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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.  

Cold Weather Takeout for Nights with Family and Friends

1 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2009
As we cozy up and dine at home this freezing November, it doesn’t mean we have to cook. With deals like these, it’s tempting (and cheap) to carryout. Especially with places like Germano's, Daveed's at 934, Tucker's, Mac's Pizza Pub, Troy's and Rio Grande.  

Ichiban (Review)

Japanese spot on Mount Lookout Square offers great service, presentation and flavor

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I have to say one of the best dining experiences I've had in the past couple of years was at Ichiban, which has replaced Aqua in Mount Lookout Square. Maybe it was the impeccable and watchful service or the fact that the chef managed to make everything without soy (I'm allergic) and still make it delicious (I had no idea that sake could become so many different sauces). Maybe it was the complimentary dessert at the end: puffed pastry with delicate freshly whipped cream. Or maybe it was just the company.  

Rio Grande (Review)

Newport mainstay offers delicious fajitas and unique ambiance

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tucked into an unassuming strip mall in Newport is one of the most popular restaurants in the area, Rio Grande. "It's got the best margaritas," a barista at one of my favorite coffee houses told me one day. "It's kind of a dive, but the food is so good. And it's cheap.”  

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.  

The Best Soups in Cincy

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2009
As the weather cools and we enjoy a season of colds and threats of flu, we can at least be thankful that we have soup to get us through. Yes, it's soup season. That elixir that has nursed us through broken hearts, hangovers and mononucleosis. To celebrate, here's a list of some of the best soups in Cincinnati. (Of course, you'll let me know if I left any out.)  

Where the Harvest Is

1 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2009
This month offers plenty of opportunities to ring in fall the good old-fashioned Pagan way by feasting on the harvest and communing with friends and neighbors. First off, Imago, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit that supports sustainable living, is offering farm shares for a mere $160 — 10 weeks of fresh, organic veggies that includes a commitment to volunteer in the garden for two hours a week.  

Café Mediterranean (Review)

Mediterranean food gets interesting again in Anderson Towne Center

1 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Before Café Mediterranean, my attitude toward Mediterranean food was becoming a bit jaded. It was that cynical "if you’ve seen one stuffed grape leaf, you’ve seen them all" mentality.  

Cactus Pear (Review)

Tex-Mex mainstay is still great after all these years

1 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Every now and then, instead of reviewing the latest thing we revisit a timeless classic. This month, Cactus Pear in Clifton won the nod. Why the Pear? Because it offers consistently good Tex-Mex cuisine and service, great outdoor dining and some of the strongest Margaritas and Mojitos known to humankind.  

Summer Dining Deals, and Chickens in Your Backyard

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Quick: During what month can you learn how to raise urban chickens in your own backyard and get $2 million in free food and wine from Jeff Ruby? Yep, it could only be August in Cincinnati.