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.
Midnight December 31: when our clocks and
calendars tip us into the New Year, party hats and all, to start anew.
The goal is to end the old year with respect — and a really great soiree
— and set our intentions to bring prosperity, love and luck in the new
In this Year in Film and Music special edition, you'll hear from local writers and musicians about their year. We'll take a look at ambitious movies with inconclusive endings. You'll learn about the loss of two seminal local music venues, and much more.
“If you don’t know meat, know your butcher”
is advice I read on a butcher shop window a long time ago. It came back
to me recently when I read an article in The New York Times
titled “The Lost Art of Buying From a Butcher.” The bottom line: An
experienced butcher will gladly tell you more than a package ever will.