Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ohio Blogging Association Meetup: Chocolate & Wine Divine Time at Whole Foods!

This week, I attended my first Ohio Blogging Association event at Whole Foods Cedar Center and it was spectacular!! After blogging for just over a year, it was time for me to spread my wings and venture out to meet more bloggers in the the great land of CLE.

Solid lineup!

Here are the top 5 reasons why it was fab and I DEFINITELY will attend more OBA events!

1) Chocolate. Okay, I should just stop here. Tell me there's chocolate, and I'm in! As I've said in previous posts (JAMinCLE Goes to SEA & Surround Yourself Only With Those Who Lift You Higher), chocolate is totally the way to a lady's heart. And this meetup was a chocoholic's dream! All the delicious treats were provided by one of my favorite chocolate shops in CLE, Sweet Designs!
Chocolate covered goodness!

2) Learned something new. As a curious cat and life-long learner, I am always excited to hear peoples' stories, see new perspectives, gain new insights, and learn new tips and tricks. We were lucky to have Ines Rehner, owner of Sweet Designs, there to spread her chocolate knowledge!

Ines Rehner, owner of Sweet Designs, teaching us all about CHOCOLATE :)
She really helped explain the different processes and the care that goes into hand-crafting superb chocolate. The best part was when we got to try these heavenly chocolate covered strawberries and she taught us the most critical chocolate covered strawberry life saving tip...cut it in half! Yes, have you ever bit into a chocolate covered strawberry only to have the tasty shell break and fall off, onto your lap? Doh! Don't worry, you're not alone. I tried her recommendation, and sure shell slippage! Just sweet, strawberry, chocolate goodness with each bite!
That's what I'm talkin bout!
3) Wine. And yes, I certainly like to indulge in a glass of good vino (or two..) But this was no ordinary wine....
Oh my!! Enough said...
4) Prizes & giveaways. There were so many fun prizes and giveaways. I scored some awesome Robot Valentines (don't be surprised if you get some robotic love this year...) My favorite was a complimentary parting gift... a gift certificate for a half pound of chocolate, courtesty of Sweet Designs...woowee thank you!

WhyCLE, Our Journey, me, SmittenInCLE
5) Making new friends. I was so happy to meet and make new friends at the event-- young professionals who are engaged with Cleveland's culture, events and activities and actually have a positive message to share about our city and lives here! People can often be quick to give CLE a bad rap, but these lovely ladies (and all the other bloggers I met there) choose to look on the bright side and bring out the positive in kinda gals :) I was so grateful to be invited to join the Ohio Blogging Association event and look forward to going to more, hanging with new friends... and a few pounds of chocolate over some wine never hurt either! Cheers to chocolate! And keep JAMmin!


  1. Such a fun night! I'm always glad for a chance to hang out with you more, lady!

  2. I bet you have big plans for those Robot Valentine's! :)

  3. Looks like a fun time. Welcome to the Blogger's Association. Definitely a great group of bloggers! Sorry I missed it.

  4. So wonderful to finally meet you earlier this week! I'm glad you had a good time - hope you can join us again in the future!

  5. I'm so glad you finally came to an OBA - and I'm even more glad it won't be your last!

    Crystal @EatDrinkClev

  6. So happy to connect with each of you in real guys rock!!! :)


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