As you can see by the array of event postings this week, I’ve been out and about more than usual the last few weeks! It’s hard to believe it was already a week ago that I enjoyed a lovely evening in another one of Cleveland’s fine suburbs. Lakewood has plenty to keep you busy, as proven by my Friday night activities.
Before things got started, I snuck in a visit to Ride + Workout for a solid EasyRider session with my favorite yogi spinner Bethany. If you’re looking for a sweaty workout with amazing tunes, please check out one of her classes. I’ve never been disappointed with the music selection. Nothing quite like Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” to keep you going in those last five minutes when you don’t think you have anything left.
After forty minutes on the spin bike and a great yoga stretch, I took the quickest shower of my life and traveled down Detroit to meet up with my crew for the evening. A humble blogger meetup was on the docket as Jen, Amanda, Julie and I planned to drag our significant others (Matt, Scott, Todd and Hans respectively) for a quadruple date. Our Girls-Night-In group missed our boys and wanted to show them off around town!!
We met at one of my Lakewood favorites: Deagan’s Kitchen and Bar. The restaurant was hoppin’ on this Friday night as the bar was packed and the tables were all taken. I have to admit I was grateful we were sat in the side room so we’d have a chance at having a conversation without yelling across the table!
There’s no doubt about it: I’m a creature of habit. I ordered the assorted olives, peppadews and house crafted pickles to start:
…and the Baby Lettuce Salad and the Prince Edward Island Mussels for my meal:
Always so good. Hans tried something new-to-him. Since the next six Fridays of Lenten fish fries around the Parma area weren’t going to be enough, he ordered the Fish and Chips. He exact words to Deagan on how he felt about the dish: “AWESOME”.
Speaking of Deagan, he surprised us with this dessert board of utter goodness:
Starting at the top left going clockwise: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, Cinnamon Bun Bread Pudding (w/ Makers Mark bourbon ice cream), Tahitian Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee, and the Lake Erie Creamery Key Lime torte. We didn’t even wait for our server to bring us plates – we all just dug right in. I ate what I could: the bourbon ice cream was exquisite and I single handedly finished off the remains of the crème brulee.
Bellies full, we snapped a few photos before heading out.
I left Deagan’s planning my follow up visit (a father/daughter brunch date is in the cards) and wondering if the OBA folks would mind a return appearance to their side room. I always feel so at home there that I never want to go anywhere else when I’m on the West side!
The second half of the quadruple date was at Madison Square Lanes as we attended the 2nd Annual Secondhand Mutts Smooches & Pooches Valentine Bowl-A-Thon benefiting the animals of Secondhand Mutts and The Friends of the Cleveland Kennel. Jen and I had a ball at the event last year and put together two teams so we could share the pup love again in 2012.
The pups themselves even got in on the bowling fun as they greeted us as we got our bowling shoes and settled into our lanes:
For the $20 entrance fee, we got unlimited bowling for two hours plus an array of treats including pizza and desserts. In addition, you could purchase Secondhand Mutts apparel and raffles tickets for some great theme baskets:
Properly fueled, we were ready to bowl. It was the girls team (our team name: the Bowling Blogger Betties) vs the guys team (their team name: The Wesley Crushers – fans of The Big Bang Theory rejoice!!). Considering all but one of us hadn’t bowled in a very long time, we did our best to reach triple digits. I even had the highest score out of everyone during the second game!! However, Hans wasn’t too happy about how they spelled his name in the scoring system:
In our two hours of bowling, we fit in three solid games. As much as we tried to keep it guys versus girls, we couldn’t help but feel all lovey-dovey:
Before we knew it, it was 11:30PM and our quadruple date was over. According to the Secondhand Mutts Facebook page, the event raised over $3400 to share between Secondhand Mutts and The Friends of the Cleveland Kennel. What a wonderful way to raise funds for two great organizations while spending time with some of my favorite people!
What’s your favorite activity for a group night out? I’m considering gathering the troops for a toboggan night at the Cleveland Metroparks before the weather warms up!