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Archive for November, 2009

Parkers Blue Ash Grill – Cincinnati, OH (Blue Ash)

This was my third visit to Parker’s  Blue Ash Grill.  Their warm crackling fire was very welcoming on a cool fall evening.  Since I wanted to watch the game, I opted to have dinner in their bar area next to the fireplace, fully equipped with  large screen TVs.

Looking for something light, I opted for the broiled Tilapia.  Paired with steamed spinach with fresh garlic and roasted potatoes it was exactly what I had in mind.  The food has always been very fresh and flavorful.   In the past I’ve also enjoyed and recommend the filet.   For lunch, their 1/2 sandwitch and 1/2 soup (baked potato) is an exceptional value.

Official Website:
http://www.selectrestaurants.com/parkersblue/index.html

Contact Info:
4200 Cooper Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242
(513) 891-8300

Restaurant:
39°14’16.69″N
84°23’30.09″W

Parkers Blue Ash Grill

Parkers Blue Ash Grill - Tilapia

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Newport Aquarium – Cincinnati, OH

I must say I fell victim to hotel info channel advertising.  Every time I turned on the TV it went on and on about the local aquarium.  Seeing as I was looking for something to do, I decided to go check it out.

I was happy to find that the aquarium was part of a complex of movie theaters, restaurants, and shops.   Parking was easy – and partially validated if you see a movie.

When you first enter the aquarium, you descend via an escalator which makes you feel like you are actually going under water.  Along with the huge, impressive shark tanks are smaller, more specialized habitats for not only fish but amphibians, crabs, snakes, birds and muskrats.

One of my favorites was the Jellyfish room, where they had several species.   I visited over Halloween weekend so I also got to witness a diver carving a pumpkin underwater.   They also do something with Santa for Christmas.   The kids seemed to love it.  Well worth the $20 admission price.

Official Website:
http://www.newportaquarium.com/

Contact Info:
1 Aquarium Way
Newport, KY 41071-1679
(859) 261-7444

Aquarium:
39° 5’41.05″N
84°29’50.25″W

Newport Aquarium

Newport Aquarium - Shark Tunnel

\Newport Aquarium - Tropical Fish

Newport Aquarium - Jelly Fish