Haunted Tours of Franklin Castle

So, I don’t really care much about going on a “haunted tour” of anything.   Last year I went to a friend’s house for a fundraiser for Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital that involved meeting Mary Ann, a woman from Cleveland who is the subject of the TV show the Ghost Whisperer.   Anyhow, while I doubted what she had to say, I was intrigued and felt compelled to go, because, well, I’m an atmosphere addict.  

So, same goes for this Burning River tour offered by Haunted Cleveland.    I’d emailed them a couple of months back to find out if they had any plans to tour Franklin Castle again.    I’ve been fasinated with this building for about 15 years now, ever since a friend showed it to me back in high school.   It’s supposed to be one of the most haunted places in Cleveland.   I personally just want to get inside, which has been completely impossible to do for many years.   It looks like it may have finally been renovated to become a private city club.   The very strange thing is, every effort to restore this house has failed for one reason or another.   And from going to the Franklin Castle Club website, I can’t tell if the city club there ever actually opened, it looks like the last time the site was updated was in 2005.   Now I am going to have to do some sleuthing!

Anyhow, this tour by Haunted Cleveland goes to a couple of locations I’ve really wanted to explore around Cleveland, because these locations were intriguing and abandoned for so long…the old coast guard station at Whiskey Island, and Franklin Castle.   Plus there’s a stop at Great Lakes Brewing Company along the way.   So, I think the tour will be well worth the $50.    Tours start in late September and run through October 30th.     It looks like this will turn out to be a girls’ night out for me, which will be great.

I’ll post an update once I find out what’s the story with Franklin Castle these days.

Until next time,

Lorelei
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Lorelei is Back on Tap

Quite possibly the best beer the hubby or I have ever had that’s made in the states…and it’s returned for a second summer at Great Lakes Brewing Company.

Check out the Lorelei Dunkel Weizen here:

http://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/whatsOnTap.php

Yay for summers in Cleveland!

Until next time,

Lorelei

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Saturday Night in Cleveland

After much discussion the group of us finally decided on Flying Fig for dinner on Saturday night.     We met up with another couple who also happens to have a 2 year old daughter.    We were all very excited to be out on a weekend for some adult time. 

Everything we had to eat was delicious, my duck was crispy and my martini, A Long Kiss Goodnight, was so good that I ordered a second.    My husband’s three small plates (tapas) were delicious as well.

We were all having such a great time that we decided to cross the street after dinner and head over to Great Lakes Brewing Company.     No Lorelei on draught yet, but the Market Street Wheat was good enough to convince me to stick around, and apparently Rye of the Tiger was good enough for one of our companions.    At midnight, the hubby finally turns to me and says we had better head home.   It’s a rare ocassion that so much fun is had to make time fly quite like that.     Everyone was surprised to hear it was after midnight, seeing as none of us could remember the last time we’d been out that late on a date.

I’m hoping to have more nights out like that, it was so refreshing, and I felt so much closer to and more appreciateive of the hubby after getting to spend time enjoying myself with him.  It’s great to find people to laugh with and in a way just forget yourself for an evening.  While we certainly have a blast with our son, I have to remember that adult fun is important too!   

Until next time,

Lorelei

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Lorelei

So, I apparently have this strangely unique but popular name.    I have been asked throughout my adulthood if I have been named after songs, movie characters and German folklore.     Just now, a woman from our company’s cleaning service just came up to me and asked if I was by chance part Romanian, because there is a beautiful Romanian love story called “Lorelei”.   

Of course, I had to Google it.     Which lead me to decide, I am going to now put together a list of all of the references to Lorelei that people have provided to me over the course of the past 10 years.

Pretty much any of these that ocurred during or prior to the late 1970’s I’ve been asked if that’s the origin of my name.    The funny thing is, I am supposedly named after an author who my dad interviewed on a radio show in the 70’s, who I have yet to be able to find this person’s name.   He apparently liked the name so much he decided to name me Lorelei.    He passed away when I was 14 year old however, so I may never know my namesake.    Any ideas regarding an author named Lorelei in the Cleveland, Ohio area around 1979?

Until next time,

Lorelei
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Too Many Restaurants

I was just thinking, I’ve gone out to eat or ordered food a lot this past week:

Sushi Rock downtown for lunch – yummy sushi, nice atmosphere, can be expensive. Spent about $80 including tip for 3 people, but we also ate a lot of sushi, one maki roll and 4 futomaki rolls plus an appetizer.

Ordered Indian food for Dinner from Cafe Tandoor in Westlake – very yummy Indian food. We usually get the Chicken Shasklick, Butter Chicken and Lamb Korma, plus an order of Nan. I highly recommend the Chicken Shashlick, because, first, the chicken is cooked in the tandoor over and is super good, but more important, it’s one of the only dishes that includes rice, and it includes enough rice that you really don’t need to buy any extra orders of rice. The Butter Chicken is just plain addicting.

Ordered sushi from Sushi 86 downtown for dinner. I order dinner from here so frequently that the man doesn’t ask my name when I call, and sometimes will even ask me how my son is doing. This place is great, especially for takeout orders. And it’s right across the street from my office. I spent about $25 for two futomaki, a California roll, four pieces of nigiri and a small seaweed salad, enough to feed me and my husband, plus our 22 month old son who now likes sushi (the cooked kind).

Saigon for lunch – yummy noodles, and the prices for lunch aren’t bad, between $8-10 for lunch, plus we got to sit outside on East 4th Street, which is always fun.   I had the Crispy Spring Roll Vermicelli.

Ordered Luchitas Mexican for dinner last night.  This time, our son wasn’t interested in my enchiladas, but ate a bunch of guacamole.

And we’re meeting some friends for dinner at The Flying Fig tomorrow night, then having drinks afterwards somewhere on/near Market Avenue, because there are way too many good places to grab a drink in that little neighborhood — Great Lakes Brewing, Bier Markt, Market Avenue Wine Bar and The Old Angle.

I love Cleveland, because we can find yummy Indian, Mexican, Vietnamese, Sushi, and a beer-named-after-me all within a 15 minute drive from our house.

Until next time,

Lorelei

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