Cincinnati Food Trucks – A Mobile Phenomenon

Why go to a landlocked restaurant when you can dine…from a truck or as we say “a rolling restaurant” Foodies, go and find your culinary delights from one of the many food trucks found throughout our area. Here are a few to consider:

Pizza Bomba
The Crab Rongoon pizza seems to be very popular for this pizzeria on the go.  Follow their Tweets for locations.

Fireside PizzaFireside Pizza
The mobile oven wagon creates nine-inch and 14-inch pizzas.

Alabama Que
Turkey tips, smoked chicken, pork rib tips, beef ribs and all kinds of southern-style side dishes!

Taco Azul
Si! Si! Get your tacos here. Everything is made fresh daily. Enjoy tacos, burritos, tortas (Mexican sandwich), quesadillas and chips with salsa. Follow their calendar from their website, Tweets or Facebook. You’ll find them on the Square and at local festivals.

C’est Cheese
Grilled cheese, please!  Their menu has some sassy grilled cheese goodies. Especially appealing to this writer is “So Gouda”, with smoked gouda, caramelized onion and fig preserves on Tuscan pane. (Salivating…) Follow them on Facebook or Twitter to find where they will be serving. You’ll find the menu on Facebook, too. (Recent location siting includes Linn and Eight St.)

Red Sesame BBQ
Enjoy Korean-style BBQ, tacos and more!

Bistro de Mohr
All kinds of good eats from gyros, wraps, burritos and more.

Bone’s Burger
This food truck serves Northern Cincinnati business parks as well as private events. Enjoy grass-fed beef burgers — healthier burgers! You’ll also find gourmet-style grilled cheese and ice cream floats on the menu. Follow their location calendar for their serving stops such as Redstone of Kenwood, Governor’s Hill, Pfeiffer Place and Animations in Oakley.

Senor Roy’s Taco Patol
Enjoy “fresh mex” from this food truck including fish tacos. Their tacos are large and they have great reviews online! It looks like the best way to follow this truck is via twitter (@cincyroy). They park at downtown stops such as 7th and Vine and Central Parkway and Main.

Empanadas Aqui
Savor all kinds of yummy empanadas and other Hispanic dishes.

Urban Grill
Lots of interesting sandwiches served on brioche buns like the urban mac (grilled mac ’n cheese) with bacon and pepper relish.

New Orleans To Go
Tres yum yum! Enjoy n’awlins fare from many city locations, festivals and farmers markets.

Marty’s Waffles
These waffles have imported Swedish pearl sugar. Enjoy lots of flavors and toppings.

Packhouse Meats
This truck is known for its meatballs and sauces. Read and article about this truck here.

Urban Vistro
Enjoy ribs, burgers, loaded hot dogs, tacos, salmon, and even a 10-ounce NY strip steak Oscar!

Kaimeslsky’s
This food cart features all kinds of tasty hot dogs, burgers, brats and sausages.

Street Chef Brigade
Enjoy burgers, pulled pork, fried bologna, salads and more!

Wiggy Dip
This is a mobile ice cream truck serving all kinds of hand-dipped sweet treats.

See even more local food trucks from this Cincinnati Refined article.

HOW TO FIND A FOOD TRUCK

Social Media
You can follow your favorite food trucks on social media and many post their locations for the weeks on web page.

Cincinnati Food Truck Association
The Cincinnati Food Truck Association has an active Facebook page that posts locations of trucks with maps.

Best Downtown Cincinnati Food Truck Zones: Fifth and Race, Court and Vine

Average Home Sale Price Up Seven Percent in Northern Kentucky for July

Ky_BluegrassSign.jpgThe average home sale price for homes in Northern Kentucky rose 7.24% when compared to July 2015. Although home sales were down 4.37% in July as compared to the same time last year, year-to-date home sales have increased by 8.81%.

July 2016 vs July 2015

  • 7.24% Increase in average sale price ($184,547 vs $172,083)
  • -4.37% Decrease in home sales (657 homes vs 687 homes)
  • 2.56% Increase in sales volume
  • 9.17% Increase in median sale price (164,750 vs 150,000)

January – July 2016 vs January – July 2015

  • 7.24% Increase in average sale price ($184,547 vs $172,083)
  • -4.37% Decrease in home sales (657 homes vs 687 homes)
  • 2.56% Increase in sales volume
  • 9.17% Increase in median sale price (164,750 vs 150,000)

Look at homes for sale here.

Statistics courtesy of: Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors July 2016 Home Sales Report

Ben Schreiber of Sibcy Cline Voted onto the Board of Directors for the Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors®

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Ben Schreiber, Vice President/Sales Manager of Sibcy Cline’s Florence office has been voted in as a Director for the Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors®. He will start his three-year commitment as a director in January 2017. Ben is looking forward to providing his leadership, experience, optimism, cooperation and results-oriented drive to the organization.

About Ben
Ben has been a licensed real estate professional since 2003. Throughout his real estate career he has earned numerous sales awards in honor of his success. His accomplishments in sales led to his current position as the Sales Manager of the Florence Sibcy Cline office.

Fun Fact
Ben was inducted into the Covington Catholic Sports Hall of Fame in 2013 for tennis. (Ben also played tennis at the University of Illinois.)

Oktoberfests in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton – Have Fun at One this Fall 2016!

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You know it will soon be fall when local Oktoberfests start to take place. It’s all about the music, food and entertainment – a la German style. Do the chicken dance. Wear your liederhosen. Have fun!

Here is list of some regional Oktoberfests:

2016_oktoberfest_flyer_color_01oGermania Society Oktoberfest
August 26-28, 2016
Germania Park (3529 West Kemper Road) in Colerain Township

Liberty Home Oktoberfest
September 2-4, 2016
2361 Hamilton-Cleves Road in Ross Township

MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest
September 9-11, 2016
MainStrasse Village in Covington, Kentucky

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St. Joseph Oktoberfest
September 9-10, 2016
25 E. Harrison Avenue, North Bend, Ohio 45052

Oktoberfest at the Christ Church United Church of Christ
September 9 -10, 2016
14. S. Fort Thomas Avenue, Fort Thomas, Kentucky 41075

Springboro Oktoberfest
September 9 and 10, 2016
5 West Mill Street in Springboro, Ohio

Sister Cities of Vandalia Oktoberfest
September 9-10, 2016
Vandalia Sports Complex on Stonequarry Road in Vandalia

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Oktoberfest (St Peter Catholic Church in Huber Heights)
September 16-17, 2016
6151 Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights, Ohio 45242

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
September 16-18, 2016
Downtown Cincinnati along Second and Third Streets between Walnut and Elm Streets
Largest Oktoberfest in the U.S.!

Oktoberfest – The Dayton Art Institute
September 23-25, 2016
Dayton Art Institute

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Newport Oktoberfest
September 23-25, 2016
Festival Park (Riverboat Row) in Newport, Kentucky

Wilmington Oktoberfest
September 23-24, 2016
Wilmington, Ohio (73 N. Mulberry St.)

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St. Jude Oktoberfest
September 23-24, 2016
5924 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45248

Germantown Pretzel Festival
September 24-25, 2016
Historic Germantown, Ohio

Oktoberfest at St. Ann Catholic ChurchOktoberfest at St. Ann Catholic Church
September 24, 2016
646 Clinton Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio 45015

Donauschwaben Oktoberfest
September 30 – October 2
4290 Dry Ridge Road in Colerain Township

Oktoberfest Festival at St. Agnes Church
September 30 – October 2, 2016
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, Kentucky

Lebanon Oktoberfest
October 8, 2016
Historic Downtown Lebanon in Lebanon, Ohio

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About Oktoberfest
The original Oktoberfest is held in Munich and is the world’s largest beer festival that runs 16 days with over 6 million in attendance. The festival began in 1810 as a horse race tribute to the wedding of Ludwig Crown Prince of Bavaria. This race was a success and later grew in size yearly with beer tents added in the late 1800s.

Although horse races are no longer part of the festivities, Germans enjoy their local brew along with lots of food and rides. Only beer brewed in Munich is permitted at that festival.

 

 

Celebrate National Women’s Equality Day at a Special Pop-Up Auction with Second Story Auctions – August 26-29, 2016

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Second Story Auctions is hosting a “pop up” auction starting August 26, 2016. This day is designated as National Women’s Equality Day and commemorates women’s ability and right to vote with the 19th Amendment. The auction’s special sale will feature luxury goods that women enjoy for four days, ending on Monday, August 29th.

So, ladies, take your stand and right to bid. The vote is in and this is a really great sale! Find something special from this auction that makes you happy. (Men, think about getting your special lady a gift!)

There are 100 items in the pop-up sale, including fine jewelry, designer fashion and handbags, fine antiques, silver and more. Here are a few of the items in this sale:

1 k diamond plat ringDiamonds are a girl’s best friend and so is this diamond and platinum ring!

Hermesscarf
Hermes scarf – oooh la la!

Burberry Shirt 2
A classic! Love this plaid! Burberry Women’s Shirt.

Tiffany Necklace 2“Wow” someone with a Tiffany necklace

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Louis Vuitton Cosmetic Bag. LV = classic style!

boardman sterling mint julip cupBoardman Sterling Silver Mint Julep Cup

DVF Pumps

Diane von Furstenberg Cork High Heel Shoes

And so many more items. Take a peek at a few more…

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A portion of the proceeds from this pop-up auction will be donated to Girls Who Code, an organization that empowers women with computer science education and skills to pursue tech opportunities and innovations.

Sibcy Cline Realtors is a partner of Second Story Auctions. The auction website features full and partial estates from Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.

Average Home Sale Price Rises Almost Four Percent in Cincinnati in July

Bridge_Dawn_Fog.jpgCincinnati home sales are still strong with the average home sale price up 3.69% in July as compared to July 2015. Home unit sales dropped just a bit by 3.1% when compared to a record-setting July 2015. Year-to-date, home unit sales have risen 5.28%

July 2016 vs July 2015

  • 3.69% Increase in average sale price ($198,758 vs $189,758)
  • -3.14% Decrease in home sales (2,529 homes vs 2,611 homes)
  • .44% Increase in sales volume
  • 4.30% Increase in median sale price ($157,500 vs $151,000)

January – July 2016 vs January – July 2015

  • 19.37 Increase in average sale price (218,182 vs $182,771)
  • 5.28% Increase in home sales (15,043 homes vs 14,288 homes)
  • 25.68% Increase in sales volume
  • 5.23% Increase in median sale price ($151,000 vs $143,500)

Interested in looking at homes for sale? Go here!

Statistics courtesy of: Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors July 2016 Home Sales Report

 

The Cincinnati Streetcar – Start Riding on September 9, 2016

After many of years of debate followed by a few years of construction, the Cincinnati Streetcar  (aka Cincinnati Bell Connector) is ready to make its debut on September 9, 2016. Here is some information about this new type of transportation:

Driving with the Streetcar
Not sure how you feel, but this blogger is a bit nervous about driving in front of, next to, or behind a streetcar. Here is a video that shows you how to drive safely:

See more videos: how to ride the streetcar, pedestrian tips, biking safety and other information here.

What is the Start Date?
The Cincinnati Streetcar is currently in practice mode. The grand opening weekend is September 9-11, 2016. The streetcars will run:

  • Monday-Thursday 6:30am – 12:ooam
  • Friday: 6:30am – 1:00am
  • Saturday: 8:00am – 1:00am
  • Sunday: 9:00am – 11:00pm

How Much Does it Cost to Ride?

  • The cost is $1 for two hours or $2 for an all-day pass. If you have a Metro Fare Deal Card, you it costs $.50 per ticket.
  • Children (between 35 and 45 inches tall) are $.50 for a two-hour ticket. Smaller children ride free.
  • Tickets are purchased before boarding. Each streetcar station has a vending machine. There will also be Cincy EZRide app for your mobile phone or tablet to purchase streetcar and Metro tickets.
  • You do not hand a ticket pass to the conductor. There will be random checks throughout the day to make sure you have a pass ticket. If you do not have this pass, you will be cited a la parking ticket style.

What about the Metro Bus Service?
If you ride the Cincinnati Metro Bus Service, there are some connections between the buses and the streetcars with transfer tickets. (There is no additional fare from a transfer.)

Can My Dog Ride, Too?
Unless you have a service animal, pets are not permitted on the cars.

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What is the Streetcar Route?

The streetcar runs from the Banks to Over-the-Rhine on a 3.6-mile loop. It is scheduled to run 18 hours a day, 365 days a year. The 18-stop route starts from Second Street at The Banks and includes these destinations: Government Square, Fountain Square, Contemporary Arts Center, Public Library, Aronoff Center, JACK Casino, Gateway Quarter, School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Music Hall, Findlay Market and Washington Park. The route ends in Over-the-Rhine at Henry Street. The route runs about a half block from the Sibcy Cline Metropolitan Office.  (See a map of the route here.)

How Many People Can Ride the Streetcar?
Each car holds about 150 people. There are 38 seats per car.

Is the Streetcar Available for Private Parties
Yes! $1250 for four hours. $285 for each additional hour. No alcohol. Catering is fine. Call 513-632-7561 for details.

How Much Did the Streetcars Cost?
Cincinnati paid $148 million for this project. The cars are owned by the city and managed by SORTA (Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority) and operated by Transdev.

Follow the Cincinnati Streetcar on Facebook.

Rail-ly sign with Streetcar photo credit: CincyStreetCar_Twitter