Category Archives: Restaurants


My parents arrived last night to spend the long weekend with Andy and I.  I had not seen them since July while on vacation so I was more than excited to spend some time with them.

Boo and Sophia were also quite excited, as they know Grandma and Grandpa come with gifts ūüôā

To kick the weekend off, we headed to a restaurant that none of us had ever been to: Mallorca.  I wanted to try something different and something new for all of us, so I searched Google for a recommended restaurant in Cleveland.

Mallorca is a restaurant that serves Portugal and Spanish dishes.¬† Since my parents and Andy and I enjoy seafood and meat dishes, it sounded like a restaurant we’d all enjoy.¬† Plus, the prices on the online menu were not outrageous, and seemed fair for they type of food you get along with the upscale vibe of the restaurant.

I had made reservations online and we arrived about 5 minutes early.  Our table was not ready yet, so we headed to the bar (obviously) and ordered a round of drinks while we waited.

I ordered the homemade Sangria, which was fantastic and not overly sweet.  Andy and my dad ordered a Spanish beer while my mom kept it simple with a glass of red wine.

Before we knew it, our tables were ready.  I was glad too, because I was starving! Good thing they immediately gave us fresh bread with olive oil.  We all dug in!

Appetizers and More

For appetizers we shared a plate of calamari and mussels in green sauce.¬† I detest mussels, so I didn’t eat them, but everyone else said they were really good.¬† The calamari was pretty standard. It was just OK to me and the dipping sauce was not very flavorful.

I also ordered the garlic soup to have as an appetizer and I really enjoyed it.¬† It was a very light soup made with chicken broth and had just the right garlic flavor.¬† If you love garlic, I’d recommend this soup.

Salads came out next (which I had no idea were served Рit was not stated on the menu).  They were light and fresh and I enjoyed it.  However, if I would have known you get a salad with your entree I would have not ate so many appetizers! I was really full by the time my dinner came.

Entrees and Sides

For my entree I ordered the Tilapia Rellena, which was a tilapia fillet stuffed with crab, scallops and shrimp.  It was good, but I could only manage to eat a few bites since I was so full from the appetizers!

My dad and Andy ordered a veal dish that was served in a mozzarella cream sauce.¬† Andy said it was just OK and that he’d order something different next time.¬† My dad ate his right up though and said it was great.¬† Different strokes for different folks I guess! My mom got a shrimp dish that look amazing.¬† The shrimp were stuffed with moscapone cheese…yum!

All of the entrees came with family style side dishes including rice, steamed veggies, and “spanish potatoes” (which were basically glorified potato chips).¬† I was not impressed with the sides at all, and would much prefer to have a variety of options to choose from.¬† I’m not a big rice person and I can get potato chips anywhere.

Dessert and a Shot 

Although I was stuffed, I still ordered dessert to go.¬† I ordered the caramel cheesecake but unfortunately I didn’t look in the box until I got home and they gave me the wrong kind.¬† They gave me a raspberry cheesecake.¬† Although I still ate it, I much would have preferred the caramel one that I ordered.

At the end of the meal, we were each served a complimentary round of almond liquor shots.  I thought this was a fun and unique way to end the meal!

Our dining experience was nice and we did have a good time, but it certainly wasn’t exceptional for how upscale the restaurant is.¬† I think I expected more from the service (it was slow) and more from the food (I would say it was pretty average – nothing blew me away).

In the car yesterday Andy and I were discussing what we thought about Mallorca and agreed that while it was not a bad meal by any means, it’s jut not somewhere we’d go back to.¬† There are way too many restaurants in the area that we want to try and this one just wont be a repeat visit.

Greek Festival

For the rest of the weekend we spent time looking at houses online (and went to one Open House) since Andy and I would like to buy a home in the next year or so.

We also hit up a local Greek Festival to get our grub on yet again.

We had a nice time and enjoyed all of the Greek food available (I had two slices of baklava!) The rest of our night was spent watching a movie at home.  The weather was very stormy so we all just curled up on the couch and relaxed.

I had a great weekend with my parents and I already can’t wait to see them again.¬† Luckily I’ll be seeing them in mid October when I take a visit to Cincy. And though I will certainly miss them dearly, I think Boo and Sophia will miss them a little more, especially tackling my dad in the guest room:

I hope you all had a great weekend!


What’s something fun you did this weekend?

Pizza and a Movie

After doing some cleaning around the house Saturday morning, Andy and I headed out to grab some lunch and get some groceries at Whole Foods.

We’ve been shopping at Whole Foods rather than our regular grocery store, Giant Eagle, because we eat more organic foods.¬† We noticed that Giant Eagle’s organic selection is actually more expensive than at Whole Foods and they don’t even have a great selection.

Although organic is still more expensive than non-organic, I definitely prefer spending the extra money for better quality on the food Andy and I eat.


We decided to stop at First Watch for lunch.

First Watch is one of my favorite restaurants.¬† They seem to really care about the quality of their food, which is a pleasant surprise for a chain restaurant.¬† I’ve found that some chains really lack in quality.¬† First Watch has never dissapointed me! Plus they have a pretty awesome menu selection and you can’t go wrong with any of their meals.

For lunch I decided on the open face chicken salad sandwich with the tomato basil soup on the side.  Andy went with a roast beef sandwich that came with a side of potatoes (home fry style) and a small salad.

I loved this meal, especially the chicken salad.  It had just the right amount of sweetness from the fruit and just the right creaminess from the dressing.  A definite winner! The soup was good, but not my favorite.  Andy seemed to enjoy his sandwich since he cleaned  his plate!


After our bellies were full it was on to Whole Foods.

It was Saturday afternoon, so Whole Foods was rockin’ with shoppers.¬† But the good thing about Whole Foods is that they are usually spacious so I don’t feel too confined or uncomfortable shopping.

Plus, I’ve never had to wait in line to check out.¬† They always seem to have a lot of employees working and they even have someone that loads up your groceries into bags and into your cart.¬†That seems like it should be typical for all grocery stores, but I’ve really seen such a decline in that type of service.

Whole Foods definitely steps up their customer service and I think they’re top notch.

We spent about $95, which is more than usual since we stocked up on some beer and wine for Labor Day weekend coming up.  Typically we spend around $75/week on groceries.

I picked up a new flavor of hummus that I have not had before: Caramelized Onion Hummus.¬† Wow, it’s super tasty! If you like the flavor of caramelized onions, you should try this.

Saturday Night 

Andy and I decided to stay in for the night and munch on some left over pizza from Pizza Friday.

I had some Greek Pizza which had chicken, feta, tomatoes, spinach, and olives.

Andy had a Hawaiian Pizza with pineapple, ham, onion, and bacon.¬†We had ordered the pizzas from a local place called Revolution Pizza.¬† It’s become a favorite of ours!

While eating, we decided to watch a movie on Netflix.  Andy had wanted to see a documentary called Dear Zachary that his friend had recommended a couple of months ago.

I love documentaries, so I was all for it, but this one was extremely sad.¬† Although there were parts that were heartfelt and hopeful, it was still a very tragic story about loss. If you like documentaries, you will like this as it’s very well made, especially with the subject it’s about: death and tragedy.

Hurricane Irene

Thoughts and prayers to those on the East Coast and anyone who is being affected by this storm.

My parent’s home is in Emerald Isle, NC and was in the direct path of the storm.¬† I have not talked to them to see if they heard anything on their house, but luckily they had left town and headed back to Ohio last week.

I found this picture of Atlantic Beach which is only miles from my parents house and a town I spend a lot of time in when I am in North Carolina on vacation:


The storm has moved out and is moving on up the coast, so be safe everyone!

Anniversary Dinner and The Hill

Thank you for the congrats on Andy and I’s anniversary!¬† We had a nice time celebrating with a late dinner to Noosa Bistro. Unfortunately I think I ate some bad dairy during lunch at work (left over tacos) and I did not feel too well for the rest of the day. I even saw the on-sight doctor at work to get some over the counter antacids to¬† help sooth my stomach.

However, as the day went on I did feel my appetite start to come back and began to feel a bit more like myself.¬† And luckily we didn’t eat until 9pm (since I worked late) and I could enjoy a meal without feeling like I needed to puke.

Drinks and Dinner

To start, Andy ordered a glass of red wine and I went with one of their many martinis. I chose the Georgia Peach since I actually was one for a year ūüėČ (April 2010 – June 2010 on the blog I was in Georgia for any new readers!)

The Georgia Peach consisted of peach vodka, peach schnapps, champagne, and sour mix.  It was definitely a winner! Strong yet tasty.

Andy looking extra chipper

As an appetizer I ordered the Tomato Basil soup, which is so delicious.  I get it almost every time I go to Noosa.  Andy decided not to get the soup and stuck with the fresh bread and butter as his appetizer (which I also consumed!) Lucky for him I filled up quickly and I gave about half of my soup to him.  It was our 5 year anniversary after all.

For the main entree Andy ordered a rack of lamb and I got the tilapia with lobster mashed potatoes (amazing) and broccoli.  The meal was so good, but my stomach began to feel a bit off so I only ate a little bit of my meal and took the rest home.  I also ordered tiramisu to take home as well, which is fabulous.


Since Andy and I spent a lot of money on our recent trip to San Diego we decided that we’d only spend $15-20 on each other for our anniversary.¬† I gave Andy a picture frame with a picture of us from the beach and a candle.

Andy definitely knows that the way to my heart is through my liver stomach.  He stocked me with one of my favorite drinks: Skinny Girl Margaritas!

The rest of our weekend was pretty boring in terms of blogging material.¬† Andy had Fantasy Football meetings to attend (apparently it’s a big deal) and I wanted no part of it.¬† Instead, I spent the majority of the weekend relaxing on the couch, taking naps, and running errands.

The pups joined me in some relaxing and spent time sunning themselves outside:

They looked like a couple of lions in the wilderness:

I took this picture creeping from the kitchen and it wasn’t long before my cover was blown:

Her again...

The Hill

Now that Monday is here it’s back to the grind! I got plenty of rest from the weekend so I am ready to tackle the week!

To start my day off at work today I took my noon class outside for a workout since the weather was sunny, warm and a perfect 75 degrees.¬† I also decided to introduce them to “The Hill”.

The hill is a side road along beautiful woods and streams.¬† My boss and I did it the other week during our lunch break and I’ve been meaning to get my class out there.¬† Today was the day!¬†

We started jogging on the outside track before crossing the street to tackle the hill:

Then we went downhill (some walked some jogged):

We passed the creek and wooded views:

Then it came time to go uphill…it’s tough!

Once at the top we went back down and back up once more and ran around the track once (which is one mile).

It was such a beautiful day to be outside!

We even spotted some friends hiding in the woods:

Do you see them?

Running down and up the hill two times and running the track for a mile took about 25 minutes.  For the remainder of the class (20 minutes) we did some walking lunges, dips on the outdoor benches, step ups, and core work to round out the workout.  Not a bad way to start off a Monday!

Now it’s time for me to get back to work and prep for class number two today: Cardio Pilates.¬† Have a great day!


Do you enjoy walking/running hills? I love the variety that  hills can provide a workout, either outdoors or on the treadmill!

Shopping and Eating

**Catching up from the weekend? Friday I did “Hot Yoga” and Saturday I tried a Peanut Butter Coffee flavored beer!**

Shopping and Eating

The rest of our Sunday was spent shopping and eating.¬† Basically two of my favorite things to do on any given day ūüėČ

Our first stop was to a restaurant Andy and I have been curious to try out: Cork and Lenny’s. From the outside, it looked like a quaint little place.¬† But when we stepped inside we were both surprised at how large the place was. For one, it’s a full size deli, with all different kinds of meats, cheeses, and salads.¬† Then they also have a full service restaurant, serving breakfast (all day- love that!), lunch and dinner.¬† Since Andy and I had already had our breakfast, we were ready for some lunch.

Andy decided to try out one of their ginormous Overstuffed Sandwhiches: The Sammy Kay.  Check this sucker out:

The Sammy Kay

He ate the entire thing.¬† I’m always impressed with a man who can eat like a champ (plus I don’t feel as weird when I can eat just as much, if not more!)

Though the sandwiches looked tempting, I was in the mood for some chicken salad.¬† I’m a huge fan of chicken salads, tuna salads, and egg salads.¬† If they’re on the menu at restaurants there’s a good chance I will get it.¬†¬† This particular salad allowed me to choose two scoops of salad.¬† I went with a scoop of chicken salad¬†and a scoop of egg salad.¬†

Chicken Salad + Egg Salad Plate

To be honest, I was not impressed with the chicken salad, which was a bummer since I was craving it.¬† It was pretty bland.¬† I like more flavor elements in my chicken salad, such as pecans or grapes.¬† This just didn’t do it for me.¬† The egg salad was much better though, so I ate more of that.¬† I ended up taking the majority of my lunch home.¬† I think I’ll add more to the chicken to spice it up for my lunch or dinner tomorrow.¬†

Despite my bland chicken salad, I’d like to try this restaurant again.¬† They had so much on their menu.¬† Actually, Andy and I thought they had almost too much on their menu! It was just so much to look over.¬† Next time I’d like to try a sandwich or go for breakfast.¬†


After lunch we headed over to TJ Maxx to “browse”.¬†

The Greatest Store on Earth!

Browsing for me means trying on numerous dresses in hopes for finding something that wows me.¬† I tried on a few dressed today, but none really “spoke” to me.

Hello from the dressing room!

Plus, some of them were $40.00 and that’s a lot of money for something you’re not totally impressed with.¬†

Orange Dress

I liked this color, but it had a funky fit up top.  I decided to pass on this one. 


¬†This dress was cute, but the fit wasn’t all that great. It bulged out a bit from the side and didn’t look¬†too flattering.¬† Can’t win em’ all I guess!

Luckily in another week or so TJ Maxx will have a slew of new clothes for me to “browse” through.¬† My next hunt is for cute dresses to wear to the three weddings I have this summer!

In the end, Andy and I walked away with just a couple of bottles of random pasta sauce and some Usher cologne, which I thought was pretty amusing since Andy doesn’t listen to that type of music! ¬†

After TJ Maxx, it was on to Whole Foods.  It was so convenient that all of the places we went today were in the same shopping center:

One Stop Shopping!

At Whole Foods we picked up some staples we needed for the week including:

  • Organic strawberries, blueberries, and apples
  • Pinapple
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Organic 1% milk
  • Organic light soy milk
  • Greek yogurt
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole — they make such great guacamole at Whole Foods!
  • Cereal

I also picked up a gift card for my dad for Father’s Day.¬† He also loves to shop there!

After our shopping trip, we were ready for a sweet¬†treat.¬† So we hit up McDonalds for $1.00 hot fudge sundaes.¬† Can’t beat that price!¬†

Sundaes on Sunday

 With all the eating and shopping we did, it was nap time.  We all zonked out on for about an hour, which felt amazing. 

I think that Sammy Kay got to him...!

The dogs also took time to nap…only they sleep on the bed not the couch.¬† Yeah, they pretty much own us!

They call this the "guest room", but we know better.

Now it’s time to finish my laundry (I feel like I am always doing this!) and relax for the evening with Andy.¬† Goodnight!

Peanut Butter Coffee Beer

Saturday started with a bright n’ early run with these two crazies:

Living Room Wrestling Match

 Luckily they were a bit calmer on the run and managed to hold off on the wrestling while we tackled our 3 miles without any issues.  It was perfect running weather too, upper 60s with the sun covered a bit by the clouds. 
A Hairy Situation
The dogs and I¬†came back from our run just in time for the plumbers to arrive to unclog my bath tub. Someone’s¬†hair has been making quite the nest deep down in the drain and it got so bad that the water was not draining anymore.

Nah, couldn't have been my hair...

Lesson learned: must use a drain cover that stops the hair from going down!  Luckily Andy had gone out to the store and picked one up for me.  Hopefully no more clogs anytime soon! 
While the plumbers were snaking the drain, I sat outside on our back patio and read for a while while sipping some water to cool down after the run.  The dogs went back to their Wrestling Match for Round 2 of the morning:
Boo and Sophia: The ferocious contenders!

 Once the plumbers left, I fixed myself some cereal and relaxed for a bit before running some errands and heading out for the night with Andy.

Peanut Butter Coffee Beer

Andy and I decided to go to a local place called Willoughby Brewing Company for dinner and drinks.  The Brewing Company always has different types of beers on tap and it changes frequently since they brew them fresh at the restaurant.

On Tap for Saturday was:

Beer Menu

 I started with the Railway Razz while Andy went for the Moon Shadow. 

  • Railway Razz:¬†“Deep-red and jammed with 350 pounds of fresh Oregon raspberries, this multiple medal-winning fruit beer is just the thing for lunch, dinner, dessert, or any other occasion we can think of!”
  • Moon Shadow:“A new IPA for the upcoming spring months, this beer was brew with a selection of the finest hops, then we dumped some more hops in after fermentation for good measure!”

    Moon Shadow

We eached enjoyed our beers and ordered a 2nd round.  Andy stuck with same beer while I was intrigued by the Peanut Butter Coffee Porter:

“We took our Gutterpup Porter and added a secret blend of coffee and peanut butter to create this crowd favorite!”

PB Coffee Beer

This beer was full of flavor and I really enjoyed the hints of coffee and peanut butter.  It was a bit heavy though and just one glass was enough! The Railway Razz was lighter and more freshreshing.  However, they were both unique in their own ways and I would try both of them again in the future.

For our dinner we decided to split the Shrimp Bang Bang dip, which was rich and creamy and served with tortilla chips.  We each also got a salad to eat.  I went with the Sante Fe and Andy went with the Chopped Cob. Everything was delicious!

After our dinner we went down the street to another bar where I got one more drink, a cosmo, and Andy got another beer.  We spent about an hour or so there until I was getting sleepy (AKA, the Grandma in me coming out) and wanted to hit the sack.  It was a nice night out on the town in Willoughby, OH.

Omelets and Waffles

I love Sundays and often use them as a day to relax, clean, and grocery shop.¬† I also like to make special breakfasts for Andy and I since we don’t get the chance to do so during the week.¬† Today’s breakfast was a good one: omelets and waffles!

I had some mushrooms and onion to use up, so I decided to fill the omelets with that, along with a slice of American cheese.

Onions + Mushrooms

Along with our Mushroom and Onion Omelets, I toasted up some Flax Waffles from Whole Foods:

Flax Waffles

Breakfast came together pretty quickly and we enjoyed our hearty meal with some fresh coffee:

Sunday's Breakfast

 I enjoyed my coffee with a splash of light soymilk and topped my waffle with real maple syrup.  I loved the combination of this meal because it was both sweet and savory. 

Sweet + Savory

Now that we are properly fueled, it’s time to hit up TJ Maxx (Just to “browse”…which is code for finding some cute summer dresses!) and Whole Foods for some much needed groceries.¬†

Enjoy your Sunday!!

Question of the Day:

Which do you prefer, pancakes or waffles? I’m definitely a pancake girl when given the choice!