Monday, September 26, 2016

Snack Attack - shop online to save money on snacks for your desk or on the go

Before I tell you about how I get my favorite snacks at bargain prices, check to see if you are the winner of my giveaway for tonight's Harvesting Hope

If you are like me, you love to shop online. It's super convenient and every time a package arrives it's like a little celebration. Plus, there are no lines and a lot more selection. 
photo of packages at the front door
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I just recently discovered the joys of shopping online for food. (why did it take me so long?!) You can get unique items not available at your local stores and if you shop carefully, you can even save a bunch of money!

My favorite food to buy online is snacks. Everybody loves to munch but those trips to the vending machine really add up. 

Here are some of my favorite snacks available online for a bargain. 

Happy Snacking!

These babies are one of my favorites, and I normally can't be trusted with them. These 2 cookie packs are perfect for a sweet treat and keep me from eating the whole bag. Keep a stash at your desk for that afternoon coffee break.

Milano dark chocolate cookies $9.39 

Coconut water is one of our staples. It's so refreshing and is great for rehydrating. We went through cases of this stuff when we were moving. 

VitaCoco - only $13.98 for a 12 pack online.

Move over Nutela - there's a new kid in town! And it comes in handy packets that you can squeeze directly into your mouth easily take with you. No knife needed. It's also perfect for your backpacking and road trips.

Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut spread $10.70 for a pack of ten.

Another staple are these individually wrapped Twizzlers. The stay fresh longer and they are so easy to grab and go.

Twizzlers $5.24 for 105 pieces.

Instead of paying $1.00 a bag in the vending machine, get this variety pack of pretzels instead and save big.

Snyder's of Hanover $11.39 for 36.

Oh man are we obsessed with these snack mixes! And I absolutely LOVE this variety pack. Because every flavor is So.Damn.Good.

Sahale Grab and Go  $23.90 for 12 packs.

Perfect for Fall and beyond, this hot chocolate is crazy good. It takes care of those chocolate cravings and warms you up. Perfect for when the office a/c is cranking. And it comes in Caramel and Mocha flavors too. Get one of each, you'll thank me later.

Ghirardelli hot cocoa $3.95 per bag.

Especially if you are flying, this is the perfect grab and go snack that will save you a bunch of money and is actually very satisfying. It even includes dessert. This one is healthier and still really delicious too. Wouldn't you rather use that extra cash on cocktails or a great souvenir?

GoPicnic $3.91

The Ginger People Gin Gins Chewy Ginger Candy 4-Flavor Variety: One 2 lb Assorted Bag of Original, Peanut, Hot Coffee, and Spicy Apple

I always have these ginger chews on hand. They pack a lot of flavor plus they are a great alternative to Tums if your tummy is upset. The flavors are SO hard to find in the store. My favorite flavor is the peanut but they are all really good. 

Ginger People Gin Gins variety pack $13.49 for 1 lb.

Last but certainly not least is one of my all time favorite chips - Doritos Nacho Cheese. I only buy these if we're having people over because I will eat the whole damn bag. This party size bag is surprisingly hard to find in the store but is necessary if I intend to share.

Doritos Party Size Nacho Cheese $3.06

What is your favorite snack?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Taste of the Browns Event Recap

As I'm drinking my coffee this morning thinking about all the fun we had at Taste of the Browns last night, I realize that I'm still full!
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is such a wonderful organization and helps so many people. All the chefs and restaurants involved really bring their A game and it shows. So.Much.Food.

The Barrio food truck and a band greeted us as we entered - it was a great way to kick off the night!
I did my best to try a little bit of everything, but with an event of this size it's almost impossible! But I tried my best...
B-Spot, Amp 150  and Edwins all had tasty dishes
And there were sweet treats too, including ice cream from Graeters.
Picking a favorite is really hard but this year, Parkers got my vote. I went back for seconds and considered thirds of their duck confit with white bean puree and salsa verde. I hope they put this on the menu so you can try it too!
In addition to all the amazing food, there were Browns players, both past and present, mingling with the crowds, taking photos and signing autographs. One of the highlights for me was to finally meet The Bone Lady.
The silent and live auction items as always were fabulous and the competition was stiff. Happy winners walked away with tickets to Browns games, a tailgate party with Chef Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit, tickets to concerts, autographed memorabilia, a Vitamix and much more. 

While we were happily noshing, the Cleveland Food Bank rang up more than $226,000 to help hungry families. With each dollar raised equaling four meals provided to those in need, it was a huge success!

Thank you to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank for inviting me to the event and share it with all of you. It's a phenomenal event for an important organization. If you have never been, put this on your list for next year for sure! In the meantime, you can donate here.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Autism Speaks Chefs Gala

Things have been quiet around here - but it's for good reason. We bought a house and moved and right in the middle of all that, my Mom was in the hospital. Time flies when you're having fun, right?

My friend Katrina wasn't able to use her tickets to Michael Symon's Autism Speaks Chef Gala and kindly offered them to me because she knew I was in desperate need for a fun night on the town. Plus she knew I would do a guest blog for her...

Here's a few pictures to tempt you to head on over to Bite Buff and read all about all the delicious food we ate and the wonderful cause.

National Punch Day

National Punch Day is September 20th and no, this is not when you get to take out your frustrations with the annoying people in your life by delivering a punch in the face. Instead it's a delicious excuse to drink punch! 

And where better to celebrate than at Punch Bowl Social in the Flats East Bank. In honor of this special day, they are offering $8 Punch Flights.
It's the perfect way to sample all their delicious concoctions without over-indulging. While you are there, you can play vintage video games, bowl, play ping pong and more. They are also having a 1st Anniversary Party on Sept. 25th from 7 - 9pm. Tickets are only $10 each and include a buffet, 2 drinks, open gaming and live music.

If tasting All.The.Punch. inspires you to make some for your next soiree - here's a tasty recipe to try that is perfect for fall.

Apple Cider Punch
Inspired by epicurious.

1 cup Calvados or Tom's Foolery applejack

1 cup Watershed bourbon or Crown Royal

1/4 cup fresh lime juice, strained

6 cups fresh apple cider, if possible from your local orchard
2 red apples Fuji, Honeycrisp or similar
1 lime

6-8 whole cloves
Ice ring or spheres*

Mix all liquids in a large bowl or pitcher. Add one whole red apple with cloves pressed into the fruit. Let the flavors mingle for at least one hour.

When ready to serve, pour mixture into a punch bowl. Add ice ring or spheres. Garnish with the 2nd apple and lime, sliced thin.

To make an ice ring:
Use a jello mold, bundt pan or shallow bowl that is freezer proof and will fit inside your punch bowl. Fill 2/3 full of water or cider. If you want to be fancy, add some sliced apples and limes arranged decoratively in the mold. Freeze for at least 4 hours, depending on the size. When ready to use, quickly run hot water on the outside of the container to help release the ice.

Or you can use these super cool ice sphere molds to make giant balls of ice. At under $10, they are a great addition to your bar. They are also perfect for cocktails because they fit nicely in the glass and don't dilute your drink. Plus you'll get style points from all your friends.

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Happy Punch Day!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Harvesting Hope Giveaway

When the American Cancer Society contacted me about helping them promote Harvesting Hope I didn't hesitate. They are an amazing nationwide, community-based organization that helps so many people through their dedication to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
Harvesting Hope ticket giveaway via Eat*Drink*Cleveland

Harvesting Hope is an annual event that celebrates survivors and raises money for the Joseph S. and Jeannette M. Silber Hope Lodge, the American Cancer Society's facility that provides free overnight lodging to cancer patients and their caregivers who have to travel away from home for treatment. Since opening in 1995, the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge program in Cleveland has provided more than 180,000 nights of free lodging to more than 5,600 patients and their caregivers.

This farm to table experience takes place on September 26th at 5:30 and showcases local chefs surrounded by the beauty of the Cleveland Botanical Garden. It features chef stations, a seasonal dinner, music from The Speedbumps, a cork pull and both silent and live auctions. Beverages will be provided by Brick and Barrel Brewery and Tito's Handmade Vodka.
Featured Chefs for 2016 Harvesting Hope
When I found out the event was being held at the Botanical Garden just two days before our wedding anniversary, I was even more excited! It will be three years since we became Mr. & Mrs. and I can't wait to revisit our wedding site.
Eat*Drink*Cleveland's wedding at the Cleveland Botanical Garden
You can purchase tickets and learn more about the event online. Want to join me at this delicious event? Enter below for the chance to win two tickets.

If you are unable to attend but want to help make a difference, visit the website to donate online or find out about volunteer opportunities.
Event Date:
Monday, September 26, 2016
Event Location:
Cleveland Botanical Garden
11432 Mayfield Road
Cleveland, OH 44106

*** Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the event. In exchange,
I received tickets to attend and to giveaway to a reader.
As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. ***

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Taste of the Browns 2016 Giveaway

Hey guys! Remember me?

Sorry to have been offline for most of the summer. I hope that you think this post was worth the wait. Because I'm here to tell you how you can tackle hunger with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank at the 18th Annual Taste of the Browns AND I have two tickets to giveaway to one of my awesome readers. Maybe it will be you!

On Monday September 19th the Cleveland Browns and local culinary stars team up to raise awareness and money for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. The event is the major annual fundraiser for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the region’s largest hunger relief organization. With the more than $224,000 raised
at the 2015 event, the Food Bank was able to distribute more than 896,000 meals to agencies in six counties. 

There are some new hot spots on the list of over 25 restaurants including Parker's, Cedar Creek Grill, Nuevo Modern Mexican along with these favorites:
  • Michael Symon (B Spot Burgers, Lola Bistro, Lolita, Mabel’s BBQ)
  • Jim Blevins (Butcher and the Brewer)
  • Dan Deagan (Deagan’s Kitchen and Bar and Humble Wine Bar)
  • Michael Thompson and Odell Boone (Pickwick & Frolic)
  • Eric Williams (Momocho and El Carnicero)
  • Zack Bruell restaurants
Honorary event co-chairs are Cleveland Browns Tight End Gary Barnidge; former Browns Linebacker and current Judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Dick Ambrose; and Chef Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit, Rosie and Rocco’s.

The event will be held in the Club Lounge at FirstEnergy Stadium. General admission tickets are available for $175 ($75.00 of which is tax-deductible) or VIP tickets are available for $250 ($150 of which is tax-deductible). All proceeds benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Access to the VIP Lounge will include exclusive tastings, access to Cleveland Browns celebrities and a personalized listing in the scrolling Thank You video played during the event. For more information or to order tickets, call (216) 738-2046 or click here.

And you can enter to win a pair of general admission tickets here! Simply use the Rafflecopter below. Contest begins 9/2. One lucky winner will be randomly selected. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
You can read about last year's event here. I'm still dreaming about this dessert from Seballo's.
 Good luck and hope to see you there!
*** Disclaimer: I was provided 2 general admission tickets and 2 to giveaway
in exchange for helping to promote this event. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.***