Smooth Nitro

Smooth Nitro Coffee is located at 525 Vine St. under the escalators of the 525 Vine Center building. Owner Dan Thaler began Smooth Nitro with a bicycle cart visiting farmers markets and festivals. With the enthusiasm that people shown the cold brew coffee he decided to open a brick and mortar with a small counter space. Now I'm sure everyone has had a nitro coffee by now, at least one local roaster has been doing it for years. What I didn't realize is they still mix in some CO2 while Smooth Nitro uses pure N2O to charge the coffee. Whats the difference you may ask, it comes down to solubility. Since CO2 is 50 times more soluble in liquid than nitrogen, it produces larger bubbles. Nitrogen comes out of solution quickly, forming a fine fizz. Those smaller bubbles lend themselves to a buttery smooth mouth feel, and as cold brew coffee has a low acid content, no sugar or cream is really needed.
CO2 also forms an acid when it contacts water, maybe not a desirable trait when you want to keep the acidity of the cold brew coffee as low as possible.
The straight up nitro coffee is good, but you really have to try the flavored versions, Dark Side made with dark chocolate and Elevate were two of my favorites. Smooth Nitro also has nitro versions of tea and lemonade. I'm not a tea fan but the lemonade was very good.
One other thing I like about Smooth Nitro is they have partnered with Cate's Cookies and Lil's Bagels. Locals supporting locals.
Next time you are around Fountain Square do yourself a favor and try a nitro cold brew from Smooth Nitro, its the "coolest" way to get caffeinated..
Nitro Coffee
Nitro Coffee
Nitro Coffee
Nitro Coffee
Nitro Coffee
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Cincinnati Pride

We rode the bikes with the Urban Basin Bicycle Club in the Pride Parade again this year. What a perfect day for it too, the weather was amazing.
I was riding a bike anyhow so I was happy, and we were in a gigantic parade, but there was something amazing seeing the pure joy in friends faces on a day to celebrate them.
Cincinnati Pride 2017
Cincinnati Pride 2017
Cincinnati Pride 2017
Cincinnati Pride 2017
Cincinnati Pride 2017
Cincinnati Pride 2017
Cincinnati Pride 2017
Cincinnati Pride 2017
Cincinnati Pride 2017
Cincinnati Pride 2017
Cincinnati Pride 2017
Cincinnati Pride 2017
Cincinnati Pride 2017
Cincinnati Pride 2017
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The City Flea

The King Kong of curated urban flea markets, The City Flea is where its at. Part small business incubator, part timely pop culture. Local people, local products, your money stays right here in the community.
The garage under Washington Park fills up fast for the Flea, park downtown and ride the streetcar. Or ride a bike! Even better.

City Flea June
City Flea June
City Flea June
City Flea June
City Flea June
Brown Bear Bakery was back with scrumptious baked goods! And they are getting closer and closer to opening a brick and mortar three blocks from the park!
City Flea June
... so I'm waiting for a burger and they call out Bob so I step forward but a guy beats me too it and reaches for my burger, then gets mad when there is no cheese on it. "Are you Bob?" the woman in the trucks asks. No? OK then, its mine. geez dude. People will wait in line at Kings Island for hours to ride a coaster but they come to the city and get pissed when they have to wait a minute for anything.
City Flea June
City Flea June
Do you ever get that strong urge to look over your shoulder to see if there is something really cool happening?
City Flea June
City Flea June
Puppies still rule at the City Flea
City Flea June
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Sid Saturday

Sid
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Rhinegeist fundraiser for Newport DIY

Able Projects hosted local skateboarders at Rhinegeist fundraising for Newport DIY, a Newport Ky skate-park. I was never coordinated enough to skateboard but one of the things I always found amazing is that the skateboarders would continually find unused/unloved places and turn them into something cool. Newport DIY is one of those places.
Rhinegeist is pretty cool all by itself but it was even cooler Saturday night.

Rhinegeist skateboarders
Rhinegeist skateboarders
Rhinegeist skateboarders
Rhinegeist skateboarders
Rhinegeist skateboarders
Rhinegeist skateboarders
Rhinegeist skateboarders
Rhinegeist skateboarders
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Second Sunday on Main

The summer street party known as Second Sunday on Main kicked off this season with the hottest day of the year. Still a good time with new vendors and more quality goods.

Second Sunday on Main
52 neighborhoods, 52 cards.
Second Sunday on Main
Second Sunday on Main
Second Sunday on Main
Second Sunday on Main
Second Sunday on Main
The brick and mortars on the street were all open for business too.
Second Sunday on Main
Second Sunday on Main
Second Sunday on Main
The Band Talk was rocking Main St, and also the new Zeigler Pool! It was pretty awesome colling off in the pool to some awesome tunes.
Second Sunday on Main
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Sid Saturday

Sid
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