Cheese coneys from Blue Jay.

We went to Blue Jay for lunch this afternoon. They have some terrific cheese coneys…

I really love me some cheese coneys. 😀🧀🌭❤️

Lunch at Blue Jay.

We both stayed home from work today but we did walk to Blue Jay for lunch…

Genifer ordered a grilled cheese with tomatoes again. And I ordered the chicken finger sammich again with cheese. That sammich is so dang good…

And wouldn’t you know it, just as soon as we were done eating it started pouring down rain outside. So we waited for it to stop raining in Shake It Records…

It was a great lunch. And it was good to recharge a bit. 😀🐔❤️

Another Northside Saturday.

So recently, I’ve been tinkering with the notion of buying a new camera. Most likely a new point&shoot but maybe a 4/3 mirrorless camera. I’d start looking at cameras and I always stop because the camera on my new Samsung Galaxy Note9 is sooo good. It’s really become my go-to camera. It’s always right there in my pocket. And the quality is probably just as good as one of my dSLRs. So I’ve really hesitated to pull the trigger on a new camera. Then I stumbled across Moment. They are very stylish cases for your mobile device that have different attachable camera lenses. It’s a pretty genius idea.

Recently, I ordered a Moment case for my Note9. I also ordered Moment’s Superfish lens. But for whatever reason, they sent me their 58mm Tele lens instead. After playing with it for a bit. I decided to keep the Tele lens. The lens gives your photos this awesome vignette in the corners. It’s a look I’ve always loved. And then I thought somewhere down the line, try again to get the Superfish.

Genifer gave me one of my birthday presents early today. And it was the Superfish lens!

I grabbed my brand new lens and we headed out a really late lunch at Blue Jay

The super fish lens is super neat. It gives you a 170-degree field of view, and it really expands the capabilities of your mobile camera. I really like it a lot. I also really like this chicken tender sammich I ordered at Blue Jay…

Genifer ordered a grilled cheese with tomatoes…

We love Blue Jay. Their food isn’t anything fancy. It’s just really solid and delicious and ridiculously inexpensive. After we were done with lunch, we walked down to Higher Gravity for a flight…

While we were at HG, we met up with our friends Chris and Tayler…

There’s a brand new brewery that’s been in the works in Northside for a while now called Humble Monk Brewing Co. It’s just kitty-corner to Urban Artifact. And we heard that they were opening just for this weekend for people to try their first beers while they raise more funds as they can continue the renovations upgrades to their brewery.

So we had to walk over to check it out…

Their beers were pretty good. Nothing too out of the ordinary. They had four beers on tap at the start of the day. But had already run out of one of them. We tried their Saison/Farmhouse Ale and their Imperial Stout. I thought the stout was really good. A little on the boozy side but still pretty good. We hung out for a beer. Their space is pretty great if they could get more beers together. Here are a few photos of industrial Northside when I was playing with my Superfish lens…

And from there, we headed around the corner to The Hamilton

I think The Hamilton has some of the best charcuterie boards around…

I love their charcuterie. After we finished our delicious meats and cheese, we headed for home. We walked the dogs around the block…

And called it a night on another wonderful Saturday in Northside. 😀⬆️❤️

Northside Saturday.

Early this afternoon, we walked down to Blue Jay for lunch…

We both had grilled cheeses and fries. My grilled cheeses had so much turkey on it…

After lunch, we walked over to Urban Artifact

UA was hosting the Holiday Ohio Explored Ohio Maker Mart. We didn’t know there were going to be food trucks at Urban Artifact this afternoon. I don’t know that we would have skipped Blue Jay though. Those grilled cheeses really hit the spot…

There was even more stuff downstairs in UA’s taproom…

It was really fun to wander around and look at all the crafts. If you were looking for a new hand-knit winter hat, this was the place for you. Genifer got two new winter hats. And I got a really shiny ring with beautiful inlays. After the Maker Mart, we walked down to Second Place for a drink. They replaced all their beer tap handles with the tops of trophies. I wonder how long they’ve been like that and I never noticed…

It was another really fun Saturday in Northside. We love our neighborhood. 😀🛍️❤️

We ❤️ Blue Jay.

We went to Blue Jay for breakfast/lunch late this morning. I would have called it brunch. But I reserve brunch for Sundays. Genifer wanted lunch and I wanted breakfast. And since it wasn’t Friday, I’m just going to call it breakfast/lunch…

Genifer got a five-way and french fries…

I got a sausage omelet with a flapjack…

YUM! We ❤️ Blue Jay. 😀🐦🥞❤️

Breakfast at Blue Jay.

Food no good reason, we were up and moving early this morning. So we decided to go have breakfast at Blue Jay

We love Blue Jay so much. Their food is really outstanding and you can eat like a king for so cheap. 😀🥞❤️

Saturday morning in Northside.

This morning we went to Blue Jay for an early lunch…

You can’t see the Blue Jay sign through the trees…

Genifer ordered a couple of Blue Jay chili cheese sammiches and fries…

Basically, chili cheese dogs without the dogs. And I ordered the Northsider Omelet…

It’s a three-egg omelet smothered in Blue Jay’s Cincinnati-style chili with onions, beans, topped with cheddar cheese and served with toast…

It’s basically a Cincinnati five-way omelet and it was so good. We love Blue Jay…

Afterwards, we stopped next door at Shake It Records to do some record shopping…

We still don’t have a record player. We hope to remedy that very soon. But in addition to all sorts of records, they also have some really great greeting cards…

It was another great Saturday morning in Northside. Taken with my Polaroid CUBE+. 😀🐦❤️

Northside Saturday.

This afternoon we walked down to Blue Jay for lunch…

We tried their cheese coneys and chili cheese sammiches and they were awesome!

After lunch, we were headed off to the grand opening of favorite coffee shop, Sidewinder’s brand new coffee roastery…

But first, we stopped in Shake It Records…

Seriously, we need to get a record player…

They had so many good records that I would have bought today if we had a record player. Walking down Hamilton Avenue right next to Hoffner Park, it looks like a new smoothie and juice bar is going in…

We made it all the way down Spring Grove to Sidewinder’s new coffee roastery…

Their new coffee roaster…

There was some serious roasting going on in here…

Original artworks by very talented artist and Sidewinder barista, Amy Poliner…

They’re going to need some more coffee beans…

We had a coffee drink and hung out for a little while and learned about the process of roasting coffee beans. It’s a lot more complicated than I thought it would be…

From there we stopped at Second Place to have a bourbon slushie and kill a little bit of time while we waited for our friend’s backyard birthday party to start…

W estayed at the backyard birthday party until it got too dark to see anymore in the backyard. And then we headed home. It was a really fun day in Northside. 😀❤️

Breakfast at Blue Jay.

We were supposed to get a big snow storm today. I heard up to 5 inches of the cold white stuff. Before the snowpocalypse, we headed to Blue Jay for breakfast…

I had pancakes with scrambled eggs and sausage with toast. It was so good. And I almost finished everything. But the real standouts were the biscuits and sausage gravy that Genifer ordered. Wow! They were incredible.Next time, I’m either getting those or I’m getting the Northsider Omelet topped with their homemade Cincinnati chili! When we were heading home, we could help but notice this Elvis lamp next door in the window of Shake It Records

And despite it snowing huge snowflakes, we really didn’t get very much snow on the ground. Five inches, pfffft. 😀🥞❤️

Over 1 million.

I got an email from Google this morning. And this email was to inform me that the 600+ photos I’ve posted publicly to Google Maps have now received over 1 milliion views

A million views on just 600 photos is a pretty amazing accomplishment especially when you consider that the 94,500+ photos I’ve uploaded to my Flickr since March 2007 have received just under 8 million views. My three most viewed photos on Google Maps…

Third was taken inside Melt Eclectic Cafe in Northside with over 54,000 views…

Second was inside Northside’s Blue Jay Restaurant with over 60,000 views…

And the bar at Django Western Taco’s old location is my most viewed photo on Google Maps with more than 80,000 views…

Isn’t that nuts? Social media stats like this just kind of blow mind. 😀📷👀❤️