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Summer Hot, Coffee Cold

Advice for enjoying the best iced coffee this summer

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2009
With summer coming we’ll all be spending time at more third places — places where we hang out and socialize other than home or work. But between our trips to the ice cream parlor, the neighborhood pool and the park, the classic third place — the neighborhood coffee shop — won’t be forgotten.   

Blind Moose (Review)

Lodge-like ambiance inspires Northern Exposure flashbacks

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Over the course of about eight months I watched almost every episode of the ’90s television series Northern Exposure. I was obsessed. That might explain why I recently felt so at home in a booth at The Blind Moose.   

Troy's Cafe (Review)

Doing 'simple food' well

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I think a foodie friend recently said it best: "I'm no longer interested in the 'complicated' food. What I like best are restaurants with simple menus where they do simple food well." I don't know if she was channeling me or we’re channeling a general food trend that's building, but I wholeheartedly agree. And, as if on cue, Troy's Cafe walked into my life.  

Kinneret Cafe (Review)

Deer Park spot is full of Old World surprises

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Years ago on a visit to Israel I realized the complexity of their cuisine, a Zionist melting pot of Old World European Jewish cooking living in harmony with Arabic inspirations, like falafel, Israeli salad and hummus. I never thought I would eat like that again and, truth be told, I probably never will. But I had a taste of it the other night at Kinneret Cafe.  

AmerAsia (Review)

Doing everything with “passion and love”

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
There are many signs of a good restaurant — the loosening of the belt, the phrase “I’m stuffed,” silence at a table full of people concentrating on the flavors of their meals — but my favorite is when you’re reading the menu at the end of your meal to plan the next one.  

Virgil's Cafe (Review)

Bellevue cafe serves creative, well-prepared food without a high price tag

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Chef Matthew Buschle focuses on fresh local and seasonal ingredients and is obviously passionate about what he does. He took on the huge project of turning a run-down apartment building into an inviting space.  

Recession Taking a Toll on Local Eateries

The local restaurant carrousel continues to spin

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Gajah Wong West, a Little Indonesia in the middle of Northside, opened its doors three years ago and will close them at the end of this summer. Rumor has it that Gajah is another casualty of the recession, joining other supposed economic casualties like Pigall's, Kona Bistro, Edgecliff Bistro and Fresh, to name a few.   

The Newport Syndicate (Review)

A Piano? Fuhgeddaboutit! Restaurant needs more polish.

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
After watching all eight seasons of the Sopranos and Godfather I, II and III, I know a little bit about syndicates. They who help you out in a jam and then expect to be repaid. The first few times they send an enforcer, they aren’t there to kill you — they’re there to warn you.   

Basilico Organic (Review)

A blissful restaurant with good food and palpable sincerity

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Last week I had the pleasure of dining at Basilico Organic, the first USDA-certified organic restaurant in the Midwest. Everything that touches your lips is free of pesticides, antibiotics, preservatives and hormones.   

Dusmesh (Review)

Standing apart from the many local Indian food establishments

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
This location used to house India Palace, so it's not a new location for an Indian restaurant. But Dusmesh stands out by bringing something more to the table.   

Iris BookCafe (Review)

Over-the-Rhine shop fills a void on Main Street

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Julie Fay and her business partner, Mike Markiewicz, had been involved in various aspects of Cincinnati’s Main Street arts and entertainment district since the early 1990s. After St. Theresa’s Textiles moved from a building that Fay owned, she decided to open a “destination business” that would bring people to the area.   

Vitor's Bistro (Review)

A West Side classic comes of age

3 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I was practically gushing as we came through the door of Vitor's new home in the former Rondo's space, a quaint 1864 European-looking building complete with an outside terrace that will offer seating in the summer under newly planted grapevines.  

Only in Cincinnati

Nick Tolbert’s Midnight Gourmet Cooking goes national — again

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2009
One look at Nick Tolbert's life and the cynical line you often hear, "You just can't get anything done in this city," fades away. In 2008, American Public Television affiliates approved Tolbert's 'The Midnight Gourmet' cooking show for programming.   

Karma Asian Bistro (Review)

Newlyweds open fine East Side destination

1 Comment · Wednesday, February 25, 2009
In my favorite movie, 'The Big Lebowski,' Maud's chauffeur tells an old vaudeville joke that starts with a litany of miseries and wraps up with the punch line, "But you know me — I can't complain." Well, lately, faithful readers, that joke has been my life. What's up with my karma?  

Gravy (Review)

New Goshen establishment is a nice breakfast destination

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Ah, gravy. When I think of gravy, I'm reminded of the smell of my grandma's house from my childhood. Not that she cooked much. It was actually the musty smell of the old house saturated with years of cigarette smoke. But it always reminded me of gravy.