cleveland's a plum: best blog in cleveland, two years in a row

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

i have some happy/exciting/bomb ass/awesome news, plummies.

the readers of cleveland magazine have named cleveland's a plum the best blog in cleveland in their best of cleveland issue for
the second year in a row!

back-to-back baby!

when i won last year i was beyond honored, but now that i've won again i'm afraid i'm going to get cocky...

KIDDING.

truthfully, it's so nice to be recognized because, contrary to popular belief, blogging is NOT easy. but for one reason or another i keep doing it because i love all that this little website has given me.



right about now is when the winner gets all teary eyed at the podium...

but enough of me being a mushy girl, it's time to celebrate not only my win but all of the best of cleveland winners at the 5th annual cleveland magazine best of cleveland party at the rock and roll hall of fame.

on friday, october 15th at 7:30pm, the rock hall will be open to party guests where one will be able to eat and drink their way through the best of cleveland winners. there will be live music, a silent auction and some of the best people watching in all of cleveland.

there are two types of tickets available for purchase online:

general admission - $30 advance purchase, $40 at the door. includes a complimentary cocktail, lots of food, access to the rock hall, live entertainment and a one year subscription to cleveland magazine.

VIP - $80 advance purchase, $90 at the door. includes an open bar, exclusive food options, access to the Spa West VIP lounge, complimentary valet parking and a gift bag in addition to rock hall access, live entertainment and a one year subscription to cleveland magazine.


and thanks to cleveland magazine, aside from buying tickets online, you also have a chance to win one of three pairs of general admission tickets here on the plum.

that's right kids, i'm giving away not one, not two, but THREE pairs of tickets to the best of cleveland party!

to enter:
- leave a comment telling me about something (anything) that you think is the best in cleveland.
- you can enter up to five (5) times by leaving a separate comments saying different things you think are the best in cleveland.

- gain another entry by sharing the contest on twitter or facebook
- don't forget to leave your email/contact info in the comment if i don't already know how to get a hold of you

i'll announce the three winners on thursday, october 7th, so enter away - good luck!

and thanks again for reading because without you guys i would have never won best blog in cleveland the first year let alone the second, you guys rock.


138 comments:

  1. 1) ahhhhh LOVE THIS!
    2) i am GOING TO BE HOME THIS WEEEKEND, so i could totally come!
    3) pick me, choose me, love me ;)
    4) errrr i'm the best thing about cleveland cause of my excessive summer/fall visiting this year.

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  2. The Best Fries in Cleveland: Bar Cento/Bier Market

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  3. The Best Dungeony Music Venue in Cleveland: The Grog Shop

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  4. The Best Lake in Cleveland: The lake that forms on East 4th St. after it rains

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  5. Congrats lady! :) VERY happy for you, and two years in a row is awesome!
    Favorite thing about CLE? The awesome people I've met because of blogging!

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  6. The Best Draft Beer Selection in Downtown: Dive Bar

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  7. Also - ANY drink from Crop, but especially the Twisted Vine Martini.

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  8. The Best National Anthem Singer in Cleveland History: Rocco Scotti

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  9. Congrats again. The Cleveland Magazine readers are smart cookies!

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  10. Cleveland has the best new, up and coming chefs in the country!

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  11. Hurrah!! Congratulations on your win! :)

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  12. Congrats, Alexa!!
    My fav thing about CLEVE? Lake Erie :P

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  13. TWO YEARS IN A ROW! That is great news! Congrats, Plumie-Pie!

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  14. I think I have an original Cleveland's A Plum t-shirt somewhere. I'm that old!!

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  15. You were cocky before you got these awards.

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  16. Best things about CLE: The Flats web series

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  17. Best things about CLE: being able to be a young homeowner (welcome to the club!)

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  18. Best things about CLE: the FOOD! and amazing chefs here. ;)

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  19. Best things about CLE: Velvet Tango Room, obvs.

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  20. Best things about CLE: THE PLUM! :)

    (OK, that was exhausting! ha ha!)

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  21. Yay, congrats!

    Let's see. Best Bar in Cleveland has to be Prosperity Social Club in Tremont!

    Tudor.Rosy@Gmail.com

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  22. Congrats again!

    best CLE ice cream: Honey Hut Ice Cream!

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  23. I tweeted :)

    SarahCLeimbach@gmail.com

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  24. Congratulations on the recognition. It is always refreshing to see good people doing great things be rewarded. Best thing in Cleveland? The people.

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  25. best theater experience: Great Lakes Theater Festival at PlayhouseSquare

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  26. Cleveland's chefs are THE BEST :)





    Sarah
    sarahcleimbach@gmail.com

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  27. best CLE outdoor activity: hiking in the Metroparks

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  28. Cleveland has THE BEST hospitals too...





    Sarah
    sarahcleimbach@gmail.com

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  29. ...and tweeted! hope six entries are enough LOL!

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  30. Cleveland has some pretty awesome crisp Fall mornings...today being one of them!


    SarahCleimbach@gmail.com

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  31. Cleveland has a pretty amazing park system :)


    Sarah
    sarahcleimbach@gmail.com

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  32. Cleveland has the best food scene...you can always find something, somewhere at whatever time that is DELICIOUS!


    Sarah
    sarahcleimbach@gmail.com

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  33. The BEST grilled cheese sandwiches!

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  34. Oh, and the BEST pizza at Angelo's. That's a fact.

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  35. And the BEST garlic bread at Danny Boys!!
    (I may have a little carb obsession)

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  36. The best way to stay warm in Cleveland during the winter: Christmas Ale :)

    jagner6 at gmail dot com

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  37. The best store to get lost in: Music Saves

    jagner6

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  38. best way to spend a summer afternoon in cle - west side market and GLBC. food, food, and more food.

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  39. Congrats! That's so exciting!

    I've never actually been to Cleveland, so I can't honestly say that anything's my favorite, but I did smile when I saw Grady Sizemore listed as the sexiest local celebrity. Yum.

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  40. YAH! That is so exciting for you!!! My favorite thing about Cleveland is the BROWNS! :)(even though they aren't the best in the NFL)

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  41. and i have a strange obsession with bar cento food. their veggie burger is to die for.

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  42. one more thing and then I will stop - WEST SIDE MARKET!

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  43. Best Day/Fundraiser/Party: Krusty's Summer Sauce Camp

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  44. Here to share my congrats and nothing more. I can't think of a more deserving blogger to win this award. Yay!

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  45. MAZEL TOV to you, my favorite plum! (Do you know I;m never eaten a plum...?) What an honor.

    As for me, are you ready for my FIVE entries? Because I am DYING to win one of these sets of tickets. Why? Because I'LL BE BACK IN TOWN, BITCH.

    That's one of the best things about Cleveland: that I'm coming back to it! Does that count? And OK, for now I'm just coming back to Akron, but the CLE was recently rated the 9th best city in the country to find a job (???), so I'm trying!

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  46. this is sincerely awesome! kudos!!!

    the best thing in cleveland hmmmm...uh melt bar and grilled. mkay thanks!

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  47. Thing #2: Melt! I've actually never been, but when I was interning for Cleveland Magazine, I was so excited about Melt's opening that I later recommended it to, like, five people visiting Cleveland. They all went, they all adored it, & now it's my turn! Can't wait to try it out upon my return.

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  48. Third best: Great Lakes Brewery. And the fact that they now sell Great Lakes beer in the District.

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  49. Fourth best: Tempura green beans at The Flying Fig, assuming they still exist. Hoping they still exist.

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  50. Fifth best thing about Cleveland? Maybe this should've been first: the pride. Easy. <3

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  51. And I tweeted about it, too: http://twitter.com/heysuburban/status/25900370986

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  52. Congratulations, my sweet, good job!! Love ya, XO

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  53. Congrats again! Best things about CLE...

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  54. Best things about CLE: Agree with Lzone and The Flats web series.

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  55. Best things about CLE: L'Albatros. Still my FAV restaurant in all the land.

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  56. And finally, Lake Erie! I love me some fresh water.

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  57. Best Blog in Cleveland.

    Narm.

    Wait, did I do this wrong?

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  58. one of the best things in CLE is the metroparks. when i lived in columbus that was something i missed terribly. i think we take it for granted but we have an amazing park system and you dont realize how fabulous it is until you leave and its not around the corner!

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  59. best in cleveland - great lakes brewing company!

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  60. 3. lola - an iron chef's restaurant - nuff said

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  61. 5. never getting bored with the weather. if you don't like it, wait ten minutes!

    email is clevelandsaplum.com-mtgm@snkmail.com

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  63. woo woo, you are such a rock star alexa, nicely done and way to rep the cleve!

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  64. Alexa-WAY TO GO!
    Best thing about C-town? Christmas Ale of course!

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  65. Congrats!! :)

    1. Great Lakes Christmas Ale

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  66. 2. the show The Flats ;) You guys crack me UP!

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  67. 3. Olivor Twist in Willoughby mostly rocks. :)

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  68. 4. the fact that NEO has chick-fil-a? Yeah yeah I know.. it's a chain restaurant... but try living in NY where the cease to exist completely!!! AHHHHH!

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  69. 5. All of our sporting events. We are so lucky to have pro-teams.

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  70. 2. Best farmer's markets... West Side!

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  71. 3. Best Football team... Cleveland Fusion!!

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  72. 4. Best blog in CLE... Clevelandsaplum.com !!

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  73. 5. Best ice cream in Cleveland... Mitchell's!

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  74. Best Neighborhood in Cleveland - Ohio City!

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  75. Best Blog - Cleveland a Plum!!

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  76. Best Westside Market Stand - Basketeria Organic Produce

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  77. Best Westside Market Stand - Basketeria Organic Produce

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  78. Ummm let's see...


    Best place to hammock- south chagrin reservation.

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  79. Best place for a first date- E4th (namely, Zocalo and Hilarities)

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  80. Best coffee shop to drool on myself when hungover- Phoenix... either on Mayfield or DT, depending where the night's festivities dropped me on my ass.

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  81. Best route to take downtown from the east side-- HA! Trick question: there is no 'best route' due to all the construction.

    Upside? Sexy construction workers.

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  82. Alexa, i want I free ticket and hang out with my favorite plum!!

    Your bestest freiend/lover
    Kara Maureen Bernadette Rambo

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  83. Cleveland has THE BEST restaurants - downtown and on both sides of town

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  84. Cleveland has THE BEST frozen custard - East Coast

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  85. Cleveland has THE BEST library - I know, I'm a dork :)

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  86. Cleveland has THE BEST library - I know, I'm a dork :)

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  87. Cleveland has THE BEST bloggers

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  88. Best music venue - Beachland Ballroom

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  89. Cleveland optimism: when our sports teams suck, we just say "there's always next year".

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  90. The weather. Yes. The weather. We have 4 very distinct seasons and I love each one for different reasons!

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  91. pick me! I heart the Greenhouse.

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  92. I love christmas ale from the brewery.

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  93. The generosity of Clevelanders...

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  94. The Feast of the Assumption and other ethnic festivals!

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  95. The seasons...and the sports that go along with them!

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  96. St Patty's Day...no other place celebrates this day like Cleveland!!


    cpcmp@hotmail.com

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  97. Music Saves is the best record store to buy vinyl in Cleveland or anywhere else for that matter.

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  98. Touch Supper Club in Ohio City has the best steak I've ever had, anywhere. Period.

    Justin Markert
    justinmarkert41@gmail.com

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  99. Best cupcakes in Cleveland are (surprise, surprise) LaBella Cupcakes

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  100. Best unique dish in Cleveland is the Fifth Quarter from The Greenhouse Tavern

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  101. Best thing about Cleveland is all the great local breweries & beer!

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  102. I love running in Cleveland, and two of my favorite races are as follows:

    Hermes 10 Miler

    Bier Markt Ohio City 5k

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  103. Best beer out of Cleveland is Great Lakes Christmas Ale!

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  104. Best cupcakes: Great Scott's wedding cupcakes.... So delish! (e-mail = raretune @ aol . com)

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  105. Best Dim Sum: Boo long. Sometimes a bit greasy, but late hours and lots of fun.

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  106. Best unique eats: Empress Taytu Ethiopian Restaurant (The spongey bread/plate/utensil is so interesting and the food is tasty. A must-try for adventurous eaters)

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  107. Ohio City has some of the best Cuisine in the city!

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  108. I think the Plum is best in Cleveland because HE has the best blog.

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  109. I think this site is the best in Cleveland for all things local. It is not only entertaining, but most factual. I love it & it has my vote for best in Cleveland!

    (Sidenote; I would really appreciate winning a pack of tickets to the Best of Cleveland Party!)

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  110. I like (it's more LOVE that like) Lilly's Chocolates in Tremont. If you haven't tried, you need too. For those who thrist for an adult beverage from time to time, be sure to do the wine or beer tasting with a truffle next time you are there. One word: Delish.

    (Sidenote; I would really appreciate winning a pack of tickets to the Best of Cleveland Party!)

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  111. You can't have a best of Cleveland list without mentioning The Feast. Is there anything better? If there is I am not aware. It turns eating not only into a sport but a physical challenge. (Thank you Double Dare).

    p.s. I would love to win a set of tix! ;-)

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  112. Sports seem to be a constant heart ache here, it good to know that there is one thing that always delivers at every Cleveland Sporting event and that is ... Drum roll please... Wait for it... Cleveland's own STADIUM MUSTARD!

    Nothing says hot pretzel like this spicy brown concoction. Nice work Davis Food Company.

    *Hope my odds have improved for a pack of Best of Cleveland Party tickets.

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  113. Finally this takes me to my personal favorite thing Cleveland & its the infamous Christmas Story Leg Lamp. What other city has such a wonderfully odd cult following icon to represent it?!

    I love taking visitors through Tremont at Christmas time & the unknowing outsider ask me why every other window has a fishnet clad leg in the window with a lamp shade and I simply respond ,"Because it's Christmas silly, nuh."

    Well that's my 5 favorite things in Cleveland. Hope you found some humor, remembered some great things about this city & choose to award me with two Best of Cleveland tickets.

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  114. Joe's Deli. Best place for lunch ever.

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  115. 1) The Shot-Michael Jordan crapped on us
    2) The Drive-John Elway crapped on us
    3) The Fumble-Earnest Byner crapped on us
    4) The Decision-Lebron James crapped on us
    5) Great Lakes Brewery-got us drunk!

    C'mon lets face it, the first 4 suck but they have definitely prepared our city for an amazing championship yet to come. It will absolutely be bittersweet.
    Nothing tastes better than drowning your sports sorrows in some suds at Great Lakes.

    hodie816@yahoo.com

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  116. The best CSA in Cleveland is Fresh Fork Market!

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  117. The best custard in the Cleveland area is Rosati's!

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  118. Peabody's Down Under is the best rock club in Cleveland!!

    amycastellano74(at)hotmail(dot)com

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