Category: travel

Places to Play: Ohio Pinball Show

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter (or know me in real life), you know that one of my interests is pinball. I have to be honest, I started a post about pinball in Ohio MONTHS ago, and (obviously) it has not gone to “press.” I have gone back and edited the post SO many times and every time I think it is so hard to talk about pinball in Ohio in just one post.

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Buzzin Arcade: Canton, OH
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Arcade Super Awesome: Columbus, OH

I got to thinking, why do I need to limit myself to just one post? I don’t! This is when I decided to scrap the idea of just showcasing ALL pinball in Northeast Ohio and spend an entire post about some of my favorite places to play!

I know what you may be thinking…is there really that many places to play pinball? Answer: Yes! My friends and I often talk about how we never thought we would say “there is almost too much pinball!” I digress…

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Super Electric Pinball Parlor: Lakewood, OH

Where is a place to play this month? Currently this weekend is the Ohio Pinball Show! Only happens in North East Ohio twice a year.

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The show started on Thursday and goes through tomorrow at 5pm. It’s $20 for entry, but well worth the price (cash only). There is over 150 tables all set to free play for your enjoyment. You can also take you hand in the tournament, $10 for 4 entries and $20 for 9. More details on entry and rules on the Ohio Show website.

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Don’t feel like it is too late to go! The show is open today from 11am to 11pm and tomorrow from 10am to 5pm! You can totally pay at the door. Local to Northeast Ohio? Check it more details at the Ohio Pinall website! Maybe I’ll see you there!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Explore Ohio: Favorite Brunch Spots

Whenever I am getting to know someone, one of the questions I always ask them is “what is your top five favorite food?” Then, of course, they ask me in return. I love food, and it can be hard to come up with your top favorite foods on the spot. Not for me: potatoes, breakfast, pizza, butter, chocolate. It took a while to nail this down, but I’ve been asked that question so many times!

I eat #1 and #2 on my list a least once a week. Today, I am here to share my favorite brunch places in Northeast Ohio (Akron/Cleveland). Author note: restaurants are in no particular order! (now THAT is asking a lot!!)

Inn on Coventry2785 Euclid Heights Blvd # 2, Cleveland, OH 44106

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This is probably our “go-to” spot when we am in Cleveland. They have a traditional menu, but they also have a few fun combinations! This is a pretty popular spot, so expect a wait at peak times on Saturday and Sunday mornings (10am – 1pm).

Jack Flaps 3900 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

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Calling all waffle and pancake lovers! This is your place! Jack Flaps features a diverse menu of both sweet and savory waffle and pancake recipes. I’m a little kid when it comes to food, so what do I recommend? The Belgium waffle with peanut butter mouse, fresh bananas, and candied bacon…yum!

Garrett’s Mill 4226 Hudson Dr, Stow, OH 44224

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This is my “go-to” spot in Akron. From the minute you walk in, you feel welcomed. Every time I have been there, the owner greets each and every person who walks through the door. Again, traditional breakfast menu with a few unique recipes. What’s so special? You have to try their ice cream!

XYZ the Tavern6419 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102

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XYZ in located in Gordon Square and is more than just a brunch spot. They are usually a lunch/dinner spot, butoffer brunch ONLY on Saturdays and Sundays. This spot is known for their BBQ, but they have a fantastic weekend brunch too! This is also a very popular spot, seating is first come, first serve so expect a little bit of a wait, but very worth it!

Nosh Eatery5929 Darrow Rd #2, Hudson, OH 44236

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My favorite thing about Nosh is that the menu changes every month, so there is always a different menu when you visit! It’s a very cozy spot and the menu is somewhat limited, so don’t expect to get your traditional eggs and bacon (not that it’s a bad thing!). They also source local ingredients and you can tell that the head chef is very passionate about what they do because the food is delicious!! Brunch Club Members beware: they are CLOSED on Sundays 🙁

If you know of a great brunch place in the Cleveland/Akron area, please let me know!! I LOVE trying new brunch spots probably more than any other type of restaurant. I can eat breakfast for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! After writing this posts, now I am craving breakfast!!

Happy eating!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Explore Pittsburgh: Randyland!

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Hello Sunshine! You look like a million bucks today!

I don’t think I can call myself a post-college graduate anymore since I graduated college over three years ago. I think I have to consider myself a “young professional.” Whatever label society wants to give me, doesn’t matter because I’m an adventurer! Did you know that you don’t need a million bucks to travel? (I certainly don’t have a million dollars lying around)

I love taking day trips whenever I can. I went and visited my friend in Pittsburgh one day and she took me to this really cool place called Randyland. It’s a fun art museum located on the Northside of Pittsburgh in the Mexican War Streets district. Admission is free, however donations are always welcome.

I could have spend all afternoon there!

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Unfortunately, Randy himself was not there, I would have loved to talk to him for hours! That’s okay! Another reason to go back, right?

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I was fascinated with these painted doors! So inspiring! I wanted to take one home and use it as my front door!

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I can’t wait to go back. I thought this was a great find my friend discovered. And to think, for a five dollar donation we spent so much time just looking around. I know that may sound a little boring, but it was such an inspiring place! There was a woman there who was painting who told us she goes there every day and just paints. I could totally understand! Just looking at these photos makes me want to get up and make something!

Explore Pittsburgh PA Randyland Travel Pennsylvania (14)What are some of your favorite places to visit off the beaten path? I would love to know!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Explore Cleveland: Fire Truck Pizza Company

I love the concept of food trucks. I watch people eating at them on TV Shows, see pictures on Twitter or Instagram of the people I follow visiting them, or read about a new one that opened in my area. I had never had the opportunity to eat at one myself…until today!

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The weather was beautiful (which is a shocker for North East Ohio) and my boyfriend, Pat, made the suggestion to go to the Hessler Street Fair in Uptown Cleveland. As we were walking into the enterence, there it was…Fire Truck Pizza Company!

It is quite literally a fire truck that was converted to a food truck, complete with wood burning oven where they wood fire your pizza in 2-3 minutes! Pat and I enjoyed the traditional pepperoni, and our friend Mike had the bacon honey white pizza.

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I am extremely satisfied with my first ever food truck experience (who doesn’t like pizza??) I can’t wait to find and try some more!

What was your first food truck experience?

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Explore Ohio: A Weekend in Columbus

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I got the travel bug a few weeks ago! It’s hard at my job because we are forced to pick our vacation for the entire year at the beginning of the year. This limits your impulse trips to the weekend.

I am VERY lucky to (what I think) live in a really awesome area with a million weekend road trips waiting at my finger tips!

Valentine’s Day weekend, my boyfriend, Patrick, and I decided to take a weekend trip to Columbus, Ohio. For those of you who don’t know, this is Ohio’s capital city. From where I live, it is a short two hour drive south!

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Disclaimer: Car was in park when this photo was taken. No one was injured in this selfie.

I agreed to drive because I love driving! I was a bit nervous because the weather started off a little crappy. Once we got onto 76 South, it cleared up and was smooth sailing moving forward. For those of you coming from the Cleveland/Akron area – I suggest stopping at Grandpa’s Cheese Barn. We decided to continue south straight to the city.

We stayed at the Renaissance in downtown on North Third. To be honest, this was my first time staying in a hotel in Columbus. Columbus is close enough to be a day trip, and when I decide to stay overnight I usually stay with family. It was nice to stay in a hotel though, our room was recently renovated. We also had a NEAT-O view!

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After we checked into our hotel, we took a short drive to north to Gahanna, where we went to Easton Mall. I ALWAYS make a stop here when I am in town. They have an awesome theater, TONS of food and places to grab drinks, great shopping, and the container store!!! This time, we grabbed drinks at World of Beer. I usually stop here when I am in town too. They have a great beer selection, and everyone can find a beer they like.

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Our next stop was a place called Arcade Super Awesome. It’s an arcade bar above the Yellow Brick Pizza on Oak Street. A little hard to find, but well worth it! They had a TON of fun pinball games!

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They also had a game called “Killer Queen.” In my opinion, the best game that was there! It’s a fast-paced 5v5 game. It took a little bit for me to catch on, but once I did I had a lot of fun! This is a must stop place if you are in the area!

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Plus it’s fun to take selfies there!

After the arcade we headed back to the hotel for the night.

The next day we woke up and had to go to Tim Horton’s. We don’t have these in Cleveland. Decent coffee, better bakery!

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We spent the rest of our trip in German Village. We went to the Book Loft. Set aside easily an hour and half of your time, this place is HUGE! It’s so big they give you a map when you walk in, well they don’t give it to you, you can take one if you want. We spent much of the afternoon there. I snapped this awesome photo when we were leaving of the coffee shop next door.

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So true.

We are lunch at Schmidt’s Sausage Haus.

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!!!!! (Yes, I just started my sentence with five exclamation marks) It was so good! This restaurant has been featured on Man vs. Food on the Travel Channel. I had the buffet, which feature every side they offer, every sausage they make, and an endless salad bar.

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Some of the best food I have every eaten. I STRONGLY suggest to have lunch here when you are in town. We only waited 25 minutes on a Sunday afternoon, and the bar is first come first serve.

After Schmidt’s and our tiny food comas, we made the drive home. All in all, I had an amazing weekend!

Have you ever been to Columbus, Ohio? Where should I go next time??

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Explore Ohio: My Day on the West Side of Cleveland

So a few weekends ago, one of my besties and I spent the day in Cleveland.

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I’m always looking to explore and try new things! I’m vowing in 2016 to try as many new things as I can, staring off in my own backyard of Ohio.

We started off our Saturday at the West Side Market in Ohio City. According to the website it is “Cleveland’s Oldest Tradition.” Only open on certain hours of the week, this venue features a wide variety of local vendors who sell everything from homemade pasta to raw fish, produce and even sweets! Well worth a stop if you are visiting the area on the weekend.

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I bought a bunch of homemade pasta while Emily bought some local produce!

After the market, we walked around and explored the shops in the area. We stumped upon this awesome mural down a not-so-sketchy alley!

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There are a lot of places to eat and grab drinks close to the market, but after just eating brunch at home we decided to stop at the Glass Bubble Project. It’s right behind the market and well worth the stop!

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They feature TONS of homemade glass sculptures and you can even take a glass blowing class! They were doing a live demo when we stopped by.

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Our favorite bartender told us about his friend’s tea shop, Cleveland Tea Revival, which we went to next. SO MANY TEAS! I loved it! You will have to drive there is you are coming from the market, but parking is free. It was in a cute little area called “Hinge Town.”

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There was the tea shop, juice bar, yoga studio, some loft apartments, and a bike shop there. I loved the window displays at the bike shop – so inspiring and fitting for the day!

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After drinking out tea and admiring the beautiful houses in the area, we took a short 15 minute drive west to Lakewood.

There, we stopped at Campbell’s Sweet Factory! Cupcakes! Buckeyes! Popcorn! Oh my gosh! It all looked so good! They had a cotton candy tree – A COTTON CANDY TREE!

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I had a salted caramel cup…it was so decadent! I couldn’t even finish it!

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Emily had the peanut butter cup…she also couldn’t finish it! Reader beware: you may get a cavity or two – totally worth…

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Next, we walked to a bar called 16-Bit.

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Heaven!! Arcade Bar: all I have to say! They have all those old school arcade games from Frogger to Pac Man to Mortal Kombat. I was just excited to play Tron!!

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The best part…all the games are FREE, as long as you buy a drink! They only games you have to pay for is pinball…which is 50 cents.

After drinks and games, we walked to The Root, my favorite cafe in Lakewood.

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They feature local artists and even have vegan bakery made in-house. I love their coffee! A great place to warm up and have a great cup of joe!

 

There were SO MANY places that I saw that I can’t wait to explore! If anyone has suggests, I’m an open book and would LOVE to know!

What about you? What’s your favorite place in your hometown???

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Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Art Journal Volume 13: Creating a Fun Background

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I can’t believe it’s May already! Today, I’m having fun journaling after gaining inspiration from Rachel Dendow’s e-course 52 Weeks of Art Journaling. I originally bought it off of A Beautiful Mess’s shop but it’s still available on Smile and Wave! Sorry for the small photos, I forgot to change my camera settings…

I thought she has a wonderful idea by creating a fun pattern in the background using every day objects! I went to Australia in 2011 and can’t wait for the day to go back! I think about it almost everyday how much fun I had there. I have an inspiration album where I have various pages of thoughts that I make pages about. I decided to make a motivational travel page!

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Today, I used this magnet in the shape of Australia to create this fun background on the paper. I first traced the magnet and then outlined with permanent marker to make it “pop.”

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Then, I added a few travel cards and a picture of Maloo, the dingo pup that we got “babysit” while I was there. Finally, I journaled my thoughts!

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Where are your top places your wish to visit (or travel back!)?

Talk soon,
Jennifer

P.S. –
1. Alaska; 2. New Zealand; 3. Russia; 4. Antarctica; 5. Iceland

Crafts Under 10: Postcard Travel Journal

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Hey everyone! Who loves to travel? I know I sure do!

One of the items I always get on my travels are postcards. I would always pick them up at every stop, and when I get home I would them them to my stash to forget about! I stumbled upon this post via Pinterst and through it would change it to work for me!

I decided to start with one trip where I knew what post cards I bought. I tried to lay them out in order, I had to force myself to accept that it won’t be perfect (one of things I’m working on!!).

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Next, I used to tape to adhere each “page” together, forming a little book. I used a hole punch on each page and used yarn to tie them all together.

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Finally, I tried to remember each day of the trip and journaled about it!

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I thought this was a fun project! Next major trip, I am going to be writing on the postcards while I’m traveling and then assembling them when I get home!

What about you?? How do you use your postcards?! #myMCAart

Talk soon,
Jennifer

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The “Ultimate” Road Trip Bag

Who doesn’t love traveling?
Whether you are going on a road trip with your friends or you a friend is moving away, making an ultimate road trip bag is a great way to get the essentials together!
I thought of this idea because my friend is moving to Arizona at the end of the month, and I couldn’t think of a going-away gift to get her. That’s when I remembered my trip to LA a few years ago. I drove with some friends across country for a conference in LA.
(drove from Ohio to California and back)
Crazy? I know, but it’s one of those things you said you’ve done.
(Have you ever driven cross country? Yes! Yes I have!)
I was thinking about the things I wish I had brought with me or bought along the way. Then I thought, “why not make a goodie bag with all the essentials!”
A gift was born!

My ultimate road trip bag includes:
$25.00 Visa gift card (for gas)
$25.00 Subway gift card (they are EVERYWHERE on the road)
Travel Hygiene Kit (contains: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, and lotion)
Bag of Sunflower Seeds
Bag of Chips
First Aid Kit
Bottle of Hand Sanitizer
Box of Tissues
Roll of Toilet Paper (you never know…)
Bottles of Water
This I Thought to include but didn’t:
Music Mix CD with Travel Tunes
Maps
Sunglasses
Sunhat
Pillow
Blanket

Everyone’s bag will be different, but these are things that I wish I would have brought with me (especially that Subway gift card…) or things I bought at almost every gas station (Chips! Oh, Glorious chips!).
What are somethings that you would include in your travel bag?

Talk Soon,
Jen