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GIVEAWAY: Cleveland Magazine’s 2014 Best of Cleveland Party

With the arrival of a new season yesterday, it’s official: Fall event season is upon Cleveland, my friends!  So many to choose from, why not save-the-date now for the best of the best? Get ready for Cleveland Magazine‘s Best of Cleveland Party - presented by The Collection Auto Group:

Join Cleveland Magazine and The Collection Auto Group for the 9th annual event on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Public Hall in downtown Cleveland. This event brings together the tip top that Cleveland has to offer – based on reader and editor picks from the October issue of Cleveland Magazine.  Hans and I attended the 2013 event and had a wonderful time:

Best of CLE VIP

The 2014 event has another impressive list of participating winners. I’m looking forward to visiting the tables of:

  • Agrarian Collective — met these kind folks at the OBA Mitchell’s Edible Cleveland “sweet-up” 
  • Cleveland Pickle — because who doesn’t love pickles?
  • Clover Road Cream Cheese — one of my vices!
  • Garden of Flavor — currently diggin’ on their juices as mid-day snacks
  • GV Art & Design — I do need to buy another CLE inspired tshirt…
  • Harness Cycle — gotta get myself back to spinning this winter
  • Jack Flaps — pancakes FTW
  • Manna Food Truck — enjoyed their food at the Sunflower Festival this July
  • The Wandering Wardrobe — cutest traveling boutique here in CLE!

…plus some of my favorites in the SpaWest VIP Lounge.  Where else can you dine on Red, the Steakhouse beef tartar AND get your hair done?

This year’s event again benefits Breakthrough Schools of Greater Cleveland, the highest-rated network of free, non-profit, public charter schools in Cleveland. Meet some of their students via this YouTube video:

Ready to buy your tickets? General admission is $75 and SpaWest VIP Lounge access is $150 - tickets can be purchased at

…or you can win two general admission tickets to the Best of Cleveland Party this week here on the blog! Process your entries at the Rafflecopter widget…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until THIS SUNDAY, September 28 at 11:59PM to enter. A winner will be announced the next morning. As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend the event on Friday 10/10/14. 

Get ready to celebrate all that is the BEST of Cleveland with Cleveland MagazineLike the event’s Facebook page, follow the event’s Twitter feed (@BestOfCLE) and keep an eye on Cleveland Magazine‘s Instagram feed for even more information.

Disclosure: Event logo care of Cleveland Magazine. I was asked by the publication to help promote this event via a ticket giveaway here on the blog. In return, I will receive two tickets to attend this event. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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event preview: NEOCycle

Congrats to Jessica E. — you won the Bright Pink FabFest swag bag giveaway. Let me know if you’ll be at this Sunday’s Cleveland FabFest – would love to see into some familiar faces.


With a recent knee funk (also known as chondromalacia patella - that’s a post for another day), I’ve had a certain Queen song running through my head in the past few weeks:

Enthralled doesn’t explain how happy I was to get in about 9 leisurely miles on Saturday after my PT said it was time to add some of my regular activities back into my routine.

Then I caught a tweet from a friend this morning and realized have I’ve been living under a rock to be just discovering Greater Cleveland Sports Commission’s NEOCycle — taking place this weekend — September 26-28, 2014 — all over Greater Cleveland.


From the event website, NEOCycle is “an urban cycling festival consisting of competitive races and unique rides, connected by live entertainment and an interactive, action-filled festival at Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Park on the shores of Lake Erie.” 

The event schedule has an array of activities in those three days. Here are some highlights, IMO:

FRIDAY: There’s plenty happening that night at the Cleveland Velodrome, but the 10:30PM race sounds like a ball! There’s also a Velodrome 101 class earlier in the evening — with a beer garden to enjoy inbetween rides as well.

SATURDAY: People, there’s a Night Ride. With 7.5 mile and 15 mile options. And a costume contest. (Perhaps I can borrow Hans’ NASA astronaut costume…) My kind of Saturday night!

SUNDAY: I’m expanding my biking vocabulary by learning what a fondo is. (It’s just basically large group ride from what I can tell.) NEOCycle’s twist on this is the Forest City Fundo. It’s untimed mass ride starting and ending at The Hub at Edgewater Park starting bright and early that morning.

…and these don’t include all the activities at The Hub and the Music Fest with quite line up of musical guests. So grab your two wheel-er, save on some gasoline and ride around CLE with NEOCycle this weekend!

Stay in-the-know: follow NEOCycle on its social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Disclosure: Logo image from NEOCycle site. I’m sharing this event because of my love of biking — I was not asked to share this information. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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TONIGHT: 2014 Cleveland Jingle Bell Run/Walk Kickoff at Bar Louie Lyndhurst (& it’s National Cheeseburger Day!)

Disclosure: I am an employee of the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Hey: did you know today — September 18th — is National Cheeseburger Day? (Sure, it’s not normally considered a “healthy living holiday” by any means, but it’s all about balance, right?!)


 (photo source: from the Bar Louie Lyndhurst FB page)

If you’re looking for the right spot to celebrate, join me tonight for the Cleveland Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis Kickoff Open House at Bar Louie Lyndhurst (at Legacy Village) from 5:30PM-8PM. Eat burgers, enter to win door prizes and learn more about the December 14th 5K to benefit the Arthritis Foundation.

kickoff graphic from picmonkey design

Can’t attend tonight but want to register for this year’s race? Join my team — Team Grinch Paws — by registering at our team page.

Hope to see some familar faces tonight at Bar Louie! Happy cheeseburger-ing!  Keep up to date with all the Jingle Bell Run/Walk happenings by following its Twitter handle at @JingleBellCLE.

Disclosure: I am an employee of the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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