filled night under the stars at Progressive Field. Can't wait until next year! 
You can donate to Our Lady of the Wayside here.


** Disclosure: I was given two VIP tickets and two general admission tickets for a giveaway in exchange for helping promote the event. As always, the opinions expressed are my own.
The photo of Slider and the one of us is from Our Lady of the Wayside's Facebook page. **

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Million Dollar Diamond Event at Howard's Jewelry Centers

I have been doing a lot of purging lately. During this process, I've been sorting through all my assorted wedding related decor items and feeling really nostalgic. I wish I could go back to the days of being a fiance and dreaming about our wedding because this girl loves planning parties and especially loves weddings!

Before all the wedding planning begins, there is the ring. I don't know about you ladies, but I still look at my ring every day and get butterflies! It's such an important symbol of the love you and your better half share. 
But I can imagine that buying the engagement ring has to be one of the most exciting and stressful things someone has to do. What cut? What style? And probably most stressful, how much to spend. Everyone knows that diamonds are big bucks.

There are ways to save money and not break the bank fortunately. This week, Howard's Jewelry Center has their annual Million Dollar Diamond Event to help you get the ring of your dreams and still stay within your budget. The sale runs from June 17 - June 25 and they are even open on Sunday June 19th. 
Million Dollar Bridal and Diamond Event
You don't need to be a bride-to-be to want some bling. If you've been thinking of buying any type of diamonds, now is the time! Bracelets, earrings, pendants and more are all included in the sale. It's their incredible, once-a-year event where they bring in thousands of loose diamonds and have experts on hand to help you with your selection. Find fancy colored diamonds, large stones, unusual cuts and styles for every taste.
Howards Annual Diamond Sale featured on Eat Drink Cleveland
Special new collections from fab designers Caro, IBGoodman Bridal, Paramount, and Zeghani will all be featured, and their experts will be on hand to help you customize your ring or help you find the perfect piece for your style and budget. You come in there with ideas, and they will make it happen - no cookie cutter jewelry here! You work directly with a specialist to customize your own diamond jewelry piece - that way it's perfect for you. Each weekend, two of the four stores will have designers. Designer representatives will be in Maple Heights and Mayfield Heights June 17 and at Parma and Mentor on June 18. And even on non-weekend days, the designer tables will still be in the stores, so you can go in and talk to staff and customize your jewelry. Call stores for specific details and to find out the exact schedules for the designers.

Bridal and Diamond Sale at Howards Jewelry Center
Why do I like Howard’s Jewelry Center? Howard's Jewelry Center has been in business for a long time. Howard himself has been in the jewelry business for over 40 years and knows everything jewelry—especially diamonds. They are a local small business the offers unique refurbished, renewed, one-of-a-kind pre-owned jewelry at 30-50% off. Everyone is GIA certified unlike a lot of the chain stores. And did I mention you can sell, trade-in or borrow against your jewelry for new items? The best part of all - negotiation is always welcome! You can #shoplocal, save money and be green at the same time. Yep. It's that easy to get your perfect bling. 
engagement rings, diamonds
They have stores all over NE Ohio - in Mayfield Heights, Maple Heights, Parma Heights and at Great Lakes Mall in Mentor. Click here for the address and phone number for the store nearest you so you can stop in and get shopping. Before you go, check out Glam Karen's blog post for details on how you can enter to win a diamond necklace just for visiting one of the stores during this event.

You can also follow Howard's on Facebook and Pinterest.


*** Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Howard's Jewelry Center.
As always, all opinions expressed are my own. ***

Monday, June 6, 2016

Tour de Bruell 2016

The Zack Bruell Restaurant Group kicked off their annual Tour de Bruell on Memorial Day and it's better than ever. Cleveland's tastiest contest runs through Labor Day, September 5.  

The 2016 Tour includes six Bruell restaurants:

  • Alley Cat
  • L’Albatros
  • Parallax
  • Chinato
  • Cowell & Hubbard
  • Table 45
If you purchase an entree  at one of the participating restaurants, you get a punch in your ticket. When the ticket is complete, it can be turned in at any participating restaurant to be entered into two drawings. Zack Bruell goes all out for this contest - these prizes are awesome!


  1. The grand prize is a four-course dinner for eight at the winner’s home prepared by Chef Bruell. I can't even imagine how awesome this would be!
  2. Finish the tour in the first 30 days and be entered to win a progressive dinner throughout several Zack Bruell’s restaurants. Five lucky winners and their guests will be selected at random from submitted complete tickets to enjoy the chauffer-driven progressive dinner. 6 people + 6 restaurants = one hell of a party!
Plus, everyone who fills their ticket throughout the 2016 Tour de Bruell can attend a complimentary VIP party at Table 45 in September.

The restaurants will feature wines from The Calling, the Sonoma-based joint-venture of CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz and Peter Deutsch of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits.
 
Even though I've eaten at all of the restaurants many, many times, somehow I've never completed the Tour! I hope 2016 is my year to finally make it happen...


Friday, June 3, 2016

Phuel Cafe

If you are looking for a healthy and delicious place to eat in Playhouse Square, Phuel Cafe is the place!
I have heard so many good things about this spot and finally went for lunch. It.Was.Awesome.
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I started with the Kale Aid - it's a delicious juice/lemonade combo that is super refreshing and not too sweet. They also have smoothies, fresh squeezed juices and other juice combos along with iced tea and coffee.

My entree was the seared salmon with olives, capers, tomatoes and caramelized onions in a lemon butter sauce. It was super fresh and delicious. I licked my plate clean! For my side, I selected the sweet potato fries - fresh cut and baked, they were a tasty alternative to the typical fried options. At just $10, this is a downtown lunchtime dining deal! 

My friend had the Stir-Fried Salmon with Buckwheat Noodles - another solid choice and the cold soba noodles were perfect for the hot and sunny day. We also tried the olives and feta - yum!
Keeping with the healthy theme, they stock organic ketchup, fresh peppercorns in a grinder and natural sugar. 

I can't wait to go back because everything sounded delicious! Here's a peek at their menu. For the full menu, click here.
They are not just a lunch spot! They serve breakfast and dinner too. Find them at 1350 Euclid Avenue in the US Bank Centre building at the Chandelier. 

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