Cleveland.com Turns 15, TweetUp Celebrates Shandy, Indians and Harry Potter

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CLEVELAND –

Google+ wasn’t “invited” last night.

Instead, the back patio of Lincoln Park Pub in Tremont was abuzz with topics of Denny’s, er — Hafner’s walk off grand slam, favorite local spots and the premiere (or early/advanced screenings for the geeks of the group) of JK Rowling’s purported final installment of the iconoclastic Harry Potter series.

Notice my intentional curtail of the word epic, which author of I am Better than Your Kids Maddox refers to as one of the most abused filler words in the English language (Not Everything is Epic, Sh*theads).

Okay, Google+ was briefly discussed — but some of us clearly just haven’t had the time to jump into yet another platform and begin the peculiar task of clumping our personal and professional lives into circles (Larry Page, take note: perhaps it would be more fun to have an X option, for those that fit that category?…).

Cleveland Tremont Lincoln Park Pub Byron Fernandez Ray ban Wayfarer Rare Print Special Series #2 NYC Metro subway

Photo courtesy of Alana Munro, Cleveland.com

Upon perching near the fire pit with a few Leinenkugel’s summer shandys, appetizers and tweets, friends from Junta42 Pam, Joe and I discussed vacation spots and the value/need for “unplugging” from work and tech.

Pam dished about her love for Cancun (having friends/family throughout Mexico helps, but that’s one spot I have yet to visit), while Joe and I waxed poetic over the outdoors, Canada and just getting lost in nature.

No cell phones. No computers. For a week or more. Ah, the Bill Bryson set.

Good stuff.

Tremont Lincoln Park Pub Cleveland tweetup

Photo Courtesy of Alana Munro, Cleveland.com

Reminiscing about unplugging brought to mind Paul Roetzer’s challenge to us a few months ago: The UnPlugged Experiment (and recent Matrix convos I’ve had with tweeps in Jordan) all over again.

Needless to say, it was good to reflect (and jibe) with Pam and Joe about the importance of finding balance in our personal and professional lives.

Locals in attendance other than Cleveland.com, WEWS5 and Tribetalk included folks from Junta42, PR 20/20, CLE Social Media Club and the Ohio Blogging Association:

Alana Munro @dawgpndgirl

Byron Fernandez @byron_fernandez (You are here…)

Frank Zupan @FrankZupan

Jen Gardner @whyCLE

Jessica Donlon @jessicadonlon

Joe Kalinowski @ringo66

Keith Moehring @keithmoehring

Laurel Miltner @laurelmackenzie

Pam Kozelka @pamkozelka

Paul Roetzer @paulroetzer

Tammy Colson @TLColson

Lincoln Park Pub Tremont Cleveland Indians tweetup

Photo courtesy of Alana Munro, Cleveland.com

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Update – 6/1/2011

LAKEWOOD, OHIO – Caught up with a new content marketing/social media contact yesterday.

We actually met here in March during the tweetup with http://Cleveland.com, DSN and the Indians, and he was also at the meetup at Hyland Software last week.

Killer selection of microbrews, wine and vintage cocktails. As I’ve mentioned in other reviews, I have a soft spot for deconstructed, minimalist and organic, slow-grown products.

I’ve also had an ongoing love affair with Chilean wine lately, mainly malbecs. They carry one of my favorite pinots, Llai Llai, which I actually went with last time.

I decided to go for the sauvignon blanc this time (mentioned in the 806 Martini/Wine review), called La Capostolle.
It was okay (still prefer German rieslings), and paired well with the salad, which was listed as grilled on the menu.

Chagrined, I asked if they could serve it rare (sashimi, sushi, carpaccio, tartare geek), and was pleasantly surprised when the server made a point of asking and finding out they could.

Yelp lunch Lakewood networking Presentationist seared ahi yellowfin tuna nicoise salad

Seared Ahi YellowFin Tuna Nicoise

Compliments to executive chef Demetrios Atheneos and sous chef Lee Robinson. Everything was farm-fresh, immaculate: local egg, potato, french beans, grape tomatoes and kalamata olives. Nom Nom.

Tony went with the Reuben, and in retrospect I should have taken him up on the offer to try a piece. Love brisket, rye bread — and this one had the whole shebang: montreal-style brisket, gruyere, rye bread and chips.

Perhaps persnickety, but if I’d gotten it I might have asked if they carry dill spears as well lol.

All washed down the Old Fashioned way: Makers Mark bourbon, bitters, sugar, water, maraschino cherry and orange — impeccably mixed.

bourbon orange cherry Mad Men vintage cocktail

Mad Men je ne sais quoi

Next time I wanna try the Moscow Mule: russian standard, ginger beer, sugar syrup, lime juice, mint and lime.

First-rate menu, service, conversation and company.

Pulizzi 2011 Content Marketing World Preview Part 2

Here’s a copy of Joe’s presentation (thanks for sharing, Bob Rhubart [@Brhubart Twitter] ) from Tuesday’s Social Media Club CLE meetup at Hyland Software:

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Thanks again Joe, Joe Kalinowski and Dominic Litten for good times, great oldies #happyinCLE