Inside the summer issue of @edibleCleveland was a wonderful opportunity to go on a field trip with Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream, which just happens to be my all time favorites, to Mulberry Creek Herb Farm where @MitchellsCleve Homemade Ice Cream sources some of their herbs. Count me in!
Mulberry Creek Farm is the only certified organic herb farm in Ohio and they have over 1000 varieties of herbs. They are also one of the preeminent sources for miniature "fairy" garden plants. It is their greenery that was used for this creation.
Mulberry Creek Farm provides Mitchell's with mint and we learned that the very top of the mint has the most oils and flavor. As a result, they hand cut only the very top of the plants and off they drive to Mitchell's within an hour for the utmost freshness.
Mark, the herb master himself, shared with us the ins and outs of English Lavender which is the lavender that should be used in food. The smell was absolutely divine!
Then it was time to partake of a garden fresh lunch.
After all that deliciousness, we toured the vegetable gardens, shopped for some herbs and off we went back to Mitchell's brand new and rather spectacular Ohio City location for an ice cream tasting and Q&A with Mike Mitchell.
Full disclosure, I have been going to Mitchell's since they opened their first shop 15 years ago on the other side of town. Now they have 8 shops including their new production/ice cream facility/shop. This is not just any ice cream shop...it is a renovated theatre in the historic Ohio City neighborhood where the @WestSideMarket is located. They incorporated many green and sustainable aspects to the building and may I just say, it is truly stunning.
It is so exciting to see the growth of a local company and two brothers that are passionate about what they do. I absolutely love that everything is organic. Here to find out, they do not keep any inventory. They are producing ice cream 364 days a year for over 60 local restaurants, several local grocery store chains as well as their shops.
Mike Mitchell shared the Mitchell's story and answered all of our questions, for which I had many, as we sampled some of their creations. One thing I could not help but notice, was the art throughout the building and here it was all created by their 84 year old aunt...now how fabulous is that?!
Went and grabbed a bite to eat and came back for my favorite sundae - coffee chip with marshmallow and hot fudge. As we hung out, a band was setting up...again...not your typical ice cream shop.
Thank you to Noelle and staff with @edibleCleveland and Mike Mitchell for creating such a wonderful day for all we foodies. It was quite the experience.
If you visit Cleveland, make sure to go to @MitchellsCleve...I promise your taste buds will be happy, happy!
Okay...I am huge @andersoncooper fan and follow him on twitter. A tweet came through in summer about getting tickets to see his daytime show @andersonlive and I responded almost immediately. Several weeks pass and I receive an email that I indeed got tickets to the show. Once I found out, I invited my mother to join me and then booked the airline tickets pronto. I was so darn excited...NYC here we come!
The day arrives and we are in line for the show.
We were concerned as to whether or not we would actually make it in as there was a woman behind us saying that she goes to lots of show and doesn't always get in. She kept saying it over and over...I was getting a tad anxious. Well...we did make it in and were beyond delighted. Here we are in the holding area waiting.
Off we go...his show is taped at a CBS Studio and we passed this sign on our way. @CBSSunday Morning is a favorite of mine...so exciting and then 60 Minutes too...
We arrive to the new @andersonlive set - it is beautiful and is a buzz with energy. I love that he incorporated his mother's art as it adds such a personal touch and lovely warmth to the set.
We get ushered in and end up with absolutely stellar seats in the comfy benches in the front...happy, happy. We are told to turn off our phones and the comedian starts warming up the audience...she was FAB-U-LOUS! You could just feel the energy...it was happy, fun and full of life. She then announced whom was going to be on the show and I hear her say @sharktankabc...seriously? I was, of course, super excited being an entrepreneur. Then the Nealy's @ginaandpatneely were on and because of where we were seated, we were given a plate to taste what they made...may I just say, absolutely delicious.
The whole experience was such a thrill. Oh and did I say...@andersoncooper is A-DORE-ABLE! He has such a great way about him and is so warm and kind...and that laugh...LOVE it!
The show we were on airs today so if you get a chance tune in. For that matter, tune in everyday...I do! Here's a preview.
The show ends and it is time to leave...didn't really want to leave as it was such fun being there. BTW...I just have to share this photo of where we were seated - in the third bench in the middle section...how cool was that?! It was pretty darn cool...just saying.
Thank you to the @andersonlive team for treating my mom and me so well. We truly had the best time and can't wait to visit again.
Anyone that knows me, knows I love art, particularly modern and contemporary art. I came across this documentary a few years back, Herb & Dorothy, which is a remarkable story about a couple that were absolutely passionate about art and managed to build one of the world's most important collections of Minimalist and Conceptual art. What makes their story even more extraordinary is the fact that they amassed this collection while working modest jobs and living in a rent-controlled, one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan's Upper East Side. Dorothy was a librarian and Herb worked for the US Postal Service.
“Most of us go through the world, never seeing anything. Then you meet somebody like Herb and Dorothy, who have eyes that see.” —Richard Tuttle, artist
by every major museum, the couple astounded the art world by
transferring their entire collection—worth several million dollars—to
the National Gallery of Art. As government workers themselves, they
liked the idea of sharing their prized pieces with the American people.
After weeks of packing, shippers carted away an astounding five
full-sized moving trucks of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the
tiny apartment.They wanted to share their collection with the public and
chose to transfer it to the National Gallery of Art in DC."
is a sweet, sweet story about their love for each other and their
passion and love for art. Add it to your Queue or get it off itunes. Here is a little peak into their story.
Aren't they so darn cute? Sadly, Herb went to glory last month.
First of all, I have a total weakness for stationary - not sure what that is about, but I have it. I also have tremendous affinity for creativity. Put stationary and creativity together and I get a tad giddy.
So...I just had to share this fabulous birth announcement with you. From the brown envelope, to the white label trimmed in red and blue with the "Special Delivery" stamp on it...
the brown cording tying the little tag with all the particulars.
No detail was missed...love the Cleveland, OH stamp with the date, the "Weight of Package", "Size of Package", "The Proud Recipients". I say stupendous, well done, absolutely fabulous!
But best of all, here is their "Special Delivery". Could he be any more sweet?! Love the photo!
My friend's wife is the creative mastermind behind this and other lovely items that come in envelopes. I kept their holiday greeting from a few years back and put it on my refrigerator for the winter season. After I receive one of her creations, I carry it around and share it with people in my life. This one will be no different, but now, I get to also share it with all of you. I told my friend I think his wife has a budding-boutique business emerging.
My Alma Mater hosted an alumni event at The Cleveland Museum of Art for the "Rembrandt in America" exhibition.
The evening began with a private lecture about Rembrandt given by Chief Curator, Dr. C. Griffith Mann. The lecture really brought the experience of viewing the exhibition to life. Two things really surprised me. The first was that Rembrandt did not necessarily paint an entire portrait himself. He had apprentices. The other interesting fact - he was quite the prolific printermaker - very experimental and original in his approach. The fact that this was done in the 1600's was rather astonishing and quite entrepreneurial.
After touring the exhibition we were off the Cleveland Botanical Gardens for a reception. I took this photo on the walk over. Notice the Frank Ghery building peeking out in the background...love.
Walked in the front door and scent from these hyacinths was intoxicating.
These tulips don't even look real but they are.
If you live in the area, make the time to take in the Rembrandt exhibition. Dr. Mann said this exhibit was an event of a generation - to have all the pieces that make up the exhibition under one roof.