Back and better than ever!

This afternoon we walked down to Second Place to watch the Reds game. And they had a brand new shiny popcorn maker!

The last time we stopped into Second Place for Cinco de Derby (Derby de Mayo?), Second Place’s popcorn maker was broken and they had just ordered a new one. When Genifer walked in and noticed the popcorn machine was missing, I thought she was going to have a full-blown panic. We ran into a bunch of friends at Second Place who were just on their way back from Taste of Cincinnati…

We watched the end of the Reds game at Second Place and then walked with them up the street to Higher Gravity for a beer…

It was another pretty fun evening in Northside. 😀🏆🍿🍻❤️

Cinco de Derby.

We dodged the raindrops and walked down to Second Place for their Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby pregame

They were having special one-day-only Margarita and Mint Julep slushies

Those Mint Julep slushes were out of this world! We hung out and had some slushes and watched some the ridiculously extensive NBC pre-Derby coverage. About an hour or so before the Derby was ready to actually start, we caught an Uber to Mac’s Pizza Pub on campus. We watched Justify win the Derby from Mac’s. What a fun way to pre-game to the FC Cincinnati match! 😀🥃🐴❤️

Second Place Sunday.

This afternoon we walked down to Second Place to watch the FC Cincinnati match…

They were playing away to Bethlehem Steel…

And FC|C tied Bethlehem Steel 1-1 in what turned out to be a pretty boring match. But the bourbon slushes were great as always. And once again, it’s really great to finally be able to walk places again. 😀2⃣🏆⚽️🍹❤️

A Second Place celebration.

This evening we stopped at Second Place to catch the end of happy hour to celebrate my being done with my physical therapy…

It’s been a little while since we were last at Second Place. It was just too far for us to walk in the cold for the most of the winter…

Second Place’s happy hour includes $1 off slushes…

Second Place has a new menu

And happy hour included half-price burgers as well!

The burgers were really delicious and the fries were outstanding!

It was great to get back to Second Place. It had been way too long since our last bourbon slushies. And I see many more of their terrific burgers in our future as the weather starts getting warmer and warmer. 😀🥃🍔🍟❤️

Northside Sunday.

This afternoon we walked down Hamilton Avenue to go check out the FC Cincinnati Fan Appreciation Tour which was making a stop at Second Place…

We thought there would be a representative on-hand promoting or representing the club. Maybe trying to sign people up for season tickets, answering questions about FC Cincy’s possible promotion to MLS or the latest on FC|C’s plans for a soccer-specific stadium or even just shaking some hands. Maybe if we were really lucky, there’d be a player or two on-hand. But nothing. The FC Cincinnati Far Appreciation Tour meant you could get a Moerlein FC Cincinnati Blood Orange IPA just $3 from 11am to 2pm. That’s it. Boy, do I feel appreciated. 😶 It was also the Manchester Derby: City versus United so Second Place was pretty crowded what with it being the Cincinnati hub of all things City and all…

We’ve watched a couple of big Manchester City matches at Second Place. There’s this one guy who’s a City supporter who is very vocal and very loud and his voice is so annoying that it makes it really difficult for me to watch City matches at Second Place. I’m just happy Second Place isn’t an Arsenal supporters hang out. Because that guy… whoa. Don’t get me wrong, I really love Second Place just not during Manchester City matches. But that’s just me.

We stayed until just before halftime and then broke camp to watch the second half at Higher Gravity. And in walking the block from Second Place to Higher Gravity, we missed two goals. The first forty-plus minutes, nothing. The last three minutes of the half, two goals. It figures. We watched City knock off United 2-1. Higher Gravity still had Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout on tap…

That beer was pretty amazing. We hung out and watched the Bengals get thumped by the Bears and then just came home. It was yet another really fun afternoon in Northside. 😀⚽️🍺🏈❤️

Our best-laid plans.

You know what they say about best-laid plans, right? This morning we got up and moving in a very timely fashion for a Saturday morning. We walked Oscar and headed out to Cincinnati Music Hall for the Crafty Supermarket. We got down into Over-the-Rhine a little after half-past eleven and it was already a mess. There were people everywhere around Music Hall, especially at the entrance. It was like watching ants flowing into and out of the mouth of their anthill. The parking lot under Washington Park was already full, and the garage behind Music Hall wanted ten bucks to park. It was more than we could bear just to wander around a silly, overcrowded arts show. What a mess. I thought it was much better last year when it was at UC’s student center. So we packed it in and drove back to Northside to park our butts on a stool at Second Place for the Arsenal versus Manchester United match and the Crosstown Shootout between Cincinnati and Xavier. One of the games ended really well, the other did not. Xavier: 👍 Arsenal: 👎 While we were at Second Place, Genifer this amazing cheeseburger that was a steal at only $6…

This amazing cheeseburger that was only $6…

And I had this incredible breakfast sammich

It was delicious! When we got home we hung out with Oscar and just watched some of the college football conference championship games…

Tonight’s moon was beautiful. We can’t wait to see tomorrow’s Super Moon…

So our Saturday ended up being completely different from how I thought it was going to be. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything. 😀🏀⚽️🏈❤️

Northside Saturday.

We headed out this afternoon in Northside. We stopped to gawk at the giant maneki-neko lucky cat in the window of Chicken Lays An Egg

And then we continued on to Django Western Taco for lunch…

Genifer ordered a big bowl of chicken tortilla soup with one of Django’s biscuits…

And speaking of biscuits…

THE CHICKEN BISCUIT IS BACK AT DJANGO!!!

And all is right in the world once again. I missed it so much. It’s so tasty. Chef Josh also let us try a taste of another soup he’s working on, a chipotle ham and veggie soup…

From there, we walked down to Second Place

For a nice bourbon slush and some popcorn…

Whoever does the Second Place calendar posters obviously has some fun with them…

And on the way home, we stopped at Higher Gravity for a beer. We walked into a benefit for The Good Boy Foundation that was just winding down with a whole bunch of dog’s in Halloween costumes…

We saw on Higher Gravity’s Untappd menu that they had just tapped a Robe Red Velvet Stout from Streetside Brewery and Holtman’s Donuts and also just tapped a Holtman’s Apple Fritter Cider from March First Brewing

YUM! It was just another fun Saturday afternoon in Northside. 😀⬆️❤️

Northside Saturday.

It was another beautiful Saturday in Northside…

We had lunch again at Boswell’s Alley…

I can’t get enough of their delicious Super Grill. We saw these guys in a shop window…

It looks like Fat City Billiards has delayed their opening…

Every time we walk by, it seems like they’ve had a new sign up and the opening is always pushed back a couple more months. We moved on to Second Place for some bourbon slushes and the second half of both the Arsenal versus Watford match and Michigan versus Indiana…

Michigan held on to beat Indiana in overtime. And Arsenal lost. We walked home to get ready for FC Cincinnati’s final match of the regular season to come on TV…

FC|C won their final match of the season 4-3! They finished the season in sixth place, and that means they’ll play away to Tampa Bay Rowdies in the first round of the USL playoffs next Saturday. We love hanging out in our neighborhood. 😀⬆️⚽️🏈❤️

It’s just embarrassing.

We went to Second Place to watch the USMNT take on Trinidad & Tobago in the final qualifying match for next summer’s World Cup in Russia…

Our USMNT needed a win against a Trinidad & Tobago squad that had only won one match in qualifying. They had one win, eight losses, and no draws. Handing T&T one more loss would guarantee the USA a spot in Russia but a tie would more than likely put them into the World Cup finals as well. And the USMNT played really well against in their 4-0 rout of Panama on Friday

And the USMNT lost 2-1. They finished fifth behind Mexico and Costa Rica and Panama and Honduras. Fifth out six teams in the hexagonal table. Next summer’s World Cup finals will be the first without American involvement since 1986. Disappointing doesn’t really cover it. It’s just really dang embarrassing. But I haven’t been this disappointed and embarrassed in the United States since Trump was put in the White House.

But hey, at least it was a pretty evening before the match…

What the heck is happening to our once-great country? 😀🇺🇸⚽️😬😥🚫🏆😭

Northside Saturday.

This afternoon we went back over to the new Taft’s Brewporium for lunch…

Garlic knots, 10″ pepperoni pizza, loaded tots and some shuffleboard…

More of the Brewporium was opened up this time, their space is huge…

Later, we met some new friends at Higher Gravity and caught the second half of the Michigan game. And then we walked down to Second Place for FC Cincinnati away match to St. Louis. Michigan finally pulled away from Purdue, and the FC|C match ended in a 2-2 draw. It was another really fun Saturday in Northside. 😀⬆️❤️

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