Friday, April 25, 2014

Dazzle the District Giveaway

If you've been to Playhouse Square recently, you may have noticed some changes. LCD kiosks, vertical blade signs on the buildings, large signs suspended over the gateways to the district and a giant retro "Playhouse" sign are just some of the new additions. In exactly one week, Playhouse Square is going to be glowing as their Dazzle the District party kicks off with the lighting of the world's largest outdoor chandelier.
In honor of this special occasion they're hosting quite the bash. And the best part, it's free! Be sure to head to Dazzle the District on Friday May 2nd to witness this historic event and be part of the party. #DazzletheDistrict is going to be quite the party. Be there or be (Playhouse) Square.
  • 5pm – 8:30pm  – Taste of Playhouse Square Happy Hour
  • 8:30 – 9:30 – Hot Chelle Rae performance
  • 9:30  – Spectacle! Dazzle! Surprises? Lighting Ceremony
Starting at 5pm, the entire district will be in full party mode with Happy Hours at all the local Playhouse Square restaurants. Be sure to get "The Dazzler" cocktail served in a special light up commemorative cup. At 8:30, head to the University Hospitals Main Stage on Euclid Avenue for the Hot Chelle Rae concert. Then at 9:30 the GE Chandelier will be lit. This huge light will be covered with crystals as it brings the beauty of the theaters to the streets.

More good news, I have Dazzle the District swag to giveaway! The actual prize is top secret at this point so it will be a surprise. For each entry completed, you must leave a separate blog comment to get credit. Make sure you include a way to reach you in case you are a winner. If you don't, I'll have to pick another winner.

To enter:

1. Follow Playhouse Square and @EatDrinkClev on Twitter and tweet the following:
 I want to #DazzletheDistrict with @playhousesquare & @EatDrinkClev Enter to #win swag here #ThisisCLE #CLE 

2. Follow Playhouse Square and Eat*Drink*Cleveland on Facebook

3. Leave a comment telling me your favorite show or Playhouse Square memory.

4. Subscribe to this blog - click by email here or Networkedblogs

You can tweet each day for additional entries. Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry.

Contest ends Thursday May 1st at midnight. Winner will be announced here on Friday May 2nd.
Click here for more information.

** Disclaimer: I am being given swag for myself and for a reader from Playhouse Square in exchange for promoting this event. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. **

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sarasota Tropical Pancakes...and a winner!

Before I tempt you with this delicious pancake recipe, I need to take care of some important business first. The winner of two tickets to Our Lady of the Wayside's Cleveland's Finest Hors D'oeuvres Contest as chosen by is comment #4 - Renee. 

Congrats and can't wait to see you on Thursday!

Now let's talk breakfast. When I was in Sarasota last month, we went to an adorable restaurant called The Breakfast House
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What a great patio!
The name truly suits them because it's a house converted into a tiny restaurant that serves breakfast of course and lunch too. Local organic ingredients are used to create some serious YUM! And they get bonus points for their use of gorgeous edible flowers on every plate.

Everything we tried was crazy good. I'm still drooling over their corned beef hash. It's tender corned beef steeped in Guinness and fried to crispy perfection. And at $3.95 it's a bargain - it's really a Must Do side dish. But their specialty is pancakes. 

We gobbled up the cranberry-walnut and banana ones while we were there but never had the chance to try their signature Island Style made with coconut, grilled pineapple and macadamia nuts. This is a picture of their version.
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That pineapple slice looks so pretty. I decided to make my version at home this past weekend and they were a huge hit! I decided to chop up my pineapple because I like a little in every bite. These pancakes are perfect for bringing the taste of the tropics to the table especially when you're craving summer. Or a return visit to Sarasota.
*Pro tip: make a double batch and freeze your leftovers 
for a quick weekday breakfast*

my version - not as pretty but super delicious
Sarasota Tropical Pancakes
Makes 10-12 pancakes
    For the pancakes
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon white sugar
    • 1 1/4 cups milk
    • 1 egg
    • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
    Mix ins
    • 1/4 cup roasted coconut chips
    • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
    • 1/2 cup roasted fresh pineapple (recipe below) or canned pineapple niblets
    Roasted Pineapple
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 2 cups fresh pineapple, chopped into bite sized pieces
    • Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees until softened and lightly browned
    You can also grill the pineapple using a grill pan or your grill.
    • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Set aside.
    • In a separate bowl, combine milk, egg and cooled melted butter.
    • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk mixture. Mix just until ingredients are combined. Gently fold in coconut and nuts.
    • Heat a lightly oiled griddle or non-stick pan over medium high heat. When a drop of water sizzles on the surface, scoop 1/4 c batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Sprinkle pineapple on each pancake being sure to evenly distribute it. 
    • When the top of the pancakes are covered in bubbles, flip and brown on the other side.
    • Serve with warmed real maple syrup and butter.
    The coconut I used was Dang brand - soooo yummy! You could use regular coconut in an emergency but this is totally worth tracking down. It's great in granola, sprinkled on yogurt or cereal or just stuffed in your mouth.
    Trader Joe's also makes it too and may be easier to find.
    Due to being in Florida for 2 weeks and the Film Fest in March, we missed our annual tradition of going to pancake breakfasts this year. This was a great way to satisfy our cravings and a delicious excuse to indulge in some maple syrup. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Get Out and Walk - National Walking Day

    I can't even believe it's April already! I've been married for six (6!) months already, we had our first crocus bloom, and I wore sandals yesterday thanks to the gorgeous 70 temps.

    The weather isn't quite as nice today but I'm still totally taking advantage of National Walking Day. Get up off that chair and just do it! 
    If you need some easy ways to add more walking to your day, click here. My favorites tricks are taking the stairs and parking further away. 

    Walking is my favorite exercise, especially if it's on the beach!
    But since I'm not in Florida anymore, a walk around my neighborhood will have to do. Maybe you could squeeze in a walk at lunch? Now that it's staying light out longer, we love to walk after dinner too. If you have a dog, you have a built in adorable excuse to take a stroll. 
    Buffy wants EVERY DAY to be National Walking Day!