Northside Saturday.

Good morning from Northside…

We walked down to Blue Jay for lunch this afternoon…

Genifer ordered a grilled cheese with tomatoes…

I ordered Blue Jay’s chicken tender sammich…

We walked all the way down to Second Place to have a bourbon slush but come to find out that 2P doesn’t open until 3pm right now. They should really post their hours on their social media or something. So we just walked back to Higher Gravity for a beer…

I wish I could find this beer…

HG had some interesting looking beers in their cooler…

I tried one of these coffee vanilla cream ales from Columbus and it was delicious…

It was really nice to get out and get out to some places. We walked home and hung out in our backyard…

And good evening from Northside…

It was a low-key but still really good Northside Saturday. 😀🗓️❤️

COVID-19 Carryout: Second Place.

We noticed on Instagram that Second Place has started selling their delicious bourbon slushes to go. So you know we had to get a couple of slushies…

I think they repainted the building next to Second Place…

And The Littlefield was open for carry-out as well…

And we sat out in our backyard and enjoyed our slushes…

Hopefully this mess will start to look better very soon…

And Oscar hopes so too…

What a great way to send a Friday evening. Ugly or not, I love our backyard. 😀🏡🍻❤️

Urban Artifact+Second Place.

We stopped at Urban Artifact to pick up a six-pack of UA’s spicy pickle beer

Apparently, everyone else had the same idea…

The line was as wide as it was long. Eventually, we got our six-pack and then broke camp to have a drink at Second Place

And it was much less crowded…

It was a fun afternoon in Northside. 😀🥒🍺❤️

Jalapeño Common at Second Place.

We have a thing for spicy beers. We saw that Second Place had a Jalapeño Common from Darkness Brewing in Bellevue, Kentucky on tap. So we stopped on the way home from work to give it a try…

And it was a really good one. Just the right amount of heat. We’ll have to put Darkness Brewing on the list of places to visit sometime soon. 😀🍺🌶️🥈❤️

It was a really fun Saturday.

This morning we were out running errands and got coffees from Hyde Perk

Later, we went down to Over-the-Rhine. We stopped to admire OtR’s Ziegler Park

Then we stopped at The Pony for lunch. They had Bell’s Pineapple Jalapeno Oberon on tap. And it was sooooo good…

The Pony has some of the best chicken tenders in all of Cincinnati…

Then we walked down Main Street to finally get to check out the relatively new Pins Mechanical Company just down from The Pony…

Pins has Duck Pin Bowling…

We didn’t try any bowling. We’ll have to save that fun for another time. And upon the second floor of Pins…

Pins has a whole bunch of pinball machines…

Upon the third floor, they have an awesome patio with a bocce ball court and giant Jenga. But that is another story for another time. On the way home, we stopped at Second Place to watch the end of the Champions League Final…

It was another pretty fun Saturday. 😀🐴🎳❤️

Wednesdays are for Second Place.

We stopped at Second Place again for half-priced cheeseburgers tonight. Genifer ordered her burger with a side of fries…

And I got my burger…

With chicken wings…

Second Place Wednesdays are the best! 😀🍔🍟🐔❤️

Burgers at Second Place.

After work, we stopped at Second Place for a couple of their really delicious burgers. During their happy hour, their burgers are half-price until 7pm. That makes their 1/4 lb. American cheeseburger just $3. And the double is just $5. You can’t beat that. Their happy hour also includes dollar off all drafts, wells and slushes! We just got the 1/4 lb. burgers this time around…

Their burgers are nothing super fancy. They’re just really solid. And we enjoy them so much. They’re delicious. 😀🍔❤️

Northside Saturday.

Early this afternoon, we walked down to Blue Jay for lunch…

We both had grilled cheeses and fries. My grilled cheeses had so much turkey on it…

After lunch, we walked over to Urban Artifact

UA was hosting the Holiday Ohio Explored Ohio Maker Mart. We didn’t know there were going to be food trucks at Urban Artifact this afternoon. I don’t know that we would have skipped Blue Jay though. Those grilled cheeses really hit the spot…

There was even more stuff downstairs in UA’s taproom…

It was really fun to wander around and look at all the crafts. If you were looking for a new hand-knit winter hat, this was the place for you. Genifer got two new winter hats. And I got a really shiny ring with beautiful inlays. After the Maker Mart, we walked down to Second Place for a drink. They replaced all their beer tap handles with the tops of trophies. I wonder how long they’ve been like that and I never noticed…

It was another really fun Saturday in Northside. We love our neighborhood. 😀🛍️❤️

The happiest hour in Northside.

After work this evening, we stopped at Second Place on the way home…

Second Place has some amazing burgers. They’re not anything super fancy. They’re just a really good, solid burger And during their happy hour, they’re half-price. A single burger is only $3 and just $5 for a double burger with bacon

We add a basket of fries for $4. And boom, instant dinner. Second Place also had a really incredible Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout from March First on tap. And the drafts were also $1 off. It was a really good happy hour. I think it might just be the best happy hour in Northside. And I could see this becoming a weekly tradition. 😀🍔🍟❤️

One year ago today.

On October 10, 2017, USMNT lost 2-1 away to Trinidad & Tobago and as a result, they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986…

Today on the one year anniversary of the darkest day in U.S. Soccer history, the US Soccer Federation released this statement… 

“Today we look forward. With the march towards 2022 underway and the 2026 FIFA World Cup in North America as our guidepost, the U.S. Men’s National Team has embarked on a new journey. The hallmarks of the culture remain, with perseverance, grit and dogged determination fueled by the pride to represent the United States and each and every one of you. We take nothing for granted. The path ahead will be paved with successes and informed by setbacks. We will build strength through commitment and character, accepting challenges and rising every time we fall. We will be aggressive and play without fear, for history demonstrates that fortune favors the bold.

“Like any grand project, ours is a work in progress. We cannot do it alone. Pioneering a new path forward takes the will of a generation full of optimism and hope, bound by the belief that there is nothing we cannot achieve if we are united in the cause. This is the American spirit, from which is born the American dream. It is time to take our destiny in our own hands and turn that dream into a reality. And do it together. The future is US.”

Blah. Blah. Blah. The National Team has a whole bunch of bright talented youngsters that are starting to emerge from the ranks. But they still haven’t even hired a new coach for the National Team. I hope things start to get better soon for our team, and they can get thing s back to where they were and then start figuring out how to take things to the next level. But they sure are taking their sweet time. 😀🇺🇸⚽️❤️

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