Monthly Archives: September 2010

What up, Cleve?

For me it’s easy to love Cleveland. My family is here, I have a job I love, we have delicious restaurants, Lake Erie provides a summer full of fun, the Browns play 16 games a year (hey, at least we have a team), traffic is non-existent, one of the biggest (and best) orchestras in the country plays at Severance Hall and many others things I’m omitting for sake of space.

However, it’s just as easy to get frustrated with the town I call home. **Almost all, yes ALL, of my friends have ran fast and far from Cleveland :(. From Charleston to Chicago to Grand Rapids to Phoenix, my friends are displaced all across the county. It’s mostly a bummer for me, but I do have the luxury of visiting many of them each year. Which brings me to the point of this post.

IUPUI won! The lil bro and his adorable gf.

The canal which was dyed green happens to be behind my bro's awesome apartment.

Last weekend, my mom and I took a last minute road trip to Indianapolis to see my little brother play college soccer (and get some QT girl time in). The trip was quick but we had a blast. This wasn’t my first trip to Indy as it’s a popular destination for soccer tournaments. However, this past trip made me realize how great of a city Indiana’s capital is.

Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

A few of the memorable points include a canal that runs through the city which is dyed blue for the Colts, pink for breast cancer awareness and a sleuth of other colors for various runs, causes, etc., monuments and statues such as
The Soldiers and Sailors Monument and Harrison Statue at Monument Circle and a highly concentrated area of restaurants, bars & breweries.

Following dinner with the lil bro and his better half, my mom and I walked around the city stopping at Ram and Rock Bottom breweries for some tasty barley pops. Downtown Indy was bustling. Adults and kids filled the sidewalks as horse-drawn carriages and cabs lined the streets. This is something I could only wish for in Cleveland. Obviously easier said than done, I just yearn for this type of commotion on a weekend night in Ctown.

What do you wish you could change about Cleveland?

My pretty date for the night!

**These are my core friends from high school and growing up. I do have other friends, I swear 😉

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We love to celebrate!

Who doesn’t love to celebrate? Who doesn’t love to celebrate with a lobster meal? I certainly think celebrating with lobster is the best way to celebrate! 🙂

Sunday was the BF’s bro’s birthday so we, of course, celebrated with you guessed it – lobsters! And clams. And cheesy taters. And ice cream cake. And wine! Oh how I love birthdays!

Happy birthday, Dave (on the right).

They weren’t just any lobsters either, they were 2-pound live lobsters! It was a fun evening – rustic style in the garage.

I think Deano is a little jealous his big brother’s birthday falls during clam season (Dean’s favorite season), however, he still gets to reap all the deliciousness!

Hello there, pretties.

These lobsters we’re insanely big. I could barely finish the tail! It was a lovely meal that had a sweet ending – ice cream cake. For the past few years, I have been expected encouraged to make ice cream cake for all birthdays. I am not one who likes to disappoint, so I delivered a delectable end to the feast. Unfortunately, I couldn’t snap any photos because the cake was instantly devoured and slurped up! Feather. In. Cap.

The ice cream cake is a 3-day process that I will share with you one day!

What is your favorite way to celebrate?

Happy Monday (ugh)!

A (final?) summer hurrah

Thursday’s record-breaking temps tempted me to make the most out of what may have been the final 90-degree day of 2010 in the Cleve. Luckily, I worked the early shift so I had a few hours in the afternoon to soak up the sun. Rather than my original plan to work out, I had a few beers at the marina and took what was probably my last sunset cruise on Lake Erie (sometimes ya gotta skip the gym and enjoy life!!).

{don’t mind my droid photos…}

The Lake was flat as glass, a perfect night to watch the sunset!


Johnny Vodka 🙂 and the Deano driftin' along.

A hazy sunset, but still a beautiful evening in CLE.


This girl is going to miss boating... 😦


Also going to miss seeing this.


Mostly going to miss hanging out at this amazeballs place.

Friday is supposed to be another scorcher. I believe we should all get these days off of work! Oh well..I know I’m looking forward to a sweaty outside run after work this afternoon.

What are you doing to enjoy these unseasonably hot days? I’m heading to Indy bright’n’early with my mama Saturday to visit my little bro play some college soccer (he learned everything he knows from me, of course :P). We’re also going to hop around the city Saturday night. Any peeps from the Indy out there? What should we do??

Happy Friday!

At least tailgating is fun

The best tailgating day of the Browns season is hands down the home opener. It’s warm. The lots are packed. And most importantly, there’s hope for the Browns.

Instead of the anticipated 2-0 record going into week 3, the Browns are 0-2. Nothing a true Browns fan has never felt before. How many times do we have to say aloud, ‘I really thought this was going to be a pivotal season. We we’re going to be at least .500 this year!’ At this rate, we’re heading towards 0-10. We have an incredibly tough schedule ahead of us. SMH…

At least we had fun tailgating…

The Pit at 9am.

We got down and set up shop in The Pit by 9ish. We had to park on the hill and the lot was closed by 9:20. We sure did cut it close (If I had my druthers, we would have been there by 8 ;)). I was looking forward to hanging out with my friend who fled the CLE, among many others.

Meet dawgpndgirl 🙂


The BF and I share many friends, so a *gaggle* of us congregated along the tracks. Thanks to Mazzella, we had the largest cooler of all time, which was full of 300 beers (I didn’t capture a pic of – dang). I planned ahead and brought mimosas…mmmmmm 🙂

Some of the girls...


Some of the boys...


The view from our Dawg Pound seats...


Deaner's sad face.

I was bummed out by Cleveland ‘fans’ at the end of the Brownies loss. Obviously, the Browns played horrible in the second half, but the game was never out of reach. We were down by 2 freaking points. And 70% (obvs a guesstimation) of the stadium had vacated come second half. We had great upper Dawg Pound seats along the south rail, which offered the view of thousands of fans abandoning the stadium well before the 4th quarter began. These must have been the ‘fans’ that began tailgating Saturday night!!! 🙂

The outlook is dismal, but I’ll still be barkin’ each Sunday this season.

Shopping for *headphones*

I had a ton of running around to do on Saturday: work out, grocery shop, stock up for Sunday’s tailgate and buy new running headphones.

I walked in Target for these:

Not sure which pair I was going to purchase...

and I left with this:

46 inch Samsung LCD

You’ll have that every now and again. At least it was $150 off the retail price!

Chicken ‘rollatini’

In an attempt to use what was on hand, I created a quick, and now go-to, healthy chicken dish.

All you need is:
Chicken breasts
Italian-style bread crumbs
Cream cheese (I used FF)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Freshly grated parmesan cheese
Red pepper
Fresh basil
Garlic
Crushed red pepper flakes
Salt-free garlic powder with parsley
Drives chives

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What’s your go-to ‘all ingredients on hand’ favorite meal?

GO BROWNS!

The Pit vs The Muni Lot

Browns season = my favorite season! Although I’m terribly disappointed and disgusted (WTF second half offense?) that the Browns lost the season opener this past Sunday in Tampa Bay, I am immensely excited to tailgate and be in the Dawg Pound on Sunday as the Browns host the Kansas City Chiefs!

As I was doing some interweb browsing today, I came across this, albeit is ridiculous, hilarious video from Vince Grzegorek (@vincethepolack).

Cabela even loves tailgating - food scraps everywhere!!!

The majority of my friends frequent The Pit, which is off of West 3rd. It’s a smaller-sized lot that has a high concentration of craziness. I’ve been to the Muni Lot a dozen or so times, but I keep coming back to The Pit. It’s not that I dislike the Muni Lot, or can’t handle the insanity. It’s more that I love having the option to hop from tailgate to tailgate without feeling like I’m never going to make it back to homebase, which easily happens in the Muni Lot.

This brings me to my question for the day: Where do you like to tailgate (assuming everyone is a Browns fan….right??) I’ll be at The Pit!

Go Browns!!