This past weekend, I ventured north to Cleveland to visit my friend Brian. We went to college together in Cincinnati, and we used to bicker (lovingly, of course) about whose hometown was best (Cincinnati vs. Cleveland). And while Cincinnati still holds the #1 spot in my heart, Cleveland is a very close second. Its food, hometown spirit and gorgeous lake views were enough to convince me. It’s a pretty awesome place.
Brian is from Cleveland, and is passionate about the city. He’s actively engaged in its LGBTQ community, and he literally knows everyone. It’s always nice to stay with someone who has such love for their city, because you’re guaranteed to eat, shop and explore (without getting lost) like a local.
We perused the shops near his apartment in the Gordon Square Arts District, made a pit stop in Hingetown and then headed to dinner at this adorable little French restaurant called Le Petit Traingle Cafe. It was delicious. I ate so much I almost had to have Brian roll me out the door. Here are some moments from my first night in the CLE:
[Inside Yellowcake Shop, an adorable boutique owned by a Project Runway alum]
[Vintage movie theater chairs outside of Guide to Kulchur, a used bookstore across from Brian’s apartment ]
[Our visit to Cleveland Tea Revival in Hingetown]
Part II of my adventure in Cleveland is coming at you tomorrow (I took too many pictures for my own good). Happy Monday!