I had off on Friday, so this past weekend was a three-day one. Thursday night meant hanging out at Moerlein Malt House while BK played trivia and I sat at the bar to watch the Bengals (8-0!). What I didn’t accomplish
around the house while napping on Friday, I spent my time off enjoying Cafe DeSales for breakfast, then The Rookwood (Fryday!) for dinner and drinks before heading to The Growler House for our 7pm night cap (being 30 years old partnered with the time change are really doing wonders for my ability to stay away until any respectable time).
Flight of beer from Christian Moerlein
Truffle fries with parmesan from The Rookwood (y’know, in honor of Fryday)
Saturday we got breakfast and coffee from Coffee Emporium, tired Franklin out at Washington Park Dog Park and stopped by Eden Park since it was such a nice day (I love a good photo op). We then had lunch at Gold Star (new on Xavier’s campus this year) before checking out the All For One bookstore, BK giving me a campus tour, and heading to Cintas Center to see Xavier’s first men’s basketball “game” (exhibition vs. Northwood) in our second year as season ticket holders. Between all the Betta’s and Listermann (and Gold Star and Gordo’s and the bookstore) visits that are on the horizon, in addition to craft beer at D’Artagnan’s Deck, singing the National Anthem with my choir at the home opener on November 13, and the Crosstown Shootout on December 12, I’m pretty jazzed for the 2015–16 season.
Franklin checking out the beautiful Cincinnati architecture before playing at the dog park
Taking in the beautiful Cincinnati scenery and fall foliage at Eden Park
Eating Gold Star at Xavier’s University Station before the Xavier game
Getting a campus tour from distinguished alum, BK
Enjoying the view of Remy Abell from where we moved down to sit at the Xavier game
Because we were going to be gone for most of the day, we decided to take Frank to the dog park again on Sunday. While we were at the park, we got to see the Cincinnati Streetcar making its inaugural test trip around the tracks. What a cool moment that was, to finally see this long-awaited project come to fruition. Considering all the time we spend downtown, we will certainly put that thing to good use. Too bad it’s not dog friendly …
Cincinnati Streetcar making its inaugural “dead pull” around the tracks
We were fortunate enough to have gotten tickets to see the Columbus Crew play against Montreal Impact in a playoff game. When we got to Columbus, we ate at CBC (Columbus Brewing Company) before heading to the stadium to see the Crew come back from a 1-1 tie to defeat the Impact 3-1, and advance to the Eastern Conference, finals thanks to the 111′ goal by Kei Kamara. Of the sporting events I’ve seen live, that game was so good it earned a spot in the top five best.
Flight of Ohio beer from Columbus Brewing Company
Cheeseburger and garlic fries from CBC (not pictured: ranch dressing)
Enjoying a great Crew game with BK
We ended the weekend one of the best ways I know how: by ordering takeout from LaRosa’s. Their breadsticks with cheese (with ranch, pizza sauce, and garlic butter) are some of my favorite guilty pleasures, and with my regimen re-starting every Monday, a weekend cheat meal finale is a must.
In the words of BK (a man of few words otherwise), “I think we had a pretty awesome weekend.”
Have a great week, everyone!