Coquette Patisserie of Cleveland Ohio

Coquette Patisserie

While visiting the Cleveland Flea last Saturday, my friends and I took a break after shopping for a sweet treat. Coquette Patisserie is a bakery & bar that specializes in French pastries, macarons, cakes, confections, savory small plates, and craft libations. My friend had actually discovered the spot through adorable Instagrams of their exquisite-looking cheeseboards. The space is very quaint with Parisian-inspired decor and display cases full of treats almost too pretty to eat.

I treated myself to a “Coco Loco” of genoise soaked with dark rum and topped with toasted coconut, all enveloped with coconut mousse. I already love coconut and rum, but this was truly delicious. It tasted similar to that of a cheesecake, but without the heaviness.

After an early morning start, nearly three hours of driving, and shopping all morning I was exhausted. I ordered a fruity tea to revive myself, which I was really excited to try. It  was served it a pretty glass teapot with the sweetest tea timer. Fun, but I’m pretty sure it was just an Argo brand tea mix I have at home though. Next time I’ll try something different.

My three girlfriends ordered champagne, a cheeseboard and french macaroons. They enjoyed the bubbly, but the macaroons were extremely stale. The cheeseboard was definitely grammable. The cheeses were as delicious, as picturesque. We’d suggest asking when the pastries were made before ordering and asking for additional toast if its too hard for you to enjoy.

This is a great place to try on a weekend afternoon for a relaxing sweet treat. The decor throughout the indoor and outdoor seating areas is very charming. The staff was also whipping up some fancy and beautiful drinks while we where there, that I’d love to try.

I’d love to return sometime to bring my mother and try more of the pastries. Definitely check out the Coquette Instagram if you’re into pretty food & drink snaps!

 

New seasonal quiche: roasted @rittmanorchards asparagus with Brie

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Farmhouse Home Decor & Vintage Shopping Tour of Maryland & Virginia

Farmhouse & Vintage Home Décor Shopping Tour

I’ve gushed about the treasure hunt of home decor antiques available in Maryland and Northern Virginia a few times before, (Fall home decor post here + Holiday home decor post here) and I’m here to share another trip the antique lover’s capital! I was first introduced to these spots by my mother, an avid Southern Living Magazine and home decor enthusiast. Hmmm… I wonder where I get it from?! Here’s a recap of our April 22 adventure, the stops we took and treasures we spotted from modern farmhouse decor finds, to vintage antiques.

We always start the day in Buckeystown, Maryland at Chartreuse & co. This home decor enthusiasts’ dream spot consists of a few charming farm buildings filled with various antiques and upcycled home decor vendors.

On this Saturday they were also having a “Spring Market Day” with additional tag sales and local vendors set up outside. It was amazing, again definitely worth the 6am wake up call and 3 hour road trip from Pittsburgh. There was plenty of affordable finds from romantic french country inspired pieces to rustic and farmhouse styles. At Chartreuse the vendors offer a mix of newly manufactured pieces, handmade pieces, untouched antiques and upcycled pieces.

Just up the street from our first stop is Buckeystown Design Co Op.  This shop features a bit more upscale, more refined home decor pieces & furniture. Instead of upcycled pieces, here you’ll find nice, quality things purchased from suppliers and fun finds from places like High Point furniture warehouse sales. The space was fit for spring with beautiful fake spring flowers.

Next up on our home decor shopping adventure we visited Sweet Clover Barn. Sweet Clover is vintage home decor and handmade marketplace housed in a dairy barn on a horse farm in Frederick, Maryland. Again there are various farm building used to display multiple vintage home decor vendors, create another ultimate home decor lovers’ paradise. This place was upcycled kitchen hutch central. I was swooning over each unique farmhouse kitchen hutch.

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Seven Springs Foggy Brews

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Foggy Brews

 

After a few runs down the mountain at Seven Springs, or lets be honest one really, I am ready for a break. When I need to refuel on the mountain I head to the Foggy Brews  restaurant for craft beer and hand-crafted food creations. This place is seriously delicious, exactly what the resort needed. The menu has many delicious choices. So many I usually can’t decide and order too much food, falling into a sluggish food comma unable to return to the mountain… Oh well 🙂 this food is worth it!

Foggy Brews Bar

 

The bar area here is huge, featuring a 100ft bar top in a modern but rustic style, with shelves made from snowboards. There are of course plenty of beers on tap to choose from.

Out of all the fun starters on the menu, the crispy pickles are fulfilling, served with a BLT aioli. This pairing was surprising to me, as us Pittsburghers love our ranch dipping sauce, but it is a welcomed replacement.

Foggy Brews Fried Pickles

 

My go to main dishes are the Bison Burger and or the Quattro Formaggi Grilled Cheese. The grilled cheese is very delicious, rich and buttery, so I would caution those eager to return to the slopes to indulge in this dish. but you might not be so ready after enjoying this dish of buttered sourdough, stuffed with four rich cheeses and served with truffle honey aioli, roasted tomato soup for dipping.

Foggy Brews Grilled Cheese

 

My Boyfriend enjoyed the Mushroom Barley with rich mushrooms, barley and vegetables simmered with a beef broth, topped with herbs.

 Foggy Brews Mushroom soup

 

Although the barman suggested the mussels, my BF who eats mussels regularly, did not enjoy the dish. Described as, “Fresh black mussels steamed in a Spicy Carrots broth, Andouille Sausage, Shallots,” he says he thought the sauce was weird and he craved a warm buttery sauce instead.

Foggy Brews Mussels

 

We also love to order the Bison Burger and the Fish Tacos. I really encourage you to try the Foggy Brews next time to head to Seven Springs. After a meal here you’ll need to revive yourself with a cup of coffee. Which come in the cutest vintage-inspired mugs.

Foggy Brews Coffee Much

Foggy Brews Coffee Mug

 

Even if you aren’t working up an appetite on the slopes, its worth a visit. rainbow at Seven Springs Seven Springs

 

 

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Above All Grand Salon & Spa in Wexford

Above All Salon & Spa

After a very stressful week, I took advantage of my birthday gift card to Above All Grand Salon & Spa in Wexford. Having never been to a spa before, nor had a massage, and only having my nails done about 4 times in my life, this was a real treat. I booked an hour long hybrid massage. This combines a full range of massage techniques including Swedish, Reiki & Deep Tissue with warm towels and aromatherapy oils.

Located in a strip mall area off of Route 19 in Wexford, near Whole Foods, the inside of the space seems to be inspired by a Tuscan Villa. Warm browns and golden tones are found throughout the tiles, wall colors, fixtures and decor. I was surprised at how spacious the salon and spa areas were, compete with 3 receptionist, they have a lot going on here!

My massage was very enjoyable. My masseuse really did focus on the areas I had requested, where I had been holding my stress all week in my neck, shoulders and back. Now I am finding myself wanting to return every month for needed therapy.  I also feel it might be in my favor to send my BF when he becomes too much of a crabby pants. This refresh might just be necessary to help us both stay sane. I would encourage anyone in the market for spa treatments to check out Above All Grand Salon & Spa in Wexford!

Above All Salon & Spa

Above All Salon & Spa

Above All Salon & Spa

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Orlando’s Morimoto Asia Restaurant

Morimoto Asia Orlando

Recently I was in Orlando for a few days. I researched the area’s restaurant scene online and discovered an upscale Asian spot Morimoto Asia with rave reviews. Morimoto Asia is actually a pan-Asian restaurant by Japanese Iron Chef Chef Masaharu Morimoto. The pictures online made the space look verygrammable, so I was thrilled when I was able to snag a last minute reservation for a coworker friend and I.

When we arrived we were astonished with the dramatic long chandeliers hanging over the main dining space. Our waitress was the sweetest and spoke to the featured dishes & drinks with such praise and authentic enthusiasm that I wanted to try everything. We decided to try the featured item the chef is known for of the Morimoto Spare Ribs which are a crispy hoisin sweet chili glazed pork ribs, with cilantro. Insanely delicious! I am sure people return just for those ribs. They were so flavorful, fall of the bone good, with a sweet crunch similar to that of other Chinese dishes like the General Tso’s most American’s know & love.

For my main dish I had a hard time deciding, since everything sounded so good. I selected a Duck Ramen of egg noodles, duck meat, scallion, boiled egg. It was divine. So flavorful for a simple broth and noodle dish. I’ve never had anything like it before. Now I am all for the elevated ramen hype.

Duck ramen 🍜 by Iron Chef @chef_morimoto at Orlando's @morimotoasia

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I also treated my self to a delicious fruity drink of mangos and lychees. I was nice refreshing and sweet, definitely worth the price and the calories.

If I ever find myself in Orlando again I will definitely make it a priority to dine at Morimoto Asis again, A+ for atmosphere, service, drinks and of course cuisine.

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