Cool As Ice Cream Tour 2014: Second Stop Sweetie Fry

You guys… I suck at this whole blogging thing. I blame my ass computer…Someone out there want to buy me a new one :) Anywho… we are actually on week 7… WEEK 7!! where the hell did the summer go? So yeah… I’m REALLY behind. But that’s ok… I will catch up…eventually.

Our second stop on the Cool As Ice Cream Tour 2014 was Sweetie Fry. A cute little mom and pop hand-crafted ice cream and french fry shop located in Cleveland Heights on the corner of Lee Rd and Silsby Rd. That’s right they sell ICE CREAM AND FRENCH FRIES! Two of the best foods on the planet in my opinion. Genius!

Side note: Their fries are pretty awesome. They have Waffle fries, shoe strings, and sweet potato shoe strings. They have amazing things on their menu like PIZZA FRIES!  They also have funnel cake fries… which I have not tried yet, but I mean I can’t imagine they would be anything but delicious.  But their fries are not what we are talking about today. Today we are talking about ICE CREAM.

Sweetie Fry isn’t my favorite ice cream on the planet, but it’s pretty darn good. The thing I love is that they have the most interesting flavors and they are always changing. They are really good at allowing you to taste flavors so you can make an educated purchase ;). The real genius part…and yes there can be genius in the ice cream world…is the sweetie scoop. The sweetie scoop is a tiny little scoop that you can get free of charge on top of whatever scoops you get. This allows you to try new flavors.

As I said their flavors are always changing. The night we went I got two scoops they were: the first was brown butter walnut and the second was peanut butter pretzel crunch and my sweetie scoop was Turkish coffee. All flavors were pretty awesome.

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This mural is on the side of the building where Sweetie Fry is housed. It’s been around forever. I love it! I’ve always wanted to do a photo shoot in front of it :) Someday.

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Cool As Ice Cream Tour 2014: First Stop Dairy King

So I was just going to write a blog post and hope that no one noticed that I haven’t written a thing on this blog for 4 MONTHS!!!!!!!!!!!!! But that seemed so wrong on so many levels… so let me first say, I apologize for being a lame. I do have a great excuse. My laptops power cord died and it has been come difficult to keep up with blogging when you share a cord with your husband. But I suppose that is a lame excuse. In any case I am back and I bring a peace-offering. Ice cream. Now since this is the internet and technology hasn’t gotten to a point where I can pass ice cream through your computer screen (hey scientists get on that) I instead offer you reviews on ice cream. More specifically reviews of local (Cleveland) ice cream shops.

You may not know this but Cleveland has an immense amount of local handcrafted ice cream places. It’s possible that it has more local hand crafted ice cream places than it does micro brews, which is it also has a lot of (Ice cream and beer…as if I needed another reason to love Cleveland.) So why am I telling you this? Well the three shillelaghs are at it again folks. We decided that there were far too many of these local hand crafted ice cream places that we have never been to. So the Cool As Ice Cream tour was born. 12 local ice cream shops in 12 weeks. We started June 2nd and will end September 1st ( we will be gone one week in July on vacation in case you thought I couldn’t count). I made a graphic just for the occasion :)

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The first location we went to was “Dairy King” Ok… so I wouldn’t put this place in the “handcrafted” category, but it is local and not a chain ice cream shop. Actually it’s not a shop at all. It’s a pop up ice cream stand that opens in May and stays open till October.

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I have a soft place in my heart for Dairy King. When I was a kid and I would visit my grandma in Massachusetts. We would go get ice cream at this little mini golf place down the road from her. They had soft serve and those dips… you know the kind that get hard and form a shell around the ice cream. They had chocolate dip and cherry dip. I would always get chocolate soft serve dipped in cherry. I could never find the cherry dip anywhere else… When we first went to Diary King a few years ago I was so excited to find out that they actually had the cherry dip. YAY!

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What I love about it: Besides the fact they have cherry dip (happy dance), I love that this place is so unpretentious. If a cheap yummy ice cream treat is what you want, this is the place to go.

What I could do without: The lines can be long depending on when you go. It’s on a busy road (Mayfield) so it can be kind of loud. Limited seating in the back and since its outside you have to eat your ice cream fast unless you would rather wear it instead of eat it. None of these things would stop me from going back though.

What you should try when you’re there: Home of the mini banana split! I plan on trying one the next time I go. (I stuck with my usually during this trip, pictured above). Jimi got a S’mores Earthquake (their take on the DQ Blizzard, pictured above) and Lindsay got a brownie sundae.

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Bringing The Band Back Together

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We used to go to brunch all the time. Linzi, Jimi and I. We don’t go as often as we used to. In fact it had been a REALLY long time since the three of us all went to brunch so this past Saturday we got the band back together. I was so really excited to try Jack Flaps. A new “urban breakfast shoppe” in Ohio City brought to us by chef Eric Williams. If you’ll remember he is the same person who opened El Carnicero (the restaurant we went to for Valentine’s Day) and Momocho and is part owner of Happy Dog…. basically he is a genius. Just check out this menus!

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Jimi got the Graham Cracker Waffle (top), Lindsay got the Fat Elvis (middle), and I got the Happy Jack (bottom). All of them we fantastic… but I think the best part was the mexican coke braised slab bacon. AMAZING. That picture is three orders worth. We all opted for it :)

photo 4photo 5 (1)photo 2photo 3That bacon was probably the best I have ever had. My waffle was my favorite of the three, but they were all yummy. If you are local (or visiting) I highly recommend making your way there for a fun and yummy brunch. We will definitely be back. Next time I am trying some of those Vietnamese style sausage . :)

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Valentine’s Day and Arty goodness

I’ve always like Valentine’s day. I don’t know why. I know many people despise it. Some people hate it because they are single. Some people hate it because they think it just another holiday for the greeting card companies (that’s sweetest day guys). I like Valentine’s day because it is a day that celebrates love. It makes you take a pause and appreciate the ones you love not just romantically, but platonically as well. I also love pink and hearts. I’m a girl what can I say. I’m 99% sure liking pink is encoded in our DNA. As far as it being just another greeting card holiday, Valentine’s day really started as more of a DIY holiday and many cultures celebrate by making handmade cards. Actually, I prefer handmade valentines cards myself and I had intended to make some this year (with doilies and everything), but like always the day came by very quickly. However we did have a great night and I thought I’d share some details.

I went to work on Valentine’s Day. The hub sent me several literary themed valentine’s day e cards. My favorite was this one:

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When I got home we exhanged gifts. He made me some art and will be buying me this travel coffee mug that I have been dying for!  I bought him a poetry book. A Charles Bukowski poetry book. The inscription reads:

“Jimi,

I thought a book of poetry would be romantic, but a book of Charles Bukowski poetry would be more our speed.”

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This is the piece Jimi made for me. He’s been trying his hand at art and I’m very proud of him. I like the way he combines art and poetry. He has lots of great ideas and gets frustrated with the execution of his work. I tell him practice makes perfect…either way I love my art piece.

Side note: I got the  book and his card at Loganberry Books which is an awesome local book store in Shaker Heights. We went on Thursday night so that Jimi could read his poetry at their open mic. I am very proud of him that he is keeping up with doing these readings. We had a blast. A few of his co workers came and we chatted it up and met a woman who played her ukulele. She shared her rendition of “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” She added a verse she wrote that took a more feminist and cheeky turn. It was brilliant. They also have a really awesome show up in the gallery. If you’re local check it out.

Anyway back to Valentine’s Day. After we exchanged presents we went to a gallery opening. Doubting Thomas Gallery in Tremont. The small gallery was PACKED. We inched our way to the back room that was reminiscent of a college house party. We ran into our friend Linda. We chatted. Jimi and Linda drank Bulgarian wine, we people watched, looked at art, got “love letters from god” wrapped in red velvet and a bow.  We were instructed not to read till the next day. I’m not the religious type, but I thoroughly appreciated its artistic value.

After the gallery opening we went next door to a Gallery/ Antique store. The name escapes me, but it is apparently run by a somewhat famous drag queen. Linda could not remember the drag queen’s name… “something dick.” And this is the story of how I created my drag queen name “Whiskey Dix.” If I ever decide to me a drag queen I am prepared.

We left Tremont and went to Lakewood for dinner. We wanted to try somewhere we hadn’t been yet. We opted for El Carnicero which,  if you are local might know that it, is one of Chef Eric William’s restaurants. It’s very similar to his other restaurant (and one of my favorites) “Momocho.” Its decorated with luchadore masks and has a very relaxed vibe.

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 I had a blood orange margarita. It was divine. We shared guacamole, the machaca (coffee and ancho braised beef) tamales with a fried egg on top and the al pastor (adobo & citrus braised pork) taquitos. Everything was delicious.

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oh yeah and I chopped off all my hair.

2013 Wrap up and 2014 goals

Happy 2014

I have to say 2013 was a really great year. I feel like ever since I hit 30 things keep to falling  into place year after year. Maybe I just mellowed out. Maybe I’m just wiser.  Whatever the reason, I’m happy. Not perfect, but happy. A co-worker of mine has a sign in her cube that says “Progress. Not Perfection.” It’s a pretty good mantra. On this blog in the past I have created long lists of all the stuff I want to accomplish for the coming year…I’ve never successfully completed ALL of these goals in the 12 short months that I give myself to complete them, but as I have gone back and looked at these goals I have noticed that eventually I do get things accomplished. Progress. Not Perfection. I have goals for this year.  I’m not putting pressure on myself to get it all done and wrapped up in a bow by December 31 2014. Some of these things can and will most likely take time. Not to mention the fact that there is a good chance that my priorities and my interests today might be  will be different in 12 months. I’m ok with that. I’m done with forcing myself to complete a to do list with stuff on it that I don’t want to do anymore. Isn’t that what the year should be about? Growing and changing is part of life. I‘ve learned am learning to let go of things that don’t really matter in the long run. To not focus on being perfect and crazy about every detail (no one will notice but me anyway.) I mean I still think it is important to pay attention to details, but at some point you have to let go and enjoy yourself. During the holiday season I let my self do that a little bit and it was way less stressful for me. It’s something I plan to do more of in the future. The lessons I learned and the experiences I went through  in 2013 have influenced these goals. I’m excited to see what comes to fruition and which ones become obsolete and fall to the way side. I kinda broke them up into categories….cause I am a nerd like that.

Professionally

 Update LinkedIn profile. -I don’t know how useful LinkedIn is I haven’t really used it that much, but I figure it wouldn’t hurt to update it and utilize a little.

 Update resumes (both work and acting)

 Update headshots- My last ones were done like a million years ago.

 At least work on thesis. This has been on my list for years… at this point its a joke, but I gotta put it on my list because I really do want to finish it. Baby steps I guess.

 Work on monologues for auditions.- These days you very rarely need prepared material usually you’re just reading from the script, but I really should have stuff prepared.

 Audition more often. I usually do one or two shows a year. I’d like to try and do at least two maybe even three this year.

House

 Dining room- We need to paint and get an area rug.

 Jimi’s office- We need to paint and hang all his art and Spider-man stuff,

 My office- My office is still filled with boxes and a bunch of crap from when we moved in August 2012. I can’t wait to have it organized and painted and decorated. :)

 Kitchen- I have some plans for the Kitchen… I think this room will be a slow process.

Garden

 Brick borders around the gardens for definition.

 Raised bed in the back yard for vegetables

 Trim the tree in the back yard. It really needs it!

Self

 Get a pedicure and manicure – I always want to but I always change my mind because I don’t want to pay the money. but I think I deserve at least one. Right?

 A massage! I haven’t had one in a while and I really want to get a deep tissue massage for my birthday.

Financial

 52 weeks money challenge- Maybe I can actually save some money this year… that would b nice.

Misc.

 Learn chess

 Bake 12 loaves of bread- I have never really successful made bread. I figured I would expand my culinary skills and bake a loaf once a month.

I have some other things floating around my head, but those are for me :)

Check out my little Flipagram :) I love this app!

Mountain Mama Mix

So…I am a terrible blogger. It’s been foreves since I have even looked at this blog. I have a list of blogs I have been meaning to post… I’ll get there at some point. In any case you have to start somewhere. So here is the mix that I intended to post in November. Better late than never.  I call it Mountain Mama Mix because I made it shortly before our trip to Virginia (affectionately refereed to as The Three Shillelaghs: Moonshine Kingdom…yes we name our road trips… doesn’t everyone?)  and it’s filled with folkie hipster music… which is my current music obsession.

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 Brighter- Patent Pending

 Atlas Genius- Trojans

 Animal- Miike Snow

 Step- Vampire Weekend

 In Transit- Albert Hammond Jr

 Believe- The Bravery

 Two Weeks- Grizzly Bear

 It’s Not You It’s Me- Coconut Record

 Normandie- The Shout Out Louds

 Sleeping In- The Postal Service

 Lost In My Mind- The Head and the Heart

 Moth’s Wing- Passiona Pit

 Broadripple is Burning- Margot and the Nuclear So & Sos

 Home- Phillip Phillips

 Classy Girls- The Lumineers

 The One That Got Away- The Civil Wars

 Babel- Mumford & Sons

 New Slang- The Shins

 If I Were Free- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

♥ Tea with Cinnamon- Katzenjammer

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Candy Corn Fall Mix 2013

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So much good music has/is coming out this fall… I knew I wanted to put Applause (Lady Gaga) and Roar (Katy Perry) on a mix (and Patent Pendings new song too)… all of these songs don’t have the typical sound I go for on my fall mixes. So I decided since I had more than enough music I would make two mixes for fall. The first one is the Candy Corn mix. It’s a little bit pop and a lot of awesome. Enjoy!

 Warrior- Ke$ha

♥ Applause- Lady Gaga

 White Teeth Teens- Lorde

 Youth- Foxes

 Roar- Katy Perry

 Foolish Love- Jules Larson

 Boys with Girlfriends- Meiko

 Sick Muse- Metric

 Burn- Ellie Goulding

 We Didn’t Do It- Tegan and Sara

 Oath- Cheryl Lloyd

 Hey Mario- Patent Pending

 Don’t You- I Fight Dragons

 Such Great Heights – Postal Service

 Super Spy- This Good Robot

 Everybody talks- Neon Trees

♥ Chartreuse- Capital Cities

 Out of My League- Fitz and Tantrums

 Bruises- Chairlift

 This To Shall Pass- Ok G

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