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Love, Loss and What I Ate

Loving and being passionate about good food until the bitter end

1 Comment · Tuesday, June 15, 2010
My neighbor Bud loved food. He'd lived all over the world during his military career and had an adventuresome palate he shared with his wife and two sons. The boys grew up not with an "Eat everything on your plate" mentality but with a "Taste everything! Why not?" philosophy that I admire. I'm happy to have savored some very special moments with someone who drank deeply of life and shared his love of it so freely.  

Ferrari's Little Italy (Review)

Little Italy goes big in Madeira, so bring a big appetite

1 Comment · Tuesday, June 8, 2010
For many of us, Italian food is synonymous with love and comfort. A steaming plate of pasta with a hunk of crusty bread to mop up a rich tomato sauce is like a hug from Mom and a rustling of the hair from Dad. As the adage goes, however, everything in moderation. Sometimes love can be too much, and my visit to Ferrari's Little Italy and Bakery left me feeling a little smothered.   

Mr. Sushi (Review)

Downtown sushi spot is just right

1 Comment · Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I never realized downtown's lack of sushi options until just now. After Ko-Sho's move to Northside, downtown was left with almost no place for quality sushi other than Bootsy's. Perhaps because of the name, I expected Mr. Sushi to be basic and a little less than refined. I pictured a small place with few employees and tile floors. I couldn't have been more wrong.  

Heat Beneath Our Wings

CityBeat team of tasters judges the area’s best hot wings

1 Comment · Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Whenever I say “hot wings,” I want to say it in a James Brown voice, something with swagger and, well, heat. Hot wings! Sorta like “Hot damn!” but you can say it in front of little kids. We gathered wings from seven venues and put them to the test.  

Say Yes to Cocktails With Dinner

Four Roses and Daveed's show how bourbon cocktails can work with a meal

0 Comments · Monday, May 24, 2010
I've always considered cocktails an early evening libation suitable with finger foods but not the main course. Apparently, though, pairing cocktails and fancy food is a hot trend in the restaurant business. To learn more about it, a few dozen local bourbon lovers recently climbed the narrow spiral staircase to Daveed's upstairs dining room and tasted through a selection of Four Roses bourbons and cocktails.  

View (Review)

New Walnut Hills restaurant offers a highly memorable dining experience

1 Comment · Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Do you recall the time when one dined in hotels with well-appointed lobbies? Elevator rides taken to a dining room nestled between living quarters where one imagines very highbrow things happening? Me neither. Upon arriving at View restaurant in the Edgecliff Private Residences on Victory Parkway, however, I was transported to a more sophisticated time.   

Silver Spring House (Review)

Enjoying a relaxed, comfortable and fairly priced chicken joint

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 11, 2010
When you give your restaurant a tagline like "The Chicken Joint," you damn well better make some kick-ass poultry, right? Well, that’s the gauntlet thrown down by Symmes Township stalwart Silver Spring House, which has stood on the corner of Kemper and Snyder roads since 1988. That 20-plus year history represents an eternity in the restaurant biz, so the owners are obviously doing something right to keep pulling in the customers.  

Otto-matic for the People

Chef de Cuisine Molly Thompson finds her way at Otto's in Covington

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Molly Thompson is originally from Paris, Ky. She started waiting tables at Otto's, a wonderful bistro in MainStrasse, and worked her way into the kitchen while also graduating from the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State in April. She talks about her career choices and her passion for food.  

Vout (Review)

Slims continues speaking its own language with 'side project'

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 27, 2010
If you've recently driven past Slims restaurant in Northside, you might have noticed a sign near the door at the corner of Hamilton and Blue Rock that reads "VOUT." That's the name of the a la carte, more laid-back version of Slims open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday. As with Slims, the hours are "5:30 'til the food's gone."  

Annabel's (Review)

Breakfast/lunch spot has a fresh, creative menu full of surprises

1 Comment · Monday, April 19, 2010
I set out to find treasure in Mount Lookout Square, and I found a real gem. Annabel's is a cozy little jewel — a great neighborhood eatery with a fresh, creative menu that's full of surprises. The first thing I noticed is how abso-freaking-lutely cute the place is. Surrounded by attractive and stylish diners, I was thankful I'd spruced myself up for my treasure hunt.   

Red Onion Cafe (Review)

Not quite the 'Maisonette of Monroe,' but plenty of satisfying, beautifully-presented dishes

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 13, 2010
On a drizzly Thursday evening, there's a 40-minute wait at Monroe's Red Onion Cafe. A specials chalkboard mentions Shrimp Scampi, Lake Perch and Boeuf Bourguignon. A veritable mission statement is on the menu cover: "Food is what we are all about ... we cook from scratch ... we take pride in our craft." Craft? We can't wait to get seated.  

Bacall's Cafe (Review)

Foods for all moods and something for (almost) everyone

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Sometimes I'm in the mood for a dive with cheap burgers and bad coffee, and other times I prefer a leisurely dinner and pricey food, where the cloth napkin is ever so gently placed in my lap by a waiter or waitress. What I usually want, though, is something comfortably in-between. Enter Bacall's Cafe.  

Senate (Review)

Upscale take on street food makes the emerging Gateway Quarter district even tastier

4 Comments · Monday, March 29, 2010
Senate is the new place where the cool kids go, and I know why: It's fun, the menu doesn't take itself too seriously and its location is red hot. Senate's mission is to present upscale street food, and they've done a terrific job of planning a menu that's varied enough to suit most appetites but taken up a few notches so no one is disappointed.  

The Loving Cafe (Review)

Pleasant Ridge spot aims to nourish both body and soul

4 Comments · Tuesday, March 23, 2010
As with any cuisine not executed well, vegetarian and vegan food can be underwhelming. And overcompensating for meat-based proteins with tofu and soy simulations can be an even more dangerous culinary game. Such are the challenges that The Loving Cafe in Pleasant Ridge struggles with: to offer healthy and ethical fare that's fresh, flavorful and satisfying.  

Aroma Restaurant and Sushi (Review)

Chef Romuald Jung succeeds again

1 Comment · Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Somehow food has become an endurance contest — restaurants and diners in hot pursuit of the latest fad. Fortunately, Aroma Restaurant and Sushi bucks this trend. While exceedingly contemporary in design, the unspoken philosophy behind much of Chef Romuald Jung's menu makes us slow down long enough to appreciate the importance of smell, texture and memory in our dining experiences.