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. 😀⬆️❤️

Are you ready for some football?

NFL is back in action. We walked down to Second Place to watch the Bengals game…

To celebrate the start of another season of impending disappointment, Second Place was hosting a Bengals Tailgate Kick-Off Party complete with a cookout…

All the proceeds from the cookout were donated to help those suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey down in Houston. What a delicious way to help…

We were sitting next to the popcorn machine at watching the popcorn pop was way more exciting than the Bengals game…

The Bengals were playing the Ravens. In Cincinnati. And of course, the Bengals lost their opening game of the season, 20-0. The Ravens picked off Bengals QB Andy Dalton FOUR times and forced him to fumble as well. The Red Rider BB gun, ladies, and gentleman. The Bengals are about as good at football as they are at math…

Welcome back football! Thank goodness we’re Cowboys fans! 😀🏈❤️

Northside Saturday.

This morning we had a little bit of living room soccer action…

Before we visited the playgrounds up the hill at Parker Woods Montessori…

We walked down Hamilton Avenue to have a delicious lunch at Melt…

From there we headed across the street to Hoffner Park…

To play on another cool playground…

With swings!

These two like playgrounds, swings and apparently, giant pine cones…

And then we headed over to check out Urban Artifact…

They were right in the middle of their Bewilderfest…

They weren’t doing flights during Bewilderfest so we just got one of each beer…

And we continued our tour of Northside by stopping into Second Place…

We made our way home for some cornhole in the backyard…

And fired up the grill…

We made a bunch of burgers and hotdogs…

We had so much fun wandering around Northside that it wore us out…

What a fun day with the whole family! Tomorrow, we’re going to the zoo! 😀❤️

USOC17: FC Cincinnati watch parties.

This evening FC Cincinnati played away to Miami FC in the quarter-finals of the 2017 US Open Cup. And there were numerous watch parties around the city and Northside was no exception. We headed down to Second Place to meet up with our friend JJ and one of her friends. We arrived about a half hour before the match and Second Place was already packed. There weren’t any open seats at the bar, in fact, there weren’t any open seats to be found in the whole place. It was standing room only…

And as the match got underway, it kept getting more and more crowded…

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With the match still 0-0 at halftime, we decided to break camp and watch the second half just up the block at Higher Gravity. We made it just before it started pouring…

We managed to actually find a seat at Higher Gravity, and watch FC|C knock Miami FC out of the US Open Cup by the final score of 1-0…

Can you believe it? Our FC Cincinnati is moving on to the 2017 US Open Cup semi-finals! What an incredible night! 😀⚽️🏆❤️

A Saturday without power.

We woke up this morning and still didn’t have any power. We walked Oscar and then headed off to find someplace with food and air conditioning. When we got to the end of the street, we got our first real glimpse of what knocked out our power last night. It was this huge tree limb that fell on the power lines…

We walked down to Second Place to hang out for a bit. We got some lunch at Second Place. Genifer got Second Place’s awesome Cuban sammich and I got the smoked pork belly lunch special from The Littlefield

And my pork belly was served with buttermilk biscuits, warm peach compote, and a Jalapeño buttermilk slaw!

We hung out at Second Place for a while, watched the USMNT play Panama in the Gold Cup and then came home to our house without power. Apparently, Duke Energy says power should be restored by noon tomorrow. Thankfully, it was a pretty comfortable evening that wasn’t too hot…

It’s weird and kind of spooky trying to navigate your house without lights…

UPDATE: After spending the night in our surprisingly cool second guest bedroom, we woke up at 6:30 Sunday morning with power! HOORAY FOR POWER! 😀❤️

Sunday Funday.

We watched the Mexico versus Portugal Confederations Cup match this morning. And then we headed down to Second Place to watch Chile take on Cameron. On our way to Second Place, we noticed a sign on the door of our beloved Django Western Taco

Django is moving in next to Tickle Pickle on Hamilton Avenue, and that’s just a hop, skip and a jump from us. Chef Josh broke the news to us a few weeks ago when we were in for Sunday Brunch that they were moving up Hamilton. It’s so cool to have one of our most favorite restaurants move even closer to our house…

Now if we could just get Second Place to move closer as well. Their featured slush today was a cayenne pina colada, which mixed surprisingly well with the bourbon slush…

It tasted like being on vacation. And made for a pretty fun Sunday. 😀🏖️🌮

UPDATE: Django’s old space at the corner of Hamilton and Ble Rock is now empty…

Soccer Saturday.

There were a bunch of great soccer matches slated for later today. But first things first, this morning we had to do some yard work. We trimmed the bushes, pulled some weeds and mowed the grass in our little front yard…

We worked on our backyard a bit too. Before last night, before mowing today, and finally the beautiful after shot…

And we wrapped up just in time to watch the Champions League final. The result was kind of disappointing with Real Madrid beating Juventus 4-1. I thought it would have been a much more competitive match. But the lone Juventus goal was one for the ages. But 4-1 is still a little bit sad trombone.

Afterward, we walked down to Second Place to watch our FC Cincinnati play away to Rochester Rhinos

FC Cincy rested most of their starters, opting to go with mainly a second squad and as a result had a really hard time generating any sort of real offense and lost 1-0. The loss snaps FC|C’s four-match winning streak. They play another three home matches in the next seven days starting this Saturday when they welcome the Charlotte Indepence to Nippert Stadium. That match is then followed by the big #MLS2Cincy US Open Cup Hell Is Real Ohio derby match against Columbus Crew on Wednesday and then another home USL match this time against the first-placed Charleston Battery two weeks from today.

Soon after the FC Cincinnati match, the USMNT played a friendly against Venzelua. We made it home just after the kick-off. And that match ended 1-1. But the USMNT pride jerseys were pretty awesome. I might just have to look into ordering one of those for myself. They were some of the sharpest uniforms the USMNT has worn in quite a while. In fact, they’re my US favorite jerseys dating back to the old “sash” jerseys from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. And I’m probably well overdue for a new USMNT jersey. ⚽️🏳️‍🌈

And even though not one team I was cheering for managed to win today, it was still a great afternoon and evening of soccer. 😀 ⚽️ ❤️

FC Cincinnati x Second Place.

After Brink, we rode the bus from up in College Hill back down Hamilton Avenue into Northside and stopped into Second Place to watch our FC Cincinnati play away to Bethlehem Steel for the second time the last five matches. It doesn’t make any sense but whatever. FC Cincinnati away matches are more fun with a couple of Second Place’s bourbon slushes…

FC Cincinnati lost 1-0 to Bethlehem Steel. And after today’s match, an FC|C player has been sent off after receiving a straight red card in four of the last five matches. It’s been ridiculous and pretty unbelievable. But at least, the slushies were delicious. :/

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