7.09.2010

Road Trip: Ohio!

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Bryan, me and Nick

All of us here are feverish with World Cup mania. Myself included - Although my interest in the event seems to only concentrate around the infectious stadium chants, global human interest stories and the antics of that Maradona character. Last weekend, Kurt, our friends Nick and Bryan and I set off on a soccer themed road trip. We drove North a ways to Newport, KY to watch Germany whoop Argentina at the Hofbrauhaus (the first of the authentic German brewpub restaurants to open doors in America). Then, we crossed into Cincinnati to buy things, eat bar burritos and visit friends (Thanks, John and Shannon). The next day, we pressed onward to Columbus, OH to attend the nearest MLS match, The Columbus Crew vs. Chicago Fire. We tooted a vuvuzela out the car window all across the Buckeye State.

Here is a little travel guide, as if I were an authority on the subject. :) If you can think of any other neat places in Ohio, I'd love to know about them.

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Newport, KY/Cincinnati, OH - 1. Our favorite Cincinnati hang out, The Comet. 2. The Comet is registered as having the nearest vintage photo booth in our region. (See?) One time, the whole family (Kurt, me + two dogs) went on a pilgrimage to this photo booth, to attempt sneaking our dogs in for a family portrait. But ... the photo booth was out of order. Pisser. We also go there for the excellent burritos. 3. Fresh pretzels and beers at the Hofbrauhaus (photo via A Pretty Pickle). I had the pretzels, schnitzel (with fried egg on top!) and spaetzle. 4. Serious beer is being brewed at Hofbrauhaus. They're served in large or half sizes, and a large equals about three full beers. Guh.

I also recommend The Newport Aquarium, Southgate House, and Krohn Conservatory. I'm still dying to visit Jungle Jim's International Market. Maybe next time.

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Columbus, OH - 5. Kurt knows all the happening spots. In his heyday, he toured the country with punk bands, so he's been everywhere and knows where all the neat places are. First stop in Columbus was North Market, an old-timey public market leased out to local farmers, merchants and art farts. You can find things there like wild boar bacon and cayenne pepper gelato. 6. My favorite shop in North Market was Pure Imagination Chocolatier. I bought 5 chocolates: blackberry Gouda, Sicilian pistachio, fire toasted coconut, salted caramel and honeycomb. 7. Hound Dogs Pizza. We had the Taco Pizza, Smokin' Joe's style, and it was delicious. There are neat murals on the walls, too. 8. We went to the adorable Katalina's Cafe Corner for breakfast. Everything was fresh and tasty, and they serve breakfast all day. I had the green eggs and ham (pictured) and Kurt had the fig and prosciutto sandwich. They greeted us at the door with free popsicles!

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The game, at last! Crew Stadium.

Crew won.

7 comments:

  1. I love your blog :) You take wonderful pictures. I love that first one!

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  2. I love your blog too! We live just across the river in southern IN and just made a trip to the hofbrauhaus, cincy to see a DMB concert and Columbus. We fell in love with Jeni's Ice Cream in C-bus. Everything from the cream to the fruit comes from places in Ohio. Their pear sorbet was delicious! I'm putting The Comet on the list of places to try!

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  3. Yay for road trips! I just got back from a 3 week one and I'm a little done with them at the moment but I'm sure by the time fall rolls around I'll be ready for another one. Thanks for sharing your pics!

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  4. I'll take number 8 please. :)

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  5. Thanks Aura, As usual, Kurt took that one. He's the mastermind behind the camera on most of our adventures.

    Sunshineyday, thanks for the ice cream tip!

    Chaucee, thanks for stopping by to say hello? Where did you travel on your road trip?

    Aron, the green eggs and ham were awesome. I'm thinking of replicating this dish very soon.

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  6. There's a photo booth in City Museum in St. Louis!

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  7. Good to know! The City Museum is one of the next destinations on my road trip list.

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