Cleveland's a Plum 1,000th Post Giveaway Extravaganza!

Monday, October 15, 2012

This is my 1,000th post! 

Can you believe it?!?! I personally didn't think I'd make it to 10 posts let alone 1,000 and I made it this far because of you guys, so thanks, truly.

I can very easily go on and on about how much starting this blog in January of 2008 has changed my life. I've made amazing friends, enriched my career, got to attend fun events, helped raise awareness for some great causes, but most importantly shared my life in Cleveland with you all.

So as a thank you to my readers, on my 1,000th post, I've partnered with some of my favorite Cleveland restaurants to put together one heck of a giveaway - I hope you guys like it!

The goods:
- $100 gift certificate to Fahrenheit 
- $100 gift certificate to XYZ the Tavern
- $100 gift certificate to Hodge's 
- $100 gift certificate to Washington Place Bistro
- $50 gift certificate to 87 West in Crocker Park
- Two tickets to Spice of Life Catering / Spice Kitchen & Bar famous plated landscape dinners, a $300 value
- Five course food and sake pairings dinner for four people at Noodlecat, a $250 value
- Four course food and wine pairings dinner for four people at The Greenhouse Tavern chef's table, a $250 value

That's $1,250 in food and drinks - yowsa!

I'm going to choose one grand prize winner and two runner up winners but I know don't what I'm giving the runner ups yet - so stay tuned. 

To enter to win I'm trying out the Rafflecopter widget below. You can enter through your contact email address or Facebook and there's lots of entry options including following:

- Mandatory comment answering why you think Cleveland's a Plum
- Tweet the following about the contest: " It's @clevelandsaplum's 1,000th post and I want to win all the food in Cleveland. http://bit.ly/WoENhi #plum1k " - you can do this DAILY.
- Follow me and all of the fabulous restaurants involved in the contest on twitter
- Share the contest on Facebook: http://bit.ly/WoENhi 
- Blog about the contest

Once you do all or some of the above just say you did through the entry form widget.

You have until midnight on Sunday 10/21 to enter, and I'll announce the winners on Monday 10/22. Good luck to all who enter and thank so much for reading the plum!

Also, if I'm friends with the winner I should totally get invited to at least one dinner :)


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237 comments:

  1. Cleveland is a plum because we have awesome bloggers like you that inform the masses of what Cleveland has to offer, what is going on and in general shows the who, what, when, where. Especially helpful for us far east siders that aren't in the know about a lot of things Cleveland otherwise. Thanks for a great blog. I would totally invite you to dinner so that I could actually meet you in person.

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  2. Cleveland is a plum because of an outstanding local blogging community who keep us up to date of all the doings.

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  3. She's a plum because she is even nicer in person than she is online! Thanks for sticking it out and posting like crazy - 1000 is awesome - congrats!!

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  4. Cleveland's a plum because of all the awesome people in it!

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  5. Because as fruits go, plums are the best, naturally.

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  6. I think it's so awesome you've the Plum has been established since 2008. Just imagine how cool that will sound when you turn 80 and are still running this blog! =) Congrats on reaching this impressive milestone!

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  7. cleveland is a plum because cleveland is good for you even if you don't want it to be and when you start having plums you start liking them and develop an affinity for them also plums aren't for everyone but hey more plums for us

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  8. Terrific giveaway - amazing, brilliant and someone is going to eat very nicely for a long time!

    Plums are sweet and delicious and freaking purple (my favorite chilhood color of course!)

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  9. Cleveland's a plum because no matter what others may say about us there are truly so many great things to love about this city. I'm proud to see blogs out there representing Cleveland. So thanks Alexa for spreading the word that Cleveland pretty much does rock. :)

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  10. When I think of Cleveland, I think of Cleveland's a Plum. Not only a great source for all things Cleveland...the Plum is pretty darn sweet to boot.

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  11. Cleveland's a plum because of the food. Any ethnic cuisine you're craving can be found right in your backyard. Or the people. Or the culture. I'll just stop.

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  12. Cleveland's a plum because of the amazing people!! Everyone is so inviting and welcoming to this amazing city!

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  13. Kristen F. @readgirlcleOctober 15, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Cleveland's a plum because it's a city that has heart...through good times, bad times, wins, losses, Clevelanders are resilient, hardworking, and quietly stylish. We also have a great good scene. :o)

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  14. Kristen F. @readgirlcleOctober 15, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    ahem. FOOD scene.

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  15. Cleveland is a plum because despite what people say, there are so many different things to do in Cleveland. And I don't need to be in a huge city to have so many choices.

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  16. congrats! Cleveland's a plum because we keep on going strong no matter what, and there's always something to do no matter what your budget is.

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  17. You often hear, "If New York is the Big Apple, then Cleveland's a plum." But what is wrong with a plum. They are small but made of a large seed of opportunity. And purple is my favorite color!

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  18. Congrats buddy!! Cleveland's a plum because despite the snow, sports heart aches, etc, bright and energetic people like you go out and tell the world daily how much we rock!

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  19. I'm sad I'm not in Cleveland to enjoy these awesome prizes! But mostly to hang with you. xo. Congrats!

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  20. I'm relatively new to Cleveland, and I've learned so far that Cleveland is a plumb because you're never far from anything, good food, great shopping, outdoor adventures, shows, concerts, events or a good place to grab a drink with friends.

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  21. Cleveland's a Plum because of: Loganberry Books, Tina's Nite Club, the numerous places to drink a good cup of coffee, my neighborhood, Joy Machines Bike Shop, the Market, the bike culture, the ability to create & carry out your vision, best thrift stores ever!, the Metroparks, riding the Rapid, the view from the Detroit-Superior bridge, the nicest people you will ever meet, University Circle, Lucky's Cafe Mac-n-Cheese, the theaters...Essentially, we have all the amenities of a large city without the pricetag. I <3 Cleveland.

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  22. Cleveland is a plum because it really is a big little town. Lots to do with lots of familiar faces.

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  23. Cleveland's a Plum because it's the city that never gives up with the people that never give up. Great people, great food and restaurants, plenty to do. What's not to like!?

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  24. cleveland is a plum because of all the awesome small businesses, like forest city portage :)

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  25. Cleveland Plum is a plum because she can drink an entire pint of whisky (no "e") and still talk coherently.

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  26. Wikipedia says that "Plums are a diverse group of species," which sums it up pretty well. Cleveland is a great, diverse city. Congratulations on 1,000 posts!

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  27. Cleveland is a plum because it has a world-renowned art museum; the second largest theater district in the country; and many generous, altruistic residents who contribute to thousands of charities annually and hold several charitable, cultural events each and every week!

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  28. Congratulations on such an accomplishment! Cleveland's a plum because of all the fabulous restaurants, culture, events, and people. I love this city!

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  29. Cleveland is a plum because it is ever changing. We are never seen as a trend-setter, however, there is always something new to try. At the same time, there are long-standing loyalties and traditions. Cleveland was the city I couldn't wait to leave when I grew up, but once I did, I realized how amazing it actually is and couldn't wait to return.

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  30. Cleveland is well rounded, desirable and ever so sweet!

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  31. Cleveland's a Plum because it's delicious but under-appreciated. ;) We're not as popular as apples, but we are freaking awesome!

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  32. Cleveland's a plum because my sister owns a purple tshirt stating this fact! It is vintage from my mom. Cleveland's a plum, no doubt!

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  33. Cleveland's of a Plum because of it's people. Most of them anyway.

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  34. Cleveland is plum because of awesome people telling the world about it! Delicious restaurants definitely promote Cleveland's awesomeness! I have only been to a few but would love to try them all!

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  35. Cleveland's a plum because we refuse to let the haters get us down!

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  36. Cleveland is a plum because no matter its state--fresh, dried, fermented into wine--it is amazing!

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  37. Steve Lorenz AKA@TweetmeslowOctober 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Clevelaand is a plum because of the amazing local foods movement, from farmers markets, to urban gardens and CSA's, to our fabulous farm-to-table restaurants!

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  38. Cleveland is a plum because it has a fabulous and creative art scene that is unique and underrated.

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  39. Cleveland's a plum because it's rich, juicy, delicious and satisfying, but you won't know it just by looking at it.

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  40. Love all of the great chefs and food in Cleveland. There's so much to be proud of.

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  41. Cleveland's a Plum because of it's successful mix of culture, theatre/arts, sports (win or lose), parks, great restaurants, festivals, universities and most of all, its people! The "Cleveland's a Plum" slogan is quite old, and kudos to Alexa for keeping alive and well! Congrats on your 1,000th post!

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  42. Cleveland's a plum because if you let us ferment with a bunch of sugar for 3 months, we'd be alcoholic as all get out.

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  43. Plain & simple: the people ... everything spectacular in this city comes from them/us!

    oldblackmagiccle@gmail.com

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  44. Cleveland's a plum because of our awesome food scene. Great restaurants, markets, breweries.

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  45. Cleveland's a plum thanks to George Voinovich

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  46. Cleveland's a Plum because of her people.

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  47. Cleveland a plum because of the beer!

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  48. Cleveland is a plum because it is home. No matter where else I've been nothing feels as right as Cleveland does.

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  49. Cleveland is a plum because it is home. No matter where else I've been nothing feels as right as Cleveland does.

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  50. Cleveland's a plum because it's exploding with flavor!

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  51. Cleveland is a plum because it has the most bad-ass 90 degree hard-left turn from the memorial shoreway onto innerbelt fwy! ;)

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  52. Cleveland is a plum because it's not the flashiest fruit in the produce bin, but it's understated and satisfying.

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  53. Cleveland's a Plum because Alexa as sweet as can be! I hope kissing up helps my odds!

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  54. Cleveland is a plum because they are delicious just like this giveaway!!!

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  55. Cleveland is my plum because it's a hidden gem! There's culture, music, art, and a fantastic group of people that rally behind the city and see it's potential and celebrate it! And because it's juicy.

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  56. Cleveland's a plum because of the amazing craft beer scene. The people aren't so bad, either :)

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  57. Cleveland's a plum because of the awesome people. I never gave Cleveland a second thought once we moved to Akron until I got to see so many people post about their love of the culture Cleveland has to offer.

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  58. Cleveland is a plum because of the sports and beer

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  59. Cleveland's a plum because it's introduced me to the most fabulous Alexa and so many other SM turned IRL friends!

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  60. Cleveland's a plum because of all the great food, drinks and events we have.

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  61. Cleveland's a plum because there's absolutely no place like home. I still believe that I'll make it back there for good someday, if only the Coast Guard will cooperate. In the meantime, my frequent visits home to see my mom & my friends are delightful - & these gift cards would make them even more delightful. ;)

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  62. Cleveland's a plum because of all the amazing people. Amazing city = amazing peeps.

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  63. Cleveland's a Plum because it's best in the summer (but also good any other time :) )!

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  64. Cleveland is a plum because we have a great food scene....so much appreciation for those meat and potatoes basics. And also our love of football!

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  65. Whoa! CLE is a plum because CLE has Lake Erie!

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  66. Cleveland's a plum because of the wonderfully sweet people who live there and love to call it home.

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  67. I am not from CLE by birth, I am an AF Brat who has moved around everywhere and was desperate to get out of Ohio when we got stationed here in 1994. I have lived in Cleveland since 2003 and now call myself a very happy Clevelander - I love the people, the food, the history, the arts and culture and everything about this town - it is a plum for me. sweet, yummy, and a beautiful shade.

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  68. Cleveland's a Plum because I'm just about to move back! I've spent four years in DC and I couldn't be more excited for Cleveland prices, food, family and friends. :)

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  69. This is amazing!!! Cle is awesome because of the people!!!

    Happy 1000th post!

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  70. I think Cleveland is a Plum because I still have one of the "Cleveland's a Plum" t-shirts from the '80s--I got it from my dad! Also, because there are so many wonderful things about Cleveland--good food, good beer, good arts scene, lots of sports teams and loyal fans (can't say good sports team, because, well, we've all seen them play, haha). I love being from and living in Cleveland!

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  71. Cleveland is a plumb for the craft beer scene. Even my beloved Pittsburgh can't touch us there.

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  72. Cleveland is a Plum because it's the hometown of so many awesome people! :)

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  73. Why Cleveland is a plum: a love story
    I fell in love with Cleveland at the same time and rate as I fell in love with a guy. Originally from the Akron area, I wasn't familiar with all of the amazing things this city has to offer, and he showed me. I was introduced to fabulous restaurants, many of which are participating in the giveaway, the culture and the general way of life up here. I was head over heels in love with both him and Cleveland. Even seeing the skyline when I drove up to see him made me smile.
    Things took a turn for the worse in my relationship with the guy, and we broke up. I was crushed. In the style of many heartbroken girls before me, I sent him many texts messages, one of which included a picture of the Cleveland skyline that said "I miss everything about you." And then it hit me. It wasn't so much him that I missed, it was the life I was introduced to. It was the fabulous restaurants, the culture, the way of living - even the very specific Wet Cleveland smell the city gets after a good rain. I missed this city.
    After sulking for what I'm sure was far too long, I packed up and moved up here, and I'll tell you what - I've never been happier. I live ten minutes from West Side Market, which had been a dream of mine for a long time, I live close enough to the lake that, during the Air Show, I was SURE I was being bombed every few minutes, and can see the skyline from my street. It still makes me smile every time I see it.
    Cleveland is more than a plum, it's the whole dang fruit basket. I will love and defend this city forever. It may not have worked out with me and that guy, but I have a good feeling about me and CLE. I think we're in it for the long haul.

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  74. Cleveland's a plum because it's a beautiful rust belt city where you can live simply but richly.

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  75. clevelands a plum ... because i have a shirt that tells me so. because of all kinds of fabulous things - playhouse square.sports.bars.restaurants. etc.. and really just because its home. we clevelanders are damn proud. always.

    congratulations on the milestone!!

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  76. Perfect Living in an Understated Metropolis! (PLUM)

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  77. Cleveland's a plum because so many reasons its hard to pick just one, but if I had to pick for its variety. Between the food, the craft beer, the numerous festivals, the sports, and the shows there is something for everyone!

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  78. Cleveland is a plum because the city life is awesome. I'm glad we tore down the old flats. That was a rotten plum, for sure. There are many smart people here that want more firms here everywhere. And younger people want apartments everywhere. Outsiders want hostels. It's pretty easy to find somewhere to drink. Where else can you walk and have fresh distilled gin in your backyard. That's almost as good as moonshine. You can also hear fireworks pretty much anytime of the year. Like, when the Browns score 21 fourth quarter points for the first time in 18 years. Someone has something to blow off. There's also some pretty swell places to get ice cream (Honey Hut for you naysayers). There's more, like a casino. Where people deny they will or haven't gone to. There's also Unique and their half off Mondays. A $5 dollar bus pass also gets you downtown on St. Patty's day and more importantly, back home. There is so much more...you just don't know.

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  79. Cleveland's a Plum because of people like you who are dedicated to this city! It's the people, more than anything, that make me want to live here.

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  80. Cleveland's a plum, because there is alot of amazing stuff to do and explore in the city =)

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  81. Cleveland is a plum because of the amazing food and people! Proud to call Cleveland home ;)

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  82. Cleveland is a plum because of its sarcastic, loyal and real people.

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  83. There's no other blogger or representative for our grand Cleveland than Alexa. She is why Cleveland is a plum. Congrats on your one thousandth post!

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  84. Cleveland is a plum because she has incredible soil that produces amazing food.

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  85. Cleveland's a plum because it has something for everyone! From food, to sports, to theater, to opportunities, Cleveland has it all!

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  86. Cleveland's a plum because it's filled with my family, great food, great neighborhoods to explore, sports teams to cheer for, and people who truly love it.

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  87. I have moved away twice with no intention of returning. But, there is just something about CLE that always drew me back. Now, I am happy to be home and raising a family in Cleveland

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  88. Cleveland is a plum because it has all the opportunities of a large, urban center but still retains the charm & traits of a smaller town. Restaurants, museums, Broadway shows, sports, and urban colleges while keeping the ability to manuever the area quickly. In addition, the lake and added green space are treasures that cant be matched.

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  89. Cleveland's a plum because of its truly midwestern charm. The people are hard workers and yet we are all so nice! We aren't snobby like so many other cities across the US. Plus, our food scene is AWESOME!

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  90. Cleveland is a plum because it people and food and culture are genuine.

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  91. Cleveland is a Plum because, the apple slogan was already taken...LOL. Seriously
    Cleveland is a plum because it has so much to offer.

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  92. Cleveland is a plum because it keeps drawing my family members in! Now my sister is a new Cleveland environs resident!

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  93. Cleveland is a plum because no matter what knocks it down Cleveland gets back up!

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  94. cleveland's a plum because of it's diversity...relating to people, food, events, and history. So much to offer and will always fight for recognition.

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  95. Cleveland's more than a plum! I love all of our distinct neighborhoods, each different, and with new things to discover.

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  96. Cleveland is a Plum for many reasons: exceptional healthcare and educational experiences; the ability to live in a city with a small town feel; awesome restaurants and food culture; theatre, museums and the orchestra. Those are just some of the reasons!

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  97. Cleveland is a plum because there is never an excuse to be bored here - great places to eat, wonderful shows to see, terrific nightlife, interesting places to visit to learn about science or history or botany, and lots of amazing spots to take children!

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  98. Cleveland is a plum because it never stays down for the count. And the people here have such passion for their city.

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  99. Cleveland is a plum because we have the best people (of course) AND because we have a great food scene, fab museums, wonderful parks, and we get the weather of every season to enjoy.

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    1. thanks for the comments on the twitter follows/FB, but don't forget you need to enter through the rafflecopter widget as i'm picking the winner from that :)

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  100. I follow ALL on twitter @Sarahcleimbach

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  101. Cleveland is a plum because there is something for everyone. Sledding in the valley. World class museums. 3 major sports teams (even if they can't pull it together!). A Lake!

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  102. CLEVELAND - that's why!

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  103. Cleveland's a plum because of its diverse neighborhoods and great food!

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  104. I just moved back to Cleveland two weeks ago after being away for 8 years. I couldn't be happier. I'm loving living in Ohio City and seeing the skyline every single morning on my way to work. God how I missed this place!

    "Cleveland's a plum" because of the people. Vibrant, resiliant, and diverse. Until you live here you won't understand!

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  105. Cleveland's a plum because there is something for everyone. A plum isn't boastful or "crazy" - it's a confident fruit. And Cleveland is a confident City - full of things for everyone. I love CLEVELAND!!!

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  106. Cleveland's a Plum because of the diversity and high quality in food and lifestyle factors; after 17 years here, I have truly embraced it as my home.

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  107. Cleveland is a plum because of it's loyalty. Once a place/person/thing becomes tradition here, there will always be people who will keep it going.

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  108. Cleveland's a plum because of all the great people who love this city & because it is my home.

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  109. Clevelan's a plum because of all the wonderful things to do and explore! I am never bored in this city and love the wonderful restaurant options that are always available!

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  110. Cleveland's a plum because CLEVELAND ROCKS!

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  111. Cleveland's a plum because there is always something to do, great restaurants, bars, shows, art, casino, etc.! There's no excuse to be bored!

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  112. Cleveland's a plum because we have awesome people, awesome food & awesome beer. That almost makes up for our arctic-like winters.

    Congrats on your 1,000th post!

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  113. Cleveland's a plum because we have a lake, a great Metroparks system, a world class Orchestra, museums, the Rock Hall, and great restaurant choices. As a fellow blogger, this blog is a plum because 1000 posts is an amazing feat. I bow down in your honor. Congratulations on this amazing milestone.

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  114. cleveland is plum bc it is the most under-acknowledged city like the plum is to the fruit family---but once you get a taste it's got you wanting more! Congrats on the posting milestone---love the blog!

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  115. Plums rock - and so does Cleveland!

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  116. Congrats Lex...you have put together fun, informative, entertaining info 1000 times....how crazy is that? And you have made people realize that Cleveland is a plum because of great people and a plethora of great things to do....you should use that word plethora more...that's what I think. Ready for Thanksgiving and a plethora of food? And a plethora of fun? Hey, plum and plethora sound a little the same...ok I am done. Love you:)

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  117. Cleveland is a plum because of its amazing restaurant scene, loyal sports fans, and all of that snow! Congrats on your 1,000 post!

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  118. Congratulations! Cleveland's a plum for all of the arts and food our region offers.

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  119. Cleveland is a Plum because it's full of juicy goodness!

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  120. Cleveland's a plum because it has the entertainment and cultural options of a large city, yet is easy to get around and is full of down-to-earth people.

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  121. cleveland's a plum because of all the farmers markets and delicious food.

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  122. CLE a plum, well, where to start? Great family living, walkable, WSM, Capitol Theatre, Downtown, GOrdon Square, OHC, Tremont... (plus, I tweeted!)

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  123. Cleveland is a plum because its opened me up to alot of cool bars, restaurants, and events all over cleveland!

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  124. Cleveland's a plum because it's a great place to call HOME!

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  125. The people are real and there is tons to do and eat!

    Cleveland is my adopted hometown! I've only been here for 6 years, but I feel like I could have grown up here. I love this area!

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  126. Cleveland is a plum b/c even if it dries up it'll still keep you regular ;)

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  127. Haha I like Ruby's answer! Cleveland is a plum because it is ripe with opportunity.

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  128. Because it's amazeballs. That's all.

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  129. Cleveland's a plum because it's so effing delicious :)

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  130. Cleveland is a plum because it is rich with history, culture, and fun things to do. People are missing out if they pass up a trip to Cleveland.

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  131. Cleveland's a plum because while apples and oranges are common, plums are unique. I love Cleveland and its unique scene!

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  132. Cleveland's a plum because plums, like the food from the above Cleve' restaurants, are delicious.

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  133. Cleveland's a plum because it is unique, and delicious, and pretty. Sometimes it may have a rough exterior but once you dig a little deeper beyond that exterior you see the rich, sweet, and exciting flavor it has.

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  134. Cleveland's a plum because of the great food scene!

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  135. Cleveland's a plum because the people here are awesome and the food is amazing!

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  136. Cleveland is a plum because it has an awesome food scene, great culture, and reasonable cost of living to boot!

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  137. Cleveland's a plum because we have many of the same cultural attributes as that apple city, but without the high cost of living, impossibly small apartments or terrible commute!

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  138. Cleveland is a plum because of our awesome food scene!

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  139. Cleveland is a Plum because there is enough happiness, culture, and fun to be had here to fill 1000+ blog posts over the span of 4 years. I love it.

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  140. Cleveland's a plum, for all the reasons that you showcase in your blog! Just narrowing in on the vibrant food scene here in the CLE is more than enough proof!

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  141. I facebook and tweeted it! Because of the amazing people, activities and adventures Cleveland has to offer - and thank goodness for people like you who share it with the rest of us so we can partake!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  142. Cleveland is a Plum because of all of the opportunities for young professionals to truly carve out a niche for themselves. There is so much community support, vivaciousness, and positivity!

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  143. Cleveland's a plum because of its orchestra, museums, downtown life and loyal sports fans.

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  144. I'm finally entering! Congrats on 1000! Woot! Cleveland's a plum because it's sweet, beautiful, and tasty (just like your contest). It also has a lot of fun personality! What's not to love!

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  145. Congrats on the 1000th post!

    Cleveland's a plum because of the amazing people that live here! I'm very proud to call Cleveland home!

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  146. Cleveland is a plum because of the wonderful people, great places to eat, beautiful lakefront and amazing seasons that we have. I can't imagine living anywhere else!

    Congrats on your 1,000th post!!!

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  147. Congratulations on your 1000th post!

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  148. Cleveland is truly a plum – beautiful summer days near the lake, everything you need so close, an amazing food scene, great people...I just love it!

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  149. Cleveland is a plum because it ain't no lemon and because it has amazing people.

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  150. Congratulations on 1000! This package looks amazing!

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  151. cleveland's a plum because new york's the big apple.

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  152. Cleveland is a plum because it's sweet, delicious and not like any other fruit. And I wouldn't have it any other way!

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  153. Cleveland is a plum because it looks all purply-bruised on the outside, yet tastes juicy and sweet once you 'bite in.' Your blog furthers this awesomeness everyday. Thank you.

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  154. because the whole community feels like an extended family. #forbetterorworse

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  155. Cleveland's a plum because of generosity like this: from you and all the establishments involved. Congrats on your 100th post!

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  156. just tweeted today: https://twitter.com/poiseinparma/status/258888870584799232

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  157. Cleveland's a plum, bc I would have no idea what to do or where to eat without her!!

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  158. Cleveland's a plum because of all the great foodie places!

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  159. Cleveland's a plum because you should never judge a book (or fruit!) by its cover :)

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  160. Cleveland's a plum because there is never a shortage of fun things to do in new towns and neighborhoods. I love continuing to explore this city a few years in and finding hidden gems! :)

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  161. Cleveland's a plum because of our vibrant, flourishing restaurants and arts.

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  162. Cleveland is a plum bc of our amazing restaurants and museums!

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  163. Cleveland's a Plum because of all the wonderful restaurants, amazing craft beer scene, and the always upbeat people.

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  164. Because there is always some hidden treasure to explore in this city!!!

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  165. Cleveland is a Plum because they city never has a boring moment - there is always something to do and it is always growing.

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  166. Cleveland's a plum because CLEVELAND ROCKS!

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  167. Cleveland's a plum because of the wonderful people who live there, the amazing food scene, and the vibrant nightlife. I love visiting Cleveland!

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  168. Cleveland has the best food scene, the best chefs, and the best (growing) craft beer scene!

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  169. Great food, music, and views of the Lake.

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  170. Cleveland is a plum: wonderful beer, great food, friendly hipsters

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  171. Cleveland is a plum b/c of the amazing people, beer and food in no particular order

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  172. An amazing cultural scene... Between the food, the arts and the many backgrounds of it's people, Cleveland offers access to vibrant culture on a scale reminiscent of a much larger city, but without the hassles.

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  173. It's a plum because it's FULL of love and tastiness! Congrats on your 1,000th post! :)

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  174. Cleveland has always been a plum! I moved back home to Cleveland from Chicago six years ago and the first question I always got was WHY! well in addition to family and adorable houses and knowing where everything is? The real answer is that I love being here with the lake to north (like it's supposed to be) and amazing restaurants and markets and local farms that I can get to all the time.

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  175. Cleveland's a plum because of the amazing, quirky, and unique people that kick it in that lovely city!

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  176. Holy prizes Batman! Great job getting this together, and congrats on your success. I think Cleveland's a plum because of the food scene and of course the sports teams. (Someday it WILL be our year!)

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  177. Cleveland is a plum because of their sports teams !

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  178. Cleveland's a plum because of all the amazing restaurants! So many wonderful food and drink options!

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  179. cleveland's a plum because no matter how much other places or people try to knock us down we just keep rolling with it. we're the hidden gem that people wish they could be :) #CongratsOnThe1K

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  180. Congrats on the amazing accomplishment, friend!!! Cleveland's a plum bc of the passionate people who believe in and support the city!! (The kinda people who stand in the pouring rain/sleet/snow/etc to cheer for their team or to celebrate the 100th year of the West Side Market.) I'm still constantly amazed by how passionate everyone here is about all their home base!!

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  181. Great contest and congrats on 1,000 posts... Cleveland is a plum because we can always use positive energy and information about Cleveland and you do a great job!

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  182. Cleveland is a plum because we're a city that truly exemplifies 'Midwest' culture and values. Congratulations on 1,000 posts! :)

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  183. Cleveland is a plum because we have it all! Diversity, great restaurants, and every type of entertainment you can think of.

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  184. Cleveland is a plum because I can drive there in a couple of hours and have an entirely different experience than I'd have here in Columbus. It's home to many of my family and friends. I can get just about any type of food I want. It's both blue collar and avant garde at the same time.

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  185. Cleveland is a plum because just like the fruit, it is not the first thing people think of when choosing a snack (or in this case, a place to live / work / vacation). CLE is an undersung hero, with less prominence and popularity than larger cities, but to people who love this city (or have come to love it like me, a recent transplant from NJ), it's under-the-radar status makes it all the sweeter! CONGRATS ALEXA!

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  186. Cleveland is a plum, because like Plums, Cleveland is my favorite.

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  187. Cleveland is a plum because it has the most amazing cultural events, and the nicest people. I'm a transplant from Detroit, and I love it here!
    Alexa, congrats on post number 1,000 and keep up the great blogging!

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  188. I moved from the Big Apple to the Plum this past July, and it's been pretty sweet.

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