Happy New Year’s Eve.

It kind of figures that 2020 is going out with a gloomy, overcast day…

Good morning from Northside…

We ran over to Trader Joe’s this morning to pick up a few things…

We used one of our Trader Joe’s gift cards…

Thanks, mom & dad!

Trader Joe’s has the best taco sauce. Last time we were at TJ’s, they were all sold out of taco sauce. Thankfully, today they restocked and there was plenty…

Did we mention we had a Trader Joe’s gift card?

Trader Joe’s was having an employee gingerbread house contest…

This one was my favorite…

Ha. This is fine. And then we went to Biggby to get New Years Eve coffee…

Mack was all crashed out in our studio office…

We walked over to Northside Tavern for a couple of New Years Eve drinks…

It was nice to get out of the house for a bit and have some fun. On our walk home, we stopped by Kitchen Factory to get a couple of slices…

And our slices didn’t even make it home. We ate them while we were walking and they were delicious…

We took the dogs around the block…

Good evening from Northside…

Our plan we to stay up to watch the ball drop on TV. But we nodded off on our sofa. I woke up a couple of minutes before midnight. Genifer had already gone upstairs. I let the dogs out in the backyard just as the clock hit midnight. A whole bunch of cheers and noise makers could be as the clock struck midnight. And then there were some firework popped up all over the sky. And my cameras were on the dining table because I was just going to let the dogs out before heading upstairs. Oh well. I’m just happy that we can get a fresh start in the morning.

We hope everyone had a happy and safe New Years Eve. 😀🌄☕️🐾🍻🍕🎊🎉🎆❤️

Happy Fourth of July Eve!

Good morning from Northside…

It was a great morning for us because neither of us had to work. This morning we drove up north to Cam International Market in Evendale…

Cam International Market was so awesome. There was so much great stuff to explore. We slowly weaved our way up and down each and every aisle. It was noodle heaven and there were all sorts of unusual snacks and awesome Asian stuffs…

I wish I would have taken so many more photos. But I was so fascinated with everything in the market that I kind of completely forgot to take a lot of photos. We ended up getting some stuff to try, mostly ramen noodles, snacks, and candies from Russia. We’ll definitely be back. And next time we’ll have some recipes so we can look for specific ingredients. On our way home, we stopped at Penn Station to get lunch to bring home with us…

Penn Station is so good. Genifer always gets a 6-inch chicken teriyaki. And I always get an 8-inch Philly cheesesteak. Yum. Speaking of you, KitKat is one of my favorite candies. We got three different varieties of KitKat at Cam International Market…

The red ones were just like regular KitKats…

We think the bright green ones are KitKats with Matcha…

And we think the dark green are KitKats with seaweed because they tasted a little fishy.  It turned out to be a really pretty day.

Good evening for Northside…

This evening we walked down to Northside Tavern

We love Northside Tavern. We got to hang out and have a couple of beers. It was nice to get out of the house. And it was also really nice there weren’t very many people at Northside Tavern tonight. On our walk home, the moon was huge over Northside…

It was a really fun Fourth of July Eve. 😀🌄🥡🍻❤️

Spaghetti western surf music?!

Back at the end of January when we were getting coffee one morning, and we noticed this poster in Sidewinder for The AmpFibians surf music series at Northside Tavern

We were really curious so tonight we walked over to Northside Tavern to check it out…

The first band at Northside Tavern tonight was Jake Logan and the Midnight Riders. They said they play spaghetti western surf music and it was awesome…

The second band was The AmpFibians and they played more traditional surf music…

And they were awesome too…

I’m not sure what was going on in the backroom at Northside Tavern but there were a bunch of people back there…

What a really fun night of incredible surf music at Northside Tavern! 😀🌊🎶❤️

Seen and noted.

While we were waiting for the Streetcar, we could see the Skystar Wheel

We’ll have to go ride it sometime in the near future. We walked by a new mural work in progress. Probably for the upcoming BLINK Cincinnati festivities

We stopped at Holiday Spirits in Over-the-Rhine for a drink…

And saw the great Zoltar…

And we made it back to Northside Tavern to try to shoot a game of pool…

But all the tables were taken…

It was a really fun night. 😀🍺❤️

An evening out in Northside.

We went out to Northside Tavern this evening for a drink…

We love Northside Tavern. On the way home, we got slices from Kitchen Factory

Kitchen Factory has some outstanding slices.

We love Northside. 😀🥃🍕❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Toronto FC.

This evening our FC Cincinnati played host to Michael Bradley’s Toronto FC. But first, we stopped at Mac’s Pizza Pub for their special $5 matchday pizza…

And I wanted a grilled cheeses with some waffle fries…

And when we were done eating, we walked over to Nippert Stadium to watch our FC|C play those hosers from up north…

Jozy Altidore didn’t play in this match. I’m not even sure if he traveled with the team to Cincinnati. And that’s fine. I’ve always thought that he was really overrated. We saw him play against the Crew in Columbus. And he was just as underwhelming in person as he is with the national team.

But even terribly overrated players can scorch you when they’re left totally unmarked just outside of the 18. Like when FC|C was playing Toronto up in Canadia

Here we go…

There were fans at Nippert who booed every time Michael Bradley touched the ball. I found it to be incredibly disrespectful with all he’s done on the USMNT. I think he’s one of the better, more consistent players that our national team has had lately…

And FC Cincinnati lost 5-1. It’s just been painful.

We grabbed an Uber back to Northside Tavern for a drink…

And then we came home and walked the dogs…

It was a pretty fun evening if you take out the 5-1 loss. 😀🍕🥪⚽️🍺❤️

Northside nubs.

Northside Tavern

And Yurko stenciled on the sidewalk…

🙂

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. 🙂

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