Last Saturday we went to the Moerlein Lager House to celebrate my mother-in-law and wife’s birthday and it almost was a disaster. We did not know it beforehand but there was a Gay Pride parade going on the same day and ending up at the park next to the restaurant at the same time as our reservation. We were almost to the restaurant when we found several roads blocked off. Fortunately I was able to make a scenic detour through Kentucky and was able to find some open roads on the other side of the restaurant. The restaurant was busy and festive. I noticed that much of the crowd was drinking what looked like a Hefeweizen and since I have been on a Hefeweizen kick this month, I took the opportunity to try Moerlein’s Se7en (Seven) Hefeweizen. It was a nice Hefeweizen with hints of citrus. My only complaint was the small head on the beer. Here is my checkin on Untappd.
After the meal we went to Smale park. My wife wanted to see and ride Carol Ann’s Carousel. I was surprised in this high tech world how busy a low tech carousel was. The carousel was very pretty and a few minutes after arrived, a wedding party arrived. It was amusing to see the grooms and bridesmaids try to get on the horses in their tuxedos and dresses.
Then we went and played with the rest of the kids in the park. It has to bring a smile to your face to see your 84 year old mother-in-law making music by stepping on piano keys.
Here is one of those scenic bridges on my detour.
My wife and I returned to Don Pablos in Newport to watch the Labor Day fireworks. I tried to duplicate the photograph I took of the Big Mac bridge five years ago. I think I like the older picture better. It took over an hour to get out of the parking lot but the food and service was better this time around.
We were in Columbus, Georgia, over the weekend. Our son is in the Army and his first assignment is Germany. He was flying out on Monday so we went down there to say goodbye. Being somewhat of a beer snob we went to the Cannon Brewpub for dinner. I got the sampler tray of the beers and several of the beers were stale. This is not what you expect to get when the brewery is this close to the table. The saving grace was that the food was much better than I expected. After dinner we took a relaxed stroll down the river walk and I took this shot of the river. Just over the railing you can see the old Columbus mill and to the left the old powerhouse. At one time that mill was the largest cotton mill in the United States. The company closed in 1998 and the mill recently reopened as an apartment complex.
I had a nice garlic shrimp pasta for dinner and then went upstairs to listen to a little jazz.
My wife and I went out to dinner on Friday night. It was beginning to snow when we went in. The place was packed and we had a nice meal. When we came out there was at least three inches of new snow. I could not resist to take this picture before I drove home at 25 mph.
This year we will be celebrating 30 years of love at Tano. We have eaten at this restaurant before and liked it. My wife and I enjoy fulfilling our foodie habit on Valentines Day. If you are in the Loveland Ohio area you should check it out although tonight would not be good night. There are no reservations left.
I celebrated Easter and my birthday at the Morlein Lager House. I had a nice and flavorful prime rib with an excellent Over The Rhine beer. This was one of the best prime ribs I have ever had and the beer was better than the bottled version. The beer would be a nice beer for me to try and brew at home. The pan fried potatoes were good, too.
On the day before Labor Day my wife and I went down to the Don Pablos restaurant in Covington to eat, drink, and watch the fireworks. I was not interested in the drinking part so I tried some night time photos using the HI-ISO setting. These are the photos I found most interesting.