Memories of Greece: Fun With Fish {Hosted by Heinens}

Memories of Greece: Fun With Fish {Hosted by Heinens}

Last summer, I took a magical trip to Greece with two of my best girlfriends. One of the dreamiest aspects about this adventure was the food. The crisp cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, tangy feta, fresh fish, creamy tzatziki…this is what food dreams are made of! Ever since I’ve come back, I have been in search of good, authentic Greek food and haven’t ever attempted it myself (minus a sorry effort at making tzatziki). Last week, I had the good fortune of attending Fun with Fish, a culinary event focusing on seafood tips and tricks hosted by Heinens. Below are some of the tips I gleaned from Carla Snyder, a local culinary author and chef extraordinaire at Fun with Fish! (Seriously, her husband is one lucky guy.) 3 Fun with Fish Tips & Tricks Tip #1: It takes about 7 minutes to thoroughly cook 1 inch of fish. Tip #2: Get a fish spatula. They are super thin so it makes flipping and handling the fish much easier. Tip #3: Fish pairs well with citrus flavors. Many automatically think of lemon but really any citrus flavor will compliment seafood. With these lessons in mind and a persistent hankering for Greek food, I […]

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Weekend Getaway to Chicago

Weekend Getaway to Chicago

A few weekends ago, I drove to see my dear friends Tyler and Jenna who live in the oh so glamorous city of Chicago. While I’ve visited them multiple times over the past 10 years, this weekend felt a bit fancier to me. It could be that we are nearing 30 and our pockets are a bit deeper so that we can afford $20 cocktails (without crying) but this weekend was one for the books so I thought I’d share a bit of the highlights with you. Check out my quick weekend getaway to Chicago. Weekend Getaway to Chicago Friday The only way I’ve ever traveled to Chicago from Cleveland is via car. I’m relatively accustomed to the five or so hour drive with plennnnnty of tolls and slightly hair-raising traffic once you’re close to the city. Overall, the drive was easy and dare I say delightful because my friend Melanie was in the car with me! Jenna and Tyler live in the West Loop (I like to pretend that I know all of the neighborhoods of Chicago) and I absolutely adored their city dwellings. We spent Friday evening eating delicious apps and drinks that they had graciously prepared for us and […]

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Girls Weekend Getaway to Charlotte

Girls Weekend Getaway to Charlotte

Despite all the rain, sleet and snow that Cleveland experienced over MLK Jr. weekend, Rachel, Mary Kay and I packed up MK’s dad’s massive pick-up truck and headed south for Charlotte, NC. We were visiting our dear friend Jenny and a little wintry mix wouldn’t stop us! Take a look at what our girls weekend getaway to Charlotte included. *A special thank you to Alyssa from the Mexitalian for all of her wonderful suggestions. Take a look at her comprehensive guide to Charlotte here. Girls Weekend Getaway to Charlotte Friday: Due to work and the treacherous weather, Friday consisted mostly of driving south on I-77. (A big shout out to MK for getting us to Charlotte safely.) Click here for some tips on how to have a great road trip. Flights from CLE to Charlotte can be pricey ($300+), so that’s why we opted to drive. Saturday: After a good nights rest, we woke up and chatted over coffee and a yummy breakfast Jenny made for us. Since the sun was shining and us Cleveland gals couldn’t remember what that looked like, we decided a hike outside was necessary. Jenny drove us to the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve located in Huntersville and […]

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Five Reasons Why You Should Visit Cleveland in 2018

Five Reasons Why You Should Visit Cleveland in 2018

This post originally appeared on Cleveland Plus. In the December 2017/January 2018 edition of National Geographic’s magazine, Cleveland was featured on their list entitled “Places You Need to Visit in 2018”. The brief write up featured a few of CLE’s impressive restaurants and trendy neighborhoods. While I agree with everything the article mentioned and am proud that my hometown made it in this prestigious publication, I’d like to delve a little deeper into convincing you to add the Land to your 2018 travels. Take a look at my five reasons why you should visit Cleveland in 2018. Five Reasons Why You Should Visit Cleveland in 2018 1.Cleveland has a small town feel with big city attractions. Do you want the best of both worlds? We’ve got it here in CLE! From championship-winning sports teams to world-class museums to the second largest performing arts district in the US, this city has many similar luxuries and attractions as much larger metropolises minus the crazy traffic and even scarier prices. You won’t be bored during your visit! Here’s a few suggestions to get you started. 2018 Broadway Series at Playhouse Square – I am trying to see Hamilton! Western Reserve Historical Society Cleveland Starts Here Exhibit  – A great […]

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CLE to CBUS Food Tour

CLE to CBUS Food Tour

This past weekend, I took a road trip from Cleveland to Columbus with two local Cleveland food bloggers, Crystal (Eat Drink Cleveland) and Alyssa (The Mexitalian). I’m lucky to have friends who are foodies because they know the best spots to eat! Check out our CLE to CBUS food tour that you can easily replicate during an upcoming weekend. CLE to CBUS Food Tour Stop #1: We left the Cleveland area around 9 AM and made the 2 hour or so trek down 71. Alyssa knew there was a Duck Donuts nearby the Polaris Mall exit, so this was stop #1 on our list. Duck Donuts creates fresh made-to-order donuts where you get to choose your own frosting, topping and drizzle. It reminded us CLE gals of Barrio since you get to customize and build your own masterpiece! I went with a lemon frosting with a raspberry drizzle and it was delicious. I’m pretty sure I ate it in less than 2 minutes. #oops Alyssa was the pro and ordered a dozen to take home to her family. Smart girl. Stop #2: After our sugar rush subsided a bit, we headed over to Watershed Kitchen & Distillery for a tasting […]

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Three Reasons to Visit the Cleveland Starts Here® Exhibit

Three Reasons to Visit the Cleveland Starts Here® Exhibit

In honor of their 150th anniversary, the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) recently opened the Cleveland Starts Here®  exhibit at the Cleveland History Center. This celebratory exhibit is sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation and walks visitors through The Land’s stories from the 1790s to present-day. I was fortunate to attend the grand opening and eager to learn more about my hometown’s history. From Lebron James’ championship winning shoes to videos of diverse Clevelanders sharing their love for the city, I was able to walk away feeling excitement and pride in saying “Yeah, I’m from Cleveland”. Whether you’re visiting Cleveland for the first time or have called Northeast Ohio home for your entire life, here’s three reasons why you should visit the Cleveland Starts Here®  exhibit. Three Reasons to Visit the Cleveland Starts Here® Exhibit You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been. Did you hear the exciting news that Cleveland made National Geographic’s places you need to visit in 2018 list? That’s amazing and this accomplishment needs to be celebrated…but you also need to understand the past to fully appreciate how far Cleveland has come! Through images, artifacts and film, you’ll be able to see, touch and hear about Cleveland’s failures […]

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Five Places to Visit in Detroit, MI

Five Places to Visit in Detroit, MI

A few weekends ago, I was blessed to be able to visit Detroit, MI and experience much of what this wonderful Midwest city has to offer. Similar to my hometown of Cleveland, OH, Detroit gets a bad reputation. While this gritty city has had it’s fair share of gloom and doom, I’m here to tell you why you should give Detroit a chance. Take a look at the below five places to visit in Detroit, MI and you too may find yourself booking a weekend getaway to the Motor City. Five Places to Visit in Detroit, MI 1. RiverFront: Need a breath of fresh air? Take a stroll down the Detroit RiverFront. Along the way, you’ll pass gardens, walkers/bikers/runners, boats, monuments, and more! Be sure to stop in Hart Plaza and don’t forget to say hello to Canada across the way! 2. Pop-up Christmas Markets: In need of some holiday cheer? Be sure to check out the pop-up markets currently happening in downtown Detroit. There are blow-up igloos filled with coffee and hot cocoa stations, ping-pong tables and other holiday treats! An ice-skating rink begs you to glide away from the stress of the season and small shops have taken […]

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Weekend Getaway from Cleveland to the Finger Lakes

Weekend Getaway from Cleveland to the Finger Lakes

Over Veteran’s Day weekend, my mom and I took a quick trip to the Finger Lakes in New York and I quickly fell in love with this Midwest wine region. According to fingerlakestravelny.com, the Finger Lakes has eleven lakes spread like fingers across central New York. Native American legend believes that these lakes were left behind by the Great Spirit who blessed this land with his hands. The lakes include: Skaneateles, Otisco, Owasco, Cayuga, Seneca, Keuka, Canandaigua, Honeoye, Canadice, Conesus and Hemlock. Visiting this area during the fall is especially beautiful because of the changing colors of the trees, crisp autumn air and harvest season is taking place. Below is the itinerary that I planned prior to leaving. I’ve also included tips and ideas that will help you map out your adventure. Read more of my weekend getaway from Cleveland to the Finger Lakes below! Weekend Getaway from Cleveland to the Finger Lakes Friday Directions 9:00 AM: Depart Cleveland (Be sure to pack yummy snacks, download your favorite podcasts and bring plenty of water. Read my article on three travel tips for an enjoyable road trip here!) 1:30 PM: Tasting at Dr. Frank Wines (My mom and I LOVED this winery. It’s located right on Keuka Lake and has […]

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Three Easy Thanksgiving Food and Drink Ideas for a Busy Traveler

Three Easy Thanksgiving Food and Drink Ideas for a Busy Traveler

There are few things that I love more than traveling but one of the items that tops the list is a good meal with loved ones. The mixture of delicious dishes prepared by loving hands, a flute of bubbly champagne (or smooth red wine) and lots of laughter will always have my heart…and just typing this gets me excited for Thanksgiving! The problem is that for many of us, traveling (or insert what keeps you busy here) often usurps a lot of time and prevents us from being present or fully prepared for this special holiday. Below are three easy Thanksgiving food and drink ideas for a busy traveler that will keep your family and friends smiling and grateful for your presence and addition to the meal! Three Easy Thanksgiving Food and Drink Ideas for a Busy Traveler Bring a boozy punch that represents your travels or hobbies. My family celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend and I was in charge of pie and drinks. I made the below boozy punch recipe and it was a big hit with the fam. I also was able to share with them about my upcoming foodie blog trip to Columbus to visit Watershed Distillery (along […]

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