3rd Anniversary: Waterfalls

For our third wedding anniversary over Memorial Day weekend, Brad and I wanted to take a little trip. We started looking for destinations that weren’t terribly far or expensive but would still be fun.

Like magic, a Groupon Getaways email landed in my inbox.

“How about Niagara Falls?’ I asked Brad.

“That could be fun,” he said. “I haven’t been there since I was a kid.”

“Me either.”

So off to Niagara Falls we went. Continue reading

87th West {Restaurant Review}

Awhile ago, I decided to start writing about the various restaurants in the area that I visit and I’m very behind on it!

Brad had been travel for work just before my birthday and the day he came home, he took me out to 87th West, a wine bar at Crocker Park. It was cozy and inviting on a cold day.

We arrived and found that we could seat ourselves. Although there were several people there, they were not short on seating and it didn’t feel crowded. We selected a 2-person table near the fireplace. A server greeted us promptly with menus and asked if we had any questions. She was a great server and I wish that I remembered her name to give her a shout out! Instead of constantly checking on us, she let us know to just stand the drink menu on the table and she’d be back to take our order.

We both ordered a glass of wine (I ordered the Shoo Fly Chardonnay, highly recommend!) and perused the menu… finally landing on flatbreads for our dinner. Brad ordered the Margherita flatbread and I decided to get the Chorizo flatbread. We of course ended up sharing and both were delicious. The chorizo flatbread had sriracha aioli, roasted garlic aioli, smoked gouda, roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella, asiago cheese and avocado creme fraiche. Yum!

The Chorizo Flatbread

I’d love to go back and share the cheese fondue sometime. It looked good, but didn’t seem like it could qualify as dinner. Maybe we’ll enjoy it on the patio when warmer weather makes its way to Cleveland.

The only problem I had with 87th West was the ladies’ room. It seemed clean but it felt like nothing in there actually worked. The faucet handle was broken and the water was extremely cold, I also felt like I had to fight both dispensers to get toilet paper and paper towels. I asked Brad how the men’s room was and he said that it was clean and everything worked… hopefully they fix that!

An Older Man

For a few days out of the year, I’m married to an older man and Brad is married to a younger woman.

We celebrated Brad’s birthday all weekend, kicking it off with a fun Friday night that conveniently coincided with the start of Cleveland Restaurant Week. (Restaurant Week continues through March 2nd, you can see who is participating by clicking that link.)

Friday

We met up with our friends at The Chocolate Bar for their excellent Restaurant Week menu.

A 3-course meal for 2, for $30? Yes please!

We decided to share both entrees so we each took half of the entrees. Continue reading