Thursday, July 25, 2019

Ohio State Fair Giveaway!

The Ohio State Fair kicked off yesterday and I'm giving away 4 adult tickets so you can experience it yourself and celebrate all the things that make Ohio great.
With almost 200 food vendors with a huge focus on eating and drinking local, it's worth the trip just to try unique offerings like chicken + waffles on a stick, deep-fried Buckeyes, pickle-on-a-stick, poutine tots and Flaming Hot Cheetos Corndogs. There's even an Ohio shaped Buckeye Funnel Cake! There are lots of gluten-free options too.

Whether you're a foodie, music lover, farmer, kid or thrill seeker there's something at the fair for you! There are cooking competitions, parades at 4pm, the Budweiser Clydesdales, camel rides, pig races, fishing, a butterfly house, entertainers and even special Apollo 11 and cow sculptures made entirely out of butter. Check out the list of attractions and plan accordingly.

All of this fun ends on Aug. 4th so you'll want to act fast!

Get your tickets online or head over to this Instagram post to enter. Contest ends Friday July 26th.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Amazon Prime Day Deal - Patio, Garden and Pool

Summer is here and I want to be outside as much as possible!

Here are some Amazon Prime Day Deals for upgrading your patio life as well as things for my fellow gardeners.

My friend LOVES her AeroGarden - it makes starting plants from seeds so easy! At almost half off, now is the time to grab one! This one comes with 6 herb seed pods too. You can try this knock-off for only $49 or a single plant adjustable grow light for only $18.99.
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Use this adorable and sturdy farmhouse style serving tray to get those cocktails to your guests.
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Keep the bugs away and give your patio some style at the same time with these mosaic tiki torches. They also come in a style for the deck with a clamp and a table top style too. Don't forget the oil too - Bitefighter is my favorite.
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This Cordoba patio torch is not an Amazon Prime deal, but it's absolutely gorgeous! It's even nicer in person and is super easy to assemble. We have this exact one and it was well worth the $50.
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I absolutely love this gas fire pit - and it's only $169.99!
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And for the end of summer and fall, this patio heater is perfect for extending the season - and it's only $139.86!

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We use these metal storage shelves for starting plants. You can attach grow light easily and there's tons of room. We also have them in the basement piled full of my kitchen stuff and in the garage for holding all of our gardening supplies. They are functional and only $39.98.
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This extra large midcentury modern flower pot with stand instantly upgrades your home or patio.
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We have a suction cup bird feeder on our front window and we love it...and so do the birds. This two pack for only $10.94 is a great deal!
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How cute is this picnic basket?? Love love love this! It's perfect for taking to Blossom or Opera in the Garden too. Don't forget to click the Coupon box for an additional $2.50 off.
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If you need to keep things really cold on your picnic, you're going to need a cooler. Yeti makes some of the best and they are 50% off!
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Even if you don't have a ton of space, you can still have lots of plants. This self-watering vertical wall and pots lets you maximize your space with very little effort.
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Whether you are making a bon fire, or cooking marshmallows over your gas stove, these extendable roasting forks keep your fingers burn free.
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If you are lucky enough to have a pool, this deal is for you! It would be so nice to spend an afternoon floating around on this giant floating lounge with a canopy. It even has cup holders.
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As soon as I saw this round beach throw, it went right into my cart. There is a version with tassels available too. $10.58
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This raised bed kit makes starting a garden super easy! It's galvanized metal so you won't need to worry about it rotting. It comes in a smaller silver version too.
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At under $20, these 8" pruning shears are a steal! Click the coupon box for an extra 20% of too.
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I wish I would have had this bird netting BEFORE they ate all of my black raspberries.

Love these bamboo plant markers with permanent marker. Click the Coupon box to save an additional 5%. They come in a skinny stick style too.
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Don't forget - Amazon has an Outlet too for even bigger savings!

Are you taking advantage of Prime Day? What are the best deals that you found?

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Amazon Prime Day Deals - Kitchen

I'm not an obsessive shopper, but I do like a good deal on something that I really want or actually need.

Here are some of my top Amazon Prime Day picks.

If you've been wanting an Insta Pot, now may be the time to take the plunge. this 6 Qt model is only $55.99.
Vitamix has some great deals too. The refurbished Explorian Low-Profile model is only $179.95! (normally $269.95) The A2500 Ascent is also on sale for $279.95.
Lodge Cast Iron cookware is always a great deal, but this 6 Qt Enameled pot is a fantastic buy at only $47.99. If you don't love orange as much as I do, it comes in a bunch of different colors too.
And check out this Lodge 4 piece set. It has all of the essential cast iron pieces for only $69.99. This definitely is a great gift. These pieces are made in the USA and are going to last a lifetime.

After all the Thai cooking I've been doing, this stainless steel wok is very tempting.
If you have a tilt-head KitchenAid mixer, this Flex Edge Beater is fantastic - and only $10.19! (almost sold out)

An electric tea kettle is an absolute necessity in our house. It's obviously perfect for tea, and it boils water quicker than our stove.

This Cuisinart Food Processor is an absolute steal! I use mine all the time for making shredded brussels sprouts salads - the cost savings instead of buying the pre-shredded packages will practically pay for this. It makes a great wedding shower gift too!
I discovered the joys of an egg cooker while staying at a B&B in Ptown and have been obsessed ever since. And you can also use it as a steamer, poach eggs and warm tortillas too. This one is under $20 and comes in multiple colors. 

And we can't forget the kiddos! This Melissa & Doug Wooden kitchen is super high quality and completely adorable.
Are you shopping the Amazon Prime Sale today? What are you getting?

You can shop my other favorite things by heading to my Amazon Store.

By clicking these links and making a purchase, I earn a very small commission. All of the pennies really do add up eventually so thank you for helping me support Eat*Drink*Cleveland.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Chutney B Restaurant

Doug Katz's fast casual eatery at the Van Aken District is a winner.

The menu is small but delicious. Everything is pre-made so it's served up super fast. I
t's the perfect spot for a fast and tasty lunch. 

There are vats of the three hot dishes (Yellow Curry, Indian Masala and Moroccan Harira (a vegan lentil and squash stew) that can be topped with various proteins (masala beef meatballs, miso glazed tofu or curry chicken).
The food is flavorful and everything gluten-free. Vegans, vegetarians and meat lovers alike will all find something delicious on the menu.
I had the Yellow Curry with Meatballs over rice and it was delicious. The Zhug (green spicy sauce) gives it just the right kick. My co-worker had a Cold Thai Rice Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce. The peanut sauce is excellent.
They also offer an assortment of gluten-free sweets such at cookies and cakes.

It's located in the Van Aken District Market Hall, so once you order and receive your food, you can sit anywhere in the building or outside on picnic tables.

My only complaint is the cost. Bowls without protein are $10 and the protein elevates the cost to $14 (yikes!) for considerably less food than you get at other fast-casual places. For this reason, it will be an occasional treat instead of a weekly routine.