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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Upcoming Yoga Events This Summer

Guess who’s back?! Good news, friends: I’m ready to get back to teaching public yoga classes again! <<insert all the celebratory emojis here>>

It’s been almost a year since I taught my last public class and, boy, am I itching to get back into the swing of some savasanas. So while I figure out a more permanent, regular schedule, I’m teaming up with two local non-profits for three, very special classes in the upcoming month — all at some VERY cool places. Join me at one, two or all three!

Saturday, July 22nd at 10am with ZENworks Yoga at House of Blues Cleveland
$5 suggested donation — supports ZENworks Yoga
Complimentary valet available on East 4th Street with validation at the class
No preregistration is needed for the HOB class — just join us on the 22nd!

Saturday, August 5th at 9am with the Arthritis Foundation at Platform Brewing Co.
A fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation
$25; Includes one beverage at Platform after
Invite your friends to the Facebook event page
Special thanks to Platform Brewing Co. for making this event possible!

Monday, August 14th at 6:30pm at the Superior Viaduct & Luca Italian Cuisine
A fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation
$25; Includes one beverage at Luca Italian Cuisine after
Invite your friends to the Facebook event page
Special thanks to Luca Italian Cuisine & K&D for making this event possible!

REGISTER HERE for either (or both!) Arthritis Foundation events

Want to know more about me as a yoga teacher? Check out the Yoga page here on the blog. See you on the mat, yogis!

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Cleveland Starts Here // The Western Reserve Historical Society

DID YOU KNOW: The Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) is Cleveland’s oldest existing cultural institution. Founded in May 1867, it celebrates 150 years in 2017 of preserving Cleveland’s history and making it accessible to the public!

I suppose, over all that time, the average visitor’s first experience would include:

But my visits to the Western Reserve Historical Society haven’t been just run of the mill — they’ve been quite special. In fact, they’ve been for special events! For example, my first visit to WRHS as an adult was when my cousin was married in the picturesque Hanna Garden at the History Center in University Circle back in 2012 — it was a beautiful ceremony during a June afternoon!

But the special event that is always near and dear to my former-event-planner heart is the Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party, benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. For the 2015 food and wine event, the planning committee decided to move this 1000+ person food and wine event to the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Crawford Auto-Aviation MuseumAt first, some of us were concerned about fitting 40+ restaurants, 10+ wineries, 100+ silent auction packages and more, but we were mistaken to be worried as Crawford turned out to be the perfect place to hold our soiree.

Here’s a glimpse into the 2015 and 2016 Silver Spoon events featuring the beauty of the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum. I really think Orville McEachron’s photography below really highlights just how well events can be held in a space like Crawford! Attendees LOVE having something to do (like checking out all the unique displays and memorabilia) while dining around the museum. Plus, how many Northeast Ohio events can you go to and say you rode a carousel?!

Photos c/o Orville McEachron Photography.

The Western Reserve History Society wants to better understand what people in Northeast Ohio think and know about its facilities, exhibitions and offerings. Help out this great local non-profit and fill out the survey today. One person who completes the survey will win a membership to Western Reserve History Society! Please note you must provide your email address to be eligible to win.

Take WRHS’ survey today & be entered to win a complimentary membership!

Want an extra chance at winning a Western Reserve History Society membership? I’m giving one away too — but you gotta fill out their survey (at that link above) and follow the WHRS FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts! Extra bonus entries are also available, so submit your entries here at the Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until NEXT THURSDAY, July 20th at 11:59PM to enter. A winner will be announced the next morning on the blog’s Facebook page.  As this is for a membership to an organization based in Cleveland, I highly encourage entries by those that can use the membership. 

Keep up with the Western Reserve Historical Society by visiting their website, and following them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Learn more about renting their spaces for your next special event here.

What’s next at the Western Reserve Historical Society? Their Cleveland Starts Here exhibition opening this Fall. More info here!

Disclosure: The Western Reserve Historical Society asked me to help promote their attractions and the survey in this post. I will receive a complimentary membership  for sharing this info. I am also a volunteer of the Arthritis Foundation serving on the Silver Spoon event committee. As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own. Professional photos c/o Orville McEachron Photography.

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what’s in a (blog) name?

If you’ve been following me on Instagram lately (follow along if you haven’t already!), you know that we’re no longer residents of Parma, the namesake of this site. Out of my 34 years on planet Earth, more than half of them have been spent in Ohio’s seventh largest city. While it hasn’t always had the best reputation, I’ve always taken pride in being born there, raised there, educated there and in starting our family there. We had a great run, but we’re on to a new chapter! While incorporating the name of our new suburb is tempting, it’s time to lose the geographic ties and get more personal!

So, what am I calling this online space now?

I’ve been a lot of things in the past seven years: a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a yoga teacher, an event professional, a marketer, a blogger, a writer, an editor, a crazy dog lady. (Okay, I’ve always done been that last one!) But I’ve always been me. I’ve always been Alicia. So, that’s what I’m going with: Always Alicia.

So while I start making the switch, here’s what you need to know for now:

  • I’ll be calling the blog Always Alicia, but you will be able to access it at
  • I’m working with a good friend/mulit-talented IT and photography professional to make the switch as smooth as possible
  • All my social handles will remain as they are now: @aliciamhansen on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and @aliciamhansen1 on Pinterest
  • The content of this blog really won’t change. I’ll still be sharing our lives here in the Greater Cleveland area: the places we go, the events we attend, the causes we support, the baby we are raising, the food we are eating, the guest blogging I’m writing and more. I’m also hoping the rebrand will open me up for more opportunities to open up about the topics I’ve really wanted to talk about — more on those soon!

So, as always, as I have been since 2009 — thank you for reading. For supporting. For being “there” — online and offline. My gratitude is endless to you — no matter if you read one post or many. It means the world to me to be able to share it all with you — past, present and future.

Stay tuned for updates. Until then, enjoy your weekend and we’ll see you around CLE!

p.s. The Cleveland Flea (where Baby B and me took the photo above) is this weekend — get out and enjoy, y’all!

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