One year ago today…

One year ago today, we got married in Jamaica…

Without a doubt, this has been the best year of my life. 🙂

#TBT Pause for paws.

Always missing the bud dog. 🙂

Taken with Instagram.

We spent most of the day packing and getting ready for our trip. 🙂

Good morning from Northside.

It was a pretty start to the end of the week. 🙂

Mian Street is losing an icon.

It’s hard to imagine what Main Street would look like without the Dennison Hotel. 😦

One year ago today…

One year ago today, we were leaving to get married in Jamaica

Taken with Instagram via my Timehop🙂

Cyclones hockey game #9.

It was a gorgeous evening in Cincinnati…

For Cyclones hockey game #9 of the season

We got there early enough to see the pregame warm-ups…

Because we wanted to get our free Cyclones coffee tumbler from Dunkin Donuts…

And we finally got the Cyclones bottomless tub of popcorn…

LET’S PLAY HOCKEY!

We got to see a team we’ve never seen before, Wichita Thunder. And the Thunder scored just 36 seconds into the game. It was kind of a shocker, and it took us a minute to figure out just what the heck happened…

At the end of the first period, it was all tied at one…

And the Thunder scored just 12 seconds into the second period…

And at the end of the second, the game was getting from the Cyclones at 3-1…

But at least our photo made the scoreboard again…

The Cyclones lost 5-1. Hopefully, the Cyclones will do better next time. But at least we got to eat a bunch of popcorn and we got our coffee tumblers! 🙂

Taken with Instagram.

It turned out to be a very pretty evening. Taken with Instagram. 🙂

It’s what’s for dinner.

Genifer made this ranch chicken breaded in Ritz Crackers

And she made mashed potatoes with broccoli mac & cheese…

And it was delicious! She’s such a good cook. 🙂

We got of Jetta back!

We picked up our Jetta from the repair shop this morning. It’s been in the shop for the last couple weeks to get the check engine light looked at. Turns out while it was in, there were a handful of recalls that needed to be addressed. And that’s what took so long…

In the meantime, we got to drive this new 2017 Jetta with all the bells and whistles…

It was pretty nice. But I really like ours just fine…

It’s good to have it back. 🙂

Lalo Chino Latino.

In the old location of Huit Asian BBQ on Court Street is Lalo Chino Latino. Lalo is the sister restaurant of the Huit Group’s other restaurant on Main Street, Neuf. I stopped into Lalo this afternoon to check it out…

The item that intrigued me the most was an Asian BBQ Quesadilla…

And it was incredible! I also tried the Chicken Curry Empanadas…

House-made pastry stuffed with curried chicken Served with warm curry dip! Really delicious stuff! I can’t wait to go back to try their Chorizo Potstickers. I’d be really hard pressed to try to decide which place I like better, Neuf or Lola. Both are awesome! 🙂

Seen and noted.

Walking back down Court Street, I stumbled across one of the most amazing Artworks murals I’ve seen yet. It’s a mural paying homage to Cincinnati’s rich toy history

Cincinnati Toy Heritage celebrates “the legacy of Kenner Toys, a Cincinnati-based toy company founded in 1947, in this work of art which showcases some of the most popular toys that were designed by the company.” Artworks has done some amzing, incredible murals. It’s just really a shame I have to look at this one all day at work. :/

And on my way back to work, I noticed this crude little drawling on the side of one of the buildings on Walnut Street…

It’s nowhere near as elaborate as the Artworks mural but every bit as entertaining. 🙂

Minges Candy Store.

This afternoon I walked up to Court Street with some coworkers to visit Cincinnati’s oldest candy store, Peter Minges & Son ConfectionaryI’ve walked by Minges Candy Store more than a few times. But I’ve never been inside until today…

It’s a pretty amazing place. They have every candy you could think of. Unfortunately, you can only by most of the candy in bulk. So if you need a box of 36 Kit Kat’s, this is your place. And they also had this amazing old skool, freestanding popcorn maker for sale…

Next time I find myself needing a 5 lb bag of Swedish Fish, I know where to go. 🙂

 

A really foggy Monday morning.

It was really foggy on this Monday morning…

And it was really foggy downtown too…

🙂

Cyclones hockey game #8.

This afternoon we went down to US Bank Arena for the rare Cyclones Sunday kids matinee hockey game. This was our eighth Cyclones hockey game of the season

When we got inside, we found the upper bowl of US Bank Arena was open. And that’s sweet! Because we had a whole section to ourselves!

LET’S PLAY HOCKEY!

And then they made us move to the lower bowl. :/

At the end of the first period, the Cyclones were up 1-0 on the Fort Wayne Komets…

Halfway through the second period, the ‘Clones were up 4-0…

And at the end of the second, it was 4-2 Cyclones…

Daniel Tiger was at the game this afternoon…

4-3…

And there it is…

And once again, our photo made the scoreboard…

The Cyclones blew a 4-0 lead halfway through the second period to force overtime with Komets. Thankfully, they were able to cling to the tie throughout the extra hockey. The game went to shoot-outs and somehow the Cyclones finally prevailed 5-4. 🙂

Monkey Bread.

When I was growing up, my mom would always make this overnight coffee cake for the holidays and special occasions. We very rarely shop at Meijer but we found ourselves at a Meijer this afternoon. And I found this Monkey Bread that looked remarkably similar to my mom’s overnight coffee cafe…

You squeezed one packet of the cinnamon sugar mixture in the bottom of a greased pan, added the little balls of dough and squeezed the other packet of cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of the dough…

It off it went into the oven…

Twenty-five minutes later, we pulled it out of the oven, flipped the pan over onto a plate and… BOOM! Monkey Bread!

Now it wasn’t as good as my mom’s overnight coffee cake, not even close. I never really expected it to compete with my mom’s. But it was still pretty good stuff. 🙂

Quatman Cafe.

This morning we got up kind of early to go over to the Sprint store in Rookwood to get Genifer a new phone. She ended up getting the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Pretty sweet phone. On the way home, we were going to stop by the pretty new Nine Giant Brewery in Pleasant Ridge for lunch. But Nine Giant was stupid packed. At noon. So we decide to stop at Quatman Cafe in Norwood instead. I’ve been living in Cincinnati for all these years, and somehow I’ve never been to Quatman. Quatman Cafe is famous for their burgers. They’re always mentioned whenever the topic of best burger in Cincinnati comes up…

On Saturdays, Quatman Cafe’s special is a burger, fries and a drink for just $7.50…

Just look at that beauty of a burger…

A half pound of beefy, cheesy, delicious goodness…

Quatman Cafe’s burger really is one of the best burgers I’ve had in all of Cincinnati. It’s an amazing burger. I can definitely see why they are always in the conversation for the best burger. And it’s just a hop, skip and a jump from our home. I see many more of these amazing burgers in our future. I can’t wait to enjoy another again very soon. 🙂

Good evening.

Some photos from the evening commute home from throughout the week…

Mostly taken with Instagram🙂

The Dennison Hotel.

They’ve started putting up scaffolding along the facade of The Dennison Hotel after a Hamilton County judge rejected a bid to delay the demolition of the 125-year-old building at Main and Seventh Streets…

I’ve walked passed the Dennison every day for the last seven years. And I can see the top of the building from my office window at work. After living and working just around the corner from the historic building for so long, it’s absence would create a huge hole in the downtown landscape. It’s really unfortunate the owners decided to move forward with demolition instead of renovating and preserving a piece of Cincinnati’s history. I’m going to miss The Dennison Hotel. 😦

Good morning from Northside.

There have been so many pretty mornings lately. Taken with Instagram. 🙂

Cyclones hockey game #7.

Tonight, we went to our seventh Cyclones hockey game of the season

LET’S PLAY HOCKEY!

At the end of the first, the Cyclones were trailing the Quad City Mallards 1-0…

HOCKEY NACHOS!

At the end of the second, the ‘Clones still trailed but now it 3-1…

The Cyclones pulled their goalie to try to tie up the game…

But that’s the way it would end, 3-2 to the Mallards…

🙂

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