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Ode to Vacation, 2013

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Chicago to visit my lovely big brother Rich

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A birthday trip to Charlottesville, VA with my best DC friend Jackie

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NYC to party-party with my old college roommate Amber

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Columbus to visit my high school friend May

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DC to visit my little sister Louisa

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Ontario, Canada to visit all of my old college roommates

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San Fran and Sonoma to drink wine/love life with with the aforementioned Jackie

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Aspen and Boulder with my boyfriend

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Pensacola, FL to visit my very best friend Emily

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Admittedly, when I began Craveable Cleveland back in January, I did intend for it be a slightly more Cleveland-focused blog :). But life has gone from good to better all year long and I’ve been enjoying all of the benefits. I’ve always loved to travel but after moving to DC in 2009, my travel budget quickly became my rent money. Well actually, that was all of my money. Of course I didn’t mind too much because I was living in our nation’s capital – and in your mid-twenties, how great is that?

But since returning home to Cleveland last October, I’m loving all of the things I’d missed while living away. Like, having money to travel. I’ve also been so very lucky in that my work schedule allows for lots of time off. Time + Money = 9 vacations in 2013. What a year it has been!

Seeing new places, eating delicious food and spending time with the ones I love are among my top favorite things to do in the universe. And so, 2013 has been one of the greatest years yet in the life of Beth.

Having said all of that, I’m so glad to be back in Cleveland, done vacationing for a while and eager to spend more time at home in my own kitchen and out in my own city. My wallet and my waistline will thank me, I’m sure. Vacations are great but home is always where the heart is <3.

xo Beth

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Pensacola

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I’m back, once again. It sure has been a vacation-heavy year and aside from one last weekend trip for a wedding, I’m ready to stay put in Cleveland! But how can you say no to an impromptu few days down in Florida with your best friend and her adorable little family? Especially when they’re moving soon. I just could not.

So on Tuesday I hopped on a plane and headed down to Pensacola to soak up some quality time with Emily, her husband John, Baby Wyatt and Eli and Maggie the Dog. We had a great time – visiting the splash park, sunning on the beach, shopping at the Farmer’s Market, swimming, biking, walking, talking, mixing cocktails and hanging out. There was perhaps a little too much Florida heat and too much good eating but isn’t that what vacations are for? :)

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Our highlight meal was an Emily-Beth girls night at Iron. Em and her husband had been the week prior for birthday dinner and could not say enough about their amazing chicken. Chicken of all things! You may be skeptical, they were too and then so was I but holy moly, this was indeed the best, melt-in-your-mouth confit chicken, cornbread, beans and collards ever. We also indulged in some oysters to start and a cinnamon puff over orange pastry cream, topped with avocado ice cream to finish. All shared over a buttery bottle of Chardonnay and a whole lot of laughter about our ridiculous youth. Delicious. Florida5

The food was good but friends are so much better. Here’s me and my best buddy Wyatt, who was stuck like glue all week long. He is in the why, why, why phase which is at once exhausting and way too adorable. Before I left he gave me a ‘marriage ring’ of metal tape and I kind of never want to take it off :).

A fabulous week. No more vacations for a while – but this one sure was worth every second.

xo Beth

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Perhaps we should rename this blog Craveable I-Forgot-I-Live-In Cleveland? I’ve had a hard time staying put lately.

But life is short and right now, very good. So why not enjoy every minute.

I’m off to Florida for the week to spend time with my very best friend Emily. She’s moving far away soon so I’ve got to get her while I can. Hang with her boys, help her pack, cross a few items of the FL bucket list and of course, cook-buy-eat delicious food.

Thanks for sticking with all these adventures!

xo Beth

Frasca Food and Wine

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And now for our favorite part, the food. We ate lots of yummy dishes in Colorado (because what else is there in life?) but for the purposes of this post I’ll focus on one type in particular. Along Pearl Street in Boulder are three spots by the same creators: Frasca Food and Wine, Pizzeria Locale and Frasca Caffe. It’s pretty much a little stretch of heaven.

We’ll start with Frasca Caffe, where I enjoyed this indulgent breakfast one Saturday morning before a day at St. Julien Spa (tough life). The flakiest, lightly sweet, nutty-filled croissant paired with a creamy cappuccino and sprinkle of raw sugar. I love breakfast. In my world, this breakfast could not come closer to perfection :).

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Another day, well okay two other days, we enjoyed lunch at the Pizzeria next door:

Vesuvius – heirloom tomato-basil-mozzarella di bufala

Frittatine – pasta-prosciutto cotto smoked mozzarella

Mais – mozzarella-prosciutto cotto-sweet corn-crème fraiche-garlic chive 

This pizza knocked my socks off so much I ordered it twice. Mountains are great and all but I think I could move to Boulder based on that picture alone :).

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And another two days still we dined at Frasca. It’s a show, from the service to the wine presentation to the staging of dishes. Course after course of imaginative food make for one very entertaining evening indeed. I cannot think of anything I love much more than that.

Dinner on night one:

Tonno – Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna, Munson Corn, Heirloom Tomato and Dill

Gnocchi – Spring Onion, Smoked Ricotta, Red, Yellow and Chioggia Beet

Marlino – Hawaiian Striped Marlin, Eggplant, Cherry Tomato, Zucchini and Red Pepper

CROSTATA DI P RUGNA – Golden Plum, Almond, White Chocolate, Brown Butter and Plum Sorbet

You know, just for instance!

So yes, we ate well in Colorado, with much thanks to Frasca and company. From the food to the wine to the company to activity, our Colorado vacation was very good. And now I’m ready to embrace Cleveland once again with renewed zest. Perhaps we can find some cuisine worth comparing :).

xo Beth

Aspen and Boulder

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And just like that, 13 vacation days have come to an end. I feel rested and rejuvenated and ready to get back to reality…which is a pretty good way to say goodbye. But before I do, let’s capture the memories.

I’d never been to Colorado before, which made this trip especially exciting. I love exploring new territory! Especially right here in the good old USA, because who knew we have so many ah-mazing, diverse landscapes right here at home?

We began our adventures in Aspen, which you’ll see pictured above. Our condo was in a perfect location, which made it easy to do lots of exploring around town. Although I hardly fit in the land of the rich and famous, it was still lots of fun to look around and dream of one days :). How could it not be with this awe-inspiring backdrop?

We watched the USA Pro Challenge, ate good food, drank amazing wine and soaked up the good life for a few days of fun-filled bliss. I can only imagine how beautiful Aspen is capped in fresh white snow.

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From Aspen, we spent the bulk of our trip in Boulder, which is a pretty awesome town. It’s partially hippy, partially very wealthy – full of unique shops, good food, lots of wine lovers, adorable homes and of course those breathtaking mountains everywhere you look.

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The photographs you see here are from a very gorgeous afternoon hike through Estes Park. Environmentalist or not so much, you’ve got to love Mother Nature when surrounded by this kind of majesty.

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Sadly our afternoon march came to a close a little early as PM thunderstorms rolled in and spoiled the fun. Storms seemed to happen around the same time each afternoon in CO. And although that was a bit of a bummer, a cloudy background sure makes for some beautiful images.

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And for your last sample of Boulder’s beauty, the top of Flagstaff Mountain, above. Some of us cycled to the top, some of us were driven :). However you arrive, it makes you pretty thankful for this lovely life and all of it’s many blessings.

Good food among them. Let’s talk about that next time. It’s good to be back!

xo Beth

Colorado!

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Things have been a little hectic lately, hence why I’ve been missing.

But that’s okay (right?), because it’s all been leading up to 13 days off…and 10 days in Colorado! Pretty excited.

So, I will see you when I return :).

xo Beth

All of the Ingredients

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Good food, a mini road trip, lots of sunshine, a few glasses of wine, family + friends… all of the ingredients for a pretty perfect August weekend.

Starting Thursday night with a crisp glass of rose at Greenhouse Tavern bar, followed by an (always) delicious patio dinner at the Flying Fig. To start, Buratta Cheese – Olive Tapenade, Arugula, Extra Virgin, Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Crostini. Buratta is one of my all-time favorite appetizers, in all of its richly-creamy, softly-subtle glory. For my main, Herbed Ricotta Gnocchi – Chicken Confit, Asparagus, Walnuts, Pecorino Sardo, Fava Beans. It just so happens that gnocchi is one of my all-time favorite dinners! How could we go wrong here. Plus a few bites of molten chocolate cake for dessert – because who lets that sit on the table without at least a little participation? :) It was delightful. 

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On Friday, an all day out-and-back trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in PA. In case you don’t know (which I didn’t), the house is built over/as part of a beautiful natural waterfall. The homeowners had originally anticipated it being close to the fall but Wright took the it one giant step further with his design. The whole structure has a very outside feel and is totally unique to anything I’ve seen before. Breathtaking! You know, just taking notes for my future vacation home… :)

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And on Saturday, the very best kind of Saturday here in Cleveland. Shopping at the West Side Market followed by lunch and a beer at Great Lakes. I think I could do that exact loop around Ohio City every Saturday and never get bored.

Hello August! Promises to be an exciting end-of-summer month :).

xo Beth