Though work has run me rugged (I got sick when the proposed, quant, intimate gathering of 4 blew up to a rambunctious group of 14. My body wasn’t prepared for that kind of shock. When there was 4 people you sit there for an hour not 2.5 hours with 14. My body shut down giving me a massive headache and upsetting my digestive track!). Once it subsided a day later, I made my way to the Louisville Slugger Museum. I pay $11 for the tour and it doesn’t disappoint because we get to see the actual Major League Baseball players being made. The guide tells us that many MLB players sign contracts. Also it is an added bonus as a Clevelander to see Jim Thome’s and Grady Sizemore’s bats! Finally, there is a new guide who has been working for 3 days. The crowd applauds at the end then we receive our mini-bats. The guide tells us that if we are flying out at the airport we must either check the bats in our luggage or ship them. I decide to ship mine because I don’t have any more space in my bag. After buying my postcard, I leave knowing that my bat is safe and I’ve made the right decision.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
As an Ohioan and a native Clevelander, I’ve never seen the Ohio River. I’ve been living off of Lake Erie. When my job takes me to Louisville, I get the chance to see it while dining at Joe’s Crab Shack. Where the city is situated, I can see Jeffersonville, Indiana, from across the river.
Ohio River View from Louisville Joe's Crab Shack
Jeffersonville, Indiana across from the Ohio River
Joe's Crab Shack Louisville Cherry Limeade
Joe's Crab Shack Louisville Crabmeat on top of Shrimp with Dirty Rice and Vegetables
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Tonight I used my Palm Steakhouse's complimentary 3-lb. lobster coupon for my birthday. I decided that this would be a great time to use since tomorrow I am out of town until Friday. I might not have the energy when I return. Besides this has been a very good time for me. This year I've received my promotion and gotten accepted into my second leadership development program. Along with the potato au gratin, the original bill was $94. I was unfazed because this year I could afford it. Last year I was struggling; and, next year I will receive another promotion. With everything going my way, I am very happy right now!
3-Lb. Lobster with Lemon and Butter plus Potato Au Gratin
My Vanilla Ice Cream with Raspberries and Raspberry Sauce
Saturday, August 18, 2012
I have tried this Georgetown seafood eatery because as much as I love the Four Seasons, I need a change of pace. The restaurant and scenery haven't disappointed. This being restaurant week, I can sample the fare without denting my budget. I enjoy the Caesar salad, mussels and lemon mousse cake. Furthermore, I enjoy the Georgetown canal. The Sea Catch restaurant borders it. Seeing the fish swimming past me, calms me down. This has been a hectic past week and relaxing outside eating great food are the remedies!
Sea Catch Restaurant Awning
Sea Catch Menu
Mussels with Lemon and Butter
Lemon Mousse Cake with Strawberries
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I returned to my hometown Cleveland for my birthday. I truly needed a break from DC’s breakneck pace and dangerously hot weather. Off of Lake Erie, the temperature was 75 degrees. When I returned to Baltimore Washington Airport it was 93 degrees! In between the Wednesday when I landed and this Monday when I returned, I managed to reconnect with family, visit Cleveland State University, my alma mater, celebrate my birthday and 10th year Master of Business Administration anniversary at Mortons Cleveland Steakhouse (after telling the waiter my story, he told another couple who paid for my chocolate mousse dessert!), relax at the Doubletree Cleveland hotel and eat at Mallorca and John Q. Steakhouse. Enjoy my photos!
Lake Erie and Cleveland coastline
Celebrating my birthday at Mortons Cleveland Steakhouse
Filet of Salmon with Crabmeat, Asparagus, 2 Shrimps Topped with Crabmeat and 3 Baked Shrimp
Chocolate Mousse with Whipped Cream, Raspberry, Mint Leaf and Birthday Candle
Happy Birthday Greeting on the Menu
Waterfront Line, Great lakes Science Center (Dome) and Rock N Roll Hall of Fame (right)
Cleveland State University Student Center
Cleveland State University Student Center
Cleveland State Campus District
Cleveland State University banner
Cleveland State University Art Campus off of East 13th Street
Mallorca Lobster Ravioli and Vegetables and Potato Chips
John Q. Steakhouse Sirloin Steak with Bleu Cheese and Broccoli Au Gratin