Holiday Dishes and Wishes

by Renee on November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving has come and gone for another year, and the winter holidays will soon be upon us–I’m looking at the December calendar and to my husband’s dismay,  it is booked every Friday and Saturday night through the first week of January! (My birthday is January 7th– you can mark your calendars now 🙂

After three Thanksgiving meals in the past four days, I’m looking for my jeans with the give in them. (All the wonderful libations that go with those meals only added to my waistline.) But fortunately there are many things to do to burn some of those calories over the holiday weekends–ice skating, traipsing through the shops of Tremont and Little Italy, snowshoeing in the Metroparks–here in Northeast Ohio the winters are long and it can be more than a little depressing if you don’t stay active.

Last week I participated in the Ohio Blogging Association Blog Swap, and I wrote about a few of my favorite holiday things to do in the 216. You can read my post about Cleveland for the holidays at “Why Cleveland?” here — you may find a few ideas you hadn’t thought of before.

One of the things I mentioned was Winterfest, and this past Saturday, Paul and I attended the kickoff at Public Square–enjoying the bright lights and even Santa’s singing among a throng of thousands who came out in the unseasonably warm temperatures to welcome the season to the North Coast. From there we moved on to Winter Wine and Ale Fest, held in the lobby of the Huntington Building.

I decided to stick to mostly holiday ales and winter warmers, and enjoyed offerings from Indigo Imp, Cellar Rats, The Brew Kettle, Ohio Brewing, Lager Heads, Fat Heads, Willoughby Brewing and Rivertown, as well as old favorites from Thirsty Dog and Great Lakes.

Paul and I were  impressed by the food choices from Whole Foods, and local restaurants such as Brandt Evans’ Pura Vida and Zach Bruell’s Parallax and Chinato. And dessert from Babycakes — red velvet and cinnamon french toast cupcakes– was divine. All in all, a very nice way to kick off the holiday season. I wish you and yours a warm and happy time, surrounded by loved ones and friends. Cheers!

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