Want a FREE Pass to an Upcoming Yoga Brunch?

TGIF, Cleveland! I’m fresh off a plane from Las Vegas after an amazing conference for work (more on that next week on the blog!), but we’re back in working order and getting up for a yoga packed week around Northeast Ohio. My next open event is this Tuesday, February 27th and I have a special promotion for you…

Register for Nourish Your Namaste at The Vitamix Store on Tuesday, February 27th and receive a FREE entry to a March Yoga Brunch session!

 

Sign up at the Eventbrite page to join us for this 2/27 event featuring a 60 minute yoga session lead by yours truly, followed by a food demo with heavy tastings of three recipes developed personally by The Vitamix Store team for this yoga and food event. (I did help to pick out the menu and I’m pretty excited about the choices!)

Then, after the Vitamix class, I will send you a promo code to be used to register for one of the following upcoming Sunday Yoga Brunch sessions:

  • March 11, 18, 25

I’m so excited to offer this promotion, so I hope you’ll take advantage of it. See you on your mat soon!

Please note: Pre-registration is required for all of my classes either by signing up at the Eventbrite page or emailing me in advance at aliciamhansen@gmail.com. 

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A Girls Guide to Cars with Toyota at the Cleveland Auto Show (+ GIVEAWAY)

Disclosure / Sponsored Post: Thank you to A Girls Guide to Cars for inviting me to share information about Toyota and the Cleveland Auto Show!  All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own. 

DID YOU KNOW? This Friday is the start of the Cleveland Auto Show at the I-X Center, running February 23rd though March 4th. For the 2018 event, I am so excited to be partnering with A Girls Guide to Cars to help spread the word about all the cool things they’ll be covering at this year’s show.

The Cleveland Auto Show has been a staple of the Northeast Ohio auto market since 1903. Each year, the best of the best and the newest of the new are featured and I’m especially excited to check out the Toyota Avalon, pictured above. I had no idea I wanted a new car until I saw that beauty!

And my favorite bonus about this CLE event? The Cleveland Auto Show is the only event held at the I-X Center that offers FREE parking, courtesy of your local new motor vehicle dealers! So what are you waiting for? More details including ticket info are available here.

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Want to experience it all in person? Enter to win one of 9 pairs of tickets to the Cleveland Auto Show and/or a $100 Gift Card to Amazon at the I-X Center now! Enter via the Rafflecopter widget:

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The fine print: Entries must be completed by midnight February 28, 2018. No purchase necessary; contest open only to US residents and subject to the laws of  Ohio. Winners will be notified by email by March 1, 2018. Winners MUST pick up tickets in person at the Cleveland Auto Show, One I-X Drive Cleveland, OH 44135, between March 1, 2018 and March 4, 2018. Winners may be asked to provide identification to receive their prize. Prize value $26 per prize, not exchangeable for cash or other items. Grand prize value is $126. A total of 10 pairs of tickets will be awarded and a total of 1 grand prize will be awarded.

Want to see more of Toyota’s offerings? Follow them on Instagram and Facebook If you’re like me and will be at the office this Friday the 23rd, make sure to follow along with the hashtags #ToyotaRocksCleveland and #CLEAutoShow to see all the fun some of my fellow social media mavens will be having! Have fun, ladies – test drive that Avalon for me!

Disclosure / Sponsored Post: Thank you to A Girls Guide to Cars for inviting me to share information about Toyota at the Cleveland Auto Show!  All opinions are always 100% my own. 

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#CLEfood: Parker’s Downtown

When the opportunity to stay overnight at the Kimpton Schofield Hotel (you did read my recap from our stay early this week, right?!) presented itself to us recently, I knew exactly where we had to have dinner that night. Lucky for us, we didn’t even have to leave the hotel to have excellent cuisine and service at a Cleveland restaurant we had visited before and were way over due for a visit back to — Parker’s Downtown.

In case you’re not familiar with Parker’s already, a bit of background:

  • Co-proprietors James and Victoria Mowbray started Parker’s Downtown as an homage to all that is great about Northeast Ohio.
  • Their downtown Cleveland restaurant offers a space with an expansive layout including distinctive architectural aspects like industrial rustic décor. It’s not at all overblown or ostentatious – in fact, it reflects what I would consider to be rust belt glam… if such a thing exists!
  • On the food side of things: Parker’s Executive Chef Andrew Gorski – with stops at the Culinary Institute of America, Thomas Keller’s Couchon, The Butcher & Brewer and the Tremont Tap House under his beat – runs the culinary ship at Parker’s Downtown. He uses local ingredients in the style of a ‘field to plate’ philosophy that distinguishes and celebrates Northeast Ohio’s food heritage.

So enough chatting, let’s get to eating! Here’s what we enjoyed Friday night…

APEROL SPRITZ featuring Prosecco, Aperol, Soda. A classic Italian refresher, served over ice with an orange slice and THE STANDARD featuring Larceny Bourbon, Angostura, Demerara, Luxardo Cherry, Orange Peel

SMOKED CHICKEN WINGS with 5 whole (HUGE) wings, salsa verde, smoked blue cheese whip. (This picture does NOT do this dish justice, BTW.)

THE PROFESSOR with Old Overholt Rye, Smoked Tea & Clove Syrup, Full Measure Bitters, Star Anise, Orange Peel, Laphroaig; an old-fashioned variation

CAULIFLOWER SOUP with king crab, tarragon, curry oil and CAESAR SALAD with focaccia, parmigiano reggiano, pickled shallot, white anchovy and quail egg (not pictured)

20oz RIBEYE with smashed red potatoes, chilled asparagus & mushroom salad, one of the specials that night (that looks like has made iself onto their regular menu in a 16oz option); paired with a glass of red wine

SCALLOPS, over a celery root purée, another one of the specials that night; paired with a glass of white wine

TIRAMISU, the Italian classic dessert to close out the meal

OUR FAVORITES: Wow, it’s hard to narrow it down from all that delicious food — it was all executed so elegantly and left me longing for more room in my stomach. But if I was coming back for another visit, I couldn’t pass up the chicken wings and the cauliflower soup — pair those with one of their fantastic cocktails and I would be one happy girl!

LONG STORY SHORT: Parker’s Downtown is FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR more than just a hotel restaurant. It lives in the heart of our city and feeds off of its energy. Fueled by CLE, creativity and execution, I can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t make the trek downtown to enjoy all that they have to offer.

Ready to check out Parker’s for yourself? Some fun, current promotions include:

  • Parker’s participation in Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week – starting today, February 16th, through the 25th – details including menu here.
  • An exclusive February offer from Kimpton Schofield Hotel including overnight accommodations, a Pre Fixe Menu for two at Parker’s, a bottle of champagne plus more – contact the Kimpton Schofield directly for more info on this opportunity by calling (440) 730-5636.

Thank you to the Parker’s Downtown entire team for their incredible food and wonderful hospitality Friday night! Special thanks to Chef Andrew for stopping by to say hello, as well to our outstanding server, Josh — we’ll see you guys for another round of those chicken wings at a happy hour soon.

Follow Parker’s Downtown on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check out all their menus at their website.

Disclosure: Parker’s Downtown invited us to enjoy a complimentary meal at their Cleveland location. All thoughts and opinions are always my own. 

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My Body Matters

Recently, nine women in our community were asked the same question — and one of those nine women was me. The question — why our bodies matter? And what for — The My Body Matters campaign.

My Body Matters is a campaign for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Project – Northeast Ohio region, promoting free screening services to low-income and uninsured women in 18 counties in our region. My Body Matters works with healthcare providers in Northeast Ohio to offer services including pelvic exams, pap tests, clinical breast exams, mammograms, case management and diagnostic testing, including biopsy and ultrasound, if needed.

You can now discover our answers via some very impactful stories in this new video, My Body Matters Because:

At the taping for our videos, I met some of the women featured, and most had gone through some incredible health hardships, including battling and surviving cancer. I was so taken by their stories that when it came time to share mine — the importance of my health as a new mother — I found myself digging even deeper to emphasize why we all need to take time for our health. You can check out my feature here:

Remember: if you or a woman you know are of 21 and 64 who lives in Northeast Ohio and is economically disadvantaged or uninsured, you may be eligible for free services. Apply to be connected with a screening provider near you or to see if you’re eligible by visiting mybodymatters.org/apply.

I am so grateful to be a part of this group of women whom bravely shared their messages to spread the importance of breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings. Thank you again to the campaign, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the team at Prosper for Purpose for including me in this incredible movement to support women in Northeast Ohio!

Learn more about My Body Matters by visiting their website and their Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube feeds.

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