December 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
A few weeks ago my mom-in-law, sister-in-law, and future sister-in-law and I decided we needed a girls’ night out before the arrival of sister-in-law #1’s third baby. Food? Wine? Good conversation? I’m always in. And look, you can’t even see Baby Hank:
So last night we headed to a new restaurant in O’Bryonville called Enoteca Emilia. This place is really great! The atmosphere felt very cozy, but with fun modern details like graphic wallpaper mixed with brick walls and white wood plank ceilings. There’s a large bar that runs though two rooms and offers plenty of seating while you wait for a table. Now that they take reservations, I would definitely make them. We waited about 30 minutes on a Wednesday night!
Though maybe a bit expensive, the food was very yummy! We tried a Whipped Ricotta appetizer that was sinful. It was like melty cheese butter. The salads were perfectly sized to split between two people, and the one we tried (Prosciutto) was fresh and light with pomegranate seeds and a fig vinaigrette. Yum! I love pomegranate! Well and prosciutto…the best of all the salty meats. But I digress!
For an entree, I tried the Garganelli, which is a large tube pasta. Think really large hand-made penne. It had a mushroom and truffle buttery sauce. Need I say more? I believe we found the reason my pants are tight today! The truffle flavor was decadent. I wish I could eat it every day for dinner. But then my pants would never fit. DILEMMA! None of us had room for dessert, but they have profiteroles (fried ricotta fritters) that sound pretty awesome. When I go back, I will for sure save room.
Or unbutton those pants we were talking about. Sometimes sacrifices have to be made in the name of dessert.
I highly recommend Enoteca Emilia for fun girls’ dinners or a fancy date night. I plan on taking E back soon. Like maybe tomorrow?
Click here for their website!
April 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
It’s no secret E and I like to ride our bikes. A lot. I mean, we’re planning several 100-mile rides this summer. You don’t do that unless you are crazy dedicated. Or just plain crazy.
Unfortunately, you can’t just pick up one day and ride 100 miles without some pretty serious consequences. Aka, soreness. In some bad places. One really has to train for such an endeavor, putting in at least an hour long ride after work a few days a week and then some long distance rides on the weekends. Cincinnati is not a great place for cyclists. We’re not like Portland or parts of North Carolina where you can ride easily to and from work or to the store. It’s especially difficult if you are afraid of riding on the road. You know, with cars.
I am afraid.
So we end up doing all of our rides on the Little Miami Bike Trail, which is awesome since you can ride from Newtown (about a 10 minute drive from our house) all the way up to Xenia (65 miles on the trail). But, it is boring. You are in the woods. The whole time pretty much. Flat trail and woods is pretty much all you see. Well, and people who don’t know how to ride their bikes or like to walk in huge groups crowding the trail or like to stop in the middle…but that’s a post for another day. After awhile, I just need something different.
Yesterday I brought my bike to work, which is conveniently enough, down the street from Lunken Airport and its surrounding trail. It’s 5 miles around, which I figured meant I could go around 3 times and with the distance to and from my office would be an hour’s ride. Well. Parts were flooded. People let their dogs run free. There are very skinny parts. And bumpy parts.
And I had to go on the road. The horror! I think two cars passed me.
Trust me, I was not bored.
But I was not happy.
This trail is awesome for running. It’s mostly flat and has different views on the way around. But it is too crowded for cycling if you want to maintain any kind of speed. A leisurely ride on a sunny Sunday afternoon? Awesome. An athletic training ride? Not so.
Maybe I had a bad experience. Maybe you will tell me that you used to ride there all the time and thought it was great and wonderful and the most perfect bike trail in the world. Maybe I will try again.
But probably not. Guess I’m going back to boring for awhile!