Anyone who knows me knows that I treat my birthday like a national holiday! So for this year’s festivities I planned a weekend road trip with my girls to Cincinnati, Ohio! Although I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to do, I still had a ball and really enjoyed myself. So here’s how I spent my birthday weekend summed up into three awesome adventures!


1. A dinner fit for a Queen!

I hosted my birthday dinner at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. Now if you are unfamiliar or have never heard of this heaven-sent restaurant, stop what you are doing, gas up the car and go NOW! The restaurant has a French Quarters in NOLA vibe and a live band to entertain guests as they eat. Since I was feeling New Orleans-ish, we ordered the crispy fried alligator as an appetizer, and yes, it really does taste like chicken! Although I wanted everything on the menu, I decided on the seafood platter which came with the option of fried tilapia or catfish fillet, stuffed crab cake and shrimp, fried shrimp, blue crab cake, and French fries. The only downfall to Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen is there isn’t one in Indianapolis! The closest ones are in the Cincinnati area and the Chicago area but I honestly can’t remember a birthday dinner better than this one!


2. Queen of the Night

I love going out and having drinks with my friends while dancing the night away! Since I did not get a chance to do much research on the Cincinnati night life, we hopped in an Über and went to an area close to downtown that reminded me of Broad Ripple in Indianapolis. The area had a block of clubs and bars with various pizza places in between. We landed at a club with a diverse crowd and a music selection anyone could dance to. The clubs in this area closed a lot earlier than the clubs I am used to so afterwards we headed to Goodfella’s Pizza. While we were waiting for our XL meat lover’s pizza, the sounds of Biggie, Jay-Z and many of my other favorite hip-hop artists blasted through the speakers. This pizza joint felt more like the after party but hey nothing is better than good music and great pizza on your birthday!


3. A Queen’s Farewell

Before we headed back to Indianapolis, we decided to check out the activities the Ohio River had to offer. We went over the John A. Roebling suspension bridge to get by the water and were technically in Kentucky! We walked around exploring the shops located right off of the water and were even lucky enough to catch a magic show. I got to hold a hermit crab which was so awesome I almost brought one home! Before loading up the car I took a few moments, staring off into the water, to reflect on my wonderful adventures and to thank God for 25 years of life. 


All in all, I really enjoyed Cincinnati and I think it is a great place to go for a quick weekend getaway. It was approximately a two-hour drive from Indianapolis and seeing that I did not get to visit everything Ohio has to offer I will be back! If not solely for Pappadeaux’s Seafood Kitchen for the other popular attractions like the Cincinnati Zoo, Newport Aquarium, and King’s Island. This year’s festivities were a complete success and I cannot wait to see what next year holds for this Queen!