RUYA: A Turkish Coffee Experience

Coffee. Coffee is the one drink that really transcends cultures and brings people together.
Everyone has their rituals and routines for coffee, whether hitting the same place for one to go or brewing their own. I got to the point where I had to buy my own brewer at the office because I was that finicky about how mine is brewed.
But I think for a lot of people, besides needing coffee to wake up in the morning, they need it socially. In my office people don't gather around a water cooler, its the coffee pot that is the hub. Whether they drink it of not it always ends up drawing everyone there.

"Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love." -Turkish proverb

I was just going to mention Ruya in my SSOM post but then I realized this really deserved its own post and I'm really glad I didn't walk past their display Sunday. In addition to coffee they've also created Rüya Turkish Coffee Chocolate Bars in collaboration with maverick Chocolate.
Melissa Aydogan, a first generation Turkish-American born and raised in Cincinnati is working with People's Liberty to open a Turkish pop-up coffeehouse in the People's Liberty Globefront. Globefront is directly across the street from Findlay Market on Elm St. Years ago I had Turkish coffee in a tiny shop in Atlanta, I really don't remember too much about it now as I was rushed and didn't have time to dwell on it. But I'm looking forward to this and having time to savor and enjoy the experience.
The Grand Opening for this Turkish experience will be September 7th 6–9 PM at 1805 Elm Street and will be open Friday - Sunday 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.until November 18th.

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If you suffer from crippling FOMO....

You really should have been at Second Sunday on Main because it was happening. A mini parade, New Orleans style jazz bands and plenty of food, beer and retail vendors to go around.
If you missed it you still have two more chances, September 9th and Oct 14th.

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The best way to get to and from anything happening in OTR is by bike. Or streetcar or almost anything that doesn't involve a car. Unless you like cruising around in traffic looking for parking, then OK, drive.
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SAVE THE PIGS!
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sometimes Cincinnati is unreal

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DANGERWHEEL!!!

Dangerwheel sure took a giant step up this year. The last time I spectated the crowd was maybe one person deep in places when we showed up this year I was astonished at the crowd. The transformation of Dangerwheel pretty much mirrors the transformation that Pendleton has undergone this year.
We grabbed a couple adult beverages and began to make our way up the hill when we saw a tiny gap to see the course and I stopped to look because by the reaction of the crowd I could tell a couple competitors were getting close. As I waited for the racers to approach a little boy, maybe five, six, seven rushed past me, jumped on a hay bail and threw a water balloon with all his might and just like that a dangerwheel appeared and the rider's helmet intersected the water balloons trajectory with a dramatic splat. Everyone including me laughed and clapped with surprise.
And that pretty much sums up the afternoon, riders flying past while people with water balloons, purchased with proceeds going to charity, flung balloon after balloon at them.
I hope they add bleachers and grandstands next year. But either way, we'll be back.

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DANGER WHEEL #dangerwheel2018 #dangerwheel @dangerwheel

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Wasson Way ribbon cutting

After eight years of grassroots campaigning the first phase of the Wasson Way became reality. Right now it is a short section of what will eventually stretch through twelve neighborhoods and connect the uptown area and Xavier University with the Loveland Bike Trail. There is much work to be done before that happens but it has begun.
Click HERE for more info.
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Sid Saturday

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Taco Night in America!

Well, OTR. Or Findlay Market to be more specific. When Tablespoon Cooking Co. added a taco night to their schedule I didn't mess around and I rsvp'd right then. These Tablespoon Cooking classes are really cool. There were people of all skill levels in the class, one woman chopping onions like it was her full-time job to one guy a little apprehensive around a knife and cutting board. But no matter your skill level, Ms. Hamons and Ms. Kinney plus a few other instructors roamed around offering tips and encouragement. Luckily for Ms. 5chw4r7z and I, we've taken one of the knife skills classes and get plenty of practice at home so I knew which end of a knife to grab. The mind-blowing part of the class for me is we make some of these dishes all the time, but it's amazing having a trained professional lean in to give you a simple tip and it tastes 10x better than what we do at home.
Chicken and beef were grilled, salsas made, tortillas heated up and when we got done everyone joined together and enjoyed a taco feast.
Teamwork tastes awesome!

Taco Night at Tablespoon Cooking
Taco Night at Tablespoon Cooking
Taco Night at Tablespoon Cooking
Taco Night at Tablespoon Cooking
Taco Night at Tablespoon Cooking
Taco Night at Tablespoon Cooking
Taco Night at Tablespoon Cooking
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Taco Night at Tablespoon Cooking
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People visit the city to encounter the unexpected

I'm sitting in the Findlay Market beer garden sipping a beer when a young man with ice cream sits down across the table. I smiled at the randomness and because for a second, I thought he was someone else. How's it going, man? He mumbled that he just wanted to eat ice cream. He mom all worried walked up and asked if I was ok with him sitting there, sure I said. Then we started talking, she told me they used to hardly ever come downtown, they live in West Chester, but because of the streetcar, they come down to visit all the time.
Wait I said, you're from West Chester? Yes.
And you come down specifically because the streetcar is here? Yes.
She went on to tell me they park at the Banks and bounce around all over. Because her son is developmentally disabled they can easily get around with him. One of her biggest wishes she told me is that someone would build a home for people like her son somewhere along the route so her son and others like him could easily get around the city on their own.
To say I was completely floored is an understatement.
Pople will never cease to surprise if given the chance.

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Sid Saturday

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Secret Pizza, don't tell your friends

(tell everyone)
That is the cryptic message Secret Pizza posts along with their instagram updates.
Now I'm particular and finicky about pizza. Like it ain't pizza if it doesn't have tomato sauce and pepperoni. But I'm willing to make exceptions once in a while and I'm so happy that I do because Secret Pizza is legit. But then any food made with intention and care is going to be amazing.
Ok, but where can you find this magical pizza you ask? Monday nights at Mainwood Pastry on the south side of Findlay Market. The market is quiet on Monday nights so they won't be hard to find even if you don't know exactly where they are. I got a slice of their classic, which is exactly how it sounds, tomato sauce topped with the most amazing basil. They also have a rotating special pizza and I got a slice that contained fig and red onion jam, with mushrooms, goat cheese, thyme, and arugula. It sounds like a mouthful and it was. So. Good.
They serve pizza Monday nights 6-9 while supplies last/Mainwood Pastry/cash only. It would probably be a good idea to double check their instagram page before heading down just in case.
And remember, don’t tell your friends (tell everyone)

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After the pizza walk it off and check out all the amazing artchetecture and streetart, without all the hustle and bustle of a weekend afternoon you notice things you don't normally notice. And they opened up another store front on Elm St with a cool old cigar sign.

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