Nice! You have a reward.

Good morning from Northside…

This afternoon we ordered pizza from Taft’s Brewpourium. And we had accumulated some rewards…

Omigosh! Look at our Taft’s Brewpourium pizza feast…

I’m pretty sure Taft’s is my favorite pizza is all of Cincinnati. It’s so good.

Oscar was telling us it’s time to go on our evening walk…

And when we were walking the dogs, we noticed this…

That’s pretty darn creepy.

Good evening from Northside…

We hung this guy out on our back porch…

This afternoon I had to knock out a few things for work while I listened to Arsenal lose 1-0 to Leicester, and then we watched the Bengals come up short against the Browns.

This evening, we watched the Dodgers win the World Series. It’s a bummer. It would have been so neat for Tampa Bay teams to win the Stanley Cup and the World Series. This season will always have asterisk next to it for me. The Dodgers were the best team that money could buy over the course of a pandemic-shortened 60-game season. Personally, I liked it much better when the Dodgers would spend all that money year after year and and then come up short. That was great. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸ•πŸΎβš½οΈπŸˆβšΎοΈβ€οΈ

International Space Station Sunday.

Good morning from Northside…

We ran over to the grocery. They always have different balloons

I like looking at the balloons. And then we got our Mad Llama coffee

And we got our delicious Mad Llama bagel turkey sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sammich on an Asiago cheese bagel…

Tomorrow, they’re going to start working on the water mains on our street again. I went out to move the Jetta up to the end of the street and it wouldn’t start. Again. I just had a new battery put in it the last time they worked on our street. I think it’s probably the alternator but we’ll see. This morning, AAA came out to take it to one of their repair centers…

And there it goes. I hope it isn’t too expensive.

Oscar was just hanging out…

It’s Sunday. We must be going to Taft’s Brewpourium for pizza…

We got to watch the crazy end of the Cowboys game

Taft’s is such great stuff. And today, they had fried mushrooms….

The sky was so pretty this evening…

And good evening from Northside…

We asked the two people standing on the hill what they were watching for, and they said the International Space Station was just about to fly over

And suddenly, there it was…

It was just a little pinhole of light. It almost just looked a star but it was really moving quickly across the sky…

And there it went…

How neat was that? Just being in the right place at the right time.

It was a really cool way to end a great weekend…

Next week is probably going to be another crazy one. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„β€οΈ

Mad Tree Brewing.

We finally made it to the new Mad Tree Brewing. We had been to their little original location a few times. We’ve tried to check out Mad Tree’s new location a few times but we always found ourselves trying to go at really busy times and we never could find a place to park. But we found ourselves in the neighborhood this afternoon and decided to finally check it out for lunch…

I think Mad Tree had the best social distancing precautions of any place we’ve been so far during the pandemic. Masks were mandatory to enter and they took our temperatures at the host desk…

Mad Tree had “traffic” lanes set up for everyone to follow when they were up and moving around from their tables…

We sat in the main room. But there was also an entire really huge outdoor courtyard area with another bar…

And there was another huge room behind the Catch-a-Fire kitchen that wasn’t being used while we were there…

The place is just massive. And I forgot to take a photo of the actual brewing facilities that are located off the main room where we were seated. But on to more pressing topics like taking a look at the draft list…

And once you’ve decided, you just order straight for the bar…

We ordered Kickboard with a raspberry-lemonade street pop in it, and a Nitro Hermit Crabs & Cowrie Shells

And then it was on to ordering some Catch-a-Fire for lunch…

We ordered a 10″ Buffalo Soldier pizza…

BBQ wood-fried wings…

And Peppadew Pepper Fire Bites…

Everything was delicious. The pizza had a great flavor but the sauce wasn’t too spicy. The wings had a great, delicious char on them. And those Fire Bites were just out of this world. The little peppers were very sweet and finished with a really nice heat. They were amazing! After we were done eating, we had a Shade and a S’More Gratitude

And exit through the gift shop please…

Mad Tree has an incredible space with terrific beers and great food. I can’t believe we waited so long to finally check it out. I can guarantee it won’t take nearly as long for our second visit. Mad Tree is pretty awesome.

Taft’s pizza makes for a good Sunday.

Good morning from Northside…

We were a bit tired this morning. The fireworks around Northside went late into the night and straight through into the very early morning.

This afternoon we went over to Taft’s Brewpourium for a late lunch…

It’s kind of funny to us. It seems like Taft’s Brewpourium is really the only place we go any more. It’s close, the pizza and beers are great, they take all the right precautions to keep everyone safe, and now they have seats near the bar again…

We sat at one of the picnic tables on the other side of the Brewpourium…

We ordered a white pizza with mozzarella, prosciutto, cherry tomatoes, and arugula…

Taft’s had some Fourth of July weekend specials. We ordered two of them… pasta salad and BBQ Grippo crusted chicken wings…

It was a lot of food. Everything was really good as always. And I think the pizza we ordered just became our new favorite. We love Taft’s Brewpourium. It’s always been one of our favorite places but even more so during this pandemic. We don’t know what we would do or where we would go without Tafts.

And good evening from Northside…

It was another good Sunday. But it’s hard to have a bad day when you have Taft’s pizza. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸ•πŸ”β€οΈ

A Thursday that feels like Friday.

Today is Thursday but it’s kind of our Friday. We both have four-day holiday weekends for the Fourth of July. Let’s get this party started. Good morning from Northside…

We walked to get Sidewinder Coffee this morning…

We went on the rare lunchtime dog walk around the block…

And we went on our evening walk as well…

Good evening from Northside…

And to celebrate the start of our long holiday weekend, we started our weekend with an NYPD Pizza party

We got boneless wings and a large Station House pizza with banana peppers…

NYPD’s pizza is sooo good. And there was an almost full moon tonight…

Bring on the long holiday weekend! #MURICA πŸ˜ƒπŸŒ„πŸ•πŸ”πŸŒ•πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έβ€οΈ

A pretty low-key Sunday.

Good morning from Northside…

It was a beautiful day. We hung out in our backyard…

And we went back to Taft’s Brewpourium for more delicious New Haven style pizza…

Ohmigosh! We love Taft’s pizza. I think it’s our very favorite pizza in all of Cincinnati.

Later, we took the dogs around the block….

Good evening from Northside. We had a pretty low-key Sunday. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸΎπŸ•πŸ”β€οΈ

Back to Taft’s Brewpourium.

As Cincinnati restaurants begin to finally reopen, things like hand sanitizing stations, masked servers, and social distance–marked floors are all going to apparently be the new dining-out norm. On Friday, May 15, Ohio restaurants put many of these practices into place as they reopened their patios. And yesterday, they followed by opening their indoor dining room service too.

So after working on our front yard all day, we decided to treat ourselves and order pizza to eat AT Taft’s Brewpourium. The way we figured it, it was all pretty poetic…

The Brewpourium was the last restaurant we ate at before the pandemic closed everything for just over two long months. It was only fitting that the Brewpourium was the first place we ate when restaurants finally reopened…

We dropped off a whole bunch of old growlers for recycling…

I think we almost completely filled those first two boxes.

Please wait to be seated is also going to be the new normal…

We were shown to our table…

We made fancy pants reservations because we thought there would be a whole lot more people craving to eat AT the Brewpourium as much as we were…

We were wrong. But we didn’t care. We had the place all to ourselves last time. Why not have the place all to ourselves this time too?

Cheers to dining out again!

AND…

And, and, and… Taft’s Brewpourium had their incredible chicken wings back available. And I had been missing their wings so much. They weren’t available for online ordering during the shutdown. I almost ordered 12 wings. But there’s no way two people can eat 12 Brewpourium wings. No way. So we got 6 Cherrywood BBQ wings and a small white pizza with sausage. And it was amazing to be back out somewhere…

Their white pizza was seriously delicious…

After we finished eating, we just sat there and had a couple of beers and stared out their garage door windows that were wide open. And it was heavenly.

We’re really glad that all the restaurants, especially Taft’s Brewpourium are back open. πŸ˜€πŸ•πŸ”πŸΊβ€οΈ

We hope people are smart and use common sense when they’re out so that the inevitable second wave of COVID-19 is minimized as much as possible. But we weren’t not going to hold our breath. People are idiots.

NYPD Pizza party!

We had another NYPD Pizza party tonight…

We picked up a medium pepperoni and sausage pizza with boneless wings…

We love NYPD Pizza parties. Their pizza is delicious. πŸ˜€πŸ•πŸ”β€οΈ

NYPD Pizza party!

WE SURVIVED ANOTHER WEEK! And that calls for another NYPD Pizza party

We got a medium pepperoni and banana pepper pizza with boneless wings…

We love NYPD Pizza parties. Their pizza is delicious. πŸ˜€πŸ•β€οΈ

NYPD Pizza party!

We had another NYPD Pizza party this evening to celebrate getting through our first week of a whole strange new world. We were happy that NYPD was still open…

We got another delicious NYPD Station House pizza…

And we got BBQ/mild buffalo boneless wings…

We love NYPD Pizza parties. Their pizza is delicious. πŸ˜€πŸ•β€οΈ

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