Monday, September 30, 2013

A Tribe Welcome Home

The Indians walking to their cars after whomping on Minnesota.
Adventure comes from unexpected places and sometimes you need to tell yourself, "buckle up buttercup" and hold on for the ride.

Last night, I had the big idea to go down to the Jake to welcome my beloved Tribe home.  I've been waiting for the postseason since Spring Training. I saw it back in March - this team is special. What better way to recognize their awesomeness than to tell them in person?

Ahem.

Through the powers of social media, I had an rough idea what time the team was landing in Cleveland, so I picked out the perfect welcome home shirt (Windians), stopped for a coffee and zooooom... I was off to the Jake.

I drove by the player's lot and there were about 6 cars in it. Rhut rho. I tried not to panic. It was still early, but it didn't seem right. After a quick interwebz search, my google fu pointed me to Burke Lakefront Airport.

Zoooooom...off to Burke.

I weaved my way through the Muni lot, passing the last tailgaters and clean up crews, parking by the terminal entrance.  Word shot through Twitter that the team was flying in to Hopkins.

Poo.

Zooooooom...off to Hopkins.  I made it to Hopkins in more than enough time, finding friends along the way and waited outside of the security area. There were about a dozen fans wandering the airport, but I thought for sure we had it figured out. That was until a man came by and asked if we were waiting for the team.

He had to break the news to us that we were in the wrong spot and he pointed out the window where we had to go.

We sprinted through the terminal and the garage (picking up more new friends along the way), at one point I thought I was going to throw up. I really need to work out more. But we piled in and off we went.

Zooooommmm...off to...I have no idea. We zigged and zagged through the IX center parking maze and just as we parked, the Indians were walking out of the hanger.

It was rainy and most of my pictures came out fuzzy, but the crowd of 40 or so cheered as each player drove by. No one stopped to shake hands or sign autographs, but Swisher did roll down his window and cheer back.

All in all, it wasn't so bad of a way to spend an evening. I got to meet some new kids and let's face it, it is October and the Tribe is still playing.

We did it. Let's see how far we can ride this crazy train of fun.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Vegan Night at TownHall

Monday's Vegan Night Menu.
I know, dear readers, that you usually check out my blog for more Cleveland sportsy things and not so much the foodie things, but a girl can not live on the TGIFriday's Jack Daniel's grill menu alone.

Ahem.

If you haven't checked out TownHall in Ohio City yet, their Monday Night Vegan menu is another reason to go. First, TownHall is a hipstery place - in the best possible way. Great beer and cocktail selection and tasty food in a warm environment. The staff is not pretentious or a pain in the hiney.

Let's be clear for a second and I need to make sure that you know and understand that I am *not* a vegan. I'm not a vegetarian. I tried to eat like a vegetarian for a week and I think I made it to day three. I am about as much as a carnivore that you can get with out being a cave woman. I only add this because my vegan speak is not so good.


The first things my friend and I tried off of the menu were both delicious. We snagged the black bean hummus and corn cakes. The black bean hummus was so good that I wanted to make a little sign and march around that said "Down with garbanzo beans" or chick peas or whatever you want to call them. I would have liked some crispy tortilla chips, but I get it...it is hummus. The flat bread worked just as well.

The corn cakes were served on a more then generous helping of quinoa. The cakes were a little spicy, but with a bite of quinoa, it was perfect. As a barometer, you should know that I do not use any hot sauce and I don't get the excitement of sriracha. Any tinge of heat in my food makes me cringe and weep a little. So, there you go.

I would without a doubt order the black bean hummus every day, all day, any time. I have no idea why it took so long for someone to create this bowl of tastiness. The staff said they recently changed the recipe, and friends, it worked.

On to the main courses. My friend ordered the faux pho and loved it. She also added that it was spicy, and she has a palate of a normal person, so that means it would have killed me.

I went safe with the roasted tomato soup and grilled cheese bars. Both components were fresh and well composed as they say on Top Chef. If you just dropped this off to me and said it was grilled cheese, I never would have known it was vegan cheese. The roasted tomato soup tasted so fresh and homemade that I envisioned buying a vitamix and making it myself. That will never happen, because they do it so well. I would hate to put someone out of a job.

It was tasty, but I didn't eat too much because I think I ate too much quinoa. Eating my sandwich, all I could picture was a little bird that ate too much wedding rice and her stomach exploding. I decided to hedge my bets and save room for dessert.

On to the desserts. We ordered two, the first being the vegan ice cream and vegan chocolate (carob or what have you) brownie. I was not a super fan. The ice cream didn't taste like ice cream to me, I know, duh, and I wasn't a fan of the brownie. To be fair, I'm not a fan of brownies in general.

My friend thought it was great, so on to the next.


The second dessert was a creme pie that I am going to tell you out right was so good, I contemplated not sharing. Now for the ingredients - zucchini (whhaaatttt?), banana, paw paw, strawberry sauce and the most fantastical crust that they need to sell on its own. The crust was some nutty, cacao base of heaven. I'm very serious that they need to sell that crust by itself.

It was that good.

I appreciated the attentive service and a server that really knew what she was talking about. There are few things I hate more in the world than trying to order something new and your server is as lost as you are.

Probably the best part of the meal was meeting the raw food equivalent of the baker at TownHall. Samadhi (Elizabeth) came out and told us about what were eating and her enthusiasm for her recipes and giving people amazing, quality food was refreshing and honestly, a little disarming. She was so passionate and nice, I wasn't sure how to respond at first.

If you go in on a Monday, you have to ask to meet her. I'm telling you, if you are at all interested in gluten free, raw food, vegan, etc, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't meet her.

After this meal, I realized that TownHall isn't some flash in the pan restaurant. When you have fresh ingredients and put out a quality product, you can't lose.

Their patio is spacious and a great way to spend what nice days we have left. I hope that they enclose it or put heaters out there for the chilly weather.

TownHall is a great addition to Ohio City, and I look forward to seeing you kids there.

Have you been to TownHall?

Disclaimer: The folks at TownHall invited me to try their Vegan menu. All of the words here are my own, let's face it the vegan kids are probably squirming at my descriptions.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Saks Fifth Avenue Key To The Cure Giveaway

Jennifer Aniston, this year's National Campaign Ambassador.

Dear readers, here is something fun...and a great cause.

Saks Fifth Avenue, Beachwood and Cleveland Clinic have teamed up to host "Key to the Cure" on Thursday, October 17. Fun starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are 50 bones, but $25 of that is a Saks Gift Card and you can get your tix here.

This cocktail reception benefit will feature live entertainment (the best kind) and food and drinky drinks from some of Cleveland's top restaurants.

During this shopping extravaganza - October 17-20 - Saks Fifth Avenue will donate 2% of sales to Cleveland Clinic, benefiting cancer research at Taussig Cancer Institute and the Women's Health Institute.

In other words ladies and gents, it is time to get your shop on.  If you have been waiting to buy those new fall pumps or snazzy new suit, crack open your piggy banks and get ready.

I'm excited to share the following:
Saks Fifth Avenue initiated its charity shopping weekend in 1999. Since then, the company has donated more than $33 million to women’s cancer research and treatment organizations throughout the United States. Organizations benefiting from these funds include: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation; EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund; Cleveland Clinic; Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Nevada Cancer Institute and many others.

Now...to the part that you are waiting for. Saks Fifth Avenue has been generous and I have TWO pairs of tickets to giveaway.

YAYYY!

There are a couples of ways to enter, so make sure you leave a separate comment for each method of entry. I let a computer program pick the winner, so if you don't comment, you lose an entry.

Bummer.

You can also tweet daily, but make sure you come back and leave a comment.

1. Leave a comment telling me what is your favorite Fall article of clothing.
2. Tweet the following: "I want to win a pair of tix to #CLE Key to the Cure from @Saks & @clevelandchick!
http://bit.ly/15PQhAD "
3. Follow the Cleveland Clinic on the Twitter. 

3. Follow the Saks Fifth Avenue on the Twitter.
4. Like the Cleveland Clinic on the Facebook.
5. Like the Saks Fifth Avenue on the Facebook.
6. Follow @clevelandchick on the Twitter.


You have until Monday, September 30 at noon to enter. Remember, you can tweet once per day. Let's face it, if you tweet more than that, people will want to hurt both of us. 

Disclaimer: The fine people at Saks Beachwood gave me two pairs of tickets to giveaway and offered me a pair in return for sharing this with you all. As usual, my words and fashion sense are all my own. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Ten Reasons To Get To A Tribe Game


This is what we have all been waiting for, Indians fans. The Tribe are in the Playoff hunt and there are still empty seats at the ball park. I'm not about to bore you with all of the reasons fans give about not going.

Let's focus on ten reasons to go to a Tribe game during their last regular season home stand.

Howard Simmons/New York Daily New

Nick Swisher
When I first met Swisher, I called him a hot dog. For him to be so fired up all the time, I imagine him shot gunning Five Hour Energy espressos. I have never seen anyone in all my life that loves their job as much as this guy. An amazing change for an athlete *wanting* to come to Cleveland. It doesn't hurt that he wrote a check for the fireworks at a game. And I'm certainly not mad that his bat is getting hot.


Michael Bourn
What can't this guy do? He can catch. He can hit. He is the first Indians player since 1999 that hit a triple and a home run after the 7th inning. He is the reason you do not go home early.


Michael Brantley
Dr. Smooth to you. If I had a fantasy baseball team, I would include this guy. Maybe the Indians should buy him a cape. The way he leaps into the air to snag a homer out of the air is amazing.


John Adams
There is no question of my love for the most recognizable Indians fan out there. His drum leads the fan charge for cheers and chants. Going to a game and not hearing his drum makes me feel empty and like something is wrong. It's like forgetting one sock. The guy has been to almost every game since 1973. What's your excuse?


Cody the Rally Chicken
Justin Masterson came on to the field during batting practice with a chicken. Cody strutted around and motivated the team to beat the Orioles. These guys have a sense of humor. I like it. 

These guys like each other
There are no grimaces or frowny faces when another guy gets a hit. While you may think it is a chick thing to say, it shows that they are not on their way to an angry implosion. Look what happened last year with Manny. Ugh.

Terry Francona
This skipper is leading the team in the right direction. If you are very lucky, he will get so fired up, he will get tossed out of the game. If you are very unlucky you will step in one of his bubble gum tobaccy wads.

Terry has won before and knows what it takes to be a champion. I like that.

FREE STUFF
Ok, look, if you buy a ticket to the last home stand, you can use the stub to get in FREE to the Great Lakes Science Center or the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.
  • Great Lakes Science Center - One general admission ticket for each Tribe ticket presented. Offer expires November 30 2013. Not valid with any other offer or discount.
  • Greater Cleveland Aquarium - One ticket for each Tribe ticket presented. Offer expires November 27, 2013. Not valid with any other offer or discount.
They aren't the Browns
Don't be all angry. I love the Browns too, but right now, well, let's face it, they are pretty poopy. The Indians are in the playoff hunt, a Wild Card spot in their grasp. We haven't seen this is a long time kids. Enjoy it and dvr the Browns game. We have the rest of the football season to look forward to. This is do or die for the Tribe and what we have whined and griped about. We have it. Let's show the world we deserve nice things and support our team.

Jason Kipnis
Besides being an All-Star, a hard playing hit maker? He looks adorable with this kitten.

What do you think? What are your reasons for going to a Tribe game?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ten Reasons For Cleveland To Consider Tim Tebow

The last week has been frustrating for Cleveland Browns fans. Since returning in 1999, we are set to have our 19th starting quarterback. And we are skipping right to the third string.

Mr. Tim Tebow is without a team after getting the heave ho from the Patriots and one has to wonder...what if Tim Tebow came to Cleveland? Here are ten things to ponder, in no particular order.

Pic I took at the SuperBowl Experience.

The dude is popular. 

Maybe he is popular like a cronut, but fans are intrigued. At the SuperBowl in Indianapolis, there was a "locker" for one player from each team. There was a huge line for people to "Tebow' in front of the Bronco's locker.




ESPN.

The only thing that is Cleveland related that ESPN covers is LeFoolio or the Cleveland sports fail reel. Typing those items made my stomach gurgle. Time for something new.



Merchandise!

Ok, now you can see I am being even with my reporting. The dude would sell an obscene number of jerseys, including (gulp) pink and sparkly ones.


Non-Football Fans becoming football fans.

I hate to admit it, and quite frankly, don't understand it, but there are chicks out there that don't like football. They hate it as a matter of fact. Tebow would be a way to restore harmony in the households.


Tebowing.

Come on. You know you did it. It was fun. Isn't it time we had a little fun at Browns games? Isn't it time people from other parts of the globe relate to Cleveland in some other way than us being "sore" about LeFoolio?


We would finally know if God hates Cleveland.

That really says it all.

 
The Media Circus.

If Tebow comes to town, the media will turn away from LeFoolio's crunked up toes, Tribe attendance and the number of drops Greg Little did or did not have.  Tebow would give everyone else a chance to focus on their business while he handled the media.




Prayers.

Tebow will send more fans to church. Fans will either go because they want to be like him, or like most Browns quarterbacks, fans will go to pray for the season to turn around. Either way, a few extra prayers can't be a bad thing.


(Instagram/brokawinc)

He is a Quarterback.

At this point, what do we have to lose? We had Weeden and his laser-like skeet destroying throws and molded an offensive scheme to his skill set. How did that work out for us? Tebow would be lucky number 20.

He is a hot.

Yes, I know, all of my male readers, well, most, just cringed and muttered at me. I don't care. I'm not made of stone. I have had to listen to you all whine for years about cheerleaders. Fine. Have them. When our season goes to poop in a barrel, at least I have this to look at.


Friday, September 13, 2013

Photo Fun - PostSecret Style

Nicole Kidman can't catch a photog break.
Today's Photo Fun is from an event that I attended a year or so ago at Cleveland State University. Besides the faculty advisor, I am confident I was the oldest person in that auditorium, and it was worth every minute.

PostSecret creator, Frank Warren.
One of my favorite blogs/websites is PostSecret.  In the creator, Frank Warren's, own words, "PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a post card."

In January 2004, Frank (followers know his simply by his first name) started his project. Handing out post cards for people to submit their secrets.  The idea that there would be comfort in the act of sharing something with the world that no one else knows.

From then on, every Sunday, Frank shares 10 secrets on his blog from anywhere and everywhere. Some are funny, some are sad, some are embarrassing and some are soul crushing.  Frank travels the world presenting some of his favorite secrets on college campuses large and small. One of the most poignant was a picture of a door with a hole in it. The author shared that a dad or uncle was drunk and tried to break in.  After he posted that, he received dozens of others.

No matter what you are going through, you are not the only one.

Lighter moments included pictures of his mail carrier...she delivers hundreds of post cards a week, even one on a coconut. Ha.

Most secrets ring true, except for maybe the one last week. A submitted post card insinuated that the author was dumped, and he then dumped her body in a Chicago park.  Reddit jumped on it and it was deemed a hoax by Chicago detectives.

If you have a chance to see Frank live, do it. If for no other reason than to get back in touch with your humanity.

Check out secrets every Sunday here.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Browns Ticket Winner


 The winner of the Browns tickets was Dale Ross! He has been contacted and I expect him to bark until his voice is gone.

Thanks everyone!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Paint The Town Browns Ticket Giveaway

I snapped this pic during the Browns v. Giants Monday night game.
My favorite time of year is almost here...Browns football season.

The cool mornings, the sound of grown adults barking in the distance. Ahhh...

I'm especially looking forward to this season - new owner, new staff, new coach, new year my friends, a new year.

Cleveland is a special place during football season, with a fan base like no other.


I met this guy at the Browns v. Brett Favre fueled Jets preseason game. His girlfriend laughed when I asked to take his picture for my blog.
We love the Browns and the game of football. I defy you to find another city where men, women, children, old folks and toddlers can tell you anything you want to know about the game. Where else can a little phrase like "The Fumble" bring a grown man to tears and the name "John Elway" make a sweet little grandma chuck her purse to the ground in disgust?

Browns football has been bringing the city together for generations.  Win or lose, on Sundays, we are all doing the same thing...watching our team, sitting on the edge of a bar stool or couch cushion, praying for the catch.


Scotty's Brewhouse in Indianapolis set this up for me.

People have asked me how I came to be Cleveland Chick. The answer is easy enough. It is because that was my name in Indianapolis. I was/am so well known that when I walk into certain establishments, there are whispers of "There is that Cleveland chick, put the Cleveland game on."

When I lived in Indianapolis, I worked part-time as a bartender at Colts games. My uniform was a ref shirt, but on my way out, I always had on my Browns hat, scarf and gloves.  Each game, I had to walk by the opposing locker room, deep inside of Lucas Oil Stadium during the fourth quarter. All of the media types would be lined up in the hallway, waiting and watching a scratchy old tv, for the game to end. After one game, on my way to check out, I had one of the NFL Network guys throw a serious smack line to me about the Browns. "Seriously? You are a Browns fan? Meh." My response? I stopped in my tracks, looked him dead in the eye and with the deepest, loudest voice I could muster, the chant we all know and love tumbled out of my mouth, " HERE WE GO BROWNIES HERE WE GO WOOF WOOF!"

Next Colts home game, I walked down that same hallway, passing the same media types, but this time I was greeted with "Hey Cleveland, looks like your boys are up"  Every game, every season from then on out, all I had to do was say "What's the score?" and I always got the Browns score. There was never another question about what game I was talking about or about my fandom.

It has been awhile since we all had Browns on the brain, so here are a few clues you can use check if you are a real Browns fan:


Scene from the Dawg Pound.
You have never worked on a farm or a construction site, but you own or are considering buying Carhartts for the tailgating and game season.

Waiting for the Muni lot to open. Yawwn.
You have a hard time getting your hiney to work on time but you can get up before the sun to make it to the Muni lot before it opens.

Truth.
You have no yellow hand towels in your house.

Playing a little keg bowling with the Browns Bunch kids.
You have Browns gear in all sorts of sizes to make it from preseason to the regular season. You have different jerseys for the light breezy preseason to the brrr chilltastic regular season, since you will have to wear your jersey over a thermal shirt, turtle neck and hoodie.

My little Bernie taking a nap before the game.
 You have named your pet or child Bernie.


This was taken at one of the Boneyards.
You have strong feelings about certain teams.


Preach on sister.
But, you can support another team if it is good for the Browns.

I sing this song to my cat, Bernie, every morning. 
You know the words to this song.


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The Browns are as excited as the fans this year with a fan engagement campaign to Paint the Town Browns! They want to thank the fans for their lifelong, dedicated support and to show the rest of the country why the home-field advantage lives in Cleveland! Leading up to the opening game, the Browns will have a week-long series of events and giveaways!

Each day, there will be a new activity posted on Paint The Town Browns. Check the site daily for awesome events and tell the world how awesome we are with the hashtag #WeAreCleveland.

In addition to all this fun, I am giving away a pair of Browns tickets to the Browns v. Jaguars game on December 1. 

There are a couple of ways to enter, so make sure you leave a separate comment for each method of entry. I let a computer do the winner picking so if you don't comment, you lose an entry. You can also tweet daily. But again, the computer does the picking so make sure you come back and leave a comment.

1. Leave a comment telling me what is your favorite Browns memory.
2. Tweet the following: "I want to win a pair of #Browns tix from @Browns & @clevelandchick! 
http://tinyurl.com/ocr8mxb  #WeAreCleveland #Woof"
3. Follow the Browns on the Twitter. 
4. Like the Browns on the Facebook.
5. Follow the Browns on the Instagram.
6. Follow @clevelandchick on the Twitter.

You have until Saturday, September 7 at noon to enter. Remember, you can tweet once per day. Let's face it, if you tweet more than that, people will want to hurt both of us.  
Good Luck!



Disclaimer: The Browns asked me to help promote the spirit week and gave me a pair of tickets to giveaway in return for some swaggage. The words are my own, because do you really think that the Browns would condone me barking at the NFL Network?