Gaslight Bar & Grill.

After work this evening, we stopped in Clifton’s Gaslight District

There were some really cool sidewalk artworks along Ludlow Avenue…

And we walked by parallel parking spots that had been converted into an awesome sociable parklet space

The recently renovated Gaslight Bar & Grill

It opened back in January in the old Ludlow Avenue library branch in Clifton…

And it has Clifton’s first rooftop bar…

Genifer ordered a veggie burger without the bun…

And I ordered the shrimp po’boy…

Everything was really delicious. Gaslight’s fries were outstanding. We wish we would have come to Gaslight sooner in the summer because their outdoor patio is really pretty amazing. We can’t wait to hang out here more next summer! 😀🍔🍤🍟❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Orlando City.

This afternoon was the final home game of FC Cincinnati’s inaugural MLS season…

FC|C was playing host to Orlando City. We’re really happy this soccer season is finally coming to an end. It’s been a ridiculously long season watching an epically bad team struggle mightily in a very mediocre league…

It was fan appreciation night at Nippert Stadium. Everyone in the stadium received a free scratcher card. On our scratchers, we both got $10 off at the FC Cincinnati team shop. We felt so appreciated…

FC Cincinnati took an early 1-0 lead…

But Orlando City came back to tie it up. And the match would end 1-1. 

Like I said earlier, it was a very long season of FC Cincinnati soccer, and we’re really happy it’s over. This was the fourth summer that we planned around FC Cincinnati. And at the end of each season, we’ve always looked forward to next season. Until the end of this season. I’ve really soured on FC Cincinnati over the course of the summer. I haven’t been able to pinpoint my exact problem or the main source of my frustration with the team. And I’ve thought about it. A LOT. I haven’t been able to put my finger on any single issue or event or happening that took me from a die-hard supporter to a very jaded observer. I still support the club. I’ll still sport FC|C gear on match days next season. But we’re done being season ticket holders. My heart just isn’t in this team anymore. A small part of it has to be that the quality of their play is just so ridiculously bad. It’s no fun watching a team lose over and over again, and not show any signs of getting better. And all the miscues by the leadership have something to do with it. The lack of appreciation for their season ticket holders played a part too. As well as the ongoing saga and bevy of issues surrounding their new soccer-specific stadium in the West End. And then there’s the Bailey and their redundant, tired, uninspired chants. It all just grates on me. But maybe it’s not you FC Cincinnati, maybe it’s just me.

I think my issue is with MLS as a whole. The arrogance of MLS thinking they can charge a premium price for such a terrible product. It’s a small step up from USL at best. The watered-down talent pool of players, the uninspired match play, the mediocrity of the referees, the ridiculous number of teams in the league, the structure of the playoffs, the lack of promotion and relegation. All of it is just so bad. USL had a certain campiness to it that I thought was fun. It was the minor league of professional soccer and with the minor league comes a certain understanding that there will be missed calls, errant passes and shots that go out for throw-ins and other mistakes. MLS takes it’s self so seriously. It presents itself that this is the pinnacle of soccer. And in reality, it’s just so bad. It’s really difficult for me to watch. Most of the time.

But then again over the course of this season, I’ve fallen in love with Minnesota United. So figure that out. Maybe it isn’t MLS. Maybe it is just you, FC Cincinnati. Who knows. But whatever the reason, I’m just glad this season is finally over. And next summer, we’re going back to more Reds games. 😀⚽️❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Columbus Crew.

So here we are. The inaugural MLS Hell is Real derby between our FC Cincinnati and Columbus Crew. The two teams first met back in 2017 during FC|C’s magical US Open Cup run when Djiby headed Cincy to a 1-0 victory. The teams met for the first time in MLS play two weeks ago and played to a 2-2 draw. Fast forward to today and it’s the first MLS edition of the Hell is Real derby match at Nippert Stadium…

And here we go…

And FC Cincinnati was down 3-0 after just fifteen minutes…

Someone must have tried really hard to get drunk on some free samples of warm, non-alcoholic Heineken 0.0, or they just really liked the taste…

The final score was 3-1 to the Crew. Apparently, Ohio is black and gold. 😐⚽️❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Vancouver Whitecaps.

Tonight, FC Cincinnati (last place in Eastern Conference) played host to Vancouver Whitecaps (second to last place in the Western Conference) at Nippert Stadium…

FC Cincinnati is getting pretty difficult to watch…

They are just really bad. And tonight, second to last place beat last place 2-1. 🙁⚽️❤️

Happy National Chili Dog Day!

After I was done volunteering at the Cincinnati Zoo, I walked about 1.2 miles from the zoo over to Skyline Chili in the Clifton Gaslight District for lunch. On my way, I walked by this great community garden…

And this City Barn…

And before I knew it, I was at Skyline in Clifton…

HAPPY NATIONAL CHILI DOG DAY TO ME! Yep. It’s an actual thing

Skyline is delicious! After my lunch, I hopped on the Metro 17 bus and came home.
😀🧀🌭❤️

Grey Midwest Volunteer Day.

Today was Grey Midwest Volunteer Day. There were three different volunteer activities to choose from. I got to volunteer at the Cincinnati Zoo‘s Animal Enrichment Program in the Zoo’s P&G Discovery Forest…

Right up there on the little platform is an adorable sloth…

Today, we were building cubes for the animals to play with made out of old fire hose…

Ours was going to be the biggest cube intended for the elephants to play with. After a couple of hours, we had one layer down, five more to go…

But then we had to start over because we weren’t doing it right…

At least there were pop-ice…

Other people were building little cubes for the smaller animals…

Here’s a little bit bigger cube…

And even bigger still…

Our cube was supposed to be six hose weaved cube…

We got two layers done before it was time to go…

It was fun but it was a lot more work than I thought it would be. 😀🐘🔲❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Wayne Rooney.

This evening FC Cincinnati played host to Wayne Rooney and DC United. It was the other match that we were kinda excited about this season because of who was going to be on the pitch tonight at Nippert Stadium. They were handing out terrific
little FC Cincinnati away jersey rally towels before today’s match…

And that’s pretty cool because I really have a thing for rally towels. I love them…

The match was being televised on ESPN as the Match of the Week or something and that meant there were cameras everywhere…

It was a white-out at Nippert Stadium for today’s match…

All of a sudden it made sense why they were giving out white away jersey rally towels. And there he is…

The man. The Myth. The Legend…

Wayne Rooney…

I was also rather surprised at how many people brought their Wayne Rooney jerseys to the match in hopes that Wayne would sign them…

He didn’t sign one of them. In fact, he didn’t even look it their direction…

 

At halftime, FC|C honored Cincinnati native and World Cup champion, Rose Lavelle

So that was pretty neat to see Rose Lavelle…

And that was that. DC United won 4-1 and Wayne Rooney one-upped Zlatan and scored at Nippert Stadium. After the match was mercifully over, we stopped at Penn Station for sammiches while we waited for the Uber prices to stop surging…

Unlike FC|C, Penn Station is sooo good. 😀⚽️❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Houston Dynamo.

FC Cincinnati played host to Houston Dynamo tonight at Nippert Stadium…

And by some soccer miracle, FC Cincinnati actually won 3-2. 😀⚽️❤️

FC Cincinnati versus the Zlatan.

This evening FC Cincinnati played host to Zlatan Ibrahimovich and LA Galaxy. It was one of the few matches we were really excited about this season because of who was going to be on the pitch tonight at Nippert Stadium…

They were giving away free samples of Heineken 0.0 beer…

It might have been pretty good if it wasn’t warm.

And there he is, Zlatan Ibrahimovich…

Zlatan has is a prolific goalscorer who is best known for his technique, his creativity, strength, ability in the air, and his powerful and accurate striking ability. His career reads like a who’s who of the European giants. He played Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris St. Germain and Manchester United all before moving to MLS to join LA Galaxy.

Apparently, we weren’t the only ones there to see Zlatan…

Galaxy beat FC|C 2-0. But Zlatan didn’t score any goals. 😀⚽️❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Red Bulls.

The last time we saw the MLS version of Red Bulls, they were abruptly ending the magical US Open Cup run of our FC|C in the semi-finals back in 2017. We were hoping that the new look, big-time MLS version of FC Cincinnati could exact a little revenge in their very first MLS league encounter at Nippert Stadium with the team from Harrison, New Jersey. FC|C played away to Red Bulls back in at the end of April and lost 1-0. And with the way this season of Cincinnati soccer is shaping up, we really weren’t holding our breath…

And at the half, it was still 0-0…

It was a really beautiful night for a soccer match…

And Red Bulls ended up pulling off a 2-0 win with goals in the 78th and 90th+1 minutes. 😀❤️⚽️