A Little Introduction

A refresh of a slightly shopworn model Howdy! If you are reading this, most likely you are familiar with my former blog as The 614ortyNiner. And even if you aren’t, the introduction applies equally in this case. I moved to Ohio from California early in the 2010s. As you may have figured out from my previous blog name, there was an underlying theme of my … Continue reading A Little Introduction

A Hole-y Unlikely Tale: The Donut King

Little did I know it at the time, but this Ube Ice Cream filled donut from The Parlor Ice Cream in Sacramento, CA, was just the tip of the iceberg of a fascinating tale As I was watching the 2020 documentary movie “The Donut King” (which I streamed recently on Hulu), I realized I had already experienced a bit of the latter half of the … Continue reading A Hole-y Unlikely Tale: The Donut King

The 614ortyPlatter – Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Beer and baseball is a natural match, like here in Clevelandwhere Great Lakes Brewing is a popular destination One of our favorite pastimes is baseball – we have planned trips both to Cleveland to watch the home team as well as to Cincinnati (to watch the team that I grew up with, the San Francisco Giants.)  And as much as we do like our Major … Continue reading The 614ortyPlatter – Take Me Out to the Ballgame

The 614ortyPlatter – Musing on The Museum

You might not truly appreciate the breadth that canned luncheon meat can achieve until you visit the HormelSPAM Museum in Austin, Minnesota Whenever you travel anywhere, we’ve found a that museum is almost always a safe bet to spend a solid couple of hours or so.  Perhaps the best thing we’ve found is that museums can cover the gamut of topics, from the serious and … Continue reading The 614ortyPlatter – Musing on The Museum

The 614ortyPlatter – Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler

Even the local supermarkets like Kroger have gotten intothe Fat Tuesday groove of late… Fat Tuesday (or, depending on where you are in the world, Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, or Carnival/Carnaval) has become essentially a day of excess pleasures for the public at large.  Historically, it marks the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten period for a number of religions, including … Continue reading The 614ortyPlatter – Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler

The 614ortyPlatter – Time to Goetta On The Road

Cincinnati’s Goettafest attracts thousands during a typical year The combo of COVID and the winter months, when people tend to want to hunker up inside anyway, has many worried, if nothing else from the mental drag of feeling cooped up for what has been several months now for those who have been heeding the advice of experts the most.  It’s that aspect that inspired this … Continue reading The 614ortyPlatter – Time to Goetta On The Road

The Nostalgia Bin: Columbus and Beyond

As this The Book Loft shelf shows, plenty of travel guides exist to places people wish to go, such as Paris and the country of France in this case Walking around a place like German Village’s Book Loft, I almost always am drawn to their Travel section. But as much as I am drawn to far off places my spouse and I would love to … Continue reading The Nostalgia Bin: Columbus and Beyond

A Bridge Too Far?

The headline in the October 18, 1989 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle went right to the point about the previous day’s events Anniversaries are funny things.  I don’t think about this one much nowadays, but postings on social media and news outlets reminded me that we had reached the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake.  Centered in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the … Continue reading A Bridge Too Far?

From Zane’s Trace to Outer Space: A Journey into Muskingum County

An original and somewhat worse-for-wear mileage marker located outside the National Road and Zane Grey Museum in Norwich, OH The long road trip test isn’t always recommended for potential relationship testing, but it will almost always give you a definitive answer about viability of a partnership after a single experience. Our first road trip together covered at least 500 miles over a several day period. … Continue reading From Zane’s Trace to Outer Space: A Journey into Muskingum County

Triple-Hopped: On The Ohio Summer Brewery Prowl

Despite signs of slowing growth, craft breweries are most certainly still a thing. According to an article in USA Today, the craft beer industry surpassed the 7,000 operating breweries by the end of 2018, according to the Brewers Association. Furthermore, the Association expects another thousand or so breweries will join the fray by the end of 2019. And while Ohio may not match the sheer … Continue reading Triple-Hopped: On The Ohio Summer Brewery Prowl