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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bases, Horseshoes and Skyline Chili

It's a short work week, with 4th of July weekend approaching.  A month or so ago, I booked a quick trip to Vegas to celebrate the Holiday.  My flight was scheduled to leave DCA at 5:00 Thursday evening, with a layover (and tight connection) in Phoenix, before arriving in Paradise, NV at 9:30 pm. 


And then I saw the forecast for D.C. on Thursday.  Strong storms likely.  And the flight from DCA to Phx. only has a 55% on-time rate as it is.  If I miss the connection, I'm shit-out-of-luck getting into Vegas until Friday morning, earliest.  So . . . rather than stress about it, I decided to audible.


Yes, I may be the first person in history to cancel a trip to Vegas and, instead, head to . . . . . Cincinnati.


But, I'm actually sort of pumped about it.  As you may recall, during my last trip to Vegas over Memorial Day, I placed a sizable wager on the Reds to win the NL at 22-1.  As a result, I've been following the Reds closely every night.  And, I've never been to Great American Ballpark.  I've never been to Cincinnati for that matter.  The weather should be delightful, and the thought of seeing a three game series against the front-running Brewers seems like the foundation for a decent weekend.  I even shelled out for a 2nd row ticket behind the Reds dugout for Sunday afternoon, when Matt Latos throws.  Nothing like seeing great pitching up close.


And, of course, Cincinnati is home to a Horseshoe Casino (walking distance from the Westin, which, if you read this blog, you'll recognize as PPP's preferred brand).  The Horseshoe Baltimore opens in a little less than two months, so I'm looking forward to getting a preview while racking up some sweet, sweet, Caesars' Tier Credits.


It won't be Vegas.  But I've done Vegas.  A lot.  This will be something different.  It will have all the elements of a winning weekend.  Bases.  Beers. Steak & good wine. And gambooooling.  And, it will be much more relaxing than a two-day visit to the desert.


Now, if I can just avoiding getting drunk and taking a late-night stroll through Over the Rhine, I should be golden...


-P3  

33 comments:

  1. Have you ever had Skyline Chile? I don't why it is popular. It tastes really bland to me, like a weak tasting pot roast mixture. I'd rather have a good old Chicago style hot dog or Italian beef any day of the week.

    If you are looking for any eclectic things to do there, check out the American Sign Museum or the William Howard Taft Historic Site (born there and boyhood home). Or just watch baseball, eat filets and drink cabernet and gamble. : o )

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    1. Never had Skyline before. I went to law school with several friends that grew up in Louisville / Lexington, respectively . . . both Reds fans . . . both recommend the Skyline. However, I believe it is served with pasta, correct? Which rules it out as an option for me anyhow . . .

      As for your suggested activities. I'll likely choose option "B" . . .

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    2. lightning is such a HOMER.chicago style this and that.LOL.

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    3. The greatest city in da world. : o )

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    4. come on,professor. u must b smoking some GRAPE APE if u r typing that. LOL

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    5. Not sure about greatest in the world . . . by Chicago is an awesome city. Lot's to do and a bit of "Midwestern charm" . . . Perhaps my favorite of the "Big Cities." . . .

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    6. obviously y'all have never been to the BAKO (bakersfield)

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  2. P3 - first time commenter, long time reader. Before I retired, I used to have many clients in Cincinnati and would travel there often. Love the city. Don't know why light doesn't like Skyline Chili. I love it. Try a 5 way - spaghetti topped with chili, then cheese, then onions and beans. Cincy chili has no beans but it does have chocolate and middle eastern spices in it. Since I stopped traveling for business, I started making Cincy chili at home.

    There's excellent BBQ just over the river into Kentucky.

    Enjoy your trip. It'll be great to go to a city where you can gamble if you like but the whole damn town isn't devoted to it.

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    1. Cranky, thanks for the comment! I'll definitely check out the area over the river and scope out some BBQ for lunch one of the days. And, sort of agree about being in a city with non-gambling options! It will be nice to spend a weekend away, and yet get a bit of rest, which does not happen in Vegas!

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    2. P.S. As for lighting . . . I mean, who knows with that guy?!? Frankly, I'm not even convinced he exists in real life!

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    3. Dang - I didn't know you two were not acquainted. Cranky can be forgiven for her incorrect assessment of Skyline since she lives in the Boston area. : o )

      I just found the chili to be bland. The chili was best at Blue Ash Chili because they had chili six ways -- including fried jalapeno poppers on top.

      PPP needs to go across the river to Covington. The bars and restaurants there would be to his liking.

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    4. Light - you are so right about Covington. In my days of working for Fidelity, which has a very large office there, I was able to try out a number of good places with great BBQ and good blues.

      PPP - I forgot your Type I diabetes precludes pasta. Don't know if you eat hot dog rolls. If you do, Skyline and other chili joints also serve Coneys, which are hot dogs on a bun topped with chili and shredded cheese.

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  3. I thought all casinos were your preferred brand... :)

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    1. NOPE.i would bet good ganja( SOUR DIESEL,WHITE RUSSIAN,etc,etc) that P3 would never b caught dead in the golden gate casino,arizona charlies,or the old fitzgerald( downtown)

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  4. PPP
    Being from Cincy, I would recommend The Precint for a good steak (you may need reservations) or The Montgomery Inn for the best ribs. On July 4th, they are having a all you can eat special. Of course the Horseshoe Casino has a Jack Binion's steakhouse, Bobby's Burger and a Margaritaville.

    The poker room is very nice. This Saturday is their monthly tournament. Starts at 12:15 and the buy-in is $400. Usually has 150 - 175 players and 1st is usually around 13,000. Only bad thing is that adult beverages are not complimentary.

    ohcowboy12go

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    1. Thanks cowboy. I took a look at the tournament schedule. Unfortunately, I'm gonna hit up the Reds at 4:00 Saturday. And, even as bad as I am at poker, I don't think I could go busto that quickly with 40 minute levels!

      Thanks for the dinner recommendations. I took a look at Binions menu and was not very impressed. Was considering just go to Ruths' Chris by the hotel one night. But, The Precint may be the better option.

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    2. P.S. What are my chances of getting raped walking back from the Shoe to the Westin at night?

      I assume there are cabs available at the Casino?

      probably makes sense to cab home. But, after a drink or ten, sometimes I leave better judgment behind (like the time I walked home from Caesars to the Sheraton at 3:00 am in Atlantic City . . .)

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    3. chances of being raped 20% the chances go up if it is windy bcuz u may fall down trying to run away.

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    4. Well, I'd better get out for a run now, then. I want to be in shape in case I'm chased by a group of dem molesterers . . .

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    5. PPP,
      I would recommend a cab or shuttle to the casino. During the day, I wouldn't think it would be a problem, but I'm not sure that I would make that walk at night.

      ohcowboy12go

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    6. Thanks, sir. It will only be an issue Saturday night. I'll be there during the day Friday and will just walk to the stadium when I leave. I'll try a cab Saturday night!

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  5. P3 -- I live in Cincinnati. You'll have a good time. Lots of dining and drinking options around the ballpark. Around the casino ... Not so much. I do not recommend walking from the casino to the Westin with your sweet, sweet roll. There's a cab stand. Also, OTR is fun in that gritty sort of way, but it's a few years away from being truly "tourist-friendly."

    Biggest difference you'll find at the casino here is the bars do not have bartop machines. You'll be button-mashing at a regular bank of machines. And paying $4 for a Miller Lite. No comps on drinks. After years of living in Vegas, that takes awhile to get used to.

    Unfortunately, I'll be out of town this weekend or I'd join you for some boozing and grinding dem bad machines.

    Have fun.

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    1. Ah. Too bad you're out of town . . . would have been fun to throw a few back.

      Thanks for the heads up on walking back at night . . . As long as there is a convenient cab stand, I should be able to resist doing something stupid . . .

      And lack of bar-top VP sucks. Hell, at MDL! here by DC, you pay for drinks. But there is still bar-top VP...

      Perhaps I'll take a break from mashing like a monkey and have a beverage or three at the diamond lounge instead . . .

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    2. "lack of bartop VP sucks" u should file a compliant????? HAPPY 4TH BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITCHES

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  6. I've been to Cincinnati. And I've been to Vegas. You are making the right choice.

    Cincinnati has it all over Vegas. I really can't think of a reason why anyone goes to Vegas when they could go to Cincinnati instead.

    Cincinnati is such a great city, that their airport is another state. Yes, you actually have to fly into Kentucky to get there.

    And no matter how late your flight is, they''ll keep the airport for you.

    Awesome city. Totally blows Vegas away.

    Have fun.

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    1. what is that i smell?????? sarcasm

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    2. Actually, no regrets, Rob. First, my original flight from DC to Phoenix was delayed and I would have missed my connection to vegas and not gotten in until Friday morning, earliest. Second, had a great day in Cincy yesterday. Gambled at the Shoe for a few hours . . . won $10 . . . Bar-hopped and caught the ballgame. Vegas can wait until august. Plus, I heard Vegas is gonna suck until Coach gets to town anyway ...

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    3. What did you think of Great American Ballpark? Did you go through the Red's HOF? What did you think of the Shoe?

      ohcowboy12go

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    4. I thought the Shoe was pretty OK. Felt a bit small. But, otherwise, it was about as nice as I had hoped for. If the one in baltimore is as good, I will be very happy. Only spent about 3 hours there. Will go back post game today.

      As for GABP . . . loved it. Probably makes my top 4 along with Pitt, SF, and The Yard . . . Great place to see a game from . . . loved the small feel. I have two tickets today - back along third base and another in the 400's. I want to spend some time sitting up higher and checking out the view of the river, etc.

      Just ran 5 miles over the river into Covington . . . saw the old historic downtown, etc. Weird how deserted the streets are.

      Still need to hit a steakhouse. I was a mess after last nights game and just got a quick dinner at Rock Bottom . . . Must do better tonight.

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    5. You are so right, Pete. In fact, at yesterday's 4th of July festivities, the Mayor of Vegas announced that there was absolutely no reason for any tourist to come to Vegas until Coach got here. She did indeed recommend Cincinnati as an alternative.

      Good call.

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    6. I should have recommended that you get Diamond seats at the Reds game. The cost is $250 but they are very nice. First few rows behind home plate. A very nice buffet before and during the first few innings of the game. Also, free food and beverages during the game. Given the cost of drinks at the game, you probably could have come out ahead with those tickets.

      ohcowboy12go

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    7. i hear RENO is AWESOME too. LOL. BYOAC( bring your own air conditioning) thou

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  7. Choosing a legitimate casino is the biggest worry of the casino player. If the beginning is right then everything would go the right way.

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