Holiday Spirits Bar and Forty Thieves

Dan and Lana Wright have opened arguably the most un-OTR bar in OTR. And that is a good thing. The Holiday Spirits Bar, steps away from a streetcar stop, is wide open and airy and not cramped at all. And nice easy going place for a drink. As for Forty Thieves, think casual Arab and Israeli street food. Pitas stuffed full of the most flavorful things you can think of. My head is still spinning over the blistered shishito peppers that the pitas were topped with. If I could order a sleeve of those peppers as a side, that would be heaven.
Holiday Spirits Bar and Forty Thieves will open to the public on March 19th, jump on the streetcar and get there before it becomes the IT place and you can't get in. Which with the Wright's track record, might happen by Friday.

Holiday Spirits and Forty Thieves
Holiday Spirits and Forty Thieves
Holiday Spirits and Forty Thieves
Holiday Spirits and Forty Thieves
Holiday Spirits and Forty Thieves
Holiday Spirits and Forty Thieves
Holiday Spirits and Forty Thieves
Holiday Spirits and Forty Thieves
Holiday Spirits and Forty Thieves
Holiday Spirits and Forty Thieves
Holiday Spirits and Forty Thieves
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Bockternal: A Bockfest Nightmare

Hands down, the Bockfest parade is one of the two best parades in Cincinnati, and this year may have topped them all.
While most groups participating in the parade are festive and celebrate a quickly approaching spring. The Krewe of Grimm takes a grimm(er) look. If KoG's aBockAlypse entry two years ago was a preparation for the end of the world then Bockternal was a look at what that world might be like.
And people loved it!
The Krewe of Grimm also took home the trophy for Best Themed Float.

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We went to a brewery and a circus broke out!

Turns out there was a fundraiser for Mission2Move, a non-profit that visits schools to educate children on movement, mindfulness and nutrition. Helping them out were performers from the Cincinnati Circus Company, Q-Kidz Dance Team, and Exhale Dance Tribe. It really couldn't have been a cooler event.

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Garage Brewed Motorcycle Show

Do you like beer?
Do you like motorcycles?
If you answered yes to those questions I hope you caught the Garage Brewed Motorcycle Show at Rhinegeist last weekend. Custom bikes, survivors and retired and not so retired racing bikes. There was something for everyone.
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Garage Brewed
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Garage Brewed
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Hollow Earth Monument

One of my favorite tools on the internet when I'm getting ready to travel are websites like Atlas Obscura and Roadside America. I love looking for and discovering interesting Americana. Cincinnati is full of them and so are the surrounding towns and cities.
On a recent trip to Hamilton Oh to check out the city's upward trajectory the first place (after grabbing a coffee) that we checked out was the Hollow Earth Monument.

Hollow Earth Monument
From Roadside America: The Hollow Earth Monument is one of the oldest, oddest, public memorials in the United States. It marks the gravesite of Capt. John Cleves Symmes, a hero of the War of 1812, who later announced that the Earth was hollow with giant holes at the North and South Poles. While a hollow earth was disproven in the late 1700s, Capt. Symmes still somehow attracted a lot of interest in his ideas and even got Congress to vote on funding a trip to find and explore the entrance. The vote failed, of course, Congress may have actually had intelligent members back then. Interesting what captured peoples imaginations almost 200 years ago, some had said that the idea to place Santa Claus at the North Pole came from Symmes' theory because the Pole was temperate; people could live there.
Hollow Earth Monument
Hollow Earth Monument
The monument has lived a colorful life over the years, it has damage from bullets and other blunt instruments and the globe was stolen once. It was last restored in 1991 and raised up on a concrete column with brass plates repeating the slowly fading etching above them.
The former cemetery now turned Ludlow Park has seen better times but if you're in downtown Hamilton at any point it is worth a short couple block side trip to check out.
Hollow Earth Monument
Hollow Earth Monument
Hollow Earth Monument
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The Baker's Table

The Baker's Table, 1004 Monmouth in Newport hosted a small event to showcase a few of the items they'll serve when they open in the next few weeks. The fried chicken was amazing, crispy skin and tender flesh, and the biscuit ham sandwiches were incredible. I can't remember ever being served ham that fragrant before, smoky and salty.
I'm looking forward to when they officially open and experiencing a full meal.
The Bakers Table
The Bakers Table
The Bakers Table
The Bakers Table
The Bakers Table
The Bakers Table
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