Slice of Life: Cleveland trip

With this being election day and Ohio being a battleground state, it reminded me… I never blogged about my trip to Cleveland! I went to Cleveland in September for a work trip. I came to town 2 days early to meet up with friends.

There was beautiful weather when I visited! I couldn’t get enough of the sky!

The night I arrived, I met up with Anita, Amy, and Angie for dinner and drinks at Paladar. If you’re a mojito fan, you’ll enjoy Paladar.

The next day, I put on my tourist hat and hit the town with Angie and her husband, Dave. Angie had told me that we definitely had to have brunch at her favorite place, Lucky’s. Lucky’s is a great, quaint farm-to-table restaurant.

Lucky’s has a small garden on-site. Items not harvested there are from local Ohio farmers.

I couldn’t decide between a hot or cold drink. So I got both…hey, I was on vacation! :) I had the Hazelnut Mocha Shaker and the Ginger, Peach, and Grape smoothie. They were both fantastic!!!

Omelet with sausage, Ohio sweet corn, and white cheddar…served with strawberry coffee cake on the side. Lucky’s was so delicious! If it were in Austin, I’m sure I’d be there every weekend.

After brunch, we walked around the Tremont area to see the sights and shop.

After walking around for awhile, we headed over to tour the A Christmas Story house!

Angie & I

P.S. I’m short.

Angie & Dave

The infamous leg lamp…..fra-gil-e—-must be French.

Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.

After leaving the A Christmas Story house, we did some more sightseeing downtown. Then we dropped Dave off so he could watch football. Angie and I headed over to Little Italy to explore.

We stopped at Presti’s Bakery for some caffeine and sugar. Yay for chocolate dipped macaroons!

My day of exploring Cleveland ended with dinner at Melt. I was told by several people to go to Melt. A restaurant devoted to grilled cheese!? Yes, please. I love the random Halloween & Easter decor. Even more than the grilled cheese, I was exposed to my first banana bread beer!! I was skeptical of ordering this beer, but SO glad I did! It’s so great. Try it if you haven’t!

I opted for the Big Popper: fresh jalapeño peppers, cheddar & herbed cream cheese, crispy battered & deep fried, mixed berry preserves

Yeah, you’ll want to change into your fat pants after eating this sandwich!! You certainly won’t be able to finish it all in one sitting.

Angie got the Falafel grilled cheese, which was a special item. Dang, I wish that I’d have gotten that one!!

I had a great time in Cleveland and Angie was an awesome tour guide!

And if I’m ever in the market to buy a leg lamp, I know where to go now.