If passion has a flavor, Jose Navales cooks some damn tasty food. Navales has the fervor that comes with being a convert — someone who has seen the light. He used to work for a restaurant supplier...Now, he’s authentic to the bone.
The “International Aisles” at chain
supermarkets have evolved greatly over the past couple of decades.
Though they probably vary depending on what part of the country you’re
in, most I’ve seen play up the “international” flavor of the designated
aisle with national flags and foods categorized by country.
I had an epiphany recently when I stopped to order my favorite iced coffee from BLOC Coffee Company in Price Hill and their ice machine was on the fritz. “Try it cold, without ice,” the barista suggested. “Some of our customers like it better that way.”
love authentic tacos. I’m thrilled about the recent influx of
restaurants in the greater Cincinnati area where I can indulge in my
addiction, particularly in Northside. The most recent addition is Barrio
Tequileria. It’s a good one, too.
Certain pastries may come and go in
popularity (we’re looking at you, cupcake), but the donut will outlast
every food trend in the history of the world. No one understands this
more than the Loveland, Ohio-based Holtman’s Donuts.
Over the years, I’ve entertained in my
home with just about as many different types of parties as I could find
in books or online, and I thought I’d pretty much run the gamut until I
came across the idea of hosting a bourbon tasting while attending last
month’s Bourbon Classic in Louisville, Ky., led by John Shutt of
A couple of months ago, this column
examined the rise of non-drinkable caffeinated products on your local
supermarket shelves. It was inspired by news of two forthcoming products
coming from a pair of major corporations, but they hadn’t hit local
shelves yet, so I sought out other “edible speed” instead.
I’ve been to wine pairing and cocktail
pairing dinners, but I just hit my first beer pairing dinner. I guess
I’d never considered that with the variety of styles and flavor profiles
available in beers now, there are enough subtle nuances to intrigue
chefs and to bring out the best in their dishes.
Yard House is a restaurant chain purchased
last year by Darden Restaurants, the publicly traded corporation that
brought us Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Seasons 52. The chain’s 44th
location overlooks the Roebling Bridge, a baseball toss from the
homegrown and similarly themed Moerlein Lager House.
Summer’s all about festival food. There
are MainStrasse fests with brats and metts and loads of church festivals
with chicken dinners and cake raffles. One of my favorite summer
treats, the Asian Food Fest, returns to The Banks this month.
The Dishcrawl sounds a lot like a speed
dating with restaurants. Over a three-hour period, spend just enough
time to become acquainted with multiple places and enjoy small courses
to get a representation of what they offer.