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HEARD•AKRON -- Akron, OH

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Saturday and Sunday HEARD•AKRON took over Northeast OH through the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council and Akron Civic Commons. We attended the performance on Sunday outside of the Akron Art Museum. The performance features "sound suits" created by artist Nick Cave which have been on display at the Akron Art Museum since February and will be displayed through the beginning of June. The wearable sculptures created by Cave are made of raffia and each is made up of two dancers. The band, vocalists, and dancers were all local performers that brought the sounds suits to life for the few hundred people in attendance. 
We found out about this event through Facebook and I'm so glad that we decided to attend. The weather was perfect and the performance was delightful. From the vocalists entering the performance space to the last sound suit exiting back into the museum, the total run of the show was about thirty minutes. We arrived 40…

Ramp Up Peninsula -- Peninsula, OH

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Yesterday was the 7th annual Ramp Up Peninsula festival in Peninsula, OH. Ramps (also known as rampson or wild leeks) are a wild herb which grows in the Eastern US and Canada. They are available in the spring for a short period of time which lends to their popularity. Ramps have a rich onion and garlic flavor.

Ramp Up Peninsula celebrates all things ramp with fresh ramps for sale, all sorts of ramp edibles, and presentations on CSAs and other wild Ohio edibles. The festival is outdoors and takes place along Main Street in Peninsula. This was our first time attending but throughout the day we heard from many regular attendees who were surprised about the nice weather (apparently this weekend is typically rainy and cold).

The first thing we did was seek out ramps, all ramps at the festival are sold at $16 per pound, for several recipes to make this week. Check out Vegetarian and Cooking later this week to see how we used our ramps. I'm hoping to make three to four recipes with the …

affoGATO Cat Café -- Cleveland, OH

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It's finally here! Cleveland's first cat cafe. Affogato opened on January 2nd and we made reservations for January 5th. Since our visit last week they have already made adjustments to the space (profile boards for each of the cats), have already celebrated some adoptions, and added new cats. Affogato is located in Tremont and occupies Lilly's Handmade Chocolate's former building. While walk-ins are welcome if there is availability, but at this time making a reservation online is probably the best way to ensure that you will have a spot.

When we first arrived we selected coffee from their cat themed menu. Dave had a Tuxedo Cat (mocha) and I had a Catpawccino (with flavoring). And we ordered two macarons. You are able to bring coffee into the cat lounge and if your reservation starts before your coffee is ready your order will be delivered to you.

Your reservation will get you one hour in the cat lounge and costs $12 for a weekend reservation. We enjoyed the style of th…