happy little weekend in the CLE

Monday, February 20, 2012

'Twas a low-key few days for me in the CLE this past weekend. Low-key doesn't mean low fun though, not by any means.

Friday night I headed to
Market in Rocky River for the first time. I've heard wonderful things about this place and it surpassed my expectations. The ambiance was awesome with a big bar, lots of space and TVs, large wine/beer selection, complimentary valet and excellent customer service. The food was good, not amazing, but nothing to complain about - I had a nice meal. I'll definitely be back, perhaps for 1/2 price bottles of wine night on Tuesday.

The reason for my visit to Market was for two reasons, one was to hangout with these fine ladies.

Addison Montgomery was visiting Cleveland from Denver and thus was cause for us UD gals to get together for some vino - including Addison, MOB, Foxx, Holler, Muffin and Beaver.

In addition to my GNO it was also Lverdova's birthday celebration at Market and who doesn't love birthdays? Communists, that's who. It was an all around wonderful evening with some of my best girlfriends and I wouldn't have changed a thing.

Saturday brought errands and a fun and fancy dinner at CK's with his little one where we ate well, played hard and watched a movie - family fun night, you guys.

Sunday I cooked my first meal in a crock pot.... no comment.... I mean, you know how I feel about the crock pot.
It was a recipe CK found, also his crock pot and it involved short ribs, parsnips, and turnips... let's just say it wasn't that good. It wasn't the crock pot's fault though, more so the recipe. But the fact that it was made in a crock pot didn't necessarily help my case against the dreaded crock pot... so bland, so so so bland.

Pre-dinner I headed to
Allison's with Shibani for our PlayhouseSquare Jump Back Ball dress runway show - Allison and Shibani have their dresses... me? I'm still torn between two, who knows what I'll end up with come Saturday.

One thing I do know though is that next week's weekend recap post will be a hell of a lot more lively with Jump Back Ball involved.

Happy Monday, kids!


  1. Ew. Parsnips and turnips?? No wonder it wasn't good. The 2 worst vegetables out there (well, at least in my world)! :)

  2. @Heather it was so so so bad... the short ribs were cooked nicely though, just not a lot of flavor - and to think i almost quadrupled the spices and added a full clove of garlic. still bland as all hell.

  3. I'm going to send you daily reminders to pick the sparkle!

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  5. um if you want to love a crock pot dish, google paula deens crock pot mac and cheese. itll seem odd when you melt the butter and cheese on the stove, for the oil separation, but it all comes together deliciously in the crock pot. its become my demanded party dish now! or, make buffalo chicken dip in the crock pot. yum!!!

  6. That recipe doesn't sound very appetizing. Try crockpot chicken tacos or another dish before making a final decision about crock pots.

    PS congrats on your new job!

  7. A flavorful crok pot recipe - beef pot roast (whatever cut you prefer) about 2 - 3 lbs,
    1 large onion, peeled and quartered
    2-4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
    1-2 ribs of celery cut into chunks,
    4-5 cloves of garlic pressed
    1 envelope onion soup mix
    1 c red wine
    3 T worchestershire
    1/2 c beef stock or 1 boullion cube plus 1/2 c water
    4-5 sprigs fresh thyme
    4-5 springs fresh rosemary

    Place onions, carrots and celery in the bottom of the crock pot, salt and pepper the roast and then spread with the pressed/minced garlic place this on top of the veggies, pour the liquids and soup mix on top. Place the fresh herbs on top and around the meat, cook on high ~4 hours or low ~8. When it's finished or almost finished, use a turkey baster to pull out a cup or two of the juices (without the fat) put these into a pan, put ~1T to 1.5 T of corn starch in a cup, add about 2T of the juices and stir until combined (add more juice if necessary), pour this in with the rest of the juices, bring to a simmer and simmer until your sauce is thickened. serve meat with sauce... and see what you think.

  8. I love my family..I would like to find a new church and improve how much I go to the gym.


  9. sounds like my kind of weekend, love it.

  10. I've enjoyed (mostly) the unconfrontational debates and discussions in here this week.. I wasnt a regular user of this forum, but am getting so...!! Its cos my job's a little dull!!
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