Sammy’s Craft Burgers & Beers.

All the way back in August last summer, CityBeat gave $25 gift card to Sammy’s Craft Burgers & Beers in Blue Ash for a photo I took during Cincinnati Burger Week. And for the last year, every time Genifer would ask where I wanted to go out to eat, my answer was the same… Sammy’s. It has become something of an on-running joke. But joke no more. Today, we finally got to eat at Sammy’s Craft Burgers & Beers

I was really digging Parkway Brewing Company’s logo…

We started with these incredible buffalo chicken roll-ups with ranch dipping sauce…

Genifer ordered the Guacamole Burger with guac, chipotle mayo, bacon, pepper jack cheese, tomato and field greens…

I ordered the Bourbon Burger with bourbon sauce, fried onion straws, Swiss cheese, mayo, tomato and field greens…

The burgers were outstanding! Sammy’s burgers should always be in the near the top of the list in the conversation for best burgers in Cincinnati. They were that good. And they had a great selection of beers on tap too…

Now I can’t wait to go back to Sammy’s for another one of their amazing burgers. Such great stuff! And thanks again to CityBeat for the gift card! It was delicious! 😀🍔❤️

Our Thanksgiving.

This afternoon we went over to Genifer’s mom’s new house for Thanksgiving dinner…

I ate one of the turkey wings. It was like a giant chicken wing only with turkey! We hope everyone had a very thankful and delicious Thanksgiving! I know we did. It was a great day filled with wonderful food and family. 😀🦃❤️

A Tavola Madeira.

After we were all squared away at the Apple Store, we met our friends Cory and Amy and their twins at A Tavola in Madeira for lunch…

Surprisingly, we’ve never been to either of the A Tavola locations before today…

We thought it would be bigger inside but it’s very small and cute and intimate and it smelled really amazing in there…

Genifer tried the Fretboard Jazz, and I had the Rhinegeist Penguin which looked like a lager but had all the taste of a really great stout…

They had a bunch of really great sounding pizzas. But after much back and forth, we decided to share the Gorgonzola pizza with tomato sauce, gorgonzola, mozzarella, house made sausage, pepperoni and cracked pepper…

It was a terrific pizza! Next time, we find ourselves in Madeira we’ll definitely stop in for another one of their delicious pies! 😀🍕❤️

It’s like a whole new computer.

Last Tuesday, I was updating the operating system on my MacBook from Sierra to High Sierra. The computer went to restart but never powered back on. I tried every keyboard command and trick I could find online. I chatted with Apple support and we couldn’t get it to reboot so this afternoon I brought it to the sea of humanity that is the Apple Store at Kenwood Towne Center to see if they could get me back up and running…

Thankful, they got my computer to power on again. They replaced the battery in my MacBook, and now it’s like a whole brand new computer again! 😀🍏💻🔋❤️

Lunch in West Chester.

This afternoon we drove out to West Chester to see Genifer’s mom’s new house. It’s super nice and really big with a big yard and all very West Chester. I didn’t take any photos because I’m really super weird about taking photos of other people’s stuff and posting it online. It’s not my thing. I just don’t do it. After we hung out at Geri’s new house for a bit, got the grand tour and the lay of the land, we all went to Dingle House in West Chester for lunch where I had this monster of a bacon burger…

The last time I talked to my parents, they were telling me about their post-Halloween All Stouts Day adventures at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo. And specifically, they were telling me about Bell’s Arabicadabra Coffee Milk Stout. And look what I found at Dingle House…

Unfortunately, it wasn’t actually on tap. Even though we were told a couple of times that the draught beer was completely current and just updated that morning. And that’s a bummer. But we’ll be out there to visit a lot of more. So we’ll keep checking back.

Personally, I think the vast suburbia that is West Chester gets a bad wrap. On our way to Geri’s house, we passed a bunch of places I wouldn’t mind checking out in the future trips out to the ‘burbs. And I could see the draw of living there. Big home, big yard, white picket fence, two-car garage and all that. It’s not for everyone. We like our more urban, walkable little neighborhood. But different strokes for different folks. And I look forward to our trips out West Chester to visit. 😀🏡🍔🍺❤️

Summer Hours: Streetside Brewery.

It very rare that we find ourselves over on the east side of town. But after chasing around after FC Cincinnati rally towels, that’s exactly where we found ourselves.
We decided to finally check out Streetside Brewery on Eastern Avenue over in the
East End/Columbia-Tusculum part of town for the first time. We’d tried a couple of their beers at Higher Gravity in Northside, and we were pleasantly surprised by how good they were. We were really excited to see what else Streetside had in store…

We arrived at Streetside just ahead of one of those beer tours…

Genifer has a Tea Bags and I had a Little Balls of Blue mixed with the Goseface Killah while we watched Arsenal take on Leicester City in the kick-off of the new EPL season…

Streetside offers a range of steamed sammiches as well…

In hindsight, I wish I would have tried a sammich. Genifer wishes she got a steamed soft pretzel. Oh well. Next time. Eventually, the beer tour moved on to their next location…

Awesome place. Great beers. Next time we find ourselves on the east side of town, we’re definitely stopping back into Streetside for a beer and a steamed sammich. 😀🍺🍻❤️

Out in suburbia.

This morning we headed out Ikea in West Chester…

After picking up a few odds and ends at Ikea, we continued on to Liberty Center

After wandering around Liberty Center for a little while, we headed over to Pies & Pints to meet Cleve and Alyssa for lunch…

As the name suggests, Pies & Pints had a bunch of great beers on tap. They didn’t really do tasters or flight but they did do half-pints. We sampled a few of their beers we’ve never tried before. From the right, we tried North High Jalalima Jalapeno Chile Beer, Victory Kirsch Gose, Crooked Stave Petite Sour Rose and Avery Raspberry Sour…

We started with some delicious char-grilled hot wings…

We shared a Classic pie with pepperoni, sausage, roasted mushrooms, banana peppers & tomato sauce…

And a Pine & Swine pie with fresh pineapple, red onions, applewood smoked bacon, feta & tomato sauce…

Pies & Pints has a bunch of great beers and really good pizza pies!

It was a pretty fun afternoon out in suburbia. 🙂

Summer Hours: Rusty Bucket

Today’s Summer Hours were some rainy ones…

Genifer had a doctor’s appointment in Hyde Park and then we planned to go to Island Frydays in Corryville but with all the rain we decided just to get some lunch at Rusty Bucket in Rookwood instead…

We’ll go to Island Frydays on the next Summer Hours when it isn’t pouring down rain.
😀🌧️☂️

Miami Township Summer Concert Series: Blues, Brews, & BBQ

This evening we drove out to meet Cleve, Alyssa and Geri at the beautiful and very expansive Miami Riverview Park all the way out in Loveland to check out the first Miami Township Summer Concert Series of the summer: Brews, Blues & BBQ

U-Lucky Dawg, Pickles & Bones BBQ and Loveland Dairy Whip were all at the park dishing up delicious goodness…

We decided to start with some Pickles & Bones BBQ…

We got the brisket and smoked turkey with mac&cheese and spicy baked beans…

Delicious stuff! The plan was to get something from each of the three food trucks but we were stuffed after finishing the BBQ…

And we listened to The Fabulous Blue Brothers Band…

They were pretty fun a pretty fun band!

It was a really fun and something completely different on a Sunday evening. 🙂

Luke Bryan with Brett Eldredge.

Genifer went to see Luke Bryan with Brett Eldredge tonight at Riverbend

It was a girl’s night out for Cathy’s birthday…

It sounded like they had a pretty good time. While she was doing that, I was watching…

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Until I went to pick her up but by that point, the game was pretty much over. 🙂 🏀

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