I am so ready for more nights like this....

Fountain Square
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Cincinnati streetcar hits 1 million riders

The streetcar despite obstructions from city leadership continues to chug along recording its one-millionth rider over the weekend.
I wonder how many more people would ride if they could actually purchase tickets, as of last Saturday I still see people struggling with the ticket machines. But even with those issues, the streetcar is doing its job development wise with over $657 million in new investment on the route. That is just the money I know about, I'm sure I've missed a rehab or two.

Cincinnati Streetcar
streetcar developments April 2018
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Sid Saturday

Sid
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Akron Art Museum

John S. and James L. Knight Building was completed and dedicated in 2007 after I moved from NE Ohio and I never got a chance to check it out. The last trip back I had some free time and finally made it up to see it. While I was too late to visit any exhibits I did walk around the outside to take it all it.
I love how it seemingly has its arms thrown wide in a welcoming manner while at the same time embracing and shielding older surrounding buildings. Amazing stuff in a rustbelt city.
Celie/Sammy BDay
Celie/Sammy BDay
Celie/Sammy BDay
Celie/Sammy BDay
Celie/Sammy BDay
Celie/Sammy BDay
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Sid saturday

Sid and me
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Bridgetown Fabulous Fish Fry

I know the fish fry season is over but I couldn't let it go without talking about Bridgetown Finer Meats. This year we had some really good fish, good enough that I wondered if maybe a couple of the churches had caught up to Bridgetown. But we wouldn't know until Good Friday. Well, I shouldn't have wasted too much thought on it, as I took the first bite of Bridgetown's gigantic sandwich I was amazed that I never remember just how good they are. I know it's not fair to compare a volunteer dinner with trained professionals, but there it is.
Jenni's Homemade Cookies is at the other end of the plaza, and there is a wine tasting happening next door. A stop here is an entire date night.
Set yourself a reminder for next year, if you have never had one of Bridgetown's fish sandwiches you are truly missing out on one of the finer things in life.

Bridgetown Fish Fry
Bridgetown Fish Fry
Bridgetown Fish Fry
Bridgetown Fish Fry
Bridgetown Fish Fry
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Reds Opening Day Parade

Reds Opening Day Parade
Reds Opening Day Parade
Reds Opening Day Parade
Reds Opening Day Parade
Reds Opening Day Parade
Reds Opening Day Parade
Reds Opening Day Parade
Reds Opening Day Parade
Reds Opening Day Parade
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MORTAR Mess Hall at Rosedale

Warm weather is upon us and the outdoor kitchen at Rosedale will no longer sit empty. The MORTAR Mess Hall has opened to provide street style food Wednesday through Sundays. Two graduates of the MORTAR Cincinnati Entrepreneurship Academy - Paityn's Place Soul Food and MaHope Cambodian Cuisine - will be featured. They will be serving entrees as Cambodian tacos with green papaya slaw and tangy sauce; and savory chicken, macaroni and cheese, and a variety of other delightful side dishes.
There will be a soft opening Saturday, March 31st and they officially open on April 4th. Paityn's Place Soul Food will serve food Wednesday and Thursday, MaHope Cambodian Cuisine will be operating Friday through Sunday.

Mortar Mess Hall
Mortar Mess Hall
Mortar Mess Hall
Mortar Mess Hall
Mortar Mess Hall
Mortar Mess Hall
Mortar Mess Hall
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March for Life aka The Kids are Alright

This time it really does feel different, people aren't letting the shootings go like they used to. Part of it is due to a few social media heroes who have stepped up, heroes like Emma González a well-spoken and articulate young adult who is a breath of fresh air.
And just like mothers have made an impact on drunk driving laws, moms are now joining the cause to prevent their children from being shot at school with Moms Demand Action.
Corporations are beginning to step up also, requiring background checks and 21 to purchase.
Change is coming.
March for Our Lives
March for Our Lives
March for Our Lives
March for Our Lives
March for Our Lives
March for Our Lives
March for Our Lives
March for Our Lives
March for Our Lives
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Sid Saturday

Sid
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St. James of the Valley

St. James of the Valley was an interesting fish fry. The fish was crispy and tasty, that fish might be some of the best I've had at a church fish fry. St. James would have got 4.5 fish out of 5 except for one thing. No French Fries, I really love my French Fries. By all rights they should probably still get that score, all the sides were top notch. One curious decision they made though, where all the other churches charge $1 for desserts, St. James gave them with dinner. Good for us but they were leaving money on the table.
If you can only make one fish fry and French Fries don't matter to you, St. James should probably be the one you attend.

St. James of the Valley Fish Fry
St. James of the Valley Fish Fry
St. James of the Valley Fish Fry
St. James of the Valley Fish Fry
St. James of the Valley Fish Fry
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Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey

I didn't know much about Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey except they were going to be biscuit centric. Biscuits seem to be one of those things that are done mediocre or almost right. But never perfect. The last place that knew how to make them was the long gone Northside Take the Cake. Now we have Boomtown, and with biscuit in their name, they had better crush it, and they did.
Boomtown has a whole menu of comfort food designed around that dollop of leaven bread. Keeping with the boomtown gold rush theme all dishes are served on cast iron or prospector pans. The food is deceptive when they first bring it out, it doesn't look like a whole lot. But what they serve is filling, about a third of the way through my biscuits and ham I started to worry if I was going to be able to finish it all. But I did, I wasn't leaving a scrap behind.
While we're on the subject of boomtown's, Pendleton is going through a boom of its own. Three restaurants, a coffee shop and soon an ice cream parlor all in the span of a block. Plus tons of new apartments and condos.

Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey
Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey
Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey
Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey
Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey
Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey
Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey
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