Greetings from Northside.

Good morning from Northside. It looked like it was going to be overcast again…

We saw another Northside sidewalk snail on our dog walk this morning…

But Mack sniffed it and probably scared the heck out of the snail because it pulled itself inside its shell and did not want to come back out. A lot of times if you wait a couple minutes, they’ll slowly come back out of their shell. But not this one.

We walked to Sidewinder Coffee this morning to get some beverages…

I got an iced hot chocolate which is pretty much chocolate milk over ice. And Genifer had a lavender and vanilla iced latte with oat milk…

On our way home, we stopped to watch the machines on Pullan Avenue…

They’re replacing the water mains on all the streets on our side of Northside.

We noticed that Oscar hid one of the new Nylabones under the pillows on the sofa so Mack couldn’t find it. He’s very possessive when it comes to his toys…

Genifer made Chicken Ramen Stir-Fry for dinner…

It was delicious. I pretty much like anything with ramen and an Asian flair. She always finds the best recipes for dinners.

And finally, good evening from Northside…

Even though it ended up being overcast all day, it was still pretty good day. ๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธ

Slow down and grill.

We fired up the grill again

This time for a bunch of marinated chicken thighs…

We also grilled the leftover chicken sausages and hot dogs from the propane grill

YUM! Everything always tastes better on the grill. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ”๐ŸŒญโค๏ธ

It’s what’s for dinner.

Genifer made this Taco Casserole Bake for dinner tonight…

And it was really delicious! Soooo good!

And then we had strawberry shortcake ice cream bars in our backyard…

Genifer always find the best recipes. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿฆโค๏ธ

Back to Taft’s Brewpourium.

As Cincinnati restaurants begin to finally reopen, things like hand sanitizing stations, masked servers, and social distanceโ€“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. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ”๐Ÿบโค๏ธ

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.

It’s what’s for dinner.

Genifer made this amazing vegan caramelized mushroom pizza for dinner tonight…

It had a vegan garlic white sauce, with caramelized mushrooms, onions, and garlic. It was really good. Genifer always finds the best recipes to make for dinner. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ•โค๏ธ

It’s what’s for dinner.

We hadย another one of the Kroger Prep+Pared Home Chef Express meals for dinner tonight. This one was Crispy Onion Crusted Pork Chops with green beans and butternut squash almondine…

The pork was tender and delicious. But the sauce and the butternut squash almondine was lights out dynamite bananas out of this world. Overall, it was just another really incredible dinner.

We really like the Kroger Prep+Pared Home Chef Express meal kits a lot. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿท๐Ÿฅฃโค๏ธ

Domino’s Pizza party!

We drove up to Finneytown to pick up some delicious Domino’s Pizza for a rainy Monday evening Domino’s pizza party…

Domino’s has a pretty great contactless pickup system. When we arrived at the store, I checked in on Domino’s mobile app with their new Pie Pass. I went to the door, was buzzed into their lobby and a Domino’s employee placed our order on a shelf by the door. I grabbed our pizzas and we were on our way…

I really like Domino’s Pizza a lot. I think it’s good stuff. My favorite is their pan pizza…

But then again, I just really like pizza. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ•โค๏ธ

We ate this.

Genifer made crescent roll vegetable pizza for lunch this afternoon…

I love crescent roll vegetable pizza. It’s one of those things I never get very often for whatever reason. Crescent rolls with cream cheese and vegetables,ย  what’s not to like? And there was extra broccoli. Broccoli is one of my very favorite vegetables…

For dinner, we fired up the grill again…

YUM! Everything always tastes better on the grill. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐ŸŒญโค๏ธ

COVID-19 Carryout: CityBird Tenders.

To celebrate surviving another week of working from home, we ordered some delicious carryout from CityBird Tenders in Over-the-Rhine…

Genifer ordered their Citybird sandwich with tenders, city slaw, city sauce, pickles all on a toasted potato bun and served with fries…

I ordered their 10 tenders with 2 sauces and a side of fries…

I got their City Sauce and Honey Dijon mustard. Citybird is so good. We’re going to have to get more Citybird Tenders carryout again really soon. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ”โค๏ธ

It’s what’s for dinner.

For dinner tonight, Genifer made this buffalo cauliflower & chickpea casserole

It was awesome! It was just the right amount of spicy. And it went perfect with garlic bread. When it started to get a little too spicy you could take a bite of garlic bread and it would calm your mouth down a little bit. I love garlic bread. Genifer also made this amazing dairy-free banana cream pie

It was sooo good. Genifer always finds the best recipes. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒโค๏ธ

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