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wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 14:07:59
Agreed
 
Hip- Hip- Hurray for CajunKing
Big_g
Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 14:13:48
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.
 
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 15:37:44
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.
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 16:37:00
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.
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 16:41:41
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.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 18:08:23
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! 
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 18:20:09
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.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 20:04:46
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.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 20:41:11
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....
 
 
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/08 22:43:04
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.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 00:30:45
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.
mlm
Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 01:37:00
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!" />
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 02:15:38
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.
 
Buddy
mlm
Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 02:19:52
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?
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 05:16:07
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.
 
Buddy
 
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 08:48:20
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...
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 08:58:46
ChiTownDiner

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)
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 09:04:03
That really made a difference...and lightly toasted...correct? 
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 09:08:01
ChiTownDiner

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
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 09:51:40
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! 
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 16:14:48
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.
 
 
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 16:22:07
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
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 21:01:41
When we arrived at Camp Washington


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

  IMG_4244 by ohso37, on Flickr

and a couple of coneys
 
  IMG_4243 by ohso37, on Flickr

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
FriedClamFanatic
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/09 22:29:47
mlm

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)
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/10 03:25:06
Ralph Melton

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
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/10 08:41:26
Given the horrid ingredients, Haggis isn't so bad!!!
RKB
Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/10 09:49:46
EdSails, I have yet to try haggis, but you have good taste in whisky!
 
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/10 10:23:54
 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)
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/10 22:26:46
RKB

EdSails, I have yet to try haggis, but you have good taste in whisky!


Why thank you!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/11 15:51:20
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! 
 
post edited by ChiTownDiner - 2014/05/11 15:54:29
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/11 16:14:31
Saturday, April 12th (Continued):
After another short rest of 30 minutes, it off to our dinner stop at Blue Ash Chili.

The only surviving photo was this picture of chili lasagna...and it claims the title of my favorite dish at all of the chili stops.  It was a perfect mix of chili, pasta, cheese and creaminess!  My vote for best chili dish!  The Texas toast was a perfect accompaniment!

We had a group shot taken here but a few of the folks were still inside either snacking or settling the bills. 
post edited by ChiTownDiner - 2014/05/11 16:15:36
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/12 00:59:08
ChiTownDiner

Saturday, April 12th (Continued):
After another short rest of 30 minutes, it off to our dinner stop at Blue Ash Chili.

The only surviving photo was this picture of chili lasagna...and it claims the title of my favorite dish at all of the chili stops.  It was a perfect mix of chili, pasta, cheese and creaminess!  My vote for best chili dish!  The Texas toast was a perfect accompaniment!

We had a group shot taken here but a few of the folks were still inside either snacking or settling the bills. 

That does sound delicious. I wish I'd tried it!
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/12 18:43:38
Back at Marx's Bagels, ChiBears15 and I shared the very regionally appropriate pumpernickel bagel with a schmear of jalapeno cream cheese- yes, you heard it- only in Cincinnati
 
 
IMG_4248 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
When we arrived at Blue Ash Chili, my memory has started to fade as it has now been a month since our visit
 
IMG_4250 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Someone ordered a big bowl of potatoes and gravy
 
IMG_4253 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
and I'm hoping someone can claim this, because I have no idea what it is
 
IMG_4255 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
We ordered some coneys, but as I got a photo, it had already started to wilt
 
IMG_4263 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Finally, I ordered a 5 way, I'm sure I must have shared this with somebody, because at this point late in the day, I doubt I ate the whole thing
 
IMG_4260 by ohso37, on Flickr.
 
I can't tell you if it's because of the texture, of the chili, the beans that are used in the 5 way or the spices in the chili itself, but Blue Ash is still my favorite Cincinnati Chili Parlor
 
 
Our last stop of the evening was Aglamesis Brothers. This place has been around for over 100 years. 
Apparently this is Graeter's arch nemesis. 
 
IMG_4264 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
If memory serves me correct I ordered cookies and cream and and added nuts
 
IMG_4266 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Honestly, I thought the ice cream was a little too sweet, and prefer Graeter's "creamier" option...
 
Well, there was one more day of roadfooding among what was left of the group on Sunday. If someone wants to fill, you're more than welcome. In the interim, I am going to work on Monday and Tuesday on a separate trip report with a link included on this thread...
post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/05/12 19:18:13
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/13 08:29:37
Saturday, April 12th (Continued):
 
Our final stop of the day, and for many a place to say good-bye until the next food tour or meet-up was Aglamesis Bros. Ice Cream Parlor.  A turn of the century ice cream parlor featuring a robust ice cream counter, a large area for assorted candies, and both indoor (including counter seating) and outdoor seating. 

 
We arrived to a typical Saturday night crowd as the area features several restaurants, bars and plenty of free parking.  My choice...

....a cherry soda with black cherry ice cream!  This was a fine soda and was really refreshing after a chili-packed day!  After a little parking bbq sauce dealing from trunks, it was back to the hotel for the night. 
 
What a great time and my special thanks to Cajun King for all of his organizational efforts and one kick-ass itinerary.  It was also great seeing such a wide ranging group travel from so many different places.  It was both surprising and a bit disappointing to have so many Cincinnati (and local area) posters and only Sudie and Bonk were able to join us!  I wish I could have gotten to know you both a bit more, but thanks for rolling the dice! 
 
Last stop...the Golden Lamb for Sunday Brunch...
 
 
wanderingjew
Sirloin
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/13 08:59:21
ChiTownDiner

Saturday, April 12th (Continued):

What a great time and my special thanks to Cajun King for all of his organizational efforts and one kick-ass itinerary.  It was also great seeing such a wide ranging group travel from so many different places.  It was both surprising and a bit disappointing to have so many Cincinnati (and local area) posters and only Sudie and Bonk were able to join us!  I wish I could have gotten to know you both a bit more, but thanks for rolling the dice! 

Last stop...the Golden Lamb for Sunday Brunch...



 
Once again, thanks to Cajun King for organizing the crawl. It was great to meet the two local representatives Sudie and Bonk.
On an aside, and I'm going to be more blunt and direct (without mentioning names) but it's amazing that there are so many local folks who post and post and post (more often than not, posts about "nothing" yet they do not show up for any Roadfood events. The same thing applies for New England too, not just Cincinnati and other parts of the country. They say that they're "too busy" or "something came up" which for the most part is a bunch of bunk because if that was REALLY  the truth, they wouldn't have any time at all  to post anything on the forum
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/13 09:46:47
WJ

I think that you are looking at these events from your life.  You are single...........no family commitments.  You are physically able to get around very well. You enjoy the events and meeting other Roadfooders and can afford to do so.

I  see that most of the people who go to these great get togethers are either single, childless, or "empty nesters"  For the cost of a two day affair, a person with a family just might chose to take their family out for a nice meal and spend their money that way. One does what is most important to them or what they are physically able to do.  I am certain that there are people on these boards that are physically challenged in ways that would make it impossible for  them to attend these events.

I missed two events because of  illness and major eye surgeries.  Right now my live is completely wrapped up in my grandchildren and their sports.  It is a lot of fun and I love it.  I would never think of missing a competition or tournament for a Roadfood event.  Instead, I chose to attend and then we, as a family,( and often with a friend) go out someplace fun to eat and celebrate the day.

The Roadfood forum is for all people who like to talk about food and tell about restaurants that others would enjoy.  One does not have to attend these events to show what a great Roadfooder that they are............not in the rules.

post edited by Greymo - 2014/05/13 09:50:05
wanderingjew
Sirloin
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/13 10:01:37
Greymo

WJ

I think that you are looking at these events from your life.  You are single...........no family commitments.  You are physically able to get around very well. You enjoy the events and meeting other Roadfooders and can afford to do so.

I  see that most of the people who go to these great get togethers are either single, childless, or "empty nesters"  For the cost of a two day affair, a person with a family just might chose to take their family out for a nice meal and spend their money that way. One does what is most important to them or what they are physically able to do.  I am certain that there are people on these boards that are physically challenged in ways that would make it impossible for  them to attend these events.

I missed two events because of  illness and major eye surgeries.  Right now my live is completely wrapped up in my grandchildren and their sports.  It is a lot of fun and I love it.  I would never think of missing a competition or tournament for a Roadfood event.  Instead, I chose to attend and then we, as a family,( and often with a friend) go out someplace fun to eat and celebrate the day.

The Roadfood forum is for all people who like to talk about food and tell about restaurants that others would enjoy.  One does not have to attend these events to show what a great Roadfooder that they are............not in the rules.


Greymo
I'm not sure why you felt the need to respond specifically to me as Chi Town Diner brought up the exact same issue in the previous post,
 
Once again,  (and I've repeated this over and over and over and over and over again in previous posts on other threads) I wasn't referring to those with health or mobility issues. I won't even bring up the family issues because there are several roadfooders who are married, with children are not or were not empty nesters that are able to attend Roadfood events. Chi Town Diner is the perfect example (and I can name even more if you'd like). There are plenty of folks on the Cincinnati/Southwest Ohio forum that are either singe or who have no kids that haven't attended one single event.  I know there are lots of folks who post on the internet that have "social interraction issues" and that's ok, but then again, more often than not people say the're going to show up at an event, knowing well in advance that they're really not going to. That's just plain rude
And one more thing I live on a middle class income, perhaps less because I do not quite earn 6 figures a year. It doesn't take much to "afford" to go to a few events a year.
post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/05/13 10:03:28
Davydd
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/13 11:49:51
For me, timing is everything. I've been on the road since the beginning of March but was in Texas during the Cincinnati get together. Since on the road I have attended two socials in Texas and Ohio with other RVers from all over the country and will attend a third in southern Indiana this week. Cincinnati couldn't work out with our schedule. However we did get to Cincinnati last week for a night. Our hosts chose Maggiano's. Not all that bad but a national chain. Now in Indianapolis I have my sister trained. The first place we went was to Smee's Place Bar and grill. In their window was a sign, "Friends don't take friends to CHAIN restaurants."
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/13 11:54:05
Thank you Cajun King for proposing this get together!  When the idea first came up I said to MH, "We have to go!"  To which he replied, "You don't even like Cincy chili!"  I said, "I know I don't........I'm going to socialize!"  Well, we had a good time with EdSails before and after the crawl, and of course a wonderful Saturday with the rest of the Roadfood gang.  For me, it's nice to see old friends and make new ones. 
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/13 18:44:32
On an aside, and I'm going to be more blunt and direct (without mentioning names) but it's amazing that there are so many local folks who post and post and post (more often than not, posts about "nothing" yet they do not show up for any Roadfood events. The same thing applies for New England too, not just Cincinnati and other parts of the country. They say that they're "too busy" or "something came up" which for the most part is a bunch of bunk because if that was REALLY  the truth, they wouldn't have any time at all  to post anything on the forum
 
I feel a little attacked. I posted on the meet-up board. I bought my grandson tickets for a show for that particular date, without thinking about it being the same day. I had every intention of attending ,even taking the day off of work, well before buying the tickets to "American Idiot" at the Aronoff Center for my grandson's birthday.
 
I posted that I would like to know what others were doing on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, so that, maybe, I could meet up with some of you, on another day. No one ever answered about other meet-ups.  I know that those days may have been a "fly by the seat of your pants" kind of thing. But, I could have possibly met some people on those other dates.
 
I know this may not have been directed at me, but no Roadfooders made an effort to let me know what they were doing at other times during their stay in my city.  I am not indicting anyone, and, am not truly upset about it, but if I am being indicted for participating in Roadfood.com, but not showing up, I want to defend my position.
 
I try to offer good information about my city on Roadfood.com. I enjoy all of the Trip Reports, and live vicariously through all of the wonderful trips you have had. I appreciate them, one and all. And, when I do take trips, Roadfood.com is a wealth of information for me.
 
I feel that if I would have met anyone of you, I would have felt like I knew you forever.  Sorry I can't remember enough to write things down, so I don't overbook .
 
I absolutely love looking at Cincinnati through all of your eyes. Thank you for the renewed appreciation for my city.
post edited by soozycue520 - 2014/05/13 18:48:10
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/13 18:47:27
I guess it will be up to me to finish the remaining report.....
 
Sunday morning the few remaining folks who didn't skip town already  (Chi Town Diner, Cousin Johnnie, Buffetbuster, Big G, Michael Hoffman and lleechef, Ed Sails, Ralph Melton, Ice Cream Chick and myself enjoyed our last meal at the Golden Lamb in Lebanon OH 
 
IMG_4268 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
The Golden Lamb is a landmark steeped in history, in fact it's in my "Historic Restaurants" book that Sandra got me for my last birthday.
 
IMG_4269 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
The interior is nicely decorated "old school" ....or... as those on yelp would describe "dated"
 
IMG_4271 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
IMG_4284 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
 
I ordered some Sauerkraut Balls for the table...
 
IMG_4274 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Nice presentation in a funnel, although I was kind of miffed because it prevented a good photo...
This was my second experience with Sauerkraut balls, my first being at the Hey Hey Bar and Grill in Columbus. From recall these Sauerkraut balls were quite flavorful however the outer coating appeared crunchier and thicker than ones I had at the Hey Hey
 
I then moved on to an egg,  boursin and veggie souffle 
 
IMG_4278 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
I was expecting something overly rich and heavy but it was much lighter than I expected. It came with a side of fruit, some pepper bacon
 
IMG_4279 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
and some warm dense biscuits
 
IMG_4281 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
paired with apple butter
 
IMG_4275 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
The meal itself was a solid A-, unfortunately the coffee was a D+. 
 
Afterwards we all said our goodbyes. Buffetbuster, Cousin Johnnie and I headed towards Columbus but before dropping Cousin Johnnie off, we made one last stop at Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream.  Imagine my surprise when I observed a coffee house right next door called Staufs Coffee Roasters
 
Ralph Melton and Ice Cream Chick arrived shortly afterwards (and then there were 5)
 
Back to Jeni's, they had some really interesting ice cream flavors. And luckily they offered the option to try several. The portions were not huge, so that was a good thing...
 
My first trio
 
IMG_4288 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Included a somewhat spicy Bangkok Peanut, Banana French Toast and a mild Goat Cheese  and Red Cherry (from l to right) my favorite of the three was definitely Bangkok Peanut
 
I wanted to stop there but was tempted and went with round 2
 
IMG_4290 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
This time I went with a "strong"  black coffee and a rich   Chocomole which had a very mild cinnamon undertone. Chocomole was my favorite in round 2. 
 
I went next door afterwards to get a solid "Cuppa Joe" at Stauf's. When I went next door I was chatting with one of the baristas who told me that Stauf's (which has been around now for 25 years) is actually the original location of the Cuppa Joes mini chain which is scattered about the Columbus metro area. Considering how much I love Cuppa Joes and how good the coffee was at Staufs, it all made sense.
 
Interestingly enough, Buffetbuster mentioned that Jeni's has another location in Nashville TN out of all places, I just checked their website, and now they have a location in Cleveland, Atlanta and Charleston too . So, in a nutshell, Buffetbuster took me to a chain!
 
At this point our official tour ended. We said our goodbyes and parted our respective ways... 
 
I will begin (and end)  the sequel and final chapter of my trip in a separate trip report tomorrow.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/13 19:22:38
Sunday, April 13th:
As previously indicated a smaller group headed back or to Lebanon and the Golden Lamb, which is both a historic inn and a restaurant.  While I have only two surviving photos...and one will not post... 

...I thoroughly enjoyed this stop.  Steeped in history and having hosted nearly 2 dozen presidents, I loved the dining room look and feel.  My brunch choice was then Roasted Venison Sausage Omelet which included caramelized onions, boursin cheese and some solid skillet potatoes.  Very good!  And I did like the sauerkraut balls! 

With a five hour drive calling, we said another round of good byes and I was west bound and down! 

Loved, loved, loved our Cincinnati trip! 
 
post edited by ChiTownDiner - 2014/05/13 19:25:48
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/13 21:27:10
WJ - that Red Cherry sure looked good!
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/13 21:48:40
CCJPO

Thank you for your comment, I appreciate it. 

  I hear where you are coming from.................forget the ones who have made up their own tight set of rules for posters on these boards.  I bought the very first Roadfood book  the month it came out.  My husband and I spent the next two summers going to many of the places listed.
 
I do not feel it necessary for any poster to have to attend any event........................my time is with my family!
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/14 10:28:31
Did anyone check out the upstairs rooms at The Golden Lamb or did everyone stick to the first floor?  Some friends and I took a self-guided tour a few years ago and IIRC we were allowed to walk the halls but not enter the rooms themselves.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/14 11:08:39
I did not, although I did go to the lower level restroom.  It was funny as the doors are either way small...or by the end of the tour, I was way big! 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/14 11:44:13
I'd comment, but I'm not going to take a chance of a rocket being fired from somewhere in northern Illinois.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/14 15:33:29
Michael Hoffman

I'd comment, but I'm not going to take a chance of a rocket being fired from somewhere in northern Illinois.

Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/14 16:55:12
Apparently, the lower level was a former hobbit habitat which would explain the smaller door ways...mystery solved!
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/14 17:03:41
Thus spake the big guy with the furry feet.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/14 17:12:38
I regularly wax my toes! 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/14 17:14:03
Who doesn't?
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/14 19:52:54
phillyinmd
Junior Burger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/06/26 09:11:37
Good thing you guys when to Queen City Cookies when you did.  I tried to go there in early June and they had gone out of business.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/06/26 09:18:29
Oh no!  When we were there, they telling us about their future plans.
 
Oh, and welcome to Roadfood phillyinmd!
phillyinmd
Junior Burger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/06/26 13:13:33
Thanks.  Been visiting for awhile, finally decided I would post.
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/06/28 20:16:21
BB - You still may be in luck, the website is down, and the voicemail system is full, but she tweeted on june 12, 2014, that they are enjoying a well deserved holiday, See you Soon!!!
 
https://www.facebook.com/...ookies/155665214481149
 
I emailed Peggy to see what is going on
 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/06/28 20:24:58
Hey, keep us updated CK.  We need to get our occasional schnecken fix!
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/06/28 23:27:36
IT IS OFFICIAL.......................
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CTD ate ALL of the schnecken and unfortunately Queen City Cookies never recovered. 
 
 
They closed for good at the end of April.

sudie
Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/06/29 08:03:42
Belatedly, I was delighted to join you and finally meet some of my favorite Roadfooders. Special thanks to Cajun King for organizing this and to Buddy Roadhouse for his amazing BBQ sauce, which we've purchased more of at Jungle Jim's. It was a pleasure meeting all of you and I'm so glad you enjoyed Cincinnati. I wish I could be part of the NC tour, but we'll be by there in December, so I look forward to your reports.
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