Taste of the World Benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Saturday November 11, 2017

(The following is a sponsored post by the Tri-State Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society)

The Tri-State Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is hosting its 14th annual Taste of the World Food, Wine, and Beer Festival at The Newport Aquarium Saturday, November 11, from 7:30 -11:00 p.m. 


This event would make a great date night, or girls/guys night out. As much as I love visiting the aquarium with my sweet children, We're looking forward to experiencing it without them too.  If you follow Vintage Indie on Instagram or Facebook, you may have seen our posts on Mazunte Taqueria, one of our favorite places to eat in Cincinnati. They'll be at the Taste of the World along with a fantastic lineup of local eateries and more. 

BB Riverboats/Current Catering

Chart House

Coffee Emporium

Cracker Barrel

Dewey's Pizza



Holtman’s Donuts

Insomnia Cookies

Keystone Bar & Grill Clifton

Madisono's Gelato


Mellow Mushroom


P.F. Changs



Pit to Plate BBQ

Stone Creek Dining Company 

If you're a fan of Bourbon you won't want to miss getting your ticket for the Pappy Van Winkle raffle. 

Pappy Van Winkle Raffle


The Party Source has generously donated the highly anticipated and deeply coveted COMPLETE 2017 fall release of Pappy Van Winkle to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to be raffled off to ONE lucky winner!

Only 200 tickets will be sold, at $150 per ticket, and a maximum of 4 tickets per person.

To purchase tickets visit http://events.lls.org/pages/soh/taste17

Thank you to The Party Source, Presenting Sponsor of Taste of the World and
generous Pappy Provider.


(LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.  

The Tri-State Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society encompasses a geographic area of 26 counties serving Greater Cincinnati, Southeastern Indiana, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and the Miami Valley as well as southeastern Ohio.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. For more information about blood cancer, visit www.LLS.org or call the Society’s Information





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Craft Connection Cincinnati Brewery Tour

A Craft Connection Brewery Tour is a great way to spend a few hours learning, and enjoying one of Cincinnati’s (and my) most beloved and historic pastimes. BEER!  Craft Connection Brewery tours offers several tour options for groups of 6-14.

Craft Connection Cincinnati Brewery Tour

3-hour, 3 Brewery Tour: $50/person

3.5-hour, 3 Brewery Tour: $55/person

4-hour, 3 Brewery Tour; $60/person

4-hour, 4 Brewery Tour; $60/person

You may choose one of their public tours, or plan your own.  We opted to plan our own, and filled the bus with beer drinkers (and homebrewers) of every different level and experience.  Whether you’re a seasoned beer geek, or a novice, this guided tour will have plenty of information for you.  Not only will you see the taprooms and behind the bars, but will get an up close look at the brewing, canning, and bottling facilities of each brewery visited.

Craft Connection Tour Guide Megan

When you choose your breweries, keep in mind that drive time to and from your pick/drop location, and time between breweries is part of your tour!  Plan accordingly, and choose breweries that maximize your time drinking beer, and learning!

Craft Connection Brewery Tour Cup

Our tour guide, Megan, picked us up at our home, which is approximately 10 miles south of downtown, and we were able to visit (comfortably) Nine Giant, Rhinegeist, and The Woodburn.  We could tell, immediately, that Megan was knowledgeable and had a good relationship with each brewery as we entered.  Not only did she fulfill our beer requests, but helped us learn about the brewing process, history of the buildings we were in, and styles of the beers we were trying.  We even had the pleasure of having co-owners of two of the breweries we visited leading part of our tour!

The Woodburn Co-owner Dennis Chacón
The Woodburn Co-owner Dennis Chacón

While you’re not sipping delicious brews, and learning about Cincinnati’s rich brewing past, present and future, you’ll get to have a great time on the bus.  Bring along for the ride beer, wine, and cider for enjoying on the bus, just keep it there.  No outside beer is permitted in any of the breweries, and no hard liquor allowed!



                Everything is included in the price of admission, except gratuity for your driver.  Remember to tip well, and often!  Book a tour today, and find out why Craft Connection Brewery Tours is successfully helping grow Cincinnati’s craft beer culture and awareness!  Drink local! Cheers!

Craft Connection Brewery Tour Guide Megan

Want to see more? Check out our video of Nine Giant on our Facebook Vintage Indie.

Amazing waffles, but so much more at The Taste of Belgium

Taste of Belgium Date Night

It isn't date day until you take a table-side selfie right? That right there is my better half #theabeardedhunk (look him up on Instagram). We like to do date "days" instead of night quite often if we can get them. We find that we can hit up lunch menus to save on our bill, and enjoy some time away together without being exhausted, if you know what I mean. #thirtiesproblems

We recently hit up a new to us spot, The Taste of Belgium at Rookwood. 3825 Edwards Road. Cincinnati, OH 45209. It's across the street from Rookwood Commons. Taste of Belgium is known for their waffles, and rightly so; they're delicious. Crunchy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. What started as a 120lb cast iron waffle maker, touted all the way from Jean-François Flechet's hometown in Belgium, is now a successful group of Belgian-inspired eateries.  

We've tasted the fluffy goodness a few times during our visits to Findlay Market. This time however, we branched out and tried a few new things at this swanky location. 

Taste of Belgium Rookwood

My craft beer enthused husband was impressed with the taps at Taste of Belgium, and I was impressed with all of the specialty drinks they offer. From cocktails, to specialty espresso sips and wines, they have just about anything you could want to drink. You can tell from the details in the setup of the restaurant and the food flying out of the kitchen, that quality is important here. From our seat, we watched as the chefs, and line cooks were adding final details to plates. Each one seemed to have been checked over with care. 

Taste of Belgium Crepes

This was my vegetarian crepe, with roasted red peppers, spinach, goat cheese, balsamic glaze. It was gooey in the the middle, and the veggies were perfectly crunchy. If you're gluten free, they offer those as well. 

Taste of Belgium Goetta Hash

This was hubby's choice, Goetta Hash. He enjoyed it very much and said he would get it again. It smelled absolutely delicious, and this veggie loving momma, may or may not have tasted a small bite of goetta. 

Taste of Belgium Rookwood

Sitting directly in front of us, was their market, filled with fresh waffles, pastries and delicious macarons. If you have any room left after that hash, you might have a hard time decided what to indulge in. Everything looked so good. 

As far as date days go, this is a hot spot, and a great place to unwind and reconnect. Our server was on the ball, and didn't miss a beat. The place was buzzing with people in and out, and though it was busy, we felt cozy and comfortable. The decor and brightness of this location are top notch, you just feel good while you're there. If dining alfresco is your thing, they also boast a nice outdoor seating area with umbrellas. Let us know if you've ever been to Taste of Belgium, and if you dared to branch out from those tasty waffles, we need help decided what to order next time we go.




Kings Island with Teens and Tweens

Kings Island, why did I wait so long to come and visit you? The last time my family and I visited Kings Island, was when my now 14 year old was in a stroller! Can you belive that? I'm so excited to share our recent expirence with you, because so much has changed since those days. 

If you've never been, "Kings Island is located 21 miles north of Cincinnati off Interstate 71. The park's more than 100 world-class rides, shows and attractions are located within a two-hour drive of Columbus, OH, Indianapolis, IN, Louisville and Lexington, KY, and within five hours of cities like Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, Pittsburgh, PA and Charleston, WV" So what's your excuse? 



This is us minus #thebeardedhunk who was driving. Kings Island or bust. I think I was more excited to head to Kings Island than these guys, our two sons and their friends. I was determined to get a full day in, no matter what the weather brought us. It was hot, really hot.

We filled up on breakfast before we left, so we could dive right in when we arrived. I also armed myself with some pain reliver, because you know roller coasters

So when we arrived we decided to hit up a new to us roller coaster, the Diamondback. "Diamondback is a high-speed steel roller coaster with a combination of banked turns and airtime humps." All I could say when we got off was WOW! I can't believe how smooth this ride is, I can't wait to do it again. Seriously though, it was so smooth and I didn't need anything for my typical roller coaster headache! 



We decided (well mostly I talked them into it) that we should head to White Water Canyon since it was so close. My thoughts were, we would get wet, and that would help keep us cool the rest of the day. For me, it was perfect, I got fully soaked except for my shoes! Everyone else wasn't so lucky, but none the less, it was a relaxing five minutes and we had fun getting wet. 


This is my sweet little family. Those brave younger guys decided they would go on Firehawk, and they couldn't talk me into it. I mean you're basically hanging and FLYING!

"Firehawk is a flying roller coaster where riders experience three (3) inversions in a face-down position. Riders will experience high speeds, weightlessness, and rapid movements from side-to-side. A shoulder harness secures each rider over the shoulders and across the chest" So lucky them, the first time for my youngest son to ever ride roller coasters or the Firehawk, he and big brother rode on the front car! The very first one! There was no way this momma was riding on that, I mean I still have a sweet little girl at home. 

Fast forward a few hours later, and it was probably my most favorite ride of the day. I don't think I've ever experinced anything like it. Nope, nada. If you go to Kings Island this smooth, and thrilling coaster must be on the top of your list. I'm so glad they talked me into riding it. I especially love that we have this fun memory together. Teens are so awesome! 


The day couldn't have been more perfect. The crowds weren't bad, and the lines were almost non existant. I highly suggest going on a weekday! We headed to Soak City, Kings Island's waterpark for a few hours around 4:00. Most folks were packing up, headed out of there for dinner.  We had a blast on all of the water slides. My favorite is always the slides with tubes. 

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#thebeardedhunk and me. 

 "Soak City is the premier waterpark in the region. Families can splish, splash and laugh on more than 50 water activities, including 36 water slides, tropical lagoons, rushing rivers, and surfable waves including a 650,000-gallon wave pool, Tidal Wave Bay. Soak City is included with park admission to Kings Island."



After that, we headed back to Kings Island for about five trips in the Dodgem cars, and many more coasters! Who doesn't love a good bumper car ride! It was especially fun chasing all these guys around. For dinner we headed to Festhaus to get some pizza for our gluten free friend, and some regular pizza for the rest of the gang. Me, I ate Coney Potato Works, A.L.L. D.A.Y. yeah, snacks, dinner, all day. What can I say, I'm a sucker for fresh cut fries, and malt vinegar, my favorite! 

Helpful Tip: Coney Potato Works is GLUTEN FREE! 
"This GLUTEN-FREE location offers gluten-free fresh cut fries, gluten-free chicken tenders, gluten-free hand-dipped corndogs, gluten-free soft serve ice cream cones and some gluten-free beer choices" Say what?



The night ended where it started with one last magical trip on the Diamondback just as the sun was setting. It was gorgeous looking over the whole park with the beautiful sunset from the top of  Diamonback's hill. It was the perfect end to the most perfect day. #thebearded hunk and I had a blast with all of these gentlemen who hung out with the parents all day. I was so happy to have been able to go with them, and create some super great memories. I hope we can head back next year for a Firehawk marathon, and some fries, yes, more fries please! 


Oh, PS. when we were there, they told us they were unveiling a new ride that Thursday! I'm happy to report Mystic Timbers a new wooden roller coaster is set to open summer 2017! Take a look at this preview, it looks like so much fun! #whatsintheshed