It’s All About the Chili

If you’re thinking of relocating to Cincinnati there is one thing you need to learn pretty darn quick. The city is all about its chili.”Cincinnati style” chili is a regional favorite (dare I say addiction?) that is characterized as no other chili you might have encountered since it contains ingredients such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice, or even chocolate.Don’t be scared it’s awesomely yummy.And what makes Cincinnati’s chili even more interesting is the unique way it’s served or ordered:

  • two-way: spaghetti and chili
  • three-way: spaghetti, chili, and shredded cheese
  • four-way: spaghetti, chili, shredded cheese, and either diced onions or beans
  • five-way: spaghetti, chili, shredded cheese, diced onions, and beans

A suggestion for your first encounter is to try the “two way” and if you get bitten by the addition-bug (as I suspect you will) then venture out to the other delectable combinations.So if you’re considering Cincinnati for relocation and visiting here on a possible house-hunting mission, definitely take the time to sit down and relax over a bowl of “two-way.” Chances are it’ll seal the deal for making Cincinnati your new home!

Christmas in Cincinnati

How can you tell when it’s the holiday season in Cincinnati? Well, by the Festival of Lights, of course. Now enjoying its 28th year, the exhibit runs until January 2 from 5-9pm (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) and is considered one of the largest and most anticipated holiday events of the season at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Some new highlights for the 2010 season include new themed areas such as Fairy Land; story telling with Mrs. Claus, rapping elves, a wild lights show on Swan lake, a gingerbread village, and a Happy Feet 4D experience. While the lights are slated between the hours of 5pm and 9pm, why not come early to enjoy the zoo and gardens and then stay for the Festival of Lights since there is no additional fee beyond regular zoo admission. And while there, why not consider doing some Christmas shopping at the zoo gift shop or gifting a zoo membership or education program certificate. Talk about one-stop shopping and having fun at the same time! Don’t miss this holiday tradition especially if you’ve never attended before and can use this year as the first in becoming your family’s newest seasonal tradition!

Take Your Furry Friend to a Dog Park

Well-socialized, well-behaved dogs gain great benefits from trips to the dog park. They work on pack skills, learn to deal with other dogs in a strange space, and reinforce off-leash skills. What is a dog park, though, and what dogs should go?

A dog park is an official off-leash area designed for dogs. They are fenced in, to keep the dogs contained. In some cities they may be only a few hundred square feet, but in mid-sized cities and suburbs they can be much larger. Dog parks have grass, gravel, or sometimes just dirt for dogs to run and roll on. Agility training equipment like a teeter-totter or jumps are in place at many off-leash sites, like playgrounds for dogs.

Much like children’s playgrounds, dog parks require certain behavior for everyone’s safety and enjoyment. Fur-kids that won’t come when called, requiring their people to chase them all over are probably not ready for a day at the park. Dogs that react violently to strangers might need more time meeting strangers in a controlled environment before being tossed into the chaos that is a dog park. Animals with dog aggression should never go to the off-leash park. For well-trained, healthy dogs, though, the chance to run and play with new friends is a great opportunity.

Training your dog for the dog park at home is possible. Most people choose to do so by using a dog playpen. A dog playpen gives your dog the opportunity to run around in a confined area. By being in a safe, confined area, you’re able to train your dog. You can slowly have other older, friendly, well-socialized dogs come over and join your dog in their pet playpen. This will allow you to better control how your dog acts with others. This is why we highly recommend that you get your dog a dog playpen for when you’re at home. This way the dog is used to being in a confined area while surrounded by people. It’s the perfect way to train them for the dog park. It’s also the perfect way to keep your dog safe when you’re not home. Did you know that 68% of all dog owners have a dog playpen? It’s one of the most important things to get – almost as important as a dog crate and a dog bed. Dog playpens come in multiple options – wired, mesh, portable, foldable, heavy-duty, you name it – they make it! They also make dog playpens in all sizes – large, small, medium, two door, one door, etc. It’s simply amazing at how many variations of dog playpens there are.

Check with your local dog specialist if you have any questions.

Be Amazed at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

A visit to the Cincinnati Museum Center, located in the former Union Terminal train station is an awesome and educational experience. Visitors of all ages will enjoy three separate museums plus an OMNIMAX theater.

Visitors to the OMNIMAX will truly feel like they are part of the film that they are viewing. Because of its unique dome shape, guest see movies on an incredible 5 story, 72 foot diameter screen surrounding the audience. Showings and times are subject to change, so visitors should check with museum information for schedule information.

Cincinnati History Museum enables visitors to connect with Cincinnati’s past. Guests will find an actual streetcar and a steamboat housed inside. Interpreters in period costumes are located throughout to offer narratives and answer questions guests may have.

Young visitors will love the hands on adventures awaiting them at Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Kids can explore The Woods, a 3-story structure featuring rope bridges, a rock wall, and a pond complete with live water creatures. Toddlers will enjoy Little Sprouts Farm, a hands-on farm exhibit geared for children four and under.

Explorers visiting the Museum of Natural History & Science will find themselves hiking through a glacier. They will also have the opportunity to see a compressed view of the Ohio Valley during the Ice Age. Brave spelunkers can explore two levels and 500 feet of paths located in a simulated limestone cave.

Enjoy Top Art at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Whether you live in or are traveling to Cincinnati there is one place that art enthusiasts will not want to miss. The Cincinnati Art Museum was rated top family museum by both the Zaget Survey and Parenting Magazine, so you are sure to find something to interest all age groups. What makes this even better for everyone is that general admission is free!

The Cincinnati Art Museum has a wonderful collection of exhibits that are great for all personality types with sculptures, paintings, and textiles. For adults they offer guided tours, history classes, and even corporate team building. Children and parents can experience the museum together with family fun day, preschool story time, Mad Muppet Theatre or summer camps. Teachers are not left out when it comes to the museum either. Teachers are able to get curriculum that is based on the museum, set up tours, launch video conferences and the museum even offers student internships.

It seems at every corner of the museum there is something visually, mentally, or physically entertaining. Why not stop by with the whole family and see what sparks your interest. With free admission there is nothing stopping you from experiencing this piece of history again and again.