#CLEfood: Parker’s Downtown

When the opportunity to stay overnight at the Kimpton Schofield Hotel (you did read my recap from our stay early this week, right?!) presented itself to us recently, I knew exactly where we had to have dinner that night. Lucky for us, we didn’t even have to leave the hotel to have excellent cuisine and service at a Cleveland restaurant we had visited before and were way over due for a visit back to — Parker’s Downtown.

In case you’re not familiar with Parker’s already, a bit of background:

  • Co-proprietors James and Victoria Mowbray started Parker’s Downtown as an homage to all that is great about Northeast Ohio.
  • Their downtown Cleveland restaurant offers a space with an expansive layout including distinctive architectural aspects like industrial rustic décor. It’s not at all overblown or ostentatious – in fact, it reflects what I would consider to be rust belt glam… if such a thing exists!
  • On the food side of things: Parker’s Executive Chef Andrew Gorski – with stops at the Culinary Institute of America, Thomas Keller’s Couchon, The Butcher & Brewer and the Tremont Tap House under his beat – runs the culinary ship at Parker’s Downtown. He uses local ingredients in the style of a ‘field to plate’ philosophy that distinguishes and celebrates Northeast Ohio’s food heritage.

So enough chatting, let’s get to eating! Here’s what we enjoyed Friday night…

APEROL SPRITZ featuring Prosecco, Aperol, Soda. A classic Italian refresher, served over ice with an orange slice and THE STANDARD featuring Larceny Bourbon, Angostura, Demerara, Luxardo Cherry, Orange Peel

SMOKED CHICKEN WINGS with 5 whole (HUGE) wings, salsa verde, smoked blue cheese whip. (This picture does NOT do this dish justice, BTW.)

THE PROFESSOR with Old Overholt Rye, Smoked Tea & Clove Syrup, Full Measure Bitters, Star Anise, Orange Peel, Laphroaig; an old-fashioned variation

CAULIFLOWER SOUP with king crab, tarragon, curry oil and CAESAR SALAD with focaccia, parmigiano reggiano, pickled shallot, white anchovy and quail egg (not pictured)

20oz RIBEYE with smashed red potatoes, chilled asparagus & mushroom salad, one of the specials that night (that looks like has made iself onto their regular menu in a 16oz option); paired with a glass of red wine

SCALLOPS, over a celery root purée, another one of the specials that night; paired with a glass of white wine

TIRAMISU, the Italian classic dessert to close out the meal

OUR FAVORITES: Wow, it’s hard to narrow it down from all that delicious food — it was all executed so elegantly and left me longing for more room in my stomach. But if I was coming back for another visit, I couldn’t pass up the chicken wings and the cauliflower soup — pair those with one of their fantastic cocktails and I would be one happy girl!

LONG STORY SHORT: Parker’s Downtown is FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR more than just a hotel restaurant. It lives in the heart of our city and feeds off of its energy. Fueled by CLE, creativity and execution, I can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t make the trek downtown to enjoy all that they have to offer.

Ready to check out Parker’s for yourself? Some fun, current promotions include:

  • Parker’s participation in Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week – starting today, February 16th, through the 25th – details including menu here.
  • An exclusive February offer from Kimpton Schofield Hotel including overnight accommodations, a Pre Fixe Menu for two at Parker’s, a bottle of champagne plus more – contact the Kimpton Schofield directly for more info on this opportunity by calling (440) 730-5636.

Thank you to the Parker’s Downtown entire team for their incredible food and wonderful hospitality Friday night! Special thanks to Chef Andrew for stopping by to say hello, as well to our outstanding server, Josh — we’ll see you guys for another round of those chicken wings at a happy hour soon.

Follow Parker’s Downtown on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check out all their menus at their website.

Disclosure: Parker’s Downtown invited us to enjoy a complimentary meal at their Cleveland location. All thoughts and opinions are always my own. 

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My Body Matters

Recently, nine women in our community were asked the same question — and one of those nine women was me. The question — why our bodies matter? And what for — The My Body Matters campaign.

My Body Matters is a campaign for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Project – Northeast Ohio region, promoting free screening services to low-income and uninsured women in 18 counties in our region. My Body Matters works with healthcare providers in Northeast Ohio to offer services including pelvic exams, pap tests, clinical breast exams, mammograms, case management and diagnostic testing, including biopsy and ultrasound, if needed.

You can now discover our answers via some very impactful stories in this new video, My Body Matters Because:

At the taping for our videos, I met some of the women featured, and most had gone through some incredible health hardships, including battling and surviving cancer. I was so taken by their stories that when it came time to share mine — the importance of my health as a new mother — I found myself digging even deeper to emphasize why we all need to take time for our health. You can check out my feature here:

Remember: if you or a woman you know are of 21 and 64 who lives in Northeast Ohio and is economically disadvantaged or uninsured, you may be eligible for free services. Apply to be connected with a screening provider near you or to see if you’re eligible by visiting mybodymatters.org/apply.

I am so grateful to be a part of this group of women whom bravely shared their messages to spread the importance of breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings. Thank you again to the campaign, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the team at Prosper for Purpose for including me in this incredible movement to support women in Northeast Ohio!

Learn more about My Body Matters by visiting their website and their Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube feeds.

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my weekend out & about in #CLE (the Kimpton Schofield Hotel edition)

Fifteen months into motherhood, I realize that parents come across major milestones without their children from time to time. We had the opportunity to experience one this weekend: our first overnight together away from our little girl. [cue the waterworks here]

When the Kimpton Schofield Hotel – located in the heart of downtown Cleveland at the corner of East 9th Street and Euclid Avenue – invited us to enjoy a “staycation” night away from home, we took advantage of 1) grandma’s availability to babysit Baby B and 2) the reason to celebrate Valentine’s Day a few days early. And as much as I adore our little girl, mama and dada were ready for a night out!

We checked into the Schofield Friday evening – valeting our car curbside was a breeze, checking into our room at the front counter was a delight and fighting off the want to just hang out in the hotel lobby / “living room” space was rough (as you can see by the photos above), but we found the willpower to make it upstairs to our city view suite. My only regret: not bringing the dogs with us! Kimpton is known for being an extremely pet friend hotel, which you can tell from the water bowls at the front door and the super cute things they do for their furry guests as shown on their Instagram feed. But don’t worry – the Schofield makes their human guests feel right at home as well.

Our suite was spacious and serene, with lots of windows allowing for natural light (and incredible views of our city center) and decor that left me wanting to redesign our entire house. Featuring two televisions (for when Hans wants to watch Sportscenter and I want to watch the news in the AM), a comfy living space and a comfy king bed, what really caught my eye was the bathroom featuring beautiful white marble, a claw foot tub and Atelier Bloem beauty products – available for purchase at the front desk!

Any hotel suite that has this artwork in the bathroom knows how to make this crazy dog lady happy.

Hans and I originally threw the idea around of heading out to enjoy all of downtown Cleveland, but let’s be honest with ourselves here – we’re home bodies, even when not at our home, and we ended up staying in. We went back downstairs to enjoy an outstanding, delicious meal at Parker’s Downtown, located inside the Schofield. (More about our meal here on the blog later this week!)

All that fine dining the night before had me jonesing for a good sweat session the next morning. While the Schofield has a fitness center at their location, the hotel’s team recognized their clientele wanted a more specialized opportunity to get their workout on in the CLE — and in came my friends at GrooveRyde Downtown.

In case you missed it, GrooveRyde is now the exclusive welness partner of the Kimpton Scholfield Hotel, providing exclusive discount to their guests on classes at their new downtown location, plus offering opportunities throughout the year at and around the hotel itself. Case in point…

The Schofield and GrooveRyde are co-hosting an International Women’s Day Workout + Celebration on Thursday, March 8th at the Kimpton Schofield Hotel. Good news: it’s FREE to attend and will feature a workout session led by GrooveRyde co-founder Anjua Maximo, plus complimentary wine and a vendor village featuring TownHall/REBoL, NOOMA, NoMaste Cakes, Sacred Hour Spa, Revival Body Care, Manifest CLE, Refreshinq Co. and more local vendors. The bad news: the event is currently sold out (more than 125 women registered in less than 36 hours!) but they are taking names on a waitlist here. If you’re not already registered for the event, I’d suggest signing up on the waitlist — it’s still a few weeks out, so some spots may open up. LMK if you’re registered for this event in the comments below — I can’t wait to see you at the Schofield then!

LONG STORY SHORT: Our overnight stay at the Kimpton Schofield Hotel turned out to be not enough as I left Saturday morning a bit sad that we didn’t have more time to enjoy the hotel and more of its amenities. We had such a wonderful experience in a short amount of time, it made me long for another opportunity to enjoy all that the hotel had to offer — and another round of that tasty coffee, complimentary to guests in their lobby every morning! I know where we’ll be spending our next staycation… it won’t be long until I find myself back again at this wonderful Cleveland hot spot!

Our deepest gratitude again to the team at the Kimpton Schofield Hotel for their hospitality! Follow the Kimpton Schofield on Facebook and Instagram. Follow Kimpton on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Disclosure: The Kimpton Schofield Hotel invited me to enjoy a complimentary overnight stay at their Cleveland hotel. All thoughts and opinions are always my own. 

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See You at Yoga Brunch This Sunday!

Happy weekend, CLE! If you’re reading this, consider it your personal invitation to my yoga class this Sunday! Here are the details you need to know:

  • I teach a 60-minutes all-levels yoga class at 9:30am on select Sundays at The Cultural Center – above Dante Next Door in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.
  • Your $15 class registration includes a complimentary mimosa or coffee at brunch after.
  • Aren’t able stay for brunch? No worries! Come for the yoga class and go on about your day after class!

Register at the Eventbrite page to join us this Sunday or on another date!

Please note: Pre-registration is required either by signing up at the Eventbrite page or emailing me in advance at aliciamhansen@gmail.com. 

SAVE THE DATE: Here are the upcoming Sundays with Yoga Brunch sessions:

  • February 11, 25
  • March 11, 18, 25
  • April 8, 15, 22, 29

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