Thursday, October 18, 2012

Your Weekend on $20: Shanghai, Zombies, and Chocolate

Friday Night: Dinner at Shanghai Mama's ($12)

  • This is truly a restaurant after my own heart. Styled to evoke Shanghai in the 1920's, they are famous for serving up heaping bowls of noodle soup. As you walk in the beautifully designed dining room, you can hear the sweet sound of jazz playing. Either take a seat at the Pagoda style bar or have a host escort you to one of the oriental themed tables. They do not have much seating, but this is not often a problem. The best thing to order on the menu is one of the "Mama's Big Bowl Noodle Soups". My favorite is the Happy Buddha with a large assortment of vegetables and huge, homemade ho fun noodles. There is nothing better on a cold autumn night than digging into a warm bowl of noodle soup. You can also add this to your list of places to go when you have nothing to do in the middle of  the night. They are open till 3am on the weekends! So come on, "Shut Up and Eat Your Noodles!"
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Saturday: Cincinnati Zombie Walk

  • This event should be mandatory for those preparing for the upcoming Zombie apocalypse. What's a better way to prepare to ward off the undead than by pretending to be one? At 7:30pm on October 20th, the walking dead of Cincinnati will swarm the streets of downtown for the annual Cincinnati Zombie Walk. The event is free and open to all ages. The walk commences with an after-party on Fountain Square with live music and entertainment. So start ripping up some old clothes, pulling out the face paint, and mixing corn syrup with food coloring. Don't forget to bring some canned goods to donate to the Freestore Foodbank! All the zombies will meet at The Freedom Center before the invasion. 
  • Information:
  • October 20th: 7:30-9:30pm; beginning at 50 E. Freedom Way
  • After Party from 9:30pm to 11pm with special performance by Hematosis on Fountain Square

Sunday: Cincinnati Chocolate Festival ($7)

  • Few combinations of words can conjure up a better image than "Chocolate" and "Festival". With more than 30 vendors and 6 Celebrity Chef Demonstrations, this event is a must-attend for anyone with a sweet tooth (like me!). There are Amateur and Professional Competitions to witness and maybe give inspiration to future cooking ventures. The $7 admission includes 5 free samples from any of the many vendors. Additional free sample tickets can be bought for $1 each if your chocoholism is not yet satisfied. The Festival will be held on October 21st from 12pm to 6pm on the first floor Xavier University's Cintas Center. Tickets can be bought at the door for $7, or bought at Kroger for $5. Children 12 and under are free. Come and check out one of the most unique food festival Cincinnati has to offer!
  • 1624 Herald Avenue. Cincinnati, OH 45207

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Cincinnati Zombie Walk

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