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Diner: Fine Dining, Round 3

Bistro 318 retains Scalea's cozy, urbane ambience

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2005
A contemporary restaurant has to have something to say to distinguish it from the masses. It's not easy to gauge. It's somewhat like falling in love -- you just know when you've arrived. Bistro 318  

Nectar of the Gods

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2005
I've spent a goodly amount of time in the company of wine connoisseurs, but I can't claim to have distinguished myself in this field. I'm still known to make purchases based on label design -- I li  

Diner: Black Like Her

How I managed the unbearable whiteness of being

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2005
"Sugar, some peoples may see those blue eyes, blonde curls and lily-white skin of yours and think you is white through and through, But I see the appetite and sufferin' of a Negro." She said   

Cover Story: Where the Chefs Eat

And where you should, too

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2005
We all have our favorites when we dine out. Sometimes it's about a celebratory splurge or culinary adventure. Then there are the comfortable places where we feel at home, where they serve the fa  

Have It My Way

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Have It My Way Recently I had the dispirited experience of settling into a comfy table at one of my favorite local restaurants, only to have the first moment of pinot noir therapy obliterated by  

Jungle Jim's

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Fairfield's JUNGLE JIM'S, the popular grocery store known for its selection of international foods, had signed the letter of intent for its long-awaited second store, closer to Cincinnati. The new   

Diner: It Takes a Village

Rock & Roll chef serves sweat and spirit

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Extreme adventure might be his diet, but for former Cincinnati chef Bruce French extreme service is his nourishment. For six months a year, French -- a local legend in the Cincinnati restaurant s  

Meals On Reels

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 23, 2005
In the movie Sideways, wine is the unbilled costar of this road film about two buddies off on a bit of a tear for a week in Santa Barbara's wine country in search of wine, women and themselves. Whet  

Lunch with Jerry Springer

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Have you been trying to book a lunch with Jerry Springer, but his office never seems to return your calls? (Jerry, would it help if I confessed to being a former lesbian dominatrix with webbed feet?  

Diner: The Raw and the Cooked

Is the raw food diet a culinary cure-all or the raw deal?

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Journal entry, Jan. 10, 2005. Day One of Raw Food Diet. I'm unfocused, scattered and distracted by a raging headache, which is compounded by the cold, rainy weather. I can't stop thinking about