Wednesday, April 29, 2009

another cool upcoming event: a gift that keeps on giving

Give Back Cincinnati is having a fund-raiser (see details in image) at Jefferson Hall on May 8th, 2009. This is to raise money for a trip, where approximately 140 people will take 1 week of their vacation time to build houses for victims of Hurricane Katrina. These volunteers include both Liz and myself. Even after several years, many people continue to struggle in New Orleans and any money we can raise to support the volunteers going would be appreciated. So what does this require of you? Nothing except showing up and drinking! One entrance fee covers several beverages and a night of fun.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

upcoming fun events

hey guys, here are a couple upcoming events which sound fun and great for meeting new people and enjoying cincinnati.

Xavier University Graduate Student Assocation hosts: Spring Charity Ball to benefit the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation

Friday, May 1 st 2009
7:00-10:00 pm
Cintas Center (Shiff Family Conference Center side)
Tickets reserved in advance are $10.00 by emailing OR $15 at the door
Dress is semi-formal

The night will include dancing, music by DJ Dave Lotz, light refreshments (Xavier catering service) and raffle prizes. All donations will go directly to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. The Xavier Graduate Services offices has covered the cost of hosting the event.

if you have any questions, you can contact them at or go to the event's facebook page.

The Ohio River Way Paddlefest

Celebrate, promote and protect the beauty of the Ohio River at the 8th Annual Ohio River Way Paddlefest on Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, 2009. Come to Cincinnati to enjoy two days of paddling, education, entertainment, competition and camaraderie. Registration for Paddlefest 2009 is now open! Click here to register for Paddlefest they also have a facebook page.

avani and me with friends at paddlefest 2008... lauren continues to remain elusive

paddlefest is an awesome event. i went last year and it was one of the most fun things i have done in cincinnati. you sign up for a canoe with a friend and then you canoe from coney island (way out east for those of you who don't know) to sawyer point downtown. then afterwards there is food, music, etc. it is so much fun. i have to be in a wedding in chicago that weekend and i am so sad i have to miss it. i really recommend you all check it out. if you want to do it, you should sign up asap because they do run out of canoes. you can also kayak if you want.

by the way, please let us know how you guys feel about these event postings. we were debating whether people wanted us to do this or not. leave a comment if you like or don't like them. thanks!

Monday, April 13, 2009

save the date: westside bar crawl

this is it, the event you have been clamoring for! get over your fears and come with us to explore the great unknown on the other side of 75.

Date: FRIDAY, May 15, 2009
Time: 7pm
Place: Westside bar crawl in Cheviot (bars TBD)

For those of you who may have been nervous to trek over to the Westside before, here's your chance! We look forward to seeing everyone there. Details of the event (e.g., which bars and where they are and what time we will be at each one) will be posted soon.

we will let you know when we finalize the plan!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

to blog or not to blog.....

When Liz and I started Cincinnati Imports, the blogging phenomenon had clearly become as common as morning coffee, but to me, it was a whole new world that I had never really been a part of. I have several good friends, including Liz, who blog regularly and I read their blogs on an occasional basis but I have to say, I was definitely intrigued by the notion of starting Cincinnati Imports through this type of vehicle.

Since November 2008, I have learned quite a bit about the blogs of Cincinnati and have come to recognize that blogging is, in and of itself, one type of social networking that likely brings people from all walks of life together. People blog about anything and everything, including food, politics, what they do on a daily basis, losing weight, family and child antics, restaurant reviews, reviews about art, stores, etc. The list goes on and on and on and on and on….you get the picture! Some people choose to reveal their identity while others stay anonymous. Some bloggers reveal a lot about themselves personally while others only focus on their topic of interest. Psychologically speaking, I wonder how these things come into play when trying to “meet” new people or feeling like you belong to a city or community.

On the flip side, a blog can have hundreds and thousands of readers. Those readers may choose to comment or not and if they comment, they can choose to be anonymous or have an identity. I remember the first time an individual who shall remain nameless, mostly because I don’t remember her name, approached Liz in this manic way to tell Liz how much she loved get in mah belly and how Liz was famous. This was mind blowing to both Liz and myself but it has become a regular occurrence for her given her multitude of blogs, including this one. Who knew that people could become locally famous from their blogs?

At our first Cincinnati Imports event in February, I realized that 30-50% of those who attended had blogs themselves, which lent itself well to starting conversations and people actually putting names, faces, and blogs together. However, I have to say, given how new I was to the blogging world, I felt really left out when someone would introduce themselves and their blog and I had no idea what they were talking about. This led me to wonder whether the blogging community can be one of two things: 1) welcoming to those who belong to it but 2) intimidating to newbies. What is required to have respect in the blogging world? Also, is blogging and/or commenting on other people’s blogs a good way to meet new people? What are your thoughts? Ultimately, this blog has been a wonderful way for us to start this group and I hope that people have enjoyed both reading, commenting, getting involved, and potentially meeting new people through our events. However, one has to wonder whether the world of social networking through the internet, including things like Facebook, Twitter, and blogs increases or decreases face-to-face contact?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

We're famous

CiN Weekly interviewed Liz and Avani for today's issue in a feature called "Blog of the Month" and ran the same fabulous photo that appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer article a couple of months ago. It's also on page 32 of today's issue. (I'm enjoying seeing how long I can go without being interviewed or photographed--I like to break news, not make it.) If you're reading this blog for the first time, welcome and keep checking back for details on our next event!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

some fun upcoming events where you can meet people

we have heard about a couple fun events coming up that could be great ways to meet people in cincinnati.

first is the opportunity to volunteer for the cincinnati fringe festival. here are the details:
The 2009 Cincinnati Fringe Festival is coming up May 27 - June 6
This is the sixth year of Fringe, can you believe it!
Check out the new website and the festival line up at

You’ve heard it before, volunteering is a great way to meet new, fun & interesting people while supporting great non-profit organizations.

So we’d like to get you all together for a Fringe Volunteer Happy Hour with snackage and cash bar with drink specials to say thanks for the all the support the past five years. If you haven't volunteered in the past with us, but want to see what it is all about & volunteer this year - come on out! We'll have the volunteer website up so you can sign up early for your favorite spots!

We’d also like to offer you Amazingly FREE tickets (while supplies last) to Know Theatre’s Thursday April 9 preview performance of the satire Vigils following the happy hour.

Check out the Vigils trailer, Catch this bitter sweet, dark comedy:

Who: YOU and any friends who want to sign up to volunteer this year!!
What: Fringe Volunteer Happy Hour
When: Thursday April 9 6:30 – 8 p.m. (show starts at 8:00PM)
Where: Know Theatre of Cincinnati 1120 Jackson St.
How: The Fringe Volunteer Happy Hour with snackage and cash bar don’t require a reservation.

If you want to see Vigils please call 513.300.KNOW (5669) or send an email to: Alex @ with “Fringe Volunteer Vigils Show Reservation” in the subject line, in the email tell him your best phone number and how many tickets you would like to reserve. Tickets are limited so reserve early and let us know if you need to cancel a reservation.
next is the madisonville education and assistance center (MEAC) spring benefit, which is going to be a wine tasting. details:

MEAC UnCorked: Sauvignons in Spring
April 30th 7pm – 10pm
At the Columbia Center – 3500 Columbia Parkway

Join us for MEAC Uncorked, a wine tasting event to benefit the Madisonville Education and Assistance Center. The event features a wine tasting led by Mike Rosenberg, local wine expert and nationally renowned author of The Naked Vine (, followed by a blind wine tasting contest of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. You are also invited to enjoy lite bites from local restaurants and the cool sounds of the EastSide Jazz Duo.

Blind Wine Tasting Contest – How It Works
Gather a team of one to three people. Each team must bring two bottles of wine, one bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and one bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. There’s only one catch… to help us prove good wines can be affordable, each bottle of wine must cost no more than $15! During the event, guests will sample each wine in a blind tasting. Guests will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite white and red wines. The winners will be determined by popular vote and the winner of each category will receive a prize valued at $100.

How to Register
Register your team online at or call 513-257-3879.
• Registration is $15 per team member
• Registration is limited to the first 200 guests

both of these sound really fun and will probably draw a wide range of interesting people, both imports and non. i am not going to be able to make it to the MEAC event, but i am hoping to do the fringe festival.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

happy hour recap

northside tavern was rockin last night! here are a few photos courtesy of westender:

overall i think we had around 45-50 people show up (we were counting much less carefully this time). some people had been to other cincinnati imports events and there were also a bunch of newbies. it seemed like everyone had a great time and i definitely got a chance to meet some new people and catch up with some i had met before. northside tavern had tons of great drink specials and the bartenders were awesome as usual.

thanks to everyone who came out. it was so much fun to meet everyone i talked to last night. and to the ones i did not get a chance to meet, i hope we can chat next time.

more photos can be found on 5chw4r7z's blog.

we will be planning our next event soon. meanwhile, stick around and we will post soon about a few cool non-cincinnati imports events we have heard about recently which seem like good places to meet interesting new people.