Just Putting It Out There….”My Review of Oak Barrel Restaurant’s $2 Taco Tuesday”


I usually do not post reviews on Carly’z Corner, but if I try something or research something and post it, I want it to be of benefit to my fellow bloggers and followers.

So here goes.  I heard about $2 Taco Tuesdays at a new restaurant near my home called the “Oak Barrel”.  It is located in Valleyview, Ohio, among a cluster of restaurants along Canal Road.

I had wanted to eat there and had an open Tuesday and decided that here is my chance….. and for a $2 Taco, if disappointed the pain won’t be too great!

I have to say that I was very disappointed!  The food wasn’t bad, and the service was pleasant.  However, the entire time my girls and I were there we had to fan flies away from our food.  It was 4:30 in the afternoon and I was sticking to the floor as I got up to leave.  And to top it all off….the owner of the restaurant comes over to our table not to ask about how we were enjoying our meal but to say that the game that was being played on a cell phone was too loud and the other guests were complaining.  We were one of the 4 tables out of 30 empty that were occupied!  Really!!!!

I have to be honest, I do not think that I will go to the Oak Barrel again, even for a $2 taco. 😦

Happy  Frrreeeeee  Hunting!!!!!


Just Putting It Out There…..The RIPE Festival

Eat, Drink and Be Local!

Just as the corn is at its sweetest and the tomatoes at their juiciest, Cleveland’s RIPE! Fest No. 3 brings you a bounty of flavorful fare from nearby farms and restaurants. Your appreciation for locally sourced food surely will soar as you sink your teeth into that freshly picked carrot or hot-out-of-the-oven pumpkin pie.

RIPE! Fest also serves up a weekend full of live music by Northeast Ohio bands, a marketplace full of handmade goods by local merchants, workshops about cooking and gardening and a lively children’s activity area, including puppet shows, crafts and pedal-tractor rides.
RIPE! Fest is a  seasonal celebration suitable for all ages.
Although this is not a FREE event, the cost is fairly reasonable:
Saturday, September 21 – Sunday September 22
11am – Sundown
At-the-Door Tickets
$8/member adult; $5/member child
$13/non-member adult; $7/non-member child
Online advance registration is now closed, however tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

RIPE! Music line-up…..

Saturday, September 21

11:00 am – 1:30 pm – Silver String Band

2:00 – 5:00 pm – Tony Koussa, Jr. Band

5:30 – 7:30 pm – Oldboy

8:00 – 10:00 pm – Floor Walkers

Sunday, September 22

9:00 – 11:00 am (Pancake Flip-Off) – Gospel Wonders

11:00 am – 1:30 pm – Womack Family Band

2:00 – 4:30 pm – Brent Kirby

5:00 – 7:15 pm – Tony Koussa, Jr. Trio




Just Putting It Out There……Chalk Festival @ The Cleveland Museum of Art


So the kids are back in school.   Are you back in your routine?  You know the one….where you’re trying to convince your child that a turkey sandwich would fare better than a piece of fried chicken for lunch !  Or trying to explain to them why their peanut butter and jelly sandwich could kill a classmate.

With the changing of the leaves and fall fast approaching and s*** just around the corner… it may seem as if you need to prepare yourself for impending cabin fever that is soon to set in.

But don’t go out and stock up on bottled water, hot chocolate and marshmallows just yet, because there are still some great outdoor festivals that you and the fam can enjoy for free!!!!!!

One of my favorite festivals hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art is  The 24th Annual Chalk Festival is being held this weekend.

2013 Chalk Festival
Saturday, September 21, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 22, noon–5:00 p.m.
Rain or shine

Enjoy chalk artists
and entertainment
at no charge!

on the Terrace
Saturday, September 21
Blues DeVille Band
Sunday, September 22
Moko Bovo and
Cleveland Lindy Exchange
(high-energy swing dancing)
Chalk Your Own
Large square and 24-color
box of chalk: $16
Small square and 12-color
box of chalk: $8
Individuals, families, schools,
and neighborhood groups are
all invited to take part. Children under 15 must be accompanied by supervising adults.
Sign up when you arrive.
Groups, please pre-register
by Wednesday, September
18; call 216-707-2483 or email
Advance registrations will be
held until 1:00 Sunday.

See you there!



Just Putting It Out There…….Indian Festival “One Day of Togetherness”

India Fest USA 2013

India Festival USA is an annual event that attempts to bridge cultures, generations and communities through one-day of togetherness. It is a day when visitors are encouraged to participate in a thematic display of the rich culture and diversity of two of the greatest nations on earth – India and USA. India Festival USA promises an immersive environment that salutes history, embraces globalization and celebrates communities,” states the official website.

This years theme is “Our Children Our Future”.  So here is an opportunity for all to support a culturally diverse event supported  by the City of Cleveland, the City of Independence and many of our local businesses.  So come out to support a day of oneness!  

This event is free and open to the public

Date and time:

September 14, 2013 from 11am-8pm


Independence Middle School which is located at 6111 Archwood Rd, Independence, OH 44131

Check out this video below to see what this event is all about……