Sunday, August 30, 2015

Burning River Fest 2015

It's been a couple of years since I've been to the Great Lakes Burning River Fest so I was really looking forward to attending this year. Mr. EDC has never been and I knew he would love it too.

First of all, the weather was perfect. Seriously: warm during the day, cool at night with no humidity and a slight breeze. Add that to the gorgeous lakefront setting and we knew the night was going to be special.

We headed straight for the ID check and beer token booth so we could start off the night with a cold one. We both opted to start the night with the new Steady Rollin IPA. They also had Burning River IPA of course and Oktoberfest on tap.
We walked around the Coast Guard Station admiring the views, watching boaters and scoping out the food offerings. Soooo many great choices! Brunty Farms lamb burgers, Sauced wood fired pizza, coconut shrimp, lobster rolls, Mitchell's ice cream and more. Definitely not your average fair food. 
The Stan from Sauced
We went inside to the chef demo stage to check out some of our favorite chefs:
Jeff Jarrett from Cafe 55 and Sterle's
There was a nice mix of music - everything from rock, to indie and accoustical.
I was sad that we we missed Hey Mavis because they were performing the next night but Yosemight had everyone dancing and Brian Johnson was fabulous.
They also had Cleveland Water drinking water stations, recycling every where, plentiful porta-potties, eco themed booths and super helpful volunteers. 
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It's one of my favorite festivals not only because of all this awesomeness, but also because it benefits the Burning River Foundation. This year, they decided to focus on revitalizing the Coast Guard Station. They are hoping that by 2019 (the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River catching on fire) the station will be restored and ready to show how we can all make a difference in the environment and in our city. In 2017 a new bridge will be built so it will be even easier to get there. 

I already can't wait for next year! If you didn't go, be sure to put in on your calendar for 2016. And when you do go, here's some tips:
  • Get pre-sale tickets - you not only save money but you get perks like free yoga
  • Ride your bike! You save money on your ticket price and there's free valet
  • Bring a folding chair if you want to sit - seating was at a premium
  • Pace yourself - Great Lakes beer is strong so don't go crazy
  • Divide and conquer - split food with a friend so you can taste everything
  • Watch the chef demos - you get free samples of food plus a beer tasting
  • Wear comfy shoes - definitely no high heels - there's lots of walking even if you hop on the shuttle bus and most is on uneven surfaces and grass
*Disclosure: I was 2 provided ticket for the 
Burning River Fest in exchange for promoting the event. 
As always, thoughts expressed are my own.*

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Great Lakes Burning River Fest Giveaway

I was invited for a sneak peak of the Great Lakes Burning River Fest. We headed to the Beer Symposium for a taste of what Cleveland's iconic brewery has in store for us this year.

They have this super cool wall right when you walk in. Those are all beer bottles as the background. Katrina and I put Mr. H to work as our photographer.

We started off sampling some of our favorite beers and snacked on a tasty assortment of cheese, sausages and their famous pretzel bites.
I was really excited to try the new collaboration between Bertman's Original and Great Lakes - the Dortmunder Beer Mustard. It was delicious! Grainier than the original with a nice kick, it's available at their store - as well as another tasty gem: Eliot Ness Fig Apple Jam. Yes, you need to try both. Trust me.
We learned about Great Lakes Brewing Company, their facilities and the history of the Burning River Fest. 
We even had a surprise visitor - Pat Conway himself! He is one of the owners of Great Lakes and his passion is contagious. He shared stories and made each of us reflect on what we can do as a city and as individuals to keep Cleveland clean and green.
And I couldn't pass up the opportunity for a selfie...
Afterwards, Adam took us on a tour of the brewery. If you haven't gone on one or attended their Beer School, you really should. Not only do you learn about the Great Lakes beer, you also get a lesson in Cleveland history. And did I mention beer samples?
Another highlight of the night was getting to try the newest year-round Great Lakes brew before it is released to the public ~ Steady Rollin' Session IPA. Single hopped and full of citrus, it's a great beer to debut at #BRF15. It reminds me a lot of their Chillwave but it has a lower ABV so it's an easy drinker. 

If you want to visit the fest and get your hands on some of this newcomer, you can enter to win tickets here!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
In addition to tasting this newest addition to the Great Lakes line up, the fest includes:

  • Over 18 bands and musicians on two stages bringing funk, blues, rock, and more to the shore
  • Food trucks
  • Fresh, all-natural local food and chef demonstrations from Anna in the Raw, Jeff Jarrett, John Selick and more, plus handcrafted beer by Great Lakes Brewing Company
  • The most spectacular night time views of Cleveland from a wonderful greenspace right in the heart of Cleveland’s industry
  • A ceremonial lighting of floating pyres intended to commemorate the efforts to clean up our waterways since the burning of the Cuyahoga
  • NEO Cycle bike valet

Find out about the Burning River Foundation here.

Contest ends Tuesday at midnight. Please be sure to complete all steps as directed to receive credit for your entries. Good luck!

*Disclosure: I was invited to the preview party and given passes for the 
Burning River Fest. I was also given two passes to give away.
As always, thoughts expressed are my own. *

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cleveland Nordstrom Pinrose Fragrance Launch Party

Do you love Nordstrom as much as I do? What's not to love about amazing customer service, free shipping and all the pretty things?? It's one of the few department stores I frequent. When I received an invitation to the Cleveland area launch party for a new fragrance line they are introducing, I jumped. Kelly from Nordstrom joined us as we learned about the latest addition to their fragrance line up. 
We met up at Press Wine Bar for a night of delicious eats, lots of laughs, a little wine and lots of perfume. We left a little more educated about how two cool chicks are trying to revolutionize the perfume business and smelling a lot better than we arrived too. 

Pinrose is a luxury fragrance company founded by two lovely ladies in San Francisco that is made in the USA. They use only the highest quality essential oils, naturals, and synthetics and are phthalate and paraben free. Pinrose is available exclusively at Nordstrom and from Pinrose online. We met Erika (left, below) and let me tell you, she is seriously talented, passionate, smart and sweet.
Erika and Christine (above, right) use synesthesia to help you pick out the best perfumes for you. While this sounds like crazy talk, you really just take a short quiz to find your customized scent prescription. My result? The Charmer. Click here to take the quiz and find yours.

One of my favorites ~ Merry Maker:
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This one was developed with pregnant ladies in mind because its ingredients fight nausea. No big announcement ~I'm not pregnant, but it was floral without being too sweet and is exactly what I look for in a summer scent. Another favorite was Secret Genius.  

Everyone was buzzing about Campfire Rebel:
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It changes its scent as you wear it so it starts out smokey and ends up with a sweeter raspberry finish. Very unique and smelled great.

Don't you just love the quirky names? Another favorite of the group ~ Garden Gangster. Another cool thing about this line is that you can purchase Petal Packs , their single dose sachets. They are perfect for tossing in your gym bag or your carry on. They are also a great way to try a bunch of fragrances without committing to a full bottle. Even the full size bottles can be brought on board thanks to the one ounce size. Bonus: no pushy fragrance ladies trying to spray you as you walk by.

We talked perfume as we shared all the food at Press Wine Bar. Their entrees sounded unseasonably heavy so we ordered a ton of apps and shared. The restaurant was SO dark that photos weren't really on my mind which caused me to do a huge blogger fail - no pics of our awesome group! I did manage to capture a little of our feast.
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The combination board and flatbreads (shredded winter squash, duck confit and house cured pancetta were our choices) were big hits. Skip the pork meatballs - the texture was tough. Instead order the excellent Seared Florida Gulf Shrimp Crispy grit cake, pickled sweet peppers with blood orange gastrique. It was my favorite of the night. We also ordered rose and this excellent Malbec.

Nordstrom Pinrose Launch Party Cleveland OH
Thanks again to Pinrose and Nordstrom for a night of beauty and fun. I think you'll like Pinrose as much as we did. You can follow Pinrose on FacebookPinterestInstagram and TwitterShop Nordstrom here.
Pinrose fragrances

*Disclosure: Food and drinks were provided. We each also received Petal Packs to take home. 
I'm sharing this with you because I love the product. No compensation was received. As always, all opinions expressed are mine. Photo of founders from Pinrose website and photos of individual perfume bottles are from**