Friday, October 24, 2014

Event Notice: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's The Meat Ball

There are times when you hear things that just wake you up - when I met with Leslie Lucas, Development Director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - I woke up. (the frappe might have helped)

What is Cystic Fibrosis?Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States. More than 10 million Americans are unknowing, symptomless carriers of a defective CF gene.

This disease affects little kids - so if you've ever seen a little kid with what looks like a life vest on but with tubes hanging out of it - that little kid probably has CF. Imagine being that little kid - wearing a vest that beats on your chest to knock the mucus off. Oh and those kids have to eat like 5000 calories a day - a snack for them is butter rolled in sugar! These kids can't even bond with each other because being in the room with another CF patient could be deadly to them. 

Why do we need to support CF? 

Reason 1: Because there aren't enough people in the US with this deadly disease - so the government doesn't provide support.

Reason 2: They're getting closer to a cure! In the past two years they have made HUGE strides that are helping so many kids with CF - if we keep supporting them - it could be wiped out!!! 


So how can you help? 

The Meat Ball is one of many great fundraisers they do (ever heard of Run Like Hell? :-)) - I am super excited about it because it's food related! It's a 5 course chef's gala where chefs get a course and a meat and they go to town! I can't wait to go (and share the recipes with you!)

This year it's November 1 at the new Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets are $200 each ($148 tax deductible) and they'll have dinner, auctions and dancing - sounds like so much fun!

 Visit to learn more.

If the $200 price tag is too much - you can also donate your time or participate in their other events - like Run Like Hell! 

Spread the word - let's wipe out this disease together! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Restaurant Review: Cobblestone Cafe - Ft Thomas, KY

There's usually a group of 3-4 girls that go out to lunch every day - and you know - we get into habits - but it's nice when someone brings up something new (besides me) and we get to branch out! 

Amy mentioned that there was a cute deli that she goes to in Fort Thomas and that we should all try it - sure! Let's roll hussies! Off to Cobblestone Cafe we went - it's in a very cute little shopping area with a ton of little businesses and shops. Cobblestone's hours are a bit odd - so be sure to check their site before you go.

The menu is huge! It was almost overwhelming to try and choose something - it might be easier to study it a bit first - you can see it here. We all chose different menu items - so it was fun to see all the choices.

We ran the gambit with orders - Dawn went for a Turkey Bacon Ranch wrap ($7.79) and I have to say - it looks pretty tasty! She finished it off - so I'm guessing she liked it!

Susie tried the Buffalo Chicken Wrap ($7.29) which also looked really good! That was my second choice but I'm super picky with chicken salad and I heard someone say how spicy it was so I had to rethink it. Susie didn't mention it being too spicy but consider yourself warned.

I went for the Twisted Ham & Cheese ($7.29) with a cup of chicken noodle soup. I didn't really care for this sandwich - the pretzel bun was far too much bread and bun - and didn't really taste like a pretzel. The ham & cheese was fine - but it was more like a loaf of bread than a pretzel bun. The soup was fine but nothing special.

Amy swears by their Apple Waldorf Salad wrap with chicken added ($7.58) - she said it's her favorite thing and she gets it once a week at least! She was pleased as punch with this as she usually is. They have quite a few side dishes as well:

Pasta Salad
Apple Waldorf
Cottage Cheese
Cole Slaw
Macaroni Salad
Redskin Sweet Potato Salad
Seasonal Fruit Cup

I also saw this on the way out and HAD to try it - because of you - I mean - it's for research - right?! I love brownies that have that crispy top - but this has a surprise on the bottom - an oreo cookie! Actually I kind of liked the brownie and peanut butter on it's own. The brownie is so soft that the hard cookie at the bottom was a bit hard to bite through - but it's decadent for sure! 

Why Should You Go? Well - I thought it was a mixed bag of goods. It's an adorable place but I didn't love my selection. That said - I'd love to give it another try and study the menu a little more before I make my next selection!

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