Sunday, January 29, 2017

Brunch at Adega at the 9 -- Cleveland, OH

This year we have season tickets to Playhouse Square, so we manage to visit Cleveland at least once a month. During our last few visits we've alternated choosing a location to eat at, trying to pick a different one every time. We passed a gorgeous sign for Adega at the Metropolitan 9 and when I found out they had weekend brunch I was sold.  

Our brunch libations -- mimosa and red sangria. 

The reason I was so excited to try brunch at Adega was this Smothered S'mores Waffle with chocolate and toasted marshmallows. It was further improved by the addition of even more sugar in the form of syrup. 

Dave ordered the Brunch Bowl which was quinoa, arugula, manchengo cheese, and an egg. Dave enjoyed this, he thought the combination of ingredients invoked a true sense of brunch -- with the mixture of lunch items and the fried egg. 

As always we also selected an order of breakfast potatoes -- we both wished that we had ordered two servings, because they were just that good. 

The service was great, the food was great, but for the price we were a little disappointed. Dave's brunch bowl was $12 and for the portion size at that price, we would have been better off going with something lower priced like the "Build Your Own Crepe" which would have delivered the same amount of food. Our server did offer us some deal on two drinks with an entree purchase for $26 -- we ended up going with that deal, because we were walking down to the theater and didn't need to drive.

My rating for Brunch at Adega at the 9:

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Today's Bride Wedding Show -- Cleveland, OH

Right after engagement season (the period from Thanksgiving to New Year's) it's bridal show season. During the last nine months of my engagement I have not attended a single bridal show. Now suggestions for bridal show events are showing up all over my Facebook page. As a 2017 bride with most of her vendors already chosen, I wasn't inclined to check out any bridal shows during the next few months, but I was offered the opportunity to be the featured bride at my photographer's booth at the Today's Bride Bridal Show in Cleveland, which gave me the opportunity to interact with other Northeast Ohio couples, as well as explore the displays at the IX Center. This is a two day event, I was present just for the second day of the bridal show.

The super cute stemless wine glass above was available for purchase with champagne, wine, or a cocktail. As you already know I'm obsessed with all things Ohio, so I needed one of the glasses.

Once I was done at my photographer's booth, I was free to explore everything that was going on at Today's Bride Bridal Show.

I love the idea of ordering some chic furniture if you have an empty space to decorate or want to add some pizzazz to your cocktail hour location. This set-up is from All Occasions Party Rentals. 

Aside from bakeries having samples available, they also showed off the end product. There was a section of just decorated wedding cakes that brides could get a visual taste of what each bakery could offer after they sampled some cake.

This cake is from Reeve's Cake Shop. 


This cannoli cake is from Rito's Italian bakery.

This cake was my personal favorite, but I'm almost always a fan of the more non-traditional option. Kathy's Cakery made and decorated this stunning cake. 

The Faithful Little Cupcake based out of Wooster, OH created this stunner -- the pictures doesn't even do this cake justice it was really as tall as I am. Per their website, although they are located in Wooster, The Faithful Little Cupcake will deliver all over Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

For couples looking for a less traditional option Peace, Love, and Little Donuts of Hartville was present with wedding pricing and displays.

Lavender Bridal was present with a large selection of gowns, brides were able to try on samples and purchase gowns. 

Sensational Cakes ... and More! had this delicious Pina Colada Cake with Caramel Buttercream and Toasted Coconut.

If your sweet tooth wasn't quite satisfied, there was a gorgeous candy table display set-up by All City Candy. They also had some favor ideas available at their booth as well.


Crystal Bloom had some gorgeous and unique centerpiece ideas for couples looking for something other than flowers. 


Let's Get Festive is a Cleveland event planning company offering customized invitations, decorations, and open air photo booths. 


I really loved this unique guest book that Let's Get Festive had on display. 

Just like with the cakes, vendors were able to turn their table designs into art for the attendees to view. 

By Copper Stone Catering and Event Center.

By L'Nique Specialty Linen and Rental Company. 

By Farah & Nour Flowers and More.

By Party Decor. 
Champagne Angel, also available for hire via Party Decor.

By Elegant Assets.

By Punch Bowl Social. 

Another unique solution to avoiding live flowers is these flowers from Upcycle Parts Shop. All of these flowers are made from recycled plastic bottles and they look so cool. The bottle blossoms are available for purchase individually or in gorgeous arrangements -- they're also available for rent.


There were many photographers there and all had beautiful booths displaying their work, but I was at Today's Bride Bridal show, because I attended with my photographer the owner of Jadie Foto, LLC. Here's her super cute booth, I'm thrilled to be one of her 2017 brides! 

This post is not meant to be an all encompassing look at the event that was held today in Cleveland, it would take days to write about every single booth and to comb through all of the photos. If you'd like to see a full list of vendors, take a look at the list here.

The IX Center was packed with vendors, brides, grooms, and family members. With all of the vendors present, and the fact that Today's Bride also holds an Akron-area bridal show, I hope that people were able to get plenty of inspiration.

My rating for the Today's Bride Bridal Show in Cleveland:

**Although I did receive complimentary admission as the guest bride in Jadie Foto's booth, I was in no way, monetarily or otherwise, compensated for this post by Jadie Foto, Today's Bride, or any vendor listed above. All opinions written above are entirely my own, this post contains no affiliate links, and I am not receiving any monetary gain from this review.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Brunch at Barrel Run Crossing Winery -- Rootstown, OH

Happy New Year! I took a small hiatus in December due to travels and the holidays, but Ohio Wanderlust is back and I have a list of events and restaurants to check out during these blustery cold months. Festival season really winds down in the winter, and most of the events that are going on have a heftier price tag than what I usually like to pay for events.

I was so excited to find out that one of my favorite places was adding a monthly brunch to their rotation for the winter season. Throughout the winter Barrel Run Winery will be hosting brunch on the second Sunday of every month from 10:00-1:00. The menu will change every month, so if you missed out today, but love what I've posted there will be variations next month.

Barrel Run is a small winery, but Nicole and her staff really put a lot of thought and care into preparing the menu. We've never been disappointed by a food order at Barrel Run.

We arrived around 11:30, to a bigger crowd than we expected. Quite a few people were already there partaking in brunch. 

On the left is an Apple Spice Sangria, on the right is a BRX Mimosa. Aside from the brunch food menu and the BRX Mimosa, you could also order a High Iron Bloody Mary. I saw at least one person who had a Bloody Mary at their table. 

On the menu were -- three sweet options, three egg options, three more savory lunch options, and two side dishes which could be added. Dave and I are both vegetarians and we were able to find plenty to order.

I selected the Challah French Toast which was served with syrup or berry puree. I chose syrup, because I'm a french toast traditionalist. 

A side of home fries, perfectly cooked and seasoned. Home fries are must for brunch, always. 

Dave ordered the Spinach and Feta Quiche, we were impressed by the size of the piece of quiche we received. We loved the quiche just as much as we loved the french toast. 


We were really happy with the brunch we enjoyed this morning at Barrel Run. The price we paid was amazing for the quality of the food we received. As always we got stellar service and Barrel Run had a great ambiance despite guests not being out on the patio due to the chilly weather.

My rating for Brunch at Barrel Run Winery: