Friday, August 26, 2016

art-A-palooza -- Green, OH

This past Saturday before we went to PorchRokr in Akron, we visited art-A-palooza in Green. This was the 12th annual event that takes place at Boettler park in Green. This one day event showcases local artists and helps provide scholarship opportunities for the community. 

It was a beautiful 90 degree day when art-A-palooza took place, Green is our new home base, so I was excited to have the opportunity to review an event in Green.

Boettler Park has ample parking, we were easily able to park in the parking lot near the play ground. Sometimes parking at large events is a pain, so I'm glad that we were able to do so with little issue.

The exhibitor tents circled the lake at Boettler Park, we just followed the path around. At previous art events I've found that a lot of artists really don't want you to take photos of their work, so I refrained from taking photos of the contents of individual tents (for the most part).

We looked at all of the vendors, but rather quickly as we were heading to another event and not really intending to make a purchase, it took us about half an hour to forty-five minutes to look at all of the tents, but if you're taking your time looking at the pieces it will probably take closer to an hour or more. 

With art tents including paintings, quilts, jewelry, pottery, steel sculptures, and more the art-A-palooza was a pleasant afternoon at the park. We'll be attending again next year. 

My rating for art-A-palooza in Green:

Sunday, August 21, 2016

PorchRokr -- Akron, OH

This was our first year attending the PorchRokr Music and Art Festival in Highland Square. Dave and I are U Akron alums, so we have many Facebook friends who were posting about attending PorchRokr which inspired us to attend as well. Social media hands down is one of the biggest driving forces of attendance at events such as this -- I don't live in the Akron area, and only go to Akron to attend events, so finding out about this via Facebook was perfect for us.

If you're not familiar with the concept of PorchRokr (and I was only vaguely familiar due to an event my brother-in-law plays at in the Boston area). Akron's PorchRokr is hosted in Highland Square and "transforms the verandas of one of Akron's most historic and eclectic neighborhoods into one-day art studios and concert venues.130 diverse musicians and artists, using both area residences and business establishments as their personal stage." According the the hosts of PorchRokr, each year the festival rotates through a different neighborhood in Highland Square, this year everything took place on Dopler Ave.; Casterton Ave.; Conger Ave.; Edgerton Rd.; Hereford Ave.; Merriman Rd.; and North Highland Ave. 

Aside from the professionals working the festival (such as food trucks, artisans, and businesses), the community really opens up to the festival goers as well -- we saw many lemonade stands, yard sales, and friendly neighbors enjoy the music and saying hello to passersby. Shout out to the Free Water stand on Conger Ave., it was much appreciated on the 90 degree day.

Here's some photos of bands between 3:00 and 4:30 when we were at PorchRokr:

I attend a lot of events and I give serious props to The Highland Square Neighborhood Association for putting on such a well run event. There is so much coordination that goes into putting on a large event like PorchRokr and everything ran smoothly. The maps provided were easy to understand, the bands were easy to access, and the amount of detail that went into everything was helpful.

We would have stayed longer if it wasn't so hot out, but this is certainly an event that we will attend again in the future.

My rating for PorchRokr:

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Brunch at One Red Door -- Hudson, OH

Last Sunday Dave and I went to brunch in Hudson at One Red Door. Aside from their traditional lunch and dinner menu, One Red Door serves brunch every Sunday from 10 am-3 pm. Part of the reason we decided to visit, aside from our love of brunch, was that Dave and I both really enjoy 3 Palms Pizzeria and FlipSide in Hudson. The owner of 3 Palms Pizzeria and FlipSide also owns One Red Door, so we had high expectations for our brunch.

We arrived slightly before they opened for the day, because we wanted to make sure to get a seat on the patio. It was a little warm out last weekend, but the weather was gorgeous. 

First order of business was ordering a mimosa, One Red Door also has a Bloody Mary Bar available during brunch if that's your brunch cocktail of preference.

We both decided to order savory dishes for our meal, so we split an order of the Warm Coffee Cake with Pineapple Rum Glaze, in order to get something a little sweet as well. I think we were both glad that we ordered the coffee cake, it was perfect to split, sweet, but not overly sweet. It was a nice way to start of the meal, and our morning.

For my meal I ordered the Eggs Benedict -- there are four different ways to order them at One Red Door, I selected the Avocado and Tomato option. The house made English muffins add a nice touch to the Eggs Benedict. The eggs were cooked perfectly, the hollandaise sauce was great, and the tomatoes really helped add something to the dish -- a bite wasn't quite complete without them.

I also appreciated the stunning presentation, every plate we received looked gorgeous and tasted just as good.

Dave ordered the Breakfast Pizza without the bacon. This pizza was topped with fried eggs, potatoes, caramelized onion, cave aged gruyere cheese, and parsley. Dave liked the pizza, but was left kind of wishing that he had ordered the lemon ricotta pancakes. He did enjoy the leftovers the next day though.

We liked the outdoor set-up of the patio, we were entirely in the shade the entire time and the patio was relatively quiet. Our service was fantastic and overall we were happy with brunch.

My rating for Brunch at One Red Door:

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Suzie's Dogs and Drafts -- Boardman, OH

We loved living five minutes away from our good friends Steph and Preston, but our jobs took us in different directions so now we're about a 45 minute drive away from each other. Although it's a little more difficult for us to get together, it's given us a great opportunity to try new places. Last time we visited Steph and Preston they sent us a list of five potential night out locations, Susie's Dogs and Drafts had just opened a second location in Boardman and I love restaurants with a unique concept.

Susie's puts the customer in the culinary creativity seat, each person is provided with a checklist to create their meal. We selected the $6 vegan dog as our canvas each time -- you also have a traditional hot dog and a local hot dog to choose from. Your burger is nestled in a Chicago style or New England Style Bun and then there is a list of fifty possible toppings and the sky is the limit on your hot dog -- toppings range from mac and cheese, to crickets, to cookie crumble.

The backside of the checklist allows you to choose sides and toppings for the sides.


Steph ordered the salad that was offered, a wide variety of vegetables.

My first creation boasted a vegan hot dog, a Chicago style bun, sriracha cream cheese, lemon and mustard seed chutney, and Fritos. All of these flavors went really well together, I don't think the lemon and mustard seed chutney is for everyone, but I loved the acidic flavors paired with the spicy cream cheese.

Tots with blueberry mustard. 


Dave ordered a vegan hot dog, on the New England bun, topped with beer cheese, mustard, and horseradish apples.

For my second hot dog I decided to get extra weird, my vegan dog on New England style bun was topped with house peanut butter, lemon and mustard seed chutney, whipped marshmallow, whiskey stix crumbs, and cookie crumbs. 

Dave ordered a vegan dog on a Chicago style bun, topped with Bavarian beer kraut, root beer BBQ, and whiskey stix crumbs.  


Three of the four hot dogs that we ordered were you've probably already guessed my peanut butter cookie explosion dog was pretty much a a fail. I think my favorite of all four was the first that I ordered. I really enjoyed the concept of Suzie's Dogs and Drafts, many places offer a build your own burger list, but Suzie's took that idea and made it something unique.

Not pictured in this post are the beers and cocktails that we ordered, that's why our bill will look pretty high in comparison to what's pictured in this post. 

My rating for Suzie's Dogs and Drafts: