February 2013 Coastal Gazette

Lake Erie East Coastal Gazette

In This Issue:

Awaken Yoga and Jack Arra’s Spa
A Spicy Night at Bistro 70
Homemade Chocolate
Stupid Cupid – A Comedy
Quilts 2013
Valentine’s Dinner

Quilt Show

Arts and Culture

February 1 – 23
Stupid Cupid – A Comedy

Is romance dead? The gods believe so and Cupid is on trial for failing mankind! Everybody’s favorite archer recounts the stories of his greatest successes and how he occasionally missed the mark! Read more

February 9
Artifact Identification Workshop

The Indian Museum of Lake County will hold its Annual Artifact Identification Workshop on February 9 from 10am until noon. These will include stone and animal bone items. They can be up to 8,000 years old! You will get to touch these items and learn to identify them. Read more

February 16 – March 27
Quilts 2013

Undeniably one of Ohio’s finest quilt shows, Quilts 2013 features more than 200 quilted works on display throughout the Farmpark Visitors Center. This breathtaking show features works from internationally acclaimed visiting artists known for their works, writings, and workshops. A judged show completes the event with beautiful quilted work by regional artists from Northeast Ohio and around the United States. Read More

Food and Wine

February 1-9
Chocolate is for Lovers

A self-driving tour along the Vines and Wines Trail in Northeast Ohio. At the first winery, you will receive a Schott Zwiesel wine glass and a candy dish. Enjoy wine samples and a complimentary appetizer at each winery you visit. Read More

February 14
Valentine’s Day at Quail Hollow

Enjoy Quail Hollow’s Valentine’s Day Package this February 14. You will receive deluxe overnight accommodations, a long stem single rose, champagne, and chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival. Breakfast for two at CK’s Steakhouse rounds out your perfect Valentine’s Day treat! Read More

February 15
Valentine’s Dinner

Join Debonne Vineyards on Friday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. for an exclusive Valentine’s Dinner. The menu includes pecan crusted pork, fresh strawberries, a dessert trio for two, and a wine pairing with each course. Seating is very limited and will sell out quickly. Call 440-466-3485 for reservations now. Reservations are required by February 12.

Outdoor Fun

February 10
Winter Hike

Join your friends at Lake Metroparks for a brisk winter hike of your choice on the trails at Penitentiary Glen Reservation, followed by some warm food, smore’s, and music. Read More


February 15 – March 3
Disney’s Cinderella KIDS

Cinderella, her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, her Fairy Godmother, her mice friends and of course, the Prince will all be here. Presented by the Willoughby Fine Arts Association, you can guarantee an enjoyable performance for everyone. Read More

Brandts Chocolate

Member Spotlight – Awaken Yoga and Jack Arra’s Spa

Girls’ One Day Vacation

Awaken Yoga in Mentor, OH and Jack Arra’s Spa in Concord, OH both offer visitors a relaxing and warm experience, perfect for these colder months. They are a great way to de-stress the new year, or to prepare for your special Valentine’s Day plans!

Awaken Yoga

A morning class at Awaken Yoga allows you to lose yourself in the warmth of the studio and forget about the snow and bad drivers. Perfect for small groups, enjoy Lisa or Jennifer’s encouraging classes to strengthen your inner core, both mentally and physically. Release your tension and worries through an hour-long class full of stretching and inner harmony.

Jack Arra's Spa

After your yoga class, massage your muscles at Jack Arra’s Salon and Spa. They offer a full service spa with dining options during lunch, and are sure to have you feeling beautiful and stress-free in just a couple hours. After your massage and quiet lunch at the spa, head to the other half to one of Jack Arra’s talented manicurists, hair stylists, or beauty consultants to leave looking your absolute best.

After your relaxing day, you will be able to accomplish anything – from Valentine’s Day dinner to snowy roads!

A Spicy Night at Bistro 70

Featured Blog Post

Named for its location at 70 North St. Clair Avenue in historic downtown Painesville, Bistro 70 is located in what was once a 1940s Nash Rambler dealership. No remnant of the hard-selling car salesmen remain, replaced by a warm, inviting atmosphere. My husband and I chose this place to celebrate our recent wedding anniversary.

We arrived at our reserved time and were seated at a table just inside a half wall that separates the dining area from the bar. It was quiet and intimate even though we were just steps from the bar where a football game was playing on a big screen TV. Our waitress greeted us as we perused the cocktail menu. I chose the Orange Tini, a slightly bitter cocktail improved by a squeeze of the orange slice resting on the rim of the glass. My husband selected a Sam Adams. Thus fortified, we proceeded to narrow down the choices on the small plates menu. We decided to share the aptly named Yummy, Yummy Shrimp, lightly fried, bite-sized morsels coated in a sweet and spicy sauce with a hint of mustard. The waitress told us it is her favorite dish. Now it’s ours!

Bistro 70Our entrees were preceded by a small salad of spring mix and tomato. Mine was dressed with a slightly sweet, creamy house balsamic and my husband’s with Italian. Warm bread and olive oil/herb/parmesan dipping sauce accompanied the salad course. We each had perfectly cooked steaks on our last visit but wanted to try something new. I ordered the Southwest Chicken Pasta. It consisted of penne pasta with ancho marinated chicken and fire roasted peppers in a Cajun cream sauce. Beware – this dish is delicious but it is hot! My husband had the TNT Crab Crusted Grouper… Read more (including a Valentine’s Day tip!)


Blog written by Sally Kennedy, one of the Lake County Visitors Bureau’s Guest Bloggers. Sally is the author of North Coast Muse and is a News Herald Community blogger. She is our go-to for local eateries and delicious restaurants.

Homemade Chocolate

Brandt’s Candy in Willoughby

What is better for Valentine’s Day than some good, old fashioned chocolate and candy? Nothing.

Brandt’s loves making chocolate candy. Do you know how they do that? The old fashioned way, by making small batches by hand without using enrobers or cooling tunnels or other machinery so there is no need to add extra wax or oils to their recipes.

It is very labor intensive work starting with an original recipe from George Brandt’s chocolate cookbook. Each step is followed carefully for consistent quality consistent. Taste tests are also a benefit of the job to be sure of the quality. If visitors happen to come on a day when Brandt’s makes caramel, a sample is provided.

It’s obvious from the handling of each piece, from mixing, to pouring, to dusting off the cornstarch, to placing each on a tray, to hand dipping it in the chocolate, that Brandt’s truly adds the love in every step. It is rare to find a company that still makes chocolate candy this way, but Brandt’s does it in Willoughby, Lake County Ohio.

Brandt’s is a family owned and operated business that takes pride in the quality of the product. Brandt’s encourages readers to buy local, buy American to help support small business in the United States.

Brandt’s is located at 1238 Lost Nation Road, Willoughby, Ohio 44094, (440) 942-1016.

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