word-full wednesday: welcome to The Oak Barrel


A scene…

Me:  “Hi, I’m meeting some friends here… it’s going to be five ladies…”
Hostess:  “For a book club?”
Me:   “Um, no… we’re more of a wine club…”
Hostess:   “hmmmm, no one here like that quite yet.”
Me:  “Oh, okay. So how about I just get a table for five in the bar area then…”
Hostess:   “Are you with a group of all males?”
Me:  “Um, definitely no…”

<end scene>

How did I go from being a librarian to being a escort in a few sentences?

The more important thoughts from our evening out at The Oak Barrel:
  • Duck fat popcorn is just as fabulous as it sounds.
  • Gluten free dining is easy on Taco Tuesdays – and based off the rest of the GF menu, any time during the week. Blue corn chips FTW.
  • Major kudos to our server Ashley who put up with my request to check – and 2nd and 3rd to double and triple check –  that the soy chili glaze on the ahi tuna was indeed not made with soy sauce.
  • I’m claiming the back corner table in the bar for future girls’ nights outs.
  • I’ll definitely be back – next time with the husband and brother in tow – for a proper, full dinner entree.

What’s your go-to taco of choice on Taco Tuesday? I apparently gravitate towards seafood options – the spicy shrimp with gauc was quite tasty…

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events for you to enjoy around Greater Cleveland in February 2013

It may be a shorter month, but there’s still plenty to do in February around Northeastern Ohio…


The 2013 Great Big Home & Garden Show
February 2 – 10
at the I-X Center in Cleveland
Check out some of the show’s features in my event preview post.
Cost: $14 per person
Purchase tickets at the event website – save $1 off the discounted online ticket price by entering “POISEPARMA” at checkout!

Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week – presented by Downtown Cleveland Alliance
February 22 – March 3
at various participating downtown Cleveland restaurants
Restaurant Week features $30, 3-course dinner menus and $15 lunch specials at select restaurants. $2 parking with voucher after 5pm will be available at select lots.
More information including menus at the DCA website.


Ohio Blogging Association 3rd Annual Whole Foods Meetup
Tuesday, February 5 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
at Whole Foods Market Cedar Center in University Heights
Whole Foods is hosting the OBA for a “Valentine’s Chocolate 3-Way” featuring chicken enchiladas, chocolate and wine pairing tasting and “gourmet” hot chocolate. A special guest from Lakewood chocolatier Sweet Designs will also attend offering wonderful chocolate-themed drawing prizes!
Cost: $10 per person – CASH ONLY. Come prepared!
More info to come via the OBA Facebook page. Remember: all bloggers and blog supporters are welcome!


4th Annual Pancake Barkfest – to benefit Secondhand Mutts
Saturday, February 2 from 8:00AM to 12:00PM
at Pilgrim Church in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood
Includes breakfast with buttermilk and chocolate chip pancakes, sausage, bacon, vegetarian sausage, orange juice and coffee.
Cost: $12/adults, $5/kids – 10 and under
More info at the Facebook event page.

Animal Attractions – to benefit the Cleveland Zoological Society
on Thursday, February 7 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM
at the Rainforest at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Cleveland
A fundraiser featuring local restaurants, tasty beverages from Sam Adams and plenty of wildlife!
Cost: $55 per person for Zoo members or $65 per person for non-members
Purchase tickets here or read up on my post for more details.


Nishkama Yoga Open House
Friday, February 1 from 6PM to 9PM
at Nishkama Yoga in Independence (on Brecksville Road)
Featuring various experts, live music and activities as well as some fantastic raffle prizes and food. 

Cost: FREE to attend!
More info available on the Facebook event page.

The Sound of Yoga
Sunday, February 3 from 6PM to 8PM
at SpyngaFlows (1846 Coventry Rd in Cleveland Heights)
Join Brandon and Becca Kocher for an inspiring workshop where you’ll align your body with the rhythms and the sounds of the music. All levels are welcome, please feel free to invite your friends.
Cost: $20
Check out the Facebook event page or head over to the SpyngaFlows website to sign up.

Beyond Basics Yoga Workshop – taught by yours truly!
Saturday, February 16 from 12PM to 2PM
at Nishkama Yoga in Independence (on Brecksville Road)
Join me as we expand on the basics of yoga! This workshop is perfect for students who want to expand their asana practices, students new to Yoga or even the seasoned practitioner.
Register at Nishkama’sMINDBODY site.


Chili Bowl Classic 5K
Saturday, February 16  – registration at 8:30AM, race at 9:30AM
at The Galleria at Erieview in downtown Cleveland
Participants get a long sleeve t-shirt and chili samples from various Cleveland area fire stations
Cost: 5K Pre-Registration is $20 thru Friday, February 15th at 9 am. Spectator Package $5: No shirt- no race just sample the chili and vote for your favorite.
Register at the Hermes website.

Cupid’s Undie Run – to benefit The Children’s Tumor Foundation
Saturday, February 16: festivities start at 12:00PM – run is at 2:00PM
Starting and ending at The South Side in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood
a 1 mile run in your bedroom-best on Valentine’s weekend: it’s not called an Undie Run for nothing!
Cost: 5K Pre-Registration is $25.
Register at http://hope.cupidsundierun.com/


Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Pre-Sale Ticket Happy Hour: Wednesday, March 6 – starting at 5:30PM
Backbend Yoga Workshop at Nishkama Yoga: Saturday, March 9 from 12PM to 2PM
Ohio Blogging Association March Meetup: an evening during the week of March 18th – more details to come!

What events are you looking forward to in February 2013?

Disclosure: I work as a Yoga Teacher at Nishkama Yoga, organize the Ohio Blogging Association events, was offered media passes for some of these events, and/or were provided this information to share as an FYI. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Link It Up: Must Read Posts on 1.25.2013

It’s time to link it up to break it down… don’t be afraid to share your own suggestions in the comments!


As pulled by random.org, congrats to comment #31 AKA Erin (@MalininGrl on Twitter) for winning my Big Home + Garden Show giveaway!  Your tweet earlier this week paid off! Please email me at poiseinparma (at) gmail (dot) com to claim your prize.

Didn’t win? There are a few other blogger giveaways happening around the internet, including Jen’s that went live yesterday.

You can save an additional $1 off (an addition savings from the already discounted $3 online ticket price) if you use the promo code “POISEPARMA” during the checkout process.  Purchase tickets at the Big Home + Garden Show website.

Photo Jan 22, 3 22 51 PM


Looking for some yoga reads? Check out these 60 of the Most Recommended Yoga Books.

Fellow CLE yoga blogger – Maria at Daily Downward Dog – kindly gave me a shootout during this podcast, Transforming Yoga One Blog at a Time. Thanks Maria!

A fun way to view your practice: My Love Affair with Yoga – How Yoga is like a Long-Term Relationship


Fit2Flex* shares her experience as the announcer for the Walt Disney World Marathon races.

Care of one of my favorite run bloggers, David: here are 99 Life Hacks to Make Life Easier.

Running around Cleveland is my 2011 FitBloggin’ roommate Beth, who recently started up a new blog called Craveable Clevleand. It’s wonderful and I love her post on one of my CLE favorites, Lilly Handmade Chocolates.


For all of us still trying to figure out “what to do” for a living… Alexandra Franzen reflects on The Most Annoying Question Ever.

On wearing my heart on my sleeve: Inside Out Heart: An Ode To Being Too Sensitive

Big points to Heidi for putting together this post on finding Business Casual Attire On A Budget – while linking one of my current Top 40 favorites.

Asking the hard questions: Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa?

And since I’ve been dabbling with a new header: 12 Must Have Blog Design Tips For Your Blog


Bound to brighten any day: 21 Dogs Who Don’t Realize How Big They Are.  Seriously, it’s hard to get cuter than this.

Thanks to @ClevelandChick for sharing this: This very scientific chart on How To Pet Cats & Dogs. It’s very accurate.



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