Angie drools over McAlister's. It's a chain of restaurants apparently popular in the south. The only Ohio joints are in the Queen City. I had the club sandwich. It was good. Angie had a barrel of sweet tea.
When we decided to go to Cincinnati, I did a quick online search for things to do. I didn't want to have to tell people I just went to Ikea and a grocery store...
I found information about the Hyde Park area of the city and it looked pretty nice, and I figured we could spend some time kicking around in the park.
Hyde Park was fantastic. The homes in and around the area were stunning. We drove through without checking out any of the small shops and boutiques in the town center, opting instead to find the park.
I had not mapped directions for the park; it was more of an afterthought, but I found it because I am awesome.
The park was really nice. Nila walked around the garden and refused to smell the flowers.
She was tired and cranky after about 30 minutes, so we fought her into her car seat and she took a little cat nap on the way to Ikea.
I hate shopping at Ikea. I love Ikea, but the shoppers there are insane. It's like they've never shopped before. There's so much wide-eyed meandering that a person can't browse in peace without knocking into a small Indian family or falling over the feet of some guy from Kentucky who isn't quite sure what he's doing there.
I would prefer that all of these people either stay home or learn how to follow the arrows helpfully painted on the floor and KEEP MOVING OR PULL OFF TO THE SIDE!
Aisles are for walking, carpeted areas are for standing and figuring out whether or no the Oogglesfjord bookshelves go with your Ulxwesty carpet and Huvershorb dog bed.
FYI, it doesn't.
We picked up a few small things. It was more of a reconnaissance mission this time. Angie goes into more detail about our purchases here. (We did buy a tray for our soap, don't worry.)
I am a big fan of Mr. Jim. But, alas, it was the one-too-many on our list of things to do. I was cranky, Angie was cranky and Nila was hungry. We were all hungry.
I got the bare essentials; all-natural hummus, curry powder, garam masala, blood orange juice, Double Decker bars.
The trip to JJ's was short, but we only had the one argument about subs and we left the store on good terms.
We ate dinner at that other famous Cincinnati landmark; Wendy's.
*admittedly, some are not landmarks.
**While we did take some pictures, we didn't take any of these. Click on the picture to see where they came from.