A Weekend of CLE

This past weekend was a busy one, but it was so much fun!

It started on Friday, with Cleveland Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Best of Cleveland party! This was the fifth year I’ve attended the #BestofCLE and every year it gets better. There was one point in the night when I was in complete awe, looking around at the hundreds and hundreds of people just dancing and partying – and thought “This is my Friday night.”

In case you’ve never been to the #BestofCLE; it’s a gathering of all of Cleveland’s best restaurants, boutique’s, bakeries, clothing shops, car dealerships, clubs, and apartments. Samplings of great food, drinks and beers, along with other little goodies and discounts!  This year, I was all about the sweets, so I really only consumed a number of cupcakes and sushi over the course of the evening (I know, a horrible combo).

My Stops: 

Campbell’s Sweets Factory – I grabbed one of their ‘Wedding Cake’ flavored cupcakes, because it’s my favorite and it is delicious!

A Cookie & A Cupcake – Mini cupcakes! I went for a chocolate and vanilla, this little shop in Tremont never disappoints.

Main Street Cupcakes – It was their birthday, which meant sprinkles all over their cupcakes, which in my opinion is a perfect combination.

Jack Frost Donuts – I did not have these, simply because I would’ve been in a sugar coma. They had full-size, elaborately decorated donuts they were impressive and so beautiful (picture below).

A bunch of our friends were at the party so we had a fun time catching up with them, dancing and singing and sipping some cocktails! This party never disappoints and my absolute favorite part was when DJ EV came out, I seriously could’ve danced the entire night.  The music was so good.

Saturday AM we woke up to run the Dawg Pound 5k – it was an unwelcoming 43 degrees out with some intense winds, although it was much better than the cold rain we had last year.  A group from my office met up early to go down to the start line, the weather did not keep away the sold-out crowd.  The course was similar to last year, a good route with minor hills,the wind definitely tempered down once you got running, which was a good thing! B and I ran the whole time to finish just under 30-minutes, not bad for not training!  Then the group of us went up to a favorite local spot, Nauti Mermaid for Bloody Mary’s and brunch! The Bloody Mary came out with a fresh fried, Lake Erie perch, it was surprisingly delicious, the food was amazing too.  It was a fun start to our Saturday!

After our jam packed fun, it was pretty low-key and relaxing for the rest of the weekend. The #BestofCLE and the Dawg Pound 5k are definitely two of the reasons why I love Cleveland so much and why I love the month of October!

Happy Monday!

Appendix:

click here: 2015 Best of Cleveland’s Participating Winners 

Good to be in CLE

This past weekend was a busy one!

Friday night I attended the ever so fabulous Best of Cleveland Party at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, thrown by Cleveland Magazine.  This was my second year attending and it was filled with nothing but the best! Burgers from BRGR 9 and B Spot, cupcakes, and Sushi Rock sushi! (for the VIP’s) Not to mention Pier W had thee biggest shrimp I have ever seen! The music by the areas best cover-bands echoed throughout the legendary Rock Hall, while everyone enjoyed yummy samplings of food and tasty cocktails.  Throw that in with great friends and you have a great evening with everything I love about this awesome city of Cleveland!

Saturday night we attended the Cattle Barron’s Ball (actually in Akron) which supports the American Cancer Society.  It was a night of jewels, jeans, and cowboy boots (which I pulled out of the closet and rocked!) all for a great cause. Friends of ours joined us for this lovely occasion.  A silent auction took place for most of the evening, along with a live auction during dinner, where an adorable lab/doberman mix sold for $800.  And a Pandora bracelet went for $4,000 only to be given to a little girl fighting cancer who got the bracelet donated in the first place! It was a touching night and brought the sad reality about how many people in this world do fight but sometimes survive this devastatingly horrible disease.

By the time Sunday rolled around and the 70 degree sunny weather hit, I was just ready to relax, get a good workout in and hope for the Browns to come out of their loosing streak! Which they did! It was a good weekend to be a part of this amazing city.