Indian Spice and Theaters are Nice

by Julie on July 13, 2012

in Cleveland,Food,Restaurants

Good morning!

(Do you like the title? See what I did there?)

Eeeeeek, it’s Friday the 13th! Ooooga booga! ;-)

On Wednesday night, the Ohio Blogging Association had an AWESOME event. Seriously, this event was probably my favorite so far (and biking comes very close). It was held at the Playhouse Square and they provided us with a top secret tour of the place. Well, not really, but they still made us feel pretty special.

We were split up into two groups and our tour guide (shout out to Jim!) was very knowledgeable, and more importantly passionate, about the Playhouse Square.

Nidhi and I were partners in crime for the evening. Photo bomb!

My favorite part of the tour was looking at the beautiful art!

And the chandeliers…

Can you find Nidhi?!

One really cool thing I learned about Playhouse Square was that their partnership program is extremely affordable, especially for young professionals like me. For example, the Balcony’s Best option is only $50! Pretty much a steal and your supporting a wonderful establishment in Cleveland.

Kimberly, Jen, me, Nidhi:

Afterwards, we went to Alex Bistro & Bar for complimentary drinks and appetizers. I linked to their Facebook page because their webpage wasn’t working for me. I so much fun hanging out with a ton of blogger friends, old and new.

Quick story: Do you see Amie in this picture on the bottom left? Well, I’ve seen her (in person) before at blogging events and I knew of her blog. But, since we have seen each other before, but never formally met, it was a little awkward because all my friends knew her but me! Finally, I just took a drink and asked her what blog she wrote for and her name. Luckily, she was thinking the same thing about me! It just goes to show ya, you most likely aren’t alone in awkward social situations. Meeting blogging pals in real life is double hard because not only do you have to remember the persons name but ALSO their blog! I love Amie and I’m so happy to have a new friend.

Nidhi, Me, Amie, Katie, Crystal:

Alex’s makes excellent drinks. I normally stick to beer and wine because I know exactly what I’m ordering. I hate when bartenders give you too much alcohol or too much or something else. I want a drink to taste like the drink I ordered, you know? So, to play it safe, I never order mix drinks.

On this night though, since we had the free ticket and cocktails are usually so expensive, I ordered their Lavender Mojito. It was excellent! It tasted very yummy and I definitely felt the alcohol. A winning combination, in my book!

 

Next, I met Crystal up at the counter and she told the bartender (who was very, very nice and clearly passionate about bartending) to make her something fun. I followed suite and this is what I received:

I have no idea what was in it, but it tasted like melons and coconut! Plus, I loved the neon green color (totally on fashion trend! haha).

I would love to go back to Alex Bistro & Bar very soon for dinner! Also, their patio is ah-mazing. Helloooo, people watching!

It was a super fun night. Alicia really knows how to put on a good event. If you are local, please come to our next blogging event in August! For more info, visit the Ohio Blogging Association’s Facebook page.

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So, today (Thursday) was a pretty low-key day. I haven’t had much down time since finishing up school for the year. It’s time to relax and check things off my to-do list. It’s very long! One thing on my list is overhauling my blog and giving it a complete makeover. Sigh… it’s always such a big project! I guess I need to find a Starbucks somewhere, and sit until it’s done. That way, I’m less distracted.

Another thing I did today was stare at the Stella & Dot website for what seemed like hours. Remember that little party I hosted back in March? Well, this girl hasn’t made her hostess order yet. By hosting the party, I earned free jewelry (yesss) and I need to decide what I want. Unfortunately, I’m so fricken cheap, it’s a very difficult decision (yes, even though it’s free money… go figure). One day, I’ll make a decision. I have until September to decide. As long as you all don’t feel like I’m bragging about my purchases, I’ll totally blog about them. You interested??

I also went grocery shopping. Yep, it’s Thursday and I’ve been without groceries since Monday. I don’t know how I survived (yay canned goods). I loooove grocery shopping in the summer, don’t you?

Hello peaches!

Lastly, I met Nidhi at Saffron Patch in Shaker Heights. Holy amazingness. I have been craving Indian food forever and it was time to give in! Also, we had a coupon (hola!).

My favorite Indian food dish is Chicken Tikka Masala and I always order it. Tonight, I challenged myself to be adventurous and since I’m trying to eat less meat, I went vegetarian. It worked out well since Nidhi is a vegetarian. I went with the Malai Kofta which is “balls of fresh minced vegetables, homemade cheese simmered in cardamom, saffron, garlic, cashews in a cream sauce.” <—- from the website. It was exactly what I wanted. The sauce was just like Chicken Tikka Masala.

Interestingly, my dish could have had more spice. <—- I know, RIGHT? WHO AM I? Are my taste buds maturing? When the wonderful waitress asked us what spice level we wanted, on a scale of 1-10, I said “negative 4″ while Nidhi said “3.” I should have gone with a 2 or a 3. I still can’t believe I just typed that!

Anywho, Saffron Patch was totally awesome and I want to go back, like, tomorrow. Who’s down? Or, better yet, who wants to go to get Ethiopian food with me? I haven’t gone in forever!

;-)

Hugs and smooches,

Julie

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Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields July 13, 2012 at 9:10 am

That event looks SO COOL! I wish Iowa had a blogging association, I would totally join up!

I’m a big fan of Indian food too and always order the same thing, panang chicken. I just love peanut sauces! ;)

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Julie July 13, 2012 at 10:40 am

You should start a blogging association! Mmmm I love peanut sauces too – maybe I’ll try that next time!

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Crystal @EatDrinkCleveland July 13, 2012 at 9:28 am

Oh my gosh that place is SO close to me! Next time you are on my side of town, give me a shout. I went to Sweetie Fry for ice cream and drove right by you girls!

I agree that the OBA was a great event! Loved the behind the scenes peeks and fell in love with that patio at Alex. Plus, I had the BEST table thanks to some awesome chicks :o)
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Julie July 13, 2012 at 10:40 am

Most definitely! I’ve never been to Sweetie Fry but I’ve heard lots about it.

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Alicia at Poise in Parma July 13, 2012 at 9:37 am

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Saffron Patch. I will go whenever you want some more spice in your life!!
Thanks again for attending the OBA meetup on Wednesday – loving that you loved the last two get togethers so much!!
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Julie July 13, 2012 at 10:41 am

You = amazing! These get together’s wouldn’t have been possible without you!

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AllLacqueredUp July 13, 2012 at 10:17 am

I’ve been to Saffron Patch before and it’s good but I feel Cafe Tandoor is better and there’s a location on your side of town in Crocker. Go and get the Butter Chicken. You’re welcome!!
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Julie July 13, 2012 at 10:41 am

I will definitely have to try this!

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Jen @ Why CLE? July 14, 2012 at 7:33 am

Ooh…I love Saffron Patch. You just reminded me I need to get back there. And I love that our Playhouse pic is B&W…very classy, just like us. Oh, wait…
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Nidhi July 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm

OMG LET’S GO TO EMPRESS TAYTU! it’s so good!!!
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