Yoga Brunch is back!

Same location: The Cultural Center above Dante Next Door in Tremont

Same start time: 60 minutes all levels class starts at 9:30am.

New day of the week — the perfect start to your Sunday Fundays!

Class includes a complimentary mimosa at brunch at Dante Next Door after!

Want to know more? Find it out all the details & register today at the Eventbrite page.

I’ll see you on the mat… then at brunch after! I can’t wait to be back!

 

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#CLEfood: Cleveland Flea Pop Up Dinner with The Croqueteria

Before summer anthems had that official label, an oldie comes to mind that would have fit the description for how my Friday night felt. Now how does that diddy go?? Ah yes…

In the summertime when the weather is hot / You can stretch right up and touch the sky
When the weather’s fine / You got women, you got women on your mind
Have a drink, have a drive / Go out and see what you can find

That night, I found myself with an invitation to a Cleveland Flea Pop Up Dinner with The Croqueteria, a local Spanish food purveyor and friends of the Flea. Stephanie Sheldon, Founder of the Flea, welcomed us to meet, mingle and munch on all that The Croqueteria had to offer.

The meal included Spanish favorites like:

  • Salmorejo: refreshing tomato soup
  • Ensaladilla Rusa: Russian potato salad
  • Hogaza de Pan: cheese fondue
  • Tortilla de Patata: Spanish Omelette
  • Pan Tumaca: Tomato spread over toast
  • Solomillo de Cerdo con Cebolla Caramelizada: Pork and Caramelized Onions
  • Pisto Manchego: Rataoutille
  • Croquetas of Mushroom, Sausage and Squid Ink
  • Red and White Sangria
  • Helados: Ice Cream from Mason’s Creamery – Salted Vanilla (aka MY NEW FAVORITE THING ON THIS PLANET) and Hibiscus Sorbet

If you need me, I’ll be waiting for Mason’s to open so I can buy eight gallons of this stuff.

…and the perfect person to enjoy the evening with? My good friend Amanda (of @adhicken Instagram/Twitter fame) and 15 or so of our closest new friends.

It was HOT that night, the summer sun beating down upon the group. A light breeze and palm leaf fans kept things cooler — have I mentioned the delicious ice cream yet? — but what was also cool was the incredible Clevelanders we met the night.  A couple that was soon getting married, had heard of my employer (hurrah!) and recently moved to Lakewood. The owner/operator of Instant by Will, a Polaroid photo booth. (How fun is that?!) Volunteers of the Flea who make one of Northeast Ohio’s favorite monthly events happen. They, along with Stephanie and the kind folks from The Croqueteria, made our Friday night so fun, tasty and one to remember. Thanks to the whole Flea family for their hospitality!

Follow the Flea on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and visit their website for more info. Keep tabs on The Croqueteria by following their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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GIVEAWAY: Run for Recovery 2017 (to benefit Recovery Resources)

Recovery Resources is a trusted partner of the Northeastern Ohio community, providing outpatient programs and services to help adolescents and adults overcome mental illness, alcoholism, drug and other addictions. Each year, the Cleveland non-profit strives to advance the cause of National Recovery Month. In 2013, they generated community support and awareness by hosting their first annual Run for Recovery. Since then, the Run for Recovery has grown each year, turning into one of the best ways to celebrate recovery.

With that said, I invite you to join them on Saturday, August 19th at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for another fun event in support of one of the most important causes in Greater Cleveland today.

According to the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s office, the number of confirmed overdoses last year (2016) was 666. To represent, remember and honor those whose lives were lost, Recovery Resources is launching the 666: Stories of Loss, Hope & Recovery Initiative to highlight toll of addiction on local communities. Starting this week, 666 definitions and statistics will be posted on Recovery Resources’ Twitter and Facebook pages. This online resource will help the community discern fact from fiction about drug addiction, including the use of opiates. Pam Gill, President and Chief Executive Officer of Recovery Resources says, “The goal of 666 in CLE is to help the public make sense of the often-confusing time surrounding drug addiction. This campaign is our part of our commitment to being part of our community’s solution to this crisis.”

This summer, Recovery Resources hopes to include over 600 participants at the 5th Annual Run for Recovery on August 19th. They will recognize the 666 lives lost with a special ceremony before the run. Join them that day — here’s the race day info you need to know…

The schedule for race morning:

  • 7:00 AM Registration & Packet pickup
  • 8:25 AM Kids’ Fun Run
  • 8:30 AM 5k (registration is $30)
  • 9:00 AM 1.5 Mile Walk (registration is $15)
  • After the run/walk: Kid activities that will include face painting, dancing, and a live animal demonstration

What do you get with your registration fee?

  • A free pass to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
  • Bib number
  • Run for Recovery t-shirt
  • Food and drink
  • Activities for the whole family

Register at the Recovery Resources website

…OR enter to win a race entry for the August 19th Run for Recovery here on the blog this week! Enter via the Rafflecopter…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until THIS THURSDAY, July 27th at 11:59PM to enter. A winner will be announced the next morning on the blog’s Facebook page.  As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend the 5K on Saturday, August 19th. 

Learn more about the Run for Recovery: Visit their website, give the non-profit a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter.  Spread the news about their good work by inviting friends via the Facebook event page.  And keep eye out out for the #RunFor666 hashtag between now and race day.

Disclosure: Logo ℅ Recovery Resources. I was invited to share information about this August 19th 5K via a race entry giveaway for one lucky reader. I will receive a complimentary race entry for this event. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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my weekend out & about in #CLE (Slyman’s Tavern Food Truck edition)

Exploring the area around your new home is part of the perks when you move to a new town. We’ve been getting to know our new suburb by signing up for the local rec center, enjoying the outdoor pool, making friends with the owners of the local beverage store… (What?! They sell everyone’s favorite summer 2017 drink of choice — Rhinegeist Brewery Bubbles Rose Ale — plus Bell’s Mars Double Indian Pale Ale, a new favorite of my husband!) So when I found out the City of Independence’s Historic Hall hosts a Food Truck Friday once a month on a select Friday during the summer, I mentally saved the date and made plans for our little family to head up to investigate!

The Independence Historic Hall Food Truck Fridays run from 4pm-7pm, so I knew we’d be cutting it close when we arrived with 15-20 minutes to spare. When we made there, we were excited to see Slyman’s Tavern Food Truck would be our selection for dinner! (Don’t worry, sweet toothers: there was also a shaved ice truck available for your dessert needs.)

Our tardiness lead to finding out that the truck had sold out of corned beef — which, if you have ever had Slyman’s, you know that you can NEVER EVER go wrong with that selection. Instead, Hans ordered a Mighty Pastrami Melt on Rye and I ordered a Light Turkey on White <<— one of my guilty pleasure when you slather mayo all over it!

Plus, we shared a side of their Crinkle Fries, which brought back memories of those small Ore-Ida crinkle cut fry microwaveable boxes we used to have as a Friday night treat at my Grandpa’s house as a kid. Except Slyman’s were MUCH better — fresh out of the fryer, hot, crisp, crunchy and, dipped in ketchup, the makings of your specialty French fry dreams.

Even Baby Brenna got in on the food truck fun, tasting some of the meats — who knew she was a pastrami fan?!

We sat on the steps of the Historic Hall, enjoying our eats and wishing we had made it up there a few moments earlier to check out the exhibits the museum had to offer. Lucky for us, it’s just a short drive away in our new home town and there’s another Food Truck Friday to look forward to next month!

Keep tabs on the Slyman’s Tavern Food Truck by following them on Facebook. And save-the-date: the next Independence Historic Hall Food Truck Friday will take place on August 11th. Most likely, we’ll see you there!

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