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Taft Café (Lunch Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 30, 2009
If you work downtown and you want to get away from the office and feel like you’re on a mini vacation, grab lunch at the Taft Museum of Art’s Linder Family Café. The Federal-style estate, featuring exhibits such as Drawn by New York, a collection from the New York Historical Society, is the perfect cultural break from the daily grind.  

Holiday Hot Spots

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 23, 2009
If you associate the holidays with drinking or just need to chemically alter yourself before or after family gatherings, here are some of the best places to live it up this season. Check out Tonic on 4th, The Righteous Room, The Wine Cellar, The Blind Lemon.  

Arthur's (Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Arthur’s in Hyde Park has always been the quintessential neighborhood bar, especially for people who don’t live in the neighborhood. So when I heard it had a new winter menu, I had to check it out. We strolled in on a Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. and the place was packed with people in semi-trance states, absorbed by beer and the Bengals.  

Sensible Season

Tips for surviving high-calorie celebrations

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Feasting with family and friends doesn't have to mean facing holiday weight gain this year. Planning ahead and including few simple substitutions will make your upcoming celebrations both happy and healthy (without sacrificing flavor) for everyone sharing your season.  

Roots Rock

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2009
“Vegetables make me mad.” This is how a friend, who, like me, spends way too much time and energy on such things, recently summed up her holiday meal planning progress. And I fully empathized. Specifically she was referring to the disproportionate amount of effort spent on preparing root vegetable dishes.  

Cold Weather Takeout for Nights with Family and Friends

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 28, 2009
As we cozy up and dine at home this freezing November, it doesn’t mean we have to cook. With deals like these, it’s tempting (and cheap) to carryout. Especially with places like Germano's, Daveed's at 934, Tucker's, Mac's Pizza Pub, Troy's and Rio Grande.  

The Best Soups in Cincy

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2009
As the weather cools and we enjoy a season of colds and threats of flu, we can at least be thankful that we have soup to get us through. Yes, it's soup season. That elixir that has nursed us through broken hearts, hangovers and mononucleosis. To celebrate, here's a list of some of the best soups in Cincinnati. (Of course, you'll let me know if I left any out.)  

Where the Harvest Is

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 9, 2009
This month offers plenty of opportunities to ring in fall the good old-fashioned Pagan way by feasting on the harvest and communing with friends and neighbors. First off, Imago, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit that supports sustainable living, is offering farm shares for a mere $160 — 10 weeks of fresh, organic veggies that includes a commitment to volunteer in the garden for two hours a week.  

The Best Places to Dine Al Fresco

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2009
It always sounds so exciting: Dining al fresco. Like you're planning on doing something daring, like dining naked. Or stealing away to your favorite Italian restaurant alone, dressed in nothing but a gamurra and camicia Botticelli-style. Of course, it really means that you're just planning to eat outside, a pretty pedestrian endeavor. But if you want to put a twist on the old outdoor dining angle, these local spots actually make al fresco as exciting as it sounds.  

The Restaurants Most Likely to Make You Look Good Naked

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I was recently at a restaurant in Chicago, Nacional 27, that served a Look-Better-Naked Margarita. (They also happen to serve the best margaritas in the country.) I appreciated the gesture and it made me think about all the dining opportunities to help you look better naked right here in our city. (It seems there are some things you don’t have to move to Chicago or the East Coast for; looking better naked is one of them.)  

Chicago Food Tour

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I always forget that East Coast-style culture is a mere five-hour drive from here because we have Chicago. Geography is a technicality. In Chicago, you get your “coast” (waves high enough to surf), your fashion (more gladiator sandals than you’d find in Pat Benatar’s garage) and, most importantly, your food (Chicago’s pizza will always win out over New York’s).   

Why You Should Eat Like the Ancients

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
About 5,000 years ago, the great saints of India downloaded a complete dietary system that can help you lose weight without eating less, achieve balance and serenity and live a longer life. OK, it sounds like an Acai Berry ad, but it’s actually part of the oldest and most authoritative of Hindu texts, the Vedas.  

Sustain Yourself With or Without an Organic White House Garden

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Before Barack Obama was elected, sustainable food advocates across the country were pushing for an organic White House garden, which seemed to some like a Marie Antoinette moment. A "let them eat organic" in the middle of a flailing economy when people were losing their jobs and couldn't put food on their tables.  

Fear of Food

2 Comments · Wednesday, February 25, 2009
An hour ago, I ate a tablespoon of peanut butter on a rice cake. So healthy and responsible, I thought. Part of my Weight Watchers strategy. I hadn't checked to see if my brand was on the FDA's death-by-peanut list. But the concept of food-as-dangerous has now become part of my everyday consciousness.   

What Will He Eat?

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Post-inauguration, inundated by videos of my favorite president dancing with his wife and smitten as a 16-year-old pouring over 'Bride' magazine, I try to write this month's column with only one thing on my mind: Not what will he do, but what will he eat?