Sunday, April 15, 2018

Market at the Food Bank Giveaway

**Updated - Congrats to Michelle M. She is the winner! **

Food is delicious, nourishing and brings people together. Some of my best memories involve sharing a meal with friends and family. Every time I go to the grocery store or go out to eat, I am extremely thankful that I don't have to worry about where my next meal is coming from. That's why I've always been passionate about supporting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. One of the best and tastiest ways to help them help others is to attend their annual fundraiser Market at the Food Bank. 
Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Market at the Food Bank
Market at the Food Bank is a food event celebrating the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Harvest for Hunger campaign. You mix and mingle at their Distribution Center at 15500 South Waterloo Road Cleveland, Ohio 44110 so you get to see where all the magic happens up close.

The event takes place on Sunday, April 29th from 6 – 8:30 p.m. and will feature delicious food and beverages from more than 50 of Northeast Ohio’s best restaurants, vendors, and beverage purveyors, entertainment and celebrities, wonderful auction items, and the all important opportunity to help alleviate hunger in our community.

There are so many fabulous restaurants and vendors participating including BRIM Kitchen + Brewery, Strip Steakhouse, Saucisson, Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream, and EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute.

,General admission tickets are $127 and include unlimited food and drink samples, a souvenir wine glass, and valet parking. VIP tickets are $202 and also include early admittance to the event and access to the VIP lounge. You can buy tickets online or if you aren't able to attend, you can make a donation. Each dollar donated provides food for four meals!
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You can also enter to win a pair of general admission tickets here! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Contest ends Sunday 4/22 at midnight. Winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email. If you win, you have 24 hours to claim your prize, otherwise another winner will be selected. Good luck!

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You can follow the Food Bank on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

*** Disclosure: I was invited to help the Food Bank promote this event in exchange for general admission tickets
 for my use as well as to give away. As always, all opinions are my own. ***

Friday, April 6, 2018

Legacy Village Restaurant Week 2018

Did you know that Legacy Village has a Restaurant Week? It's a great opportunity to add a Dining Deal to your shopping spree. Plan your visit to Legacy Village to take advantage of this dining deal Monday April 9 through Sunday April 15. You can take advantage of three-course prix fixe dinner menus for only $25 per person at the participating Legacy Village restaurants ($38 per person at The Capital Grille.) You can view all of the menus on Facebook or on the Legacy Village website.
dining deal, restaurant week, Legacy Village
All of these tasty restaurants are participating in Legacy Village Restaurant Week:

Bar Louie
Brio Coastal Bar + Kitchen
California Pizza Kitchen
The Capital Grille
Granite City Food & Brewery
The Melting Pot

After enjoying a prix fixe meal during Restaurant Week, diners will receive an entry form to complete to be entered into a drawing for a Legacy Village Restaurant Prize Package that includes a $50 gift card to each of the six participating restaurants.

Legacy Village will select a diner from each night of entries to win a $50 gift card to each of the restaurants. Entry forms include a coupon that can be redeemed for free Valet Parking (one time use) from April 15 to May 15, 2018.

If you've been wanting to try a new restaurant or need an excuse to visit an old favorite, the Legacy Village Restaurant Week is a great time to visit.

** Disclosure: I was provided a gift card in exchange for helping to promote this event. I'm a regular patron of their shops and restaurants and all thoughts and opinions are my own. **

Monday, April 2, 2018

A Foodie's Guide to #CIFF42

Cleveland is a foodie town. And the Cleveland International Film Festival has some delicious films to fill up on. Check out these tasty flicks:
Ramen Heads is a slurpalicious film about Japan’s best ramen and will introduce you to some of the interesting characters who have mastered it.
Chef Flynn is the story about Flynn McGarry a prodigy in the kitchen. This documentary tells of his extraordinary skills and the challenges that come with being a star chef in your teens.
The Bake Shop Ghost is part of the Hollywood and Family Shorts 1 programs. The Shorts programs are always one of my favorites! Think of them as the tapas of the film world. This little film is an enchanting story of a baker's battle to unlock the secrets of the perfect recipe and a lonely heart.

Brewmaster is your chance to meet some of the men and women creating one of our favorite beverages. It documents home brewers, big corporations and and behind-the-scenes. You'll also learn about Master Cicerones, the sommeliers of the beer world.
Halal for Beginners Based on true events, this film is a comedy celebrating modern Ireland’s growing multiculturalism. A young Muslim lives with his wacky aunt and uncle. When his Dad visits from India, he talks him into running Ireland’s first Halal meat factory. This opportunity will change everything.
I hope this post has whet your appetite. If you want to take a bite, you can purchase tickets online OR you can enter to win two vouchers. there are three ways to enter. Pick one or do all three! Here's how:

1. Leave a comment telling me which film you are most interested in.
2. Tweet the following and leave me a comment telling me did.

I want to get a taste of #CIFF42 and win tix from @EatDrinkCLE and @CIFF. #embracecuriosity #CLE  

3. Go to my Facebook page and tag a friend in the comments

Each comment is one entry. Contest ends Thursday at midnight and announced Friday. You must provide a way for me to reach you if you are selected. Winner has 24 hours to claim prize; otherwise, another winner will be chosen.

See you at the Film Fest!!!

* Disclaimer: I have been a CIFF member for over 10 years and currently work at the awesome firm that created their website. In addition to purchasing my own membership and tickets, I was also given vouchers for my own use as well as to give away. As always, all opinions are my own. *

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Celebrate Great Lakes Brewing Co 30th Anniversary - #GLBCisMine Giveaway

Great Lakes Brewing Company has been a very special place since opening in 1988. Truly a trendsetter, they not only brought a brewing back to Cleveland, they reinvented a neighborhood.
Their flagship lager Dortmunder Gold not only has won awards, it was my first introduction to what we now call craft beer. Before I tasted Dortmunder, I would either drink mass produced beer, or if I was feeling fancy, imports from Canada and Germany. That first sip of Dortmunder was the beginning of a journey towards being a true beer lover.

Besides their delicious beer, one of my favorite things about Great Lakes Brewing both then and now, is their commitment to the environment. The great taste, and even more importantly, the company values, made me realize that Dortmunder was my kind of beer. #GLBCisMine

Not only is the beer tasty, I love how GLBC really embraces being green. Recycling, the Fatty Wagon, and how they support local businesses make me love them even more. Wisely, they truly appreciate their namesake bodies of water and understand how important it is to keep our local water clean.

In 2001, they started the Great Lakes Burning River Fest. For one weekend every summer, people from all over the region come together to remember when the Cuyahoga River caught on fire, and to celebrate the environmental awareness that the infamous fire sparked. It's truly a summer Must Do.

Attendees gather at Cleveland’s historic Coast Guard Station for live music, fresh food from local farms and eateries, and plenty of Great Lakes Brewing Co. beer. It's a fun event with a purpose.
As GLBC grew and my tastes have changed, I've added many other Great Lakes beers to my favorites list. Whether I go to the tasting room for Pub Exclusives such as Cream Ale, She Drives Me Hazy, and the Barrel Aged Blackout Stout or purchase favorites like Eliot Ness, Chillwave, and Grandes Lagos Lager at the store - there is always something delicious on tap. And after meeting co-owner Pat Conway, the Conway Irish Ale (another favorite!) tastes even better. 
If you are in the Cleveland area, you can find out for yourself which beer is All Yours by visiting the brewery. Definitely check out the Pub Exclusives - you'll never know what you'll find.

If you aren't in the area, you can find a local retailer near you or you can take advantage of the Pint Size Pub summer tour.  The Pint Size Pub is a traveling version of the GLBC brewpub experience. It will be making stops throughout the Great Lakes region over the summer. As part of the tour, GLBC will be giving away a prize that includes a trip to Cleveland to help the brewery celebrate their 30th anniversary in September 2018. Learn more about the Pint Size Pub Tour and take a quiz to find out which Great Lake beer is all yours. I got Holy Moses - what did you get?

Giveaway Time!

No matter where you live, you can bring a bit of the Great Lakes experience home with you. I have an awesome GLBC swag bag that includes a Great Lake ball cap, pint glass, bottle opener and koozie to giveaway to one lucky reader! 

Follow these three steps to enter: 

1. Using either Twitter, Instagram (or both!) tell me which GLBC beer is all yours and why
2. Tag Great Lakes and Eat Drink Cleveland in your post(s)
Instagram: @GLBC_Cleveland and @eatdrinkcleveland
Twitter: @GLBC_Cleveland and @EatDrinkCLE
3. Include the hashtag #GLBCisMine

Add a photo or video to show us why GLBC is Yours for a bonus.

You must be 21 to win. Giveaway ends April 15th. Winner will be announced on both Twitter and Instagram. If selected, you will have 24 hours to claim your prize. Otherwise, another winner will be selected. Good luck!

You can follow Great Lake Brewing Co. on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

** Disclosure: I am partnering with Great Lakes to help them promote The Pint Size Pub and their 30th anniversary. They provided products for the giveaway as well as for my personal use. As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. **

Friday, March 23, 2018

Win Tickets and Embrace Curiosity at CIFF42

Every spring, Cleveland is home to the Cleveland International Film Fest. Film lovers from all around gather at Tower City to be a part of one of the best festivals in the country. I look forward to this like a kid waiting for Santa Claus. The energy at the Film Fest is incredible - once you attend, you'll be hooked for sure!

This year the theme is Embrace Curiosity. So if you're curious what all the buzz is about, I'm going to give you some of my top picks AND give you the opportunity to win a pair of vouchers.

There is truly a film for everyone! 72 countries are represented and the films range from thought provoking documentaries and comedies, LGBTQ and local interest, to tear jerkers and animated shorts. If you are worried about subtitles, there are plenty of films without them. 

Here are three feel-good films that I am most excited about:

Tripped Up by Cleveland's own Laura Watilo Blake.
Tripped up is a fast-paced, action-packed documentary that follows Cleveland native Steve Belkin on a recent trek, giving viewers an inside look at all the exciting surprises that come with the Competitours experience. Inspired by a global scavenger hunt he participated in, he founded Competitours in 2009. The unconventional travel agency offers customers an opportunity that mirrors such reality shows as The Amazing Race. 

Anna has come to the tiny village of Puglia, Italy to fulfill her mother’s wish of scattering her ashes there. Suddenly Anna is laying in a hospital and facing possible murder charges. With the help of some villagers very eager to tell the story in their own unique way, the winding tale of Anna’s past is spun for the local police commissioner. Tulipani is the saga of Anna’s parentage, recounted with the magic of myth. It is a tale of heroes and villains, triumph and tragedy. 

Who doesn't love Mr. Rogers? This film looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood.

I bet you are curious about what other films will be at the CIFF. You can learn morebecome a member and purchase tickets.  

And you can win a pair of vouchers so you can experience CIFF42 for yourself or with a friend. Enter below using the Rafflecopter. Giveaway ends at midnight on Friday 3/30. You must provide a valid email address. Winner has 24 hours to claim the prize. 

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* Disclaimer: I have been a CIFF member for over 10 years and currently work at the awesome firm that created their website. In addition to purchasing my own membership and tickets, I was also given vouchers for my own use as well as to give away. As always, all opinions are my own. *

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

One Day Vitamix Sale - 3/6 Today Only

If you've seen me posting about my Vitamix and have always wanted to get one, now is your chance.

Head to Amazon for a one day sale on the Vitamix 5200. Normally priced at $399.95, it's on sale for $298.94! That's $100 off and includes free shipping

Why do I love my Vitamix so much?

  • It makes the smoothest smoothies. And sauces. And soups.
  • Speaking of soups, the Vitamix actually cooks the soups while blending.
  • Homemade lemon curd is a breeze! So much tastier and cheaper.
  • Nut butters - fresh is better than store bought, plus you control the ingredients.
  • Ice cream in minutes - with no bulky container that you have to store in the freezer.
  • Did I mention margaritas? Frozen cocktails whip up in seconds with no chunks of ice. 
  • Homemade almond milk will make you swoon. Seriously - it's sooo good!
  • Clean up takes 1 minute - and you don't have to disassemble anything to do it. 
  • 10 year warranty
Head over to Amazon to order one for yourself!
Image from Vitamix

You can even make your own flours, chop ingredients, grind coffee, make baby food and more. Find out more at Vitamix. While it sounds like a lot of money for a blender, it actually will end up saving you money and making your life a whole lot easier.

They make great wedding gifts too so if someone you know is tying the knot this year, grab it now while it's one sale.

Made in the USA, the Vitamix is the very best blender you can buy. It's warranty and customer service are exceptional. Choosing a Vitamix over a blender made by a competitor helps you keep jobs right here in NE Ohio. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Film Fest Fan Package at The Ritz

The 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival is right around the corner. Starting on April 4th, downtown Cleveland will be filled with film lovers from around the world.
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One of the very best places to stay while you are attending the Film Fest is the Ritz-Carlton hotel downtown Cleveland. It's super convenient location attached to Tower City means you don't have to venture out into the weather. The hotel has always been beautiful, but thanks to new renovations it's better than ever.

For the ultimate VIP movie-going experience, The Ritz-Carlton Film Fest Fan Package is priced from $389 USD per night and is valid between April 4 and April 15, 2018, based on availability.

The package includes:
  • Deluxe overnight accommodations
  • Two film festival vouchers redeemable for two tickets at the CIFF box office
  • Film-themed amenity
  • CIFF 42 poster and program
  • High-speed in-room Internet access
  • Hotel valet parking
Film aficionados can enjoy event-themed menus and cocktails at The Ritz-Carlton's new TURN Bar + Restaurant. Throughout the film fest, TURN will present an optional express dining menu “Embrace Your Curiosity”  which offers local and international comfort foods that are perfect for those in a rush to get to screenings. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Cleveland's Finest Hors d'Oeuvre Contest Giveaway!

If you've been following this blog, you know how much I love Our Lady of the Wayside. They have been enriching the lives of individuals who have developmental disabilities and intellectual challenges for fifty years! 

Their events are always incredibly fun and delicious. They asked me to help them promote the Cleveland's Finest Hors d'Oeuvre Contest and giveaway two tickets to one of my readers. This is an event you don't want to miss!
Cleveland's Finest Hors d'Oeuvre Contest is an annual fundraiser featuring some of CLE's best chefs trying to wow you with their delicious nibbles. Sample and vote for your favorites from chefs at local gems such as Corleone's, Melt, Momocho, Tartine, Progressive Field, Zack Bruell Events and more.

WHEN:        Thursday, February 22, 2018  6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.      
WHERE:      Progressive Field Terrace Club 
TICKETS:   $80, includes two floors of appetizers, wine, beer samplings from Saucy Brew Works, a silent auction and music by Nate Jones & Jessica Shetler and Browning Avenue Jazz. 

Purchase your tickets online here. Your support helps Our Lady of the Wayside provide residential, transportation and Pathways Day Program services for over 900 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Last year this event raised $50,000! 
You can also win a pair of tickets here! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. You can also head over to Instagram for a bonus entry. Contest ends Saturday. Good luck!
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Some of the 2017 deliciousness

** Disclosure: I was given two tickets in exhange for promoting this event,
as well as two tickets to give away. As always, all thoughts are my own. **

Friday, February 2, 2018

5 Things Friday

1. Last Friday we visited on of my favorite off-the-radar spots. I'm almost temped to keep it to myself but I don't want to be selfish. The London Pickleworks has a goofy name and is in hard to find spot, but it's been around forever. The McPickle is a Must Do for sure. It's a much tastier version of a Big Mac and it really hits the spot. I discovered a new favorite - The Hot Pickle. It's a big dill pickle sliced into rounds and served with jalepenos and Ritz crackers. I know it sounds weird, but it's SO good. And it's only $1.75. Deal alert!
2. Both Buffy and I got our hair done. I'm so thankful that my groomer is so sweet because as Buffy gets older, she is SO bad when it comes to grooming. I give her a bath at home to reduce the stress on all of us. The joys of having a senior pet. But doesn't she look CUTE?

Yes, she is way cuter than me!
3. We went to Masthead's One Year Anniversary Can Release Party. Their pizza is soooo good!!! My favorite beer was the Barrel Aged Tiramisu Underverse - fantastic!
4. Sunday I had tea at Coquette Patisserie with The Mexitalian. The food was gorgeous and delicious! It wasn't as elaborate as tea at The Ritz or other similar places but we had a great afternoon catching up.
5. Feeling nostalgic thanks to a visit at Abuelo's - this is where Mark and I went on our 2nd date so it will always hold a spot in my heart. Happy to report it's as delicious as always! They are having a Fajitas for Two Valentine's Deal that you can take advantage of 2/8 - 2/14.

And two more because this week was that good!

6. Celebrating my dear friend Kerry's 50th birthday with tons of appetizers and amazing homemade cookies. She even had a hot chocolate bar. If you're going to turn 50, you might as well do it in style!
7. And lucky #7 - we got our plane tickets for a trip to California this summer. We're heading to the LA are to celebrate Mark's cousin's 70th birthday and we can't wait! We'll be visiting some new wineries, sightseeing and exploring in addition to attending the huge bash.

Hope you had a great week! TGIF!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Olmsted Falls Sunoco Gas Station Hummus

Hummus is tasty and healthy, but it doesn't normally create a buzz in the foodie world. That is until some folks discovered a average looking Sunoco gas station in Olmsted Falls that happens to have a delicious surprise inside. A regular looking gas station on the outside. An amazing hummus purveyor on the inside. This is not your average gas station!
Head to the back of the store and you'll see a deli-type case with your typical lunch meats and cheeses. But the star of the show is the little containers on the top shelf.
The hummus is homemade by the owner's Mom aka MamaMary and you can really taste the love that she puts into every batch. The freshness and texture can't be beat. They offer really interesting flavors that will change your opinions of this Mediterranean treat. 
From top left: jalapeño, plain, pomegranate, and bacon (beef)

Pomegranate, dill pickle, jalapeño and kalamata are my favorites. A really delicious baba ganoush is also available sometimes. But whatever flavors you choose, make sure you get the hot pita that is dusted with za'tar seasoning.
While homemade hummus is definitely the star of the show, they also make delicious sandwiches and gyros.
We decided to try the Philly Steak Sandwich and a gyro. The Philly Steak was HUGE and could easily be shared. The gyro was demolished before a photo could be taken. It was also very big and tasty.
I love stuffed grape leaves so I had to try some of those too. They were vegetarian, fresh and a great buy. My only regret was not getting more.
I also noticed some mujadara in the case and decided to try that too. It was good, but nothing special. I really missed the onions on top.
Pro Tip: If you need to bring something to a party, grab and assortment of hummus and pita. You will definitely be asked back.
Even if you aren't someone who normally gets prepared food at a gas station, you definitely want to take the plunge and try this place. If you want to check to see what they have available before you make the trip, call ahead. Everything is fresh and they sell out regularly.

Olmsted Falls Sunoco
9796 Columbia Road
Olmsted Falls, OH 44138
(440) 235-0351

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