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Queen Of Sweets

Aunt Flora serves old-school desserts and comfort food to the masses

1 Comment · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The winner of CityBeat’s 2012 Sugar Rush event was none other than Aunt Flora (Katrina Mincy) of the now closed Aunt Flora’s House of Soul and the newly opened The Cobbleria downtown. After winning everyone over with her peach cobbler, Flora isn’t retiring the rolling pin anytime soon.  

A Very Findlay Holiday

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Aren’t you glad you don’t live in the days when “sugarplums” were a big Christmas treat? What is a sugarplum, anyway? I’m looking forward to some old-fashioned goodies, but I’m making my list and checking to be sure it’s all local and all delicious. Pretty much everything included in this list can be found at Findlay Market, so that’s one-stop shopping you can feel good about.  

Discount Stores Offer More (and Less) Than You Bargain For

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 14, 2012
To compare the experiences and products, I paid a visit to my neighborhood’s low-budget shopping trifecta — Save-a-Lot, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree — on a recent weeknight.
  

Familiarizing The Exotic

Crestview Hills bistro offers approachable take on Argentine cuisine

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 13, 2012
For more than seven years, Argentine Bistro has quietly showcased an assortment of authentic dishes of this exotic South American locale. It began as a tapas restaurant, but after several chefs and name changes, the bistro now offers a more conventional menu.  

Hot Toddies Keep Out the Chill

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2012
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to flu shots, I’d rather skip the doctor and follow the advice of a good bartender, like Rom Wells of The Rookwood in Mount Adams. He prescribes a single barrel (preferably barrel proof) whiskey, lemon and honey, with a whole star anise, cinnamon stick and clove in it, served in a snifter. That sounds like a cure for the common winter blahs.  

Lessons Through the Grapevine

Former Oregonians produce award-winning wines in Ripley, Ohio

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The leaves and temperatures are falling in mid-October, and red grapes varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon are ripe for the picking.  

It's A Jungle In Here

International foodie haven opens an even larger space in Eastgate

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 6, 2012
If Jungle Jim’s huge International Market in Fairfield wasn’t big enough for you, a second location in Eastgate boasts an even larger space at 215,000 square feet. This is the place to get everything from kangaroo meat to hookahs. And if you can’t find, say, the gluten-free eggrolls, either store’s employees will track them down for you.
  

In With The New

Fantastic seafood restaurant joins the fun in OTR

1 Comment · Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Cincinnati’s newest seafood restaurant is also its best. Welcome to Porkopolis, Anchor OTR. I love the scale of this restaurant. No, not the fish scales! The size and scope. It’s just right.  

It’s the Great Pumpkin, People

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I just read in New York magazine that pumpkin is the new bacon. They may be on to something. Listen to this shopping list a friend just posted on Facebook: pumpkin coffee, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin butter, pumpkin cider and pumpkin-chip biscotti. Eat that and you’re likely to start glowing all orangey.  

Bottles and Bites

Marty’s Hops & Vines offers beer and wine expertise, tastings and expanded menu

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 23, 2012
On a Friday evening, College Hill wine and beer emporium Marty’s Hops & Vines is alive with spirited buzz. It’s the wine shop’s weekly wine tasting during which a wide demographic of customers sample six healthy pours accompanied with cubed cheese and crackers for a mere $10.  

Far East Flavors

Mason surprises with new Malaysian dining experience

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Malaysia is located so far from here most of my friends couldn’t point it out on a map. But lucky for us, Ohio just welcomed its first Malaysian restaurant right outside Cincinnati. In the belly of an old municipal building in Mason is the new restaurant Straits of Malacca.  

Edible Glow-in-the-Dark Technology Eludes Us (For Now)

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Here we sit at the breakfast table, in the year 20-freakin’-12, and we can’t get a special edition of Cap’n Crunch’s Halloween Crunch that actually turns the milk glow-in-the-dark green!  

All's Well That Eat(s) Well

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Cooking for Martha Stewart has got to be a little like sharing your film project with Woody Allen, right? Surreal is the word Cincinnati chef and caterer Renee Schuler of Eat Well Celebrations and Feasts uses to describe her recent experience cooking for Martha, someone who set the bar for beautiful food when Schuler was growing up.  

Autumn Wines

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
“These are quality wines under $15 that taste expensive as hell,” said my neighbor and one of my go-to wine guys, Alfonse Mele, senior wine consultant at Dep’s Fine Wines in Covington. “They’re all unique. You could pour these in order for a great tasting, or pair them with just about any holiday meal and impress your guests.”  

Burnell's Exudes Cool Culinary Confidence

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
There’s a certain wave of reassurance that washes over a person while in the presence of someone radiating with confidence and passion for his craft.  Chef Nathan Jolley — who operates his tiny restaurant, Burnell’s, out of the former Mayberry location on Vine Street — is such a man.