A Day in Northeast Ohio

A few weekends ago my friend Eileen and I traveled to Canton’s Art District to check out their Saturday Flea. Although it was smaller then the Cleveland Flea it was located in a very aesthetically pleasing part of Canton filled with great vintage stores and unique restaurants.

After popping into a few of those stores coffee was necessary to continue to browse the streets. There was the cutest little coffee camper providing the flea with some delicious brew of iced and nitro coffee.

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Excuse my pre-coffee resting bitch face (insert upside down smile emoji)

After we finished up wandering the Flea and stopping in at the Little Chicago Clothing Company store for Eileen to get the perfect Ohio sweatshirt for fall, our stomachs started rumbling for some food. Since Eileen used to go to college around the area she recommended for us to get some waffles, and not just your regular waffles, only the best ones in Canton from Cultured Coffee & Waffles. This place takes waffles to the next level! Eileen got the Grandpa’s Grilled Cheese waffle that was stuffed with mac and cheese and I got the Hell’s Chicken Waffle which if you like buffalo chicken dip this waffle tastes just like that!

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After eating every single bite of our waffles and actual contemplating to order and splitting another one we needed to walk it off. We stumbled upon this great wall of art and thought it would be a great place to snap a few pictures! I just recently treated myself to a FOUNT purse and wanted to show it off a bit – you need to always remember to TREAT YO’ SELF!

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I had been eyeing a FOUNT purse for a while now and wanted my first one to be versatile. I wanted to be able to travel with it, but still be able to use it for every day. I settled on the Bellfield Tote in cocoa and although it comes with The Kestrel Keychain I decided to also get The Classic Fount Tassel Charm to add a little dimension to the outside of the bag. One of the owners Jackie saw me making the purchase and wanted to know what color I chose in my bag because she said: “they always want to match people to the color bag that compliments them the most”. I really appreciated that added personal touch and the fact the owner came up because she generally wanted to see what I was buying. I bought mine at the Cleveland Flea, but these bags are made in Cleveland and they have a location in Gordon Square in Cleveland and The Short North in Columbus. The straps are hand sown and are insured to last for the life of the bag and I actually stopped in the store this past weekend and they conditioned my bag for free. These bags are guaranteed to get better with age and everyone that I have talked to that owns one seems to love their bag more and more each year.

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After we finished up in Canton on our way back to Cleveland we decided to go and make the most of that beautiful fall day and go do a self-guided tour of Stan Hywet estate. We were able to walk through the hallways of this breathtaking estate that has been preserved so remarkably and take a stroll through the gardens that were so beautiful. I would love to go back in spring to see all the flowers in full bloom.

What this weekend showed me was that we need to remember that although we are so lucky to live in a city that offers us so much to do we need to take time out and visit all the other wonderful cities in Northeast Ohio.

 

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An Evening with Architectural Justice Gallery & Cafe

Woah, where did the past 2 weeks go? I have been going nonstop lately that I haven’t had a second to sit down and share my recent experience at Architectural Justice Gallery & Cafe in Strongsville.

I was invited by Architectural Justice Gallery & Cafe to come and check out one of their culinary classes they offer and I decided to bring my mom with me to make a mother-daughter night. My mom and I do a lot of fun activities together but one thing we have really done was truly cook together. This opportunity was a great setting for us to sip wine, learn some tips & tricks, and assist each other in cooking part of a traditional Italian meal.

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For me, this was not only a fun night to do something different and fun with my mom but I was also able to catch up with other local bloggers and meet some that I haven’t had an opportunity to yet. Since Architectural Justice Gallery & Cafe opened it has been a new stop on a lot of local blogger’s list to not only snap a picture in the most instagramable cafe in the area but also try one of their delicious coffee options and pick something up from the bakery.

For the traditional Italian culinary class Architectural Justice Gallery & Cafe hosted for us, we all had the opportunity to learn some great techniques from Chef Josh before setting us free in the kitchen to get cooking. Chef Josh made frequent rounds with everyone to make sure everyone was comfortable with what they were tasked with and if anyone had any questions. I loved that I never felt that I was waiting for help because anytime a question came up there was Chef Josh ready to answer and do a mini demonstration.

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Once we had everything ready to be popped in the oven the owners Darlene and James took us around the cafe and gallery for a more in-depth look at everything. Most people walking in may not even realize that this is not the only venture the couple owns and operates. Architectural Justice Gallery & Cafe showcases the all of the talents that their design center and workshop is capable of out in Medina, Ohio. If anyone is interested in sprucing up their home I would definitely recommend checking out their website here to see all the things they can do.

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We walked around their gallery where you are able to purchase some amazing pieces from local businesses to stylish home goods. I love the showcase of local Cleveland businesses it truly makes the place feel authentic to its roots.

Once our dinner was finished cooking we all sat down at the family-sized table in their demonstration kitchen and were ready to enjoy our 5-course meal. Now don’t get me wrong I love cooking as much as the next person, but I do take shortcuts to make the process go faster, including precooked or premix/put together parts. BUT let me tell you creating this entire meal from scratch was some of the best food I have enjoyed in a while. I can now see why my mother and grandmother would spend all day cooking from scratch.

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Finally verdict? If you are looking for something different to do for either a girls night, date night, mother-daughter, or any other occasion this is the place to go to get out of the routine and get your hands dirty a little. Check out all of their future classes here and sign up fast because they fill up fast! I mean, how could they not?

Not in the mood for a class? This place is also a great destination for weekend brunch, a midweek wine night with friends, or even just a quick stop for coffee and a pastry. OH! and you can’t forget to snap a picture during your visit since every corner of that place has perfect light and even better aesthetic.

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