Post Office Place.

This afternoon we met our friends Scott and Kathy and their kiddos Grace and Sam at Post Office Place  (POP for short) in Columbia Tusculum for lunch…

And that’s the last photo I took. 😕 We got to chit-chatting and eating and I completely forgot to snap any more photos. We shared POP’s Garlic Herb Bruschetta Goat Cheese Dip with pita bread which was awesome. We also tried some of their Buffalo POP Wings and we shared an East End Classic pizza with pepperoni, onions, green and red peppers, mushrooms and black olives on a classic red sauce. And those were really good too! Afterward, we stopped at Streetside for a beer. The next photo I took was of the Girl Scout cookies Grace delivered to us…

It was a fun afternoon. Sorry I completely blanked on taking photos of POP. It’s a really fun place with great food. If you next yourself in Columbia Tusculum, be sure to give them a try! 😀🍕🐔🍺🍪❤️

Physical therapy x Higher Gravity.

I had my first session of physical therapy for my hip this evening…

It went pretty good. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. But then again, nothing about this entire hip replacement process has been as bad as I thought it would be. Not even close. At all. I thought every step of this process was going to be far more grueling and painful than it’s actually turned out to be. So in my mind, I either really overexaggerated how horrible an experience I thought this would be and braced for the worst possible scenario at each and every step of this process, or this has been a study in the best possible case scenario for a complete hip replacement. At the end of June, I’ll be having my left hip replaced. It’ll be interesting to see how that experience compares to this experience. I hope it’s very much the same, an identical experience or an even better experience than what I am working through right now. Because this really hasn’t been that bad at all.

Anyway. After my first physical therapy session, we stopped at Higher Gravity for a beer. We hadn’t been to HG for almost three weeks. The last time we were there was to watch Xavier knock off Georgetown in OT back at the beginning of February…

We stopped in tonight because we wanted to try #11, the Hawaiian Speedway Stout

And it was awesome! It was also awesome to be able to get out of the house and do something again…

Only 10 more physical therapies to go! 😀🍻❤️

An evening out in East Walnut Hills.

This evening we ventured off across town to another up-and-coming neighborhood in Cincinnati, East Walnut Hills

Genifer works right around the corner. She was excited to check out some of the places she sees every day but hasn’t had the chance to visit yet. Our first stop was at Woodburn Brewery and Tap Room

We’ve tried a couple of Woodburn’s beers on tap at Higher Gravity and they were really good so we were excited to see what else they had…

We got a flight. We tried the Breakfast Porter, American Brown and Imperial Stout…

Did I mention it was a Chocolate Mint Imperial Stout that tasted just like a Girl Scouts Thin Mint cookie? It was one of the best beers I’ve tasted in a quick minute…

Woodburn Brewery also had some small bites by Mazunte…

We got the guacamole and chips and the nachos…

The nachos were really good but they were just too much food. I’m still really kicking myself for not just getting the beer cheese. When in doubt, always go with the beer cheese. Especially when you’re at a brewery.

We did another flight with two barrel-aged beers and another taster the Chocolate Mint Imperial Stout. It was such an amazing beer. There’s already been talk of Genifer taking one or two of our growlers with her to fill up with the Chocolate Mint Imperial Stout some day after work. It was a really great place. And we can’t wait to come back soon. Then we went across the street to meet friends at Myrtle’s Punch House

As you could expect from the name, Myrtle’s specialty is serving punch…

Our punches are handcrafted and can be ordered by the glass, in a flight, if you want to try a bit of each, or in a bowl to share with your friends! There are always four options on tap to choose from, and we feature punches with recipes dating back to the 1700’s, as well as new and innovative approaches to this classic cocktail.

We shared a punch bowl of the Mark Twain punch made with Bourbon, Pimms, lemon, black tea, apple cider and honey…

How adorable is that punch bowl? And the punch was very tasty…

But at $24, the punch bowl seemed a bit on the pricey side to me. Like any punch, it was mostly juices and mixers with a splash of the good stuff. Don’t get me wrong, Myrtle’s is a pretty fun place too. I just think presented with the choice, we’d always lean towards beers over cocktails.

It was a pretty fun night out in East Walnut Hills. And we got to check out a couple of new places. It’s a nice place to visit but I’m really happy we live in Northside. 😀🍺🍹❤️

Northside nubs.

There were a bunch of people out sledding on the hill at the end of our street…

We need to get some sleds for the next time it snows because it looked like a bunch of fun. Later, we went down to Higher Gravity to watch the Eagles take on the Falcons. And then we got just home in time to watch the Patriots thump the Titans. It was a pretty low-key day but another pretty fun Saturday in Northside. 😀🛷🏈🍺❤️

Wild Card weekend.

We went down to Higher Gravity to watch the Titans versus Chiefs Wild Card football game with our friends Chris and Tayler. They are big Chiefs fans. It was a pretty good game but unfortunately, the Chiefs managed to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. While we were watching the game, we shared this ridiculously huge 22-inch pepperoni pizza from Chameleon

It was a really, really good pie. After the game, Wild Card weekend started to get a bit wild. There were some consolation shots…

And after that, there was a contest between shotgunning versus chugging a beer

We always have a really good time at Higher Gravity. And Northside has some of the best pizza around. 🏈🍕🍻❤️

NYE at Higher Gravity.

We went to one of our favorite Northside watering holes, Higher Gravity to celebrate New Year’s Eve…

We met up with our friends Chris and Tayler and moved into this little alcove…

We brought a bunch of little poppers with us…


It was a really great New Year’s Eve! 😀🥂🍾❤️

Taft’s Brewpourium.

Tonight, we met our friends and their kids at Taft’s Brewpourium. It’s been a minute since we were last at the Brewpourium

It was a really fun evening. And it was great to see everyone. 😀🍺❤️

Higher Gravity minus Meet the Brewery.

We didn’t realize there wasn’t a Meet the Brewery tonight at Higher Gravity. But since we were there, we decided to have a couple of beers anyway…

I tried an Esther’s Li’l Secret Winter White Ale with chocolate and vanilla cream from Warped Wing in Dayton…

It reminded me a lot of the Sonoran White Chocolate Ale we tried when we were out in Phoenix for Spring Training. It was pretty good stuff. 😀🍺❤️

Higher Gravity Christmas Eve.

We stopped in for a drink at Higher Gravity to watch the second half of the Bengals game. We tried a Claus from Braxton Brewing Company

And the Bengals got thumped by the Vikings but the beers were delicious! 😀🍺❤️

Northside Thursday.

This evening we walked down Hamilton Avenue to have dinner at Melt Eclectic Cafe

Tonight, Melt had a special beer cheese appetizer made with Rhinegheist Truth…

And it was just, WOW! It was some of the best beer cheese I’ve ever had. It came with triangles of pita bread and pickled jalapenos for dipping. It was really outstanding. We also shared one of our favorite Melt sammiches, The Rachel and we also shared a house-made orange cupcake with buttercream frosting…

After dinner, we stopped into Higher Gravity. They were having another one of their Meet the Brewery. This time it was Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company, makers of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. In addition to tasting a selection of Alltech beers, there was also an ugly sweater contest and an Alltech coloring contest. So we did some coloring while we sampled some beers…

And here’s our finished Santa…

Coloring was a lot of fun. And we actually won the coloring contest! We took home an Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale prize pack with a t-shirt, hat, candle, koozies and giant KBBA sticker…

It was another really fun night in Northside. 😀🧀🍺🖍️❤️

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