Social Media in Events in Cleve

It’s been a busy past few weeks here in the Cleve! Even busier, social media-wise! Last week was the first ever twestival, and tonight is the monthly meeting of the Cleveland Social Media Club.
Cleveland Twestival (2.12.09 6 PM Harry Buffalo)

Cleveland Twestival:

Did you miss out on or not hear about the twestival? Thursday (2.12.09) was the world’s first twestival (Twitter+festival=Twestival). The Cleveland Twestival was part of the world-wide event that occurred last Thursday, where 175+ cities around the world (including Cape Town, South Africa, Mumbai, India, and Quito Ecuador), hosted Twestivals to bring together Twittercommunities for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for charity: water.

Cleveland’s event was held at the Harry Buffalo on E 4th, and the $15 entrance fee got you free wings and pizza, while helping to support the charity: water. I don’t know if official updates on how much the twestival raised are up yet, but word on the street is that the Cleveland event alone raised about $1500 and had around 65 attendees! Pictures from the event are now online.

Cleveland Social Media Club:

The next meeting of the Cleveland Social Media Club is scheduled for tonight,  Wednesday (2.18.09) at 6 PM. This month’s culinary theme is “Bring Your Favorite Soup,” with members bringing chili, soups, and other winter comfort food. I baked up some corn bread and snickerdoodles to go along with all the soups and chilis. For more info, or if you want to attend, you can visit the event site, which contains more details.

I <3 NY

On cool winter Cleveland days like this, I start to miss NY. Not just Upstate NY, but all of NY, especially the city.

Some people may think it’s not fair for me to miss NYC. After all, even though I was born in one of the boroughs and lived there for the first several years of my life, I spent most of my life Upstate. The majority of my family still lives in the city, and trips to see them have significanty decreased since I moved to the “Midwest” (I use quotes because Cleveland still has a Northeastern-type feeling to it for me). Still, there is a certain part of me that will always feel some sort of tie to the Big Apple and all that is there (Feel free to prove me wrong, but I think nearly all New Yorkers would agree that this feeling lasts for quite some time).

So, when I saw this blog postI LEGO N.Y. from the NYTimes blogger Christoph Niemann, I couldn’t help but feel emotionally attached to it, and I wanted to share it with you. Check it out – Niemann shows his Lego illustrations of things he too misses about the city.

My favorites from his blog:

Football Brownies – A Super Bowl Treat

I just wanted to post a link to a fun, easy recipe to bring to any Super Bowl parties you may be going to tomorrow. If you’ve been asked to bring a dessert, check out Betty Crocker’s Brownie Footballs recipe for a fun idea.

From the site:

aaaaaaaa 1 box (1 lb 6.5 oz) Betty Crocker® Original Supreme brownie mix (with chocolate syrup pouch)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
3 eggs
Football-shaped cookie cutter, 3 1/2×2 inches
1 container (1 lb) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy chocolate frosting
Betty Crocker® white decorating icing (from 4.25-oz tube)

Print these coupons…
About Concordance™
aaaaaaaa 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13×9-inch pan with foil, letting foil hang 2 inches over short ends of pan. Spray foil with cooking spray.
aaaaaaaa 2. In medium bowl, stir brownie mix, chocolate syrup, oil, water and eggs until well blended. Spread in pan.
aaaaaaaa 3. Bake 28 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
aaaaaaaa 4. Using foil to lift, remove brownies from pan. With football-shaped cookie cutter, cut brownies into football shapes. Spread frosting on brownies. Pipe on decorating icing to look like football laces.


I didn’t follow the recipe exactly– I ended up using Dunkin Hines brownie mix and didn’t frost the brownies with chocolate frosting like the recipe suggested (Don’t tell anyone, but I’m not a huge chocolate fan, so the less chocolate the better for me :).

Here’s how they turned out. What’s your favorite Super Bowl dessert to bring?