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Puppy Mania!

Murphy Brown (the dog) has been a grand addition to my life. While she can be a little crazy at times, my boyfriend and I can’t imagine our lives without her.

This post is about the multiple events and places I’ve been apart of since Murphy has come into our lives. I love to keep her active because that gives me some down time and it gives her some much needed exercise. I often take her to dog parks. While I do feel uneasy about taking her, since people have warned me against aggressive dogs and diseases. However, I try to be as cautious as possible. Murphy is up to date on all of her shots, if any dog seems hostile towards her, I immediately scoop her up and take her away from the situation.
Murphy loves to run and while I can watch her gleefully for a few minutes, I can become bored easily. Hence why I love Washington Park in Over the Rhine. I go to Cincinnati quite often since I live so close, but Washington Park is great for dog lovers who have owners who are also beer lovers. Yappy Hour, as shown above, is one of my favorite events downtown. At Yappy Hour, dogs are provided with treats and free food while their owners can enjoy a cocktail.I like taking her there, picking up a beer and then heading towards the dog park section. Personally, I haven’t had a problem with aggressive dogs, but Murphy tends to be an instigator so that doesn’t exactly help matters. I believe Yappy Hour occurs every Thursday night in the summer.

Another event I went to was Paws and Pints at Listermann Brewing Company (As seen above). This event was adorable. There were paw print cookies, free samples of dog food, party hats and lots of happy friendly dogs. This also gave this happy owner a chance to drink some great beer while socializing Murphy. The event was held to celebrate national dog day and it was definitely a hoot!

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Also, here’s a random tidbit from me learning the hard way. It sounds silly but these dog wipes are amazing for getting out bathroom stains that your pet leaves. They’re cheap and effective and they’re great if your bringing your pup to a new place that involves carpeting!

Favorite dog parks in Cincinnati: A tie between Washington Park (But you have to pay for parking usually) or Otto Armleder Dog Park (Free parking and lots of room for dogs to play)

Favorite dog park in Northern Kentucky: Highland Hills Dog Park

 

 

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Coffee Please and Stone Bowl

Tis the season to try new food and new coffee! Since I started working in Ohio again, I’ve been introduced to new food and coffee shops and I couldn’t be happier. I love trying new places to eat and drink in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area, so please suggest new places for me!

The pictures above were taken at Stone Bowl Ramen in Oakley, Ohio. I almost missed finding this place at first, it’s quite small but there is a large neon sign, so that helps. Unfortunately, sushi wasn’t available that day, but I did get to try chicken ramen. The nice thing about Stone Bowl, is that a lot of their food is “healthyish”. For example, I got the ramen (First picture on the left closest to the camera). It’s a MSG free stock broth, and the majority of the  food items involve vegetables and there’s hardly any fried food options. However, I did of course get the pan fried dumplings, which is probably the least health conscious item on the menu. My friend got the beef stone bowl bibimbap (Pictured right).

We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals, the service was great and I liked the atmosphere. Overall, I don’t know if I would go with the ramen again because I bet it’s better spicy, but my taste buds can’t handle it. My ramen was a bit plain as a result, but it was nice having something hot and more filling than soup. I did like trying something new, and I would love to try the bibimbap, their version of chicken fried rice or their chicken kastu the next time I go.

I recently received a cup of coffee from a coworker from this marvelous place called, Coffee Please about two months ago (Coffee Please is close to the Indian Hill area and is off Miami Avenue). All this time I have not been to the coffee house personally, but I graciously accepted their coffee from my coworker once a week. I was entirely too curious about this wonderful place that served coffee drinks with almond milk (I’m lactose intolerant so this helps) and they have a variety of coffee options to choose from. When I went there this morning I was pleasently surprised that they had a menagerie of coffee beans that I could take home and brew myself. Sadly, I limited myself from buying anything more than a cup of coffee since I have three bags of coffee at home. There were so many flavors, and the place reminded me of a slightly smaller version of Coffee Emporium. Everything was adorable, tasty and wonderful. I’d highly recommend the white chocolate almond latte. It’s divine!

GET TO MEET A BLOGGER AND HER CITY

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Hello everyone! I swear I meant to come back sooner but as usual. life got in the way. I have partnered with my blogger friend, Liz, who writes the compelling and highly entertaining blog: Am I Thirty Yet? I pitched her the idea of writing a post where we ask each other about the cities we’re from and are currently living in. Basically, I wanted to have an excuse to talk to Liz and ask her about New York City because both seem awesome! Check out my blog about Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky on her blog!

What’s the worst and best thing about living in New York?
The best is definitely the culture. You really can get anything you want in New York from food to entertainment. If you want to go out, you can always find something to do.

The worst is definitely the pricing. New York is just too expensive and everyday it becomes more and more not worth it. That whole culture thing that I said was the best thing about New York is slowing starting to fade. New York is really starting to lose its character and the people who make this city so great are constantly being priced out.
Do you drive or do you use other transportation from day to day?
I use public transportation to get to work because where I work parking is impossible. My commute to work is actually over an hour because I have to take a train to a ferry and then another train. My commute to work wears me out so I use my car any other time I’m going somewhere.
What are your top three favorite restaurants/cafes in NY?
Hmm, this was tough to just narrow it down to three. I feel like my answers would differ if you asked me on a different day. But here are the three I came up with:

1. Jpan in Brooklyn – This seems to be the go-to place for my friends when they are planning a birthday party or some other event. The inside area is pretty small but they have a nice outdoor eating area that’s really great in the warmer weather. The food is amazing and the waiters are the best. If you go you have to get the tuna dumpling!
2. Royale in Manhattan – Aside from Shake Shack (which I just felt weird putting since it’s technically fast food), this is the best place to get a burger in New York City. This place is all sorts of awesome. Delicious food, it’s cheap, and they have a great patio in the back. I have a thing for eating outside if you haven’t noticed.
3. Bayou Restaurant in Staten Island – This may be my favorite restaurant by default because it’s in my borough so it’s the easiest to get to. But it’s a really great restaurant. The decor is really cool, they have live music, and the food is delicious. They have a really great pre-fixe menu throughout the week that’s inexpensive and gets you an appetizer, entree, and dessert.

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What’s better NY pizza or NY cheesecake?
This is a super easy one for me because I don’t like cheesecake. But I think even if I did I’d still go with the pizza. You really cannot beat NY pizza!

Besides the usual touristy sites, what are some of your favorite places to visit?
My favorite place in New York City is definitely Brooklyn Bridge Park. It gives one of the best views of the skyline, is right under the Brooklyn Bridge (which is my favorite bridge), and it’s right near my favorite pizzeria. Also, Snug Harbor is a great place in New York that no tourist would be in because it’s in Staten Island. Staten Island is literally known as the forgotten borough.

Have you always lived in NY? If you haven’t, why did you move there?
I was born and raised in New York.

What have you learned from living in New York City?
I don’t know if I can come up with one specific thing that I’ve learned by living in New York. But growing up here has just made me who I am as a person. It’s helped shaped the way that I am. I will say one thing that I want other people to learn about New York: we are not nearly as rude as we are made out to be. Sure, we are always on the move and forget how to slow down sometimes but we really aren’t that mean. At lease most of us aren’t.

How crazy are the libraries there? Or are they pretty tame?
Where I live they are pretty tame. If you go into some of the libraries in the other boroughs things can get a bit wild. That’s as far as the patronage goes. But the decor of all NYC libraries are pretty tame. They have a code that they need to follow with the buildings so there isn’t a lot of room to get funky with design.
What advice would you give to someone who’s going to live in New York?
Don’t!!! Just kidding, sort of. If you really want to move to New York, make sure you do a lot of research first. You need to have a lot of money saved and make sure that you have a good job secured. Also, never, ever accept an apartment without actually seeing it. Realtors will lie about everything including the area the apartment is actually in.

Thanks so much for partnering with me Liz! What are some of your favorite things to do in New York?

Friday Favorites: Summer Edition

So some of these are’t necessarily things to do in the summer, but I have been busy trying to kick my bucket list this summer before my best friend leaves for Spain for ten months! Here are some of my favorite nights, meals and activities from my summer so far:

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One of my friends saw that the Residence Inn had a killer rooftop bar. On her birthday we decided to take advantage of this amazing view (the alcohol was also a large incentive). I had a Rooftop Lemonade, which was definitely sweet but also a little strong. When you go for these mixed cocktails, try to make sure you eat dinner first then drink. The view was spectacular, I was glad we went there on a sunny day and while it was crowded, it was worth the small breathing room we got because I was more interested in looking at my city anyway.

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After drinks at the Residence Inn my friend and I decided to spend her birthday dinner at the Yard House. While the Yardhouse is a chain restaurant, I must give them props. Every time I go there I have to get the lobster garlic noodles and a Fat Head Bumbleberry beer. The combination, while expensive, is simply delightful. Also, if you sit on the back patio (which we didn’t get a chance to but we did see it on our way out) you can see a dazzling view of the Roebling Bridge.

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Two of my good friends are moving to New York next week, and while these pictures aren’t of there going away party, we definitely partied. The bottom right picture was when we were at Neon’s in Over the Rhine. I have sung my praises about this bar many times (there’s puppies and a large Jenga set!), it’s going to be sad to not go there with our two friends. Neon’s is kind of a staple of our friendship, so it is a little sad that they’ll only be visiting from now on.

Anyways! After Neon’s we headed over to Horseshoe Casino for dinner. Ok, usually I am not one to write a post about my disappointment in a dish/restaurant, so all I’m going to say is, the night was fun but the food and service was lacking. I would recommend straying away from this place unless your looking to gamble or have some drinks.

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I was a little sleepy in this photo (and somehow paler than usual) but King’s Island is always a good time. Before this outing, we went to karaoke at Northside Tavern the night before. If you haven’t been to Northside, you are missing out! I was sad that they only have karaoke on Wednesdays and sometimes Thursdays, but it was still bearable because I was off the next day. Sorry guys, I’m not going to post my karaoke skills (or lack there of on here) but my friends were fantastic and we had a great time laughing, singing and rooting for each other.

King’s Island was a bit hard to deal with, due to the fact that we were drinking and singing the night before, but it was phenomenal as usual! Despite the dreary day we made a go of it, and because of the crappy weather, we practically walked on rides. Ok, so we did wait 30 min at least for each ride but that’s not bad for this amusement park, usually you wait much longer. My favorite is Diamondback, but The Banshee ride was definitely a thrill!

What have you enjoyed doing this summer?

Beer and Sushi

Hello everybody! I know that I typically write about beer, and usually it involves Cincinnati beer, well this time I’m writing about a brewery that’s located in Covington, Kentucky!

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This weekend I went to the Braxton Brewery and I was pleasantly surprised with some quite delicious beer. Granted, I only liked two beers on the list (I’m not a big IPA fan) but I really didn’t enjoy their Dead Blow, which is their tropical stout. I bought a growler of it a few days later and was a little disappointed because the version I had was run through their starter coffee, but the lady working there told me that the beer would be rather bitter if the growler contained the coffee they put it through. If you didn’t know already, or if you are new to this blog, there are three things that I cannot resist. Coffee, beer and sushi. So this was a wonderful weekend for me! I am in love with this beer. It was absolutely delicious. As pictured above, I did actually get a flight of beer so I could try the majority of their beers. Wow, only six bucks for a flight? That’s pretty awesome! I did end up liking their Storm beer as well, which is a golden cream ale (No I don’t know what golden cream ale means but it was tasty!), and it was rather charming. While I do love craft beer I will settle for a Blue Moon any day of the week. It’s the only beer that’s more commercialized that doesn’t taste like beer water to me. The Storm beer reminded me of a Blue Moon but it didn’t have that strong citrus flavor that Blue Moon has.

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After we went to Braxton, we headed down to Wabi Sabi, which is a sushi restaurant In Covington as well. If you like Cloud 9 or Ichiban Sushi (Located in Mt. Lookout in Ohio) then you’ll love this place. This restaurant is located on Madison Avenue and is now my go to sushi place in Northern Kentucky! While I really love Miyako, it’s kind of expensive to eat there unless you’re there on a Tuesday when it’s half price. Well Wabi Sabi follows the Ichiban and Cloud 9 menality by always having “half off” sushi. If you like authentic sushi, this probably isn’t the place for you, go to Jo An’s which is in Erlanger, Kentucky. I oddly enough, like the “fake” kind of sushi, the real stuff wasn’t my favorite. So try both places and see what works best for you. My favorite rolls at any sushi place are the shrimp tempura rolls, but try the shrimp crunch roll if you’re at Cloud 9!

What are your favorite places to drink beer or eat sushi?

Top Ten Reasons Why Summering in NKY and Cincinnati is the Best!

Hey everybody! These are just some of the reasons why I love living so close to Cincinnati.

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1.  The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is one of the best zoos in the country. I recently went to the Tunes and Blooms event that is held on every Thursday in April. Tunes and Blooms allows everyone to enter the zoo free of charge. There’s also live music playing and other vendors giving away free items and teaching children how to do things like compost in your backyard and such. It’s great for kids, but be aware that the place is packed even more so than usual. The zoo in general though, is awesome. You can have a beer, eat a slice of Larosa’s pizza and take in the amazing view of both exotic animals and flowers.

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2. You have to go to a Cincinnati Reds game at least once each year. Even if you hate baseball, the atmosphere is completely delightful. Beer, peanuts, junk food, a good view and some community comradery. Go to one baseball game. Have a beer (Which they have a lot of craft beer now, and cute places like Bootleggers) and relax. Just try it!

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3. Party in the Park has been an event that happens on every Wednesday in the summer since 1976! It’s an excuse to celebrate hump day with a beer, some live music and some local food. It usually draws a big crowd and it provides a nice view of the river.

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4. I freak out when I know Taste of Cincinnati is just around the corner. This is basically a foodie’s paradise. I fricken love all of the different food, beer and entertainment (Yes, I do notice that I write a lot about beer, food and live music). It’s kind of incredible when you know that there’s no possible way you can eat something from every food vendor. It would be physically impossible, and that’s kind of beautiful. Good food, good entertainment and good company. If you go on a Friday or Saturday, you might not be able to move around if you’re short like me. If you don’t mind crowds, then I’d highly recommend it!

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5. This park is little… I know, I know, I’m not that punny. Yes, you can pretend slap me over the computer now. I swear no more puns… probably. I passed Lytle Park on the way to Reds game one day and I just had to stop and take a picture. It looks gorgeous. While my allergies hate spring/summer, I can’t help but admire the scenery.

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6. Schneider’s Sweet Shop sells these magnificant treats called Ice Balls on day after Easter. I look forward to this ever Easter. I know that summer isn’t too far away if I can get a Tiger’s Blood snow cone filled with vanilla ice cream from Schneider’s. It’s amazing. I know what you’re going to say. Ice cream and a snow cone? Trust me, you will like it.

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7. I went to the drag strip in Cleves, Ohio (This event is comically referred to as Friday Night Lightz) a weekend or two ago with my boyfriend and a few of his friends. It was fun! I mean watching cars race each other, being with friends, drinking beer and being outside, what more could you ask for? I definitely wouldn’t have gone there on my own (Since I had no idea it existed), but I really did like learning about the different cars and trying to figure out which car would beat out the other. It was something new and different and I would definitely go back.

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8. I stopped by 21 C Museum Hotel Cincinnati for the first time and had a great time on their roof! The view was killer and the alcohol (While a bit pricey for this girl the popsicle with alcohol was a nice touch) was tasty. Honestly this is why you want to be in Cincinnati. Partying on a roof overlooking the city? It’s bound to be a good time.

9. I love roller coasters. I get a little more shaken from them than I used to, but I still enjoy the thrill of a good loop or hill. Diamondback and The Banshee are easily the best rides (In my opinion) to go on, but there are lots of fun coasters and if you don’t like their blueberry ice cream, than I cannot count you as a friend.Seriously, what’s wrong with you?

10. This hasn’t happened yet, but I’m beyond thrilled about it anyway. They’re having a Beerfest at Washington Park! I’ve been to the Fountain Square one, and I wasn’t as impressed but I am beyond happy with their location this year. Anything at Washington Park is fun but this is beyond amazing!

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Honorable Mention: Most of the time Bunbury Music Festival is pretty cool, this year was decent. I liked the 2013 year the best but don’t worry I’m writing that post this week!

Six Things To Do In Cincinnati & NKY During The Spring

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I know that everyone is excited about spring, but I’m seriously pumped about it! I have all of these things I want to do and the list goes on and on. Here’s just a sampling of what I’d like to accomplish this spring.

1. Every Cincinnatian knows that one of the best days of the year is opening day for the Cincinnati Reds. It’s fun, everybody in the town acts like it’s Christmas and it’s glorious.

2. Go to the zoo. It’s Tunes and Blooms month in April. That means you can go to the zoo and listen to some live music… for free! It’s one of my favorite things to do in April. Grab a beer and see some amazing animals and listen to some live music. It’s fun and cheap.

3. Stop by Eden, Washington, Smale and Ault Park and take a look around. I love parks and while I don’t do it that often, I also really like to hike and take walks in them. Smale Park especially does a great job of planting gorgeous flowers and they have bench swings that are fun to sit in. Washington Park will also be starting their event calendar in April, so be prepared for free fun and events. Also, it might sound a little peculiar but head over to Spring Grove Cemetery as well. It really is a treat to see in the spring time, and everything there is wonderful.

4. Eat outside. I am a Barleycorn’s lover and when it’s spring time I anticipate the day that I can eat outside. I’m also looking forward to eating outside at the Incline Public House. In my last post I mentioned my love for the brunch, but the views there are amazing and so is the food!

5. Go to Findlay Market. So Findlay is open during the winter, but it really blossoms (Pun intended) in the spring time. I’m a huge fan of Dojo gelato and their fresh produce. If you’re looking for great organic food and something to do on a Saturday, you must go! They have a free wine tasting on Saturdays, cute unique items from local vendors and did I mention the gelato!

6. Go to King’s Island. I love roller coasters. I can ride each ride a few times and still come back for more. While King’s Island can cost you a pretty penny (Actually way more than a penny), it’s worth it. I plan on seeing if I can go to King’s Island on a workday this year and ride all of the rides. The weekends are always packed, so plan accordingly. They do have a new fast pass system, but if you can go before school lets out for summer and try to plan going on a workday, it is fantastic. Gates open April 18th!

What’s your favorite thing to do in the spring?

Brunch It Up! Throwback Thursday Edition

I have a confession to make. I love brunch. I have been meaning to mention these brunch spots for awhile now. I love going to brunch on the weekends. At times, it can be the highlight of my weekend. Sad, but true haha. Here are some of my favorite brunch spots in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati.

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Mokka and the Sunset Bar & Grill (Decent Prices)
This particular restaurant is in Newport, Kentucky and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, if you’re going on the weekends be prepared for a long wait. This tends to be a place I frequent often since I live rather close and the food is often spectacular. I don’t particularly like their regular coffee there but I do enjoy getting their mochaccinos. Again, this place is always packed for brunch. Get there early! On the left my friend got the breakfast quesadilla, which he enjoyed and I ALWAYS get the Mokka French Toast. The Mokka French Toast breakfast comes with a choice of meat, potatoes and french toast with creme brulee on the top. It’s sooooo good! The only problem I have with this place is that it does take forever to get a meal sometimes.

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The Echo Restaurant (Very Decent Prices)
Ok, so Mokka’s can be a long wait, but this restaurant had people waiting outside the door! This Hyde Park, Ohio restaurant was definitely worth the wait though, and the line did go rather fast. Echo is only open for breakfast and lunch but it’s probably because there are so many people everyday that if they opened for dinner they might explode. I was there during fall (See this post is from awhile ago) and I got the salted caramel apple french toast. I was in heaven. If I could describe a food heaven, this food would definitely be there. The coffee is delicious and the menu changes all the time! So depending on the season you can get certain menu items. I loovvvee this place. I have sort of forgotten what my friend got but we were both beyond happy.

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Incline Public House (A Little Pricey)

Be prepared to wait at this restaurant too, I’m starting to see a pattern. The Incline House is located in Price Hill, Ohio.The views are incredible, I can’t wait to go there in the summer. I’ve been here for Father’s Day last year and it was slammed. So be prepared to go as soon as they’re open (Which they are for breakfast, lunch and dinner). I got the mimosa with strawberry puree and my friend got the ultimate bloody Mary. We both made excellent choices and we’re quite content since we both were quite hungover. I had the Banana Foster’s French Toast had The Hangover Cure. Both were delicious. While the brunch was a little more expensive since we had the much needed pick me up drink, it was still delightful. I can’t wait to go there for dinner.

What are some of your favorite places to brunch?

Friday Favorites: Beer and Coffee Themed

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Hello everyone, today I’m trying a new post. I tend to try a lot of new things, mainly it’s coffee and beer, but hey I like what I like. I love coffee. However, I’m not as hardcore as some coffee fans because I don’t drink it black. I like my coffee with a little bit of sugar. That being said, I also like when my coffee has a lot of sugar and cream because it’s fricken delightful and it makes me insanely happy and hyper.

If you live in Northern Kentucky you are subjected usually to fast food chain coffee. I do drink fast food chain coffee, but I also really enjoy local coffee. My favorite Northern Kentucky coffee used to only be limited to Reality Tuesday. Reality Tuesday, is a coffee shop located in Parks Hills and is rather close to Notre Dame Academy. I love this place, and have bragged about them before, but I now have a new coffee place by my house and I’m beyond excited! Carabello Coffee is now my favorite coffee joint in the area. I of course will always have a soft spot for Reality Tuesday, but there’s something to be said about a coffee place that’s only a few minutes away from your home and gives you a caramel treat with your coffee.

Carabello Coffee (Picture is located at the top right) serves a myriad of drinks and cute candies. This place is adorable and it’s small enough to feel like your own little oasis. I believe that the drink I took a picture of was a white chocolate raspberry mocha, and it was impeccable. I might have eaten the caramel candy before I had a chance to take a picture of it, but I assure you of it’s yumminess as well. The staff was friendly and welcoming, and the space was decorated (The last time I went unfortunately was Valentine’s Day) and cozy. I highly recommend this coffee place for anyone in the area (See the menu in the picture below)

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If you have read my past posts, you will know that I have a slight obsession with Coffee Emporium. Before Carabello, it was my favorite coffee joint. Now it’s my favorite coffee house in Cincinnati though. Coffee Emporium sells their coffee beans (See top left photo), and sells a variety of flavors. I have tried their pumpkin pie coffee, which I love and now I’m trying Mackinac Island Fudge. I’m a die-hard pumpkin fan, so I do love that kind a bit more than Mackinac Island Fudge, but the fudge coffee is great for an intense caffeine buzz. I mean that stuff is strong. If you need a pick me up in the morning, this is the coffee for you!

Also, last but not least. It wouldn’t be a real post without me bragging about a new beer I’ve tried. You’ve guessed it, it’s MadTree (Pictured below). I am in love with Rubus Cacao (Notice the raspberry pattern). It’s a little hard to find but it was my beer of choice at Beerfest. If you’re not a stout fan, or a lover of coffee, this might not be your cup of tea. However, if you love dessert beers or love raspberries, you must try this beer.

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What are some of your local favorites?

Top Ten: Things to do in Cincinnati during the holidays

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Ok… it’s not Tuesday. I forgot to post this yesterday so please use your imagination and pretend this was posted yesterday. Thanks!

I love the holidays; if you couldn’t tell from my photo. I am that person that listens to Christmas music (Mainly She and Him’s Christmas album) in October and November. I don’t listen to the constant Christmas music channel on the radio but the channel is a saved preset in my car. I hate snow, but during December I don’t mind it as much. It’s the holiday season people. Enjoy it! Watch “Elf” and “Love Actually” a few thousand times and enjoy the weird giddy holiday spirit.

Here are my top ten favorite things to do in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky during the holidays:

1. Go ice skating. I love ice skating. When I was in grade school, ice skating was incredibly popular (Probably because we were going through puberty and couldn’t drive yet and the mall gets boring after awhile). It was where most of my classmates would go on the weekends. I, of course, tried to fit in and started to go ice skating as well. I even used to go in high school with some of my friends on the weekends. Eventually, I became pretty good at ice skating. I’m definitely no Oksana Baiul (A Ukranian figure skater that was popular in the 90’s) but I don’t fall down anymore. Anyways, if you go to Fountain Square’s ice skating rink it’s only $4 including skates. I try to go every year during December.

2. I haven’t seen this play in awhile, but “A Christmas Carol” at Playhouse in the Park is always a good time. It’s fun and while we all know the story, Playhouse changes little things throughout the story every few years and it’s always a spectacular performance.

3.  I’m not a big fan of trains but I love seeing my niece’s reaction when she sees the trains at Entertainment Junction around Christmas time. It’s a fun spot for kids and model train lovers. While I’m no train enthusiast, I will admit that the display is impressive to say the least.

4. This year I won tickets to Holiday in Lights from Cincy Magazine. Ok, so this is sort of a cheat since I haven’t been, but I was going to say looking at neighborhood lights in general and thought I’d take a more specific direction. My niece has been to this before and freaked out, so that counts right? My niece genuinely loves decorations. I’m so excited to go with her and my family this year.

5. This is a growing trend, but I have to include this because of my niece as well. I like going to Newport Aquarium during the winter because she loves the scuba Santa exhibit. It’s a cute way to bring the holiday spirit into a learning experience for kids.

6. The Festival of Lights is where it’s at. This is more of a whole family experience. Everyone in my family loves the zoo. When I go, I buy an apple cider to warm me up through the cold and I visit every exhibit. It’s so much fun. I’ve gone to the Festival of Lights almost every year since I can remember, so it’s a nostalgic experience for me.

7. I’m kind of a hypocrite. While I really enjoy pumpkin flavored everything I also enjoy “Christmas” flavored anything as well. Anything cinnamon or eggnog like (Despite the fact that I dislike eggnog) makes me happy. If you’ve read my blog you know obsessed I am with Coffee Emporium. They make some great coffee peeps. If you like coffee, you like local places and if you’re on an organic kick, like I am, go. No I don’t get paid to say this I’m just really in love with this place. Drink their holiday coffees, they make my day!

8. This isn’t exactly Christmas/holiday related but I love going to a Cincinnati Cyclone’s hockey game during December. I somewhat recently got into hockey, and I enjoy going to the games. I love my Cyclones and have even met a few of them.

9. I haven’t always been a beer fan, but it’s hard to ignore all of the amazing breweries that are in the area. I’m now excited to try all their local winter flavors. I recently tried MadTree’s Thundersnow, which was quite tasty. I’m on a mission to try at least 10 winter ales this season. so I’m glad Party Source is in the area, it makes finding my alcohol a million times easier. If you have any winter ales that I should try and are local, please tell me! I’m going to Beerfest again this year, so look forward to a loooonngg post about my experience, I loved it last time!

10. Krohn Conservatory is amazing during the holidays. It’s so gorgeous and kids love it!

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