Tales of a 20-something running and eating through life

Memorial Day Weekend in Ohio

By on May 27, 2014 in Running, Travel with 1 Comment

This past weekend I took a trip with Allen and some of his family to Ohio to see my first away Cardinals game! We left on Saturday morning to head to Ohio where his grandparents and aunt and uncle live. Saturday night we had dinner at his grandparents house.

On Sunday morning, I woke up early to get in a run before we left for Cincinnati for the day! Hannah and I have been following a training schedule for a 4th of July 5K, and I wanted to remain diligent. So even though I was very comfy under the covers, I laced up my shoes and got 30 minutes in before breakfast.

We headed down to Cincinnati around 9:30 and arrived just around 11. Our first stop was the Carew Tower, which had some spectacular views of downtown:

DSC_6560You can see Great American Ballpark right next to the river there.

Another awesome thing about being there this weekend was the Taste of Cincinnati! It was HUGE, as you can see in this photo:

DSC_6564The festival stretched for blocks, and there was so many restaurants represented. There was truly something for everyone, and I had a hard time choosing what to eat. Luckily, the first thing I saw was one of the best things I ate all day: vegetable tofu Pad Thai.

DSC_6573For only $4 I got a pretty good-sized portion of rice noodles with tofu, carrots, broccoli and zucchini. This made my mouth so happy!

The festival itself was really well executed: the lines were moving quickly, there was plenty of seating on the sidewalks and at certain points along the street and there was live music.

I tasted my fair share of things, some better than others:

DSC_6578This gazpacho was way overpriced and not that good! It had too many cucumbers. Probably my only regret.

DSC_6587Fried plantains! They were piping hot and starchy.

DSC_6592Garlic parmesan fries, which were also piping hot.

This pasta was stuffed with cheese and had a truffle and mushroom sauce:

DSC_6584These were very indulgent and rich. I could only eat two of them! Luckily I saved room for the best thing of the entire day: chocolate chip bread pudding from the same booth.

DSC_6586This bread pudding was served warm with an amaretto sauce, and it was incredible. I split it with Allen and I can still remember how velvety smooth it felt on my tongue. The texture was definitely in contrast to a bread pudding with crispy edges, and I have to say this was superior. Oh, it was so good.

I had a blast at the Taste of Cincinnati. It was the perfect way to learn about the city!

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After stuffing our faces, we did some walking and killed time before getting dinner at the Moerlein Lager House, which is right next to Great American Ballpark. The view from our table was awesome:

DSC_6599However the restaurant was not that exciting. I ordered the balsamic tofu, and it was underwhelming. Everything felt under-seasoned, especially the tofu! It’s hard to find tofu that tastes good in a restaurant…they just don’t prepare it enough to know what techniques are the best.

DSC_6596Others at our table said their food was also under-seasoned, so I know it wasn’t just me. Luckily there are plenty of snacks at the ballpark!

IMG_1525They have veggie dogs!!! This hit the spot. I also had popcorn.

Great American Ballpark had the most gorgeous view of the Ohio River and Kentucky.

DSC_6603I had a great time there. The Reds fans were all friendly, the view was great, the food was excellent and even our nosebleed seats gave us a good view.

I also got to fill out my very first scorecard! They give them out for free, which was really cool.

IMG_1528To top off a great day in Cincy, the Cardinals won! We took the long ride home back to Allen’s grandparents’ house (through some nasty traffic because of an accident) and I slept hard. We left after lunch and arrived home to St. Louis by dinnertime.

All in all it was the perfect way to kick off my summer. I am ecstatic about this summer and its only just begun!

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