Saturday, October 31, 2015

Entertaining by Design Giveaway

Entertaining by Design, a fundraiser for Malachi House.

The holidays are getting closer, stores already filled with Christmas trees and brightly colored candy canes, and it is easy to forget how very fortunate I am.

The Ohio Design Centre is is sponsoring a fundraiser for Malachi House - Entertaining by Design. Malachi House of Hope serves persons who are terminally ill without regard to gender, race, or national origin and without cost to the resident or family. The home ministers to individuals who need an available caregiver, who have limited or no financial resources and are in need of special home care in the final stages of life. Learn more about Malachi House here

The two-day event, Friday, Nov. 6 (11 am- 6:30 pm) and Saturday, Nov. 7 (10 am - 5 pm)  features themed tablescape designs from more than 30 of Cleveland's top interior designers.  Each over the top visual masterpiece, spread throughout Ohio Design Centre's 8 showrooms, provides inspiration for holiday and year-round entertaining. Themes include Garden of Eden, New Year's Eve A Deux and Prismatic City. 

Tickets for the event are only $10, benefiting Malachi House. You can purchase tickets here or at the door.  You may also snag a ticket to the November 6  Patron Party ticket for $100, enjoying a celebration of food, live entertainment and a VIP sneak peek at the tablescapes. 

The good folks at the Ohio Design Centre have given me a pair of tickets to giveaway. 

There are several ways to win:
1. Follow Ohio Design Centre on the Twitter. 
2. Follow Malachi House on the Twitter. 
3.  Visit Malachi House on the Facebook. 
4. Follow Cleveland Chick on the Twitter.
5. Leave a comment with something you are grateful for. 
6. Tweet "I want to go to Entertaining by Design thanks to @MalachiHouse & @OHDesignCentre " 

You can tweet once a day, and leave me a comment here for each of the tasks you complete. I let a computer pick a winner, so if you don't comment, it won't be included. 

The winner will be selected Wednesday, November 4 at noon, so get tweeting!

Disclosure: The folks at Ohio Design Centre offered me a pair of tickets to give away and a pair for my own use. The words are my own. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Key to the Cure - Winner

The winner for the Key to the Cure giveaway has been randomly selected and notified. 
Thank you all for entering. 

You can purchase tickets here

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Key to the Cure Giveaway

Cleveland Clinic Key to the Cure.
If you know a woman, you are affected by women's cancers. 

Plain and simple. 

Saks Fifth Avenue, Beachwood is collaborating again with Cleveland Clinic to host the Key to the Cure Cocktail Soiree and Fundraiser to raise money to fight women's cancers. News Channel 5's Jason Nicholas is hosting the evening of fashion and philanthropy. 

Tickets to the October 15th fundraiser are $75, which includes: 
  • $50 tax deductible donation to Cleveland Clinic
  • $25 Saks Gift Card
  • Live Entertainment & "Taste of Cleveland" Cuisine & Cocktails
  • Complimentary Salon, Spa & Cosmetic Services
  • Exclusive peek at Fall Fashions
  • Premium Raffle and Gift Bags
  • Valet Parking
You can purchase tickets here, or you can enter to win a pair of tickets from my blog!

There are several ways to win:

1. Follow ClevelandChick on the twitter.
2. Follow Cleveland Key to the Cure on the twitter.
2. Visit the Key to the Cure's event page on the Facebook.
3. Leave a comment why you would like to go to the event. 

4. Leave a comment and tell me your favorite Fall fashion trend.
5. Go to the Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Be creative, use the hashtag #CLEKTTC.

You can tweet once a day, and leave me a comment here for each of the tasks you complete. I let a computer pick the winner, so if you don't comment, it won't be included. 

The winner will be selected on Monday, October 5, at 3 pm, so get tweeting!

Disclosure: The awesome peeps at Cleveland Clinic gave me a pair of tickets to attend and a pair of tickets to give away. The words are all my own and are fueled by too much CLE Sports talk radio and one too many hazelnut coffees. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pierogi Book Club - 300 Sandwiches

Kermit reading to Robin. Aww. 

Welcome to another Pierogi Book Club review. For those of you new to this blog feature, I read a book that I want to read and I tell you about it. No book voting amongst peeps brought together by cheap wine and a convenient time, just books I want, when I want. 

This time, I picked  Stephanie Smith's 300 Sandwiches: A Multilayered Love Story. 

300 Sandwiches
One day, Brooklyn-based writer, Stephanie Smith, made her boyfriend of two years a sandwich. After gobbling down his turkey and Swiss on whole wheat toast, he declared, "Honey, you're three hundred sandwiches away from an engagement ring."

With that announcement, the author got to work making him sandwiches. 


Smith took her boyfriend's challenge to heart and commenced with the creating of sandwiches. She started a blog (which evolved into her book), each post a new sandwich recipe, from the "Oooey Gooey Fig and Mozzarella Panini" to the "Cleaning out the Refrigerator Duck Confit Sandwiches." Like most bloggers, she included insights about her life, friends, family and of course her boyfriend - good and bad - in each post. 

And then...the internet.

Smith, who was a writer for the New York Post's infamous Page Six, got her own feature about the sandwich for a ring deal. Shortly after the story went online, the internet exploded. Headlines accused her of striking a mighty blow to feminism and jerky dudes everywhere told their women to get in the kitchen make them a sammich. 

I remember reading the story on Jezebel and similar sites, which is why I picked up the book in the first place. The internet is full of sorta kinda truths that somebody told this guy's aunt that she heard from the lady down the street stories. I wanted to read for myself, if this woman was honestly being forced to make sammiches in return for her ring. Turns out, they are just a nice couple that, one day decided to put their "agreement" on the internet for all to see.

The book struggles with what it wants to be - a cook book or a memoir. I found myself wanting to read more about the person behind the viral story - and the aftermath of going viral. I once had a post get a small fraction of the amount of traction that 300 Sandwiches did. It is a very distinct, unforgettable feeling when you have the urge to pee and vomit all over yourself at the same time that your antiperspirant stops working. I can't even imagine what it was like for her and her boyfriends, family, friends and co-workers see the crazy that the internet can bring. 

Foodies will enjoy the recipes for each sandwich, and kitchen chickens like myself might be encouraged to make something other than peanut butter and jelly.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Punch Bowl Social Giveaway Winner

Punch Bowl Social ticket winner.

Congratulations to the winner of the Punch Bowl Social tickets! The winner has been notified and if you still want to go (which you do), check out the info for the opening!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Punch Bowl Social Grand Opening - Giveaway

Punch Bowl Social Grand Opening. 

There was a time when The Flats was THE place to be. And now, finally, it is happening again.

If you haven't been to The Flats in awhile, you need to visit again soon. So much has changed and it is once again, an exciting place to be. New apartments (!), restaurants, bars, and entertainment - something for everyone - has popped up all along The Flats.

Punch Bowl Social, an "Eatertainment" venue, will be hosting their Grand Opening shindig at the new Cleveland location on Saturday, September 19 (bringing 225 new jobs with it).

This new edition to the East Bank of the Flats features "locally sourced menu, craft cocktails and grown-up games galore." The style of the venue is a 27,000 square foot combination of Mountain Lodge, Industrial, Victorian and Modern, with a 4,000 square foot roof top patio(!) - the cherry on top of a sundae of my kind of fun. 

Entertainment options include eight lanes of bowling, an 80s arcade (!), foosball, ski-ball, private karaoke rooms (!), checkers, darts and anything else you can imagine that doesn't require a smart phone.

The Grand Opening party benefits the Salvation Army and for ten bucks, you can imbibe in punch, wine, beer and small bites from the menu while Cleveland indie rockers The Lighthouse and The Whaler play. 


Now, for the fun part. The awesome folks at Punch Bowl Social Cleveland have given me 2 tickets to giveaway to one of you lucky readers. 

There are several ways to win:

1. Follow ClevelandChick on the twitter.
2. Visit the Punch Bowl Social's event page on the Facebook.
3. Leave a comment and tell me what your favorite arcade game is. 

4. Leave a comment and tell me your favorite karaoke song.
5. Go to the Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Be creative!

You can tweet once a day, and leave me a comment here for each of the tasks you complete. I let a computer pick the winner, so if you don't comment, it won't be included. 

The winner will be selected on Wednesday, September 16, at 7 pm, so get tweeting!

Disclosure: The awesome peeps at Punch Bowl Social Cleveland gave me a pair of tickets to attend and a pair of tickets to give away. The words are all my own and are fueled by too much CLE Sports talk radio and one too many hazelnut coffees. Whew. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

5 Questions Answered By Someone Awesome - Sarah Stilgenbauer

What makes someone awesome? 

Like any good recipe, there are ingredients that you see and some that you don't. You don't see the flour or sugar in a completed chocolate chip cookie, but I assure you, the absence will be noted. 

I'm continuing my adventure of finding people that I think are awesome, telling them that they are awesome and trying to find out why they are so awesome. 

You can read my original blog post about the idea here. So far, I have asked questions of Scott Wise - the Scotty in Scotty's Brewhouse, Rik Danburg from your Cleveland Indians, past Browns Kicker, Billy Cundiff and BFF author, David Collins.  

This time, I asked my friend and past colleague, Sarah Stilgenbauer, 5 questions. 

Sarah and I worked in the same department within a behemoth of an organization, although not on  many projects together.  She is one of those people with a great spirit and attitude, which is more than awesome. It wasn't until I left and we connected on social media that I realized her amazing extracurricular activities. She is smart, witty and a surfer (!). 

After seeing fantastic pictures of her adventures in surfing, I had to catch up with her and ask her 5 questions.

Sarah Stilgenbauer with her board. 

1. I know you because we worked at the same nonprofit. I've always said that working for a nonprofit is more than career, it is a calling. How did you get involved in nonprofit work?
Great question! I can't point to a single moment when I realized that the non-profit sector was where I belonged. I just seemed to find myself there. My mom was involved as a trustee at a historic theater throughout my childhood - and I was always there; either playing in the next room during board meetings or as a student in their summer theater programs. When you get involved in the arts, a great deal of it is nonprofit. 

I was intrigued by the management of these organizations, since it's easy to see how things could be done better when you're not the one responsible. So I got my masters in nonprofit management so I could gain a deeper understanding of the complexities being faced by those at the leadership level. 

At my core, I firmly believe that there are things in this world that everyone should have access to, but that will never succeed in the marketplace - and I don't think we should expect them to. Art and healthcare are at the top of that list. 

2. When we worked together, I noticed you were hardworking and professional in everything you did. After we connected on social media, I saw that you are also an awesome surfer! I never thought you could do that on Lake Erie. How did you get involved in surfing here?
I've been interested in surfing since college. It's another thing that sort of snuck up on me. Woe to the person who mentioned to me that they surfed - I'd inundate them with questions about it. I started watching the guys (and girls) surf the waves at Edgewater in fall and spring a few years back - I never thought I'd be among them. Two years ago (2013), two things happened to change that: I bought a stand up paddleboard (SUP) and I met an honest to goodness waterman: surfer, waterskier, kitesurfer, sailor. He encouraged me to get out there in anything. I'd get these texts at 6 am: "WAVES @ EDGEWATER NOW. Get out there!!!!" It took about a year to get confident enough to go out on my own, but I do – and now the solo sessions are some of my favorites. I’ve met some great people doing it – and I’m headed to Canada this coming weekend for Ladies of the Lakes – a gathering of women who surf the Great Lakes. I can’t wait to get good enough that I can chase a storm to Western Michigan or Wisconsin and be fairly assured that I’ll catch a few rides for my trouble. 

Sarah stand up paddling (SUP)

3. You have also gone on some amazing camping solo expeditions. I would be terrified that I would be gobbled up by a bear (maybe I watch a little too much reality tv). What is it like out there and what is the best thing about it?
Unfortunately, I haven’t been as successful with that as I would like. I bought a used tent last year with the intention of camping with friends, but somehow, I didn’t end up with many friends who camp! I’ve stayed solo on family land – which doesn’t totally count. I was supposed to go on a solo expedition earlier this summer. But thunderstorms moved in and the ranger did not recommend that I set up camp. I really need to try that one again – you load your gear on a boat (or in my case, my SUP) and go to your assigned island campsite on a lake in NY. That feels safer to me because a) a bear would have to swim out to get me, and b) so would ax murders. Can you even swim with an ax? I like to think it takes too much effort for someone to bother.

One of my greatest anxieties in the more trafficked campgrounds is that someone will see me setting up as a woman on her own – especially since I would likely camp off-season. People are more frightening to me than bears. The author of the book, “Wild” did a great job of showing the more subtle aggressions that concern me as a woman in the woods. But I do hope to face those anxieties and get out there. The only thing stopping me at this point is me. 

4. What is the best piece of advice that someone gave you and what piece of advice do you wish someone gave you?
The best piece of advice was from a boss who is now one of my closest friends. I almost missed an external deadline, and was mortified. He said something like, “It’s not the only mistake you’ll ever make. It’s not the biggest mistake you’ll ever make. Solve the problem, learn from it, and you won’t let it happen again.” I’ve carried that with me, and shared it with others. Mistakes happen – I think it’s good to keep that perspective. 

I wish I was raised with a bit more respect for decorum. I tend to put it all out there, regardless of audience. I’ve had to learn to hold back in some situations, and it always feels “wrong” to me – like I’m lying. If I had learned to practice this earlier in my life, I’m sure it would come more easily now. 

5. Last question, who do you think is awesome and why?
This is hard for me, I think so many people are awesome in so many ways: hidden and obvious. Broadly - anyone who has moved past shame, fear, or self-doubt to find and take a path to fulfillment. It could be as profound as a refugee fleeing to build a new life or a single woman deciding to become a mother, or as simple as learning a new skill, like ballroom dancing.

Sarah on Lake Erie in the winter. Brr.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


One of the shippiest Scully and Mulder moments ever. 

Summer makes me think of driving. Rather, the joy that driving used to bring.

Now, driving is a frustrating, at times rage inducing, way to get to one place from another in a hurry. Always a hurry. Rush, rush, rush here. Eeeek. Rush, rush, rush there and back to here again while checking apps to find the cheapest gas and then shaking a fist at the pump while the car glug glugs my pay check away.

Driving didn't alway produce indigestion and migraines. 

Driving used to be fun.

Right around dusk, with the windows down, rolled down, with the right song on the radio, I'm transmogrified back to a teenager. 

The picture in my head is a slow motion movie of years gone by...a car load of kids.

Fighting over control of the radio, which for the record, always goes from driver to co-pilot.  

Driving through developments, cul-de-sacs and turning around dead end streets until it was time to go home.

Dropping passengers off, one by one, curfews not location determining drop offs.

Your arm sticking straight out the window, waving up and down with the air current, until the unfortunate bug splatting into your hand, resulting in squees of laughter.

I'm remembering those nights fondly as I'm looking out at the traffic zooming by. Wondering when I should leave to miss most of the bumper to bumper traffic.  

Monday, August 3, 2015

National Hamburger Festival Giveaway

Legend has it that in 1885, two brothers from Akron created a delicious sandwich - the hamburger.  This year is the 10th anniversary of the National Hamburger Festival in awesome, Akron, Ohio. 

The 10th Annual National Hamburger Festival presented by the City of Akron at Lock 3 Park, is this weekend, August 8-9. Admission is only $5 and children under 8 are free. The Festival supports Akron Children's Hospital. 

The event features 50 styles of hamburgers from over 20 eateries throughout Northeast Ohio. 50 styles of hamburgers. FIFTY. There is fun for all, including "Bobbing for Burgers" and the Ohio Amateur Hamburger Eating Contest (including a team from The Akron Fire Department!). For the grown ups, an Ohio Craft Beer Tasting and Indie Band Showcase is included on Sunday. 

Now for the fun part. The awesome folks at the Festival have given me a pack of four tickets to giveaway to one of you luck readers. 

There are several ways to enter...

1. Follow National Hamburger Festival and ClevelandChick on the twitter. 

2. Visit the National Hamburger Festival on the Facebook.

3. Leave a comment and tell me what your favorite burger toppings are. 

4. Go to the Twitter and tweet : "I want @HamburgerFest tickets from @ClevelandChick! #BurgerFest15 "

You can tweet once a day, and leave me a comment here for each of the tasks you complete. I let a computer pick the winner, so if you don't comment, it won't be included. 

The winner will be selected on Wednesday, August 5, at noon, so get tweeting!

*Disclosure: The awesome National Hamburger Festival peeps have given me a complimentary pack of tickets for my use as well as a 4 pack to give away. The words here are all mine, and I'm hoping very few of the burgers will have onions on them. I hate onions. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Photo Fun - Irish Edition

Gillian Anderson being Scully. 
If you are new to Happiness is a Hot Pierogi, Photo Fun is a feature that allows me to share with you some of my digital photos.  These pictures have been stuffed in a folder on a nondescript server for years and I enjoy reminiscing. 

The road to Cliffs of Moher. 
Ten years or so ago, it was ridiculously cheap to fly to Europe. A round trip ticket to Dublin, Ireland cost $100 each way, out of Chicago. It was off season, but still an amazing opportunity. I took advantage of that ticket break for years.

One particularly adventurous trip to Dublin, I decided to see the countryside. I signed up for a day trip to see the Cliffs of Moher. Well, actually, I signed up for a trip to the Aran Islands, but there was a vicious snow storm, so I was advised to pick a new trip.

I took a train, and then a small bus to the cliffs. On that train ride, I saw the greenest fields you could imagine. I would share those pictures with you, but the film from that camera was damaged. Travel tip: always have a back up camera, that would be back up as in secondary not back up as in, "look out, I'm backing up!"

Our bus driver pulled off to the side of the road because of some sheep crossing, so I took this pic of the crazy winding road. There is a sheep out there somewhere. 

When we arrived to the Cliffs, it was breathtaking. My bus mates were two women from Long Island, a mixture of The Nanny and King of Queens, and a quiet woman traveling on her own from South Africa. Our tour guide pointed to the DANGER sign and said, "You better heed that or you will be gone." Every year, some knucklehead sits on the edge of the Cliff and gets woosh-ed off plummets down to the rocks below.  It is hard to imagine a gust of wind being that strong, but I was not going to  tempt fate. 

The day was cold and dreary. The sky was gray and dull.  The view was spectacular. There is a little part of me that wishes this trip was social media documented. At this time, there was no Twitter. No Instagram. No Facebook. I was very high tech with my 4 megapixel Kodak camera *and* my film camera.

The ride back to Dublin was an adventure. The New York ladies were yapping nonstop about New York, which may be why the bus driver had a pint when we stopped for dinner.

Let me know in the comments what your favorite picture from a past trip is.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Tri-C JazzFest Giveaway Winner

The winner for the Tri-C JazzFest tickets has been notified. 

Thank you all for reading and entering!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tri-C JazzFest Giveaway or The Time I Met Sheila E

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is returning for the 36th year and this year's schedule is as awesome as ever. The weekend of entertainment comes to Playhouse Square July 9-11, featuring 9 ticketed concerts and two days of FREE outdoor shows on US Bank Plaza. 

Highlights of the festival include the Cleveland Centennial Celebration of Robert Lockwood, featuring Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Sheila E. and Juan Escovedo

Tickets are on sale now, and you can snag a Festival Pass, which gets you in to all 9 concerts or you can purchase individual tickets online. Or, you can win a pair of tickets to see Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Sheila E. and Juan Escovedo here. 

Before I get to the how to win, I want to tell you a little story. 

These are called cassette tapes. An old timey way of listening to music. 
The 80s.

Fashion was questionable. You had to go to the library and *look in books* for research papers.  Mix tapes were cassette tapes. MTV played music. 

Prince was all over the place. 

I was a ridiculous Prince fan. The whole 9 purple yards. I couldn't get enough of his unique musical style and attitude.  Out of all of his "proteges" Sheila E. was my favorite.  I wore out my Glamorous Life tape. In fact, it was viciously devoured by my tape deck of my Pontiac Phoenix hatchback. 

One of my favorite pastimes was to go to record stores. Places that had records. You have not properly lived until you have experienced that second of anticipation, waiting for the needle to fall on the record...followed by a brief crinkly scratch and then track one. I could spend an hour in the record store, looking for new music - reading the liner notes. 

My aunt took me to Record Revolution in Coventry, forever cementing her as my favorite, to look for Solo Two, the album (yes, *album*) that Sheila E worked on with her dad, Pete Escovedo. There was no googling to download a track. No spotify. No pandora. Just flipping through racks and racks of albums. 


I saved my allowance and convinced my mom to take me to the see Prince and The Revolution and Sheila E at Richfield Coliseum. 

Concert poster from The Coliseum
I had tickets for the second night, which was in the middle of a vicious snow storm and there were rumblings of canceling the show. I begged and pleaded to still go to the show. I loved Prince and I explained to my mom that Sheila E was a fierce percussionist and was completely unlike Prince's chick groups (a modern day comparison is Diddy and his Making the Band), and if we didn't go, my life would be ruined for all eternity. 

We trudged our way to the Coliseum, with blinding snow and much cursing. Sheila E. was on up first, and of course, killed it. Then came the break. I was chattering away loudly, my ears ringing from the speakers, when a man came over to us, chatted with my mom for a moment and said, "Follow me."  From that moment on, things are blurry...both from age and excitement of the moment. 

I'm not sure how it happened, but we followed the man through concrete corridors of the Coliseum, people running around focused on their mission for the moment, until we ended up in a dressing room. "Wait here," was the instruction. I had no clue what was going on, and I plopped down in an m & m green chair chatting away questioning everything. Then chaotic noise, a commotion shuffled into the room and in walked Sheila E. It was one of the few times in my life I was completely and utterly speechless. I tried to open my mouth, but my words were replaced with little squeaks. It would have been impossible for Sheila E. to have been a nicer person. We chatted for a few minutes as a seamstress tried to sew her stage costume back together and then just as quickly, we were ushered out and back to our seats. 


The show went on to be one of my favorites, certainly my favorite from the Coliseum days. And yes, I owed my mom. BIG time. 

Sheila E. has never slowed down with her career and continues to make music. I encourage you to listen to an interview she did with npr, here.  

Now, on to the fun part.

With Tri-C JazzFest, I want to send you to see Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Sheila E. and Juan Escovedo on July 11. 

The rules are simple. Make sure you follow directions, because I let a computer pick the winner. Leave a comment here for each task you complete. If it isn't here, boo for you. 

1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite celebrity encounter.
2. Visit Tri-C JazzFest on the Facebook.
3. Follow @TriCJazzFest and @ClevelandChick on the Twitter.
4. Follow @SheilaEDrummer on the Twitter.
5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:
"I want @clevelandchick to send me to @TriCJazzFest! #TriCJazzFest"

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment each time you tweet. Winner will be selected on Sunday, July 5th at 6 pm, so get tweeting!
*Disclosure: The awesome peeps at Tri-C JazzFest asked me to help promote the event. In exchange, I was given 2 tickets to giveaway and 2 tickets for me. My opinions are all my own and my words are fueled by entirely too much hazelnut coffee. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cleveland Home and Remodeling Expo Giveaway



Spring has sprung and now is the time to tackle all the home improvement projects you have been thinking about all winter!

The Cleveland Convention Center is hosting the Cleveland Home and Remodeling Expo, March 27-29, chock full of exhibitors and celebrities from HGTV and BravoTV. Even if you don't have a house, Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV's Fixer Upper and Jeff Lewis from Bravo Tv's Flipping Out will make you want one. 

There is something for everyone, from the Arcadia GlassHouse Butterfly Feature to fully constructed Vignettes featuring decorating tips for small space living. 
You can purchase tickets for $10 at the door, but why would you when you can save $2 buying them online and an extra buck using promo code PIEROGI15HR. 
Now for the fun part. Want to win a pair of tickets? It is super easy, so make sure you follow directions. I let a computer pick the winner, so make sure you come back and comment on this post after you complete each task.

1. What home improvement are you thinking about tackling this Spring?
2. Follow Cleveland Home and Remodeling Expo on Twitter and Facebook
3. Follow Cleveland Home and Remodeling Expo on Pinterest
4. Follow Cleveland Chick on the Twitter and Instagram
5. Tweet the following: " I want @ClevelandChick to send me to the @GreatBigShow!"

Leave a comment for each task. I let a computer pick the winner, so if it isn't there, boo for you. 
Winner will be selected at 4 pm on Friday, March 27, so get tweeting!
Disclosure: I was given a pair of tickets for me and a pair to give away, which is super awesome. Words are all my own, and are fueled by the wonky blogger settings at the moment. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Great Big Home + Garden Show

One of my favorite events is the Great Big Home + Garden Show. I love to get ideas for my home and just see the neato gadgets out there. The Show runs through February 16, so there is still time to get out there. You can find out more here

Through out the IX Center, there are model homes/barns/ etc set up and I was amazed at what they were able to do. In front of one of the models, they installed a pool with small fountains. Unfortunately, from this angle it looks as though the chairs are peeing. They aren't. I promise. 

Even though some of the set ups were way out of my price range, just seeing what is *possible* was fun. I love this fountain that was made using baseball bats. 

This year, the Show was highlighting Cleveland and the neighborhoods around, a lot like the Indians are going to do at the ballpark. The vendors did an amazing job bringing in the feeling of each area, whether Tremont or Little Italy. 

Even if you don't own a house, there is still a lot to see. 

This patriotic bathtub had a crowd the whole time I was there. Just the thought of being able to bathe in freedom every day is an interesting one. 

The Show also has vendors for your garden, with seeds, plants and even baby chicks (!).  Any garden, yard, garage or kitchen implement or chotchki is here. Pans, grills, flags, you name it, you can find it. 

I'm super bummed that I didn't buy this garden cat...he looks just like Bernie, so I think I will have to go back to get it. 

When you go, wear good walking shoes. There is a LOT of area to cover. Also, be sure you have an extra $10 for parking. 

Go, have a good time and get inspired!

Disclosure: I was given a pair of tickets to the show for myself and a pair to giveaway. The words are all mine. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Great Big Home + Garden Show Winner

And the winner of the ticket giveaway is Chance! He has been notified. 

There is still time to purchase tickets online here and use promo code PIEROGI15 to save on your tickets! I look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Who Shoveled The Finish Line?

Boston Police Department Twitter feed, January 28, 2015. 
The great Blizzard of 2015 may have been a bust for New York, but it lived up to the hype for New England. The east coast got pummeled with snow and flooding. Most people heeded the weather warnings and were tucked in their homes, French Toast Kits (milk, bread, eggs) ready.  The roads in Boston were snow covered and icy under two feet of snow, eerily quiet. No hustle. No bustle. 

Except, for one stretch across Boylston Street, the Boston Marathon Finish Line. The site of 2013's terror attack was clear of snow and the Finish Line could be seen clearly. A stranded hotel guest watched a man shovel the Line clear and snapped pictures from high above and the virtual hunt was on to figure out who shoveled the Finish Line. 

This small, but symbolic act was done without fan fare. There are no duck faced selfies while shoveling posted across social media. One man decided that the Line should be cleared, showing the neighborhood that no matter what, Boston was still strong. Power outages, blizzards or terrorist attacks, it didn't matter. 

The man who shoveled is a bartender named Chris Laudani for a place called Back Bay Social Club, down the street from the Finish Line.  I have never met him and it has been years since I was in Boston, but I assure you, if I were in town, I would buy him a beer. A simple gesture to thank him for shoveling. I can't help but compare this small act to a quote by coaching great, John Wooden - "The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching."

Laudani's snow shoveling shows that one person can make a difference; that one small act can snowball into a greater series of actions.

What have you done today to make a difference?

Back Bay Social Club bartender, Chris Laudani shoveling the Finish Line. 

Great Big Home + Garden Show Giveaway

Sixth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show Giveaway

Spring is coming. I'm starting to look around the house and plan home improvement projects and a vegetable garden!

The best place to get new ideas is The Sixth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show at the I-X Center, Friday Feb. 6 - Sunday, Feb. 15. With over 1,000 home industry experts and more than 600 exhibitors, there will be someone to answer any question you have about home improvements, gardening and more.  

Some features this year include:
A 2,400 square-foot, fully constructed Idea Home, built by Blossom Homes to inspire visitors with ideas for building, remodeling and decorating their own homes

A 1,500 square-foot Xtend Technologies High-Tech Entertainment Homes to fire up new ideas for indoor/outdoor entertainment and recreation areas.

The Garden Showcase with...are you ready? Cleveland Rocks-themed gardens created by some of Northeast Ohio's top landscapers.

Celebrity guests include Matt Muenster - Host of DIY Network's Bath Crashers and HGTV's Dream Home, Todd Wilbur- best selling author and self-proclaimed Food Hacker (awesome), Ramsin Khachi - nationally recognized design/build contractor and Tom Silva - from This Old House and Ask This Old House. 

You can take a break in the full-service, white tablecloth restaurant, Cambria Bistro or enjoy your favorite pub grub in Danny Vegh's Break Room. 

You can purchase tickets online here and use promo code PIEROGI15 to save on your tickets!

Now for the fun part. Want to win a pair of tickets to the Sixth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show? It is super easy, so make sure you follow directions. I let a computer pick the winner, so make sure you come back and comment on this post after you complete each task.

1. What home improvement or gardening project is your dream?
2. Follow The Sixth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show on Twitter and Facebook
3. Follow The Sixth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show on Pinterest
4. Follow Cleveland Chick on the Twitter and Instagram
5. Tweet the following: " I want @ClevelandChick to send me to the @GreatBigShow!"

Winner will be selected on Saturday, January 31 at noon. 

Remember, you can tweet once a day, so get chirping.

Disclosure: I was provided a pair of tickets to give away and a pair for my own use. Words are all mine and are fueled by entirely too much Mountain Dew. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CIFF Get Shorty Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone that entered the CIFF Get Shorty Giveaway. 

The winner has been contacted!

There is still time to buy tickets here

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CIFF 39 - Get Shorty Giveaway

Cleveland is full of amazing and awesome things to do. One of my favorite events is the Cleveland International Film Festival. Much like Cleveland sports, there is something for everyone.

The 39th Annual Cleveland Film Festival (CIFF), features over 350 films during the March 18-29 run. The majority of the films will be screened downtown at Tower City Cinemas, however, and this is an awesome however, CIFF will take the show on the road and have some screenings at neighborhood joints like the Beachland Ballroom, Cedar Lee Theatre and the Akron Art Museum.  

Get Shorty, in its 12th year, is part of this year's Film Feast line-up sponsored by Hyland. The Film Feasts are a way to connect with the community, rev up some new film buffs and have an all around good time. 

Get Shorty is one of the most popular events because YOU get to see some short films, vote on your favs and have a say in which short films are shown at CIFF.  Get Shorty takes place on January 29 at the Capitol Theatre. Attendees can enjoy tasty food and beverages provided by Culinary Occasions before the films. 

You can purchase your tickets here for $100 each OR you can win a pair from me!

Want to win a pair of tickets? It is super easy, and since it is super easy, make sure you follow directions. I let a computer pick the winner, so make sure to comment on this post after you complete each task. 

1.  What movie do you watch over and over and over?
2.  Follow CIFF on the Twitter and Facebook.
3.  Follow CIFF on Instagram.
4.  Follow Cleveland Chick on the Twitter and Instagram.
5. Tweet the following: "I want @clevelandchick to send me to @CIFF's Get Shorty Film Feasts! #CIFF39"

Winner will be selected on Sunday, January 25 at noon because that's easy. 

Remember, you can tweet once a day, so get chirping.

Disclosure: I was provided a pair of tickets to Get Shorty to give away and a pair for my own use. Words are all mine and are fueled by sparkling red raspberry spring water and Combos.