Monday, January 4, 2010

2010 Cleveland "to-do"

Hello all!

Welcome back to iheartcleveland. Hope everyone had an amazing holiday season. I know I did. I am rested, relaxed and ready to rock and roll as we dive into this new year.

As I was thinking about what my first post of the year should be I started thinking about all the things I have always wanted to do, but somehow never have. Take a look at my list and feel free to let me know what your 2010 Cleveland resolutions are!

my cleveland "to-do-taste-see" 2010 resolutions list

Go to the Orchestra
I have been to Severance Hall for a gorgeous wedding once, but I have never seen the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra play. This year I want to experience the magic of the talented area musucians. Can't wait! In the meantime I may enjoy one of the free tours that are being offered on Sunday January 10th. For more information visit their website, reservations recommended.

Get to know Malleys
Ever wondered how they make the 3 foot Easter bunnies and the millions of luscious Buckeyes? This year I'd love to get a group of fellow choco-holics together for a trip to the 60,000 square feet of chocolate fantasy at the Malleys Chocolate Tour. The tour is self-guided and best of all it's free! Anyone interested?

Celebrate the Jump Back Ball
I've always heard the buzz but I've never attended the massive party explosion called the Jump Back Ball. This year I plan to don my feathers and sequins and celebrate Carnival (this years theme) with my fellow arts supporters. I hear tickets are going get yours today...then we can all party together!

Ghost Hunt
Ever since I've moved to North East Ohio over ten years ago, I've been tempted to take a walk through the old Ohio State Reformatory at Mansfield. For those of you who know me, I'm not one for blood or guts, but the idea of ghosts is a bit intriguing. Did you know you can go on a ghost hunt year round in Mansfield? Spooky!

Ride the path
I love to ride my bike. I love to ride my road bike down Lake Ave, fast. I love to tool around town in my Schwinn Cruiser with my sweet basket & coffee cup holder. I love to ride my mountain bike through the muddy metroparks in spring. This past fall a friend of mine and I got to sample parts of the towpath, this year, I would love to start on one end and make it all the way to the end...tackle the towpath! Time to look for a new helmet. :)

Get schooled in Beer
I've drank an Elliott Ness, I've snacked on a pub pretzel and recently I've enjoyed one too many Christmas Ales...but as an Ohio resident I feel I should have a better understanding of the happenings and beer types at or our world famous Great Lakes Brewing Co. I think this is the year I'll make it a point to attend a free brewery tour, a tasting or a brewmasters dinner to enhance my palette and enjoy those porters and pale ales to the fullest.

Spend the day at the fair
I post about it every year. Every August I crave funnel cakes and corn dogs. I dream of the biggests blueberry pie and adorable pot belly pigs. This year I promise myself I am going to spend an afternoon at the Cuyahoga County Fair. Perhaps I can get one of you to come with me...if you're up for it, perhaps we can even dress alike..everyone's doing it. :)

Get spooked at the Zoo
I don't have children so there really should be no real reason why I want to spend my afternoon navigating my way through the sea of strollers at the Cleveland Metroparks annual event...Boo at the Zoo. I don't know if I am drawn to the idea of elephants and monkeys in costume or an entire bag of candy corn that i can destroy as I watch the lions, tigers and bears devour their haunted treats. This year I really want to go to the fun alternative to average neighborhood haunting, who wouldn't want to go to an event with candy "Stations?"

Tour of Pasta
If you've ever been to the Westside Market on a saturday morning then you've seen the confetti colored Ohio City Pasta's whimsical little raviolis. Every time I go to buy some I have such a hard decision what flavor to choose...SO, this year I plan on working my way through the glass case and savoring each little pasta creation one flavor at a time. Perhaps a few a month..I'll keep you posted! Any recommendations which ones to start with?

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Blogger Cindi said...

This is a great list! I think I will try some of them too, especially the pasta tour. Thanks for the Jump Back Ball mention! We can't wait to see everyone there in their "carnaval" best.

Cindi Szymanski

January 5, 2010 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Lora said...

I agree, great list! I'm going to try to visit as many Cuyahoga County Libraries as I can and talk about my experiences on a blog I just

January 5, 2010 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I don't know if you've blogged about it, but I heard the "Flight School" at the Rocky River Wine Bar is lots of fun...would love to get a group of my girlfriends together and check it out!

January 5, 2010 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great ideas! I LOVE the blue cheese ravioli, the lobster flavor were OK but not the best they have to offer

January 5, 2010 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I would love to take the tour of Malley's.

January 6, 2010 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Charity said...

Thanks for the encouraging words everybody! I will let you know when I pick off each "resolution" one by one! Happy twenty ten!

January 6, 2010 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger christine louise said...

This is great! I love your "tour of pasta" idea! In 2010 my bf and I are resolving to shop more often at the West Side Market... we might just have to piggyback your idea. Thanks for the inspiration. ;)

January 6, 2010 at 4:43 PM  
Anonymous Em said...

Oh, the Mansfield Penitentiary is so worth the drive... I don't know how to explain the weird feeling you get there.

Great list! I think I will be a copycat and do some of these, too.

January 6, 2010 at 8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this list! The pumpkin gnocchi at Ohio City Pasta is AMAZING, especially with some brown butter pumpkin sauce. I made it for Halloween and stuffed myself to the brim!

January 9, 2010 at 9:20 PM  

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