GIVEAWAY: Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA at The Galleria

Considering I consider myself one for 1) more health and fitness options for Clevelanders and 2) re-purposing existing spaces (probably why flipping a house doesn’t seem like such a big deal to me!), I thought the addition of the Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA to The Galleria was a HUGE win-win for Northeast Ohioans. And with its grand opening ribbon cutting yesterday, it’s now officially open to the public for us all to enjoy.

Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA

The new Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA features amenities such as:

  • A Wellness Center with 70 pieces of premium, networked fitness equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent bikes and stair climbers
  • An Aquatics Center with a three-lane, 24-yard lap pool (5 ft. depth), hot tub, sauna, steam room, and frequent swim lessons and water classes
  • Free weights and strength equipment (first floor) and stretching area (second floor)
  • Group Exercise classes such as boot camp, POUND, African and Indian dance classes, Zumba, yoga, Pilates and indoor cycling taughted by certified instructors
  • A free first workout with a certified personal trainer and enrollment in Smart Start to establish goals and keep you motivated
  • Massage therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic services
  • Locker rooms, express changing rooms, and accessible family locker rooms
  • Access to all other YMCAs in Ohio through statewide reciprocity and nationwide through the A.W.A.Y. (Always Welcome at YMCAs) program
  • …and much more — see the full listing at the YMCA’s website

YMCA collage

Ready to check out the new spot for yourself? You can learn more about membership rates at their website or by calling 216.372.3032… or you can enter to win an incredible package from the YMCA featuring a one-month free trial membership to the YMCA, 2 personal training sessions and 1 – 30-minute massage session this week on the blog via this Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until THIS SUNDAY, April 3rd at 11:59PM to enter. A winner will be announced the next morning on the blog’s Facebook page. As this is a venue specific to downtown Cleveland, I highly encourage entries by those that can use the prize or could share it with someone who could.

Keep an eye on the Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA’s social media feeds at Facebook, InstagramTwitter and The Galleria’s feeds at Facebook & Twitter to get fitness and healthy living inspiration before checking out the new location yourself. See ya at the gym, friends!

Disclosure: Photos ℅ the Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA. In exchange for providing this giveaway, I was invited to a media preview that I was unable to attend. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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#CLEfood: Brunch at Dante Next Door

WARNING: Shameless plug ahead!  You might have heard about these YOGA/BRUNCH sessions I’ve recently started up after taking a brief hiatus from teaching yoga. (More on that on Thursday, folks.) The first session was this past Saturday and I will provide a bit of a spoiler: it felt so right to be teaching again.

dante next door sign

After a sold out 60 minute class filled with probably too many food references, we headed downstairs to Dante Next Door to enjoy the second (and some would argue more important part) of the YOGA/BRUNCH combo. I was lucky to have long time friends and students attend the class, and I caught up with a few of them — my gals Abby and Lisa, plus my husband Hans — during brunch. After a round of complimentary mimosas made available to all yoga class participants care of the Dante Next Door team was served, we placed our order for brunch…

Hans started with the Greek Yogurt with honey and berries, then for his entree enjoyed the Blueberry Pancakes with candied lemon zest and toasted almonds:

dante granola and pancakes

Always a member of the clean plate club, Hans enjoyed brunch to the fullest. A fan of Greek Yogurt myself, I couldn’t help but grab a bite of his “appetizer” —- so rich and flavorful.

Abby made my day and scored major points for ordering the Cinnamon Bread French Toast with apple compote and vanilla cream — it sounded divine!

dante french toast

All four of us might have celebrated when the dish was set down and we discovered that French Toast Crunch cereal was a topping of this decadent breakfast dish. Abby was a fan!

Lisa (of @Lisasands1 Twitter fame) went with a dish I almost ordered myself — the “Occhio di Bue” (Bullseye) with tomato braised eggs, ceci beans, braised greens and focaccia:

dante bullseye

I wish I could remember Lisa’s words exactly, but it was something about how content she was in selecting her meal. This is definitely on my list for next brunch session.

As for me, I decided to treat myself with the Margherita Pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, fresh tomatoes and pecorino cheese:

dante next door pizza

Gluten free eaters rejoice: Dante Next Door offers a gluten free pizza crust that is 1) delicious and 2) doesn’t taste like cardboard. It’s been nearly a year since I’ve ordered pizza out, so I happily ate half, saving the other half for leftovers for Sunday… which I had to share.

dante next door pizza box

LONG STORY SHORT: A lovely sunny, Saturday morning with yoga and great food — hard to top that as an enjoyable way to start a weekend day! And the best part — I get to repeat it every other Saturday! The next YOGA/BRUNCH session is schedule for Saturday, March 26th. Class starts at 9:30am and all yoga participants receive a complimentary mimosa for brunch that morning. The first session sold out, so I encourage you to learn more and register in advance at the Eventbrite page.  Again, many thanks to the Dante Next Door team for their partnership and great food!

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#CLEfood preview: Punch Bowl Social (+ GIVEAWAY)

Disclosure: I accepted an opportunity to provide two event tickets as a reader giveaway to the grand opening of Punch Bowl Social’s newest location here in Cleveland. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Images ℅ Punch Bowl Social. 

You might have recently heard about the return of a few things: Pumpkin Spice Lattes. The Muppets. (Sidenote: SO EXCITED.) And especially for Clevelanders, The Flats. Adding to the fun of its return, Punch Bowl Social made its home nearby and Clevelanders, you better be ready for some fun.

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More about Punch Bowl Social (all from their website):

  • EAT: What we are looking to do with our cuisine, is not necessarily make it more ‘health conscience’, but incorporate more nutritional ingredients, super foods, although they may be lighter, heartier dishes that bring meaning back to the very basic concept of food consumption.
  • DRINK: As we come to new markets we pull inspiration from the local culture’s energy and thirst, as well as its culinary scene. We choose high-quality local products and use local purveyors to reflect our commitment to joining the community. We want you to thoroughly enjoy your experience at Punch Bowl Social and taste our inspiration for yourself!
  • SOCIAL: including bowling, darts, billards, marbles, ping pong, shuffle board, vintage arcade games and private karaoke.*

*my question — who would want the private karaoke though?! #onceagleekalwaysagleek 

Punch Bowl Social’s Grand Opening Party will take place this Saturday, September 19 and you’re invited!

punch bowl

Grand opening highlights will include:

  • an evening of menu sampling and punch tasting
  • games like bowling, karaoke, darts, ping-pong, 80’s arcade
  • a live performance by The Lighthouse and the Whaler
  • valet parking available (#huzzah)
  • a sneak peek into Cleveland’s new event venue

Event tickets are $10 and 100% of the sales from the night will be donated to The Salvation Army. You can purchase tickets online… or enter to win two tickets here to the September 19th opening on the blog via this Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This is a fast one — you have until this Wednesday, September 16 at 11:59PM EST to enter. The winner will be announced the following morning. As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland this Saturday, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend the event – or would like to win them for someone that can go! Many thanks to the Punch Bowl Social team for making this giveaway possible!

Join in on the countdown to their Grand Opening over at the Punch Bowl Social Facebook page.

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