Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Elvis Ice Cream for your Favorite Hound Dog

Now that summer has officially hit NE Ohio, we can enjoy the sunshine and hot weather....finally! It's really fun to bring our favorite four-legged friends along with us. Buffy loves to go for rides, especially when we go see friends and family or when we take her for ice cream. It's a tasty way to cool off for all of us. But remember, don't take your pet if you have to leave them in the car. Your best friend could be seriously injured or killed due to the soaring temperatures.

And because I know you love your pups as much as I love mine, here's a special recipe just for them.

Elvis Ice Cream 
for your special hound dog
1 1/2 c plain yogurt
2 bananas, chopped
6 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
1/2 c peanut butter
3 T honey
1 t cinnamon

Blend yogurt and banana. Stir in bacon, peanut butter, honey and cinnamon. Scoop into ice cube tray and freeze. You can also make it in an ice cream maker if you want. Just follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Marc's Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival Giveaway

One of my favorite holidays is Memorial Day. Maybe because my birthday is always around that time. Or maybe because there's always a ton of parties. Or because it's the start of summer.

What better way to kick off summer then to head to the Marc's Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival. A Cleveland tradition for 23 years, it's a delicious way to enjoy the long weekend.
Hours of Festival

•Friday, May 23 - 12:00 pm - 11:00pm

•Saturday, May 24 12:00pm - 11:00pm
•Sunday, May 25 12:00pm - 11:00pm
•Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day) 12:00pm - 8:00pm

Event highlights include:

· Sizzling entertainment from The Spazmatics and Disco Inferno, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Taking Back Sunday, Blackberry Smoke, Steve Broderick & The 100 Watt Suns and Dylan Scott, along with dozens of regional bands performing on two stages throughout the weekend

· Professional grilling teams from across the country will engage in a fierce culinary battle

· Five rookie barbecue chefs will participate in the annual Marc’s Amateur Grilling Competition, competing against defending champion Paul Wood

·  Kids activities and more!

Several discounts are also being offered to make the Rib Cook-Off a fun, budget-friendly outing. Friday is Dollar Day with adult general admission only $1 and admission is FREE on Saturday and Sunday until 3 p.m. Attendees can also save $2 Saturday, Sunday and Monday on adult general admission tickets with discount coupons available at all Northeast Ohio Marc’s locations. In addition, during the Rib Cook-Off weekend an additional opportunity to save $5 off adult and children’s general admission to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium will be available with a coupon from Marc’s.

And thanks to Marc's,  I have THREE 4-packs of admission tickets to give away to my readers!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest ends Monday at 10:30am. Good luck!

**Disclosure: I was offered tickets for myself and to share with my readers in exchange for helping promote this event. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. **

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pier W Copper River Salmon Run 5k Giveaway

Pier W is one of Cleveland's favorite restaurants. They are known for their delicious food and amazing views. Pier W is also known for their super fresh, high quality seafood so it's quite fitting that they are hosting an event celebrating Alaska's Copper River Salmon season. The best part: it benefits Malachi House, a very special home in Cleveland for the terminally ill.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 · 10AM
Outdoor Pavilion at Lakewood Park 
14532 Lake Ave. Lakewood, OH 44107

Parking available at the outdoor pavilion of Lakewood Park.

5k (3.1 Miles) over paved roads. 
Course Clearly marked with a water station 
at the halfway point.

9 AM - Registration
10 AM - Race Start
Post Race - Lunch at Pier W and award presentation
$30 - Pre-registration
$35 - Day of registration
Register here.
Pier W is providing lunch for all runners/walkers and there is even a lunch only option available if you can't participate. The lunch includes a salmon burger, vegan black bean burger, or hot dog so there's something for everyone. Water, sports drinks wine and beer will be available too.

And thanks to the great folks at Pier W, I have a free registration for the race to give away to one of my readers!
1. Like Pier W, Malachi House and Eat*Drink*Cleveland on Facebook. Leave a comment below letting me know.

2. Follow @pierwcleveland@MalachiHouse and @EatDrinkClev and leave a comment with your Twitter handle.

3. Tweet "  I want to run like the salmon at @pierwcleveland 's Copper River Salmon Run! Enter at @EatDrinkClev http://ow.ly/wQ20R #CLE " and leave a comment including your Twitter handle. You can tweet once per day.

Contest ends 5/18. Winner to be announced 5/19. Good luck!

**Disclosure: I was asked to promote this event in exchange for a registration for myself. 
I am unable to attend because I'll be off celebrating my birthday! 
As always, all thoughts & opinions are my own. **

Friday, May 2, 2014


Well, today's finally the day! #DazzleDay! The party kicks off tonight as Cleveland celebrates the GE Chandelier lighting up Playhouse Square. 

Congrats to @jennyllsanders - she's the winner of Playhouse Square Swag!

Here's the 411


Tickets are $1each and can be purchased on U.S. Bank Plaza, E. 14th & Euclid Ave. They can be redeemed at the food and beverage tents and at Dynomite.


Best advice, get there EARLY. If you can, take public transportation because it's going to be a mad house down there tonight. Cher and the Indians will be making parking even more scarce. It's a great excuse to try out Lyft or Uber or take a cab.

The surface lot on E 17th and Euclid will be closed to accommodate set up and the Playhouse Square Garage at E 13th and Chester will be closed due to a private event.


  1. E. 13th and Euclid
  2. E. 14th and Prospect (also a handicap drop-off site)
  3. E. 17th and Euclid
  4. Huron Rd. at Star Plaza and Euclid Avenue

Remember, umbrellas, backpacks, large bags or chairs will NOT be allowed into the event and all bags are subject to search.

The Dazzler 
Be sure to try #DazzleCLE's signature cocktail with a light up glass