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eatinglife: Eating The Life

The back kitchen

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2005
It's not hard to figure out where my love of food and eating springs from: The back kitchen of my Italian grandfather's butcher shop in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Some of my most primeval memories are of t  

Diner: Heat of the Night

Adventure Dining at Riverside Korean

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 12, 2005
There aren't too many restaurants that call out their riskiest meal options right on the menu. Not so at Riverside Korean in Covington where, under the heading of "Adventure Dinner," are three vagu  

Diner: A Grand Gesture

Chef David Falk's Boca is up to speed in Oakley

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Velocitization. It's a term traffic engineers use to describe what happens when you drive fast for an extended period: Your sensory system attunes to your speed, you cease to realize how fast you'r  

Diner: Grilled

Hyde Park Tavern and Grille should stick to the basics

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 24, 2005
At first I thought, it must be me, experiencing a rough culinary re-entry from last week's vacation, taste buds out of whack from a week of eating my way across Paris and the south of France. (Let   

Diner: Feasting with abandon

Arloi Dee lights up Mason with excellent Asian

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2005
If you're like me, the toughest part about dining out can be choosing what to eat. Mapping out a winning meal can be a decision-making challenge, with an internal monologue going something like this  

Diner: Mind Over Matter

Montgomery's mall-bound Mirage serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 29, 2005
I felt a trifle silly when I arrived at Mirage for dinner the other evening. Not knowing anything about the place, I had phoned ahead to reserve a table. Make a note: Mirage is definitely not a ca  

Diner: Dial Down the Horsepower

Parkers' equestrian theme clashes with solid menu

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Restaurants are like relationships -- it's all about the right fit. Midway through dinner at Parkers Blue Ash Grill on a recent Friday, I realized that things between Parkers and me really weren't   

Diner: Downtown Playground

McFadden's is a sports bar, restaurant, pub and dance party rolled into one

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2005
It takes courage, blind faith and a different business model to open up a new restaurant at a location where one has just closed its doors. McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon, which opened in March dow  

Diner: Gap Dining

Baxter's Fresh Grille seeks to fill the void between casual eateries and fine restaurants

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2005
I have an aversion to casual dining chains like Tumbleweed and O'Charley's that is second only to my deeply rooted dislike for Wonder Bread, suburban housing developments and anodyne television sit  

Diner: Food Court

Orchids is better than ever in downtown's Netherland Plaza

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2005
A few years ago, on a trip through beautiful, windswept Joshua Tree National Park, I was amazed by the oases there -- mysterious, mossy places, cooled by breezes and shaded by palm trees from the b