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Maker's Mark Promotes Honest Bourbon

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Why would Maker’s announce that they were reducing the percentage of alcohol in their bourbon from 45 percent to 42 percent (90 proof to 84 proof), cause an uproar and then reverse the decision within days?
  

Persian Persuasion

Iranian family brings authentic dining experience to West Chester

3 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Cincinnati, until recently, lacked an authentic Persian restaurant. Finally, in November, the Iranian Mostofi family opened Persian Nights in West Chester, making it the only restaurant of its kind from here to Columbus.  

Art So Good, You Could Eat It (and Should)

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Art of Food is in its seventh year at The Carnegie in Covington, but it wasn’t until last year that I finally hit the opening night. It really made me regret that I’d missed the first five. What an amazing event! So I’m writing this now, while tickets are still available.   

Clifton's Fab Pho Landmark

Cilantro's Darren Phan expands fresh Vietnamese menu at new location

1 Comment · Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Eat well. Eat fresh. Eat often. These three sentences serve as both tagline and personal philosophy for local restaurateur Darren Phan, owner of Cilantro Vietnamese Bistro, Clifton’s 9-year-old brothy, herby, vermicelli-filled landmark.  

Yogurt Goes Greek

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Here’s the big secret, for those who haven’t tasted “Greek yogurt” — while some claim it’s creamier (maybe, barely), less sweet and more sour, it really tastes practically exactly the same as regular supermarket yogurt.  

Omnivorous Options

The Elusive Cow offers pub grub everyone can feel good about

1 Comment · Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Right down the road from Virgil’s Café in Bellevue is a newly opened (since November) neighborhood burger joint, The Elusive Cow. Originally, I had heard that it was a vegan or vegetarian pub, but one look at the menu made it clear: This restaurant is much more than that.  

Tea Time

Get your 'Downton Abbey' on with Churchill's Fine Teas

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2013
One of the very first things I had to learn when I became British-by-marriage was how to brew tea properly. It was soon apparent that English tea with milk is one of those things you mess with at your peril.  

Izakaya Style

Kaze revives Cincinnati Color Building with authentic Japanese food and drink

9 Comments · Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The build-out at Kaze is breathtaking. The old Cincinnati Color building on Vine Street is such a landmark that it would have been dreadful had it been torn down, and Kaze saved it.   

Fusian Dreams of Sushi

Fast casual restaurant rolls up quality, sustainable, quick cuisine

1 Comment · Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Zach and Josh Weprin and their childhood friend, Stephan Harman, are beating the odds. Nearly three years ago, the young trio founded Fusian, a fast casual sushi restaurant with locations in downtown Cincinnati, Dayton and, slated to open in February, the Ohio State University campus in Columbus.  

Dining Changes and New Opportunities in 2013

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Eat Well Café and Takeaway (3009 O Bryon St., O’Bryonville) is now open. Chef/owner Renee Schuler’s newest endeavor is just what I expected — fresh, polished and yet simple and comforting.  

Haute Asian

Quan Hapa serves Eastern drinks and cuisine in a hip gastropub setting

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 9, 2013
In 2012, food trends like “weird Chinese” and “Asian hipster cuisine” hit a fever pitch in New York City. With the advent of Quan Hapa and neighboring Japanese izakaya hot spot Kaze, the trend’s finally supplanted itself in Over-the-Rhine, albeit, with less outlandishness.  

Perdido en el Supermercado

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Besides just out in the community, you can now see signs of the Latino growth in neighborhood supermarkets. Two decades ago, to find authentic Mexican and Latin American ingredients and other food products not made by Taco Bell in Greater Cincinnati, you had to really search.
  

Gateway Gourmands

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Nothing screams artisan or handcrafted food like a flannel-shirted, tattooed server. Remove the pageantry from the building, please, and just give us the weird cuts of beef or spruced up hot dog served alongside a Prohibition-era cocktail.
  

Bicontinental Bites

Former Bella Luna chef opens Italian-Argentine eatery

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 2, 2013
It’s unusual to find a restaurant in the Cincinnati area that’s a permutation of both Italian and Argentine cuisine, but Alfio’s Buon Cibo (Italian for “Good Food”) aims to the wed the two regions together.
  

New Year, New Drink

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Drinking is tough to do well. No, I’m not talking about when you let your beer run down your chin. People, that is completely outside my area of expertise. I’m talking about having the confidence it takes to order a good cocktail.