Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Downtown Eats: Nada


We found ourselves with the luxury of a night on the town when our church sponsored a parent's night out. We could drop the boy off and hit the town. So we wanted to try out a new spot. I had heard one of the local bloggers rave about Nada, and we like our Mexican, so we chose that for our night out.

Nada is a mere 1.2 miles from Walker, and a short walk from our church. It is right next to the Aronoff in the old Bella space. I had heard both raves and rants about the place. The main complaints were expensive, pretentious and loud. One person couched their dislike as over-priced for what you get. We tried to enter with an open mind. They had El Yucateco on the table, though not my preferred green habanero hot sauce, but a good sign.

We started the meal with the chips & salsa ($2), guacamole (single - $7), Tortilla Soup (I think $7, not seeing on the menu). We both liked the salsa, and the chips were OK, though a touch greasy and salty for our tastes. Since they are made fresh each day, it may reflect a bad batch. D went for the guac (not a fan myself) and she enjoyed it. The soup was great, kind of a tomato-based tortilla soup. Of course, we are now $16 down, and no entrees.

For entrees, we both went for a cazuela. Basically a thick stew served in an iron pot with rice on the side. I chose the tinga poblana ($21), which was very nice, and D chose the pork green chile ($19), which I liked a lot from my small sample. There is a lot of food in those pots. We both had leftovers for lunch, that were just as tasty a day or two later. Still, that is another $40 bringing the total to $56 before any drinks.

I would definitely recommend Nada for a nice night out. I didn't find the music that loud, in fact I may not have even taken note had that not been one of the negatives brought up. Our waitress was super helpful and nice, and that goes a long way to making it a pleasant night out.

We will definitely be back, but probably can't afford to do it that often. What can I say, I'm cheap.

I almost forgot. They have a web site. Just be sure to look for the audio controls at the bottom of the page to stop the annoying music. The good news is they have menus available, the bad news is that they are just pdf files you have to download to see, kind of lazy imo. So now you know why I almost forgot about providing a link to the web site.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Osage Orange


One of the many interesting things about Walker is the combination of living in the city, and living in the woods. I've always thought the Osage Orange tree was an odd tree. Now with Cole I have a new perspective, because they are simply "balls".

When you have a toddler who wants to play with the Osage Orange, and try to put it in his mouth periodically, you get down to doing research. And with all its flaws, I like Wikipedia.

So a quick look get's a lot of information about the Osage Orange. It's worth a read, but let me highlight some of the facts:
  • Also known as the Horse Apple, or Hedge Apple. Scientific name is Maclura pomifera.
  • Native to North America, specifically to Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma.
  • Inedible, toxic, but not strongly poisonous (so we are hawks when Cole is playing with them).
  • Very few animals care for them, though squirrels will rip open to get the seeds.
  • Used as windbreaks and hedges (thanks to thorns).
  • Straight-grained wood (rare) makes excellent bows, many claim it is superior to Yew wood, which the Brits used for their feared Long Bows.
  • They like to dent cars (that is more of a Walker Street observation).
So there you have it. A nice educational entry.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Schneider's Sweet Shop


Schneider's Sweet Shop
Originally uploaded by bsherm
We discovered Schneider's Sweet Shop a number of years ago. It is located just 3.2 miles from Walker in Bellevue, Kentucky.

It's claim to fame is the Ice Balls with Ice Cream. Basically, you take a scoop of ice cream, add shaved ice and the flavoring. I like Chocolate ice cream, and Cherry ice. Think of a cold cherry tootsie pop. Unfortunately, tomorrow is the last day for this for the season.

Another seasonal treat is candied and caramel apples. I've never been a big fan of candied apples (hard red sugar coating) but I love caramel apples, and theirs are great. They have plain, with nuts, with M&Ms, with chocolate and a turtle apple that adds chocolate and nuts to the caramel. Highly recommended. Unfortunately, they have made the last ones for the year, so you'll need to head over soon to get them while they last.

Their ice cream is very good. I still prefer Graeter's, and theirs is more like Aglamesis than Graeter's, but it is good. The banana is especially tasty. They also have very good homemade candy and fudge.

If you haven't been, and are looking for a new sweet tooth experience, I highly recommend the short trip.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Shadeau Breads

Shadeau BreadsOne of the many great things about living where we are is Shadeau Breads. It is only .7 miles from Walker Street. Since we bought the sandwich bread for the block party from them, I though this would be a good place to review for the blog.

I first discovered this bakery at Fausto Ferrari's Barber shop in Garfield place. Fausto came from Italy in the 50's and raved that Shaddeau's focaccia is "just like my momma made". Personally, if an Italian tells you this, you really should listen. My first visit (I think on my way home from Fausto's) failed to produce focaccia, but I did buy a baguette. I know Shaddeau has won best baguette many years, and frankly I cannot understand why they haven't won it every year. They sell a 1/2 pound, 1 pound and 2 pound loaf.

The focaccia is great as well. They produce a black olive and basil that is awesome, and you'll have to trust others on the blue cheese or swiss, since I really don't care for either cheese.

If I drop off Cole in the morning, I usually choose to drop by either Shadeau or Red Fox for breakfast. I don't like raisins or cheese in breakfast pastries, so it does not leave many options for me, but the chocolate croissant makes up for in quality what Shadeau fails me in quantity of choice.

So if you get a chance, stop by and get something there. I doubt you will be disappointed. That is, unless you come late in the day. They close at 4pm on weekdays, but many of their best items are gone before then.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

We've been Googled

I don't know if you have all heard about the Street View feature of Goggle Maps, but Walker showed up as a street view at least a couple of months ago. If you look at the end of our street you can still see the iron pot that was stolen earlier this summer.

I can actually tell you when the street was photographed, not because I saw the deed being done, but because it caught my in-laws pickup truck on the street. It happened the weekend Cole was baptized. In fact I think it was on the day he was baptized, Sunday, September 19th 2007 because I am pretty sure I see my brother-in-law's car as well.

If you move south on Walker looking north, you will also see a car following the photography car, and a white car in the turnaround when you look south near the turnaround. I wonder if either driver reads this and recalls the car. And no, I really don't have too much time on my hands.

You can also zoom out to see what streets have been photographed. For example, not much of Anderson Township, but I see part of Wolfangel (my Parent's street, but not their part) has.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

More Fire details

Building Cincinnati has further details on the Findlay Market fire as well as additional photographs from on the ground.

There are also some details over at JoeWessels.net on both fires from the fire department.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Crazy Sunday

Findlay FireNot sure who caught all the craziness on Sunday, but in addition to downed trees, lost power, and lost cable, we had fires near Findlay Market and next to Grammer's.

The first picture is the Fire in Findlay shot from our upstairs Window. I have heard that a transformer blew. One neighbor says that he heard the loud noise. I did not notice it, but Danyne called my attention to it.

In the next picture you can see it spreading down the eaves of the building.
Findlay Fire

The Firefighters had to battle strong swirling winds, but thankfully did much better than the Bengals:
Findlay Water & Wind

Later you can see a number of ladder trucks inspecting the various buildings around Findlay.
Findlay Final

We also received a call from George down on Pueblo that Grammer's was in danger. It seems that a fire started in a neighboring building. I don't know the official word, but a friend says that they lost the roof to the rathskeller, and I would assume suffered some water damage.

Thanks to some wind-related pruning on our hillside, and some gusts of wind, I was able to get a few shots of the situation from the same window:
Grammers1
Grammers2
Grammers3

All in all a very busy day for Firefighters downtown...

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Block Party

Deviled EggsI think most folks would agree that the Third Annual Block Party was a success. We had folks from the new houses on Sycamore and a couple of Auburn Terrace folks join us, as well as some friend from farther down Prospect Hill.

I didn't take a lot of pictures, but there are a few in this set on my flickr site.

Since I make up the invites, and collect the RSVPs I received a number of thank yous for organizing the event. To give credit where credit is due, I wanted to thank Tim, Rick and Bernie for providing the BBQ, Turkey and Roast Beef and organizing. They were supposed to let us know what our share is... but I am doubting there truthfulness (that is, they are short-changing themselves).

Also, thanks to everyone who brought dishes to share. We may have to think up another event, rather than waiting until next fall.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Riverfest 2008


Hope everyone enjoyed their Riverfest experience wherever they took it in. I got a prime spot to shot pictures, right in the neighborhood. You can check out the Riverfest 2008 pictures on my Flickr site. I actually think my Riverfest 2007 pictures were better. I should have looked through those first. Seems a smaller aperture works better for fireworks pictures.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Wine Tasting Opportunity

One of the goals of this site is to communicate about opportunities in the area. Well here is the first. A friend of mine runs a blog called My Wine Education. She is organizing a Wine Tasting at the Party Source on September 11th from 6-8 pm.

Follow the link for more information and how to sign up. It is for a good cause and looks like a fun time if, you know, I liked wine. I know there are quite a few neighbors who enjoy wine, so check this out!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Third Annual Block Party

The Third Annual Block party is set for Saturday, September 6th at 6:00 pm. This is the weekend after Riverfest.

Again this year we will have the party on the south end near the path to Filson Park. This year we will be going the deli tray route rather than a cookout.

You can bring:
  • Beverages
  • Side Dish (1800-1845)
  • Dessert (1847-)
  • Chairs if you want them
You should have received a flyer with RSVP information. Feel free to comment on this post to let us know what you are bringing.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Where are we?

I found this a surprisingly hard question to answer when we first moved here. Typically we would just say "downtown", though I know one person who lives in the Prospect Hill historic district that is adamant that she is not downtown.

We are definitely in Mount Auburn. The boundaries of this community, according to the City of Cincinnati web site, are Reading on the east, Liberty to Main to Mulberry on the south, Vine on the West and East McMillan on the north.

When we closed on our house, the description on the deed said Prospect Hill, but most folks think of the Historic District when you say that is where you live. We have joked with others at the top of the hill that we are "Upper Prospect Hill", but folks may hear that as some weird elitist label, rather than the humor that is intended.

I get confused with some of the new labels bandied about like midtown and uptown. I think we are in midtown, but that is such a nebulous term, I think it does not help clarify the matter. My latest description is "on top of Prospect Hill in Mount Auburn". It is usually followed up with clarifying questions (or a "whatever" response) but it is my working definition.

What about you... how do you answer the question "Where do you live"?

What is this?

The purpose of this site is to provide information for folks who live in and around Walker Street. You will notice on the right side a link to a few other Cincinnati blog sites.

If anyone on or near the street would like to post messages here, create a blogger account and let me know. I would be happy to add you to the list. It will be an informal place to post information helpful to the neighborhood.