Window washers in peril.

When I was walking back to work from lunch, I couldn’t help but notice that a whole bunch of fire trucks had Fifth Street blocked off between Vine and Walnut…

Apparently, some window washers got themselves into a bit of a pickle…

Thankfully, everyone was okay. The window washers managed to get themselves to safety even before the fire brigade arrived on the scene. And then they managed to get their window washing platform righted…

YIKES! That’s a job I would not want. I don’t care home much it payed. No, thank you.

🙂

Polaroid Cube.

I picked up a little Polaroid Cube. Because why not buy another camera? But the Cube is pretty cool. It’s a little POV action cam kind of like a GoPro with a 124° wide-angle lens that records 6-megapixel photos and 1080p HD video on a 32gb memory card with a built-in battery that lasts up to 90 minutes of continuous action. It’s basically a wee pocket-sized 1.5″ cube with little more than a camera lens and one button. It doesn’t have a lcd screen. And that’s what I like about it. I’ll snap photos with the Cube all day long and at night plug it into my laptop and see what I got. It really reminds me of shooting with film…

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And I’ve been getting some pretty interesting photos with the little Cube…

It’s been a lot of fun to play with so far. I can’t wait to take it with us up to Michigan.🙂

Click to see all the photos I’ve taken with our Polaroid Cube

Columbus Crew versus New York City FC.

Today, we went up to Columbus to watch the Crew SC take New York City Football Club. We got these tickets back in April with the hope of getting to see NYCFC’s big trio of international superstars… David Villa, Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard. We made our way up to the Comfort Suites which is just a short walk away from the Crew’s MAPFRE Stadium. We waited for a break in the rain and made our way over to the Stadium. As soon as we got to MAPFRE, the match was delayed due to severe weather. But after about a forty-five minute delay, the match was about to kick-off…

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Our seats for the match were great. It was a pretty incredible match that ended in a 3-3 draw. David Villa, Pirlo and Lampard all started and played the whole match! Lampard had NYCFC’s first goal, and David Villa netted a brace including a penalty in the 90+2′. And then Crew’s Ethan Finlay netted his second goal, an equalizer in the 90+5′! There were four goals scored in the final 10 minutes plus stoppage time! Like I said, it was a pretty incredible match. And we managed to get some pretty decent photos of the match including some great close-ups of some a lot of the players including NYCFC’s big three. After the match we got Pepperoni Rolls from The Pizza Joint. Those things alone are worth the drive to Columbus. YUM! And then Sunday morning we drove in the rain all the way back to Cincinnati.🙂

Click to see all the photos we took at Crew SC versus New York City Football Club.

Happy birthday, FC Cincinnati!

A year ago today, it was announced that Cincinnati was getting a professional soccer team. Later that evening, we got to meet FC|C head coach and US soccer legend John Harkes. And the rest is history. It’s been a pretty amazing year of soccer in the Cincinnati. FC|C currently sit third in the USL eastern conference. They hold the single game USL attendance record at 23,375, and the single game attendance record in the state of Ohio for their match versus Crystal Palace at 35,061. And they continue to raise the bar on the USL season attendance record. We love it! It’s an exciting time to live in the Queen City. Happy birthday, FC Cincinnati! We couldn’t be happier to have a professional soccer team that we love in our hometown.🙂

50,000.

Six years ago, I found a little app called Foursquare. And I loved my Foursquare. The check-in game portion of Foursquare spun off and became was is now Swarm. Today,
I logged my 50,000th check-in on Swarm… 

I still really like my check-ins!:)

Kobra in Cincy!

World-famous muralist Eduardo Kobra is turning the once bare facade of the Fifth Third Bank parking garage on Walnut Street into a public masterpiece. The mural pays tribute to Ohioan Neil Armstrong – whose “one giant leap for mankind” will forever be remembered as a moment of breathtaking awe. From ArtWorks website…

Neil Armstrong was a humble leader who inspired generations of students, explorers and innovators. Tune in over the next two weeks as Eduardo Kobra (fresh off of completing a record breaking mural for the Rio Olympics), works alongside Artworks local artists and youth Apprentices to bring his vision to life.

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Really cool stuff! A public dedication will be held on Sunday, August 21 at 2 pm.🙂

Commemorative Streetcar Tokens.

The Cincinnati Streetcar‘s grand opening weekend is set for September 9th through 11th. This afternnon, I picked up a couple of the super-special, limited-edition 2016 Commemorative Streetcar Tokens from The Bus Stop in the Mercantile Center…

The tokens are good for unlimited rides for the first week of revenue service. But I think these tokens will be staying in their packaging. These are going to be great souvenirs of the dawn of the Cincinnati Streetcar era.🙂

Northside nubs.

Just some random photos from around Northside…

🙂

A new Bay Horse Cafe?

Back in May, we walked by what used to be the old Bay Horse Cafe on Main Street, and it looked like they were working on the exterior of the building. I snapped this photo but really didn’t think much more about it…

Today, I happened to walk by again. First, I noticed a new coat of paint on the outside…

And happened to look inside to see there had been considerable work done…

Could Main Street be getting another new bar soon? If it does, I certainly hope they bring back that incredible old skool Bay Horse Cafe sign that hung over Main Street for who knows how many years. The sign that apparently and rather surprisingly, I never took a photo of or if I did, I can’t figure out what I would have done with it.🙂

Thank you, CityBeat!

This afternoon I ran out to get my hair cut. On my way back to the office, I stopped by the offices of CityBeat at Race and Ninth Streets…

They had two gift cards for me to pick up. First, a  $25 gift certificate to The Cricket Lounge in The Cincinnatian Hotel downtown for a photo I took during Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week, and another $25 gift card to Sammy’s Craft Burgers
& Beers
 in Blue Ash for a photo I took during Cincinnati Burger Week

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A huge thank you to CityBeat for the gift cards! They are greatly appreciated. It’s really pretty cool to have events like GRC Week and Cincy Burger Week, and be able to take advantage of the great deals they bring. Well… we just love it. But it’s a whole other thing to get rewarded for something we would have done anyway. Take photos. For that, we are very grateful. We can’t wait to put these gift cards to good use! And of course, we’ll post the photos. Thanks again, CityBeat!🙂

Lazy Sundays.

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Lazy Sundays around the house are the best. We watched a bunch of Olympics. Grilled up a bunch of good stuff. And later in the evening mowed the front and back lawn.

Taken with Instagram.🙂

Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition.

After wandering through the Northside Summer Market and grabbing a bite to eat at The Littlefield, we decided to check out Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition. Arcade Legacy has been Cincinnati’s premier classic gaming destination since 2009. At their all ages location in the Cincinnati Mall, you can find 70+ arcade games and pinball machines, 20 classic and current gaming consoles, giant projection screens for the newest titles and Rock Band all for just one low admission price. At Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition in Northside, they offer a great selection of beers, cocktails and hot dog creations along with the nearly 50 arcade games and pinball machines, a classic console lounge, current console bar and an outdoor patio space. All games are free to play with the purchase of drinks or food except pinball which is 50¢ a game. It sounded a lot like 16-Bit down in OtR. And 16-Bit was fun the few times we went. But it was just such a looooong walk away from us. Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition is just a hop, skip and a jump from our house near the end of Hamilton Avenue on Spring Grove…

They don’t have many taps but still had some great options with Sweet Baby Jesus and Urban Artifact’s Keypunch…

We had perfect timing. Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition had just opened for the evening and we almost had the entire place to ourselves…

We got to play every arcade game in the place. There were a bunch of good ones. Genifer also schooled me at some Super Mario Bros on SNES…

We never had Nintendo growing up. We had Atari and Sega. The whole place was such a throwback to childhood. And so much fun! We’ll definitely be back to Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition again and again. I want to try some of those gourmet dogs as well!🙂

Northside Summer Market.

Today was the Northside Summer Market… 

For over 15 years, the neighborhood of Northside has been hosting an annual, community-wide yard sale in conjunction with Corridor127 — better known as The World’s Longest Yard Sale. The event transforms our neighborhood into a shoppers paradise and gives both residents and visitors a chance to weave in & out of Northside in search of some the city’s most eclectic finds

We wandered up and down a few streets in Northside before calling it a day on the yard sale. It was really warm out and we got a late start on getting out to rummage…

We walked by The Kitchen Factory, which already smelled like delicious pizza…

And we walked by the future home of Apple Street Market

Hoffner Street was closed off for the Northside Summer Market…

The really cool Northside t-shirts I saw at the Cincinnati T-Shirt Expo on Fountain Square were there…

Some day I’ll break down and buy one. She had really beautiful, gorgeous paintings…

And there was a beer garden at Northside About Space

Afterwards, we had some outstanding cilantro & lime chicken wings with Thai coconut milk broth and warm 16 Brix bread at The Littlefield

It was great to wander around and start to explore our new neighborhood a little bit.🙂

Volksfest.

After running some errands this afternoon, we stopped at Listermann Brewing Company to check out this year’s Volksfest. You might remember last summer we managed to pull ourselves away from all the festivities of All-star weekend to check out Volksfest. And it was a lot of fun. It’s basically a summer beer festival serving only local beer from local breweries, and it was back…

On a side note, we didn’t realize that Listermann was so close to our new house, not walking distance or anything. But a pretty short car ride. We really need to check out some of their weekly specials…

Here’s the beer list for the two-day festival…

Everything with an X next to it is what was on tap while we were there.

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We got to taste a lot of new beers. We got to try…

Blank Slate Out and About Gose
Tap & Screw Witty Friar Hefe
Rhinegeist Chester Cherry Saisson
Mt. Carmel Hibiscus Blue Blonde Ale
Triple Digit Cortex Imperial Coffee Stout
Mad Tree BA Rubus Cacao Stout aged in wine/bourbon barrels
Cellar Dweller BmlGrl Experimental Brown Ale
Braxton Summertrip Berliner Weiss with passionfruit

Genifer’s favorite was the Braxton Summertrip. Mine was the Rhinegeist Chester.
Good stuff. Volksfest was really a lot of fun.🙂

Constructing Cincinnati.

I walked over to Sycamore Place to pick up a package that got shipped to our old home by mistake. And I couldn’t help but notice that the new parking garage at the corner of Sycamore and Seventh Streets was now opening for public parking…

It’s a whole lot different than what it used to look like, from the old garage to the construction of this new garage. It’s a really big improvement. I wonder when they are going to start construction of the apartments atop this new parking garage?🙂

Tickle Pickle.

We walked over to Tickle Pickle on Hamilton Avenue to pick up a couple of burgers to go for dinner tonight…28680789492_27b8ac30b2_b

The burgers weren’t much to look at when we got them home. But they sure were tasty. Genifer had the Bread Zeppelin with a house salad, and I had the Meatallica with a side of smashed potatoes. Really great burgers.🙂

Reds baseball game #12.

It felt like forever since we’d last been to a Reds game. It had been over a month since we were last at the ballpark. I don’t think we went a month without going to a baseball game in all the time we lived downtown. Heck, I don’t think we went a week without taking in a Reds game. But with all the FC|C soccer and our move, things happen and times change. Tonight, we hopped on the Metro 17 bus (god bless that 17 bus) and made our way down to Great American BallPark. Taking the bus in was super easy and much cheaper than an Uber and definitely way cheaper than paying for parking. We got off the 17 at Government Square on Fifth Street, and walked down Main Street to GABP. We had almost the same distance to walk to the ballpark as when we lived on Sycamore Street. It felt a little odd and weird to walk down a different street after so many trips down Sycamore Street to see the Reds. But there we were at Reds game number 12. The journey might be a little different now but it’s still the same beautiful ballpark we know and love…

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The Reds were playing those whiny birds…

We had tickets for the Cincinnati Bell Fioptics District again. We really like those seats. It was pretty empty on the way to the district.

And not surprisingly, they were plenty of good seats still available…

The Reds were down to their last strike…

And this one did not belong to the Reds, 5-4 to the Cardinals…

The Reds took two out of three from St. Louis. Since the All-Star break, they’ve won six straight series. And win or lose, it’s always great to be at the ballpark. We ended up riding the Metro 17 home. And that was a bit of an experience just because the bus was surprisingly packed. We had to stand the entire trip home. Next time, we go to an evening Reds game, we’ll most likely just catch an Uber home.🙂

Django Western Taco.

When we moved into our house, Deskey gave us a $50 gift card to Django Western Taco in Northside as a house warming gift. Just a side note… I work for an amazing company. They’re always doing things like this to make their employees feel special and appreciated. I’ve never worked anywhere else where I’ve felt like part of a family. And I love that. I really love where I work.😀

Deskey gave us this gift card. And tonight, we put it to good use…

We walked the couple blocks over to Hamilton Avenue and then a few more blocks down Hamilton until we arrived at Django…

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The interior of Django from the bar looking back towards the front door…

Turns out Chef Josh Campbell of Mayberry fame took over ownership at the beginning of the year. It was an awesome surprise getting to run into him. It’s a small world. And I’m glad he’s back in town. Here’s the view behind the bar at Django…

Genifer started with a classic margarita and chose to make it a spicy one by adding a bit of habañero puree. She got it about a 3 on a scale of 1 to 5, and it definitely had some heat to it. I got a Miller High Life because I jumped the gun and ordered a beer before hearing about the margaritas…

We started with queso and chips and salsa…

The salsa was really good. And the queso was outstanding. Some quesos arrive as molten cheese and as they cool solidify into a unmanageable, impenetrable brick of cheese. Not this queso. It was perfect from first scoop until the last. And we also ordered some tacos. You have to order tacos…

From left to right, we had the fried chicken taco, carne asda, fried shrimp and carnitas. Genifer like the carne asda and carnitas the best. I like the chicken and shrimp. All were really delicious. We washed down our meal with a round of margaritas. I had a peach with just a splash of the habañero puree and Genifer had another classic, but non-spicy without the puree this time…

Great stuff! And we still have money left on our gift card! When we come back next time, we’re going after the Jerk Chicken Quesadilla. Thanks, Chef Josh. And thank you, Deskey! I see Django qucikly becoming one of our favorite spots in Northside!🙂

Tag! You’re it.

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As seen from the Metro 17 bus on McMicken Street during my ride into work this morning. Taken with Instagram.🙂

French Fry Heaven.

We were pretty hungry after the FC Cincinnati match, so we walked down Calhoun Street to check out French Fry Heaven for the first time…

French Fry Heaven just opened on University of Cincinnati’s campus back in April and is known for “having divinely inspired loaded fresh cut fries, chicken tenders, baked potatoes and fresh cut chips.”

We both ordered loaded fries because it’s called FRENCH FRY Heaven…

It was surprisingly empty for being a Saturday night right after a soccer game…

Then our number was called and our spuds were ready. Genifer ordered the Chili and Cheese fries…

And I ordered the Buffalo Chicken fries…

It was delicious stuff. The fries were pretty awesome, and there were smothered in toppings as you can see. But we ordered way too much food. Again…

I couldn’t help think while we were eating our delicious loaded spuds that we’ve had something like this before but I couldn’t place it. And then it finally dawned on me. I was eating a bigger, tastier version of FryBox down at Great American Ball Park!

I can definitely see us being back, especially after a FC|C match. Genifer said next time she would just get a small order of fries with cheese sauce dip. I’d really like to try the Taco Loaded Fries or some chicken tenders. See you soon French Fry Heaven.🙂

FC Cincinnati versus Charleston Battery.

This evening we hopped on the Metro 17 bus over to UC to watch FC Cincinnati take on fourth placed Charleston Battery at Nippert Stadium…

SPRINKLES!

At halftime, it was still nil-nil. SPRINKLES!!

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The match ended 1-1, and we missed both goals.:/

FC Cincinnati’s next match is away to last place FC Montreal at 2pm on Wednesday, August 3rd. The match was listed to start at 7pm but was moved to 2pm because of Montreal’s MLS friendly against AS Roma. FC Cincy’s next home match isn’t until Wednesday, August 24th when they take on Rochester Rhinos at Nippert Stadium.
It’s the only home match in the month of August. We’ll see you there!🙂

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