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Osaka Ramen House

There’s a new restaurant in my neighborhood and it is a welcome change from the many chain restaurants lining Beechmont Avenue on the east side of the city. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not above a chain restaurant. But, I do love supporting small businesses. Plus, most of the time, if I’m eating out, I want ethnic food. This is why I’m super excited about Osaka Ramen House in Anderson Township.

Menu Board

In all honesty, I was a bit skeptical when my husband suggested we try Osaka the first time. Anderson is not always the first to get adventurous restaurants.  But, when you love ramen (deeply love ramen) and the drive is less than 10 minutes, you go!

The restaurant itself might be small, but the flavors are mighty! So how good was it? We’ve been back several times and have taken other people with us.

Tonkotsu

I love that Osaka is a sit-down restaurant with a fun interior.  Service is fast and friendly and the menu isn’t overwhelming.  We’ve had several different dishes, each very good; if I were to boil it down to my favorite, it would be the Tan Tan Noodles. The Tan Tan noodles feature pork in two ways! It packs the perfect amount of heat and spiciness while the other ingredients like egg, bamboo shoots, and scallions, round out the noodles beautifully. It’s very filling! And with all good ramen, the heart is in the broth and this broth soothes my heart in all the right ways! Runner up: the Seafood Ramen! Delicious!

Tan Tan Ramen

Just in case your idea of ramen is the 10 for $10. packaged version sold in local grocery stores, this is different. Way different.  I highly recommend you go and try Osaka Ramen House. And, be sure to say hi because I will probably be there, too!

GO THERE (Osaka Ramen in Anderson Township)!  TRY THAT (Tan Tan)!

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Spring Grove: So Much More

Yes, Spring Grove is a cemetery (the second largest in the nation I might add); however, it’s also an arboretum, a park, a lesson in history, the story of Cincinnati, and so much more.  And, Spring Grove isn’t just a place to visit in the summer; in fact, it’s beautiful any time of year.  I know that writing about a cemetery might seem a bit macabre, but I assure you that this is a stunning place to celebrate life.

I was fortunate enough to tour the grounds with Spring Grove historian, Skip.  I made sure to take my husband, a history connoisseur, for the tour; we cruised around on a golf cart while Skip thoroughly answered our questions and provided us with an extensive introduction to the “who is who” of the cemetery, the history of the grounds, and the significance of many monuments.  This tour was so good! My husband first took me to Spring Grove years ago and we’ve revisited several times since then simply because it’s remarkable.  The cool thing is that anyone can take one of the public tram tours or call to set up a private tour of your own.  Depending on your interests, you could learn more about the beer barons of Cincinnati, the women of Spring Grove, the architecture, or the soldiers of the Civil War.

Whether you like to power walk or slowly stroll, there are 42 paved miles at Spring Grove just waiting.  On their website, there is also a link to an events calendar. Here you can find things like Car Shows, an Autumn Color Walking Tour (yes, please), Public Tram Tours, Twilight Tours, 5K’s, Holiday Concerts and more.  Every season hosts new opportunities to explore the grounds.

Spring Grove is not just a cemetery, but a celebration of life. It is one of the Top 10 Things to do in Cincinnati for a reason. Drive through it, run through it, walk through it, tour it . . . just go and take in the hills, lakes, mausoleums, wildlife, and iconic residents.  Spring Grove is a beautifully cared for landmark that is so worth your time.

Tip: Be sure to bring your camera! And, if you’d like a map, stop by the office to pick one up.

GO THERE (Spring Grove)! TRY THAT (Historical Tour; Walk)!