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Devil’s Den – Beer Week

I missed most of Philly Beer Week this year because my vacation was unfortunately scheduled smack dab in the middle of it. It’s not a terrible thing, because I’m not the greatest drinker in the world, let alone beer drinker, but I was bummed about not being able to catch some of the more food related events. But on the last sunday, which may not have even officially been part of the week, I did get to catch one beer at Devil’s Den. That’s not a picture of my beer, that’s water, obviously, but I promise that I did drink a beer. It was a small and strong beer. I didn’t quite care for it, but I swear it happened!
You can get proper entrees and such here, but they also have a cheese and meat plate from Di Bruno Brothers. Yum! It came with some cured meats, cheese, nuts, dried cranberries, honey, and bread! And it was a lovely evening to sit outside, nibble on some cheese, and get loaded. No, I didn’t get loaded on one beer! Sheesh!

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park was our last stop, and it was the biggest park, by far. There are two main sections and in the main section, the more popular one, you have to take a shuttle system throughout most of it. It’s convenient and informative! One of the most well-known hikes there is Angel’s Landing. It’s a long climb up… a long, dangerous, and treacherous climb up. But it’s totally awesome and totally worth it.
And when you get to the top, you can eat your crappy supermarket sandwich at 1500 ft. Anything crappy ends up being super delicious.
There are a bunch of chipmunks and squirrels up there with you to be your dining companions. You’re not supposed to feed them, but a bunch of kids were feeding them sunflower seeds. Yeah, it was pretty adorable.Zion is one of the few parks where there are some facilities for food inside the actual park. We even got some soft serve.
They also don’t sell any bottled water there. Why? Because they have delicious unadultered and free spring water. So bring some refillable bottles or hydration packs and drink in some of the free nature.
There’s also a beer garden! Because you know, you can’t bond with nature unless you’re drunk?

The Bistro – Cincinnati

After being home for practically a second, I was on a plane again. This time I headed to cincinnati. No, it wasn’t by choice. I was staying downtown so the dining selections were a bit limited. But I did find some great eats. The Bistro is a french joint where I had a lovely dinner on a Sunday night. Downtown is pretty dead at night. And on a weekend, it’s particularly dead. This place is pretty adorable, but there weren’t too many people dining. The weather was definitely turning into fall, so I had a southern tier pumpking beer, which was just right.
I started with the french onion soup because the bartender told me it was a must eat. And well, when in a french restaurant, you might as well do it. I personally love french onion soup, so I was a big fan of this. But I suppose if you’re not into it, then you won’t like it! Onions, bread, and cheese. What’s not to like? And it was super duper hot, ripe for burning the roof of your mouth.
And I also got the Neltner Farm heirloom tomato salad with house pulled mozzarella and opal basil vinaigrette.┬áIt was perfect. The mozzarella is amazingly mild and melt-in-your-mouth. I only got appetizers but if I could have eaten more, I would have loved to have tried the main entrees. Cincinnati, you’re lucky to have such a nice dining option in your otherwise quiet downtown.

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