Today is National Pepperoni Pizza Day and growing up in Cincinnati this means a LaRosa's Pepperoni Pizza. Luckily this is actually available in New York City once each month at Edward's restaurant at 136 W. Broadway. They also offer Skyline Chili, Montgomery Inn Ribs and Graeter's Ice Cream. It happens on the last Monday of … Continue reading National Pepperoni Pizza Day – my favorite
I call them Franken-Ribs because they take several complex operations to come to life. I live in a small New York City apartment and so do not have a deck, a yard, a grill, or a place to install a standard smoker. Under these limitations I decided to play with how I could make the … Continue reading Franken-Ribs achieved
I love my adopted city of New York and am a regular reader of the New York Times. An article there recently reminded me how sentimental I am about my home city of Cincinnati. Two year old Brody Allen of Colerain Township, a Cincinnati suburb, was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer … Continue reading Merry Christmas, Brody
The Cincinnati Reds have officially been eliminated from playoff opportunities in 2018. We'll play out the season and test new prospects for next year. Next year. Always and again next year. But watch out. There's always next year. It is only 164 days until spring training day and 197 from Reds Opening Day. Not that … Continue reading It’s Over
When I was a child living in Ohio we would sometimes vacation in Florida to visit grandparents, DisneyWorld, the beach and sometimes all three. The trip was always down Interstate 75 and I loved to watch the scenery roll by as we had no tablets or electronic devices to hold our attention. Not because I … Continue reading Childhood memories of the Plantation House
As both the Reds and Mets are National League teams I get at least one shot to see my Cincy team live each season. This year both have similar records (translation: terrible), so it is something of an even match. I went to the Tuesday night game and was treated to a National Anthem sung … Continue reading Cincinnati Reds win the game I went to see!
It can be difficult to be a Cincinnatian in NYC. To be honest, the best treat to be found in the City That Never Sleeps is my own kitchen with my (mostly) secret recipe for that unique beast - Cincinnati Chili. But I am here to tell you that second best is at Edwards Restaurant … Continue reading Cincinnati Night at Edwards Restaurant!
Today is National Chili Dog Day, or if you are from Cincinnati - National Cheese Coney Day. Take a humble hot dog on a bun, add mustard, Cincinnati Chili, onions (optional) and mound it high with finely shredded mild cheddar cheese. Recently at the One Mile House Bar on Delancey Street here in New York … Continue reading National Chili Dog Day – or as I know it – Pass Me Another Cheese Coney
Have you tried Graeter's Ice Cream? Founded in Cincinnati in 1870 they still make ice cream by hand 2 1/2 gallons at a time in a French Pot. What is that? You gotta see it: https://www.graeters.com/french-pot-process-ice-cream They have amazing regular flavors and tempting seasonal flavors (we just tried their Rocky Road, not available again until … Continue reading Gotta Get Graeter’s
Today is Opening Day of the Baseball Season. For fans like me it represents the most hopeful day of the year. The Cincinnati Reds have the opportunity to go all the way this morning, not having been tested in the real 162 day cauldron. It could happen. Never mind that we haven't won a World … Continue reading OPENING DAY!
Spring Training games got started last week and it makes me feel warm all over. The Cincinnati Reds have won a few and lost a few but winning is not the point until the regular season starts. As one former Reds announcer said, these guys are just getting their work in. Time to sharpen your … Continue reading Spring Training Games get underway
Finally. Cincinnati Reds pitchers and catchers report to spring training today. Go Reds. As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes TOMORROW: Happy Valentines Day
OK, I admit it. I caved and had some Graeter's ice cream delivered for the holidays. Those from Cincinnati know what this means and everyone else should learn. No exaggeration - it is the best ice cream in the world. The process for making it has remained the same since 1870. It is made and … Continue reading Graeter’s for the Holidays!
The New York Yankees have named Aaron Boone as their new manager. I will always associate Aaron as a member of the Cincinnati Reds as they drafted him and he premiered in Riverfront Stadium. He also hit the final home run in that stadium and was a sterling (and fiery) presence on the team. He … Continue reading Aaron Boone
I love baseball. My favorite sport. Pastoral, contemplative, strategic. I love the playoffs and World Series. I long for the return of my Cincinnati Reds and I enjoy when New York teams are in, but this was a good series. Always good to see a seventh game and certainly lots of interest in a nice … Continue reading World Series 2017
My beloved Cincinnati Reds 2017 season finished on Sunday. We had the awful record of 68 wins and 94 losses. As I have for nearly three decades I can only say "Wait Till Next Year." I got to see them lose in their trip to New York again this year. I'll try to see them … Continue reading Wait till next year with my Cincinnati Reds
Tonight we go to Citifield to see my Cincinnati Reds take on the New York Mets. I know the modern argument that in professional sports you are really rooting for a uniform, not a team as the players are interchangeable, unlike the "old days." Actually players were moved around in the old days but at … Continue reading Seeing my hometown Cincinnati Reds play the New York Mets
I grew up in Southwestern Ohio in and around Cincinnati - where my father's family has long been based. Baseball is practically a religion there and we worship the Cincinnati Reds. While the feeling has waned a bit over the decades Cincinnati is still the only major league town left that has an Opening Day … Continue reading For the Love of Pete
Ah, such beautiful words. Spring is truly on its way. Throw and catch. Run and hit. Hope springs eternal. My beloved Cincinnati Reds will triumph this season. Of course, I've had that same refrain since 1991 but I believe it every year. Even without Brandon Phillips (we miss you already dude) I believe we can … Continue reading Pitchers and Catchers Report!