Category Archives: Holidays

Cleveland Labor Day!

With all of the difficulties this year because of COVID 19 it is hard to plan fun activities to enjoy. If you are wondering what to this coming Labor Day Weekend in the Cleveland area here are a few suggestions of family friendly events that can be enjoyed outdoors and in your car!

Medina First Friday: Celebrate Historic Medina
Explore all that Medina has to offer with games and fun for the whole family. Enjoy a take-out meal for a family picnic in the square and shop beautiful historic downtown Media!
When: September 4-5, 2020; Fri: 11am-9pm, Sat: 11am-5pm
Where: Main Street Medina, 39 Public Sq., Ste. 305, Medina, OH 44256

Bedford First Friday Drive-Through
Pick up this month’s goody bag which has a painted rock craft fun for all ages, candy, and a special gift. Plus, they will also be giving out a free meal!
When: Friday, September 4, 2020; 6pm-9pm
Where: Bedford Downtown, Bedford, OH 44146

Lake Metroparks Farm Park to Open Corn Maze
Enjoy quality family time with a time-honored tradition—the corn maze!
When: Sept 4th 11-4 pm Also occurring on 09/05/2020, 09/06/2020, 09/11/2020, 09/12/2020 and 16 more dates.
Where: Farmpark
880 Chardon Road
Kirtland OH 44094

Happy Labor Day from The Patrician!

Making that New Year’s Eve Resolution

New year resolution planning on a blackboard, future target

Did you know that New Year’s resolutions started as early as ancient Babylon? At the start of the year, the Babylonians used to resolve to pay off their debts.

On December 31, it’s time to wipe away regrets of the past, charge forward to resolve problems and get ahead.

We’ve harvested some suggestions for resolutions. Here are that struck us as being fresh:

Additional Resources

“50 New Year’s Resolution Ideas And How To Achieve Each Of Them”

“Top 50 New Year Resolutions”

And for the career-minded:

“10 Professional Resolutions for the New Year”

Feasting like the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag

Native American Food In Baskets At A Market


We all know about the typical holiday fare: turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes. A little googling, though, reveals some interesting facts about what the Pilgrims and Wampanoag were most likely to have indulged in on their historical three day feast, which by the way was not actually the first Thanksgiving. Natives had had harvest feasts for many years leading up to this first big shared feast, and Europeans had various versions of autumn feasting as well, some of which were called “Thanksgiving” feasts.

The Wampanoag were likely to have brought to the table not potatoes (because potatoes were actually only grown in South America during this time) but a variety of exotic seafood including lobster and oysters. The English were not huge seafood eaters, sticking largely to fish.

Native foods almost certainly included squash, beans, cornbread and turkey to the table. Maybe even fried green tomatoes! Other seasonal foods may have included native fruits: cranberries, plums, melons. The English could have contributed items such as grain breads, chickens, eggs, cheese, turnips, cabbage, carrots, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. There may have been beer, but more likely the only beverage was water.

We’ve gathered up these resources for native recipes, which may be a meaningful and interesting contribution to your holiday table this year!

Washington Post: “How to eat like a Native American this Thanksgiving”
The grape, squash and green pea salad in this looks intriguing!

NPR: “The Native American Side Of The Thanksgiving Menu”
Roasted Maple Brined Turkey Breast With Crab Apple And Cranberry Relish

Seasonal Chef: “A Native American Thanksgiving Feast”
Bread Pudding with Pumpkin and Cranberries

How to Have a Healthy Fourth

grilled salmonYou don’t have to ditch a healthy lifestyle to enjoy the Fourth of July! Some menu ideas to trigger salivation and satiation – in a healthy way!


Deviled eggs: Eaten in moderation, these actually aren’t that bad for you. And if you eat them as your first thing at the gathering, they help satisfy and moderate your appetite so that you are less likely to overeat. My favorite way to make a healthier deviled egg is with nonfat greek yogurt, light mayo, dijon mustard, paprika, sea salt and relish. Using a large star tip, piping the yolk mixture into the eggs makes for a nice presentation. Garnish with chives.

Pickle plate: You can pickle almost any veggie. Try pickled beans, garlic scapes, the traditional pickling cucumber, carrots, cauliflower.

Cherries: This is the season to buy them!

Peanuts in the shell: This is a great way to provide an interesting snack that is healthier because one has to “work” to get at the peanuts, so taking a mouthful all at once is avoided. A lot more satisfying.

Hearty Salads

Kale: Try kale with ground pepper, minced tarragon, sunflower seeds, cabbage and spiralized beets. A tip to making a kale salad easier to chew: using a creamy dressing, massage the dressing into the kale for a minute. A great benefit to bringing a kale salad to an event is that kale does not immediately wilt!

Carrot salad: Spiralize carrots and toss with a dressing made from lime juice, honey, sesame oil and soy sauce. Garnish salad with sprinkled, chopped peanuts and cilantro. Tip: A spiralizer works best with a carrot that is large in diameter, and I like to sprinkle extra lime juice on the carrots and toss prior to adding the rest of the dressing.

Garden salad: Red or green leaf lettuce, fresh, curly parsley leaves in quantity that is around half of the lettuce, julienned carrots (use a mandolin), julienned red pepper, diced green onion, a generous amount of shredded basil, fresh ground pepper and your favorite dressing. A julienned carrot is a great means of providing an interesting variety of mouth feel to the salad. Tip: tossing the salad with the dressing to evenly distribute if you can plate the salad and serve it right away. Otherwise, it will wilt. If you need protein, try some fried, seasoned chickpeas!

Other Sides

Hummus and fresh pita – if you have a bakery that makes pita, it’s best to get it the same day you are going to eat it.

Sweet corn on the cob – no need to add butter.

Grilled zucchini and vidalia onion – season with salt, fresh chopped thyme, olive oil; place right on the grill.

Bean salad – surely some aunt or grandma has a recipe for this in your family! My favorite: pinto beans, fresh chopped basil, olive oil, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, salt, fresh corn kernels, diced red pepper.

Grilled cauliflower steaks – brush with dressing made from smoked paprika, honey, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. After grilling, garnish with chopped chives and ranch dressing.

Main Fare

Grilled, herbed salmon. Grill with skin on for best result. Brush salmon with oil and season with fresh ground pepper and himalayan salt. After grilling, season with fresh lime juice and garnish with a chopped herb mixture such as tarragon, marjoram, thyme and parsley.

For vegetarians: Try grilled Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausage in a whole wheat bun with mustard.

Refreshing Drink Ideas

Seltzer and unsweetened cranberry juice.

Frozen red grape, berry and nonfat greek yogurt smoothie. The grapes make it such that you don’t need to add an extra sweetener – they’re already sweet enough! Tip: blend with a decent amount of very cold water to make the smoothie pourable.


The old summer standby – watermelon!

Fruit salad: Nectarine, blueberry, lime juice, honey and celery seed. Take advantage of nectarines and blueberries in season!

Angel food cake with macerated, fresh berries.




16 Ideas for Father’s Day in CLE Town


It’s almost here – Father’s Day 2018! In my family, holidays and birthday are part of the glue that keeps the family seeing each other on a regular basis. My parents, brothers and sisters even get together to celebrate the adults’ birthdays.

We get a taste of summer on Mother’s Day with the new light green foliage on the trees, and then by Father’s Day the canopy is in its full glory and it seems like winter’s never been here.

Commercial and recreational activity also picks up this time of year. People munch and sip coffee outside at cafes; parks and municipal pools teem with children.

Now that summer’s almost here, why not plan to get out and DO something for Father’s Day? Here are some thoughts for visiting some local hot spots with Dad.

The BEER scene

Sports and the Outdoors

Sweet Treats

  • Sweet Moses – Homemade ice cream and handmade confections.
  • Spudnuts – Potato flour donuts!

Attractions and Entertainment

Fun Dining

  • Father’s Day Brunch Cruise on the Nautica Queen – OMG!
  • Again, for the geeks – The Side Quest bar has a game library set up like an old school video store.
  • Yours Truly – My dad always makes sure to get a humongous shake. I recommend their stick-to-your-ribs calorific “notso fries.”
  • Father’s Day BBQ at The Cleveland Metroparks’ “Merwin’s Wharf” is waterfront dining on the Cuyahoga with seasonal and locally-sourced menu items.