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Sweets and Other June Treats

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
News for my sweeties — and you know who you are — includes updates from Skirtz & Johnson, AJ Creations, Sugar Cupcakery, Abby Girl Sweets, Three Tiers Contemporary Cakes and Cupcakes, Chocolats Latour, Melt's Picnic and Pantry, City Cellars and Chalk.  

Expanding Waists and Scrumptious Tastes: Judging the Best of Taste of Cincy

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Have you ever felt like Monty Python's Mr. Creosote, the bloated epicurean who explodes in a gory mess when he surrenders to the inducements of an evil maitre d' offering him a "wafer-thin mint" after a laughably enormous feast? Well, that’s how I felt last Monday after helping judge the Best of Taste food competition for the Taste of Cincinnati festival.  

Baby Mama With a Mother's Day Feast

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Honor thy mother, dear readers, and that means you've got until Sunday to get your act together. Now here's the rub: Everyone wants to take their mom out to eat for Mother's Day, thus making it a classic overcrowding situation. Here are a few suggestions, with one caveat: Make reservations when possible.   

Foodie Fun in April

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Our friends at Melt announced a new Sunday brunch menu that's vegetarian heaven: Sweet Potato Tempeh Hash, Bread Pudding French Toast, cage-free eggs and organic peas that were raised with respect. Really. Plus news on Washington Platform's Oyster Fest, Vivaldi at Via Vite, vegan food at Lucky John Market and new locations for Taqueria Mercado.  

Will Your Culinary Concept Kill Your Restaurant?

12 Comments · Wednesday, March 24, 2010
"Dear 'concept' restaurant: It isn't the diner's responsibility to be in tune with your fad, unless you want to appeal to only the few who knew ahead of time that you have a 'niche.' When a customer is visibly uncomfortable with your concept, offer guidance. Or kiss that customer goodbye forever. Can you afford to do that? No, not really."  

Good Moves and Positive Change

1 Comment · Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The Dish brings you today's moments in optimism! Not all news is negative — no, no, no! Some of our favorite local dining spots are doing quite well, thank you, and expanding their operations. Here are updates on new locations for Bouchard's at Findlay Market and The Bonbonerie, Mr. Sushi opening downtown and chasing Cafe De Wheels through the city.  

My Cheesy Valentine

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Instead of the bizarrely scripted sugar bombs with flavors not found in nature, most grown-ups go the expensive chocolate route for Valentine's Day. But since we’re talking cheesy anyway, why not go for the real thing? Le vrai fromage! I spoke to three local cheese experts for their take on Valentine cheese.  

Dining in the New Year: Fresh Spots and Old Faves

0 Comments · Monday, January 4, 2010
What's old, new and different for the New Year? How about Ko-Sho, the sushi spot that was hidden on Ninth Street downtown, re-opening in Northside, Capri Tavola Calda opening downtown and Mullane's and Senate Restaurant getting ready to open in Over-the-Rhine.   

Hot Spots for Spirited Holiday Carousing

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2009
If you associate the holidays with drinking or just need to chemically alter yourself before or after family gatherings, here are details on four of the best places to live it up this season: Tonic on 4th, The Righteous Room, The Wine Cellar and the Blind Lemon.  

Work-Friendly Coffeehouses

2 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2009
If you work from home, you've probably done the coffeehouse circuit. It's a reason to put on civilian clothes and cast off the tired sweats that self-employed people sometimes come to resent. So when you make the trek in your best pair of jeans, where are the best places to find peace, quiet and instant Wi-Fi? Here are some suggestions.  

November Is for Foodies

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Your first November foodie fling should be Park and Vine's "Vegan Love Fest" Dinner Party Nov. 11. Get vegan Thanksgiving inspiration from local restaurants and food purveyors including Five Star Foodies, Lavomatic, Loving Cafe, Lucky John Market, Melt, Myra's Dionysus, Naturally Yours, Tucker's Restaurant and World Peace Jubilee.  

Newport Pizza Company (Lunch Review)

3 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Sometimes after a night of imbibing several adult beverages all you want to do is spend the afternoon at the nearest pizza joint relaxing and watching some other people watch sports. So on a recent Saturday, my dining partner and I hit up the Newport Pizza Company to do just that. It turned out to be a great place.  

Wine, Dine and Go Green

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Pedal into fall on Cincinnati's third Queen City Bike Dine noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Park and Vine in Over-the-Rhine. This 20-mile bike tour includes vegan options at three local restaurants: The Hideaway, Five Star Foodies Commissary and Green Dog Cafe.  

Twisted Sisters Cafe (Lunch Review)

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I love sandwiches. I’ve long felt that they’re perfect in many ways, especially as a lunch food: They’re hand-held, often incorporate all the food groups and can contain damn near any combination of ingredients you can think up.  

Kate's Kafe (Lunch Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Breakfast-challenged me and my two partners in crime recently headed to Kate’s Kafe (10764 Montgomery Square, Sycamore Township, 513-489-7999) where I planned to get introduce to some food groups my past mornings lacked. Kate’s serves breakfast all day, with everything from French toast with amaretto and ice cream to breakfast wraps and bagels.