It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Yes, the time when the sun is shining more often and the days are temperate if not pleasant. St. Patrick’s Day is only a few days away, and the forecast looks promising.
Before I get ahead of myself though, which is easy to do with how action packed my life has been lately, I need to recap the weekend!
On Friday, my guy and I went to Tartine in Rocky River. It was quaint, delightful and French. I’m looking forward to returning in the summer. A tartine is an open-faced sandwich. I had a chicken/apple/gruyere one. Needless to say I was delighted. The bottle of wine didn’t hurt either… Not to mention we were able to watch the whole second half of the Cavs vs. Thunder game and I was elated with the result.
Saturday was the big day. The day was a weekend unto itself. Throughout the day we ran the St. Malachi, met up with friends in the flats, played volleyball/basketball, went to happy dog, napped, went to the aquarium, went to Ginko in Tremont, and watched SNL. Phew. I’m exhausted simply thinking about the day and am even more in disbelief my partner-in-crime hung in there for the whole thing…in fact he rallied to go to Ginko. Not that I need convincing to get sushi, honestly.
The St. Malachi Run
This run is going to be a great starting point for me! Keeping in mind the hills and the bone-chilling weather, I am satisfied with my 2-mile time of 18:32…so 9:16 miles. It can only get better, right? When I ran four miles last week, I did it in forty minutes…so 10 minute miles…cut the distance in half, the time goes down by less than a minute? I can achieve higher. None the less, I’m proud of myself for just getting out there and most importantly not walking any of it.
A great sensation sweeps over you at the start of the race when you look around at all of the different people doing the same thing you are. When you get past worrying about tripping over walkers or elbowing little ones, it’s awe-inspiring to see the variation of age, race, and gender. I cannot help but create stories in my head about people, wonder what walk of life they’re from, and of course, compete just a little bit.
Somehow, I had never been here before! My ideal type of bar, tons of junk on the walls, massive brew selection, and friendly/attentive service. The establishment had quite the challenge before them, trying to bartend for hundreds of thirsty runners. I was impressed with their speed and calmness. Since I (only) ran the two-mile we were able to claim prime real estate bar location. I will have to return with my roommate because the pinnacle selection was immense and eclectic.
I saw so many great people here too! First a good friend from work and his whole family who participate in the St. Malachi each year. Swapped Lakewood stories for beer, always a good time. I was even able to finally meet-up with a new friend! One of my best friends from college has a cousin about my age, works/lives in Cleveland and we had been following each other on Twitter! She actually ran the 5-mile (#blondeambition.) We imbibed and chatted, even got to know her friend who works at The Cleveland Public Theater- which reminds me, I want to see a play in Cleveland soon!
Around noon we headed over to Mulberry’s, our favorite indoor recreational bar! I had my first Summer Shandy of the year (YES!) Then we stopped downstairs to check out the action. There were pick-up games of volleyball and basketball! So naturally I played volleyball, and the boy went to play basketball. Needless to say after running and the Harbor Inn I wasn’t my quickest, but got in some quality time. All of this nice weather is getting me very excited to get back in the sand!
After volleyball and basketball it was more than time for some sustenance. We met up with a couple of friends at Happy Dog. Might I note this is yet another bar in Cleveland with an excellent brew selection. Their seasonal drafts never fail me. After promptly ordering a Bell’s Third Coast, I took on the enormous task of selecting my hot dog toppings. Each dog I’ve created has been amazing. I’m due for a flop with the risky toppings I choose, but I keep skirting by. There are a few “musts” now- French’s fried onions, black truffle honey mustard, and a pickle spear. Did I mention the tots? We ordered a BBQ Sauce for dipping- scrumptious.
The CLE Aquarium
The Cleveland Aquarium is now offering extended hours the first weekend of each month for pass holders. This is reason #56 to be a pass holder to the aquarium. We couldn’t love stopping up there more. It’s close to home and the exhibits are already changing! I want the octopuses back though…everything in time. It was quiet and the exhibits were accessible. Spent some time with the turtle, Nemo, and walking through the shart tank. I even touched a few creatures! Eek.
Ginko in Tremont
This experience is a blog post unto itself. For now, all I can say is if you love sushi and cool places in Cleveland- GO! Stop doing whatever you’re doing, modify your plans for tonight, and go.
SNL- Last but not least
Jonah Hill hosted SNL with The Shins as their musical guest. What’s not to love? I cannot wait to see the Shins in Cleveland in June. They’ll be at the Masonic Auditorium, my absolute favorite venue. The skits were good! I’ve been following SNL through these dark ages and really, truly think the show is coming around. There’s quite a few new faces oozing with talent and some (now) veterans who know the ropes. Jonah was great and so were The Shins. I can’t believe we stayed up to watch it! Usually one of my favorite Sunday morning activities is watching SNL on Hulu from the night before while eating breakfast.
Almost four days later I’m still tired even thinking about this day. The fact I didn’t travel more than 20 minutes away from my apartment is what I might love most.