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Main Bite (Review)

Main Bite serves up seasonal dishes and craft cocktails in MainStrasse

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The newly opened Main Bite in MainStrasse creates delicious, seasonal fare with crafty culinary cocktails to go with each bite of your meal.
  

A Tavola Expands, Eli's at Neons and Other Dining News

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
One of Over-the-Rhine’s most popular destinations, A Tavola (1220 Vine St.), is opening a second location in Madeira. The new shop, at 7022 Miami Road, will open in December. I think it’s great that the center of the city has so much goodness going on that we can export it to the ’burbs.
  

Pura Vida PopUP Taqueria (Profile)

Jose Navales keeps it simple at Findlay Market's new culturally inspired pop-up taqueria

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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.
  

Around the World in Eight Items or Less: Sweets

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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.  

50 Ways To Love Your Growler

Fifty West Brewing ties craft brews to Cincinnati’s beer past

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
“You ever have those moments where you just get really excited in life and you can’t sleep?” asks Bobby Slattery, co-owner of Fifty West Brewing Company.   

Ice, Ice, Baby

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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.”  

Barrio Tequileria (Review)

Barrio Tequileria joins the Northside taco explosion

4 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I unabashedly 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.
  

Summer Meals, Markets and More

2 Comments · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Does this ever happen to you: it gets so hot that you just don’t feel like eating anything? Ha, me neither. Let’s go celebrate summer with fresh, tasty food!  

Holtman's Donuts (Profile)

New OTR donut shop to offer classic pastries early and late-night

1 Comment · Tuesday, June 4, 2013
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.  

Bourbon Ball

Forget the wine: Tips on throwing a bourbon tasting party

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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 Blanton’s Bourbon.
  

Gettin' Jack'd on Snacks and Gum

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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.
  

Walt's Hitching Post (Profile)

Beloved Northern Kentucky restaurant reopens with new owners

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Bill Melton loved horses. He loved horses so much that he enshrined his restaurant, Walt’s Hitching Post, with his passion.
  

Beer Pairing Dinners

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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 (Review)

Gargantuan beer list, sweeping river views and a thick, familiar menu

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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.  

Food For Thought

Lessons I learned in my mother's kitchen

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
As homage to their own mothers, Cincinnati’s culinary community shared with me their memories of how this most important person touched their lives and helped shape the person they are today.