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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 14:07:59 (permalink)
Agreed
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 14:13:48 (permalink)
CK it was a great time, great people and outstanding chow....what are we doing next weekend???????? " />
The Gang at my office are still in awe of the accomplishment and that dang spreadsheet of goodness.
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 15:37:44 (permalink)
Thank You All - It was a pleasure to put together and plan.  I was totally blown away by ALL that came in for the event.  33 different RFers from 13 states were present.
 
I am actually in AWE of the spreadsheet, CTD did great in planning the pre tour days.  He has me thinking more about local RF and exploring the area more.  I can think of several other meat markets inthe Tri State area that have LONG histories and good products to enjoy, not to mention the abundance of small mom and pop places all over the area too.
 
Big_g - Come on back up and we shall explore the South Eastern Indiana Fried Chicken Trail.  30+ places that serve SEI's best fried chicken.
 
Actually I had been thinking about either a fall chicken tour or next spring.  Spring around Cincy is usually Fish Fry Fridays, and then starting about now the local Catholic Churches start their annual church festivals and 99% of them have a Chicken Fry (and turtle soup)
 
This areas fried chicken is different, and always good.  It has a little bit of black pepper to the crust, and is always hot and juicy.  In fact I am thinking about fried chicken for dinner, I am making myself hungry.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 16:37:00 (permalink)
Ok folks we had just finished up at Camp Washington Chili when I last left you and after a short nap in a nearby parking lot it was time to meet up with the gang at Blue Ash Chili.
 
I was feeling better after the power nap, and my stomach was cooperating, so I ordered a Coney, Goetta and a mushroom and swiss burger.
Goetta

 
Cheese Coney
 
Mushroom and Swiss Burger

 
I wasnt as impresse3d with Blue Ash Chili as I had been in the past.  They make so many things "homemade" there, but they use Glier's Goetta, which isnt a bad thing, but they could do better.  The coney was ok, not out standing, and the burger was BLAH.
 
The rest of our table had some wonderful looking and tasting items too.
 
Bacon Double Decker
 
Blue Ash Version of Poutine
 
 
The best part of the meal was getting to enjoy it with JRPfeff, Pie Diva and Martin.  Buddy and Mrs Roadhouse and Big_g.
I have always liked the banter back and forth from Budreaux and to finally get a chance and break bread with him and his lovel
By this point and time in the evening I had hit my limit, I was thinking about ducking out of the final stop and just heading home from BAC, but I wanted to see the event through, so off to Aglamesis Bros Ice Cream we went.
 
It was such a beautiful night and the place was packed, as we got there RFer JECutter and Miss Emma and her frined were just leaving (he had wanted to join us during the day, but life was busy so he brought his daughter out for Ice Cream and treats)  I sat outside at a table with MH, Edsails and LLeeChef and various other RFers.
 
It was a wonderful cap to a GREAT adventure.  It was so neat meeting so many new RFers and seeing old friends too.
I left there tired and with a HUGE smile on my face, what a great exhausting day it was.
 
Again THANK YOU to all who came in from ALL over the country.  It was a pleasure to meet you all and have a chance to share something that is "Sooooo Cincinnati" with you all.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 16:41:41 (permalink)
Budreaux - I dont have a computer at the house so I totally missed your msg about meeting up for some fried Chicken on Sunday.  It would have been great to dine on some mighty fine chicken with you and Mrs R.
 
If she needs any help with Spring Grove Cemetery or would like photos of the family graves there just let me know, It is only about 25 minutes away and I get by there often.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 18:08:23 (permalink)
Over the state line...

Dixie Chili was a rockin!  With buffetbuster and Cousin Johnny rejoining the group, it is like we grew by 50! 

I enjoyed a 6-way which is the prototypical 5-way with garlic...and not just a touch of garlic, but an entire garden of chopped garlic!  There would be no vampires butting in to our ever-growing group!  I love garlic so the addition was a great flavor layer! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 18:20:09 (permalink)
The Graeter's walk resulted in some much needed exercise and was a welcome break...

Carmel gelato was my choice...something to offset a few pounds of garlic!  I had never experienced Grater's gelato so this was new territory to me.  It was a definite solid choice and one I would order again.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 20:04:46 (permalink)
Don, we Really enjoyed spending time with you at Camp Washington Chili. Your knowledge of the area and its history was fascinating, and I'd enjoy learning more next time we get together.
And you did a wonderful job with the crawl. It was a blast. Thank you for all your efforts.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 20:41:11 (permalink)
Jungle Jim's was quite the experience. Although it was the first time I was there, I'm convinced that if I spent a week there I still wouldn't see the entire store...
 
When we arrived..
 
IMG_4201 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Chi Town Diner was the first to greet us. For some inexplicable reason he was trying to convince us to eat more bananas.
 
And here is BuddyRoadhouse pointing at his trademark BBQ sauce.
 
IMG_4207 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Jungle Jim's had everything and anything and I was quite tempted to get the haggis flavored potato chips
 
IMG_4213 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
When we arrived at Dixie Chili
I wanted to remain consistent and order a 5 way. Since ChiTown Diner and ChiBears shared a 6 way, I got a small 5 way..
 
IMG_4216 by ohso37, on Flickr.
 
I thought the chili had an overwhelming cinnamon flavor, in fact much more than I remembered on my last visit back in 2000.  Because of that it wasn't as good as I remembered.
 
afterwards Chi Bears and I took the lead and walked to the non-existent Graeters, luckily we realized soon that something was amiss and we were able to contact the group and avoid being stranded.
 
When we arrived at the "real"  Graeters , I went with the "less indulgent" Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
 
IMG_4223 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
like the mint chocolate chip the day before, who knew that something sugar free could taste soooh good and creamy.... Ok I did prefer the mint chocolate chip over the regular chocolate chip....
 
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 22:43:04 (permalink)
Someone (CajunKing?) did share the haggis potato chips at Blue Ash Chili. I don't know how to describe the flavor; my best attempt is to call it earthy and funky.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 00:30:45 (permalink)
We appreciate having a Graeter's store near us in New Albany, IN. The Mocha Chip is at the top of my winter list, but I am waiting patiently for Blueberry Pie and later for Fresh Peach to Return. The waffle cone with two scoops is a real appetite surpressor.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 01:37:00 (permalink)
Haggis' flavored potato chips....now I have heard everything....Enough people must buy enough of them to make it worthwhile but I can't imagine who....pathologically homesick Scotsmen maybe.. Of course, if I saw samples out, I'd have to try them. Maybe they sell enough of them as a novelty. Earthy and funky flavor..I'll bet!" />
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 02:15:38 (permalink)
It's not like they were made with actual Haggis ingredients; just the spice mixture common to the dish.  They weren't bad at all.
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 02:19:52 (permalink)
Oh, OK, NOW I get it. What a relief! For a minute, I was afraid we were really all losing our senses! Pheww..thanks for letting me know. Tell me what are the spices, Do you know?
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 05:16:07 (permalink)
The Food Network recipe from Alton Brown just says kosher salt, pepper, and the vaguely worded "dried ground herbs".  There's some onion in there too, which, IIRC was represented in the chips.
 
A recipe on the BBC's website includes dried coriander, mace, and nutmeg.  Other Googled recipes reveal a variety of herbs and spices, including, but not limited to, allspice, thyme, rosemary, cayenne, mustard powder, and, on more than one occasion a similarly vague reference to dried mixed herbs or spices.
 
It should also be noted that while we are all grimacing over the notion of what goes into Haggis, here we are in the middle of a thread celebrating not only Cincinnati Chili, but the Queen City's second most famous culinary contribution, Goetta.  Virtually everybody on the tour sampled it at least once.  Just about everybody who tried it loved it.
 
I'm no Goetta expert, but I'm thinking the ingredients that go into both Goetta and Haggis are pretty closely related (Pinhead oatmeal is used a binder in both).  The biggest difference between them might be in their shape (Sheep's stomach shape for the Haggis, rectangular loaf pan for the Goetta), and their final preparation before serving (Goetta is griddled to a nice crispy exterior, Haggis appears to be served like loose meat after it's cooked in the sheep's stomach.
 
After all that, those chips seem pretty ordinary.
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 08:48:20 (permalink)
Saturday, April 12th (Continued):
 
It was with relief that we choose to skip one chili parlor and instead headed for our Private 2:00pm Tour of the American Sign Museum!  This was going to be highlight of the trip!  Imagine our surprise when this tour was canceled unexpectedly...and it seemed to have an adverse effect on my appetite for the remainder of the tour! 
 
The parking lot was myriad of partial, full and work-in-progress signs...

...but the inside was just spectacular! 

This cool view of Main Street USA...

...along with many, many shots like this brought many a Roadfooder to the proverbial trip down memory lane!
 
In the end, I met up with an old friend...

...who welcomed me to share his burger! 
 
We spent about 90 minutes viewing all the signs and then headed around the corner to Camp Washington Chili
 
My pictures are gone...but a highlight at our table was the double decker with egg salad on the bottom and bacon and tomato on the top!  Loved it!  Hope someone grabbed a photo or two...
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 08:58:46 (permalink)
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Saturday, April 12th (Continued): 


My pictures are gone...but a highlight at our table was the double decker with egg salad on the bottom and bacon and tomato on the top!  Loved it!  Hope someone grabbed a photo or two...


Yes I did. I'll try to post the photos later on this evening.  You forgot the double decker was on RYE (my suggestion)
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 09:04:03 (permalink)
That really made a difference...and lightly toasted...correct? 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 09:08:01 (permalink)
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That really made a difference...and lightly toasted...correct? 


YES - but "the lightly toasted "wasn't my idea but it really put it over the top
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 09:51:40 (permalink)
I am still not sure if it was the sandwich combination, sitting with you...or having just met Big Boy!  Perhaps a trifecta of good fortune! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 16:14:48 (permalink)
Having had both Haggis and Goetta yes they are very similar, like Buddy said if you were to griddle Haggis it would be VERY close to Goetta.
 
I love goetta, I have recently realized that my local Krogers has Pin Head Oats in stock, and with the crock pot recipe it is easy to make and it is much cheaper than paying $4.99 a pound for Glier's.
 
I did get the Haggis flavored chips to share with the group at Blue Ash Chili.  They were.....  like Ralph Melton said "earthy and funky" are good descriptors for the Haggis chips.  I am glad I only got the one bag though.
 
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 16:22:07 (permalink)
While I did not have the goetta chips, I did have many portions of goetta and enjoyed it alot.  I preferred the smoother, softer over the really dry and crisp!
post edited by ChiTownDiner - 2014/05/10 07:05:21
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 21:01:41 (permalink)
When we arrived at Camp Washington


IMG_4242 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
 our  table shared a   five way 

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and a couple of coneys
 
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I'm not sure if its the mix of secret spices, the texture or what, but Camp Washington is still my second favorite chili parlor
 
The sleeper, however was this egg salad double decker with bacon on toasted rye
 
IMG_4245 by ohso37, on Flickr

in and of  itself it may not have been nothing much, but the mesh of ingredients just seemed perfect
 
 
post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/05/09 21:03:58
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 22:29:47 (permalink)
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Haggis' flavored potato chips....now I have heard everything....Enough people must buy enough of them to make it worthwhile but I can't imagine who....pathologically homesick Scotsmen maybe.. Of course, if I saw samples out, I'd have to try them. Maybe they sell enough of them as a novelty. Earthy and funky flavor..I'll bet!" />


Rofl...I'm not sure you can even get Haggis style chips ("crisps") in the UK anymore!  The EU in its infinite wisdom has decided to dictate what is and what isn't acceptable flavorings.....there was a HUGE uproar when Prawn Crisps (shrimp chips) were to be outlawed.  Socialism at its best!  Some committee in Lichtenstein or some place similar decides what can be sold in local UK markets.  Like having someone in Rochester New York define BBQ! ( apologies to any BBQ afficiandoes there)
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/10 03:25:06 (permalink)
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Someone (CajunKing?) did share the haggis potato chips at Blue Ash Chili. I don't know how to describe the flavor; my best attempt is to call it earthy and funky.

The haggis chips were interesting, to say the least.Mild, I thought. I had just gone to the ScotsFestival at the Queen Mary last month and ate two different servings of haggis.I'm not sure why.....I think it had to do with these gentlemen

 
Teaching me Scottish toasts while imbibing all of these

 
.......and then I ate this haggis afterwards
 I actually thought the flavor of the haggis was very good. The haggis was nicely spiced and a very similar texture to the goetta we had in Cincy. It went well with the banger sausage.
Just to be safe, though, I had two more of these to wash the haggis down.

It was all good!
 
post edited by EdSails - 2014/05/10 03:27:05
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/10 08:41:26 (permalink)
Given the horrid ingredients, Haggis isn't so bad!!!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/10 09:49:46 (permalink)
EdSails, I have yet to try haggis, but you have good taste in whisky!
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/10 10:23:54 (permalink)
 As I'm at the airport waiting for my flight to BWI and then my drive to Richmond, I decided I will post my final two day "post Cincinnati" conclusion of the Cincinnati trip  on Monday evening regardless of whether this trip report has concluded. It will be a separate trip report but I will include a link on this report. (sorry but it's just taking way too long to conclude this report)
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/10 22:26:46 (permalink)
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EdSails, I have yet to try haggis, but you have good taste in whisky!


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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/11 15:51:20 (permalink)
Saturday, April 12th (Continued):
After Camp Washington Chili, we headed back to the hotel for a brief 10-minute rest.  Wandering Jew had told us that Cincinnati was the birth place of bagels and that they were regionally appropriate, so it was off to Marx's Hot Bagel Factory.

Set in a small strip mall close to the hotel....

...the inside is both colorful and eclectic!

Lots of bagels, bialys and other good stuff to choose from.

I went with a toasted everything with garlic cream cheese...very good and really a strong garlic content.  It was great hearing about the bagel's place in Cincinnati history from Wandering Jew! 
 
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