The past week and a half has proved to be quite eventful in the realm of all things Cincinnati. It was 10 days of gluttony, which — while it lasted — was pretty awesome, but now I must get back to my regimen of not totally letting myself go.
The Thanksgiving holiday started with our first tryst with Delicio Coal-Fired Pizza* in Montgomery. The following day I had off from taking PTO, so BK and I had lunch (okay, breakfast) at Taste of Belgium, then we visited HOMAGE‘s new store just a block north. Since we have season tickets to Xavier basketball games, we decided to pre-game at Listermann Brewing* where we had a beer and Fireside Pizza Wagon. We then went to the Cintas Center for the game, which we followed by Pleasant Ridge Chili — a Xavier tradition I like to partake in with BK.
Some friends had a birthday get-together the following day (Saturday) at Rhinegeist, where we each had a beer and got to socialize with family. We called it a relatively early night so that we could make our way down to Rhinehaus to watch Liverpool on Sunday morning. But not before I got the two of us our favorite coffee drinks from Coffee Emporium. I really wanted to try a new brunch place after Liverpool’s game, when we found ourselves giving Otto’s* a try. No weekend is complete without getting Sunday carryout, and that time it was from Yat Ka Mein.
Season tickets to Xavier meant that we had tickets for another game the following day, Monday. BK had something else going on, so I offered our second ticket to a friend of mine. We went to FUSIAN before the game at the Cintas Center, which is Weight-Watchers friendly (a necessity for both of us). The rest of the week consisted of meeting a couple of friends from out of town at Neon’s, where we had a beer to catch up, then we went to Quan Hapa for an appetizer, then The Eagle OTR for our main course. Having a half-day on Wednesday before the holiday meant meeting BK at our former favorite lunch spot, Kyoto Japanese Cuisine in Symmes Twp. From there, I picked up a race packet from Bob Roncker’s Running Spot in O’Bryonville, then we went to Myrtle’s Punch House during its soft opening to check out one of my favorite bands, Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle. We didn’t stay long, seeing as I had the Thanksgiving Day Race 10K in the morning.
After the race, the rest of Thanksgiving we spent with family, while Black Friday I specifically wanted to avoid the malls. Instead, I went to The Spotted Goose (checking in with my former employer), The Growler House (helping with final touches at my new place of employment), and had lunch with BK at Suzie Wong’s. In the 2.5 years we have been dating, BK and I had been to the movie theater one time. Friday night made number “to,” as we went to Stone Bowl for dinner before seeing Dumb and Dumber To at the Cinemark in Oakely.
Saturday morning we went to Rhinehaus for Liverpool at 10am, and again I got us some breakfast and our favorite coffee drinks from Coffee Emporium. From there, I went to Crafty Supermarket, HOMAGE, and MiCA 12/V so that I could get some local Christmas shopping done. (I got some shopping done for myself, too.) Saturday night meant going to MadTree Brewing for a friend’s 30th birthday. Sunday was spent doing a lot of bumming around and putting up Christmas decorations, but it also meant getting Fireside Pizza carryout for the Bengals game, and going to The Growler House to help with finishing touches as well as to enjoy a beer at the staff preview night before Opening Week.
The past week and a half proved just how much there is to do in this city I am so thankful to call home. Between the many great restaurants, breweries, retail stores, and events, there is always so much going on. And as I’ve said, “To say there is nothing to do here is more of a reflection of how unwilling a person is to get out and do things, than it is a reflection of what there actually is to do here.”
*More on this later.