August Shenanigans

Friday, August 29, 2014

Man, this summer has been fantastic. I can't believe it's Labor Day Weekend all ready. 

How the heck did that happen? Well, let's look at some photos from the last month and try to piece it all together.

Interested in hearing the loudest screams and squeals you've ever heard? Surprise your step-daughter on her 7th birthday with a trip to Cedar Point. The kiddo had the best time ever, conquered new roller coasters like the Gemini (the real one not the photo-op one) and ate the biggest snow cone I've ever seen. Making memories at Cedar Point is one of my favorite pastimes.

Marina at Westlake Flex Friday with great friends turned into Wesley Bright and the Hi-Lites at The Beachland Ballroom. Dock drinks + Colleen, me and Alana + Me and CK

Canton family fun = cousins, swimming and cake, lots of cake.

Apparently I'm an equal opportunity hydration professional. From my new favorite anytime drink, Nooma, to tequila cocktails at Urban Farmer to a Mike's Hard buffet at the marina. Stay thirsty my friends.

Yep, just what I thought, a chock full of fun August.

Enjoy your long holiday weekend, kids. Stay safe out there!

Westin + Urban Farmer Cleveland

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Recently, CK and I had the opportunity to spend a lovely evening at the new Westin Cleveland Downtown Hotel property including a night in swanky suite and dinner at Urban Farmer - oh, what a treat it was.

First impression? It didn't feel like I was in Cleveland. Second impression? I was in Cleveland (cue smiling, happy staff, reasonable prices and plenty of stunning Downtown Cleveland views) and it was FANTASTIC.

There's local art throughout the hotel space curated by LAND Studio and Epstein Design Partners, gorgeous interiors with modern amenities and an overall attention to detail that one has come to expect from the Westin brand.

The signature Westin green wall + a deconstructed chandelier, chandelier + art in the form of a giant head made of slices of tree trunks and sticks + hotel check-in lobby intriguing floor tile work

Once we completed the seamless check-in process we explored our spacious club-level suite and made our way to the club lounge for a happy hour cocktail and bite to eat.

Lake Erie view from the club lounge + my handsome husband, CK, helping himself to a cocktail + the appetizer spread, all of which was scrumptious and paired perfectly with our beverage options

After cocktails and snacks in the lounge, the group, including fellow blogger Courtney, her husband and Westin general manager Alan and his lovely wife, headed to Urban Farmer Steakhouse

Oh, Urban Farmer, how I love thee.

I've been to a fair share of steakhouses in my day, the dark interior, the old school men's club feel, the stuffy service. Urban Farmer Cleveland is not that, and in my humble opinion, that's a good thing.

It's a Cleveland steakhouse revolution, guys! It's farm-to-table centric, appeals to it's new Ohio patrons, serves up a fantastic cut of meat and I'm still dreaming about the cornbread.

A feel of the Urban Farmer brand from their menu suite and fashionable interior seating options (this place is huge). The finishes are spectacular.

I could easily share 20+ more food and cocktail photos, we ate and drank so well during our evening at Urban Farmer. These are some of my favorites though: shrimp seasoned to perfection, table side cheese presentation, prime beef tartare, American Gothic cocktail and 24oz Ohio Proud bone-in ribeye with candied bacon addition.

Being a Westin Ambassador I was granted an unforgettable experience in my beloved Downtown Cleveland - and I'm not just saying that because I've partnered with the organization. I'm saying it because it's a top notch hotel and restaurant and we're lucky that they have decided to make a home in the CLE.

Man, these photos are making me want to go back, good thing I have a happy hour planned a Urban Farmer next week!

Happy Wednesday, kids.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

On more than one occasion I've stated that I "detox to retox," which basically means, I spin my butt off at Psycle (detox) then enjoy my life as a bubbles and food aficionado (retox).

Life is a balance, people.

Similarly, there's a fantastic benefit happening on Sunday, August 24 at Crocker Park called SPIN FOR DIN. Same detox/retox idea but for a way more worthy cause, the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland.

My friends at Psycle are bringing the indoor cycling experience to an outdoor setting at Crocker Park in Westlake. With 4 classes to choose from, including one with a live DJ, and all proceeds benefiting the Hunger Network, why wouldn't you want to SPIN FOR DIN?

My girl Alana and I are all signed up for Jen's class at 10:30am and bikes are filling up fast reserve yours ASAP. Sign-up online here under the "events" tab to get in on the fun, blow the roof off of Crocker Park and help do our part to reduce hunger in our community.

Hope to see you on a bike on Sunday, August 24!