Toast Masters

Check out our January issue for five fireplaces we are cozying up to right now. But, the city’s glow doesn’t stop there.

Best Cozy Couch Fireplaces

Stonetown (chess set included)

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Edwins 

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Velvet Tango Room

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Best Coffee House Fireplaces

Dewey’s Coffee House

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Algebra Tea House

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Erie Island Coffee Co. (Rocky River)

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Best Drink-Sipping Fireplaces

Clifton Martini & Wine Bar (who doesn’t love a martini?)

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D’Vine Wine Bar

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The Treehouse

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Best Live Music Fireplaces

Prosperity Social Club

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Old Angle Tavern

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Bon Vivant

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Stay toasty, Cleveland!

Just in time for Cavaliers tipoff tonight — Uncle Drew: Chapter 3!

Here are our three favorite moments from the video starring our own Kyrie Irving as Uncle Drew:

No. 1: Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson as the trumpet-playing Lights waves off Betty Lou (WNBA Finals MVP Maya Moore) in classic old guy fashion when she tells him that he “plays here now.” (1:11)

No. 2: Kyrie Irving crosses over a guy so bad, the dude falls out of the camera frame. Drew pauses. (3:11)

No. 3: Maya Moore. In old lady costume. Dunking. (5:02)

Any guesses on who “The Big Man” is?

While you’re at it, check out our Most Interesting Person write-up on Irving from Jan. 2013.

If you’re already tired of hearing about pumpkin spiced lattes, join us in gleefully embracing the return of Great Lakes Brewing Co.’s Christmas Ale with the first pour at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the brewery’s taproom. While Tina and Don P. already won this year’s first pour contest, there will assuredly be plenty of merry pints to go around. Plus, snack on snow-cones, and cinnamon and sugar barley pretzels, and Christmas Ale sausages that can be enjoyed in a winter wonderland-themed beer garden complete with carolers and elves.

Then, on Halloween, the GLBC gift shop will start carrying six-packs and cases with other distribution outlets set to follow stocking the heavily spiced brew during the first few days of November.

As a nod toward this year’s first pour photo contest, we culled together some of our own jolly shots featuring the holiday brew in a variety of incarnations: the frosted bottle, the equally potent cocktail-form, the six-pack that traveled to Paris, our own version of Mitchell’s decadent Christmas Ale Gingersnap ice cream and the exuberant notice of arrival.

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Before tonight’s game, the Cleveland Browns will honor the greatest running back of all time, Jim Brown, with an on-field induction into the team’s Ring of Fame.

Here are some exclusive outtakes from the Hall of Famer’s interview with WTAM Browns beat reporter Andre Knott for a story in our September football package.

Brown on his influences: My guy that I liked the most coming up was Joe DiMaggio. I liked him because he was smooth, effortless, never looked like he was pushing it. His greatness was rhythm, it was like he ran to music.

Brown on love of the game: The love also comes from being a part of the brotherhood. 

Brown on being on the field with his team: We love it and we love the fact that we are warriors and we are carriers of the mail, and we can bring it to you.

Photos courtesy of the Cleveland Browns and Tony Tomsic.

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We try to move on.

162 games later, and we’re in the Wild Card. With October fever everywhere, let’s not forget how we got here. Here’s some of our favorite shots from Opening Day till now.

  • The opening day countdown explains itself. Who doesn’t love a little baseball in the spring?
  • Tony Madalone, the owner of Fresh Brewed Tees, goes to most Indians games shirt truck in tow, resulting in this beautiful collage. Keep the faith, Tony.
  • This cactus is showing off its Wahoo spirit all the way from Arizona, courtesy of ex-pat Tribe fan Joel Foose.
  • The Indians Instagram caught Tito on his scooter on April 13. Toot, toot Terry!
  • The team celebrates after Masterson’s shutout performance was sealed by Nick Swisher against the White Sox on April 12. Swisher’s two out RBI single in the ninth sealed the win for the Tribe.

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