Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Explore your city: {Live like a local}

For my 28th birthday, my husband took me on a birthday field trip around Cincinnati. He was inspired by a recent edition of Cincinnati magazine where it talked about living like a local. He told me I could pick a few girlfriends to come, but wouldn't tell me what we were doing or where we were going. At 8:45 on Saturday my girlfriends got to the house and Drew got out his hand drawn maps with all the places he was going to take us. Let's just say the day revolved around food and shopping...any girl's dream!
Here are some of place we stopped:

Stop #1: Echo in Hyde Park for breakfast. Echo reminded me of a New York diner. The food was amazing. I got the seasonal Honey Wheat Pancakes, but our favorite was The Flying Pig Sandwich which was French toast stuffed with ham, bacon and swiss served with powdered sugar and syrup.
Stop#2: Shopping in Hyde Park Square. Such a picturesque little shopping area!
Stop#3: An amazing local bakery, BonBonerie! We all got a sweet to hold us over until lunch. Bonbonerie is known for their amazing baked goods, but they also have an adorable cafe and tea room. I will definitely go back to eat at the cafe sometime!!
Stop#4: Shopping in O'bryonville. Some of my favorite shops were Kismet, 10,000 villages and Indigenous.
Stop #5: OTR for more shopping. My absolute favorite shop in OTR is Mica 12/V. They have adorable little trinkets and some fun Ohio clothing and art work.
Stop #6: Our last stop was for lunch at Taste of Belgium. Drew and I split the chicken and waffles so there would be room for dessert and I can't even describe how amazing our meal was. The chicken was breaded to perfection and the chicken and waffles were coated with hot sauce and maple syrup. That may sound like an odd combination to you, but it is something I now crave. The server got wind that it was my birthday so he brought out a special Nutella, white chocolate covered waffle, which we all devoured. I would HIGHLY recommend going to Taste of Belgium if you are a Cincy local or just visiting Cincinnati!
Have you ever lived like a local? I highly recommend looking up some well known places in your city and making the time to go check them out!!
Linking up with Shanna today.

20 comments:

Amanda Hooper said...

Such a cute idea--those maps are adorable! He did good : )

Margaret said...

Aw- such a fun birthday!! Your husband definitely did good.

Carrie said...

Your husband did an amazing job on your bday... plus, he let you invite your girlfriends and he suffered through all the shopping with all of you! Big kudos to him! The food looks delicious! I have never been to your city, but I have a friend I work with that has family there.

Katie said...

This is the cutest idea ever. Sounds like such a fun time. And oh my the chicken and waffles at TOB...so fantastic!!

Shelley – Little Midwest Ramblings said...

your whole day sounds so much fun! and props to your man for coming up with such an awesome birthday idea!!

Melissa @ Amelia Lane said...

So cute!! I've lived in our city for two years and I feel like there is still so much I need to do! What a great idea!

Becca Moss said...

I love this - such a cute idea!

Morgan Liti said...

What a sweet idea! And I love the hand-drawn maps. Those are keepers. :) Sounds like you had a great birthday (and now I'm craving waffles).

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Jennie said...

What a fun day! I love Hyde Park it is so pretty there! And even though I lived near Cincinnati for 18 years I have never been to any of those places!! Great ideas though for when i go back to visit!
Glad you had a wonderful day and happy birthday!!

Anne said...

Such a fun idea! I love lots of these places too... but clearly need to try Taste of Belgium.

Becky said...

That is such a fun and cute idea!! I need to that around my town! And if I visit cincinnati I'm going to all those same restaurants because the food looks delicious!

Susannah said...

What a fun surprise!!! And how special that your hubby encouraged you to invite some girlfriends along. What a great man. :-)

Natalie said...

What a cool adventure-birthday idea! And the food! *mouth waters*

Katie said...

what a fun day!! and i love your outfit - that skirt is so cute!

NanaDiana said...

What fun! You look just beautiful- Happy, happy birthday to you. I think we could all do a little more hometown touristy things- xo Diana

Stephanie F said...

What a sweet (and smart) husband you have!! ;) That's a fantastic idea. Sounds like a perfect birthday adventure! Love the photos.

Sarah said...

Well this is just the most adorable birthday idea and I love the hand drawn maps! Such fun stops around town!

According to Jax said...

This looks like so much fun!!! We are regulars around Hyde Park....and my wedding cake is going to be from Bonbonnerie!! But I havent made it to Taste of Belguim yet. I've had their waffles at Finley Market, but not at the actual restaurant! I need to go, NOW!

Erin LFF said...

SUCH a fun idea! I have literally never explored ANY of these areas lol!!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

What a great husband! Drew did a great job - especially with that cute map! Looks like you guys had a great time! :)