5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show

The Cincinnati Bike Show, host by the UC Bike Kitchen and UC|sustainability is always held during Bike Month. But if you remember this past May, it was crazy weather wise. The day of the show dawned cool and sunny but as the time approached for the show to begin the snow was driven sideways by the wind and mixed with sleet. The was not a fun ride to the bus I can assure you and the show was rescheduled TBD.
Well TBD finally rolled around and it was a brilliant amazing day this time.

5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
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Ruya Turkish Coffee

I'm a big fan of coffee, and just about everything that People's Liberty has done. So it should be no surprise I'm a fan of People's Liberty Globe grant recipient Ruya Turkish Coffee.
Per Ruya's website,
"A first-generation Turkish-American born and raised in Cincinnati, Aydogan’s vision for Rüya emerged from a desire to bridge the dualities of her upbringing. With Rüya, her aim is to give Cincinnatians a window into life and culture outside of America.
“In my family, we gather at the end of meals for coffee and read each other’s fortune through the coffee grinds,” said Aydogan. “It’s mostly a time to talk about aspirations, hopes, dreams, and things you want resolved in your life.” "

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I dropped in the morning after Ruya's grand opening on a rainy Saturday to a quiet shop and watched as Melis Aydogan personally brewed me a cup of Turkish Coffee. It is interesting how coffee cuts across all cultures. The customs change slightly but one thing is universal, conversation and community. Coffee somehow binds them together stronger than any other form of sustinance.
And once I drank my coffee Ms. Aydogan read my future in the left over grounds. Not even an empty cup could stop the conversation!
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The Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar 2nd Anniversary September 9th!

In recognition of the milestone, the community is invited to share in all the activities that can be found along the route – from shops and entertainment in OTR to the ballgame at Great American Ball Park.

Second Sunday on Main 12th & Main Station #6
Cincinnati Reds v. San Diego Padres Cincinnati Cyclones Station #1
Cincinnati Bell tent at The Banks Cincinnati Cyclones Station #1
Streetcar items for sale Streetcar cookies for sale at Taste of Belgium locations in downtown and OTR and streetcar coasters on sale for $25 at Rookwood Pottery’s Jackson Street store, 12th & Vine Station #7
International Literacy Day Book Drive Donate gently used books to benefit local nonprofit Crayons to Computers, Public Library Station #16
Streetcar specials and discount Special offers available at restaurants and retailers along route, including MiCA 12/v, 12th & Vine Station #7
Frisch’s Big Boy streetcar coloring contest Coloring sheet entries by kids 12 and under will be displayed in the Children’s Library at the Main Library in Downtown Cincinnati, Public Library Station #16
Mascots along route Mascots from Frisch’s, the Cincinnati Cyclones and Cincinnati Bell will be on the streetcar and at various stops along the route, ready to greet riders.

The streetcar fare is $1 for a two-hour pass and $2 to ride all day. Download the EZRide app and purchase tickets right on your phone!

Cincinnati Streetcar
Cincinnati Streetcar
Cincinnati Streetcar
Cincinnati Streetcar
Cincinnati Streetcar
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RIP Martha, Sept. 1 1914

Martha, died 104 years ago today at the Cincinnati Zoo. The last of over a billion birds that once roamed America.

The New York Times NATHANIEL RICH wrote about Martha and he said;

"On Sept. 1, 1914, Martha, the last captive passenger pigeon, died at the Cincinnati Zoo. She outlasted George, the penultimate survivor of her species and her only companion, by four years. As news spread of her species’ imminent extinction, Martha became a minor tourist attraction. In her final years, whether depressed or just old, she barely moved. Underwhelmed zoo visitors threw fistfuls of sand at her to elicit a reaction. When she finally died, her body was taken to the Cincinnati Ice Company, frozen in a 300-pound ice cube and shipped by train to the Smithsonian Institution..."

Treehugger says she's stuffed but not on display at the Smithsonian.
From RoadsideAmerica;
Martha spent her last years in the Cincinnati Zoo, in a pagoda aviary that has been restored. It's an official National Historic Landmark... Perched on a rock in front of the hut is a life-size bronze likeness of Martha. Also here is the stuffed carcass of the last Carolina Parakeet, "Incus," who died in this same aviary in 1918, four years after Martha. That makes this place a uniquely bad spot in the history of bird extermination.
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The Ohio River

Purple People Bridge
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Louvino

We were talking, or maybe it was just me talking, that once upon a time every new restaurant that opened in OTR was amazing. Because it had to be. People wouldn't risk going to OTR and get shot for average food. We have all been the recipients of an embarrassment of riches in the food scene. Now that big crowds have consistently shown up average food shops that would have never made it before are appearing.
Which brings us to Louvino, I was really looking forward to this place and the expectations were running high.
And... I wasn't disappointed. What I liked most about our visit is the way the food was handled. It didn't sit under a heat lamp for 40 minutes while our whole order was cooked. We would be talking and drinking and a plate of food would appear which we would reach for, take a portion and pass around the table. One of the coolest nights I remember in a long time. And the food was amazing, there really isn't anything more I can say, you won't be let down. I was focused on the food but Louvino's main focus is wine, they have over 60 varieties available with two certified sommeliers on staff. They will be able to handle any wine-related question you could have.
One caveat from my experience though, Louvino probably isn't a place you want to go if you are on a tight schedule. This is a place you want to relax and enjoy the food, wine, and company.

Louvino
Louvino
Louvino
Louvino
Louvino
Louvino
Louvino
Louvino
Louvino
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Sid Saturday

Sid
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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.

Second Sunday on Main
Second Sunday on Main
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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.

Second Sunday on Main
Second Sunday on Main
Second Sunday on Main
Second Sunday on Main
Second Sunday on Main
Second Sunday on Main
Second Sunday on Main
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.
Second Sunday on Main
Second Sunday on Main
Second Sunday on Main
SAVE THE PIGS!
Second Sunday on Main
Second Sunday on Main
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