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roast coffee and destroy!

Deeper Roots Coffee hosted an open house to show off their new roasting facility in Brighton. They had outgrown their Mt Healthy location and now they have elbow room and space to grow.
This is a working space so it isn't flashy but it is interesting to see what is involved in creating the coffee we all love. DRC is currently roasting two thousand pounds of coffee a week. Kind of funny they can literally tell people they are roasting a ton of coffee!
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We live for this stuff!

Ice cold winter storms in January are made for nights in, lots of blankets and hot chocolate right?
Not if you're downtown or OTR. We live for those nights, the streets are empty and more importantly so are the restaurants we can never usually get into. All we had to do was walk a block, hop in the skywalks and then jump out next to a streetcar stop. I've heard people joke about the streetcar in the snow, but come on, humans have been using steels rail a lot longer than cars, you don't think they didn't figure this all out back in the 1800's? Right before the streetcar comes to a stop they drop sand on the rails so they have traction to stop and start back up again. But I digress, we jumped off at 12th and Vine and walked up to the Eagle, home of the best fried chicken in the world. The spoonbread tastes like sunshine so I never skip on the sides. Another bonus was there were only four people in Graeter's and no line! Unfortunately, I didn't leave enough room for dessert. Whats the grace period of their birthday ice cream?
Surprisingly Washington Park wasn't empty, it was full of dog walkers whose dogs seemed more excited about the snow than their humans did.
A lap around the park for snow pictures then we were back on a warm streetcar headed home.
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Some emails are more amazing than others!

Blink

Once in a while, someone will ask me if I blog for a living and I'll laugh and respond, "I Wish!"
But if I was 100% honest I'd have to say while money would be nice, the emails I get make it all worthwhile. And even though I get the occasional email, some of them are more mind-blowing than others. Karin, I hope you don't mind that I shared.


Dear Mr. Schwartz,

I want to let you know that, through you, I had an awesome journey last year. To explain why I have to go back a little.

In February 2015 my husband was on a business trip at Milford. He called me during his stay and he was very excited while telling me that they have got there something called 'Over-the-Rhine' in Downtown Cincinnati. This intrigued me, too, since we were both born and raised at the Rhine valley in Germany. So I did some research and learned that so many German immigrants settled in Cincinnati and they have strongly influenced the history of the area. It was amazing how many sources you can find on the internet to dig into the history of that city. I walked around the streets using Google Streetview and was very impressed by the changes over the last ten years. I fell in love with the rehabed buildings, all the beautiful businesses, the Roebling Suspension Bridge, the river, both riverfronts, the Union Terminal (unfortunately closed at my visit, but I saw the murals at the convention center), etc. The list is endless. One of my main sources for the today spirit of the city was (and is) your Blog and your pictures on Instagram. As someone from Germany loving to walk and loving to bike I always thought that it is not possible to go to any bigger city in the US and explore it by foot. This was due to experiences friend of mine had made in the past. From you I learned that Downtown Cincninnati and OTR are walkable neighborhoods. So, over the time I started planning to join my husband on one of his next business trips to Milford. Suprisingly he was willing to join me for one week before his meetings started. So we headed to Cincinnati in mid-october last year. And what should I say? The city outperformed my expectations in so many ways. We stayed near Fountain Square in the old Enquirer Building. We arrived Wednesday evening and we were a bit unsure whether this was the best choice, because when we went out for dinner at around 7 pm, the Central Business District was more or less deserted. I think people working there had already gone home and the people looking for a drink or for dinner weren't there yet. So we where a bit concerned whether we would like to stroll through a nearly abandoned neighborhood in the evening in the upcoming days. But what surprise, leaving the Hotel the next evening was a completly different experience. It was the start of the fabulous BLINK! festival. We had no idea that it was taking place at this date nor what it was all about. What a pitty if we had missed it. So the city was anything but deserted for four days. Lucky us. We realy enjoyed our stay and walking around. Up to Findlay Market, down to the river, we even walked to the Montgomery Inn Boat House. Ok we took an Uber to go back. One day we took the Purple People bridge to Newport. Going back via Covington and the Suspension Bridge. I never would have left without using the Roebling Bridge at least once. Time was really to short to visit all places I had on my list. So I definitely have to come back one day. At least to see the rehabed Union Terminal in all it's glory.

This trip was the highlight of 2017 for us. Dreaming me back every time I open your blog. It would be so nice sitting at Moerlein's Lagerhouse with a Barbarossa in front of me looking over the river.... BTW, exceptional good beer choise in your city. I have to admit as a German. I am a bit bored of Pils and Wheat beer that's omnipresent here. I am always looking for a good craft beer though.
After I left my husband did arrange a trip around the basin for his colleagues from Germany staying with him. Some of them had bin in Milford several times before, but did not know much about this great city even though they thought they had already seen everything of interest. They visited Rhinegeist (brillant name!), Findlay Market, Taft's Ale House, the Carew Tower observation deck, rode the street car, etc. They were very impressed and thankful for the nice day downtown.

Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to you. Thanks again for your continuous effort to promote Cincinnati as really intriguing city. Sorry for my long text. I could have said it in three words: Love your City!

Karin from K-Town, Germany

PS: K-Town is the nickname of Kaiserslautern, since we have a huge military community here with 50000 people from the US. You may already have heard of Ramstein Airbase.
PPS: Barbarossa the emperor once had some sort of castle here in my city so I definitely had to try the 'Barbarossa' beer at Moerlein's
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Aster on Fourth

Aster, from the Greek word for star, refers to a genus of old world flowers. Not familiar with them? I'm not surprised, the Alpine aster is the only Aster native to North America and you'll never see a wild one downtown.
Speaking of downtown, I know it isn't the place most people head to on a regular basis for something to do. Downtown is the preserve of corporate suits trying to close deals or celebrating the closure of those deals. Or special events, people love those huge larger than life downtown events.
What does all of this or any of this have to do with an old world flower? Only that I get excited when a new business opens downtown. And Aster on Fourth, a new sippery from the creators of Sleepy Bee officially opens this Wednesday after a soft weekend opening. A sippery implies drinks that are meant to be sipped, cocktails of course. I've always struggled to find a cocktail I truly liked and had pretty much given up on them a few years ago. But two of the featured cocktails, the Valerian Steel and the Gray Chambray changed my mind. Neither are sweet, more rich and masculine, I'm not sure how to describe them other than I really liked them. The Gray Chambray is going to be my go-to for sure.
Aster on Fourth is also going to be serving up light bites. The curry and marrow spread on Allez bread was a Niagara Falls of rich flavor.
Craft cocktails, new twists on food, Aster on Fourth looks like its going to be the best place in the city for palaver and degustation!

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Quaintrelle Confections

Cold weather brings to mind hot chocolate and s'mores. It brings to mind a lot more than that like freezing your ass off, but this post is more focused on the s'more part of the cold weather. S'mores could be one of the ultimate comfort foods. You got hot marshmallows and warm chocolate. It doesn't get much better than that. Unless someone makes you one, enter Quaintrelle Confections, who recently opened on Main St in OTR.
We had a couple near misses when we swung by and it wasn't opened but we finally lucked out and they were open. Meggie Kraus, the owner told us it takes her 10 hours to make a batch of marshmallows so she has to close down after a rush cleans her stock out.
I'm good with that, anytime you eat a gooey s'more is a good time!

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Rosedale

Rosedale, formerly Neon's, reopened over the holidays. It is all the best things you remember but spit-shined and polished up. I was really impressed with the new place, the manager Margo Rafizadeh, told me they left everything they could but improved the things that needed it. Case in point the new bar, it makes more sense. Remember the old one where you weren't really sure where you should stand and order?
A bar has also been added upstairs, no more marching up and down steps when attending parties upstairs. And for everyone who was upset when the bocci courts disappeared, there are now two of them!

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The upstairs area feels completely different.
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The outdoor bar is the same, but it had years of dirt and grime scrapped off and looked and felt amazing. New options for seating have also been added around the sides and around the bocce courts.
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