So on August 6th the hub, Lady Linzi and I went to Pittsburgh for the hub’s birthday. The Marlin’s were playing the Pirates and the hub is a Marlin’s fan having grown up in Hialeah Florida. The game was a night game so we had some time to do some other things as well. We had wanted to go to the Warhol Museum and the Carnegie Musuem of Art, but we only had time for one of them. Since Andy Warhol was also born on 8/6, we decided go to the Warhol Museum. We’ll be back again for sure. Pittsburgh is only 2 1/2 hours away from Cleveland.
We started the day at Luna Cafe here in Cleveland Heights. It’s a roadie tradition. The hub and I had the herb scrambled egg panini (I added ham and a cafe mocha) and Lady Linzi had the nest egg.
The ride to Pittsburgh was pretty uneventful. We went directly to the Warhol Museum. We spent several hours there. If you’ve never been there before I highly recommend it. It is the kind of place the really gives you a jolt of inspiration.
After the Museum we took some pictures of Pittsburgh’s Yellow Bridges and walked to find some lunch… It was about 4:00pm at this point and a lot of places weren’t open yet. We ended up at Diamon Market bar & Grill. Then we headed over to the stadium..
Unfortunately, The Marlin’s lost, but it fun being at the stadium. I have only ever been to two places to see a baseball game, Cleveland and Miami. I really like Pittsburgh’s stadium.
When we went to get our car we ended up not having to pay for parking because we had parked their all day and at the end of the game they had the barricade up. Score!
We stayed over night and the next morning we made our way to Dor-Stop for breakfast. Dor-Stop was featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. I had a VERY large veggie breakfast burrito (with a side of bacon of course). It was very yummy.
It was quick little trip but we had a great time! Can’t wait to do it again. Thanks for the memories Pittsburgh!
Let’s talk Put-In-Bay for a moment. Put-In-Bay is about an hour and a quick ferry ride from the great city of Cleveland. If I ever had a doubt that Cleveland was the greatest city in the country to live (don’t worry I never have) all doubt was erased after our trip to Put-In-Bay. Lady Linzi had a goal of going on top of the Perry Victory and International Peace Monument this summer. The hub and I couldn’t let her go alone! I hadn’t been since high school and to be honest I hardly remembered a thing. But I am up for almost any kind of adventure. So we made the voyage
across to the middle of Lake Erie To South Bass Island (Put-In-Bay).
September marks the Bicentennial of the War of 1812′s Battle of Lake Erie . Everyone and their mother had a Dont Give Up the Ship flag. We bought one for our house. “Dont Give Up The Ship” is my motto for summer 2013.
The picture below one was taken at Heineman’s Winery. They give tours of their winery and the “Crystal Cave” which is the world largest geode.
Side note the gift shop had these amazing door pulls on the door.
First stop was the Perry Monument.
The view was awesome!
We had lunch at “The Keys” which was the “Northern Most Bar” and was Key Westy enough fool me for an hour or two.
We drove around in the golf cart and explored the island. We went to grave yards, checked out the South Bass Island Lighthouse, checked out the strip, looked at all the boats at the marina and drove by this cute wall/observation area that was painted all fun…
This is the view of the lake from the light house.
My favorite picture of the trip is this one
It was a great day and it really defined the summer for me. I’m glad we did it and I hope it becomes a tradition for us.
Click here to hear the playlist on Spotify
♥ Shut Up and Smile- Patent Pending
♥ Let’s Find Some Meaning- This Good Robot
♥ The Summer- Cococnut Records
♥ Cough Syrup- Young The Giant
♥ I Summon You- Spoon
♥ OMYGOD- Kate Nash
♥ Grow Up- Cher Lloyd
♥ I Told you So- Karmin
♥ Dirty Love- Ke$ha
♥ One More Summer- No Doubt
♥ One Of Those Days- Joy Williams
♥ Giving Up- Ingrid Michaelson
♥ How Lucky We Are- Meiko
♥ I Love Your More Than Sunshine- Cathy Heller
♥ Folding Chair- Regina Spektor
♥ Movie Loves A Screen- April Smith
♥ Girls and Boys In Love- The Rumble Strips
♥ Boom Boom Boom- Brandon & Leah
♥ Chin Up- Amy Stroup
♥ Sunday Girl- She & Him
♥ The Quiz- Hello Saferide
Horchata. I had heard about the drink before, but the first time I investigated how to make it was while listening to the Vampire Weekend song by the same title. If you’ve never heard of it, it is basically it is cinnamon rice milk and originates from Mexico. Making it usually is a tedious affair. Making what is essentially watery rice, using the rice juices and milk and sugar and cinnamon… You get the idea. Thanks to Vegans and the food industry discovering alternative milk products we really don’t have to go through all that trouble for rice milk any more. You can actually find it at most grocery stores. My recipe bypasses all the slaving over a hot stoves (well for an extended period of time anyway) and gets you right to the yummy drinking part a lot faster. The best part is that this drink has so many alternatives. You can make it vegan. Or spiked with rum like the kind I made. Here is what you will need
♥ 32 oz of unsweetened vanilla Rice Milk. I got mine at Trader Joe’s
♥ 1 cup milk or cream ( You can use almond or soy milk if you wanted to make this vegan)
♥ 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
♥ 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg (optional)
♥ 1/2 cup brown sugar (You could use white sugar, but I like the molasses taste the brown sugar gives this drink)
♥ black rum (optional)
In a sauce pan heat up rice milk. As it simmers add cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. This part is important because the sugar needs to dissolve . Once it has dissolved remove the pan from the heat. Pour mixture through cheese cloth or a fine sieve into in a glass pitcher ( or any container that wont melt if you pour hot liquid into it.) Chill cinnamon rice milk for 1-2 hours. Add milk or cream and stir to blend. Pour over ice and add a shot glass full of rum if you are making the alcoholic version.
Last summer I was looking for a “go to” drink that I could enjoy all summer. That’s when I came a across the “Dark N’ Stormy.” My favorite local pub, Parnell’s, added it to their summer menu. This was pretty surprising seeing as this place is as far from a “cocktail bar” as you can get. I once heard a customer ask the owner, Declan (a cute surly Irish gentleman), what the “specials were that night.” Declan responded with, “We’re open.”
When I saw this on the menu I had to try it. I am a fan of the Moscow Mule which combines ginger beer, lime juice and vodka. So I knew I would love ginger beer, lime juice and black rum! I was right! Here is what you need
♥ Ginger Beer- I use Goya’s Jamaican Style ginger beer. It’s .99 a bottle, easy to find and has a nice spicy kick to it. But there are plenty of other versions and they are pretty easy to find. Liquor stores often have it. Ginger Beer is non-alcoholic and has a more potent ginger flavor then ginger ale.
♥ Black Rum- I usually use Gosling’s Black Seal, which is delicious and the black rum to use. But this year as I was purchasing my bottle of black rum my summer full of Dark N’ Stormy’s I happened upon The Kracken Black Spiced Rum and I had to buy it. It is also delicious and the bottle is fun…also it’s called The Kracken and has a picture of a Kracken on it. Awesome.
♥ Lime- You could use bottle lime juice if you are so inclined. If you opt for the lime you can use it as a garnish as well in addition to using the juice.
Here is the fun part. Putting it all together. Order is everything in making a good Dark N’ Stormy. In your glass of choice (tumbler, high ball glass etc) add ice, and 1-2 table spoons lime juice. The fill your glass (almost to the top make sure to leave enough room for the rum) with the ginger beer. Then add the black rum. I usually use just 1 shot of the black rum, but how much you use is entirely up to you. The different viscosity of the liquids make the beverage take on the look of a thunder storm. I usually mix it up with my straw before I drink it, but it’s fun to look at when you first make it. Cheers!
A couple weekends ago the Tall Ships Came to Cleveland! They come every few years to The Port of Cleveland. This is my first year going. The lines were really long, but we went aboard one ship. I caught some awesome pictures while we were there. Check them out.
Beautiful Lake Erie!
The boat we went on was The Peacemaker some of the crew drives cross country and lives in this awesome bus. I love it so much. It makes me want to be a gypsy.