Monday, June 22, 2015

Tri-C Jazz Fest Giveaway

Congrats to our winner - Tristan S.!
Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is a three-day summer music festival that takes place in the theaters of Playhouse Square and outdoors on U.S. Bank Plaza. It's also an educational festival that connects students of all ages with local and international jazz artists.

This year, JazzFest takes place July 9-11th. JazzFest will showcase local and national artists with genres ranging from R&B, Latin, Gospel, Reggae and of course – Jazz.

There will also free outdoor performances on U.S. Bank Plaza from 3pm to midnight each day. Hot acts will include Sheila E. and Juan Escovedo with the Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra and Ernie Krivda’s tribute to the world of Quincy Jones. See the full lineup here.

Tri-C JazzFest

You can purchase a festival pass which provides tickets to all nine shows for $200 for a limited time only. 
Individual tickets are also available. A 20% discount is available up until the start of the festival for those buying tickets to three or more concerts. For details on passes and packages, call Cliffie Jones at 216-987-4444. 

You can also win tickets to a show of your choice right here. First - leave a comment on this blog to let me know which concert you will choose if you win. Next, enter using the Rafflecopter below to get credit. 

There are 4 additional ways to enter on the Rafflecopter - be sure to actually complete each entry. Contest ends 6/28 at midnight and winner will be contacted via the email used for entry. If no response is received within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected. Good luck!
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Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer Bucket List: Asian Festival, Parade the Circle & Piccadilly

Before we get started, you can check to see who won tickets to Grapes and Ale. If you didn't win, you can get tickets here.

This year we decided to create a Summer Bucket List and actually follow through with attending the cool events, going to awesome places and finally eating the delicious things we've been wanting to try.

First up, the Asian Festival. I was surprised at how big it is! I don't know why but I always thought it was a tiny event. I was also (pleasantly) surprised at the quantity of food vendors! There were so many booths, it was really hard to make our choices. We decided to go for things we would never be able to try anywhere else.

We headed to Ono Turo-Turo. At first I thought it was Hawaiian but later found out it is Philippine cuisine. We opted for the plate lunch (our choice of two entrees, noodles and rice.) We doubled down on the noodles and it was a good choice. Pro tip: definitely split this plate with at least one other person. It was huge! You want to save room for other goodies, right?

Han Chinese Kebab & Grill was grilling octopus and was very tempting, but since they have a restaurant, we just snuck a peek and kept walking.
Just around the corner we found exactly what we were looking for: Loatian cuisine. We had a VERY spicy papaya salad and a rice dish. I wish we had a Loatian restaurant in CLE!
Even more enticing was the fresh squeezed sugar cane - it was a Must Do. Just watching them squeeze it was worth the five bucks! It was expensive and honestly wasn't that good but I can't imagine passing up the chance to try it. 
We also got to see our favorite bellydancers Troupe Shabaana.

This weekend we went to Parade the Circle for the first time. I'm not a huge fan of parades but everyone loves this event so we decided to check it out. It is extremely popular with over 80,000 people attending. 

The rain held out thankfully. Before the parade we walked around, watched an African dance and drum group and had a delicious but extremely overpriced zucchini pancake from the Murray Hill Market. $5.00 for one average sized pancake was a total rip off. I wish Noodlecat was serving food but they were running late and weren't serving until after the Parade. Happy Dog was there with either plain, chili or mac 'n cheese hot dogs. Pizza, kettle corn, sugared nuts, and corn dogs rounded out the offerings at the food stands. 

We absolutely loved all the homemade costumes and all the music. There was so much creativity and artistic talent, I was really impressed. 

My favorites:
Animals, Parade the Circle, 2015

#ParadetheCircle2015 #ParadetheCircle

#ParadetheCircle, Strong Man#ParadetheCircle


After the Parade, we skipped the food there and headed to lunch at L'Albatros. The cassoulet and rose was a delicious combo.
French restaurant in University Circle Cleveland Ohio

We crossed another item off our bucket list by FINALLY going to Piccadilly Creamery. They use liquid nitrogen and a KitchenAid mixer to create the creamiest ice cream imaginable right before your eyes. 
photo credit
My concoction was their strawberry balsamic ice cream with pecans, fresh pomegranate and a caramel drizzle. YUM!! My phone died right before I got my ice cream but I'm sure you can use your imagination.

What's on your Summer Bucket List?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

2015 Grapes & Ale Giveaway!

What event combines BBQ, blues, brews and vino at one of the coolest venues in Cleveland? Our Lady of the Wayside's Grapes & Ale at Progressive Field!
Progressive Field is hosting Grapes & Ale

On FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2015 Progressive Field opens its gates for one of my favorite events of the year. It's the perfect opportunity to check out some of the new features of the ball park including the Right Field District and "The Corner" while you eat delicious food, sample wines and craft beer and mingle under the stars. 

Great food, drinks and so much fun at Grapes & Ale
Doesn't this look like fun??
There are two ticket levels to choose from:

$125 VIP Majic of Wine Tasting

6:00pm - 7:00pm 
VIP Admission includes a private blind wine tasting, complimentary parking, hors d'oeuvres and wines from Tom Gore Vineyard, Pernod Ricard, Columbia Winery, Skinnygirl and Save Me San Francisco Wine Company. VIP also includes all amenities of the Premiere Grand Tasting Event. ($50 tax deductible)

$50 Premiere Grand Tasting Event
This includes international wine samplings along with summer fare selections from Barrio, Corleone's, Firehouse Sports Bar & Grill, Hodge's, Horseshoe Casino, Hot Sauce Williams and Strip, as well as sweet treats from Becker's Bakery and Sweet Moses. Access to Progressive Field's newest gem, The Corner, to enjoy samplings of craft beers ($5/10 samples or $10/20), Souvenir Glass, Chinese Raffle, Entertainment by Ace Molar (these guys are great!) and more. ($15 tax deductible)

There is also a $20 designated driver ticket available.

This event always flies by so the additional time that VIP gives you is worth it. Also make sure you get dessert - if you wait until the end, it WILL be gone.

Get your tickets here.

And thanks to the great folks at Our Lady of the Wayside, I have two tickets to give away! Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Contest ends at midnight on Wednesday. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Remember you must actually do each item to receive credit and make sure you leave a way to contact you or else another winner will have to be chosen.
***Disclosure: I was asked by Our Lady of the Wayside to help promote Grapes & Ale. In exchange, I will receive 2 premiere grand tasting tickets and am giving away 2 premiere grand tasting tickets to one of my readers. As always, all opinions are my own.***