Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Lucky's Market

The much anticipated Lucky's Market is open and it's fabulous! This girl loves a good grocery store so I jumped at the chance to check out the newest natural and organic market in town. I was invited to the Friends and Family event last night and it was a full on party! They had live music and food samples galore as everyone was getting their first glimpse of Lucky's in Cleveland.
They also had AMAZING Grand Opening sales! Be sure to head over there to take advantage of the special pricing and check out the new store for yourself.
Cantaloupe, pineapples and fresh Blue Point oysters were all $1 or less! 
Some of the highlights:

Build Your Own Ramen
You can customize your bowl with different add-ins and broth styles. I love being able to make it my way but they also offer set "recipes" if you don't want to customize.

2 slices for $5 is a steal, especially when it tastes this good. I tried their unique Veggie Pesto pizza with goat cheese and a meat/veggie combo. Definitely not your average grocery store pizza - delicious!

Dinner for Two
Grab a bag of house-made already cooked food and dinner can be on the table in minutes. All you do it reheat the protein and sides and enjoy. The meatloaf with mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts caught my eye but there are lots of choices including Quesadilla, Spinach and Cheese Lasagna and more. $13.99

Good Eats Dinners
When you have a little more time but still want convenience, grab a Good Eats Dinner in the Meat department. Your protein, veggies, sauces and seasonings are packaged together so you don't have to worry about forgetting or not having an ingredient that you need. Chicken stir, coconut curry shrimp, and beef pot roast with veggies are just some of the options.

Bulk Food Section
The bulk food selection is super impressive! The offer all sorts of nuts, fruit, snack mixes, candy, grains, and more. I love being able to buy the perfect quantity of an ingredient and being able to try before you buy.

Lucky's Store Brands
Lucky's products are high-quality and priced great. They have everything from olive oil, baking mix, cookies, vitamins and more and the prices are MUCH lower than name brands.

Check out these upcoming events:

Grand Opening on Wednesday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m.
There will be a Bacon-cutting ceremony (they really cut a huge slab of bacon with a ninja knife!) with local officials and Lucky’s Market founders, Bo & Trish Sharon, and local store director, Ryder Reynolds.

In addition, they will present more than $10,000 in Impact Grant donations to support three local non-profit organizations:

  • The Refugee Response to fund the purchase and installation of a cold storage unit and a start house heater for the Ohio City Farm to help increase sales and reduce waste
  • Girls with Sole to support costs of transportation, materials, healthy food and fitness equipment for Camp Power
  • University Settlement to support nutrition programming and to provide daily meals for clients in the Adult Wellness Program.

Tasting Fair
Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring live music, some of Lucky’s Market’s favorite vendors, delicious food samples and gift basket giveaways.

Bags for Change
Through August 18, 2018, customers reusing their shopping bags can choose to get a 10-cent credit on their purchase or to send a donation to Ohio City Bicycle Co-op, NewBridge Cleveland or Achievement Centers for Children.

June 5 Impact Day
10% of one day’s total net sales will go to Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K), helping to provide new school uniforms, casual clothing, socks, underwear, winter coats, shoes and school supplies to those most in need.

Seafood Spectacular
May 25-27 for oceans of savings on top-quality seafood items.

Lucky’s Loves Local Vendor Fair
June 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring specialty foods and products from local companies.

11620 Clifton Blvd. Cleveland, OH 44102

It's in the Edgewater neighborhood at the Cleveland and Lakewood West 117th border.

You can follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

** Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Friend's and Family event and was given some samples of Lucky's products. I also purchased lots of my own groceries while I was there. 
As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Monday, May 14, 2018

ideastream Grand Tastings and Seminars Giveaway

ideastream is home to local television and radio stations WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN, WCLV 104.9. It's also the host of one of the best wine events in Cleveland - the ideastream Grand Tastings and Seminars

The two day extravaganza is back and better than ever! This year it takes place on Friday June 1st and Saturday June 2nd. It includes a Grand Tasting each day, plus intimate seminars, a food demonstration by Chef Jacques Pépin and a VIP dinner experience on Saturday.
Both Grand Tasting tickets include:

- Access to the wine tasting event
- A buffet of hearty appetizers and desserts
- Souvenir wine glass and wine plate
- Access to the silent auction
- Complimentary subscription to Wine Spectator magazine

In addition to the amazing tastings, you can attend one of these seminars on Saturday at 1:00pm: 

- ABCs of Wine
- Sparkling Wine and Champagne

This year will be even more special thanks to guest Chef Jacques PépinWinner of 16 James Beard Awards and author of 29 books, Pépin has taught millions of Americans—plus an entire generation of chefs—how to cook and you can see him in action! Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm, a food demonstration by the legendary Chef will take place in the Westfield Insurance™ Studio Theatre. 
After the demonstration, guests can choose to attend one of the two 4:00pm seminars: 

- Which Glass and Why presented by Riedel
- The always sold-out Bordeaux seminar with Dan Greathouse 

Guests can also purchase a Special VIP Dinner with Chef Pépin ticket. This dinner includes wine pairings with each course and takes place on Saturday at 6:00pm at Cibreo PrivatoAll dinner guests will receive a signed copy of Pépin’s latest book, A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey. I love watching them cook together on WVIZ/PBS - and the recipes always sound so good. What a great addition to your cookbook collection this would be!

Tickets prices range from $40 to $300. You can purchase tickets online. Not only will you have an unbeatable experience, you'll be helping support WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN and WCLV 104.9. Even if you can't attend, you can donate online to your favorite station.

And you can win tickets!!!

I'm also giving away a pair of tickets to the Grand Tasting on June 1st at 7:30 pm. Enter using the Rafflecopter below. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends on May 25th at midnight. Entries will be verified and winner will be randomly selected. Winner has 24 hours to respond, otherwise another winner will be selected. Good luck!

ideastream Grand Tastings and Seminars
Idea Center® at Playhouse Square
1375 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

** Disclosure: I was asked to help promote this event. In exchange, I received two tickets for my personal use as well as two tickets for the giveaway.As always, all thoughts and opinions about the sponsor and the event are my own. **

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mother's Day at Fleming's

Are you looking for somewhere fabulous to take your Mom for Mother's Day? If you are scrambling to find a way to celebrate, you are in luck. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is open on Mother's Day and have a menu that will make her feel very special and pampered. Skip the buffet and treat her to a feast that she won't forget.

This Mother’s Day, May 13th, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar will be opening early at 10AM to celebrate moms with a three-course brunch menu starting at $47, featuring delicious classics like Fleming’s Signature Surf & Turf Eggs Benedict and Cinnamon Apple Brioche French Toast. And they still reservations available.

Check out this menu:

There are so many tasty choices! Definitely get the burrata appetizer - it's amazing. That is worth the visit alone. Bacon & Blue Cheese Bloody Mary? Yes, please! For those looking to enjoy their dinner favorites, the main menu will also be available all day along with a children’s menu. To make a Mother’s Day reservation, visit FlemingsSteakhouse.com.

You can also follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

** Disclosure: I partnered with Flemings for this post. They invited me to a tasting in exchange for my help promoting the event. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. **

Friday, May 4, 2018

Whatever it Takes - Fuel Up for the Cavs Game

Whether you scored playoff tickets or are headed to a Watch Party, you're going to want to fuel up before cheering on the Cavs.

Here's a few of my top picks that are fun and not too fancy:


Love this brewery and their awesome Neopolitan style pizza. The brussels sprouts are excellent. Make sure you grab a Hazelnut Tiramisu Underverse to go for later.

E. 4th Street

Corner Alley has a great bar and lots of TVs. Definitely not your typical sports bar type and they have really solid food. The Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls and any of the fries (including the funnel fries) are a must.

Butcher and the Brewer and Mabel's (Bonus: they just started a Happy Hour) on E. 4th are both excellent spots with amazing food. 

Greenhouse Tavern is a bit pricey but really good. The chicken wings are especially tasty and their Fois Gras Clams are great to slurp with a beer. Plus they have a great rooftop patio.

These next few aren't within walking distance of The Q, but they are a only short Uber ride away. Totally worth it!

Ohio City

If the weather is cooperative, the patios at Townhall, Nano Brew and Market Garden kick ass. Even if you have to sit inside, you will find lots of good food and tasty drinks.

For a fancier nosh, I love The Black Pig and The Plum - and they are both open on Saturday for lunch.


Xinji Noodle Bar
Get the ramen, steam buns and Korean fried chicken for the win.

Platform always has great beer and some especially tasty sours. I love their patio.

Korea House for absolutely kick ass Korean food and LJ Shanghai for soup dumplings (and spicy beef noodle soup).

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Thirsty Thursday - The Margarita Edition

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I'm sharing some of my favorite margarita recipes from the around the web.

Grilled Orange Margarita from Epicurious is simple enough to whip up on a weeknight but has a depth of flavor that says special occasion. 
3 Ingredient Grilled Fruit Margarita / Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Prop Styling by Sophie Strangio, Food Styling by Michelle Gatton
Cinco de Mayo, Thirsty Thursday, margarita, grilled orange
Photo via Epicurious

Grilled Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita from Platings and Pairings is not-to-sweet and has a little kick thanks to the jalapeño. Definitely scale up and make these by the pitcher!

Mango Elderflower Margarita from Food & Wine is a cuppa sunshine. And it's super easy thanks to the frozen mango it includes.

What's your favorite kind of margarita?

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

2018 Grapes and Ale Giveaway

Are you as excited as I am about FINALLY getting some warm weather?! And I'm even more excited because I am giving away tickets to one of my favorite events of the year! Our Lady of the Wayside is kicking off summer with Grapes & AleThis annual fundraiser is full of food, wine and beer samples and lots of FUN! 

On Friday May 18th, join me at Progressive Field for a fun outdoor party supporting Our Lady of the Wayside and all the good work they do. Did you know that they celebrated 50 years of service in 2017 and expanded their programs and services into Summit County? It's because of tickets sales to events like Grapes & Ale, Cleveland's Finest Hors d'Hoeuvres, and Run 4 Our Lady of the Wayside (coming up September 16th) and your generous donations throughout the year.

Tickets are on sale online:

$60 Premiere Grand Tasting
Admission includes international wine samplings along with tastes from  the area's best restaurants. Guests will also have access to The Corner to enjoy samplings of craft beers ($5/10 samples or $10/20), a souvenir glass, Chinese Raffle, live music, and much more!

$125 Majic VIP Access
This upgrade gets you access to the exclusive VIP area located on the 2nd floor of The Corner. In addition to all the amenities of the Premiere Grand Tasting above, VIP guests will sample selections from our Featured Wines and Craft Beers, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, special hors d’Oeuvres and desserts.

$25 Designated Drive Ticket
Even if you don't drink, you can still join in the fun! Admission includes food samples, Aquafina and Pepsi products, live music, and Chinese Raffle. 

The participating restaurants are Berea Union Depot, Strip Steakhouse, Corleone's, Giant Eagle, Melt Bar & Grilled, and Smokin' Rock 'n Roll. And Pierre's will be scooping up ice cream.

And you can enter to win two Premier Grand Tasting tickets! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Winner will be randomly selected on Friday May 11th. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Grapes & Ale
Friday May 18th
7 - 10pm
Progressive Field

** Disclosure: Our Lady of the Wayside provide two tickets for my use and two tickets to giveaway in exchange for helping them promote this event. As always, all opinions are my own. **