Commonwealth Bistro has been
two-and-a-half years in the making for Chef Chris Burns and his wife Tess, the duo
who founded The Awesome Collective, an organization that spreads
everything great about the community of Covington.
There are four new and noteworthy places to fuel up this month, whether your fuel of choice is caffeine, sugar or joie de vivre. French Crust Café and Holtman’s Donuts
are two much-anticipated newly opened Vine Street destinations downtown
and are definitely worth a special trip.
Having homegrown veggies and fruit
delivered to your house seems like a luxury, but for 6,000
Cincinnatians/Northern Kentuckians, receiving a green bin filled with a
mixture of both locally and nationally grown produce actually supports
the community, reduces carbon footprints and advances environmental
initiatives for future generations.
At Mexico’s southern tip lie three small
coastal fishing villages: San Agustinillo, La Ventanilla and Mazunte,
whose combined population tops out at just more than a thousand.
Thatched roof huts of dried palm overlook golden sandy beaches,
frolicking sea turtles and stunning ocean views, luring eco-tourists who
seek the last of the world’s pristine, undeveloped lands.
Jay Porter is the
founder of the now-defunct The Linkery, a farm-to-table restaurant in
San Diego, and recent posts on his blog, jayporter.com, have caused a
stir in the dining world. The posts were follow-ups to a New York Times
article on The Linkery’s decision to be a tip-free restaurant with
fixed service charges, divided among servers and kitchen staff, added to
If you come across thousands of people dressed head to toe in white Saturday evening, don’t be alarmed — it’s just Dîner en Blanc. François Pasquier founded the “dinner in white” picnic party in Paris 25 years ago as a means for him to reconnect with his friends. He made sure his picnicking guests wore white so they’d be able to spot each other.
There are some great, hip taco joints in town, but sometimes I like to get my lomo
on the down-low. Warning to drivers: Do not tailgate in the vicinity of
taquerias. I have been known to spot salsa verde with my peripheral
vision and slam on my brakes.
Matthew Cranert can’t sit still. He’s got a
million menus in his head and he wants to write them all down. The new
executive chef at Cumin, Cranert also holds the same position at sister
restaurant M, both in Hyde Park. Between running two kitchens, he’s
found his Zen in balancing the high-end dining at Cumin with M’s rustic
SwampWater Grill is located inside the same
sprawling, shanty-like building that houses Riverside Centre Antique
Mall. The restaurant is the brainchild of property owner Chris Ornella
and partner Kirk Prest, who hails from Plaquemines Parish, La., just
south of New Orleans.
In this installment of Around the World
in Eight Items (or Less), an exploration of the “International Aisle” at
your neighborhood grocery store, I set out to examine some cold,
imported beverages from across the globe.
at the Loop — the $80 million, 80,000-square-foot entertainment and
apartment complex adjacent to University of Cincinnati— has been slowly
rolling out retail stores and restaurants since the spring.
Talking with Lindsay Laubenstein could
drive you to drink — in a good way. Her enthusiasm for cocktail culture
is contagious. Laubenstein, vice president of the Southern Ohio
Bartenders’ Guild and currently behind the bar at Igby’s, recently developed the cocktail menu at Barrio
Tequileria, and previously tended bar at Enoteca Emilia.
After a $23 million hotel-wide renovation, the Hyatt Regency introduces their new restaurant, the farm-to-table Red Roost Tavern, which joins top-notch hotel eateries like The Palace, Orchids and Metropole in downtown fine dining. Red Roost’s philosophy is: “Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served.”
When a group of elite chefs met last fall
at Black Oak Holler Farm in the Appalachian forest of Fraziers Bottom,
W.Va., they couldn’t possibly imagine that their weekend of eating,
drinking and forging new friendships would culminate in a pork-themed
group dinner just 11 months later, on
Aug. 8, at the legendary James Beard Foundation in New York City.