This past Thursday CK and I participated in the inaugural NEO Food Tours event in Ohio City.
NEO Food Tours is a new foodie/neighborhood adventure event in Cleveland in that takes participants on a walking tour through distinct Cleveland neighborhoods stopping at restaurants and landmarks along the way.
It's historical, educational, delicious and way fun.
We started out at Dragonfly where we enjoyed wine, a trio of flaming starfish roll with warm crab salad, soba noodle salad, and a tia eggplant stuffed with seafood mousse on sweet chili sauce.
After Dragonfly we started our walking tour through Ohio City with our happy guide pointing out significant landmarks and historical tidbits.
Next we stopped at Momocho where Chef/Owner Eric Williams talked with us about how he started his restaurant and the philosophies behind it - which are awesome by the way and everyone should go there.
Next we walked to the J. Palen House which is a bed and breakfast in the heart of Ohio City on Bridge Avenue which I didn't even know existed until recently. I always admired the big purple house as I drove by and wondered who lived there, but now I know it's a beautiful Inn! This place was SO COOL and charming and I seriously recommend it to visitors and or any Clevelanders simply looking for a staycation getaway.
The tour continued to Light Bistro where we enjoyed two courses.
The Momocho course of a butternut squash and goat cheese empanada with house mole sauce oaxacon red chili served with a house margarita - delish!
The Light Bistro course was a crusted berkshire pork loin on ramp pesto, with a sweet potato croquette and fricassee of ramps, bacon, mushrooms and spinach served with red wine - I literally licked my plate!
Our final stop was at Flying Fig where we enjoyed coffee, wrap up chats and banana and chocolate bread pudding with meyers dark run creme anglaise and creme chantilly.
With this being the first event there was some need for tweaking with timing and what not but this concept is such a win win that I'm going to be sure to check out another NEO Food Tours event in the near future. Perhaps one on the east side in a neighborhood I'm not as familiar with because Ohio City and I are oh so familiar with each other.
To learn more about NEO Food Tours check out their website for upcoming events - they have 2 events planned a month through the summer in neighborhoods like E 4th St, Little Italy, Tremont, University Circle, Gordon Square, Warehouse District, Shaker Square and AsiaTown. Should be a good time!
As fun as Thursday was Friday was pretty darn awesome too as I headed to the Cleveland Indians Social Media Suite with CK and his little one. The social media suite is a place just for social media nerds like myself where one can enjoy the game on the Indians while relaxing in style.
If you're interested in watching a game from the suite you can apply online here. Hopefully @TribeTalk will invite me to another game soon, hint hint.
Saturday between my long workout ride and gallivanting over Cleveland I biked 22 miles and loved everyone mile of it. Have I mentioned I love biking?
Saturday was also Muffin's birthday! We celebrated by having a girls lunch at 56 West in Lakewood where myself, Muffin, MOB, Beaver and Babs noshed (sorry CK) on glorious sandwiches.
Those of us that could have a Saturday Funday, aka me and Muffin, headed to Flying Monkey in Tremont where Lastic also came to play and we put lots of Summer Shandy in our mouths.
Saturday night I + the birthday girl + a big fun group of friends headed to Progressive Field to watch our first place Indians beat Detroit, again.
Ahhhhhhh, spring baseball in Cleveland, thankfully the seats and getting more filled with every win. go tribe!
With buckets of beers at the Clevelander for the extra innings we had a grand idea of heading to Touch Supper Club for old school hip hop night.
I lasted approximately 20 mins at old school hip hop night due to how packed and how improperly dressed I was for proper booty shaking. So I hopped on my bike and spun my booty all the way home.
'twas a good day and a good weekend.
And Sunday dinner with CK at Momocho was the icing on the cake.
Hope everyone also enjoyed their weekend, and to think, another one is just around the corner.
(Sometimes my optimism even annoys me, fyi)
Disclosure: I was provided with two complimentary tickets to the NEO Food Tours in return for posting about the event. The Friday night Indians tickets were also complimentary in return for tweeting and being all "social" while in attendance. All opinions are my own.