#HeinensGrill: Grilled Caesar Salad with Shrimp Scampi (plus a GIVEAWAY)

Disclosure: In exchange for writing this post and running a giveaway for a tote bag for a reader, I received a gift card to purchase supplies for this blog post from Heinen’s. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Along with plenty of Northeast Ohioans, I’ve been soaking up every second of outdoor time I can get this summer. Yoga-ing in the park, bike riding on the towpath, plenty of patio happy hours. This time of year also includes using my grill as much as possible. So when challenged by Heinen’s to grill something other than a cut of beef, I said “not a problem!” But what to throw on my trust outdoor cooking device…

Fruits were featured by other CLE bloggers including Bite Buff (combining shrimp with pineapple) and i heart cleveland (not only in her entree but in her cocktail!) in fun fashion. As I gravitate towards more of a pescatarian diet, the combo of seafood and veggies sounded perfect for me… although my husband still requested steak. (If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.)  I went ahead and purchased Hans the filet he wanted to make sea-to-farm-to table dinner a few Saturdays ago.

Inspired by Kate’s approach by adding rosemary to her steaks, I also took advantage of the pre-cut and pre-skewered veggie kabobs available for purchase at my Brecksville Heinen’s store. Adding the lobster was a special treat. We used one of my favorite tricks of skewering the tail to make sure it didn’t curl up as it was cooking on the grill. What a lovely, chill Saturday evening at home it was.

For my second weekend of Heinen’s inspired grilling, I dug into one of my favorite salad options, but with a new-to-me approach: 

Grilled Caesar Salad with Shrimp Scampi & Parmesan-Romano-Asiago Cheese Blend

  • Heat your grill.
  • Clean your shrimp, then lightly coat in olive oil. Season heartily with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Skewer the shrimp and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Cut your heads of romaine in half. Brush the romaine with olive oil and lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place romaine flat side down on the grill. Cook until your desire level of “grill” lines, or for a few minutes. Once done, take off grill.
  • If you have room, feel free to put the shrimp on the grill along side the romaine. Cook the shrimp until pink and just cooked through – no more than 90 seconds to two minutes per side.
  • Put  shrimp and romaine on plates. Sprinkle with the shaved cheese blend. Serve with your dressing of choice — Caesar for example! - and lemon on the side. For you gluten eaters, buy some bread from the Heinen’s bakery department and grill that too!

Ready to join in on the #HeinensGrill fun? Enter to win a tote full of grilling supplies from Heinen’s at the Rafflecopter:

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You have until Tuesday, September 2nd at 12:00PM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later that morning. 

LONG STORY SHORT: I apparently have a think for skewers. And good eats. Thanks to Heinen’s for another opportunity to tap back into why I enjoy making meals at home again. Remember to stay in touch with Heinen’s via their social media feeds: on Facebook and on Twitter at @heinens.

Disclosure: In exchange for writing this post and running a giveaway for a tote bag for a reader, I received a gift card to purchase supplies for this blog post from Heinen’s. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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Cleveland Zoological Society 2014 Summer Special Events

May is over – that went quick! We’re ready for June. WIth July on its way after that, August will be here before you know it. So let’s celebrate summer with the upcoming Cleveland Zoological Society 2014 Special Events, first with a very special occasion happening today!

The Circle of Wildlife Carousel and Nature Discovery Ridge open TODAY – Friday the 30th – at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. From the zoo’s website: “Sixty-four animals in all have been carved by Mansfield, Ohio-based Carousel Works and have been installed in a new pavilion in the newly designed Circle of Wildlife area at the Zoo… Adjacent to the carousel is the new Nature Discovery Ridge play area.”  You can still be a part of this project by making a donation here, or learn more about the Carousel and Nature Discovery Ridge here.

ZippityZooDoo – Friday, June 6

Put on your dressy cocktail attire, enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner plus a silent auction, valet parking, dancing and entertainment all at this fancy affair! (The dinner menu is available online, and it looks delicious.) Celebrate 41 years of this event a week from today. Click here to make a reservation.

Twilight at the Zoo – Friday, August 1

From the event website: “Twilight at the Zoo spotlights 18 local bands, and offers a large variety of music that ranges from funk to folk, rock to reggae. Admission for all partygoers includes cover charge, small bites, complimentary Samuel Adams beer, Twisted Tea, wine and soda. Don’t miss the wildest party of the summer!”

The 2014 Twilight at the Zoo band line up includes:

DON’T WAIT: This event WILL sell out! Purchase member ticket or you can purchase non-member ticket online today.

Date Night at the ZOOvies – Friday, August 22

In the event’s third year, event attendees will enjoy watching the 80′s classic Ghostbusters under the stars at the Zoo. Tickets go on sale June 16. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. More info on ZOOvies is available here.

Stay up-to-date with all of their happenings: 

Purchase tickets to these events at ClevelandZooSociety.org before these 2014 events sell out!

Disclosure: All photos ℅ the Cleveland Zoological Society’s website and Facebook page. I serve as a Cleveland Zoological Society blogger and was offered media passes to these events in return for sharing this information. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Link It Up: Must Read Posts on 1.3.2014

Happy first Friday of the new year! If you’re snowed in like most of Northeast Ohio, you have plenty of time to do some reading today…

CLEVELAND BRIDES: Win Tickets to Cleveland’s Boutique Bridal Bazaar

Planning a wedding? Need to meet some Cleveland bridal vendors? The lovely ladies (& cross the street neighbors of Nishkama Yoga!) at Something White, A Bridal Boutique want to offer a PIP reader the chance to attend their Boutique Bridal Bazaar on Sunday, January 12.  To enter to win two tickets to the bazaar, comment on this post below before 11:59PM on Tuesday, January 7. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 8.

Purchase tickets to the event by visiting the eventbrite.com site today. Admission is only $10!


From Laura at Mommy Run Fast:  7 Signs of Sugar Overgrowth in Your Gut - makes me want to do another juice cleanse, stat!

From Roni at Roni’s Weight: Starting Over and Maintaining Weight Loss Motivation - LOVE her mindset on this topic.

Love this quote from Heather Waxman’s blog post,  How to Stop Expecting Failure: “To the ego, the only aspect of time that is meaningful is the past.”


Pretzel Crusted Chicken Nuggets from Ari’s Menu uses gluten-free pretzels, but can easily made gluten-full if you choose!

CLE Foodies looked back on their year of 2013 – and it was a delicious one at that!

Scene Magazine‘s Cleveland Bucket List includes plenty of #CLEfood options, like eat a Panini’s sandwich (check!), gorge yourself at the Feast of the Assumption (check!), have a cocktail at the Velvet Tango Room (check!), and eat at Slyman’s, Sokolowski’s and Lola (check, check and check!).

Photo Jan 02, 5 52 23 PM

 Last night’s snowed-in feast: lobsters from the East Coast and a Brussel sprout & spinach sauté mix.


From Christine at Love Live Surf:  Advancing Your Inner Yogi at espnW

From the Gaiam blog: Yoga for Shoulder Injury – let’s just say I’ve read all of Jill Miller’s posts on that site in the past 24 hours…

From YogaDork: Most Compelling Yoga Photos of 2013 – and they aren’t Instagram selfies. #guiltyascharged 


Speaking of, anyone else joining in on a January yoga Instagram challenge? I’m in on the #HappyNewYoga one, but here’s a listing of all your options.


What are you reading – or writing – in the new year? Leave the URLs in the comments below!

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Disclosure: In return for offering the giveaway for two tickets to Something White’s event, I was offered two media passes to attend the 2014 Boutique Bridal Bazaar which I cannot use because of scheduling conflicts. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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