Saturday, May 30, 2015

Restore [Cold Pressed] Smoothie and Juice Bar

My love of fresh juice is well-known. My hubby and I have done juice cleanses in the past and even received a juicer for a wedding gift (thanks Sarah & Julie!) I told you about Helio Terra recently too. So when I heard about a new juice bar opening within steps of my office, I was really excited. I now have three great options for fresh organic juice within walking distance of my office. I may need a second job to feed my juice habit...
Restore Cold Pressed opened this week with great success. On day two, they were sold out of juice! My visit was on day three and they were partially restocked.

The space has an urban rustic vibe that is warm and welcoming. The menu is broken down in categories to help make choosing easier. It features fresh cold-pressed juices, smoothies, coffee, avocado toast, a cold overnight oats bowl, an acai bowl, matcha tea and shots of wheatgrass, ginger or tumeric.

My first choice was the primal coffee. It's their version of Bulletproof. Made with local coffee from Duck-Rabbit, ghee (clarified butter) and coconut oil, it's blended until creamy and is a rich and surprisingly filling way to start your day. Consider me hooked.

I couldn't decide what juice to get so I took advantage of the small 8 ounce sizes and tried two: #2 from the Detox group (beet, lime, cucumber and parsley) and #10 from the Plant Fix group (grapefruit, pearl, kale, celery and cucumber.) Both combos were delicious.

I love the glass bottles that they come in. Just remember, do not just toss these beauties in the trash! In the future, they are going to give you fifty cents off your purchase when you return them to the store. Until then, you can reuse them (vase, store stuff in them, etc) or recycle.
Next time, I think I'm going to try the smoothie that comes in a coconut.
photo credit
They also offer cleanse programs. With all the juice places popping up around Cleveland, it's really easy to upgrade your eating and add some extra healthy fruits and veggies to your diet.

What is your favorite juice spot in Cleveland?

1001 Huron Rd 
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

M–F 7am - 8pm
Sat & Sun - 8am-5pm

Monday, May 18, 2015

10th Annual Chili Cookoff for Autism

Everyone has their own special chili recipe. And normally we all think ours is the best. White chili, spicy chili, Texas chili, vegetarian chili - this possibilities are endless. This is why I love a chili cook-off.

Last year we found out about the Annual Chili Cook-Off for Autism. It's a fundraiser for the Autism Society of Greater Cleveland. We attended last year and couldn't wait to go again. It's so much fun trying all the different kinds of chili and it's for a great cause.
Autism Society of Greater Cleveland
The main ballroom at the Holiday Inn in Independence was full of a mix of professional and amateur chefs hoping to take home bragging rights. 

The event is so popular that it was crazy crowded. And loud. Here are a few pictures I managed to take:
Corleone's Restaurant makes great chili!
My favorite chili of the night
CLEevents, chili cookoff
My 2nd and 3rd places - firefighters vs Ahuja
Serving cornbread gives you bonus points in my book
So does offering toppings like corn chips, cheese, fresh cilantro, and sour cream
It's a messy job but someone has to do it!
The Ace Molar Band provided entertainment. With Todd Meany from Fox 8 as the front man, they were really rockin'! It was the perfect excuse to dance off some of that chili.
Fox 8 Todd Meany
This event is really fun, affordable and for a great cause. Check it out next year! 
You can donate now by clicking here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

#CLEfood: Helio Terra Vegan Cafe

This week while walking at lunch, I was greeted with this happy sign letting me know there's a new vegan place in CLE - Helio Terra.
Formally the Titan Up Cafe, it's located in the Titan Gym on Prospect by the 5th Street Arcades. They are open Monday through Friday from 12-5pm. The mural depicts the name perfectly "Sun Earth" and draws your gaze away from the gym right to kitchen.

Right now the menu only includes smoothies and juice. The smoothies are 90% organic, made of whole ingredients and don't have any ice, water, sugar or other yucky stuff in them. Prices for the smoothies are between $7-9 based on the ingredients. I chose the Tropical Breeze ($7) and added flax seed. It was a tasty combo in spite of the date chunks that remained.

Later this month will be their official grand opening. The cafe is 100% vegan with a menu including half raw and gluten-free items. Soups, salads, snacks like kale chips, sandwiches and raw veggie burgers will be featured. If you're in the mood for something sweet, you can choose vegan chocolate, raw cheesecakes and more.
Photo Credit: Helio Terra Facebook page
One of my favorite features that is in the works is the house fermented cabbage, pickled veggies and beansprouts. They also have Reverse Osmosis water to be used in their recipes as well as for drinking.

Their grand opening is May 22nd. 
From 5 to 9 pm they are serving 
complimentary samples 
of smoothies, juice and food menus. 
Be sure to stop by and check it out.

Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter to keep updated on the grand opening and daily specials.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pedal Power - May is Bike Month in CLE

May is one of my favorite months. It's Birthday Month for me so I know it's always packed full of fun personally. But for the rest of you,there's a lot to love too: spring is in the air, Mother's Day, May 4th (May the 4th be with you!) and Memorial Day are just some of the highlights. 

And it's also Bike Month in Cleveland!
Cleveland Bike Month 2015

There's 40+ events for the month so there's something for everyone at every riding level. Women's rides, long distance, races and even a Pajama Party Night Ride are just some of the ways you can get out and participate.
Slow Roll Cleveland, Bike Month Cleveland
Every month there is also Bike to Work Day - this month it's May 15. They have donuts and coffee in the morning to get your day off on the right foot. Or maybe I should say pedal...
BTWD 2015
Here's some cool bike groups in CLE:

Cleveland Bike Month, Slow Roll Cleveland
If you haven't started riding yet, dust of that bike and get pedaling. What are you waiting for? 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Earth Fest 2015 and Bike Month Cleveland

**Update for 4/22/19: Brassica is offering FREE falafel salads or sandwiches all day until 10pm in honor of Earth Day! **

Call me a crazy environmentalist nut or the recycling boss or whatever, but I'm a huge supporter of taking care of our planet. I'm known to scold people for not recycling and buying cases of bottled water. We follow the mantra: reduce, reuse, recycle. My husband and I try really hard to be as good to the earth as we can. If we junk it up and pollute it, we won't have a very nice place to live, right?

I've heard of Earth Fest for years but never had the opportunity to attend. This year, we made sure to change that. It was a gorgeous spring day in the CLE so it was the perfect excuse to head to the Berea Fairgrounds, enjoy the sunshine and stuff our faces with food truck food.

This year's theme was the Year of Clean Water. We are so fortunate here in NE Ohio because we have an abundance of clean water thanks to Lake Erie. It's something we definitely shouldn't take for granted to waste. Just ask someone from the southwest or California.

This sign greeted us as we entered:
Why can't more events and companies embrace the concept of Zero Waste? I get so annoyed when they don't even make the effort to recycle bottles and cans.

Very appropriately, a huge windmill overlooked the venue.
alternative energy, wind power
We learned about one of my favorite ways to be green - bike riding! Bike Cleveland and Slow Ride Cleveland were there spreading the word. Did you know that May is Bike Month? Tonight is the kick off party at Brick & Barrel. There's a ton of other events all month long - check it out!

The food trucks were calling our name.
Krav food truck, shaved ice, BBQ

Papa Nick's Calzone and Shaved Ice
There were so many good choices. Krav, calzones, shaved ice, BBQ, burgers were there and more. We opted for the taco trio from Barrio. They were super messy but delicious. I loved how they had divided bins for compostables, cans/glass/bottles and actual trash. They even had people manning the stations to help you figure out what went where.

The highlight of this event for me personally was finally getting to meet Dick Goddard! I've watched him my entire life and I love his dedication to the animals. In addition to being THE weatherman in Cleveland, he's also a good salesman. I'm now the proud owner of an autographed calendar thanks to a donation to help our furry friends. 
We also learned a lot about recycling, composting, reducing meat consumption, alternative energy and other green topics. We signed up for a composting seminar are going to get one of these cool composting bins.
My friend @sos_jr was at EarthFest too. His post includes tons of pictures and more info about the event - check it out!

There are a lot of ways to improve your impact on the environment: bike to work, pledge to stop buying bottled water, install low-flow shower heads, recycle paper, cans, bottles and plastic, unplug chargers, stop unwanted junk mail, install energy efficient bulbs, use reusable shopping bags, don't buy individually packaged snacks. Click here to find out about recycling in your community.Even if you start with one thing, it really adds up.

  • The average U.S. citizen uses 200lbs. of plastic per year and only 3% is recycled.
  • Every ton of recycled paper saves17 trees and 462 gallons of oil.
  • Turning off the water faucet while brushing your teeth can cut your usage in half.
  • If everyone in the US was able to reduce their 10.8 pieces of junk mail received each week, we could save nearly 100 million trees each year.