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Screen Shot 2012-08-23 at 12.57.41 AMHappy 419 Day! Here is my curated list of things to do today. Yes, you also have to shop for Easter Dinner and you can do that along the way

Ready! Set! Start!

Brunch with the Happy Badger at Black Kite Coffee 10:30a to 2:30p https://www.facebook.com/events/257025294480462/

Buy Easter chocolate at Flying Rhino! They also have coffee and a few artists set up too! I definitely suggest Maker’s Mark Truffles in Easter baskets. https://www.facebook.com/events/1382391102040856/

Start your shopping for Easter dinner at the Toledo Farmer’s Market. https://www.facebook.com/events/694976420566201/

Leave downtown Toledo (don’t worry you’ll circle back later) and head to Walt Churchill’s Market to finish your Easter dinner shopping. There’s a wine tasting every Saturday at noon at their Maumee store. If you are planning on a small intimate dinner, you’ll love shopping at WCM.

Pick up a small bunch or splurge on lots of flowers at Hafner Florist. They have gorgeous florist quality plants, fresh cut flowers and plenty of arrangements. You may also find a few spring themed accents for your home decor.

Music is important to any celebration. Stop at Jamieson’s Audio Video and take a look at a few things. 1) If you have not, explore what your life could be like with Sonos. Families love Sonos. Together they can build the playlist for Easter Day, play Name that Tune, engage in Sonos Wars (fighting on their controllers to play the current song) and sound bombing (switching the music in a room to something dramatically different and loud surprising those in the room). Of course you can also just enjoy all the music in the world in every room of your home. Oh and you can also link it to all the music in your record collection too. Which brings me to … 2) Pro-Ject turntables. It is record store day, too. And there are some exceptional new and limited vinyl releases today. And…

… That is your second music stop Culture Clash Records for Record Store Day! I’m looking forward to the CCR release. I might even break out my turntable and buy it.

Head home for a few minutes. Walk the dog. Unload your car. And start round two… The Arts Commission‘s Gallery Loop begins at 3p and runs to 8p. And here are my suggestions…

There is a new crew of folks trying to save the Collingwood Arts Center and they are noting a fun event today. Donate $20 for a key that unlocks one of the doors at the CAC and win the prize in that room!  https://www.facebook.com/events/281704175339568/

A MUST do stop for arts and crafts is the Maker’s Mart. This is a collective of artists juried by Oh Sew Betty. You will find jewelry, art, wearables, boxes, prints, cards, aprons, tote bags, soaps, candles, lotions and more! The artists and artisans all make products of exceptional quality.  http://www.handmadetoledo.com/makers-mart-419-day

At 4:30 take a pause and treat yourself to It’s Yoga’s Community Class held every Saturday. The class is by donation. The regular price for a class is $16. Pay why you can. If you did not bring a mat, there are mats to borrow.

Shop for beer, wine, easy to make and delicious snacks… oh and tableware and decor at the Paula Brown Shop. There is an exhibit in their gallery featuring 6 national artists and Sally Hobbib Ruman is hosting a trunk show there. Beer, wine and food tastings all day long.

Check out the full Gallery Loop for galleries that sound interesting to you https://www.facebook.com/events/1434805146760552/

End the night at Registry Bistro enjoying some amazing selections from their new spring menu. I suggest the “Knife in the Garter Belt” cocktail and the Duck and Mushroom Tortelli… and of course, Scotch Olives.

Mother’s Day Shopping Guide 2014

It’s almost the last minute. You need to get something for mom. However, you want to find something unique that’s she’ll love. Here are a few ideas…

Click on the blue hyperlinks for more information. They will connect you to FB pages and websites which include address and phone numbers.

Car Moms – Does your mom love her car? My friends at YarkAuto.com have boutiques that carry merchandise  for each of their 10 automotive brands. Stop by their dealerships on the Central Ave Strip (or their Chevy dealership in Whitehouse) and ask to be directed to the boutique where you will find auto, home and lifestyle accessories and apparel. Of course I have my affinities towards FIAT and my friends at Yark FIAT and I have a special message for Moms.   Click here! 

Hard to Buy for Moms –  I promise you that the staff at the Paula Brown Shop will help you find a great gift even for the most picky of moms. From beautiful dinnerware to picture frames, imported fragranced lotions, luxurious linens, wine, glassware, costume jewelry and fine artisan jewelry, they have thousands of gifts in their boutique. On Saturday they are open from 10a to 3p with a cooking demonstration to inspire your “Breakfast in Bed” intentions. Stop by and browse on your own or ask one of their associates to help you. I got my mom her present at the Paula Brown Shop! Super cute. Great price point and she’ll think of me every time she sees it!

Music momsJamiesons Audio VideoSonos! Sonos! Sonos! I promise your mom will love the Sonos wireless music system… all the music in the world in every room of your home. Open 11a to 3p

Girly moms – Flowers from Hafner Florist. Give them a call or stop in for a custom design bouquet of flowers to brighten your mom’s day! Open until 4p today and just for Mother’s Day… 10a to 4p tomorrow

Hungry Moms –  Stop by Walt Churchill’s Markets in Perrysburg or Maumee and pick up everything you need for a gourmet brunch for Mother’s Day. Don’t forget the bubbly! If you need help with recipes or easy to make dishes, just ask!

Dancing Moms – A gift certificate to Paulette’s Studio of Dance lets moms choose between a sexy pole dance fitness class and classic ballroom instruction. Either way it gives her some active time away from the house and a break from the demands of motherhood. Give Paulette a call and arrange a time to meet to purchase your gift certificate.

Yoga Moms – Busy moms love the gift of yoga, especially when it is a private session dedicated to her needs in the privacy of her own home. Contact me at christine@girlintheglasscity.com, and we can arrange a time to buy a gift certificate for the ultimate peaceful luxury.

Chocoholic MomsFlying Rhino chocolates is at the Downtown Toledo Farmer’s Market today until 2pm. Delicious handmade chocolates and beautifully made!

Hungry Moms part 2 – Gift certificates for her favorite or soon to be favorite restaurant are always appreciated. While Registry Bistro and Stella’s Restaurant are both closed on Mother’s Day, you can stop and pick up a gift certificate today. Registry’s cuisine is “New American” and is the inspiration of Chef Erika Rapp. Stella’s menu is focused on comfort food with a nouveau twist. It is the creation of Chef Rob Campbell (formerly of Revolution Grille).  If you wish, Stella’s will pull together a gift basket for you including wine, one of their signature glass flowers and the gift certificate.

Craft Beer and Charcuterie Loving Moms - Swig is open on Mother’s Day with a menu of casual food all made in-house. They make their own sausage, and smoke their own meats. They also have 21 taps that are flowing with the best selection of craft beer in town. If she wants to indulge, offer to be the DD!

2Do 2Nite in the 419 (Gorgeous Day Edition) — May 8, 2014

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #1: If you want a fun, big time PARTY, do not miss the ReMax Preferred Associates Cinco de Mayo party at bar 145 tonight starting at 6pm. At the door the admission is $40 for a great appetizer buffet and entrance into this fundraiser. Once everyone has had a few drinks, the Menus start playing and things get fun and exciting. For more info click here!

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #2: The best sign of summer coming… the Perrysburg Farmer’s Market is OPEN. Stroll for the best in local veggies fruits, meats, cheeses and coffee, then retire to Stella’s or Swig’s patio for music, libations and incredible food! 3p to 8p for the market. Food and beverages served well beyond that. Eddie Molina plays and sings for you at Stellas and Jeff Stewart strums and croons on the patio at Swig.

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #3 Downtown Delights in Sylvania. Stop by for a quick coif at the hairGod, Kevin Charles and enjoy shopping, sipping and noshing. Click here for more information.

2Do 2Day in the 419 (Derby de Mayo Edition) – May 3, 2014

2Do 2Day in the 419 #1: The best Derby Day party is at the Toledo Museum of Art.  Watch the Derby live in the Peristyle! Enjoy music, Southern fare, and art. Music by Kentucky Chrome and Andrew Ellis. Bocce in the Sculpture Garden. Running of the 140th Derby streamed live. Cash bar featuring mint juleps. Southern fare. Hat contest. Click here for information. Party starts at 4:30p $40 members/$50 non-members.

2Do 2Day in the 419 #2: Play in Downtown Toledo! Shop the Farmer’s Market for Chocolate from Flying Rhino, croissants from All Crumbs Bakery and all kinds of fresh veggies and fruits. 8a to 2p. Click here for more info. After you buy amazing things to eat and cook, stop by the Paula Brown shop for wine, kitchen gadgets, cookware and servingware to make your time in the kitchen and at the table a joy!

2Do 2Day in the 419 #3: Continue playing in Downtown Toledo! It’s National Train Day… and it’s FREE. Fun to wander as an adult. Super fun for kids! 9a to 4:30p Click here for more information.

2Do 2Day in the 419 #4: Free Comic Book Day! Really… you show up to a comic book store and get free comic books today only! Locally, there are shops in Toledo, but there is a really cool comic book store in Fremont, Rupp Comics. Over 60 free comic books to choose from and huge sale, too! You’ll also enjoy some great comic book history with the first edition of the Spiderman series on display and other historical greats. Click here for more information. 

2Do 2Day in the 419 #5: Start Cinco de Mayo a could of days early at Walt Churchill’s Market in Maumee. They have casual and gourmet Mexican themed food, Mexican beer and wine. This will be a very relaxed and sane place to celebrate. Food is available for carryout as well. Go grocery shopping and celebrate Cinco de Mayo today and tomorrow. Click here for more info.

2Do 2Day in the 419 #6: May is Bike Month! Click here for all kinds of activities. bike check ups and clinics.


2Do 2Nite in the 419 – May 2, 2014

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #1:  Enjoy delicious food, entertainment, cocktails and wine… a classic evening of exquisite cuisine by Chef Erika Rapp of Registry Bistro. It’s the 2014 ProMedica Toledo Hospital Foundation Classic at the historic Secor Building in downtown Toledo. Proceeds from this year’s Classic will support the purchase of state-of-the-art, 3D mammography technology (also known as tomosyntheis) for Toledo Hospital’s Breast Care Center. Proceeds will also support the hospital’s Maternal Fetal Medicine program. For more info click here or just come to the Secor Building at 6pm, buy a ticket and join in the fun.

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #2: Bowl with the young hip professionals of the Maumee Rotary… the Rotaract. Bowling begins at 6:30p For more info, click here.

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #3: Rest up tonight at home for Derby Day and Cinco de Mayo parties tomorrow! Premium steaks for the grill, wine, spirits and beer and so many more yummy things can be found at your local grocery… Walt Churchill’s Market. Shop Local means groceries too!

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #4: National Train Day Preview Party – “Friday Night by the Tracks” event at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost to attend is $30 per person or $50 per couple, and all proceeds go to the Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail Association (NOPRA). There will be a cash bar, along with complimentary appetizers. Join us for train tours, live entertainment, a sneak peek at the train models, and a lot of fun! Click here for more info.

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #5: First Fridays return with Downtown Perrysburg Inc. Music, activities and fun for the family… FREE. Stop by my faves Stella’s and enjoy the cuisine of Chef Rob Campbell (formally of Revolution Grille) or Swig for their amazing food, craft beer selection and cocktails. For more info on First Friday, click here!

2Do 2Nite in the 419 (May Day Edition) – May 1, 2014

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #1: 10th Annual Charmed & Cherished Wine-Tasting to benefit the Cherished Friends of Ahava’s Special Guest Program that provides spa and wellness services, at no charge, to men and women undergoing cancer treatment. Cherished Friends of Ahava, a non-profit organization based in Toledo, has provided services to almost 1000 special guests in the last nine years. Starts at 6pm. $45/$55 per person

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #2: Celebrate the addition of some great makeup likes at Refresh Center for Wellness and Cosmetic Therapy. The party begins at 5:30 and goes until 9pm. Click here for more info.

2Do 2Nite n the 419 #3: Press Club of Toledo Meet and Greet. Whether you make news or cover it, join the Press Club from 5 to 7 pm. in the Toledo Club’s Grill. Attire is business casual, parking is plentiful and free, and your favorite beverages will be available at the Grill’s fully-stocked cash bar. The mixer has become a great place for journalists and sources to build relationships. For more info click here.

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #4: Wine tasting and shopping at the Paula Brown Shop! From 5:00 t0 7:00p shop for Mother’s Day (or anything you want to shop for) and enjoy a tasting of crisp white wines and sangria. Click here for more information.

2Do 2Nite in the 419 – April 26, 2014

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #1:  Luminations gala at Lourdes College… the annual fundraising sinner, auction and live performance to benefit Lourdes. Starts at 6pm $125 per person

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #2: Kirtan with Gita’s Dream. A kirtan is a music event lead by a band with participation from the audience. Chanting, clapping, dancing and more can all be a part of this music experience! 7pm $15 per person

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #3: There seem to be a number of new groups playing around town tonight. Check out the Toledo City Paper Music section and check one out.

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #4: Toledo Sister Cities International is hosting their International Festival today and it continues to 8pm. Head over to the Student Union on the UT campus for food, dancing and cultural traditions.

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #5: For those of you who are attending the private VIP party for Taste of the Nation Toledo, I’ll see you there shortly! We party tonight AND tomorrow! Woo Hoo!



2Do 2Nite in the 419 – April 25, 2014

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #1 – Happy Hour Yoga at It’s Yoga Toledo! Starts at 5:30 and lasts until 7p. Enjoy a great challenging workout with the Rocket 3. And if anyone is looking for a friend to grab a drink with after class, usually someone is headed out for an adult beverage. Detox before you retox! Do this with #3 – they are in the same building!

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #2 – FAUST is performed by the Toledo Opera tonight at the Valentine. Curtain at 7:30p a few tickets will be available at the door.

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #3 – Art with a Heart. A collection of artists in the Davis Building selling art and having fun to raise money to bring art projects to underserved children. It is a party as they have DJ OneTyme spinning, too! 6pm to 9pm Click here for more info. Do this with #1 – they are in the same building!

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #4 – The Tree City Film Festival continues tonight in Sylvania. Tonight all of the 2013 Oscar nominated Shorties will be shown along with festivities and merriment. .Click here for more information

2Do 2Nite in the 419 #5 – Eat, drink and be merry! Enjoy a pint and some hot feta dip at Swig. Have the lobster tart and a glass of chardonnay at Stella’s (a creation of Chef Rob Campbell the former chef at Revolution Grille). Or a “Knife in the Garter Belt” and a naan pizza at Registry Bistro.

So you want to start juicing…

Hurom Juicer and Green JuiceIf you want to start juicing, there are a series of questions to ask yourself. So let’s start…

1) Why do I want to juice?

If you want to juice cleanse simply because you want to lose weight, you’ll likely be disappointed. You will drop weight rather dramatically if you juice cleanse, especially with green juices. However, once you start eating food, you quickly will gain the weight back.

If you want to juice cleanse just to clean your body out from all the junk, say after an extended holiday period, great!

If you want to juice cleanse of a day, 3 days, 5 days or 10 days as a way to kickstart a new way of eating, perfect!

If you want to juice for extended periods of time as a solution for obesity and a number of health issues, way to go! Start by watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Then talk with your doctor about monitoring your health, blood and nutrient levels while you do this. If your doctor does not know how to help you, find another. Specifically you need to watch the mineral levels and make sure you are not getting too much of a good thing. It can happen, but if you are monitoring it, you can manage it.

If you want to use juicing as a regular meal supplement instead of reaching for the oh-so-popular shakes often filled with soy proteins and sugars, amazing!

2) How long am I going to juice? This determines if you need to go out and buy a juicer, which as you’ll see in #3, is an expensive piece of kitchen equipment (one you will want to use will cost you about $350).

If you are only going to juice for 5 days or less once or twice a year, good news. You probably do not need to buy a juicer. You can have someone make the juice for you. I used Juice by Jenn to start. I initially did a 4 day green only juice cleanse. She normally makes 6 different juices for each day and the cost is $50 a day. If you are reading this and not in the Toledo area or you wake up one morning and just decide to do a juice cleanse, there are a number of juice packs available at your boutique grocery store or health food store. In Toledo, Walt Churchill’s Market in Maumee carries two juice cleanses, Garden of Flavor and Suja. You will find that these packs run around $60.

If you are going to juice as a continuing part of your enjoyment of food, or if you are considering a juice cleanse longer than say 5 days, I discovered that I might as well buy a juicer. Once I cleansed for 4 days, I discovered my body liked the juice and about 2x a week or more wants a green juice as a meal replacement. Your juices will still be expensive compared to say a cheap smoothie or shake, but it will not cost you $50 a day. If you juice mainly organic produce, it will probably cost you $22-25 a day. If you do minimum budget juicing say regular produce at Walmart, it will cost you about $17 a day to juice. If you develop a life style of juicing and you make your own, you will quickly recover the cost of the juicer.

3) What kind of juicer do I need? The quick answer is a good one, and cost is a quick way to determine that. I would have hated the cheap $99 juicer. It will not work well for most produce, and greens especially. It will not last. And I would have used multiples of the produce you need when juicing with a good juicer. And it would have taken much more of my time. A good investment will be in the neighborhood of $300-$400 full retail. However, online once one finds the juicer of his or her dreams, he or she can search for a reduced price through online retailers.

So what I discovered is that a Vitamix is not a juicer. It is a blender. There is a big difference. It makes food puree and not juice. The food puree then needs the additional messy step of straining often through cloth, which needs to be washed and cleaned in addition to the blender. Making juice with the Vitamix is messy, time consuming and rather ineffective.

There are 3 types of juicers centrifugal, twin gear and masticating (slow juicers). 

TWIN GEAR juicers are the most expensive juicers and take a lot of time and effort. However they do tend to extract the most juice, giving a better yield and saving money.

CENTRIFUGAL juicers are the least expensive. They often have a hard time juicing greens well and some other vegetables. Their yield is less, and this evident because the pulp that extracts from the juicer is still quite wet. Centrifugal juicers grate the produce up, forming a pulp then spin it (like a washing machine) to remove the juice. 

SLOW juicers are not slow. It is often as quick as a centrifugal juicer (the quickest). However it’s yield (the amount of juice you get from the produce) is almost equal to the twin gear juicers. The pulp left after the juice is extracted is not overy moist meaning most of the juice has been extracted. Again it is known more formally as a masticating juicer (masticating means chewing). So it chews up the produce and extracts the juice.

I use a slow juicer, specifically the Hurom Slow juicer because I was able to get it on an amazing unbelievable sale. However, I would probably recommend an Omega juicer which are almost exactly like a Hurom, but offer a better warranty and more colors.

Now… you need recipes! I’ll work on that for my next post!

2Do 2Day in the 419 (Holiday Traditions in Toledo edition)

470605_10151315755333288_660487193_oSeveral holiday traditions in Toledo continue today. So bundle up and head on out with a traveler mug full of coffee or cocoa. Remember, click on the blue hyper links for more information. :) Merry Christmas!

#1  Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol.” Like the Toledo Ballet’s Nutcracker (next weekend) this is one of THE classical performances in the Toledo holiday season. Bring the family for this tremendous community performance. Great live, local theatre! Have dinner after the performance with the cast and crew … a modest $20 fundraiser!

#2 Toledo Botanical Garden’s “Heralding the Holidays”  Be sure to stop by the glass studio to put your name on the list for blowing your own glass ornament. I think it is $20 (less than half of what others charge elsewhere) and John Sutton is the glass artist that I blow my ornaments with and they are beautiful! Admission is free. Charge for snacks, shopping and some art experiences.

#3 Wildwood Metropark’s “Holidays at the Manor House” The entire Manor House mansion is decked for the holidays… literally every hall, staircase, cupboard and bathroom is decorated! Admission is free. Go early if you are not a fan of crowds, it gets very busy in the evenings but the lights are more impressive. :)

#4 Holidays with a Heart Charity Gayla – I think reservations are closed but if you show up with cash in hand and there is seating for you at the dinner, I’m sure they will try to accommodate you. It is the 36th year for this annual party with proceeds benefiting   the LGBT community of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.