Dazzle the District with PlayhouseSquare

In case you haven’t heard or don’t work downtown (like me), PlayhouseSqaure is working on a pretty spectacular project that could help change the way the world looks at Cleveland. In a few short weeks the world’s largest outdoor chandelier, the GE Chandelier, will be unveiled alongside dramatic lights, video signage, elegant gateways and a ‘retro’ sign inspired by PlayhouseSquare’s 1920s-era roots.

#DazzleCLE. Photo credit @PlayhouseSquare.

#DazzleCLE. Photo credit @PlayhouseSquare.

There’s also a party. Because who doesn’t like a party on a Friday night?

The deetz:

Dazzle the District, presented by PlayhouseSquare
Friday, May 2, 2014
1501 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
5:00 p.m. “Taste of PlayhouseSquare,” Happy hours & live music on Star Plaza
8:30 p.m. Hot Chelle Rae Concert on The University Hospitals Main Stage
9:30 p.m. Spectacle! Dazzle! Surprises? Lighting Ceremony

Since I’ll be moving the same weekend, I can’t make the festivities. However, you can bet I’ll be following the social conversation. So, grab your party pants and head downtown for this historical unveiling!

Disclosure: I was asked by PlayhouseSqaure’s ad agency to help promote and attend the event.

Draft Day: Go see this movie

On Tuesday, Dean and I had the privilege of attending the ‘Draft Day’ premiere in Valley View. After watching some of the Browns players (Joe Thomas, Jordan Cameron, Brian Hoyer and Jabaal Sheard, to name a few) walk the Orange carpet, we filed into the largest theater I’ve ever been in to. We heard from the Cleveland Film Commission’s Ivan Schwartz, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Draft Day co-writers Rajiv Joseph (Cleveland native) & Scott Rothman and, to my dismay, Jimmy Haslam III.

Did you know? The Cleveland Film Commission is responsible for bringing in over $300 million worth of revenue to CLE over the past three years?

Then we all watched the movie. Together. We watched ‘Draft Day’ with the people who made the magic happen. And with a few of my favorite Brownies. (However, Jordan Cameron never replied to my tweet).

‘Bo Callahan’, was even there with Mad Men-acting girlfriend . I wonder what they thought of Valley View?

It was a fun night. Best part? THE MOVIE WAS GOOD. You don’t even have to be a Browns fan to get drawn into the story line. However, it was pretty damn cool to see so many Cleveland landmarks throughout the film; my personal favorite being the 11River condos that happen to be next to the Marina.

Go see this movie:

GO BROWNS.. Woof, woof, woof!

Six years in the blink of an eye










As one door closes, another door opens…

It’s with the heaviest of hearts in sharing the news that Dean and I, after almost 6 wonderful years, have decided to sell our house. After remodeling each and every room in our home, we decided to ‘throw’ the house on Zillow’s ‘Make Me Move’ option to see what kind of interest we would generate.

Dean's pride and joy - the newly finished driveway!

Dean’s pride and joy – the newly finished driveway!

Interest was there and we quickly realized we needed to make some adult decisions. Do we pull it offline? Do we wait a year and list it with a Realtor? Do we build a pool in the backyard? <-- Yes, that convo happened.

I can just see the pool now.

I can just see the pool now.

We decided to pull it offline, enjoy the house and seriously list it in the future. And what happened to be a quick and crazy turn of events, we were made an offer on the house (after it was offline) and now we’re up and moving. As sad as I probably sound, we know this is the best decision for Dean and I. And we are really excited for this next chapter. Did I mention that we’re selling it to a couple we both know, in separate fashions of life? The world works in crazy ways!

Our Christmas engagement. omg the memories.

Our Christmas engagement. omg the memories.

As scared as I may be not knowing where I may be living in 2, 3 or 15 months, I know Dean, Cabela and I will figure it out and end up living in what will hopefully be our dream home. And, if I had to guess? We’ll be shacking up for a few (to many) months in my parents basement. Good thing my mom is basically my best friend and my dad is basically Dean’s.

All the endless hours I’ve spent watching HGTV and the DIY Network better pay off :)

Take a trip through the years at The Lincolnshire Estates. Think we like to have fun?

11 Foundation: “The Journey Back” Gala + Giveaway

February 19, 2011. The day that Nick Ventura’s life was forever changed. On a snowboarding trip with his friends in Ellicottville, NY, Nick suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and spent the following 18 weeks of his life at the PICU at Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo and the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation.

At one point, the doctors told Nick’s family the chances of him making it through the first night were slim. Miraculously, following emergency surgery, physical, occupational, and speech therapy 6 days a week, Nick learned how to eat, walk, and talk again. Nick is no longer in therapy, but he continues to show improvement and is currently a sophomore at St. Ignatius High School.


In honor of Nick and TBI, his family created the 11 Foundation with the mission to support families and TBI survivors in need. I can’t imagine the pain and anguish the Ventura family has endured. And they endured it with positive attitudes and graciousness.

‘The Journey Back’ Inaugural Gala is a benefit supporting TBI survivors and their families presented by the 11 Foundation and Lago Restaurant.


The event will take place Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Aloft Hotel with an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres. The silent auctions features sports memorabilia, an LCD TV, a Fahrenheit Dinner Package, hotel accommodations, gift baskets and more.

The cost for this event is $100.00 per person or $175.00 for two tickets. Purchase now. Or you can enter to win two tickets to the event by:

1. Like 11 Foundation on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did so.
2. Share this giveaway on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did so.
3. Follow 11 Foundation on Twitter and leave a comment telling me you did so.
4. Tweet the following (leave a comment each time you tweet): ‘I want to win tickets to @11_foundation’s The Journey Back Gala supporting brain injury survivors from @dawgpndgirl: http://bit.ly/1fQSUrD’

Be sure to leave a comment as I will randomly draw the winner from the comments section. You can tweet once per day. I will draw and contact the winners Monday, March 17.

Good luck and show your love to 11 Foundation by following their social media channels!

Disclaimer: I am friend’s with Nick’s dad, Brian, and volunteered to promote the event. All opinions are mine.

Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo Giveaway

The first-ever Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo will take place March 14-16 at the new Cleveland Convention Center. And it just so happens to be prime time to start planning a spring renovation project! Enter the perfect opportunity to see the latest trends, products and get tips from HGTV and DIY Network celebs!

Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo Logo

Speaking of celebs, one show I continually get sucked into watching on the weekends is DIY Network’s “Rehab Addict.” Nicole Curtis (who is a bombshell) is a self-taught home rehabber and designer, master of salvage picking, spirited advocate for saving old houses. She will appear on the Main Stage on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15.

The Rehab Addict

The Rehab Addict

Not only will Nicole be at the show, other celebrities include: Ty Pennington, Ramsin Khachi and Matt Fox.

And if you haven’t already guessed, I am giving away two general admission tickets away to the show! There is only one way to enter (and you can only enter once): Leave a comment on this blog post telling me your favorite show on HGTV or the DIY Network. I will randomly select on winner on Friday, March 7. You can enter until midnight on Thursday.

Or, you can save $1 on your ticket by entering the code: DAWGDISH. Purchase here.

Disclaimer: I was asked by Marketplace Events to host this giveaway. I was provided with two general admission tickets to the show.

Things I’m lovin’

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share some of the things I’m currently lovin’ on. Somehow, Cleveland weather didn’t make the list.

Revenge: Dean and I can not get enough of this terribly awesome show. The acting is horrific, the puns are endless and the dramatic music is over-the-top. But we can’t stop watching episode after episode on Netflix. I’m ashamed to say Ems and Noles have been in my dreams.

Hibernation: This winter’s bitter cold temps and snow storms have had me cuddled up on the couch more than normal this winter. It’s fantastic because we’ve made plenty of belly-warming meals like chicken and sausage soup, creamy tortellinis, Sunday sauce specials and mashed taters to name just a few.
homemade red sauce

Shiraz: Going hand-in-hand with hibernating, I’ve developed a mild obsession with the red wine. And there’s nothing wrong with some Barefoot.

QT with Kimi: In preparation for our Friday Fundays we have planned for this summer, Kimi and I have been in training the past few Fridays. She rules.

These hams that have been part of most of the mentioned above:

Now, I just really want to be loving some warmer weather, boats, flip-flops, cold Summer Shandy’s and outdoor running, but I won’t get too greedy. Yet.

Happy Valentine’s Day week, friends!

Giveaway: Great Big Home + Garden Show

Updated: Emily won the tickets!

Like me, are you over this Cleveland winter and ready to say hello to spring? I’m assuming the answer is yes!

I have a great opportunity for you to get your green thumb ready for spring and summer in CLE: The Great Big Home + Garden Show! Taking place Saturday, Feb. 8 – Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Cleveland I-X Center, the show features more than 650 exhibitors showcasing the best tips and techniques in cooking, gardening, home improvement and more.


This year’s celebrities include:

Host of DIY Network and HGTV’s Yard Crashers and Turf War, Ahmed Hassan
Frank Fritz, co-star of History Channel’s hit show American Pickers
Food Network’s Next Food Network Star and Cupcake Wars, Emily Ellyn
Main Stage emcee, Matt Fox

Perrino Builders & Interiors returns for a second year to build the Idea Home that will inspire visitors with ideas for building, remodeling and decorating their own homes. A Vacation Home built by Weaver Barns will also provide extra inspiration. Landscaping surrounding the homes will be provided by Morton’s Landscaping.

If you want two free tickets to the show, simply comment on this blog post telling me your favorite room in your home and why! One winner will be randomly selected and picked on Feb. 3, 2014.

Or, save one dollar on your ticket by entering the code: DAWGDISH. Purchase here.

Disclaimer: I was asked by Marketplace Events to host this giveaway. I was provided with two general admission tickets to the show.

Pure Barre Winners!

I’m so excited to announce the winners of the Pure Barre giveaway!  And thanks to everyone who entered!  As a reminder, all of the winners were randomly selected with random.org.  Drum roll please…

The third place winner of 1 Free Class, 1 pair of PB sticky socks, 1 PB re-useable tote bag and 1 PB car decal ( a $40 value) is…



The second place winner of 2 weeks unlimited, 1 pair of PB sticky socks, 1 PB re-useable tote bag and 1 PB car decal (a $115 value) is…



And finally!  The GRAND PRIZE winner of 1 month Unlimited, 1 pink PB tank, 1 pair of PB sticky socks, 1 PB re-useable tote bag and 1 PB car decal (a $240 value) is…..
1st 1stLaura

JUST KIDDING! Laura never reached out to me so the new winner is….

1st b

Congrats, Shibani!

Winners MUST contact me within 24 hours or a new winner will be drawn!  And if you weren’t one of the lucky winners, you should most definitely still check out the new studio in Rocky River.  I’ll see you at the barre!

Pier W Hosts Orin Swift Wine Dinner January 21

**Have you entered to win one of three fabulous prizes from Pure Barre Rocky River? You have until midnight on Wednesday!**

pier w logoPier W is a staple in my family to celebrate milestones.  Whether it’s a 21st birthday, a 60th birthday or simply an excuse to get together for great eats and drinks, we often find ourselves either bellied up for the ridiculously cheap happy hour or seated at one of the breathtaking tables at one of the best restaurant joints in Cleveland.

On my mom's birthday last year.

On my mom’s birthday last year.

If you haven’t been to this gem in Cleveland, you should join me and check out The Orin Swift dinner on January 21, 2014 for only $75 plus tax and gratuity. (Call 216-228-2250 for reservations).  The menu sounds amazing:

1st Course

Pan Seared Nantucket Bay Scallops, Rutabaga Puree,

Honey Roasted Cashews, Bittersweet Chocolate Shavings

Orin Swift Blindfold ~ White Blend ~ California


2nd Course

Garden Sashimi,

Hawaiian Tuna, Verlasso Salmon, Pickled Kumquats, Micro Greens

Orin Swift Mannequin ~ White Blend ~ Napa ~ California


3rd Course

Duck Forcemeat Wrapped In Duck Prosciutto,

Prune and Blood Orange Glaze,

House Made Rice Noodles in Duck Consume

Orin Swift Prisoner ~ Zinfandel Blend ~ Napa ~ California


 4th Course

Assorted Chocolate Truffles

Orin Swift Abstract ~ Red Blend ~ Napa Valley ~ California


 For the amount of food and wine served at this meal, I think $75 is a great deal!  See you there?

Pier W Sommelier Kliment Stevoff

Pier W Sommelier Kliment Stevoff

Disclosure: I was provided a media pass to cover and promote the event at Pier W.  As always, opinions are mine.