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Friday Five 6.14.2019

Friday Five 6.14.2019

Nick and I spent last weekend at the LaureLive music festival, where I discovered a bunch of new-to-me bands. On today’s Friday Five I’m sharing 5 of my favorite bands and artists from LaureLive!

Cleveland friends and visitors - keep scrolling all the way to the bottom for a list of fun things happening in Cleveland this summer!

Five Date Ideas for Valentine's Day in Cleveland

Valentine's Day will be upon us in three short weeks, and while you may be thinking "Oh, I have plenty of time," procrastinating would be a mistake. For one, it gets harder to make reservations anywhere as we get closer to the date, and second, it just sounds impressive to be able to say to your loved one "Babe, I've made special plans for us for Valentine's Day." Sure, you could make reservations at a restaurant, and that would be fine, but I've come up with a list of 5 interesting date ideas, with input from Nick. 

1. Cheese Tasting at L'Albatros Brasserie: This is one of my Top 3 restaurants in Cleveland. Not only is it a little taste of France, but the restaurant has a reputation for carrying some of the BEST cheeses in Cleveland. Grab yourself a glass (or bottle) of wine from their extensive selection, and ask the fromagier (that's a cheese expert) for his/her recommendations! Its fun to pick out cheeses with your date, and the presentation is really impressive. Did I mention the cheese will BLOW. YOUR. MIND!? 

Photo credit: Cleveland Magazine

Photo credit: Cleveland Magazine

2. Parisian Desserts at Coquette Patisserie: This small yet charming spot specializes in wine, oysters and the most decedent, delicious french pastries and desserts that are almost too pretty to eat! Live dangerously and get dessert for dinner!

Photo credit Suzuran Photography

Photo credit Suzuran Photography

3. Spend some time outside at the Tobaggan Chutes: Now this only works when the temperature isn't below zero, but what better way to get some adrenaline pumping that flying down a hillside at over 50 miles/hour!! If you want to get really fancy, you could even do a private rental

Photo credit: yelp

Photo credit: yelp

4. Play some games at Superelectric Pinball, 16-Bit Bar, or TableTop: Whether you prefer pinball, arcade games or board games, these three venues have you covered. A little friendly competition always makes for a fun evening, although if you or your date are super competitive, I would perhaps reschedule this for another time.

Photo credit: yelp

Photo credit: yelp

5. Get tickets to a show: There are a number of theatre options in Cleveland from Playhouse Square (presenting If/Then) to smaller venues like Near West Theater (presenting Godspell.) A full list of performing arts venues is available here

There you have it: 5 fun and interesting date ideas for Valentine's Day, or date night for almost any time of year! Do you have any favorite date spots in Northeast Ohio?



Explore CLE: The Orchestra at Blossom

This past weekend, Nick and I joined our fellow Circle members for The Cleveland Orchestra's kickoff to summer at Blossom Music Center. Nick and I really don't like driving, but lucky for us, the Circle had taken care of this problem by providing its members with a bus that drove us from Severance Hall to Blossom. Once at Blossom, we were treated to a yummy barbecue dinner and Great Lakes beer, after which we all made our way to the lawn to enjoy the show. 

It was a beautiful summer night, and as you can see, it was a packed house to listen to the Orchestra perform Beethoven's Ninth.

As always with the Cleveland Orchestra it was a great show, but since it was at Blossom, it was a very different experience, and one I highly recommend. However, if you are an Orchestra at Blossom newbie (as I was), here are five things you should know:
1. Blossom is WAY more casual than Severance Hall. This is an all ages event, so you can take your kids. There were a few parents who had even brought a change of clothes, so the kids were in pjs about half way through!
2. Unlike most concerts at Blossom, you can take coolers into the Orchestra shows. Which means you can bring in your own food AND wine
3. The ground can get a little wet as the sun goes down, so you definitely want a picnic blanket, ideally one with the water resistant backing
4. It can also get a little chilly after sunset, so an extra blanket or cardigan or hoodie is a good idea
5. Take bug spray

We had such a great time at Blossom that we're already planning our next visit. The lawn tickets are an incredible bargain at $26/each, and there are some really fun performances coming this season. A great way to experience our world-renowned Orchestra in a super casual setting!

Disclosure: I serve on the Board of Directors of The Circle. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. That being said, I LUUUUURVE The Circle-- it is absolutely the BEST value for money for a young professional in Cleveland. $20/month gives you 2 tickets in a household (even if you're single, you should get the double and take a friend!), which includes 12 events per year, at least 6 of which are concerts. Circle Members also get a 20% discount on classical concerts, and most important, the members themselves are fun and welcoming! Additional details available here

Summer Solstice 2015: What to Wear?

This weekend marks Summer Solstice, and along with various yoga studios that celebrate with extraordinary amounts of sun salutations (108 to be exact), there are of course, solstice parties. This year, as in every year since I've been blogging,  I will be attending the sold-out Summer Solstice at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

This year, unlike other years, I do not have a "what to wear" dilemma. As I've mentioned, I'm in my "All White Everything" phase, and so surprise surprise, I will be wearing white. I have a few different options: one is a long white and cream vintage dress, the other is a lace mini, and the third is a printed white and blue and gold with a full skirt. With either of these outfits, I'm keeping the same accessories-- gold sandals, gold jewelry, and a pop of color with my bag.

My inspiration board:

Solstice inspiration

If you're looking for more Solstice inspiration, look here, here, or here.

CLE Events: Balance & Brews

A couple of weeks ago, I attended my very first Balance & Brews event as part of Engage! Cleveland's YP Week. Founded by Melissa Klimo-Major, Balance & Brews combines an hour-long, all-levels yoga class with beer! The events take place in local breweries, and include a brewery tour (if you are so inclined). The classes themselves are really fun-- the unusual location paired with Melissa's humor and playlist make for a fun, low-key experience.

Photo credit: Thanks to Balance and Brews' Facebook page for the two pictures on the top.

Balance & Brews is hosting its first ever yoga weekend retreat in Ohio later this month. I'm not quite ready to commit to a whole weekend yet, but its definitely something I would like to try in the near future. They also have a practice and a pint option, which is exactly what it sounds like. And on July 11th, they are hosting a Balance & Brews practice at Great Lakes Brewing Company, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Secondhand Mutts. If you recall, I used to serve on the Board of Directors for Secondhand Mutts, and they continue to hold a very special place in my heart, so naturally, I'm signed up to attend!

I love that fun, active events like these are becoming more common-place in Cleveland. I LUUUUURVE a good detox-retox experience! I'm still looking for an event that pairs yoga with a wine/champagne tasting--- maybe someone will create one soon? Or maybe I should partner with someone to create one?