TOURIST STYLE: Cincinnati Food Finds

Today is the day that David and I officially move from Cincinnati to Dallas for good! Of course I will miss my huge family that lives in Cincinnati, but I think second to them I will miss all the wonderful food Cincinnati has to offer! Of course we will miss the usual, Skyline and Montgomery Inn, but these are some of our favorite food finds of Cincinnati. If you have not been to these place you must check them out!

MARX’S BAGELS

This has been a favorite of mine since childhood and I have dragged David there twice in one week before! I always get a tuna melt, on a bialy, with swiss! This place is an amazing place, with amazing food, and an owner who is as crazy and hilarious as ever. Trust me, you get lunch and a show.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

BREW RIVER

This is a great little place David and I stumbled upon one little date night. Its this small little place with a great little patio. They give you amazing beer flights and the food is INCREDIBLE. We also hear they have an amazing brunch, so we will be back soon to try it!

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STRONG’S PIZZA

This has been our pizza staple for the past four months! Its a small joint in Newport, KY that has amazing pizza and salads. Our favorite is The Hot Drunk Hawaiian: vodka sauce, prosciutto, jalapeños, and pineapple!

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Their original pizza is The Margherita. One of the best I have ever had!

Their original pizza is The Margherita. One of the best I have ever had!

 

BLUE ASH CHILI 

I know I said I wouldn’t mention Cincinnati classics, but you can’t escape four months in Cincinnati without some Cincinnati style chili. We love skyline, but this place is also one of our favorites! Plus we love anything that is Diner, Drive-Ins, and Dives approved! If you ever go there, you really need to consider getting their amazing 6-way (topped with deep friend jalapeño bottle caps!)

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

We will miss you Cincinnati! But we will be back soon and we’ll be hungry!

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TOURIST STYLE: 1215 Wine Bar

After my post on Cooper’s Hawk I realize I really needed to post about another one of our favorite wine spots in Cincinnati, 1215 Wine Bar. Its this small gem in OTR that has an amazing selection of wines, a great small plates menu, and live music. The best thing about this place is that they have a whole wall of wines sold at the rock bottom price that you can buy and take home or buy and have them serve it to you there!

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The best thing to try at 1215 is their WINE FLIGHTS!   You get a selection of three wines, and if you ask the bartender he will number them and give you a list of flavors and aromas found in each glass of wine and you have to guess which glass is which description! Its my favorite thing to do! And of course it helps that I always beat David!

The best thing to try at 1215 is their WINE FLIGHTS! You get a selection of three wines, and if you ask the bartender he will number them and give you a list of flavors and aromas found in each glass of wine and you have to guess which glass is which description! Its my favorite thing to do! And of course it helps that I always beat David!

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Their plates are small, but the quality is amazing! And that honey almond crunch they serve with their cheese plates is AMAZING with blue cheese!

Their plates are small, but the quality is amazing! And that honey almond crunch they serve with their cheese plates is AMAZING with blue cheese!

If you are ever in Cincinnati, and are a wine lover you need to check out 1215 Wine Bar!

TOURIST STYLE: Cooper’s Hawk in Cincinnati, OH

So if you have read some of my past posts you know David and I love wine. Drinking wine, wineries, if it involves grapes we are thrilled. So of course when we found out there was a great new wine tasting room in Cincinnati, Cooper’s Hawk, we had to go and see what it was all about!

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LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

Well the review is in and we had such an AMAZING time. I had briefly heard a few ladies at work discussing the new place so I looked in to it, and found an amazing review describing the place as “a little bit of Napa Valley in Cincinnati” so of course that peaked my interest! We were greeted when we arrived with a small tasting of wine and were told that there was a tasting room, a bar area and restaurant. We decided to start with their deluxe wine tasting which included a house made dessert of our choice. I have never paired dessert with dessert wines before, but let me tell you it was HEAVEN for a girl with a sweet tooth! After a full wine tasting we had an amazing flatbread pizza at the bar. I am telling you if you are ever in Cincinnati and are a wine lover of any kind you really need to check this place out! They also have locations in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Wisconsin! I may have been born and raised in Cincinnati, but I still love checking out new attractions in tourist style.

INSTAPOST: A Big Congratulations!

So this weekend I was definitely a little MIA from the blog world… because I was in Annapolis, MD celebrating my brother’s engagement! So excited for these two lovebirds and their future wedding! Here are a few photos from the weekend! They had a few ideas for the blog too… you may see a few  “Wedding Wednesday” posts in the near future!

the two lovebirds right after they got engaged!!

the two lovebirds right after they got engaged!!

We went on a GORGEOUS boat ride on Saturday! So much fun!

We went on a GORGEOUS boat ride on Saturday! So much fun!

 

more fun on the boat :)

more fun on the boat 🙂

my Maryland Crab Cake at a  little touristy restaurant in downtown Annapolis called Buddy's!

my Maryland Crab Cake at a little touristy restaurant in downtown Annapolis called Buddy’s!

 

 

 

INSTAPOST: Road Trip

So I have been a little bit delinquent with blog posts this past week because I have been moving from Dallas back to Cincinnati for Summer semester. I was lucky enough to have my boyfriend drive me (and ALL my clothes) back to Cincinnati, so we made a little road trip of it! Here are a few of the photos from our journey!

Our first day we drove from Dallas to Little Rock, Arkansas.

Our first day we drove from Dallas to Little Rock, Arkansas.

The view of downtown Little Rock from the Marriot hotel we stayed at!

The view of downtown Little Rock from the Marriot hotel we stayed at!

The next day we stopped in Memphis, Tennessee for lunch!

The next day we stopped in Memphis, Tennessee for lunch!

That night we stayed in Nashville, Tennessee and had an AMAZING time at The Bluebird Cafe!

That night we stayed in Nashville, Tennessee and had an AMAZING time at The Bluebird Cafe!

...and FINALLY we made it back to Cincinnati just in time to spend the weekend before classes together!

…and FINALLY we made it back to Cincinnati just in time to spend the weekend before classes together!

 

 

 

 

TOURIST STYLE: Bar Belmont in the Belmont Hotel, Dallas, TX

I have been so delinquent with posts this week! I am still recovering from this weekend I guess… my mom came in to town to celebrate her 50th birthday and 3 friends surprised her by coming down as well. So needless to say we were busy busy busy! I will have a lot of Dallas tourist posts coming soon! But I found my new FAVORITE bar in Dallas… Bar Belmont in the Belmont Hotel. It has the best view of the Dallas skyline on their gorgeous outdoor bar patio.

The Belmont Hotel is a little historic boutique hotel. Its been around since the 1940s!

The Belmont Hotel is a little historic boutique hotel. Its been around since the 1940s!

Their outdoor bar! Most summer weekend nights they have live music that plays!

Their outdoor bar! Most summer weekend nights they have live music that plays!

look at that view!

look at that view!

 

All of us ladies helping celebrate my Mom's 50th!

All of us ladies helping celebrate my Mom’s 50th!

 

INSTAPOST: Perfect Shot

So of course while I am in Dallas I am going to try to experience everything this city and the state of Texas have to offer. Lucky I have a great tour guide! A 4 month stint living in Texas wouldn’t be complete without proper Texas BBQ, shopping at Cabela’s for hunting gear, and going to the shooting range! Here are a few photos from this Texas experience…

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LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

my purchase at Cabela's.... frat hat and PFG

my purchase at Cabela’s…. frat hat and PFG

Rudy's BBQ. The best BBQ I have had in Texas thus far!

Rudy’s BBQ. The best BBQ I have had in Texas thus far!

Cabela’s and Rudy’s BBQ are two places you will definitely want to check out in Dallas. Not your typical tourist sites but definitely a great and unique place to go!