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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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.

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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Once upon A Time at Garlic Fest…

This story starts with garlic and ends with chicken. And no it’s not a recipe. 🙂

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A couple of weeks ago the hub and I went to Garlic Fest at Shaker Square. The plan was to go there and then head off to Mentor Headlands beach to try to squeeze  a little more beach time in before Fall took hold. But unfortunately that day was gray… and so we headed to the Garlic Fest and then decided to go to my dad’s house for dinner (We had previously been invited). So we walked through Garlic Fest and sampled garlic jellies, garlic hot sauces, pickled garlic, and fresh garlic (that was surprisingly very spicy.) Then we got an Agave Garlic Popsicle from Chill ( a new Cleveland popsicle vendor)

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I enjoyed it, but I’d probably get another flavor under different circumstances ( when at Garlic Fest…). We also got a little free mini biodegradable pot and free garlic cloves to plant. We are going to plant them soon in the ground. By this time next year  we will have garlic of our own.  One of the last things we did there was buy a raffle ticket. The prize? Two chickens and a brand new chicken coop. I had wanted to raise chickens for a while and thought, why not put in a dollar…. “I probably wont win” I thought…I was right. I didn’t.

Later that night we went to my dad’s house of dinner and we talked about all the things we did at the Garlic Fest that day. My dad insisted that my step mom and he go the next day (he’s a big garlic fan.) That night at 5:00pm my step mom called me. “Kate I won the Chickens!!!” By 7:00pm the brand new coop and two chickens were in my yard.

At first I was thrilled. The next two days I was totally freaked out! What was I thinking?! Chickens?! What if they got loose? What if predators got to them? What if they got sick? What if? What if? What if? It was anxiety central at my house… I talked to my mom and she assured me I was crazy for freaking out. I was still skeptical, but the next day  I checked on the chickens and I saw EGGS!!! It was so cool. I became totally giddy! Since then I have been very excited about having the Chickens in our lives. We are on week two and so far so good.

We named the chickens after the characters in Waiting For Godot, Estragon and Vladimir (what would you expect from an actress & a playwright?) Since Estragon and Vladimir are more masculine names and we nick named them Gogo and Didi (also the nickname of the characters in Waiting For Godot.)

Estragon is a barred rock chicken. She’s very pretty and more than a little feisty. She lays brown eggs.

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Vladimir…I’m not 100% sure what kind she is… I think she is an Ameraucana chicken. She looks like she’d be a handful, but she is very sweet. She gives a light greenish egg. I totally saw her lay and egg and it was totally crazy/amazing/weird.

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This is our coop (pardon my compost pile in the back haha) I feel like it is two small for them to live comfortably/happily. So once my chickens are “legalized” (Cleveland Heights allows chickens, but we have to get a conditional use permit through the city and the next approval meeting is in October) we will be building a run to provide more space for them.

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We have a local brewery in town that sets their spent grains out for us crazy suburban chicken raisers. This will save us some $$ on feed! yay!

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Pretty crazy story huh?  I have to say I am glad the fates took charge and gave me these chickens. I had wanted them, but who knows if I would ever have gotten the balls to go through with it. It’s nice to be reminded that life is an adventure and the best adventures are the ones that are full of surprises!

My newest obsession? Rugby!

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So…Let’s talk Rugby for a minute! The hub and I went to check out a Cleveland Rover’s game this past Saturday and I LOVED it. First of all  the Cleveland Rover games are free and you can bring food, drink, and even your pup! It is super easy to follow which is a big relief. Football is way too complicated for me.  My two favorite parts are the scrum which looks like this:

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I never snapped a picture of the scrum at the game. The one above is from an England vs Scotland game.  A scrum is a way to restart the game after a minor infringement.

My most favorite part is this:

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This occurs during a “line-out.” A line-out happens when the ball goes out of play. Both sides compete for the ball and sometimes they lift a player in the air.

For a detailed description of the rules I suggest you head over to Wikipedia. They are WAY more detailed then I have the patience to be. 🙂 If you are in the Cleveland area I suggest you take in a game! If not I suggest you find a local Rugby league and take in one of those games 🙂

Pittsburgh The Land of Yellow Bridges

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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. 

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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!

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