Sam Adams Taproom.

We couldn’t decide wanted we wanted to do after work for Valentine’s Day. We had planned to go to Django Western Taco after work. But we weren’t really very hungry. We wanted to stop somewhere. So we just stopped at Sam Adams Taproom for a beer and a pretzel. We really like Sam Adams. They have great beers, giant pretzels and it’s right on our way home…

I had their Mountain Berry light ale aged on raspberries and blackberries…

Genifer had Samuel Adams Oaked Vanilla Porter. Both beers were really good…

Sam Adams used to just have their giant pretzels. Then they added chips & salsa. And now they’ve added a few more menu items…

Genifer still got their giant pretzel…

The giant pretzel is always so good and so giant. I tried one of their Cincinnati Coneys…

Cincinnati chili and queso mixed together on top of a hot dog? Yes, please!

Their coney was outstanding. It was really good. The beer cheese queso and chili combo was delicious. We had one of one Sam Adams I Like Porters. And then we headed for home. We really like Sam Adams Taproom. 😀🍺🥨🌭❤️

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day! 😀🐻💕❤️

Seen and noted: Sunday morning edition.

This morning we got up early to go over to get our weekend Biggby Coffee

Genifer tried their Starry Night Latte. She said it was really good. And I got my Cocoa Carmella hot chocolate with butterscotch…

I get the same thing every time. Once we had our drinks, we headed over to Kroger to get some groceries. Valentine’s Day is next weekend and the Valentine’s Day stuff was pretty much everywhere…

We saw another chocolate Perfect Man

We saw the perfect Valentine for a man…

All these adorable llamas said hey…

Also, chocolate Easter bunnies are out on shelf at Kroger…

I don’t know when Easter is this year. But it feels pretty early for Easter bunnies.

And we saw this panda bear in the international food aisle…

The panda was filled with these weird jello cups with floating bits of fruit…

I wonder if they’re any good? The Asian section of the international food aisle is usually where the odd ball stuff is stored.

There’s always something mildly interesting at the grocery store. 😀☕️💗❣️❤️

Almost National Pizza Day.

This afternoon we went over to Taft’s Brewpourium for another lunch with our gift cards we got for Christmas…

We got their BBQ chicken wings too…

And we had one of Taft’s terrific Hazelnut Latte Coffee Milk Stouts

Only come to find out later that tomorrow is National Pizza Day. I guess we just got too excited and celebrated the delicious holiday early. 😀🍕🐔❤️

Happy National Carrot Cake Day!

Today was National Carrot Cake Day. After work, I stopped at Caffe Barrista before Genifer picked me up. Genifer loves carrot cake so I brought home a couple of slices for us to enjoy this evening…

I wish all holidays were this delicious! 😀🥕❤️

Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day! This morning thousands of people gathered at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to watch the famous groundhog deliver his highly anticipated forecast. Superstition states a sunny sky on February 2 would mean a cold and stormy remainder of winter, while a cloudy sky means a quicker warm-up. Phil emerged from his burrow around 7:25am and did not see his shadow, signaling an early spring for us all…

CNN had a great article on the history of Groundhog Day. And how the groundhog’s predictions are usually wrong…

In the past decade, Phil has predicted a longer winter seven times and an early spring three times. He was right about 40% of the time, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which says the groundhog shows no predictive skill. “You’re better off trying to decide what the rest of February and March will look like by flipping a coin,” said CNN meteorologist Judson Jones. But the people who know Phil best don’t exactly see it that way. A.J. Dereume, one of the groundhog’s handlers, insists Phil’s predictions have a 100% accuracy rate — they just get lost in translation.

According to lore, the president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club is the only person who can interpret Phil’s message. Every year, the groundhog sits on his tree stump and conveys his prediction to the club president, who then directs the vice president to read from a scroll that corresponds with the year’s forecast. “Phil is the one deciding whether or not he’s seen the shadow,” Dereume says. “It’s not up to us. All we do is deliver his message.” Either way, human forecasters don’t mind having the alternate prediction out there in case their own projections go askew. “People like to have something to blame for the weather, and the groundhog is the perfect thing to blame,” Jones said. “It’s better than blaming your meteorologist.”

I didn’t realize so many people turned out to see the groundhog. And when did the groundhog day tradition turn to the groundhog picking a scroll? I thought it all was determined by his shadow. It’s such a funny tradition. 😀🦔❤️

Also funny, was the Jeep Groundhog Day commercial starring Bill Murray during the Superb Owl? It was in one of my top three commercials from this year’s Big Game.

Happy National Croissant Day.

Today was National Croissant Day. I had mine with sausage, egg, and cheese…

And I got chocolate milk to go with my sammich…

Caffe Barrista on Fourth Street has amazing breakfast sammiches. 😀🥐❤️

Genifer usually drops me off at work right around 8:30 in the morning. I dropped my backpack at my desk, walked down Fourth Street to get my haircut, walked back down Fourth Street to get a breakfast sammich and got back to work before most people had even set foot in the building. It’s kind of crazy how both Genifer and I have transitioned to become morning people. And I like it.

Good evening from Northside.

Good evening from Northside. 😀🌄❤️

A morning run around.

We had the day off work today for the MLK Jr Day holiday. This morning we got up early to run some errands. We planned on stopping to get coffee at College Hill Coffee Company in College Hill…

But they’re closed on Mondays. We picked up a refill of Mack’s allergy medicine from his vet down the street in College Hill. And then we headed over to Rookwood. We finally got coffee and hot chocolate from Joseph-Beth Booksellers. We had a couple of exchanges at J. Crew. And ran through Home goods where we saw an awesome Josh mug. You don’t see Josh mugs very often. This one will be on its way out to Boston as soon as I can find a little box to put it in…

After we were done running our errands, we had lunch at Rusty Bucket. It’s funny it seems like every time we’re over at Rookwood we end up eating lunch at Rusty Bucket…

It’s nothing fancy. It’s just really good. Genifer’s been on quite a quesadilla kick lately…

Making it two days in a row. But we shared the first one so… I had the same sammich I order every single time we go to Rusty Bucket, Chicken Finger BLT...

And we shared a piece of strawberry cheesecake for dessert…

I ate all the strawberries and whipped cream. Genifer ate the actual cheesecake.

Other than our errands, we didn’t do much else today. We walked the dogs and watched the Lakers-Celtics MLK Day NBA game and that was about it. 😀🐔❤️

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Today, we remember the legacy of a great man. We honor The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr… a man who dared to dream while standing fearlessly in the face of adversity. We celebrate the man who taught us to dream while still loving others…

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Martin Luther King Jr.