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Giveway: BBQ, Brews and Blues at Our Lady of the Wayside’s Grapes and Ale

Nothing – not even an 8-days-and-counting sinus infection – could have stopped me from BBQing with Scott’s family this weekend.

Memorial Day Picnic

The weather was perfect (unbelievably so, after our winter), the grill was blazing with cheese brats and Dad Hicken’s BBQ-sauce-laced burgers, and Scott’s mom put together one of the best macaroni salads I’ve had.

Scott and I even squeezed in a bike ride down to the lake. It was a much-needed distraction to forget about the voice I lost 5 days earlier.

I love BBQs, and the best one of the summer happens in a few weeks. On June 27, Our Lady of the Wayside and Giant Eagle will host their annual Grapes & Ale party at Progressive Field. 

Grapes and Ale

From 7-10pm, enjoy barbeque from Hot Sauce Williams, Famous Dave’s, 100th Bomb Group, Battery Park Wine Bar, and Corleone’s while sampling 200 wines and beers from William Hill Estate Winery, St. Michelle, Chloe Wine Collection, Great Lakes, Magic Hat, and more.

Colin Dussault’s Acoustic Side Project is back this year with live blues music throughout the night.

This party pretty much sums up all the best parts of summer for me: BBQ, beer, and the Indians ballpark.

Just learn from my first Grapes and Ale experience. Don’t wear white unless you’re carrying stain remover.

I’m not the only one who loves Grapes and Ale. The event has gotten so big the last couple years that Our Lady of the Wayside is expanding the space they use in Progressive Field.  That means room for even more fun!

Also new this year: Cupcake Vineyards’ Wine Truck will be making a tour stop  at the event.

Cupcake Tour

Grapes and Ale raises money for Our Lady of the Wayside. Located out in Avon, they provide services for 500 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Their programs include:

Grapes and Ale tickets start at $50 (Premiere Grand Tasting level), which gets you access to wine samplings and BBQ, a souvenir glass, music, silent auction and the Cupcake Truck Tour. Samplings of craft beers are also available for purchase at the WKNR Market Pavilion Brew Garden. The $125 VIP Majic of Wine Tasting ticket includes all of this, plus free parking and a blind wine tasting from 6-7pm.

Don’t plan on drinking? Enjoy BBQ, unlimited water and pepsi with a $20 Designated Driver ticket.

You can order tickets online or you can enter to win two $50 tickets right here!

There are 5 Easy Ways to Enter the Giveaway
**You must leave a separate comment on this post for each entry**

1) Leave a comment telling me what’s your favorite side dish to serve at a BBQ.

2) If you’re a fan of Our Lady of the Wayside and Clue Into Cleveland on Facebook, leave a comment on this blog post letting me know. If you’re not yet a fan, you can become one here and here.

3) Follow @ADHicken and @OurLadyWayside on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know you did both.

4) Tweet the following and leave one comment letting me know you tweeted:

I want to win a night of BBQ, brews and blues at #GrapesandAle – enter @ADHicken’s giveaway for tickets: http://wp.me/p2Ukr0-2vJ #CLE

You can tweet once per day for additional entries. Just leave a separate comment each time you tweet.

5) Subscribe to Clue Into Cleveland via a feed tracker like Bloglovin’ or Feedly and leave one comment letting me know you did. This can also include signing up to receive email notifications in the top-right “Subscribe” section of this page.

You have until Tuesday, June 3 at 11:59PM to enter.  On Wednesday, June 4, Random.org will select a winner and I’ll announce the winner’s name on my blog.  Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry – good luck!

Disclosure: I was invited to attend Grapes and Ale with a guest in exchange for previewing the event. My choice to blog about this event is based on how much fun Scott and I had in years past. Opinions are my own.

Holly Jolly Holiday Shopping: 10 Shop Local Events in CLE

MOCA Cleveland's holiday shopping event ArtScape

MOCA Cleveland’s holiday shopping event ArtScape

Scott and I spent last Friday at Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art for their annual holiday shopping event ArtScape. The last time we visited MOCA was for a Tri-C JazzFest concert. This time, their versatile lobby was transforrmed into a pop up shop of jewelry and design gifts.

It was a great place to start our holiday shopping with local artisans like Jason Radcliffe’s Forty Four Steel, Brandon Holschuh, Michelle Pajak-Reynolds, and LAM Design Studios.

We also had a chance to look at the museum’s current exhibits, Simon Evans’ Only Words Eaten by Experience and Michelle Grabner’s I Work From Home. We particularly liked Evans’ work, which consisted of small pieces of paper, tape, and white-out compiled into diagrams, maps, flowcharts and diary entries cataloging his day-to-day life.

A section of Simon Evans' Shitty Heaven, Scott's and my favorite piece of the entire exhibit because of things like 'Anton Chekhov Who Owns a Steakhouse in Heaven(tm)'

A section of Simon Evans’ much larger “Shitty Heaven.” This was Scott’s and my favorite piece of the entire exhibit because of notes like ‘Anton Chekhov Who Owns a Steakhouse in Heaven(tm)’

MOCA features many other events throughout December to enjoy the museum’s space and the current exhibits, including Free First Saturdays (Dec. 7), One Hour One Work (Dec. 11), and a concert with Daniel Lippel co-presented by the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society (Dec. 12).

If you missed your chance to start your holiday shopping at ArtScape, though, don’t worry. I have 10 events to help you shop local in November and December.

Check them out and if you have any suggestions of other holiday shopping events, leave a comment below. 

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A Birthday Wish: Let's Build a Tesla Museum!

Is there any better way to start my thirties than with a dozen fresh crabs? Maybe by supporting the Tesla Museum.

Yesterday I welcomed in my thirties with some crab-eating, bowling, and movies with my family. I’ve got to say, I’m pretty happy for making it this far and surviving thirty years (I tend to be disaster-prone).

And although it’s no longer my birthday, I’m going to be self-indulgent one last time and share an off-topic post today. However, it’s for a good cause – so I hope by the end you think straying off-topic was worth it.

When Scott and I first dated, I was enamoured by his embrace of his Serbian heritage and of one historic Serbian in particular – the inventor and genius Nikola Tesla.

Admittedly, my first introduction to Tesla was when Scott lent me Matt Fraction’s fictitious steampunk romp Five Fists of Science, which sparked an interest in learning more about the real-life Tesla and his rivalry with Thomas Edison during the War of the Currents.

History tends to favor the strong (or in this case, publicity and profit-minded) and while Tesla’s work on Westinghouse’s alternating current system was later admitted to be far superior to Edison’s direct current, it’s Edison who is most often heralded in history textbooks as the father of the electric age.

Image credit: Matt Inman, theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla

Tesla’s contributions to modern science went beyond more-efficient electricity. Recently, Matthew Inman’s The Oatmeal webcomic  published what I think is his best comic essay yet: Why Nikola Tesla was the Greatest Geek Who Ever Lived.

Go read it if you’d like to learn more about Tesla’s achievements and the sad ups and downs of a genius (much like Van Gogh and Poe) who was not as appreciated in life as he was in death.

Inman has taken his love for Tesla one step further – which is where you and I come in.

The land that Tesla’s old Wardenclyffe laboratory once stood on is now up for sale.

There are two parties interested in purchasing it: an individual interested in potentially tearing down the laboratory and using the space for a retail establishment, and the nonprofit Friends of Science East who want to permanently protect the historic site and build the first Tesla museum in the United States.

Tesla’s laboratory in Shoreham, NY. Image source: theoatmeal.com/blog/tesla_museum

New York state has promised to donate $850K, if the foundation raised at least the same amount. And working with Inman, they have started Operation: Let’s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum on Indiegogo.

As of this morning, they’ve broken the $1 million mark. All additional money raised will go towards funding the Tesla Science Center’s construction.

So between now and Sept. 29, you, I and everyone else across the world who donates can help this become a reality. Because let’s be honest, ours and future generations will be much better off visiting a Tesla museum than another mall.

Plus there are plenty of fun bonuses depending on what amount you donate (I’m looking forward to getting my “Tesla > Edison” bumper sticker).

The Cleveland-based Tesla Orchestra is just one group now finding inspiration in Tesla’s work. Photo credit: © 2011 paulsobota.com

Still not convinced? Well since this is a blog about Cleveland, here are 3 reasons – in honor of Tesla’s favorite number – why Clevelanders should love Tesla.

#1 Tesla embraced his Slavic culture.

Tesla was born in Smiljan to Serbian parents before moving to America in his late twenties to continue pursuing his scientific work. In his youth, he founded a Serbian culture club at Austrian Polytechnic and later wrote about his pride in his Serbian heritage and Croatian homeland.

Evident in much of Cleveland’s food and neighborhoods is a heavy Slavic influence – with the city boasting one of the largest Slovenian communities in particular.

Serbian culture is alive and well at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma whose annual Serbian festival celebrates the food, drink, music and religion. And information about a Serbian language and culture program at CSU can also be found at www.stsavacathedral.org.

#2 Nikola Tesla was a misunderstood underdog.

From hydroelectric plants to RADAR, radio and wireless communications, Tesla had a very significant hand in some of the inventions that define modern science. However, he spent most of it being broke — eventually at age 86 after years of scientific innovation succumbed to mental illness.

He lived in a time when society wanted results that could turn a profit – like the lightbulb (which Edison was able to make money off of by finalizing and patenting the work of 22 other men before him).

The fact that his personality quirks and desire to innovate for the sake of bettering society didn’t fit into the public’s expectations hurt him in the end.

It’s the same misunderstood spirit that drew me to Cleveland in the first place and whose residents’ desire for innovation and creativity keep me here.

#3 Tesla is seeing a resurgence and starting to get the belated credit he deserves.

The attention the Tesla museum has recently been getting is just the latest in a surge of pro-Tesla support.

Since the 1990s, popular culture has helped raise his awareness and a number of organizations like the electric car company Tesla Motors and Cleveland-based Tesla Orchestra have taken inspiration from their namesake.

Once the butt of many jokes, Cleveland is seeing a similar resurgence and renewal, getting credit for its medical and tech communities; culinary, performing and visual arts; and creative economic development ideas in a struggling national economy.

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So even if you aren’t inspired to donate because of Tesla’s contributions to science or because it’ll make my day, do it in honor of a man whose spirit was very much like this city and “let’s build a goddamn Tesla museum!

Cleveland Public Theatre's Premiere of Antebellum

Before I start today’s post, I wanted to take a moment and encourage everyone to contribute to the Chardon Healing Fund. 100 percent of the money raised will help those in the community directly affected by the random and devastating violence from earlier this week.

Donations can be made at any PNC Bank branch or the United Way of Geauga County to help Chardon’s community take their first steps in what will be a very difficult healing process. 

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The regional premiere of Antebellum is at CPT through 3/10

The majority remains quiet…And it is the minority…which strikes the match.’” — Antebellum

Cleveland Public Theatre’s latest production Antebellum continues the Gordon Square theatre’s mission of producing “a forum for debate, a vessel for exploration” through the performing arts.

Although the play, which runs at CPT through March 10, takes place almost a century ago, it is lines like the one above that demonstrate Antebellum‘s powerful relevance in a contemporary climate saturated with extremist idealogies.   

Written by Robert O’Hara and first helmed at DC’s Wooly Mammoth Theatre in 2009, Antebellum is making its regional premiere at CPT. Last Friday, Scott and I headed to the Gordon Square Arts District for the production’s opening night.

At the heart of Antebellum are two men – one African-American, the other Jewish. The beautiful cabaret singer Gabriel and conflicted Southern gentleman Ariel (portrayed by Nicholas Sweeney and Mark Rabant, respectively) share a love that bridges years and thousands of miles while challenging their societies’ intolerance of race, religion and sexual preference. 

From L to R: Nicholas Sweeney as Gabriel, Mark Rabant as Ariel, and Audrey Lovy as Edna (photo by Steve Wagner)

CPT’s Associate Artistic Director Beth Wood both directed and designed the production’s set. Her stage design allowed the action to fluidly jump between a southern American plantation, a German concentration camp, the world premiere of Gone With The Wind and a Berlin cabaret in the 1930s.

Its simplicity also created a very effective backdrop against which three relationships become indelibly intertwined because of Gabriel and Ariel’s sweeping romance.

Although Gabriel and Ariel’s love story pushes Antebellum’s action forward, it’s through the respective people holding them back that the audience sees the full spectrum of discrimination central to the play. 

On the one hand, there is Ariel’s wife of convenience whose obsession with the world premiere of Gone With The Wind is kind of chuckle-inducing at the start of the play. Laurel Hoffman intentionally plays “Simple Sarah” with an almost over-the-top ditziness and naivete.  However, beneath her Southern belle charm lies a subtle racism that eventually transforms into violent hatred.

On the other side of the Atlantic is Oskar von Schleicher, a Nazi Commandment portrayed by Dana Hart. He is equal parts monster – imprisoning then viciously torturing Gabriel – as well as tragic prisoner to a love forbidden by the regime he serves.

Dana Hart as Oskar von Schleicher and Laurel Hoffman as Sarah Roca (photo by Steve Wagner)

Although Sarah and Oskar were powerful antagonists to Gabriel and Ariel re-discovering love, it’s a testament to Hoffman and Hart’s authentic portrayals that they could simultaneously stir pity and disdain for their characters.  

Unfortunately, Audrey Lovy’s portrayal of the mysterious Edna was the production’s only weakness.  Her performance was too restrained and didn’t fully capture the enigmatic stranger that shows up on Sarah’s doorstep at the beginning of the play.

O’Hara’s Antebellum is a heartwrenching story about discrimination in all its forms. Not just the outright hatred and violence that most often comes to mind when the topic is discussed, but the majority’s complicit silence that allows it to thrive. 

Antebellum, a powerfully relevant statement on the spectrum of discrimination (photo by Steve Wagner)

Antebellum is on stage in CPT’s main Gordon Square Theatre until March 10. Along with Darwinii: The Comeuppance of Man and poor little Lulu, it is part of a three-play series CPT is busy producing over the next month. 

 
Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday.  Prior to this Friday’s performance (March 2), join CPT and the LGBT community for the inaugural goPUBLIC pre-show happy hour and after every Friday performance, enjoy a drink on CPT during Free Beer Fridays.
 
These complimentary engagement programs allow audiences to mingle with the production’s artists and CPT staff, while opening a dialogue about a show that strongly resonates in today’s culture.
 
Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone and in-person at CPT’s Box Office.  Ranging from $10 on Thursday and Monday to $25 on Friday and Saturday, the cost for this compelling evening of theatre is incredibly affordable.
 
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Disclosure: I was offered two tickets to a performance of Antebellum in exchange for sharing my opinions in this blog post. As always, these opinions are 100% my own.

An Unplanned Blogging Break

This photo of our cat Chloe pretty much sums up how I've been feeling the last few days.

Well, the sore throat I was hoping to shake when I posted last week blossomed into a plague that since Sunday has kept me either in bed or on the couch when I’m not at work. I’m sure exhausting myself at Jump Back Ball didn’t help much – though it was an incredible night!

Lack of sleep, coughing fits and a blinding headache from all the congestion aren’t very conducive for writing either. So I’ve had to take a “sick day” from blogging yesterday and today.

I’m hoping with the help of a stronger prescription to be back tomorrow — I have a review of a powerful new play at Cleveland Public Theatre and photos from Jump Back Ball that I’ve been wanting to share since Saturday.

However, right now, I need to go lie back down and try to fall asleep with the sound of Glee re-runs playing in the background.

CSU Packs the House for The Gathering Place

Have you entered to win 2 tickets to Cleveland’s Great Big Home and Garden Show? You have until Tuesday, January 24 at 11:59pm – good luck!

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When I was in college, it was basketball not football that was really big at our school. When I first moved to Ohio, I was fascinated by how OSU and Michigan fans filled the bars on Saturdays to watch football. I really hadn’t experienced anything like that before.

College basketball, on the other hand – now that’s something we would drop everything for. With the Philadelphia Big 5 (La Salle, St. Joe’s, Villanova, UPenn, and Temple), basketball season was the time of year the campus would rally.

Now that I live in Cleveland I still don’t have to go far to get my fill of college hoops each season, as the Cleveland State Women’s and Men’s basketball teams make their home in the heart of downtown CLE.

When the Cleveland State University Women’s Basketball team takes on Detroit next Saturday, you too will have more than one reason to attend the game:  the Vikings are participating in the NCAA Pack the House Challenge.

The purpose of the January 28th Pack the House Game is to increase awareness in the sport of women’s basketball and help prepare the next generation of women’s college basketball players and fans.

All tickets for the 2pm game cost only $1, with the goal of setting an attendance record. For first-time attendees, it’s a great (and inexpensive!) way to experience Vikings basketball.

There will also be post-game free throws, $1 menu items and a free KidZone for families.

If local school pride’s not enough to get you down to the Wolstein Center on the 28th, a portion of all ticket sales will benefit The Gathering Place, a nonprofit, community-based cancer support center serving the needs of Greater Cleveland.

My dad’s a three-time cancer survivor so I’ve seen firsthand how excruciating the journey can be. Programs like the ones that The Gathering Place provides free of charge are often essential for the individuals and families touched by cancer.

It’s easy to build awareness for Women’s Basketball and raise money for The Gathering Place — for only $1:

When you buy your tickets, let them know you learned about the game through this post by entering the code ClueInto in the promo code section of the ticketing website. If you purchase your ticket in person, provide the code to the box office seller.

If you can’t make it on January 28th, you can learn more about the Vikings’ 2011-2012 Women’s Basketball Season here. All home games are played at the Wolstein Center, 2000 Prospect Avenue.

Disclosure: I was invited by the Wolstein Center to participate in a contest among other local bloggers to see who can pack the house the most. As always, though, my thoughts and the choice of events I share are 100% my own.

Clue Into Cleveland: Weekends Edition

My parents discussing model trains with a volunteer at the Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum - one of our stops during their whirlwind weekend visit.

When it comes to the weekend, I typically don’t need an excuse to go out and explore. Honestly, I’d say my biggest problem is forcing myself to stay home and do things around the house that need to get done (like this weekend’s project: clean the garden).

Because of this, when I have friends or family in town, I go into Clue-Into-Cleveland overdrive – trying to hunt down places and events in Cleveland that align with each person’s interests.  Suffice it to say, when my parents told me they were coming into town this past weekend, we packed their short visit full of Cleveland fun.

With another weekend kicking off tomorrow, I figured I’d share our adventure in case you were in need of some more ideas.  Fortunately, with the exception of a couple items on the list, a lot of these places are things you can visit anytime of year.

And while we’re on the subject … Where do you like to go on the weekend? I’m always looking for new places to try out so leave a comment at the end of the post with your suggestions! I enjoy mini-roadtrips so even if it’s not in Cleveland-proper, shoot me a line with your recommendation.

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The Ohio Pinball Show

Scott, my parents and I started the weekend off by driving out to Cuyahoga Falls on Saturday morning for the 7th annual Ohio Pinball Show. Growing up, my parents had a jukebox and Chicago Cubs pinball machine that I would spend hours playing on.  Along the line, I inherited my parents’ love for the lights and noise of the machines.

We shareed this mutual love with Scott at the show, which offered all-day free play on over 100 machines. For a few hours, Scott and I hopped from a few of the more antique machines to our personal favorites – Dr. Who, Twilight Zone and Last Action Hero. Meanwhile, my parents talked to the vendors and found the jukebox manual they had been searching a long time for. We even happened upon the Die Hard arcade game and played a few levels.  Definitely a winning start.

Saturday's special at Great Lakes Brewery was a corned beef sandwich with cabbage and a fried egg. Paired with a stout, their chips, and beer-cheese sauce, this was a perfect lunch.

Great Lakes Brewing Company and Ohio City

Playing that much pinball made us hungry, so we took my parents over to Ohio City. After showing them West Side Market and a few of the neighborhood’s sights, we decided on Great Lakes Brewing Company for lunch. Since watching Robert Stack in the Untouchables as a child, my mom’s had a fascination with Eliot Ness. And recently she’s been reading up on his days in Cleveland. Even though they’re only rumored to have come from his gun, the bullet holes at the Brewery were on my mom’s list of something to see.

We not just got to see that, but we enjoyed GLBC’s sandwich of the day – delicious corned beef with fried egg, as well as their mac and cheese. My mom who doesn’t really like beer discovered she loved their Porter, and after sampling a bottle of beer named after my mom’s favorite Prohibition agent, my dad was drinking Eliot Ness the rest of the weekend.

My dad quickly brought himself up to speed on the rules of roller derby by reading the Burning River Roller Girls' program.

 

Burning River Roller Girls

Saturday was capped off with the specific reason my parents chose this weekend to visit Cleveland: Burning River Roller Girls. After talking up roller derby for the last year, my parents were determined to see a match. For Saturday’s doubleheader, we sat right behind the players’ benches. This was the first time we’ve sat on that side of the arena and so close to the action. It gave my parents a really great perspective of what was happening on the track and we were able to watch the coaches and players in between jams calling line ups and plays.

Although there’s no derby this weekend — the BRRG have a second match this month on April 30th when the Steamers take on the Rolling PinUps and the Hellbombers take on the Hardknockers.

At the Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum in Mentor, you can not only watch but also play with a couple aspects of their platform. The pictured button allows you to operate the pushcar.

Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum

After seeing a mention on Positively Cleveland’s blog about the Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum, we knew this was a can’t-miss stop for my parents’ weekend tour. Collectors of the American Flyer gauge trains, my parents are always interested in anything to do with model trains (and with Scott’s and my burgeoning HO platform we’re right there with them).

The Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum is based out in Mentor – perfect for a leisurely Sunday drive. Its 19,000 square foot facility houses 26 different gauges of trains on tracks that are constantly growing and changing. So even if you’ve been before, go back because you’re apt to see something different.

One of my favorite things about the Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum were the humorous touches, including this show down between a little green man and the military.

Regardless of whether you collect model trains or have children who enjoy toy trains, I highly recommend visiting the Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum. Building and maintaining these platform layouts is an art that the volunteers at Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum have worked hard to develop. Additionally, they know how to have fun with the platforms – with a number of non-realistic elements thrown in for good measure (my favorite was the little green men invading the military airport).

However, as we learned when we were there on Sunday, the Museum is suffering the same problem a lot of other non-profits are – due to government cuts, a number of grants have been withdrawn. Between this and the museum’s policy to offer free admission, they’re in the unfortunate position where they need donations to stay open.  They are running a single-donation and annual pledge campaign right now — so if you are able to support them, check out their website to donate: www.wrmrrm.org.

A favorite weekend (and weekday) haunt of mine: Gordon Square's Capitol Theatre.

The Capitol Theatre

By this point in the weekend, we were ready to take a break from being on our feet so often so we headed over to one of my favorite movie theaters: the Capitol Theatre in the Gordon Square Arts District. This wasn’t just on our list because their Midnight Cult Classics and Sunday Classics & Brunch series make it an awesome weekend haunt, but also because they were showing Kill The Irishman, the film about real-life Cleveland mobster Danny Greene.

This movie has gotten a lot of accolades and they’re all well-deserved because the cast did a bang-up job in their portrayals (lame puns strike again). As usual, Walken, D’Onofrio and Val Kilmer were fun to watch. And Ray Stevenson – who I loved in HBO’s Rome and can’t wait to see as Volstagg in Thor – managed to make Greene both sympathetic and menacing. Even though it was filmed in Detroit and not Cleveland, all four of us loved the movie and enjoyed the news clips of Cleveland in the 70s.

The new addition to my Happy Dog playbook: Pineapple-Ginger-Currant Chutney with Bacon, Gouda and Bok Choy.

Happy Dog

This brings us to our last stop on my parents’ trip — the one place my mom always asks to visit when she’s in Cleveland: Happy Dog.  Hot dogs are high on her list of favorite foods and Happy Dog has the dish down to an art form.  So much so that my parents and I ordered 2 hot dogs each.  I even got my mom to try the Blueberry Ale they have in bottles there and my dad stuck with his newfound love – GLBC’s Eliot Ness.

While I love brie with garlicky escarole and marcella grape jelly/chile sauce on my dog, I experimented during this last visit and paired their pineapple-ginger-currant chutney with bacon, bok choy and gouda. I might mix up the cheese next time, but the chutney and bacon combo was like a hawaiian pizza on a hot dog — but even better! I’m glad to have added a new combo to my Happy Dog playbook.  

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Hands down, this past weekend was one of my favorite visits with my parents. And I can credit that in part to our shared love for exploring Cleveland. Although I’m sad they’ve headed home to Virginia, I’m glad the experience reminded me how #HappyinCLE I am to live here. 

I hope you find your weekend – and weekday – experiences equally enjoyable!