February 2017: black-tie, brews, and ballroom dancing

February has been even more exciting than January was!

Don and I at Hearts for Hope
Excited to see Elise!

We kicked off the month on February 4th with the Hearts for Hope Gala at the Duke Energy Convention Center, supporting Boys Hope Girls Hope Cincinnati. BHGH is a wonderful organization that, in their words, “provides educational opportunities and stability to motivated, underserved youth through residential and community-based programs.” I am proud to be involved with BHGH and work with their amazing Scholars, and proud that my company also supports the cause, affording more opportunities for the organization. The event was capped off by local band Soul Pocket playing for the crowd after dinner and ceremonies. We finished off our night by stopping by Queen City Radio in Over-the-Rhine, a place I would definitely like to get back to for patio drinks when it warms up.

The Queen City Brewery

The second weekend in February was a little more laid back. For Christmas, I got Don a ballroom dancing lesson package and we finally scheduled our first lesson at Dare to Dance Cincinnati located in Blue Ash. Neither of us is very coordinated or rhythmically-inclined, but instructor Ben is incredibly patient with our awkwardness as he teaches us the basics, even when I just end up laughing my face off.

MadTree 2.0

After our lesson, we stopped by Queen City Brewery in Blue Ash to check it out after reading an article recently about new brewery openings in town. The beer selection is small (six), but a flight of four pours was only $7 and the beers were actually surprisingly good (the cinnamon/oatmeal one was my favorite). The taproom is in a small industrial/commercial park, though, and impossible to come across unless you’re looking for it. The decor is cute, all Ohio/Cincinnati-themed. After that, we grabbed lunch at Sleepy Bee Cafe in Blue Ash, and sadly it was not my favorite meal. Lastly, it was MadTree 2.0‘s opening weekend, so we swung by Oakley before calling it quits for the night. The new digs are sweet, but opening weekend was a jam-packed zoo and it took an hour just to get a drink. I look forward to heading back down another time to fully appreciate it.

This past weekend, we headed back to Dare to Dance for a second lesson with Ben, and he wasn’t even mad that we didn’t get any living room dance practice in! We learned a few more moves, and we can almost pretend we know what we’re doing! After dancing, we headed down to Over-the-Rhine for lunch, to Taft’s Ale House, a favorite of ours. The food is delicious and the beers even better. I tried a Louisa Bramble, a blackberry sour that was pretty and red (two things I’m apparently into heavy right now: sours & obnoxiously brightly-colored beers).

After lunch, since the weather was absolutely wonderful, we decided to go for a walk around the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens. I bought a membership last summer and didn’t imagine I’d use it as much as I do – but it’s one of my favorite places in Cincinnati. We even got to see the recently-born tiger cubs! On the way home we swung through East Walnut Hills, a neighborhood we have yet to explore, and had a drink at the Woodburn Brewery (I had the Chocolate Mint Imperial Stout). Lastly, we decided to stop by the Lucky Dog Grille in Mason in our never-ending quest for trivia world domination (we came close).

 

 

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