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.

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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

2015-2016 Cincinnati Theatre Season Underway

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Greater Cincinnati is an area passionate about the arts. As we roll into the fall season, many of the area’s theaters are beginning a new slate of shows. Below is just a small sampling of the variety of shows you can look forward to between this September and summer of 2016.

Broadway in Cincinnati at The Arnoff Center

Local Fall Festivals – August/September 2015

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There are always plenty of options for entertainment in the tri-state area. Whether you’re looking for good food, spirits, music, art, shopping, family-friendly or all of the above, Greater Cincinnati has something right up your alley. Take a look a just a few of the events coming up in August and September.

AUGUST

Great Inland Seafood Festival
August 13-16 – Festival Park, Newport, KY

Food Truck Rally
August 14 – The Square at Union Centre, West Chester, OH

Miami County Fair
August 14-20 – Miami County Fairgrounds, Troy, OH

Mayesfest – Bluegrass Festival
August 15 – Bellevue Beach Park, Bellevue, KY

Festival on the Lake
August 15 – A.J. Jolly Lake, Alexandria, KY

Battery Hooper Days
August 15-16 – James A. Ramage Civil War Museum, Covington, KY

Cincy Brew Ha-Ha
August 20-22 – Sawyer Point, Cincinnati, OH

Bootyard Bash
August 22 – Washington Park, Cincinnati, OH

Beer, Wine and Food Festival
August 28-29 – Wyoming, OH

Taste of Blue Ash
August 28-29 – Blue Ash Summit Park, Blue Ash, OH

Germany Society Oktoberfest
August 28-30 – Germania Society of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Red Bull Soapbox Race Cincinnati
August 29 – Mt. Adams Bar District, Cincinnati, OH

Taste of OTR
August 29 – Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, OH

AleFest Dayton
August 29 – Dave Hall Plaza, Downtown Dayton, OH

For additional August events, go here.

SEPTEMBER

Alexandria Fair and Horse Show
September 2-7 – Alexandria Fairgrounds, Alexandria, KY

Incline District Street Fair
September 5 – Incline District, 3001 Price Avenue in Price Hill, Cincinnati, OH

Cruise-A-Palooza
September 5 – Coney Island, Cincinnati, OH

Rubber Duck Regatta
September 6 – Purple People Bridge/Serpentine Wall, Cincinnati, OH

Riverfest (WEBN Fireworks)
September 6 – Ohio River (Riverfront in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati)

Ohio Renaissance Festival
September 5-October 25 – Harveysburg, OH

MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest
September 11-13 – MainStrasse Village, Covington, KY

Longstone Street Festival
September 12 – 200 Main Street, Milford, OH

Old West Festival
September 12-October 18 – Williamsburg, OH

Cincy Comicon
September 12-13 – Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington, KY

Cincinnati Hispanic Fest
September 12-13 – Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Carthage, Cincinnati, OH

Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati
September 18-20 – Downtown Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati Comic Expo
September 18-20 – Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH

Fifty Fest
September 19 – Fifty West Brewing, Cincinnati, OH

Lantern Fest
September 19 – Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, KY

Newport Oktoberfest
September 25-27 – Festival Park, Newport, KY

MidPoint Music Festival
September 25-27 – Downtown Cincinnati, OH

Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival
September 26 – Fort Ancient, Oregonia, OH

Taste of the Levee
September 27 – Newport on the Levee, Newport, KY

For additional September events, go here.

What events are on your calendar every year?

LUMENOCITY – Festival Schedule and Map

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While tickets to the LUMENOCITY light show and orchestra performance are sold out, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the atmosphere and festival. There will be
FREE entertainment every day
of the event (8/5-8/9) plus plenty of local food, drink, and other vendors to browse and enjoy.

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complete rundown.

You can still enjoy LUMENOCITY live outside of the ticketed area or check out one of the simulcasts.

SIMULCAST SCHEDULE
Friday, August 7
– Live radio broadcast on 90.9 WGUC
– Live webcast on lumenocity2015.com

Saturday, August 8
– Live webcast on lumenocity2015.com
– Live broadcast on CET Channel 48 
and WCPO 9 On Your Side
– Live simulcast at Fountain Square

US Bank Arena Set for a Makeover

Following the lead of Great American Ballpark’s makeover for the All-Star Game, neighboring U.S. Bank Arena is gearing up for a new look too. Renderings of an updated and expanded arena were released July 28th by the owners of U.S. Bank Arena, Nederlander Entertainment and AEG Facilities. Designed by Cincinnati architectural firm MSA Sport, the new design includes a dramatically different exterior that includes video boards and glass walls that offer sweeping views of the river. The concept also includes additional seating, focusing primarily on additional club seats and suites.

A renovated arena could be a huge draw for big stage acts and national sporting events like the NCAA tournament. Plans also include improved access and integration into The Banks and surrounding areas.

There isn’t a specific timeline or budget for the project yet, but the beautiful renderings and potential scope of this renovation will make for an interesting story to follow.

MLB All-Star Baseball Game 2015 – Cincinnati, Ohio

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 will be a very special day in Cincinnati, Ohio – it’s the day of the  MLB All-Star Game! Over 100,000 people are expected to travel to the city for a week of baseball mania. It will be a great time for Cincinnati to show off its great venues and restaurants as well as showcase the love of baseball and our Reds! Check out some of the updates that have been made to the ballpark to enhance the experience.

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You don’t have to wait until Tuesday to start enjoying the festivities. Things get kicked off this Friday, July 10th with the first of five days of the All-Star FanFest. Check out all the other events below that lead up the Tuesday night’s 86th MLB All-Star Game.

Here is what is happening in Cincinnati all week long for our All-Star Week:

All-Star FanFest – Duke Energy Convention Center
July 10 – July 14, 2015 – 9am-6pm (Fri-Mon) 9am-6pm (All-Star Tuesday)
There will be all kinds of things to do at FanFest: All-Star Clubhouse, All-Star Dugout, game zone, collectibles, autograph sessions, batting practice, entertainment, pin trading, Home Town Heroes tribute and more! See more here.

The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K 
July 11, 2015 at 9am
This run at Sawyer Point Park is a 5k “fun” paint race and will feature baseball mascots and legends! Read more here.

Budweiser MLB All-Star Concert at Paul Brown Stadium
July 11, 2015 – 8pm (Gates open at 5pm)
See Demi Lovato in concert. Her newest single is “Cool for the Summer”. (Note: The free tickets for this concert have all been claimed. You will need to know someone with a spare ticket to attend.)

All-Star Sunday at Great American Ball Park
July 12, 2015
SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, 3pm – See our future all-stars!
MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game, (following All-Star Futures Game) – See Jordan Sparks, Chad Lowe, Snoop Dogg, Josh Hutcherson, Nick Lachey and many more celebs! Read more here.

All-Star Youth Hitting Challenge
July 12, 2015
University of Cincinnati – Marge Schott Stadium
Kids aged 10-16 will participate in this challenge. Read more here.

All-Star Summer Pepsi Block Party
July 12 – 14, 2015 – 12pm-8pm
East Freedom Way (between Joe Nuxhall Way and Rosa Parks St.)

All-Star Workout Day
July 13, 2015 – 4pm
MLB Batting Practice

Home Run Derby
July 13, 2015
Home Run Derby (ESPN, 8pm)
Hitters will make it through elimination brackets to win! Each player will have 5 minutes to hit as many home runs as possible.

All-Star Game Red Carpet Show
July 14, 2015 – 1pm
Westin Hotel, 21 E. Fifth St., Downtown. All-Stars parade through Downtown in Chevy vehicles to Great American Ball Park.

86th MLB All-Star Game
July 14, 2015 – 7:30pm (Fox TV)

View the Mustaches
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Twenty Reds-style handle-bar mustaches are located throughout Cincinnati. Go here to see the location map for where these staches are stashed!

Carew Tower Red Leg
If you go downtown after dusk through July 15th, be sure to stop and see the 20-story 19th century Reds player projected onto Carew Tower. See more here.

Walking Tour
The American Legacy Tours has a special tour focused on baseball! This tour showcases the controversial 1919 World Series (Reds vs White Sox) which resulted in a scandal – aka the Black Sox Scandal. You’ll also learn about August Garry Herrmann –  the Father of the World Series. Learn more about the tour here.

Zip Line
Those with nerves of steel can purchase a ticket to zip line above the Banks from the top of the National Underground Freedom Center to a platform near the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. It’s 80-feet high! Tickets will cost $35 in advance. Read more here.

Learn More About the All-Star Week in Cincinnati

  • Go here to learn what else is going on in Cincinnati the week of the All-Star Game
  • Follow the All-Star events and news here with the Enquirer.
  • Read a Forbes article about the All-Star game here.

Did You Know?
Cincinnati has been the host of the All-Star games previously in 1938, 1953, 1970 and 1988. Read more here.

 

 

 

Pothole on the Street?

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Winter is over and has left quite a few potholes on many streets. If you live in Cincinnati, you’re in luck with three ways to report these holes and have them filled.

You can either log onto 5916000.com, call 513-591-6000 or download the City of Cincinnati app to report a pothole with its location on your smart phone.

This blogger has used the online method. You give a detailed location of the hole with an address, describe the hole(s) and add a photo of the offending hole if you like. The holes I reported were filled within two days.

Be a good neighbor and report your potholes!