Topgolf + GIVEAWAY!

Fun Fact: When I was younger, I used to play golf with my grandma and brother. Let’s just say I was no Jordan Spieth… Fast forward a few years and I’m still *attempting* to golf, but far far away from an 18-hole course.

Enter Topgolf. This is the place for golfers and non-golfers alike. There’s seriously something for everyone, making it the perfect spot for some weekend fun!

Topgolf Cincinnati | Closet Full of Cocktails

A few of the Thread ladies and I were invited by fellow Threader Annie to Topgolf Cincinnati’s Media Taste & Tour. This location in West Chester is the 27th in the country and the first in Ohio. Topgolf Cincy will open to the public this Friday, so we’re giving away a $100 gift card to celebrate! Don’t forget to enter below for your chance to win 🙂

To say we were spoiled the whole night would be an understatement. The staff was so welcoming and accommodating, the food was beyond spectacular and the atmosphere was one of a kind. I can’t wait to go back!

Topgolf Cincinnati | Closet Full of Cocktails

A few important things to note:

  1. You don’t have to go to Topgolf to golf! There’s a rooftop terrace with a full bar, Bear Pong, cornhole and even live music. There’s also a downstairs lounge, complete with shuffleboard, pool tables and XBOX Kinect.
  2. All Topgolf locations are open year-round. Even when the ice and snow hit Cincinnati, the West Chester location will stay open! The targets and hitting bays are completely heated, so no need to bundle up.
  3. The food is top-of-the-line. Topgolf prides itself on its “chef-driven menu,” meaning the culinary team contributes their own recipes, including ones passed down from family and friends. Also, they do a brunch on Saturday and Sunday, so you know I’ll be back!

Topgolf West Chester will open to the public starting this Friday, July 29. To celebrate, Thread is giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky winner! All you have to do is follow the instructions below and voila, you’re entered. We’ll be announcing the winner on our Facebook page this Friday. Good luck!

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Topgolf Cincinnati | Closet Full of Cocktails

Topgolf Cincinnati | Closet Full of Cocktails

Topgolf Cincinnati | Closet Full of Cocktails

Topgolf Cincinnati | Closet Full of Cocktails

Topgolf Cincinnati | Closet Full of Cocktails

Topgolf Cincinnati | Closet Full of Cocktails

Ohio Wine Month at Henke Winery

Summer is my favorite season: the weather, the clothes, the food and adventures. But now, there’s even more reason to love the month of June: it’s Wine Month in Ohio! To celebrate in true wino style, I ventured to Henke Winery on a rainy Thursday afternoon and treated myself to a personal wine tasting.

As soon as I walked in, I was greeted with a smile by owner Joe Henke. I was seated in the dining room, where I enjoyed a relaxing acoustic performance by Tom Roll. Joe personally walked me through the entire tasting, and I learned so much!

Henke Winery is an urban winery, meaning the entire wine-making process takes place at their Westwood location instead of a traditional rural vineyard. Since opening in 1996, Henke has received several awards, including being rated #6 of all urban wineries in the country by Wine Enthusiast magazine! Needless to say, you have to check this place out.

Ohio Wine Month at Henke Winery | Closet Full of Cocktails
Image Credit: Google Maps

The wine tasting included seven wines as well as a souvenir wine glass, all for only $10. After describing my wine preferences, Joe hand-selected the ones for my tasting. He made some amazing selections, switching between wines in and out of my comfort zone to spice up the palette. By the end of my tasting, I felt like a wine connoisseur. I even found myself swirling and sniffing the wines, but trust me, I’ll never be that type of wino. 🙂

The wines I ended up tasting were Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Vendange A Trois, Riesling, Vidal, Cellar Blush and Cin Zin. By far, my favorite was the award-winning Cellar Blush, which is described as “a white zinfandel, but much better.” And the description didn’t lie, it was amazing! So I took a bottle home for only $11.

Ohio Wine Month at Henke Winery | Closet Full of Cocktails

When I finished my tasting, Joe gave me a tour of the winery’s basement where all of the wines are handmade. The basement was filled with barrels, vats and all sorts of other contraptions involved in the wine-making process. Overall, I had an amazing experience and will definitely be back!

Ohio Wine Month at Henke Winery | Closet Full of Cocktails

Ohio Wine Month at Henke Winery | Closet Full of Cocktails

Ohio Wine Month at Henke Winery | Closet Full of Cocktails

Ohio Wine Month at Henke Winery | Closet Full of Cocktails

If you live in Ohio or passing through this month, you should definitely check out a local winery and celebrate Ohio Wine Month, too! There are over 240 to choose from, so one shouldn’t be too hard to find. In honor of this special month, the Ohio Grape Industries Committee (OGIC) is hosting a contest throughout the month. To enter, simply share a picture on social media at an Ohio winery or enjoying an Ohio wine from one of the many participating retailers, tag it with both #OhioWine and #30cheersOH between June 1 and June 30. Each day the committee will randomly select a winner using those hashtags and give away something wine-related, including gift certificates, wares and souvenirs each day via participating wineries and retailers. At the end of the month, all 30 winners will automatically be entered into a grand prize drawing for an overnight stay at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton.

So what are you waiting for? Cheers, winos!

Compensation for this post was provided by Hello. Thank you!

Dress for Success with L’eggs & Thread Cincy

Last week, the Thread ladies and I got together to support Dress for Success Cincinnati. In conjunction with L’eggs, we hosted a clothing drive and happy hour at The Frock in Covington, a pretty little space on Pike Street, which is home to Honey Events, Linger Flowers and Lyell Photography.

Dress for Success + L'eggs Clothing Drive | Closet Full of Cocktails

Everyone was encouraged to bring donations of clothing, jewelry, makeup and more to go towards our local DFS chapter. With the mission of passing on style (#StylePassItOn) to others, each of us wrote a special note on our garments, sharing a funny or sentimental memory from a time we wore that particular item.

Dress for Success + L'eggs Clothing Drive | Closet Full of Cocktails

Dress for Success + L'eggs Clothing Drive | Closet Full of Cocktails

I’m so thankful to be part of the Queen City blogging community and come together to support an amazing cause. We had a blast, and can’t wait to support another great cause soon!

Dress for Success + L'eggs Clothing Drive | Closet Full of Cocktails

Dress for Success + L'eggs Clothing Drive | Closet Full of Cocktails

And now, it’s your turn! Thread Cincinnati is encouraging you to host your own little soiree to support your local Dress for Success chapter. So grab your gals and get planning! To find a DFS chapter near you, click HERE.

Dress for Success + L'eggs Clothing Drive | Closet Full of Cocktails

Dress for Success + L'eggs Clothing Drive | Closet Full of Cocktails

Dress for Success + L'eggs Clothing Drive | Closet Full of Cocktails

Dress for Success + L'eggs Clothing Drive | Closet Full of Cocktails

Dress for Success + L'eggs Clothing Drive | Closet Full of Cocktails

Bluemercury + GIVEAWAY!

Tuesday mornings are similar to Monday’s: nobody likes them. But this past week, I was a big fan of Tuesday morning. Why? Because I got an exclusive look into the new Bluemercury shop-in-shop at the Macy’s in Kenwood Towne Centre. And let me tell you, it was amaaaaazing!

Bluemercury Shop-in-Shop at Kenwood Towne Centre | Closet Full of Cocktails

Bluemercury is a luxury cosmetics and beauty company, created by husband-wife duo Marla and Barry Beck. The couple started Bluemercury in 1999 out of Washington, D.C. and have been rapidly expanding ever since! Currently, Bluemercury has 70+ store locations in over 20 states, most of which are in the Northeast.

As the newest face of Macy’s Cosmetics Department, Bluemercury offers high-end makeup, skincare, haircare and fragrance brands as well as luxury spa services. A handful of local bloggers and I were invited to check out Ohio’s first shop-in-shop and see everything Bluemercury has to offer. We had a blast!

Bluemercury Shop-in-Shop at Kenwood Towne Centre | Closet Full of Cocktails

Bluemercury Shop-in-Shop at Kenwood Towne Centre | Closet Full of Cocktails

Bluemercury Shop-in-Shop at Kenwood Towne Centre | Closet Full of Cocktails

First, from the Bluemercury M-61 skincare line, we were given “glow-and-go” facial treatments, which made my skin feel glorious… emphasis on the glow! Our makeup artist Tara used the M-61 Power Glow Peel, understandably one of BM’s best-selling products. After that, we got some makeup retouching with products from BM’s own cosmetics line, Lune+Aster. Though I didn’t have anywhere to go after my makeover, everyone loves being pampered, right? So I didn’t mind 🙂

Bluemercury Shop-in-Shop at Kenwood Towne Centre | Closet Full of Cocktails

Bluemercury Shop-in-Shop at Kenwood Towne Centre | Closet Full of Cocktails

Bluemercury Shop-in-Shop at Kenwood Towne Centre | Closet Full of Cocktails

Now it’s time for you to be pampered — it’s giveaway time! You can enter to win a $75 gift card to use at any Bluemercury location. All you have to do is use the Gleam below. There are 5 ways to enter: the more ways you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Contest ends next Sunday, June 5 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Closet Full of Cocktails + Bluemercury Giveaway!

Thanks to Macy’s and Bluemercury for providing me with a $75 gift card to give away to my readers as well as an extremely generous swag bag of full-size samples. As always, all opinions are my own. And specials thanks to Jordan from A State of Ruin for the beautiful photography!

Gluten-Free Guide: Cincinnati

If you’re allergic to certain foods, it can be difficult to find something on the menu when going out to eat. My poor boyfriend has almost every allergy under the sun (or so it seems): all types of nuts, some uncooked fruits, dairy and even avocados! I, on the other hand, used to be able to eat whatever I wanted, until I figured out that I might be allergic to gluten. Gone are the days of pizzas, sandwiches, most soups and even some salads. And dessert, no more.

Now, we’re “that” couple, with so many allergies, it’s nearly impossible to find something to eat. So what’s a girl supposed to do when faced with a challenge? Just like any lover of school would — research!

Thankfully, I’ve found some amazing places in Cincinnati that cater to my unfortunate new dietary needs. So whether you’re allergic to gluten or simply trying to cut it from your diet, you should check out these Queen City restaurants.

NOTE: The places listed below are restaurants that I’ve actually tried myself. It is, by no means, a complete list of GF spots in Cincinnati.

Rooted Juicery + Kitchen – Oakley (Coming soon: Mariemont & Downtown)

Gluten-free and raw foods unite at this amazing new spot in Oakley Square! I can literally order anything on the menu, which is a GF person’s dream come true. I’ve only been once, with my fellow GF friend Maria, and we were both in love with our selections. I ordered the Burrito Bowl (brown rice, black beans, guacamole, salsa, romaine, cabbage, peppers, tortilla chips and cashew cheese) and she ordered the “Tuna” Salad Sandwich (walnut “tuna” salad, mixed greens, cucumber, apple and tomato on GF bread). Rooted is also a juicery (hence the name), and though I haven’t tried them yet, their juices look and sound absolutely delish. Definitely worth a visit!

Rooted Juicery + Kitchen Burrito Bowl | Closet Full of Cocktails

Rooted Juicery + Kitchen | Closet Full of Cocktails
Image via Rooted Juicery + Kitchen

Dewey’s Pizza – Multiple locations

Dewey’s has always been one of my favorite spots for delicious specialty pizza, so when they introduced a gluten-free crust, I was ecstatic! One of the best things about Dewey’s is that you can split pizzas half-and-half with all their flavors, even if they have different sauces. Pictured below (on the right) is one of my personal favorites, Ryan’s Inferno (buffalo chicken pizza) paired with the seasonal Yukon Cornelius (baked potato pizza). Unlike other GF crusts, this one is not gummy or too crunchy. As Goldilocks would say, it’s juuuuust right.

Dewey's Pizza Gluten-Free Ryan's Inferno and Yukon Cornelius | Closet Full of Cocktails

Sleepy Bee Cafe – Oakley, Blue Ash

It’s no question that I have a weakness for brunch, so when I stumbled upon The Sleepy Bee, it was love at first bite. I’ve found that it is one of the most allergy-conscious places in town. By striving to make all of their food locally-sourced, non-GMO and pesticide-free, you know you’re getting fresh, delicious ingredients with everything you order. My personal favorite: The Broakley Sandwich (egg, sprouts, bacon, avocado, white cheddar, onion and tomato), which I order on Udi’s GF Bread. On the side, “hive fives” with housemade ketchup. Yum!

The Sleepy Bee Cafe Broakley Breakfast Sandwich | Closet Full of Cocktails

Tellers – Hyde Park

Right in the heart of Hyde Park Square in the historic Hyde Park Savings and Loan building, Tellers is truly one-of-a-kind. While not the most GF-friendly place in town, they recently added GF bread as an option for all their sandwiches. Naturally, I ordered my go-to, the Romano Burger (steak burger, balsamic onion jam, tomato, iceberg lettuce, truffle romano aioli) on a GF bun, and it was phenomenal. You almost never get that kind of fluff with gluten-free bread, so I was extremely pleased. It’s the little things… 🙂

Tellers of Hyde Park Romano Burger | Closet Full of Cocktails

The Echo Restaurant – Hyde Park

Last but certainly not least, another brunch favorite. Echo is great for many reasons, but mostly because of the amount of food you get for your money. My favorite is The Businessman’s Breakfast: two eggs, bacon, home fries and toast. I used to give my toast to whoever I was with, until I found out they offer GF toast! Unfortunately, no picture to show but trust me… it’s a lot of food.

What are some of your favorite GF spots in town? Share yours with me on Twitter at @ClosetCocktails.

Cantina Loco

Last week, I was thankful to spend the whole week at home in Buffalo. I hadn’t seen my family and friends since Christmas, and I was starting to feel a bit homesick. Though the week went by fast, as it always does, it was a much needed break from “reality.”

When I’m home, it’s a necessity to hit up my favorite food spots. I hadn’t been to this one in a while, so I chose it as the location for my belated birthday dinner.

Cantina Loco | Closet Full of Cocktails

Cantina Loco is, by far, one of my favorite places in Buffalo for delicious Mexican food. Right in the heart of Allentown, an artsy and eclectic neighborhood in downtown Buffalo, it’s definitely the place to be on any given day. We went on a Wednesday night and it was packed: the sign of a great restaurant.

To drink, I had a Ginger Pineapple margarita. As you can imagine, it was to die for. We got the Nachos Locos as an appetizer: two cheeses, pork, onion, jalapeno, poblano cream and pico — yum! For dinner, I had Carnitas and Skirt Steak tacos, both on freshly-made corn tortillas. Though the Carnitas was a bit too greasy for my liking, the Skirt Steak was one of the best I’ve ever had.

Cantina Loco | Closet Full of Cocktails

Overall, we had a great experience at Cantina Loco. An important thing worth noting: our waiter, Felix, was so thoughtful and accommodating with my gluten intolerance. He made sure to inform me of which menu items I could and couldn’t have, which was much appreciated. I haven’t found that kind of service everywhere since changing my diet.

WARNING: don’t scroll any further if you’re hungry reading this post!

Now, for the pictures.

Cantina Loco | Closet Full of Cocktails

Cantina Loco | Closet Full of Cocktails

Until next time, Buffalo! <3