Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer Duos at Bonefish Grill

Lucy & Ethel or Batman & Robin? Bert & Ernie or Kermit & Miss Piggy? Hans Solo & Chewbacca? Not everyone chooses the same all-time favorite pair, but when it comes to dining duos, Bonefish Grill is pairing top tastes for a special summer menu. Hurry up because this special menu ends July 23rd!
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Proving that good things come in twos, the Summer Duos menu features these delicious combos:

- Cod Piccata & Lobster Stuffed Shrimp (yum!!)

- Wood Grilled Center-Cut 8 oz. Sirloin & Cold Water Lobster Tail

- Cod Piccata & Cold Water Lobster Tail

- Filet Mignon & Cold Water Lobster Tail

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Each duo comes with your choice of two sides. The mashed sweet potatoes and truffled mac and cheese are two of my favorites.

In addition to the featured duos, they also have a selection of seasonal choices that capture the summer vibe.

I couldn't resist the Caribbean Style Dayboat Scallops: sushi-grade caramelized scallops served with fresh pineapple salsa and vanilla bean rum butter, served with green beans and jasmine rice. I could have eaten a bowl of the pineapple salsa! 
pineapple salsa, scallops, jasmine rice, Bonefish Grill
My second choice was the Dynamite-Style Wild Salmon: wood-grilled wild Sockeye Salmon topped with dynamite aioli and feta cheese, served with a summer blend of golden gnocchi, tomatoes, spinach and fresh-shucked corn. I WILL be going back to try this one!
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My hubby selected wood-fired Atlantic salmon from their regular menu with the lime, tomato and garlic sauce. The flavor of the wood-fired grill really made this dish shine.
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In addition to these mains, you can cast off with a Fresh Ceviche appetizer and dock with Summer Berry Bread Pudding, a house-made brioche bread pudding infused with Grand Marnier and orange zest, served with fresh summer berries, ice cream, whipped cream and salted caramel sauce. No way will you be leaving hungry!

We each had a house salad and loved the combo of kalamata olives and hearts of palm - delicious!
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Because I'm obsessed with watermelon, I had to try the fresh Watermelon Martini: hand-muddled watermelon, house-infused English cucumber and Fris vodka infusion and fresh sourmix, garnished with a frozen watermelon cube. I loved the frozen chunk of fruit - it kept the drink cold 'til the last drop, but it lacked that really fresh watermelon flavor I was hoping for.
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I was tempted to try the Sparkling Blue Hawaiian: a bright and breezy tropical drink made with rum, Blue Curacao liqueur, Coco Lopez and fresh pineapple juice, topped with prosecco.
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But instead I tried the Cucumber Margarita and wow - this was a taste sensation! It's officially a Must Do - but be warned, they go down way too easy. It's made with PatrĂ³n Silver, fresh lime and English cucumber, topped with a hint of St. Germain Elderflower liqueur and rimmed with salt & pepper for a perfect finish. I found this recipe online and plan to tweek it to try to duplicate it at home. 
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I discovered that they serve Endless Bubbles Brunch. Um, yes please! They also have nice Happy Hour.
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We had a great time and really enjoyed exploring the seasonal menu at Bonefish. While they treated us to dinner (Thanks Bonefish!), all opinions expressed are my own. We also purchased our own cocktails.     

Monday, June 19, 2017

CLE Neighborhoods: 10 Reasons to Love Tremont

Cleveland is full of interesting and diverse neighborhoods. Besides declaring themselves "east siders" or "west siders," most northeast Ohioans love to debate which neighborhood is the best. One of my favorites is Tremont.
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And I'm not alone! People are clambering to move there thanks to its unique housing stock, unique shops, many trendy locally-owned restaurants and bars and its close proximity to downtown. When we were recently trying to decide where to more, Tremont was one of our top choices. We worked with a realtor who was a family friend but I found myself heading to the HERrealtors website because they show listings from many real estate companies all in one place. It made it easier to stay on top of a hot real estate market. My friend from Columbus told me about them (they are really big down there) and I was surprised to learn that they are the country’s largest agent-owned real estate firm. Pretty cool! Anyways, while we ultimately chose another community, Tremont is still a favorite of ours and we visit frequently. 

Why is it so awesome? Here are my top 10 reasons:

1. Locally owned businesses - There are no chains or fast food which means that the vibe is uniquely Cleveland. Wine and Design, Tremont General Store and Banyan Tree are all really cool shops located within a few blocks of each other, each offering a unique shopping experience you can't find in most suburban areas.

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2. Awesome dining - I could talk for hours about all the awesome places to eat in Tremont. The depth of dining choices runs deep. Some of my regular spots are:
  • Fat Cats - always delicious with an enviable view of downtown
  • Dante, Dante Next Door and Ginko - Dante's trifecta of yum
  • Sokolowskis University Inn - a classic featuring eastern European treats cafeteria style
  • Lucky's - eating local taken seriously - veggies and herbs picked right from the garden on the patio 
  • Fahrenheit - one of the original hot spots is still going strong
  • Edisons - a walk up window, pizza by the slice and a dog friendly patio - yes please!
  • Southside - the patio is one of my favorites in Cleveland
  • Paralax - Zack Bruell's Tremont outpost's Green Hour is a Dining Deal
  • Barrio - create your own tacos while sipping top notch margaritas and cervezas. Brunch on the weekends. Be smart and get a side of queso.
3. Walk about Tremont is the 2nd Friday of every month - this is a Must Do for sure! Shops and galleries have extended hours plus there are walking tours, pop-up art, street performers and more.

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4. Hollywood film connection - definitely pay a visit to The Christmas Story House. A local treasure, it also attracts fans from all over the country who love Cleveland's favorite holiday film as much as we do. But don't overlook the onion-domed St. Theodosius church featured in the Deer Hunter - it's gorgeous inside and out.
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5. Sweet treats - Cookie and a Cupcake, Lilly Handmade Chocolates (omg the drinking chocolate!) and Tremont Scoops make picking just one dessert impossible. Lilly's also offers an excellent selection of craft beer and wines for take out that are specially chosen to compliment the chocolate. Check out the special tasting events - they are always fantastic.
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6. Tremont Farmers Market - lots of local produce, handmade products and food trucks decend upon Lincoln Park every Tuesday 4-7pm.

7. Lincoln Park - a huge green space in the center of town that is the perfect spot to people watch, have a picnic or take your dog for a walk. There's a gazebo, playground and even a swimming pool.


8. Bars - Prosperity Social Club, The Flying Monkey, Treehouse, Hi and Dry and Tremont Taphouse are just some of the awesome watering holes in Tremont. 

9. Festivals - some of the city's best are in Lincoln Park ~ Tremont Greek Fest (Memorial Day weekend), the Taste of Tremont (7/16/17), Scene Ale Fest (7/29/17) and the Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival (Sept. 16 + 17, 2017) plus a bunch of church festivals too.
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10. Art Galleries - Tremont was home to the first art gallery in the City of Cleveland and the tradition continues. In fact, the month of August is dedictated to them during Arts in August.

So here's the perfect excuse for you to pay Tremont a visit to see for yourself what makes it such a great place to visit and live - I'm giving away a gift certificate to one of my top spots - Lilly Handmade Chocolates!

Enter using the Rafflecopter below. You MUST comment on this blog post to enter. Once you do that, there are lots of other ways to get bonus entries. Good luck!

Contest ends Thursday 7/6 at midnight. Winner will be selected randomly. Winner has 24 hours to respond; otherwise, an alternate winner will be chosen.



*** Disclosure: This post and giveaway are sponsored by Nakturnal
As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own. ***

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Grapes and Ale Giveaway

Are you ready to enjoy lots of great wine, blues, brew & BBQ?

Kick off Summer on Friday, May 19th at Grapes & Ale, Presented by Giant Eagle, and enjoy the hottest BBQ of the year, with samplings of more than 300 internationally acclaimed wines, craft brews and tastes from some of the sauciest BBQ restaurants in town.

After this cold and rainy weather we've been having, I'm ready to start thinking about summer. And my favorite event to kick it off is Our Lady of the Wayside's Grapes & Ale. It's SO much fun! If you've never experienced it, you are missing out! There are three ways to enjoy this event:

$50 Premiere Grand Tasting Event
Admission for One (1) guest to Grapes & Ale, international wine samplings along with summer fare selections from  the area's best restaurants (for the latest additions  follow us on Twitter ).  Guests will also have access to the Craft Beer Area to enjoy samplings of craft beers ($5/10 samples or $10/20), souvenir glass, raffle, wine pull, live music and much more!

$125 Golden VIP Ticket
Admission for One (1) guest to the VIP area located on the 2nd floor of The Corner Bar.  In addition to all the amenities of the Premiere Grand Tasting above, VIP guests will sample selections from our Featured Wines and Craft Beers, Tito’s Handmade vodka, hors d’Oeuvres from The Garden Grille & Bar, desserts by Cupcake Cravings and live music. 

There's a lot of booze at this event so plan to call Lyft (you can use code EatDrinkCLE) or Uber. Or you can purchase a ticket for food only -

$25 Designated Drive Ticket
Admission for One (1) guest for summer fare selections from the area's best restaurants, Aquafina and Pepsi products, Live Music and  Raffle. 

You can Purchase tickets or enter to win two tickets here.
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For an additional entry, head over to Instagram. Winner will be announced May 15. 

Grapes and Ale
When:
Friday, May 19, 2017
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Where:
Progressive Field-Gate C 
2401 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44114  

***Disclosure:  Our Lady of the Wayside provided two tickets for this giveaway and two for my personal use in exchange fur helping them promote the event.  As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own. ***

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Best Kentucky Derby in CLE Giveaway

On Saturday, May 6th, SVDP Cleveland is hosting a fun event, the 17th Annual Kentucky Derby Party. SVDP Cleveland is affiliated with the international Society of St. Vincent de Paul, one of the oldest charitable organizations in the world. They provide face-to-face emergency help (with rent and utility bills, food, clothing, school supplies, blankets for the homeless and more) to Northeast Ohioans in need since 1865.  Last year, SVDP helped more than 250,000 individuals and families in need.

On Saturday, May 6th, join SVDP Cleveland at their Annual Kentucky Derby Party to benefit their multiple hunger centers, which nourish 13,000 men, women, children and seniors each month. 


Presented by Community West Foundation, the festive fundraiser will be held from 4-8 PM at Great Lakes Brewing Company and will feature the “Run for the Roses” on the large screen, horse betting, a hat contest, silent auction, raffles (for a chance to win up to $1,000), prizes, authentic Derby fare, valet parking, mint juleps and of course, Great Lakes Brewing beer.
Admission is $75 (includes valet parking) and raffle tickets cost $5 each or five for $20. Tickets may be purchased online here or by calling 216-696-6525 extension #2520.
You can also win tickets here! Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. And you can head over to Instagram for another entry. Winner will be announced Monday May 1st.


And in June, you can take a cue from the horses and do some running of your own at the Outrun Hunger 5k at Edgewater Park. Get more info here.

What:   17th Annual Kentucky Derby Party
When:  May 6, 2017 4-8pm
Where: Great Lakes Brewery
            2516 Market Ave
            Cleveland, OH
*** Disclosure: I was provided two tickets to give away and two tickets to attend in exchange for helping promote this event. As always, all opinions expresses are my own. **

Monday, April 17, 2017

Collision Bend Brewing Company

Collision Bend Brewing Company is finally open! This highly anticipated brewery is the latest addition to the booming beer business in Cleveland. With a menu influenced by Chef Zack Bruell, a gorgeous riverfront location in the Flats East Bank and the talented brewmaster Luke Purcell at the helm, it is destined to be one of the city's Must Do hot spots. 
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In spite of all that, the sneak peek I attended exceeded my expectations. The former Watermark Restaurant was totally reinvented with a modern flair subtley influenced by its river front location. Sails hint at it's nautical history. The giant chains as you enter pay homage to the gritty Flats of the past.
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But the exterior really steals the show. There is an expansive deck with a bar that provides stunning views of the river and bridges. For the ultimate exterior view, you can also dock your boat.
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There's also an enclosed sunroom that will allow visitors to take advantage of the views even when the weather is blustery and cold. (But we don't even want to think about that yet!)
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But a brewery or restaurant can't depend on the views alone. If it's going to succeed it has to be delicious too.
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We were treated to an enormous sampling of the delicious California street food inspired menu.
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And to wash it all down, we sipped on the delicious brews fresh from the brewery. They have fun names and great flavor.
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Luke Purcell has a long history with the local favorite Great Lakes Brewery and the experience shows. I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of creative brews he comes up with now that he is on his own.
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My favorites were the Big Cat and East Bank IPAs and the Sixth City Alt amber ale. You can try a flight of four beers for $10 or $6 a pint. They also serve local guest beers on draft and small assortment of bottled beers including two that are gluten free. 
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Zack Bruell's son Julian created a delightful assortment of craft cocktails and there is an interesting wine list if you aren't in the mood for a brew.
Some favorite bites of the night were the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Vietnamese caramel sauce, queso fresco and shishito peppers
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Buffalo Tofu:
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And the wood fired pizzas (the salami & green olive and roasted cauliflower were especially delicious.) 
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And I'm still dreaming about the Asian Stuffed Chicken Legs stufffed with shiitake mushrooms, water chestnuts, Asian aromatics, and rice noodles. So good. 
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The Oven Roasted Mixed Olives and Collision Bend Popcorn popped in chicken fat and seasoned with Mexican pepper mix, lime zest and pecorino are not your average bar snacks.
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And here even more beer and food....thirsty and hungry yet?
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I know I am! I can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu. I have my eye on the Welsh Rarebit, Ale Brined Chicken Breast with Smashed Carrots & Ale Beurre Blanc and the Roasted Eggplant Melt served on whole grain bread with shiitake mushroom, roasted peppers, hot pickled peppers, aged provolone gratine and fries.

You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Collision Bend Brewing Company
1250 Old River Road
Cleveland, Ohio
(216) 273-7879


*** Disclosure: I attended media night as my awesome friend's date. The evening was complimentary but all thoughts and opinions are my own. This place was too good not to share!**

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Masthead Brewing Co.

Breweries are popping up all over Cleveland, so many in fact that we have been having a hard time keeping up with them all. But when I heard about Masthead Brewing Co. serving Neapolitan style wood fired pizza, it shot to the top of our list.

It's within easy walking distance from Public Square so we decided to stop by on a Saturday afternoon during the first weekend of the Film Fest. It was a great excuse to stretch our legs and fill our bellies.
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The whole front of the brewery is glass  - actually garage door style windows that will allow them to open up when the weather is nice. I look forward to coming back when the weather is nicer! Pro tip: This is along the St. Patrick's Day route so you can have a front row seat while staying warm.
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When you walk in, grab a menu and head to the register to place your order and pay. 
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This system is awesome because you don't have to hope to catch a bartender's attention and keeps everything moving really quickly. If you order food (which you should!), they give you a buzzer to let you know when it's ready.
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The menu is small but has lots of tasty choices that will make your decision difficult. We wanted to order them all! But we finally picked the roasted eggplant and loved it. Some other tantalizing choices are the Mortadella with pistachio pesto, Spicy Soppressata and the Prosciutto. They even offer a Vegan pizza with an Italian tofu crumble, mushrooms, peppers and basil. 
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There's other food besides pizza too - salads and a few delicious sounding small plates (appetizers) round out the menu. 
Masthead Brewing Co menu
They are open for lunch but prepare to be tempted to drink beer. 
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And this is a brewery after all so let's talk about the beer! I highly recommend that you start off with a 4 beer flight. The sampler is a great way to try several beers. The pours are generous and nicely priced at $8.
Masthead Brewing Co menu
My only complaint is the wooden holder for the glasses. It's awkward and hard to use without spilling the beer. And we were sober! I can't imagine how hard getting beer to your table would be after a few. Anyways, once you find a favorite, pints are between $5 and $7.50 each (and are much easier to carry!) They have several guest drafts and offer crowlers and growlers to go.
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We thought the beers were really good with our favorites being the Rydaho Rye and A Few Good Acres Pale Ales, The IPA and Coffee Stout. I was happy that the alcohol content is reasonable so you can have more than one. They also have cocktails and wine if you're not in the mood for beer. I definitely want to try the Old Fashioned On Tap next time. I was happy to see Old City Soda on the menu too.

We loved it and I think you will too! Cheers!

You can follow Masthead on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Bloom Bakery 1st Anniversary Party

Bloom Bakery is one of my favorite bakeries in Cleveland. They make delicious pastries, cookies, croissants and bread, plus they have a great lunch menu. Not only are their products amazing, it's a social enterprise run by Towards Employment that provides jobs for people with barriers to employment. Profits earned from Bloom Bakery give graduates the opportunity to earn a wage, learn a new skill and transition into a full-time career. Bloom Bakery is providing a pathway to prosperity for Cleveland residents while spreading happiness to everyone with their handcrafted treats. 
On Thursday March 30, 2017 they are celebrating their one year anniversary! From 6-9pm, join them at their Public Square location for an evening of great food, drink, music and artwork from Negative Space Gallery. 
And bakery industry star Maurice Chaplais will be there, too! Maurice is a key bakery trainer at Bloom and will be helping them expand their menu (including scones - yum!). He started dozens of successful bakeries around the world and is internationally known for his unique baking techniques. He is one of the reasons their products are soooo good.

You can share in the celebration! Click here to purchase tickets for only $35 or you can win a pair here. Enter to win by:
  • Following Bloom Bakery on Twitter and
  • Tweeting the following: 
I want to celebrate @Bloom_Bakery 1st birthday with @EatDrinkCLE! You can enter too: http://ow.ly/WhrB30adAsY #bakingthechange #ThisisCLE
  • Head over to this giveaway post on Instagram for another chance to win
  • Comment on this post letting me know your favorite item from their menu.
Winner will be chosen randomly Monday 3/27 and will have 24 hours to respond. Please make sure to leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. Good luck!

Bloom Bakery

200 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44114



You can also follow them on Facebook.

** Disclosure: Bloom Bakery provided 2 tickets for me to giveaway to one of my readers and 2 tickets for me to attend the party. I've been a huge fan of theirs since they opened. 
As always, all opinions are my own. **