Conjure up the image of a basic,
non-descript suburban strip mall in your head and you’ll likely see the
typical suspects: a dollar store, a pharmacy and a copy shop. It’s
certainly not the most bucolic of settings, which is normally where you
would expect to find a farm, lush with bright-green produce.
Pumpkin beers from MadTree (The Great PumpCan) and Oktoberfest beers from Tap & Screw (Schraube) and Rhinegeist
(Franz) have already made their way to the market, unseasonably early.
Just around the corner are several Oktoberfests, though, and late-summer
outdoor beer fests to look forward to.
can’t hit a farmers market this time of year without being overwhelmed
by the sight of beautiful locally grown tomatoes, not to mention
countless other varieties of produce. But there are only so many meals
in a summer day, right?
Most chefs dream of owning and operating
their own restaurant. In the case of Stephen Williams, chef and owner of
Covington’s Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar, and his wife Jessica, it
was a desire to feed themselves that prompted the idea for the
soon-to-open Son & Soil.
Unless you’ve traveled to Mexico, especially Mexico City, you probably don’t know what true antojitos
(street food) tastes like, because a lot of so-called authentic Mexican
dishes north of the border have been Americanized.
Farmers markets are always the best place
to shop for the freshest local produce, meats, dairy, flowers and goods
in general, and Over-the-Rhine’s Findlay Market — Ohio’s oldest
surviving municipal market house — is certainly one of the finest.
If you drive north on East Liberty in
Over-the-Rhine and take a right onto McMicken Avenue, you’ll pass a
building whose glass-paneled front doors stand out slightly from the
semi-dilapidated storefronts that line the rest of the street.
Liquid brunches aren’t anything new, but
lately a crop of bottomless brunches — meaning you can drink an infinite
amount of mimosas and bloody marys for a flat fee — have been surfacing
throughout the city.
Over-the-Rhine’s creative class continues
to add more and more bars, restaurants and shops for its denizens and
tourists, including the recent addition (or relocation) of Picnic and
Pantry, a convenience store filled with quality sundries and carryout