Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bell's Brewery Dinner @ The North End for Jose's Birthday!

On Tuesday night in honor of my Birthday (Jose) Kelly made reservations for us at The Bell's Brewery Dinner at The North End. She also invited a few of our friends out to come celebrate, drink some good beer and cheer on the cavs to a victory over the bulls. The meal was a delicious 6 course meal prepared by the very talented Chef Jeff Jarrett. The beers were paired expertly and served as a perfect compliment to bring out the best in each other.

first course      : Charcuterie/Cheese/Pretzels paired with Bell's Lager of The Lakes
second course : Citrus Mussels paired with Bell's Oberon Ale
third course      :Duck Nachos with Spicey Mole paired with Bell's Amber Ale
fourth course    : Pork Belly, smoked rice, and mushrooms paired with Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock
fifth course       : Bison Sliders with Onion Rings paired with Bell's Hopslam
sixth course      : Ding-Dongs paired with Bell's Expedition Stout

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bloggers on The Bridge!

Last weekend, as you may have noticed from an earlier post that, we had a lot in store for our Saturday. To recap the morning - basically, we woke up way earlier than on usual Saturdays (much to Kelly's dismay) and headed over to the Superior Viaduct to wait in the cold with several others (Room Service, I heart Cleveland, Kitten Kaboom, Cleveland Poet, Icarabout and Jason Murphy) where we all were battered by the wind before a woman from the county came up to let us in the bridge. 

Once inside, our host James Levin (Artistic Director and Founder of the Ingenuity Festival), took us on an hour long tour of the space that will be available to artists for this fall's Event. We also learned that they are making efforts to open the bridge permanently, which would ultimately allow artists to use this space year round as well as enabling pedestrians to utilize the bridge from downtown to easily access the West Side Market. While on our tour, we also got a little bit of history regarding the brief period in Cleveland where cable cars were in use on the former subway.

Below are some snapshots we took while exploring, as we imagined we were archeologists: 

ps - Following our tour, we were famished and in dire need of nourishment - since we were in the neighborhood, we thought we might as well hit up Latitude 41 for the first time.  We normally do not write about things we dislike, however, our experience left much to be desired (ie - the service and food were disappointing).  Needless to say, we will not be going back.  Curious as to how others feel about this place?

Note: The very top photo on the left was taken from Cleveland and It's Streetcars

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Win Two Tickets to see The Apples in Stereo (April 27th at The Grog Shop)!

Are you in love with all of those beyond fantastic bands associated with the Elephant Six Collective like we are?  Taking the best of quirky indie rock and power pop, it's pretty difficult not to be.

One of our very favorites from that camp, known as none other than The Apples in Stereo, will be coming to Cleveland's Grog Shop this coming Tuesday, April 27th.

WIN TWO TICKETS by simply commenting with your thoughts about the following music video featuring Elijah Wood (who actually who owns the band's label, Simian Records-through Yep Roc):

The Apples in Stereo - Dance Floor

Also:  Download their single, "Dance Floor" [here]

Bonus:  The Generationals are the opening act, check out Jose's preview on Ohio Authority [here]

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Drunk Girls On A Wednesday

A few weeks ago we first heard the new track "Drunk Girls" by LCD Soundsystem, we instantly thought well this is catchy and a little different for them. We also thought maybe they were trying write a catchy enough track that might earn them crossover $$.We could not help but conjure up images of this song being used as the backing track of party on Gossip Girl or on any of the number of shows on E! that feature drunk girls. We never envisioned a video like this. Just see for yourself these crazy pandas and all of the shenanigans that engage in our the perfect thing to help lighten the mood as you try trudge through this week and make to Friday. We thought we were not going to get into this track, but it is a real grower and we definitely think it is going on a mix for warmer weather in the upcoming months. The lyrics have a lot of truth in them if you listen close enough you will find yourself thinking keeping on preaching brother Murphy!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Saturday April 17th is going to be a good day

Hello everyone, it's been a couple of weeks and no time for excuses for the lack of posts. We went to Vampire Weekend in Columbus but we didn't take any pictures :(
but, you can read about our experience on Ohio Authority

We took a cooking class at The Viking Store that involved sustainable seafood. that was a lot of FUN we did take pictures of that class but Kelly has the camera down with her in Naples (she is on well deserved mini vacation with her sister and our friend Jackie)

Yesterday was not that spectacular of a day, went to work and the came home and cleaned and watched the masters. Yes that is nothing write about but the point is that this SATURDAY is something to write about because this how it goes:

1st. That morning we are going to be amongst a select group of bloggers (ICaraBout, Pursuit of Your Boyfriend, Room Service etc.) who are going to get a preview of this year's Ingenuity Festival. With a walking tour of the lower level of the Detroit Superior Bridge by none other than James Levin (founder and artistic director of the festival). We are looking fwd to seeing how this year's festival promises to be the bet one yet.

2nd.  On that day Music Saves and Blue Arrow Records along with all of the great stores (like Star Pop and Salty not Sweet)  over on Waterloo road in Collinwood will be participating in Record Store Day! with A Walk over Waterloo that afternoon featuring special promotions, performances and other goodies. (all of the info can be found on the Music Saves site). There are going to be some great performances by local bands including Lighthouse and The Whaler, Muttering Retreats, CloudNothings and others.

3rd. Then on Saturday evening we are going to be attending the Art Cares benefit for The Aids Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. I am on this year's host committee along with some other really cool people. We all strongly encourage you to attend if you can. There is going to be an art auction, food, drinks and misterbradleyp on the decks. The proceeds going to a great cause that is a very important organization in North East Ohio, There is a great article about this event from The Plain Dealer.

4th. After the benefit we plan on heading over to B-side to check out the DJ set from ?uestlove of The Roots. The Roots also just happen to be in town on Saturday night to participating in this year's Tri-C Jazzfest. If you never seen The Roots live you should. What you see from them on The Jimmy Fallon show is just the very tip of the explosiveness of their live performance.