Friday, November 25, 2011

Winner Announced

Congratulations to Jeannine- the winner of the Piccolo from Nescafe! Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway, and to Nescafe Dolce Gusto for providing the winner with a brand new machine. Jeannine, please email me to claim your prize. If I do not hear from the winner by Tuesday, then I will select another.

So how was your Thanksgiving? Growing up with a small family of five (yes, that's the whole extended family), I've always dreamed of big holiday gatherings. Lucky for me, "R" comes from a large family and most of them live in the Cleveland area. So, yesterday involved about 25 family members, three turkeys (one deep fried, one brine, one traditional) and a whole ham. Let's not forget the two tables worth of side dishes and desserts. Whoa! What does your Thanksgiving look like?

I'm off to mash some of our leftovers into a sandwich for lunch. Yum...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! Are you one of the masses that goes out tonight with friends and family? Or are you spending it at home resting, cooking, and finding the best pair of stretch pants that you own?

A Twitter conversation last night inspired this post. What's your favorite dish at Thanksgiving dinner? Most of us could pass on the turkey, but can't live without the side dishes!

Here are a few of my standard favorites...

Mashed Potatoes and GravyGreen Bean Casserole (or "Green Bean Bullsh*t" as "R's" family calls it)Sweet Potatoesand, of course, STUFFING!So tell me about your favorite dish, and then go enjoy it tomorrow! Have a wonderful holiday, no matter how you celebrate or who you spend it with. Even if turkey is your favorite dish, we can still be friends.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Dolce Gusto Giveaway

Happy Monday! Even with the knowledge of a short work week for most of us, Monday mornings are still tough to swallow. If a cup of coffee is needed most, it's usually Monday morning. So let's talk coffee...

Remember a couple of months ago when Nescafe Dolce Gusto held the small private event for a few local bloggers and rewarded us with a complimentary Piccolo machine? Well, now they are generously offering one Bite Buff reader the titanium Piccolo.This compact machine fits into any kitchen, even our tiny 1940's kitchen with no counter or storage space. It's relatively easy to use once you try it out a couple of times. You can read about my initial thoughts in my original blog post (linked above). Since then, I've noticed that it stays very clean and we've had fun trying out a few different flavors of coffee. Finding them locally still proves to be difficult, and I curse the K-cups every time I'm shopping, but just plan on using their online ordering.

Interested in winning the machine? Just leave a comment below telling me what your favorite local coffee shop is, or your favorite coffee drink. You can also get a second entry into the giveaway by tweeting: "I want to win a machine from @DolceGustoUS from @BiteBuff at". Make sure that you leave a second comment to be entered twice. I will select a winner on Friday using

Happy Sipping!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wordless (Kind of) Wednesday- Deagan's

Some pictures from the first Deagan's Kitchen & Bar Beer Dinner back in August... This dinner was amazing, from the food to the beer to the service to the price. My only complaint was that it ended.

You're in luck--- Deagan's just announced that their next Beer Dinner is on Monday, December 5th at 7:00PM. For just $50 (tax, tip, and service fees included), you'll receive a five-course meal of small plates paired with some great holiday beers. Don't miss this event!

Deagan's Kitchen & Bar
14810 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday- Yelp Helps the Foodbank

Check out this event taking place tomorrow...

Entertainment, good eats from several local restaurants and food trucks, and donations being accepted for the Cleveland Foodbank. Click on the link above to learn more.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Upcoming Events- November

Hi guys! Well I am already missing blogging on a regular basis, so I guess that is a good sign. Also, I received my first round of blog header designs last night from the designer and they look great. Which helped to boost my excitement for the redesign project even more.

But, while we're waiting for my full return I did want to share a few events happening this month that may interest you...

Monday, November 14th- Tartine Bistro: Wine Dinner. Five course dinner with wine pairings. $60. 7:00PM. Reservations required- (440)331-0800.

Tuesday, November 15th- Bistro on Lincoln Park: Fall Wine Tasting. Four course meal with wine pairings. 6:30PM. $50 per person + tax and gratuity. Reservations required- (216) 862-2969.

Tuesday, November 15th- Fountain: Thanksgiving Wine Dinner. 7:00PM. Seven course dinner with wine pairings. $65 per person + tax and gratuity. Reservations required- (216)755-1225.

Wednesday, November 16th- Bistro 185: UniBroue Beer Dinner. Five course French- Canadian dinner paired with Canadian beers. 6:30PM. $50 + tax and gratuity. Reservations required- (216)481-9635.

Friday, November 18th- Creekside Restaurant: Wine Tasting. $40. 7:00PM. Advance ticket sales required.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wordless (Sort of) Wednesday

A little glimpse into the items that are getting me through post-surgery recovery...1. Tempur-Pedic mattress and pillow
2. Body pillow to lay against
3. Down comforter
4. New iPad (thank you "R"!) to stream Gossip Girl on Netflix, keep me up-to-date on social media, play games, and watch live TV through Time Warner
5. Kindle: currently loaded with The Hunger Games
6. Water, water, water
7. Medical supplies up the ying-yang
8. Pup for all kinds of good snuggles and kisses
9. Tray table for the yummy comfort food that my mom's been making all week
10. Sleep, and lots of it

Thanks again for all the well wishes on my last post and through Twitter/Facebook!