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. 😀⬆️❤️

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…

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