There are some great, hip taco joints in town, but sometimes I like to get my lomo
on the down-low. Warning to drivers: Do not tailgate in the vicinity of
taquerias. I have been known to spot salsa verde with my peripheral
vision and slam on my brakes.
One of Over-the-Rhine’s most popular
destinations, A Tavola (1220 Vine St.), is opening a second location in
Madeira. The new shop, at 7022 Miami Road, will open in December. I
think it’s great that the center of the city has so much goodness going
on that we can export it to the ’burbs.
Summer’s all about festival food. There
are MainStrasse fests with brats and metts and loads of church festivals
with chicken dinners and cake raffles. One of my favorite summer
treats, the Asian Food Fest, returns to The Banks this month.
The Art of Food is in its seventh
year at The Carnegie in Covington, but it wasn’t until last year that I
finally hit the opening night. It really made me regret that I’d missed
the first five. What an amazing event! So I’m writing this now, while
tickets are still available.
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!
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
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
New and notable on the dining scene is
the latest addition to the Washington Park/OTR/Gateway District — The
Anchor (14th and Race, Over-the-Rhine). After a few days of serving
family and friends to get in the groove, full-service operations started
on Sept. 18.
Washington Park is without a doubt the
jewel of this excellent summer in Cincinnati. And it’s drawing crowds —
whether to its well-chosen events or just to enjoy its well-designed
spaces. And crowds, we know, travel on their stomachs.
Maybe we’ve done
enough for this summer, and it’s time to chillax. But then we’d miss out
on the Farmers Markets, City Flea at the gorgeous new Washington Park
and planning for September and the MidPoint Music Festival. This town is
on a roll, people!