The two things I am most proud of after working in a
German bar for a year are being able to carry three liters of beer in
each hand and taking a warm sauerkraut juice and Jager shot without
letting out a whimper. If you like pickled things, meat and carbs then
German cuisine should be a must.
Guinness, Shepherd’s Pie and hooligans are all staples of
the typical Irish bar. The capacity of the aforementioned staples vary
depending on which bar you choose; more upscale places like Nicholson’s
and Claddagh’s lean toward the “first date” atmosphere.
Jack Kerouac’s “Essentials of Spontaneous Prose,”
instructed one to write “as a jazz musician drawing breath between
out-blown phrases.” I like to imagine that jazz notes fit perfectly
in-between the spaces of each of our inhales and exhales.
Nestled among the houses, busy streets and skyscrapers of
Cincinnati lay the ruins of what was once the lifeblood of the city.
Above and below ground sit empty breweries, some left abandoned since
LGBT communities are a second star to the right for many,
a place where one can feel safe, supported and free to enjoy whatever
types of cocktails they please. This collection of LGBT-friendly bars is
just a slice of such drinkeries the Queen City offers.
These area pubs are exactly as described — comfortable
and cozy gathering places to have a drink and shoot the breeze with the
regulars and neighbors you may have never met. Don’t feel obligated to
dress over-the-top or spend half of your weekly — or bi-weekly for many
of us — paycheck on an outrageous four-course meal.
Dueling piano bars add a different dimension compared
with most local watering holes. This makes such fine establishments a
welcome change for both entertainment thrill-seekers and weekend
warriors. There is still booze, food and music, but piano bars take the
experience to a new level.
As long as you’re not rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers
any one of these places could be your new favorite place to catch the
Bengals, Reds, UC or Xavier. Get off the couch and park in front of the
nearest flat screen or projection TV and throw a few back.
Restaurants and wineries alike offer a great selection of
some fine fermented grapes. Whether you have a more refined taste and
enjoy the dryness of a Cabernet or still have a sweet tooth, surely you
can find a bottle or two to stock the wine rack.
With January officially underway, many
might be determined to make this the year to look fabulous by getting
fit and losing weight. But instead of doing the same old thing, signing
up for another gym membership or trying the latest fad diet, why not try
a new strategy?
I get almost as many spam emails about
weight loss as I do about erectile dysfunction. Since I don’t have a
penis, the Viagra ones get an automatic delete. But I do have a bit of a
tummy. Should I read about how to melt belly fat in just 15 days?
Back in 1999 Deborah Ooten found herself
filling her gas tank at the Shell station in Clifton Heights when
something spoke to her: The universe told her that she was going to
start the Conscious Living Center.
Little girls can frequently be found
playing with Barbie dolls (if you were like me, you’d frequently be
found giving them Crayola marker makeovers and cutting their hair off),
but Jennifer Young of Chaos Contained, a Cincinnati-based organizing and
design service, didn’t play with her Barbies — she organized them.