happy new year!

January 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Happy new year! I hope everyone had a great end to 2011 and is looking forward to a joyful and love-filled 2012.

E and I started our night at Music Hall to see E’s dad play with the CSO. Every year they do a concert and special gala and since I started listening to the classical station in the car (short story: I hate all of Cincinnati’s radio stations, thus I listen to classical because there are no commercials and occasionally I learn something about animals from the ’90 second naturalist’ segment’) I knew all about the concert, but never thought E would go. But it was so fun! They played a few pieces from operas and operettas (not my favorite) and ended with several jazz numbers (my favorite). I think we saw E’s dad play in about two of the songs. I guess it was an easy gig!

Music Hall is so pretty and it was a nice date. Even nicer was the people watching. Whoa. Because of the gala, you can see people in anything and everything. Fur. Ball gowns. Tuxes. We were nowhere that dressed up, but maybe someday. What girl doesn’t want an excuse to get all dolled up?

We then went to a friend’s party and proceeded to have too much food and drink…per usual for new years! Needless to say, today has been laaaaazy. The only time we’ve been out of the house was when I took Nico on a walk. It’s been like a mini vacation for a day.

As for 2012 resolutions? Last year I made a whole list of goals that never really were achieved except for saving money and keeping the house cleaner. This year, instead of trying to force things to happen, I want to relax and focus on creating balance in all parts of our life.

That pretty much sums it up completely. I want more out of 2012. Happy New Year!

kt + e’s cincinnati: enoteca emilia

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!

kt + e’s cincinnati: lunken bike trail

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!

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