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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.
  

Dishing Out 2012

Local foodies, trends and ingredients make Cincy's dining scene shine

5 Comments · Wednesday, December 26, 2012
As we wrap up 2012 in Cincinnati, we’ve got a helluva story to tell — and some bragging to do. I write about drinks and dining, and I can’t even get around to all the new places that are opening.  

Coffee And Community

OTR welcomes anticipated new coffee shop to the neighborhood

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Owners Dave Hart and Dustin Miller had always dreamed of opening a coffee shop together. Lifelong friends and Ohio natives, the two spent a few years on separate journeys living in and being inspired by different states along the West Coast and working in multiple restaurants and cafes along the way.  

Jerky? Sure!

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I’ve always had some sense of “beef jerky” over my lifetime. It’s always been in gas stations and convenient stores. And I’m certain I’ve eaten jerky before. Not en masse, but a bit. And not on a dare, even.
  

Holiday Dish

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Whether your favorite version of A Christmas Carol stars Alastair Sim or Donald Duck, there’s something endearing about Scrooge’s change of heart and Tiny Tim’s blessing. And how about that Christmas goose? The Golden Lamb has it!  

Puff Piece

Blue Ash bistro focuses on sweet and savory pastries

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 11, 2012
I once lived in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago where delis selling pierogies and Russian delicacies were on every street corner. With the exception of a couple of places, Cincinnati’s been devoid of good Eastern European food, until now.
  

A Baker's Story

Skirtz & Johnston offer scratch-made breads and pastries at new café

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Flush with the success of their two-year-old Findlay Market bakery-cafe, co-owners Stefan Skirtz and Andrew Johnston snipped a yellow ribbon last month, ushering in their second venture, S & J Cafe at the Main Library, located on the downtown library’s mezzanine level.  

Coffee Talk

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 4, 2012
People love Dojo at Findlay Market for their gelato. I am hopeless in the face of their delicious affogato. This espresso/gelato float has gotten me through many a difficult day. On a recent visit, Dojo owner Michael Christner advised me that he was about to up the ante.  

Bos Is Back

Northside pub returns with updated menu and design

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 27, 2012
In some big cities there are only vestiges of bygone era neighborhood taverns, but Northside’s Boswell’s has found a way to trump decay and reemerge with an unexpected second act.
  

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.