Ever get that travel bug and you just have do something new like RIGHT NOW? Well B and I felt that rumble last weekend and took a field trip to good ole Cincinnati! Just the two of us, just a two hour car trip, and just for the day. It was spontaneous and new, just how we like it!
We had originally planned to meet our best man out there and make a weekend out of it but he had to cancel last minute but we decided to still go up anyway. I’ve only explored the IKEA on multiple occasions so I was ready to branch out! The few items we had on the agenda were these three things:
- Eat at Tom + Chee – an amazing tomato soup and grilled cheese place that I found out about on Shark Tank
- Go to Nike – had to exchange a workout top B got for me in Chicago and we don’t have a Nike near us
- Jungle Jim’s – all we needed was some exotic beer but I had no idea what this place had in store
Just 3 simple places. How hard could it be? Well, when we decided to look into our trip (the night before) we found that those three places were all over the city and not very close at all. Whatever, we had all day, right? So who cares?
First stop: Downtown Cincy.
After arriving safely to the city, I Yelped the closest Tom + Chee (as they are now a franchise thanks to Shark Tank) and we look for parking. I don’t know what it is but parking can be so stressful. The streets weren’t even that busy but it was a new city for us and we were clueless. We started following these signs around for “$1 Parking” but we couldn’t ever find where the HECK to park for a dolla! Then we pulled into a garage on accident and it was $12 dollars for 4 hours so we drove right back out and parked on the street. No where close to the restaurant. Whatever, we could stretch our legs, no big deal. We walk the couple blocks to the place and guess what? CLOSED! Our whole trip was ruined!
No, just kidding. It was actually fine that this one was closed because we got to go to the original and it was awesome! B and I ordered the same thing: Grilled cheese with a glazed donut for bread, cheddar cheese, and bacon. Suuuuuper healthy. Then a cup of creamy tomato soup. So scrumptious! Then we had to get seconds and opted for the BBQ that had BBQ chips inside, heavenly. And I was tweeting @Tomandchee the whole time we were eating and turns out they are bringing one to Indy, Christmas came early this year!
Yeah it was mouthwatering. B and I now know the trick to the donut bread so we’ll be making our own until the Indy location opens!
Next stop: Cincinnati Premium Outlets
Going with the flow, we decided to drive up north to the outlet mall and browse around after exchanging my top at Nike. Well… the browsing turned into a full on shopping day and we trekked around those shops for 4 hours! In the summer sweltering heat… it was ridiculous. But we got some great deals because, it’s so weird, but every time we go to an outlet mall, they have awesome sales for ONE DAY ONLY! And we seem to make it each time! We are sooo lucky.
Final stop: Jungle Jim’s
We finally went to the hallowed Jungle Jim’s International Super Market and holy crap is that place over the top. We went specifically for the beer selection. B had his buddies sent him orders so he could load up which basically made it look like we were raging alcoholics with a cart filled solely with brews… don’t be a hater.
Jungle Jim’s is like every grocery store across the world smashed into one obnoxious stop. And then sprinkle in a couple of the the old singing characters from Chuck E. Cheese… badda-bing, there you have it, overload central. They literally have the boat from Gilligan’s Island and on top… your favorite General Mills breakfast cereal mascots signing random crap above the fish aisle. Oh, it’s strange.
Then we high-tailed it out of there and made it home by 11pm. An exhausting but super fun day trip where B and I got to be totally spontaneous even amid the struggle of road-tripping 🙂