She loves taking her kids to all the unique attractions and events that Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati have to offer. She shares tons of great recipes, DIY projects, kids' crafts and local adventures on her blog. Check her out at www.abirdandabean.com.
Describe Cincinnati USA in three words.
Fun. Family. Friendly.
Favorite Graeter's ice-cream flavor?
Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chip. Kentucky bourbon-flavored ice cream. Yes.
Must-ride coaster at Kings Island?
Well, my favorite coaster is probably Woodstock Express. It used to be called the Beastie when I was a kid. It's in Planet Snoopy. So, that might tell you how much I like coasters. I do like that I can ride it with my thrill-seeking kids. But, if I had to pick a big coaster, it would be the Beast.
Best spot for pre- or post-Reds game drink?
It's not walking distance, but when we have time, I love heading over to Listermann Brewing Company. I can't get enough of Chickow and their Peanut Butter Porter called Nutcase. But, since we usually park in Northern Kentucky we head to The Gruff for an Old Fashioned or a Moscow Mule.
How do you order your Cincinnati-style chili?
Chili Cheese Sandwich with onions and mustard. Every time! It's a coney without the hot dog.
Favorite ArtWorks mural?
This is a hard one. They are all so amazing. I really like the one on 6th street in Covington, Ky. It's called "An Epic of Time and Town" and shows the city's most cherished landmarks. It's at eye level, and I like that you can get up close from the sidewalk.
Rainy day activity you'd recommend to a visitor?
This might sound strange, but we really like to go to the zoo when it rains. Because it rarely rains all day and we basically have the place to ourselves. There are plenty of inside animal attractions to check out while it's raining, and then we enjoy the rest of the zoo when it clears up.
Weirdest dish you ever tasted...and loved!
I guess chicken and waffles isn't that weird. But, it sounded weird the first time I tried it at Taste of Belgium. They pair it with hot sauce and syrup and a blue cheese salad! Now I crave it.
Favorite hidden gem (that you're willing to tell everyone about!)...
We like to check out Tower A and watch the trains at Union Terminal. It's open to the public and free, but only open from Wednesday to Sunday. It's not really hidden, but many people don't know about it.
Can't-miss annual event that you always attend?
We never miss the Labor Day WEBN fireworks. They are amazing. I love bringing out-of-town friends to see it, too. None of them have seen a fireworks show like it before.
Best view of the Ohio River...
I really love the view from the Drees Pavilion in Northern Kentucky. The city skyline and river are gorgeous from up there. It's the perfect view of the skyline.