TOMORROW: Yoga + Beer at Platform Brewing Co.!

Just a reminder about tomorrow’s yoga class — led by yours truly!…

TOMORROW, Saturday, August 5th, 2017
at Platform Brewing Co.
Registration starts at 8:30am / Class starts at 9:00am
A fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation
$25; Includes one beverage at Platform after


Invite your friends to the Facebook event page
Special thanks to Platform Brewing Co. for making this event possible!

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#CLEfood: Cafe Avalaun’s Fresh Meals

It’s been more than a year now since I’ve stopped eating 100% gluten free (thanks pregnancy hormones!), but I have to admit I do miss that style of eating — I always feel so much better when off the gluten train. And in Cleveland, my resource for all things gluten free is Cafe Avalaun on Cleveland’s East side.

If you are not already familiar with the restaurant, Cafe Avalaun is Cleveland’s premier 100% gluten free café, bakery and creperie, specializing in local food, great coffee, crepes and pastries. And while they are 100% gluten free (no chance of cross-contamination for those with serious allergies), Chef Brian Doyle and his team just makes good food that tastes really good. You don’t have to follow a gluten free lifestyle to enjoy Cafe Avalaun’s eats!

To make things easier for their customers, they have entered the meal delivery service arena with their offering, Fresh Meals. Fresh Meals is a time-saving subscription-based meal service. Entrees are prepared by a chef, not you: no meal planning, no chopping, no cooking. It’s like takeout on demand, but super. hassle-free, and can help you adhere to an array of diets — including but not limited to Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Nut Free, Whole 30 and more.

So, how’s it work?

  1. Choose Your Plan: 12 weeks, paid in full, at $125/week, or pay weekly at $135/week
  2. Choose Your Meals: They send you the menu on a Wednesday. You make your meal selections by Friday.
  3. Get Your Food. Pick up your meals between 3pm-7pm on Tuesday, or you can have it delivered between 5pm-8:30pm for an extra $10)
  4. Heat and Eat: No chopping, boiling, broiling or anything complicated. Just heat then eat!

How can you go wrong?! I found out that you can’t as we were able to try a week of their meal service program this past week.  I selected three meals: Brazilian moqueca (a fish stew with shrimp), Pakistani ground beef curry and a herb roasted chicken in a lemony sauce with sauteed swiss chard & paleo whips.

We received our three meals, two portions each — which, according to the cafe, consist of 6 oz. of locally-sourced protein and 2 cups of sides per meal. And when it came time for dinner, it really was as easy as advertised as each container had a label instructing you how to reheat the meals. Only one container involved heating up the oven — all the rest were on the stovetop.

In no time flat, thanks to Fresh Meals, I had a delicious dinner on the table on a work night in no time. Plus, it was good to know it was good for us too!

I will admit to microwaving the Pakistani ground beef curry (sorry chef!) but the container of that meal lasted me four sold bowls of meals over the course of the week. And the moqueca had an abundance of shrimp, so there is no scrimping when it comes to the amount of food you get with this program!

Ready to let Cafe Avalaun make your meals this week? You can learn more about Fresh Meals at and can check out this month’s menu at

Interested in signing up? Use the code PIPFresh to save $30 on your first week here!

Follow Cafe Avalaun on social media at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And if you find yourself near the I-480/I-271 interchange, stop by their spot, grab a coffee and say hello to Chef Brian and his team!

Disclosure: Cafe Avalaun offered me a week trail of their Fresh Meals program and a promo code to share with my readers in exchange for this feature. All opinions are always 100% my own.

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event preview & GIVEAWAY: 2017 Handpicked | A Bridal Event

If you know someone getting married, you know there are A LOT of decisions to make and that can make it hard on all involved in the planning process. Let’s make it easier on you brides-and-grooms-to-be, shall we? Join me and some of my favorite fellow Northeast Ohio wedding professionals at the 2017 Handpicked | A Bridal Event, taking place on Tuesday, August 15th from 6-9pm at the HiHO Brewing Co. in Cuyahoga Falls.

Founded in 2013, Handpicked is a unique bridal experience highlighting the work of local boutique-style businesses. Guests attending a Handpicked Event enjoy a styled shoot-esque cocktail party environment while mingling alongside talented vendors showcasing their editorial wedding skills.

Image by Mann & Wife – Visual Storytellers

Amanda of Baci Designer (above, on the left) and Melanie of Oak and Honey Events (above, on the right) are the hosts of Handpicked. Amanda started Handpicked in 2013 and Melanie joined in to host last year.

Each year, their creative minds find a way to blend the concept of a bridal show with a styled shoot — you know, all those Pinterest worthy images you see when dreaming of your perfect day. All of the looks have been outstanding, but I’m partial to the 2015 MOCA Cleveland event’s — mostly because it has one of my favorite linens from the L’Nique Specialty Linen Rental collection, our formal black and white satin stripe tablecloth. How lovely is this look?!

Image by Mann & Wife – Visual Storytellers

Image by Tiffany Luc Photography

Image by Lauren Gabrielle Photography

I’ve seen the vision board for the 2017 event and let me tell you attendees are in for quite the treat — so don’t wait to buy your tickets today!

Register for the 2017 Handpicked bridal event here

…or enter to win a pair of tickets to the August 15th bridal event here on the blog this week! Enter via the Rafflecopter…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until THIS THURSDAY, August 3rd at 11:59PM to enter. A winner will be announced the next morning on my social media feeds.  As this is a local event, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend on Tuesday, August 15th. 

Learn more about what Amanda and Melanie have in store for this year’s Handpicked: Visit their website or follow the event on social media at their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Tell a friend about the event by inviting them to the Facebook event page. And if you attend on August 15th, stop by the L’Nique table and say HELLO — I’ll be there!

Disclosure: Pictures ℅ Handpicked. I was invited to share information about this August 15th bridal event via a ticket giveaway for one lucky reader. I was already committed to attending the event as my place of work is serving as a vendor. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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Yoga Brunch is back!

Same location: The Cultural Center above Dante Next Door in Tremont

Same start time: 60 minutes all levels class starts at 9:30am.

New day of the week — the perfect start to your Sunday Fundays!

Class includes a complimentary mimosa at brunch at Dante Next Door after!

Want to know more? Find it out all the details & register today at the Eventbrite page.

I’ll see you on the mat… then at brunch after! I can’t wait to be back!


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