A Pittsburgher’s Guide to CLE

So, for my birthday this year, my hubby decided to stretch the celebration out into a two week celebration, to which I wasn’t going to refuse, so the weekend before my birthday, we headed to one of our new favorite cities; Cleveland. Granted we are a bit biased, because my sister-in-law and her Fiance’ live there, but I wanted to share all of the other things we love about the city with you here. First of all, if you are like me, and you have a sweet tooth, you are NOT going to want to miss out on Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes! My sister–in-law got us hooked on their macarons and with flavors like Fruity Pebbles, blueberry pancakes, and my personal favorite flavor, birthday cake, you might just get hooked too. Get your macarons here.IMG_0559

I mean, how pretty are these things? My husband may be even more hooked than I am at this point…










So after we took care of my sweet tooth, we headed to my sister-in-law’s house where we would be staying and were greeted by a personalized breakdown of some of their favorite food spots around the city.

We ended up getting some amazing Eel Sashimi at Voodoo Tuna.

After dinner, we headed to the Wolstein Center for the Impractical Jokers Tour (happy birthday to me). Check to see if they are coming to a city near you here: Impractical Jokers Tour Dates

IMG_0623And because we can’t go to bed without eating again, we had our Uber driver stop at El Carnicero for their bomb chips and guac before heading home for the night.

The next morning, we got up and headed to Town Hall for brunch. Obviously, we had to get mimosas first, because, well, my birthday was in three days.

Then I had the most amazing tomato soup and IMG_0638grilled cheese of my life. If you can imagine chunks of tomato and basil with a hint of goat cheese, paired with grilled cheese with smashed avocado and a hint of all-natural bacon, then you know the goodness that I am talking about. IMG_0641







Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a major sucker for murals/street art and documenting it in any city that I visit, and Cleveland does not disappoint in this department. Within walking distance from Town Hall (around 25th Street), there are great pieces, including the “Greetings from Cleveland” sign. IMG_0649IMG_0656IMG_0657










After exploring that part of town and resisting every urge to get coffee at brunch, we headed over to an area of town called “Hingetown” to Rising Star Coffee (in the Ohio City Firehouse, complete with the fireman’s pole down the center of the coffee house), where the barista proceeded to point out that Mike and I walked out of the house that morning in virtually the same outfit *see embarrassing photographic proof below*. I highly suggest their honey cinnamon latte. As an added bonus, they have the most delicious wallpaper and the way the light was hitting it that morning was making me feel all types of ways.IMG_0661

That area of Cleveland is also full of all sorts of great murals, including a massive slice of pizza (photo coming to Instagram soon), and a massive tiger wearing what appears to be a star covered cape (which every part of my Rocky heritage loved). Read about Hingetown’s art/artist’s here: Hingetown

So, if you love a good food scene, friendly, down to earth people, and some killer murals, Cleveland is a good spot to hit. The best part is it is really reasonably located from Pittsburgh, at about 2.5 hours.

May you go everywhere and wear it all. Xo, Adrienne