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Mindy Trujillo

Tom & Chee + a Giveaway

Growing up, my mom did all the cooking– with two exceptions.  My dad made fried bologna and grilled cheese!  These were his specialities.   And while my mom is a good cook, she just never got the grilled cheese as perfectly toasty, buttery, and cheesy as my dad did! When I first learned about Tom & Chee, a restaurant devoted to the art of a perfect grilled cheese sandwich, I was definitely excited and cautiously optimistic.  See, as much as I love grilled cheese and fried bologna sandwiches, I like them the way I grew up.  Simple.  Classic.  A taste of home.

Love these tots with garlic aioli!

Over the past couple years, I’ve eaten at several different Tom & Chee locations; I’ve always enjoyed it.  It’s reminiscent of my childhood . . . just a bit more elevated and a bit more decadent.  Now, there’s a new Tom & Chee location in Anderson Township and I’d argue it’s the best one yet! The staff is incredibly friendly, the melts are perfectly toasted, the food is fresh, the service is quick, and the space is bright and clean!

I know I keep mentioning grilled cheese, but Tom & Chee serves up a variety of melts, sides, salads, and desserts as well.  I think my favorite melt is the Bacon Mac & Chee (cheddar, mozzarella, homemade mac and cheese, and applewood smoked back). Yep, that’s right.  Mac & Cheese ON my grilled cheese. What?!  I’ve dined with several friends and I think we all have a different favorite, which is a very good sign if you ask me. One friend loved the Cuban, another the Philly, and my husband dug the Westsider (pepper jack, bacon, goetta, fried egg, and hot sauce).  We all loved the tots.

Bacon Mac & Chee

Tom & Chee is a great dinner option for all ages!

Oh, and if you like rich, decadent, outside-the-box desserts, you have to try the S’More donut.  Ummmmmmm . . . chocolate pieces, graham cracker and marshmallow mascarpone cheese on a grilled donut! Hello! Yes, pretty please.

S’More Donut

So how can you get a $25.00 gift card to Tom & Chee? Simply share this post on Facebook or Twitter and you will be entered to win.  It’s that easy. What are you waiting for?

Location: 7578 Beechmont next to Kroger

GO THERE (Tom & Chee)!  TRY THAT (The Bacon Mac & Chee; S’More Donut; Garlic, Cheese, and Chive Tots)!

Trivia Nights of All Kinds!

I’m a game player.  Always have been.  Well, at least since my grandfather taught me to play poker at a very young age.  He was competitive and did not hesitate to take my change if I lost a hand.  Board games, card games, trivia games . . . I love it all.  Do I possibly get a little too competitive at times?  Maybe.  Do I possibly get a little annoyed when those playing with me don’t take the game seriously?  Maybe.  But, no matter what, I still love game play.  In fact, when I’m with my family, that’s pretty much what we do.  We play everything from Shanghai Rummy to Dominoes, from Sequence to Sorry, and everything in between. It’s no surprise that I’m attracted to trivia nights!

Trivia Night at Anderson Pub and Grill

I think they know everything! – Anderson Pub & Grill

I never realized there were so many games happening around the city.  Honestly, I can’t name them all so I will focus on a few I’ve frequented and enjoyed.  While many of these trivia nights are happening all year long, I think in the winter, when the doldrums set in, the weather is unpredictable, and the darkness arrives by 5:30pm, getting out on a weeknight becomes harder.  But, scheduling a trivia night with friends and enjoying good food and good drinks might be just the way to beat those winter blues.

Where to Play:

  1. Taft Ale House in OTR: Trivia on Mondays from 8pm to 10pm.
  2. Little Miami Brewing Company in Milford: Singo on Tuesdays at 7pm.
  3. Braxton Labs in Newport: Last Call Feud on Wednesdays at 7pm.
  4. Anderson Pub & Grill in Anderson: Last Call Trivia on Thursdays from 8pm to 10pm.
  5. BLOC Coffee Company in Price Hill: General Knowledge Trivia on the fourth Friday of each month at 7pm.
Friends at Trivia Night at BLOC Coffee House

A Winning Team! – BLOC Coffeehouse

Types of Games:

Trivia-

  • Think of the board game (all around knowledge is tested).
  • Most of these games, but not all, originate from a company called Last Call Trivia.
  • Play covers a variety of categories: art, anatomy, countries, sports, astrology, music, etc.
    • Play includes bonus rounds for extra points.
    • You can wager point values for your answers.
  • There are lots of theme nights happening such as Harry Potter, Seinfeld, Parks and Rec, and Disney.
  • It definitely helps to have a well-rounded team! 

Feud-

  • Think Family Feud style guessing.
  • This fun game is more “what do real people say” and less “how much knowledge do you know”. 
  • Game play is can be pretty hilarious.
  • You can go online and answer questions to be part of the survey answers.
  • It sparks great conversation; remember, it’s the most popular answer, not the right or smartest answer.

Singo-

  • I heart this game! The focus is music and recalling music of all genres and generations.
  • It’s like BINGO, but as one person told me, “it ain’t your grandmother’s bingo!”
  • Play is fast-paced.  
  • At some point, it becomes one big sing-a-long.
  • You can play as an individual or as a team.
  • Some repeat players bring their bingo dabbers (hardcore)!
  • It’s like a weeknight concert that’s free and totally feel good.
Trivia Night at Little Miami Brewing

Another Winning Team at Little Miami Brewing!

What to Expect-

  • All of these are FREE to play.
  • Games last about 2 hours.
  • NO PHONES (put “the google” away).
  • There are places offering Trivia and Game Nights every single week night.
  • There are always prizes up for grabs.
  • Most places have food and drink available. 
  • Come casual- grab a seat and relax! 

If any of you know another great place to play various types of Trivia, hit me up!  It’s a great way to break the winter blues. At the vary least, why not break up the Monday through Friday routine? It’s nice to shake things up now and then!

GO THERE (All the places)!  TRY THAT (Singo)!