Sunday Funday.

We watched the Mexico versus Portugal Confederations Cup match this morning. And then we headed down to Second Place to watch Chile take on Cameron. On our way to Second Place, we noticed a sign on the door of our beloved Django Western Taco

Django is moving in next to Tickle Pickle on Hamilton Avenue, and that’s just a hop, skip and a jump from us. Chef Josh broke the news to us a few weeks ago when we were in for Sunday Brunch that they were moving up Hamilton. It’s so cool to have one of our most favorite restaurants move even closer to our house…

Now if we could just get Second Place to move closer as well. Their featured slush today was a cayenne pina colada, which mixed surprisingly well with the bourbon slush…

It tasted like being on vacation. And made for a pretty fun Sunday. 😀🏖️🌮

Summer hours: Django Western Taco.

Deskey lets us work just a half-day every other Friday throughout the summer. They
call them Summer Hours. And they’re pretty flippin’ awesome. Today was my first Summer Hours Friday. We didn’t plan ahead very well, and couldn’t come up with anything fun to do. So when I got home, I worked on organizing the office for a bit while I watched the France versus Sweden World Cup qualifier. Olivier Giroud had an amazing goal for France. As for the office, it still has quite a ways to go but at least I know where more stuff is now. I’ll keep plugging away at working on it…

While I was organizing, I found two $25 gift cards that I apparently misplaced. I also found a gift certificate that still had a balance to Django Western Taco. And there’s no better time than the present to redeem that gift certificate for some delicious Django Western Taco goodness

Genifer ordered a carne asada taco and she loves Django’s salsa…

Django’s special today was corn on the cob with chipotle aioli and shredded cheese…

And of course, I ordered their amazing chicken biscuit…

It’s one of my favorite dishes around. Just look at that delicious mess…

Django also had a watermelon beer from Lost Coast on tap that was out of this world! I’m really happy we couldn’t come up with something to do earlier. Next Summer Hours, I think we’re going to go check out Island Frydays in Corryville. 🙂

Northside Sunday.

We went to Django Western Taco for a late brunch today. We shared the buttermilk biscuit with redeye chorizo gravy and fried eye, Chef Josh’s famous tater tot casserole and a side of bacon topped with ancho chile honey…

And it was delicious. As always. Also, Chef Josh said that Django Western Taco has some really big news coming very soon so we can’t wait for his big announcement!  After we stuffed our faces at Django, we walked over to Urban Artifact for a beer or two…

We had the very last pint of the Palmistry and a couple of Finn’s…

We love Northside so much. 😀 ❤️

Northside Sunday.

We were walking down Hamilton Avenue to brunch and saw the Dogfish Head x Crosley Cruiser Tour parked out in front of Shake It Records

We went to Django Western Taco for brunch…

We shared a breakfast burrito and tater tot casserole…

Afterwards, we went to Second Place to watch Michigan’s second round basketball game against Louisville. It also turns out the Liverpool versus Manchester City match was on…

Second Place put out quite the spread for the match…

It was a pretty amazing atmosphere for both of the games. And… it was super exciting to watch Michigan advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Also, next Saturday the second season of FC Cincinnati USL soccer kicks off in Charleston, South Carolina. And Second Place is having a watch party…

It was another really fun Sunday in Northside. 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day

We went back to Django Western Taco for Valentine’s Day. We wanted to indulge in their Valentine’s Day menu. But unfortunately, you had to have reservations in order to get the special Valentine’s Day menu. So we just had a couple of tacos along with some chips and salsa instead. It wasn’t exactly the Valentine’s Day dinner we imagined but it was still a pretty great one. 🙂

We found it!

This afternoon we walked down Hamilton Avenue to Django Western Taco for lunch…

After putting away another chicken biscuit with some more amazing Django chips and salsa, we walked down Blue Rock Road to Northside Yacht Club

We heard that NSYC had the rather difficult-to-find Braxton Brewing Co. x Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout collaboration that has Cincinnati all abuzz right now…

And there it is…

It was really very good. I was hoping it would be a little more on the raspberry side. It was very chocolatey with a little raspberry on the back end. But it was still very good. Before we left, we also tried a NSYC concoction tequila and peanut butter…

And that was surprisingly delicious as well. So smooth and peanut buttery. It went down almost a little too smooth. Like you’d go to stand up after a few of them, and wouldn’t be able to feel your legs. Afterward, we walked over to Urban Artifact see if we could find their Caramel Sliderule

But sadly, they were all out. So we had to settle for just a regular Sliderule. And it’s funny, I actually like it better than the much ballyhooed Braxton x Graeter’s collab…

It was a really fun and tasty afternoon. Do we live in a great neighborhood or what? 🙂

Happy birthday to me!

Today was my birthday! And we walked down to Django Western Taco for lunch…

Django has some of the best salsa around…

All I wanted for my birthday was the chicken biscuit from Django for lunch…

It was bang on, exactly what I wanted to eat on my birthday…

Afterward, we stopped for a slushie at Second Place…

It was a really wonderful, low-key birthday! Thanks to everyone for all the really great birthday wishes! 🙂

Django.

We walked down to Django Western Taco for brunch again this morning…

Genifer had been craving guacamole for a minute now so she just ordered some guac Django style and some chips and salsa. I had Django’s amazing chicken biscuit…

It looked a bit different than the last time I had it but it was every bit as delicious. 🙂

Sunday brunch.

We found ourselves up and moving relatively early again, so we decided to go to out to brunch for the third Sunday in a row. We walked down Hamilton Avenue back to Django Western Taco to check out their brunch offerings…

Django was offering items off both their brunch and lunch menu, which complicated matters a bit. Decisions, decisions, decisions…

We started with chips and salsa…

Genifer got a carnitas taco to go with her chips and salsa. I was going back and forth between the breakfast sandwich off the brunch menu and the chicken biscuit off the lunch menu. I decided to go with the chicken biscuit…

I chose wisely

I also saw one of the servers carrying the breakfast sandwich to a table. It looked delicious and it was massive. I’ll have to give it a try next time. I also had to order a side of Chef Josh’s famous tater tot casserole. It’s been waaay too long. And it was every bit as incredible as I remembered it…

Another incredible meal at Django, and another amazing brunch in Northside. We’re getting pretty used to living in the epicenter of brunch of Cincinnati. 🙂

Happy National Taco Day!

Today was National Taco Day, and it fell on Taco Tuesday. So this evening, Genifer and I walked down to Django Western Taco to celebrate!

We started with some guacamole Django style…

Genifer got a carnitas taco…

And I had two of Django’s amazing fried chicken tacos…

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I couldn’t imagine a more delicious way to celebrate National Taco Day. 🙂

Northside Second Saturdays.

We ventured out this afternoon to check out Northside Second Saturdays. On the Second Saturday of each month, you can snack your way through the Northside business district and see the latest art exhibits, have a meal, listen to live music and top it off with drinks. We were eager to check it out for the first time…

Our Second Saturday started on a very somber note. Sarah Cole, owner of Tickle Pickle, was hit and killed by a car crossing Hamilton Avenue on Thursday. There was a makeshift memorial outside of Tickle Pickle that gave us both chills and brought tears to our eyes…

It’s terribly sad beyond words. After paying our respects and drying our eyes, we continued down Hamilton Avenue to Market Side Mercantile

There’s some really great stuff in there. It’s a like a mini City Flea right in our backyard. There are definitely some very reasonably priced pieces that we could easily find a place for in our house. We’ll be back for those very soon…

We made the decision to come back to a handful of little shops and galleries to get lunch first…

We ordered chips and salsa, couple of tacos and the jerk chicken quesadilla at Django Western Taco

And the Michigan game was on TV! As we were eating some pretty ominous storm clouds started to appear on the horizon…

And it started pouring…

And it was really coming down out there. So we drank margaritas at Django while we waited out the storm. Did you know Django has a great little back patio?

Eventually, the rain stopped. On the way home, we ducked our heads into Northside Tavern

Northside Tavern was hosting a performance by the School of Rock Mason celebrating Nirvana’s Nevermind…

It was REALLY very impressive. We listened to those kids belt out a few Nirvana songs, and we decided to head for home…

On the way home, the sky was just amazing…

It was a really fun Saturday even despite all the rain. We had planned on swing ing back through some more little shops, maybe hitting Urban Artifact or The Littefield and maybe Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition. Hopefully, it will be a little bit drier for Second Saturday in October. 🙂

Django Western Taco.

When we moved into our house, Deskey gave us a $50 gift card to Django Western Taco in Northside as a house warming gift. Just a side note… I work for an amazing company. They’re always doing things like this to make their employees feel special and appreciated. I’ve never worked anywhere else where I’ve felt like part of a family. And I love that. I really love where I work. 😀

Deskey gave us this gift card. And tonight, we put it to good use…

We walked the couple blocks over to Hamilton Avenue and then a few more blocks down Hamilton until we arrived at Django…

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The interior of Django from the bar looking back towards the front door…

Turns out Chef Josh Campbell of Mayberry fame took over ownership at the beginning of the year. It was an awesome surprise getting to run into him. It’s a small world. And I’m glad he’s back in town. Here’s the view behind the bar at Django…

Genifer started with a classic margarita and chose to make it a spicy one by adding a bit of habañero puree. She got it about a 3 on a scale of 1 to 5, and it definitely had some heat to it. I got a Miller High Life because I jumped the gun and ordered a beer before hearing about the margaritas…

We started with queso and chips and salsa…

The salsa was really good. And the queso was outstanding. Some quesos arrive as molten cheese and as they cool solidify into a unmanageable, impenetrable brick of cheese. Not this queso. It was perfect from first scoop until the last. And we also ordered some tacos. You have to order tacos…

From left to right, we had the fried chicken taco, carne asda, fried shrimp and carnitas. Genifer like the carne asda and carnitas the best. I like the chicken and shrimp. All were really delicious. We washed down our meal with a round of margaritas. I had a peach with just a splash of the habañero puree and Genifer had another classic, but non-spicy without the puree this time…

Great stuff! And we still have money left on our gift card! When we come back next time, we’re going after the Jerk Chicken Quesadilla. Thanks, Chef Josh. And thank you, Deskey! I see Django qucikly becoming one of our favorite spots in Northside! 🙂

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