Summer Hours: Melt Northside.

Unfortunately, this afternoon was my final Summer Hours of the year. To celebrate, we walked down Hamilton Avenue to check out the newly reopened Melt Eclectic Cafe Northside. We had been to Melt in their old location up Hamilton Avenue where Bridges now resides. But hadn’t made it to Melt’s new home in the Gantry yet. We were pretty excited to finally get to check it out…

Genifer had an Indian Summer…

I had a Left-handed Milk Stout…

There were so many things on Melt’s menu that sounded really delicious…

Genifer ordered The Maureen, lime cilantro tuna salad, swiss, Roma tomato, and mixed greens, baked on Shadeau’s multigrain bread with a side of hummus & Plocky’s Black Bean Tortilla Chips…

And I ordered The Rachel, smoked turkey breast, ruby kraut, Swiss, tangy sauce, baked on Sixteen Brick’s OTR Rye with a side of mac & cheese…

Lunch was outstanding and the drinks were splendid. We can’t wait to for our next visit to Melt so we can try some more of the items on their incredible menu. Next time, I’m going to get a ladle of Melt’s signature black bean chili over their amazing mac & cheese. YUM! 😀❤️

Summer Hours: Streetside Brewery.

It very rare that we find ourselves over on the east side of town. But after chasing around after FC Cincinnati rally towels, that’s exactly where we found ourselves.
We decided to finally check out Streetside Brewery on Eastern Avenue over in the
East End/Columbia-Tusculum part of town for the first time. We’d tried a couple of their beers at Higher Gravity in Northside, and we were pleasantly surprised by how good they were. We were really excited to see what else Streetside had in store…

We arrived at Streetside just ahead of one of those beer tours…

Genifer has a Tea Bags and I had a Little Balls of Blue mixed with the Goseface Killah while we watched Arsenal take on Leicester City in the kick-off of the new EPL season…

Streetside offers a range of steamed sammiches as well…

In hindsight, I wish I would have tried a sammich. Genifer wishes she got a steamed soft pretzel. Oh well. Next time. Eventually, the beer tour moved on to their next location…

Awesome place. Great beers. Next time we find ourselves on the east side of town, we’re definitely stopping back into Streetside for a beer and a steamed sammich. 😀🍺🍻❤️

FC Cincinnati x Cincy Shirts.

I’ll be the first to admit it. I love rally towels. Like, really love rally towels. I don’t know how or where it all started, probably with the Reds NLDS game 3 back in 2010 and then it got cemented with the Reds NLDS game 3 in 2012. I started carrying one of those Reds rally towels with me everywhere I went. And now I just really love rally towels. I seek them out. And track them down. No matter where I go, I always seem to have at least one, stuffed in a pocket. More than likely, there’s another one stuffed in my bag. I have at least one for almost every major sports team I support. But I didn’t have an FC Cincinnati rally towel. So imagine how excited I was to see this post from Cincy Shirts this morning…

Thankfully, I had Summer Hours this afternoon. When Genifer picked me up from work, we beat feet up Main Street into Over-the-Rhine to Cincy Shirts OtR location…

But it turns out somehow the FC|C rally towels were only at the Cincy Shirts Hyde Park location. So much to Genifer’s chagrin, we were back in the car heading to Hyde Park. Long story very short, we both got a new FC Cincinnati t-shirt from Cincy Shirts

And now we finally have FC|C rally towels…

Once again, all is good in the world. 😀⚽️❤️

Summer Hours: Higher Gravity Northside.

I actually had a Summer Hours where it didn’t rain. So we walked down to check out Higher Gravity Crafthaus, the new bar/craft beer & wine store in Northside…

Higher Gravity has 14 beers on tap. And you can check out their current draft list lineup on Untappd

Higher Gravity also has over 400 cans and bottles on-shelf and in their cooler…

Their fully stocked walk-in cooler…

I had a Keypunch from Urban Artifact and Genifer had a taster of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Isla Estraña Saison Farmhouse Ale…

And we shared a Short’s Exeter sour with strawberry and lemon…

And a we had a couple of tasters of Streetside Brewery Little Balls of Blue and a Sumatra Mountain Brown from Founders

Higher Gravity is such a cool place. It’s like a having a little Party Source just down the street from us. Northside just keeps getting better and better. 😀🥃❤️

Summer Hours: Rusty Bucket

Today’s Summer Hours were some rainy ones…

Genifer had a doctor’s appointment in Hyde Park and then we planned to go to Island Frydays in Corryville but with all the rain we decided just to get some lunch at Rusty Bucket in Rookwood instead…

We’ll go to Island Frydays on the next Summer Hours when it isn’t pouring down rain.
😀🌧️☂️

Summer Hours: Django Western Taco.

Deskey lets us work just a half-day every other Friday throughout the summer. They
call them Summer Hours. And they’re pretty flippin’ awesome. Today was my first Summer Hours Friday. We didn’t plan ahead very well, and couldn’t come up with anything fun to do. So when I got home, I worked on organizing the office for a bit while I watched the France versus Sweden World Cup qualifier. Olivier Giroud had an amazing goal for France. As for the office, it still has quite a ways to go but at least I know where more stuff is now. I’ll keep plugging away at working on it…

While I was organizing, I found two $25 gift cards that I apparently misplaced. I also found a gift certificate that still had a balance to Django Western Taco. And there’s no better time than the present to redeem that gift certificate for some delicious Django Western Taco goodness

Genifer ordered a carne asada taco and she loves Django’s salsa…

Django’s special today was corn on the cob with chipotle aioli and shredded cheese…

And of course, I ordered their amazing chicken biscuit…

It’s one of my favorite dishes around. Just look at that delicious mess…

Django also had a watermelon beer from Lost Coast on tap that was out of this world! I’m really happy we couldn’t come up with something to do earlier. Next Summer Hours, I think we’re going to go check out Island Frydays in Corryville. 🙂

Summer Hours.

Deskey lets us work just a half-day every other Friday throughout the summer. They call it Summer Hours. And it’s pretty flippin’ awesome. Today was my first Summer Hours Friday, and it looked like this outside as I was leaving work…

So we went out to Eastgate to look at Best Buy for washers and dryers. And by the time we got over there, wouldn’t you know it? The sun was back out, and it was gorgeous outside. Along the way, we stopped at Five Guys for lunch…

I’ve only eaten at Five Guys one other time. It’s really not a bad burger, at all. And then we went to Jungle Jim’s to look for Jamaican Jerk spices and rubs…

We’re going to figure this Jerk Chicken out one way or another…

After Jungle Jim’s, we stopped by Mount Carmel Brewing for a beer…

When got home, we took Oscar out for a walk…

It turned out to be a really beautiful evening…

We were going to walk over to Fountain Square to listen to the Indie Summer bands but I nodded off watching the Reds and the Copa America Centenario soccer tournament. All in all, it was a pretty good first Summer Hours Friday. 🙂

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