Friday, April 27, 2018

A Royal Wedding Breakfast at The Ritz

Are you as excited as I am about the upcoming royal nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle??
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If you are, you can watch THE wedding of 2018 in style at The Ritz-Carlton downtown Cleveland. This is definitely an occasion worth getting up early for!

Join them on May 19th for a fancified breakfast and watch the wedding in style.

You will be able to view the ceremony on large TV monitors while enjoying a delightful English breakfast including:

Scones with marmalade
Scrambled eggs with Devonshire cream
Chilled smoked seafood
English cheeses with water crackers
Fresh fruits and vegetables
British breads

Coffee, tea and juices are included. A cash bar will be available with Champagne, Mimosas, Bellinis and Bloody Marys.

Ladies are invited to wear their most romantic hats or fascinators for this festive occasion, which will commence at 6:00 a.m., in ample time for the live television broadcast of the 7:00 a.m. wedding ceremony. 

Breakfast will be served until 9:00 a.m. and is priced at $55 per person + tax and gratuities.

To make reservations for the Royal Wedding Breakfast at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, call 216-902-5255. 

The Ritz-Carlton
1515 West Third Street
Cleveland, Ohio  

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Ajoyo Almond Milk Instagram Giveaway

The following post is sponsored by my friends at Ajoyo - they provided coupons for this giveaway as well as for my personal use.

Guys, I think spring is FINALLY here! Even though we aren't completely there yet, I know it's close. The birds are building nests and flowers are starting to bloom. These changes are extremely exciting and have me thinking of tank tops, shorts and bathing suits. Oh wait, BATHING SUITS! Ugh. 

If you are like me, you dread the idea of baring it (almost) all, especially after a long, cold winter spent eating comfort food and hibernating. 

I've been thinking about ways I can start getting my act together, so I can ease back into living a healthier lifestyle. I promised Buffy that daily walks are back on the schedule. Plus we have TWO garden plots in our Community Garden that will keep us busy. Exercise is great but you have to eat healthy to be healthy. I have such a sweet tooth I'm making a real effort to limit those decadent desserts to special occasions, not daily treats. 

One more way I'm trying to be healthier is by starting every day with a smoothie. This is seriously the easiest way to add a ton more veggies and fruits into your day.

Packing the smoothie with protein is a must for me. If not, I'm starving in an hour. I use both Greek yogurt and Ajoyo Almondmilk to help me stay full until lunch.

I love that Ajoyo is a local company, part of SmithFoods in Orville, Ohio. I also love that they are non-GMO and don't add high fructose corn syrup to their products. Plus Ajoyo Almondmilk is lactose-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, doesn't contain cholesterol or saturated fat and is Kosher. I wish it didn't contain gellan gum and xanthan gum, but the ingredients are good compared to some of the other almond milks on the market. The have full list of products (and ingredients) online.

Ajoyo's Start Small Campaign is all about making it easy to make one simple swap toward a healthier lifestyle. 

And to help you Start Small, here's one of my favorite green smoothie recipes.

Add each ingredient to the blender in the order given. 

1/2 c. Ajoyo Almondmilk, vanilla or plain

1 8 oz. c. Greek strawberry yogurt 
2 giant handfuls of kale or spinach
3 XL leaves of basil
1 stalk celery
1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger
1 ripe banana
1 medium carrot
3 pitted medjool dates
1/2 c. cubed mango or papaya
3 T. chia seeds
1 cup of ice (or more if you like your smoothie thicker)

Blend until smooth. Sprinkle with bee pollen and serve. Makes 2 generous servings.

If you enter the Start Small Sweepstakes, you can win a year’s supply of Ajoyo Almondmilk! By entering your email on that landing page, you are automatically entered. But you can also pair your Fitbit and get stepping for additional sweepstakes entries and coupons.  

I'm also giving away coupons for four free half gallons of Ajoyo Almondmilk so you can try it and make a swap of your own.

Just follow these easy steps:

  • Go to this post on Instagram and like it.
  • Follow Ajoyo and Eat Drink Cleveland on Instagram.
  • Tag a friend in the comments.
Contest ends May 6.

Use the store locator to find a local retailer and follow Ajoyo on Facebook and Instagram.

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.
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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. *