Happy Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Good morning from Northside…

We ran over to the grocery this morning…

I thought Ice Bear had been pulled out of the claw machine…

But he was just moved from the front corner to the back corner. poor guy…

They were still out of pandas and trains…

But there were still plenty of Valentine’s Day balloons…

Lotsa balloons…

Cincinnati was expecting a big winter storm starting later in the afternoon. And that made the check-out lines really long…

And we stopped for coffees…

Arsenal smacked around Leeds United, 4-2. And Michigan was finally back from their three week COVID pause and they had to play away to Wisconsin…

And BOOM! They didn’t miss a beat…

After the Michigan game, we went over to Taft’s for pizza…

We tried Taft’s newest beer, Hazy Cabana Juice

It was really good. We got some loaded tots…

Very blurry tots. And we got a pepperoni, sausage and mushroom pizza…

Taft’s had a Valentine’s Day special with a heart-shaped pizza and cannoli. We didn’t get the special deal but they had extra cannoli and gave us a couple…

Good evening from Northside…

And then we hung out and had a few drinks and watched Mavs basketball…

It probably wasn’t the world’s most romantic Valentine’s Day but it was a really great Sunday. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„β˜οΈπŸ•πŸ€β€οΈ

A Taft’s pizza Saturday.

Happy Saturday! Good morning from Northside…

After Arsenal was knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of Southampton this afternoon, we went over to Taft’s Brewpourium for a late lunch to get some pizza…

Genifer tried Taft’s hard seltzer and it was really good…

And I tried Nellie’s Lemon Frosty Ale

And it was very good as well. Lunch time!

Taft’s had deep fried pickles today…

They also had a special buffalo chicken pizza today…

And of course, we ordered the Cherrywood BBQ wings too…

Taft’s is so good. We used our gift card from Christmas again. And we’ll still be able to get one more trip out of it. Thanks, mom & dad!

The moon was so bright this evening and you could see a lot of stars…

Good evening from Northside…

And the clouds were really pretty these evening too..

Also, any day that includes Taft’s pizza is really good day as well. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸΊπŸ•πŸ”β€οΈ

Have you tried The Fiamma?!

After the Arsenal’s FA Cup match this afternoon, we headed over to get some pizza at Taft’s Brewpourium

Taft’s had Hazelnut Latte, their coffee stout made with Cincinnati’s own Deeper Roots coffee, on draft…

We ordered The Fiamma again

And we tried Taft’s cheesy bread…

We also tried Main Squeeze Vol. One. with pink guava and lactose…

And we got their Hazelnut Latte sticky bread to go…

Everything was just as delicious as always. We used part of the gift card my parent’s gave us for Christmas. We put $30 on our gift card this time. And we’ll get to use it two more times! Thanks, mom & dad!

On our way out to the car, we saw a train. I could probably watch the trains go by all day. I love the graffiti on the train cars…

Good evening from Northside…

Tonight, I logged my 80,000th check-in on my Swarm

I stillΒ reallyΒ like my check-ins on Swarm!

And we kept watching Manhunt: Unabomber on Netflix. Any day we get to go to Taft’s Brewpourium is a pretty good day. We like that place a lot. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸ•πŸΊπŸš‚β­οΈβ€οΈ

Cheers to the weekend!

Good morning from Northside…

It was so grey and overcast today. It looked more like a Monday instead of a Friday…

Genifer made chicken marinated in Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki with pinto beans and rice for lunch today…

It was a really delicious lunch!

We finally made it through our work week after our long holiday break.

And it was still overcast this evening…

Good evening from Northside…

We had some drinks this evening. We tried a couple of the Urban Artifact beers Shannon gave us for Christmas. First, we tried the Epicurean Reindeer Pickle. It was described on Untappd as A Christmas dill pickle gose with peanuts and a peanut butter and pickle sandwich. Sounds pretty interesting.

It was really good. And exactly as described… a peanut butter and pickle sandwich.

And we tried their Xmas Pickle. It was described as a Holiday Xmas Pickle Miracle

And it was really good as well. Very pickle! Thanks, Shannon! We can’t wait to try the other beers you gave us.

We also these little sour shots that we picked up a gas station in West Chester. They’d been in our refrigerator for a while now…

The grape was the best flavor. It was actually pretty tasty.

And it finally happened…

Finally. And all it took was trying to incite an unruly mob to rush the Capital and try to overthrow our democratic republic. Hopefully, the world will be a little bit better place for a while. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„β˜οΈπŸ”πŸΊπŸ’»πŸš«β€οΈ

Urban Artifact + Kitchen Factory.

Good morning from Northside…

Day 20 of my Lego City Advent Calendar…

Good evening from Northside…

Shannon ordered us some Urban Artifact beers for Christmas. This evening we ran over to UA to pick up our order. We were really excited to see what she got us…

And there’s our order…

On our way back home, we stopped to pick up dinner from The Kitchen Factory

When we got home with our dinner, the sunset looked so pretty from our backyard…

And tben it was back to our dinner from Kitchen Factory…

Genifer ordered their Veggie Meatball Hoagie…

I ordered the Baked Chicken Pesto Hoagie…

We both ordered the pasta salad as our side. And it came in a condiment container…

It was less of a side and more of a mouthful of pasta salad. Still, it was really good. We just wished there was more of it. We also ordered a side of their Famous Vegan Mac & Cheese…

Our dinner was sooo good. The hoagies were amazing! We’ll definitely be ordering from Kitchen Factory again. We’ll have to order a couple of their pizzas sometime as well.

Genifer made some incredible seven-layer bars for dessert…

Now that our bellies are full, let’s take a look to see what Shannon got us…

Wow! Those sound like some delicious beers! We placed them under our Christmas tree. And we can’t wait to try them! Thanks, Shannon!

We’ve been watching Mindhunter on Netflix. It’s about the origins of the FBI’s Behavioral Sciences Unit in the late ’70s. It’s been a really good show so far.

And we had a really good Sunday. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸΎπŸΊπŸ₯ͺπŸ“Ίβ€οΈ

Our Halloween.

Halloween should’ve been perfect this year. It fell on a Saturday, withΒ a full moonΒ and with daylight savings time everyone got an extra hour of sleep the next day. But unfortunately, 2020 had other ideas.

Halloween got off to a very frosty start…

Good morning from Northside…

And for the first time this fall, we had to scrape our windows this morning…

After the windows defrosted, we ran over to the grocery…

And then it was on to Mad Llama for Saturday morning Halloween coffee…

After Michigan State shocked Michigan, we rolled over to Taft’s Brewpourium for a delicious pizza dinner…

As we were walking across the parking lot, a train was rolling by…

Taft’s had a Halloween special this weekend…

We had a Maple vs Amburana double imperial stout before we ordered….

While we drank our beer, we watched our street view WyzeCam to see if there were many trick-or-treaters out and about…

And it looked like there were a few on our street…

There’s our cotton candy….

And there’s our pizzas…

After we devoured our delicious pizza, we took the dogs on a walk and couldn’t help but admire the Halloween full moon…

Good evening from Northside…

All things considered, we had a pretty good Halloween. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸ•πŸŽƒβ€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.

Our Sunday on repeat.

It looked like it was going to be a very pretty Sunday. Good morning from Northside…

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky this morning…

With MLB baseball back, our natural inclination was, “Dang, we should go to the Reds game today.” But we can’t because you know, COVID-19. It’s such a bummer.

And since we didn’t go to watch the Reds game at Newport on the Levee yesterday, we did what we do almost every weekend since things have reopened. We went over to Taft’s Brewpourium this afternoon for New Haven-style pizza, a couple of beers…

And now… Reds baseball…

We’ve always loved Taft’s Brewpourium. But during the pandemic, it’s really become our go-to place when we need to get out of the house. It’s a big and airy space with lots of room for social distancing. And of course, delicious pizzas and great beers…

And now Reds baseball…

We ordered our new favorite pizza, a 10″ white pizza with prosciutto, cherry tomatoes, and arugula after bake. It’s so dang good. We paired our pizza with loaded tots now topped with pulled pork but on the side…

That pulled pork was just dynamite…

I ended up eating most of the pulled pork just by itself. We love Taft’s Brewpourium…

Oh, the Reds lost. Again. On our way home, we saw this stock car…

And then, it was good evening from Northside…

And I was tinkering with filters and stuff…

It was a pretty good Sunday. It was pretty much like a lot of other Sundays during this pandemic. I don’t know if having baseball back is really a good thing or a bad thing. It’s cool that baseball is back. But it’s already really frustrating not being able to go to the games in person. But then this entire pandemic is just pretty frustrating. πŸ˜€πŸ•βšΎοΈβ€οΈ

A really good Saturday.

Happy Saturday morning from Northside…

We made a run to Lowe’s this morning, and unexpectedly ended up with a new patio set. We didn’t realize how big it was until we tried to get it to fit in the back of the Audi…

We had to take it all out of the box. But we managed to get it home. And it looks great out on our back patio…

Genifer had another BLT for lunch. I put some deli sliced turkey on mine to make it a delicious club sammich…

Good afternoon from Northside…

We went over Taft’s Brewpourium for pizza because it’s really the only place we feel really comfortable going during the pandemic…

Taft’s has set up seating back at their bar…

We ordered our new favorite pizza. It’s the white pizza with prosciutto, cherry tomatoes, and arugula after bake. It’s so good…

We love the Brewpourium. It’s our favorite pizza in all of Cincinnati…

As we were heading out, a train started to roll by Taft’s…

Trains are so cool. Good evening from Northside…

It was a great Saturday. And tomorrow promises to be an epic soccer Sunday! πŸ˜€πŸ—“οΈβ€οΈ