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9/12/11 10:54 A

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so here's the update!

still learning this city, been trying new places, took a lot of your suggestions (THANK YOU so much again!) and have been having fun 'exploring'...

still feels VERY new to me and i'm still using my GPS religiously while driving (direction sense is NOT my strong point) but i am enjoying the city and learning - there are a lot of really cute places and restaurants and all. :)

have not had the chance to try 'goetta' yet, BUT... I shamefully admit since their menu contents are clearly not on any diet plan.... I can now weigh in on the Aglemisis vs. Graeter's debate... ) :)






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5/16/11 3:41 P

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For the first 10 years of my life I lived in Madisonville. I had an Uncle that worked as a butcher at Findlay Market

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5/16/11 10:41 A

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Mmmmm... goetta! Gliers seems to be the preferred so most places you order it will have decent quality goetta. My dad used to slice it like bread then fry it but my favorite is when it's smashed very thin and fried until cripsy. Findlay Market has some good butchers and good goetta, and there's always Goettafest.

We love our festivals here so keep an eye out for happenings. You can sign up for a newsletter through Downtown Cincinnati Inc. that will keep you informed.

Euphrates, we are doing our best to overwhelm Tygrlily. I hope she's at least excited about the prospect of moving here and exploring. We are a lot sleepier than NY but for family living, it can be hard to beat Cincinnati.

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5/16/11 10:31 A

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LOLZ - Dora, the first time my mate and I went grocery shopping when he first moved down from Kent, I'd put a package of spaghetti in the cart, and then as we passed the "chili packets" area in the store, I asked him "Do you want me to make chili to go with the spaghetti?"...and he looked at me like I'd grown a second head. Then we simultaneously (as in the very same moment) both blurted out "OH, that's right, I'm in Cincinnati!" (him) and "OH, that's right, you're not a local!" (me) And then we totally confused all the other shoppers as we started laughing hysterically.
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You DO have to try goetta though. What's goetta you ask? Here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goetta

Best places to find it are generally in Northern KY (don't let anybody fool you on that either, NKy is really just another suburb of Cincinnati) or the west side - the Anchor Grill in Covington KY is particularly fun (greasy spoon diner open 24 hours, and boasts the oldest operating animatronic "band stand" this side of the Mississippi - in my household we refer to it as the "dancing Barbies").

I strongly recommend joining YELP www.yelp.com/cincinnati-oh as a way to find out neat happenings and get reviews on local hot spots and restaurants.

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5/16/11 10:22 A

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King Arthur's Court is in Oakley, a couple doors down from Aglamesis. A bit further up the road is Esenchea tea house. I love their teas. If you venture further North you'll get to Pleasant Ridge which isn't quite as happening as the other Squares but there's a coffee shop, a few restaurants, and The Loving Cafe which has excellent vegan foods.

Bob Ronckers is in O'Bryonville, although I suspect the quality of service you receive improves when your butt is smaller. They seemed quite skeptical when I brought my 270 lbs into the door and said I was planning to start running. O'Bryonville has some really neat shops, plus the Bonbonerie, which I avoid like the plague because it's just too darned yummy. I think What's for Dinner may still be there. They have really good healthy options for a quick and easy meal.

Definitely check out Aglamesis in Oakley then the Graeters in Hyde Park and join the ice cream debate. Even the Food Network has weighed in there. I don't recommend trying Cincinnati Chili sober though. I'm ok with the occasional chili dog and don't have any objections to chili on noodles, I just don't think you can seriously call beanless meat sauce 'chili.' But check out Skyline and Gold Star and decide for yourself, because you will probably be asked. Just bring some ant-acid with you.

Another location to visit, once you've exhausted your immediate area, would be Northside. If you are going to venture West, I recommend starting there and checking out the restaurants.

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5/16/11 10:12 A

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Not to mention Bob Ronker's Running Spot's original store is on Madison Road in Oakley! And yes, there's a lot of walk-able in that area (gods know I walked it every Wednesday night starting at Bob Ronker's when my sister and I were training for the Disney Half Marathon in 2003). :) My favorite toy store is there (King Arthur's Court), as well as the BEST ice cream in Cincinnati (don't let the westsiders and Oprah fool you - Aglemesis Bros Ice Cream beats Graeters hands down - no contest). :)

Gee, can you tell I'm a transplant to the west side? LOLZ

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5/16/11 9:49 A

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You are East side and you are landing in a great place if you like to walk. We have few walking neighborhoods but Mt Lookout, Hyde Park and Oakley all have 'squares' with a concentration of shops and restaurants. It's not much when compared to New York but compared to the rest of Cincinnati, it's nice.

Definitely make a visit to Jungle Jim's but it's a long drive to the Northwest so you might not be making the trip regularly. Hyde Park Kroger is pretty comprehensive and there's a Trader Joe's near the Kenwood Towne Center mall. You'll also find a few specialty shops in your area. There's a Sunday Market near Hyde Park Square from May to November. If you want a larger market, Findlay Market just North of downtown is one of the oldest outdoor markets in contiuous operation and is worth several trips.

And you're near Ault Park with the lovely Pavillion and trails so you should check those out as well. There's an overlook with a lovely view of the river.

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5/16/11 7:58 A

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Thanks so much for the responses!

EUPHRATES - if i was still in town i'd totally meet up but we're going to be already moved by then, we're looking at a 6/15 move date just after the graduation :(

Anyways, I definitely have noticed the 'non-driverness' of Cincinnati, even Columbus actually! I lived 35 years without ever needing a drivers license (half of New Yorkers who are in the city don't have one, but when I say that here people look at me like I have three heads lol!) but getting my license and a car was one of the first things I took care of! (Don't worry, even though i'm a new driver i'm not bad so you can stay on the roads lol)

We picked a really big and beautiful house to rent in... I hope I get this right... the realtor says its "on the border of Oakley and Hyde Park" --- not sure if that is east or west or what the difference of the two would be, or what kind of "neighborhoodism" i'd fall under there (please feel free to tell me, we're renting so we can always change in a year lol) -- I can understand differences in neighborhoods a bit though, even in New York it would be a VERY different thing if you were from the Upper East Side vs. The Village - two different worlds and completely different types of people.... (very posh posh and republican vs. very artistic creative and liberal etc) My fiance is thrilled it's right near his practice in Mt. Lookout and I'm mostly thrilled it's about 3 minutes away from the Hyde Park Urban Active (no excuse to not get to the gym!!!) :)

Oh and thank you for the tip on jungle jims... I will definitely check it out!




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5/16/11 2:19 A

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Welcome to the team, and to our fair city!

My mate and I will actually be in Columbus in June for Origins Game Fair (scheduled June 22-26, 2011), so if you're still in town maybe we can hook up! I'm hoping to have a friend up there get me into her UA as a guest while we're in town (though I think we've decided we're only going up for Friday and Saturday this year, which makes that less of an urgent issue).

There *are* things that will make your NYC heart happier - like Jungle Jims grocery store (the mecca of grocery stores, truly, when they call it "a foodie's paradise" they aren't kidding: www.junglejims.com/ ) carries a number of items you can normally only get in NYC. And we've got a few decent delis around (I should know, my Brooklyn born-and-raised father swore by Izzy's, and I've heard Rascal's NY Deli in the neighborhood of Blue Ash is pretty good).

I agree with CincyDora though - there is a fairly widespread east side vs. west side rivalry, and where you settle will likely determine what is convenient for you to check out. And Cincy is NOT non-driver friendly - there are very insufficient sidewalks in a lot of areas, and our transit system is crap (and doesn't run past midnight in most places, or even 10pm the farther out you are from downtown). Which I think is a lot of what fuels the east/west debacle, because with all these hills, there's a lot of "can't get there from here, at least not without a ridiculous drive" in Cincinnati - it is NOT laid out in a grid like most civilized cities are nowadays (at least not anywhere outside of downtown).

Good luck with the move, and welcome!
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5/15/11 2:12 P

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I grew up in cincy and was a third generation Cincinnatian (left 15 years ago). Grew up going to Ault park in the summer walking with my Dad. My Grandmother grew up near the Taft house and remembered seeing Pres. Taft and wondered how anyone could be so fat. saw my first baseball game at old Crosley field (I have been to all three ball parks).
The Cincinnati Zoo is a great place to go as is the Kron Flower Conservery -this summer they have butterflys from Brazil and the Museum center is also a must place to go with the kids or by yourself.

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5/15/11 12:38 P

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Do you know what area of town you are settling into or where you'll be working? Neighborhoodism is rampant in this town and a lot of people that grew up here seem to stick to the same area so the must sees/does may depend on who lives where. Beware of getting into best chili or best burger debates.

I've been here about 18 years (half my life already!) and have mostly lived and worked centrally. Currently I'm in Pleasant Ridge and work downtown which gives me great access to all the stuff on the East side of town. I'm a bit embarrassed to admit there are a lot of things I have yet to explore. I work 2 blocks from the Taft Museum and still haven't managed to visit. I only recently discovered the wealth of hiking trails at the local parks. I've known for a few years that Mt. Airy has a large network of trails but since it's on the West side, it's inconvenient. It turns out that French Park near Amberly and Ault Park near Hyde Park both have somewhat challenging, hill trails.

That may be the first thing you'll have to get used to: the hills. Going for a walk/jog is not as simple here as it is in Manhattan or Columbus. We aren't Seattle, but most parts of town require climbing hills coming and going to get much exercise. I think that's why so many of the races are downtown along the river. It's one of the few parts of town that is sort of flat for any distance.

Cincinnati has a rather large and established yoga culture for a Midwestern city. Lilias Folan is often credited with popularizing yoga in the US with her PBS show, I think starting int he 70s. She still leads the occasional workshop in town. Last I checked it was through Yoga hOMe, which has a couple branches, but thus far I've had conflicts every time and haven't managed to catch one. We have several yoga studios and schools.
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Oh - should say, any "MUST SEES" or "MUST DOS" or any little things I should know about Cincy, please feel free to shout them out! I will admit I am completely brand new to the area and all the little 'ways' that citys seem to have! Exploring and learning will be somewhat fun, but it's overwhelming when you just don't know anything! :)




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Just thought i'd get a step ahead of myself to introduce and check out the spark team of my new stomping grounds... Cincinnati :)

Originally from New York City (35 years), via my current city of the past year Columbus, I'll be moving to Cincinnati in the middle of June - am already having that whirlwind of packing and coordinating and all that jazz - quite a workout in itself!

Thought i'd join this spark team a wee bit early to meet the natives :) Looking forward to settling in and getting back to the gym, thankful you have UA's there too and my membership will travel with me! :)

Sooooooooo.. hello Cincinnatians!!! Hope you have a little room for a New York girl, I promise we don't bite, and you can laugh at the way I saw "water" and "coffee" :)




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