Friday, September 21, 2018

It's Always Summertime at Margaritaville! (Win a $50 Gift Card!)

Summer is almost over but I'm savoring every drop while I can. But no matter the season, it's always feels like summer at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville! You can get that tropical feeling year round thanks to the waterfront location and nautical decor. Margaritaville is located in the Flats East Bank near both Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River. Once you step instead, you are transported to a Jimmy Buffet themed extravaganza. Part restaurant, part bar, and part gift shop - if you are a Jimmy Buffet fan, you will be in Paradise for sure.

Thank you to the folks at Margaritaville for inviting me to dine with them. They have a huge blender by the front door that reinforces your need for a margarita as soon as you step inside. Well played, Margaritaville. 
There are a bunch of different margaritas on the menu as expected but there are also moonshine based cocktails, wine and buckets of beer. I tried both the Watermelon and Perfect Margaritas and the Watermelon was the winner. It was fresh and not too sweet. Note: It doesn't come in a traditional margarita glass.
Overall, this is a fun place. Don't expect fine dining - but the food is good and the atmosphere is unique. There is Jimmy Buffet music playing and the decor is vibrant and a bit cheesy, in a good way. My favorite feature is the table that is built into a pontoon-style boat.
I love the painted ceiling and the palm trees.
The menu consists of an assortment of bar food, an assortment of burgers,  steaks and ribs, and seafood dishes with some salads. Vegetarian options include spinach and artichoke dip, a giant pretzel, salad and side dishes.
I couldn't resist ordering the Cheeseburger in Paradise: a nice sized burger with American cheese, tomato, lettuce and pickles. I ordered with extra pickles and I was not disappointed. I love that the fries came with skin on them. Unfortunately they were lukewarm in spite of the place being very slow on a Wednesday night. If they were hot, they would have been excellent. I still devoured them. 
They also have a kids menu that includes fun tropical mocktails served in light-up souvenir cups. This is definitely a kid-friendly place! They will love all the fun sights and sounds.

The rooftop Landshark Bar is supposed to have great views of Lake Erie and have a drink, but it was unfortunately closed during our visit. I definitely want to go back and check that out.

Margaritaville is close to FirstEnergy Stadium and would make a fun place to grab some drinks on Game Day. Wings are even back on the menu! They have lots of TVs so you could watch the game there even if you don't have tickets. Speaking of football, they have a Fins, Fans and Football giveaway going on right now where you can win a football themed prize pack.
And that's not all. You can also enter to win a $50 gift card right here at Eat*Drink*Cleveland.

Here's how to win a $50 gift card to 

Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville!

There are three ways to enter:

1. Leave a blog post comment telling me either your favorite Jimmy Buffet
2. Tweet the following:

I want to head to @Margaritaville thanks to @EatDrinkCLE. You can 
enter to #win a $50 giftcard too.

3. Head to this Instagram post and enter there

This contest ends Sept. 30th. Winner will be randomly selected. You must provide a way for me to contact you if you win.

** Disclaimer: I am partnering with Margaritaville with the post. I received a gift card to try the restaurant and share my thoughts. They also provided the gift card for the giveaway. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. **

Thursday, September 13, 2018

L'Amour Du Vin Giveaway!

The 21st Annual L'Amour du Vin is a delicious event in Lorain County. This strolling food & wine event is the annual fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation. The evening features wines from around the world and cuisine from fifteen of the area's best restaurants
Mark your calendars for this fun evening benefiting a very worthwhile cause. Event proceeds support local programs and services for the nearly 1.3 million Northeast Ohioans with arthritis and fund critical arthritis research.

21st Annual L'Amour du Vin
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Avon Oaks Country Club
6:00pm - 9:00pm 

In addition to tasty bites and cocktails, there are raffles and a silent auction
General Admission tickets are $75 + VIP tickets are $95 and include access to the VIP LoungeYou can purchase tickets online and find out more info on Facebook
You can also enter to win two tickets here! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Winner will be randomly selected on Thursday 9/20.  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you've never tried Kiedrowski's Bakery, this is your chance! I first tried their sweet treats when I lived in Amherst. This Polish-American style family owned bakery is an institution in Lorain County. They are famous for their Snoogles, but everything I've ever tried has been great!
The Arthritis Foundation is boldly pursuing a cure for America's #1 cause of disability, while championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections. 
Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

*** Disclosure: I was asked to help promote this event and was provided tickets to give away as well as for my personal use. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. ***

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Taste of the Browns Giveaway

For 20 years, the Taste of the Browns has been helping tackle hunger with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. This year, the event will take place on Monday, September 24th from 6-9pm in the 7UP City Club Lounge at FirstEnergy Stadium. It's a great opportunity to get up close and personal with the Browns while helping feed the hungry.

Join the Cleveland Browns and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank as they celebrate Cleveland’s passion for football and our city's renowned culinary cuisine, and demonstrate their commitment to the community.
This event truly is like no other! Guests can mingle with former and current Cleveland Browns players and celebrities while enjoying delicious tastings prepared by 25+ restaurants. Wine and beer samples are also included.
In addition to eating, drinking and mingling, attendees can participate in the silent auction, live auction and wine + beer pulls to benefit the Food Bank. You can find out more information including a list of participating restaurants.

You do NOT want to miss these highlights:

  • Sodexo's John Selick will be pulling fresh mozzarella 
  • Auction items including a weekend getaway featuring a private jet and a Browns Pregame Experience with owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam

Last year, this event was able to raise $250,000 for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, which allowed the Food Bank to provide more than 1 million meals to those that need it most.
General admission tickets are available for $175 ($75.00 tax-deductible) or VIP tickets for $250 ($150 tax-deductible). Complimentary valet parking is provided. You can purchase tickets online. If you aren't able to attend and still want to help, you can make a donation or participate in the auction.
You can also enter to win tickets by completing the tasks in the Rafflecopter below. You can also head over to my Instagram for an additional chance to win.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Winner will be randomly selected. You must actually complete each step in order for the entries to count. 

Giveaway ends Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 8pm. Once chosen, winner must confirm attendance no later than noon on 9/19 or another winner will be selected. Winner will be required to provide their full name, guest name, email address and phone number.
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is also a community partner of the Cleveland Browns First and Ten movement, established in June 2014 to help inspire fans to volunteer at least 10 hours each year. In the past four years, nearly 2 million volunteering hours have been pledged in Northeast Ohio and local communities through the program. Fans are encouraged to sign the First and Ten pledge through and share their unique stories about volunteering with #give10.

** Disclosure: I was provided two tickets in exchange for helping to promote this event and host the giveaway. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. **