The best thing about the new Northside
Yacht Club has to be the quality of the drinks. Owners Jon Weiner and
Stuart MacKenzie, along with other staffers, have worked with our city’s
Queen of Cocktails, Molly Wellmann, and it shows.
There are a couple of distinct signs that
autumn has hit the Tristate: Leaves begin to fall, pumpkin spice flavor
is everywhere and the cooler temperatures force hipsters to start
breaking out the flannel. But the most welcome and certainly the most
delicious harbingers of fall are the myriad festivals featuring our
favorite recurrent foods of the season, especially the most American
fruit of all: the apple.
When Jose Salazar talks about his
grandmother’s kitchen in Medellin, Colombia, he doesn’t talk about a
specific food. His memories are of wooden carts going by in the street,
loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables.
The American Academy of Pediatricians
recommends that breast milk or formula should be your child’s only
source of nutrition for the first six months of life. But before you
know it, tiny, curious fingers come reaching across the table, and it’s
either time to ante up part of your burger or introduce Junior to solid
Last year, Donna Covrett, former Cincinnati Magazine
dining editor, and Courtney Tsitouris, a food writer, designer and
producer, launched the inaugural Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic, a
three-day event designed to, as they say, “capture the energy and
enthusiasm of the Midwest’s dynamic food and beverage scene.”
On a recent Saturday, my boyfriend Brian
and I headed to Woodstone Creek — I love a glass of a good red wine and
he’s always willing to sip straight whiskey, so it was the perfect place
for us to sample a selection of both.
Over-the-Rhine currently houses a
late-night walk-up taco window in the form of Gomez Salsa (now open
daily for lunch and Sunday brunch) and a couple spots for late-night
pizza, but what if it’s 1 a.m. and you’re craving a different type of
food from a window? Soon, OTR — and Cincinnati — will get its first
walk-up french fry window, Fryed, from entrepreneur Lindsey Metz.
The first thing you notice when walking
into Second Sight Spirits artisan distillery in Ludlow, Kentucky is the
smell: rum. Like two renegade pirates, founders Rick Couch and Carus
Waggoner have staked their claim in this little town since their grand
opening in April.
Conjure up the image of a basic,
non-descript suburban strip mall in your head and you’ll likely see the
typical suspects: a dollar store, a pharmacy and a copy shop. It’s
certainly not the most bucolic of settings, which is normally where you
would expect to find a farm, lush with bright-green produce.
Pumpkin beers from MadTree (The Great PumpCan) and Oktoberfest beers from Tap & Screw (Schraube) and Rhinegeist
(Franz) have already made their way to the market, unseasonably early.
Just around the corner are several Oktoberfests, though, and late-summer
outdoor beer fests to look forward to.
can’t hit a farmers market this time of year without being overwhelmed
by the sight of beautiful locally grown tomatoes, not to mention
countless other varieties of produce. But there are only so many meals
in a summer day, right?
Most chefs dream of owning and operating
their own restaurant. In the case of Stephen Williams, chef and owner of
Covington’s Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar, and his wife Jessica, it
was a desire to feed themselves that prompted the idea for the
soon-to-open Son & Soil.
Unless you’ve traveled to Mexico, especially Mexico City, you probably don’t know what true antojitos
(street food) tastes like, because a lot of so-called authentic Mexican
dishes north of the border have been Americanized.
Farmers markets are always the best place
to shop for the freshest local produce, meats, dairy, flowers and goods
in general, and Over-the-Rhine’s Findlay Market — Ohio’s oldest
surviving municipal market house — is certainly one of the finest.