Sunday, August 23, 2015

Great Lakes Burning River Fest Giveaway

I was invited for a sneak peak of the Great Lakes Burning River Fest. We headed to the Beer Symposium for a taste of what Cleveland's iconic brewery has in store for us this year.
Great Lakes Burning River Fest
They have this super cool wall right when you walk in. Those are all beer bottles as the background. Katrina and I put Mr. H to work as our photographer.

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We started off sampling some of our favorite beers and snacked on a tasty assortment of cheese, sausages and their famous pretzel bites.
I was really excited to try the new collaboration between Bertman's Original and Great Lakes - the Dortmunder Beer Mustard. It was delicious! Grainier than the original with a nice kick, it's available at their store - as well as another tasty gem: Eliot Ness Fig Apple Jam. Yes, you need to try both. Trust me.
We learned about Great Lakes Brewing Company, their facilities and the history of the Burning River Fest. 
We even had a surprise visitor - Pat Conway himself! He is one of the owners of Great Lakes and his passion is contagious. He shared stories and made each of us reflect on what we can do as a city and as individuals to keep Cleveland clean and green.
And I couldn't pass up the opportunity for a selfie...
Afterwards, Adam took us on a tour of the brewery. If you haven't gone on one or attended their Beer School, you really should. Not only do you learn about the Great Lakes beer, you also get a lesson in Cleveland history. And did I mention beer samples?
Another highlight of the night was getting to try the newest year-round Great Lakes brew before it is released to the public ~ Steady Rollin' Session IPA. Single hopped and full of citrus, it's a great beer to debut at #BRF15. It reminds me a lot of their Chillwave but it has a lower ABV so it's an easy drinker. 

If you want to visit the fest and get your hands on some of this newcomer, you can enter to win tickets here!
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In addition to tasting this newest addition to the Great Lakes line up, the fest includes:

  • Over 18 bands and musicians on two stages bringing funk, blues, rock, and more to the shore
  • Food trucks
  • Fresh, all-natural local food and chef demonstrations from Anna in the Raw, Jeff Jarrett, John Selick and more, plus handcrafted beer by Great Lakes Brewing Company
  • The most spectacular night time views of Cleveland from a wonderful greenspace right in the heart of Cleveland’s industry
  • A ceremonial lighting of floating pyres intended to commemorate the efforts to clean up our waterways since the burning of the Cuyahoga
  • NEO Cycle bike valet
Find out about the Burning River Foundation here.

Contest ends Tuesday at midnight. Please be sure to complete all steps as directed to receive credit for your entries. Good luck!


*Disclosure: I was invited to the preview party and given passes for the 
Burning River Fest. I was also given two passes to give away.
As always, thoughts expressed are my own. *

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cleveland Nordstrom Pinrose Fragrance Launch Party

Do you love Nordstrom as much as I do? What's not to love about amazing customer service, free shipping and all the pretty things?? It's one of the few department stores I frequent. When I received an invitation to the Cleveland area launch party for a new fragrance line they are introducing, I jumped. Kelly from Nordstrom joined us as we learned about the latest addition to their fragrance line up. 
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We met up at Press Wine Bar for a night of delicious eats, lots of laughs, a little wine and lots of perfume. We left a little more educated about how two cool chicks are trying to revolutionize the perfume business and smelling a lot better than we arrived too. 

Pinrose is a luxury fragrance company founded by two lovely ladies in San Francisco that is made in the USA. They use only the highest quality essential oils, naturals, and synthetics and are phthalate and paraben free. Pinrose is available exclusively at Nordstrom and from Pinrose online. We met Erika (left, below) and let me tell you, she is seriously talented, passionate, smart and sweet.
Erika and Christine (above, right) use synesthesia to help you pick out the best perfumes for you. While this sounds like crazy talk, you really just take a short quiz to find your customized scent prescription. My result? The Charmer. Click here to take the quiz and find yours.

One of my favorites ~ Merry Maker:
Nordstrom Pinrose Launch Party Cleveland OH
This one was developed with pregnant ladies in mind because its ingredients fight nausea. No big announcement ~I'm not pregnant, but it was floral without being too sweet and is exactly what I look for in a summer scent.

Everyone was buzzing about Campfire Rebel:
Nordstrom Pinrose Launch Party Cleveland OH
It changes its scent as you wear it so it starts out smokey and ends up with a sweeter raspberry finish. Very unique and smelled great.

Don't you just love the quirky names? Another favorite of the group ~ Garden Gangster. Another cool thing about this line is that you can purchase Petal Packs , their single dose sachets. They are perfect for tossing in your gym bag or your carry on. They are also a great way to try a bunch of fragrances without committing to a full bottle. Even the full size bottles can be brought on board thanks to the one ounce size. Bonus: no pushy fragrance ladies trying to spray you as you walk by.

We talked perfume as we shared all the food at Press Wine Bar. Their entrees sounded unseasonably heavy so we ordered a ton of apps and shared. The restaurant was SO dark that photos weren't really on my mind which caused me to do a huge blogger fail - no pics of our awesome group! I did manage to capture a little of our feast.
Nordstrom Pinrose Launch Party - Cleveland OH
The combination board and flatbreads (shredded winter squash, duck confit and house cured pancetta were our choices) were big hits. Skip the pork meatballs - the texture was tough. Instead order the excellent Seared Florida Gulf Shrimp Crispy grit cake, pickled sweet peppers with blood orange gastrique. It was my favorite of the night. We also ordered rose and this excellent Malbec.

Nordstrom Pinrose Launch Party Cleveland OH
Thanks again to Pinrose and Nordstrom for a night of beauty and fun. I think you'll like Pinrose as much as we did. You can follow Pinrose on FacebookPinterestInstagram and TwitterShop Nordstrom here.
Pinrose fragrances


*Disclosure: Food and drinks were provided. We each also received Petal Packs to take home. 
I'm sharing this with you because I love the product. No compensation was received. As always, all opinions expressed are mine. Photo of founders from Pinrose website and photos of individual perfume bottles are from Nordstrom.com.**

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Door to Door Organics Giveaway

Summer is the best time of year for produce in NE Ohio. Farms are loaded with so many choices. Besides farmers markets, CSAs, Fresh Fork and your local grocery store there is another option available - Door to Door Organics.
Door to Door Organics partners with farmers to bring fresh, organic produce and groceries right to your doorstep. It's an online grocery delivery service that makes it super easy to get fresh organic food without having to step foot into a grocery store. For people who hate to grocery shop, this is what you've been waiting for!
Good Food is on its way. We hand pick & pack every box with fresh, organic produce & local groceries. Eat Better #joydelivered
I actually LOVE to grocery shop so I thought I might not like having someone else pick out my food for me, but I was totally wrong! It is so freaking easy and awesome that I don't mind letting someone else have all the fun do all the work.

While it's not as local as shopping at the farmers market, they do work with some amazing local suppliers. Some of the same ones that my Fresh Fork does. And even though I'm a Fresh Fork subscriber, I've found that the flexibility that Door to Door offers makes it perfect to fill in the gaps for those items that we don't get or don't get enough of. 

#kitchenmavenCLE #joydelivered
I've gotten three shipments so far and this is what I've found.

Pros: 
    we love our produce boxes #kitchenmavenCLE
  • Convenience - How much easier can it be than getting food delivered right to your doorstep?? I am so excited to see my box waiting for me when I got home every week.
  • Organic - Love that I can shop knowing everything is organic and the groceries don't contain any yucky stuff. Produce is always USDA Certified Organic and sourced locally whenever possible. The food never contains hormones, antibiotics, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colors and other stuff you don’t want to feed your family. And they have a great selection so it really is one stop shopping for most things you need. 
  • Flexibility - Door to Door Organics makes it SO easy to customize your order. This is my favorite thing about the service. You can swap out up to 5 items, put an order on hold or add on items hassle free. If you don't like cucumbers, swap them out for kiwi. Or carrots. Or potatoes. With so many choices, you never have to get something you don't want or need.
  • Customer Service - If you have a problem, they make it right. They are super friendly and helpful - A+ for sure.
  • Recycle - I can't even tell you how happy I am the Door to Door Organics recycles all the packaging. Because trust me, there is A LOT. I feel so much better knowing that it isn't all going into a landfill. All you have to do it leave the packaging out and the delivery person picks it up. 
  • Support Local Food Banks: In 2014, they donated 210 tons of organic produce to food banks in communities through regular weekly donations. 
  • Local suppliers - I'm glad to see some of my favorite local farms being used but I'd like to see more. I don't want tomatoes shipped in from another state when they are in season here in Ohio but I know that our growing season is limited most of the year. I love that they support little specialty and family farms.
Cons:
  • Cost - I know organics cost more but some of the pricing was much higher than my local stores. But you're paying for convenience. And you can't toss in a bunch of extra items in your cart thanks to shopping hungry so I guess it evens out!
  • Quality - The majority of the items I received were great but there were also some issues. Beat up bananas, squished items and wilted lettuce were some of the things I experienced. This is what happens when you aren't picking out your own food. That being said, their customer service is GREAT and they always addressed my concerns quickly.
#kitchenmavenCLE #joydelivered

Sound like something you would like to try for yourself? I am giving away two $50 credits - all you have to do it enter using the Rafflecopter below. 

Be sure to actually complete each task (I do check!) Two winners will be selected on Wednesday August 5th. 

If you are a new customer, you can also save $10 off of your first order by using this link. Be sure to enter Coupon Code: EatDrink150  

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**Disclosure: I was provided with a credit to use to try Door to Door Organics in exchange for an honest review and hosting a giveaway. Readers were also provided with a discount code. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Images from Door to Door Organics. **