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Free and Easy for July

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 7, 2010
All you Blue Oven Bread fans should try the other family ventures located in the happening little business district of Bellevue and Dayton, Ky. We gave Buona Vita Pizzeria a try and loved the friendly atmosphere and nice beer selections. The salads were noteworthy in that they hadn't been pre-made and pulled out of an ice-cold walk-in box. The pizza crust was excellent, and the big, delicious basil leaves on top were a plus.  

Love, Loss and What I Ate

Loving and being passionate about good food until the bitter end

1 Comments · Tuesday, June 15, 2010
My neighbor Bud loved food. He'd lived all over the world during his military career and had an adventuresome palate he shared with his wife and two sons. The boys grew up not with an "Eat everything on your plate" mentality but with a "Taste everything! Why not?" philosophy that I admire. I'm happy to have savored some very special moments with someone who drank deeply of life and shared his love of it so freely.  

Marvin Smith [Ollie's Trolley]

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Marvin Smith, owner of Ollie’s Trolley in the West End and inventor of the Ollie Burger, has been known to eat an occasional Burrito Bowl at Chipotle — vegetarian style, with loads of veggies, black beans and a side of guacamole. As he enters the busy outdoor barbecue season, it’s a little break from smoky grills full of beautiful, meaty, basted ribs. Me? I’ll take Ollie’s ribs any day!  

Heat Beneath Our Wings

CityBeat team of tasters judges the area’s best hot wings

1 Comments · Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Whenever I say “hot wings,” I want to say it in a James Brown voice, something with swagger and, well, heat. Hot wings! Sorta like “Hot damn!” but you can say it in front of little kids. We gathered wings from seven venues and put them to the test.  

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.  

Maria Walley [Daelia's Biscuits for Cheese]

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 12, 2010
What’s wine and cheese without crackers? It’s just incomplete. And that brings us to Maria Walley, who has the enviable position of supplying vinophiles with an essential element of their favorite meal. Maria is the owner of Daelia’s Biscuits for Cheese, a new company selling delicious English biscuits — that’s crackers to you Yanks — nationwide at Whole Foods.  

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.   

Otto-matic for the People

Chef de Cuisine Molly Thompson finds her way at Otto's in Covington

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Molly Thompson is originally from Paris, Ky. She started waiting tables at Otto's, a wonderful bistro in MainStrasse, and worked her way into the kitchen while also graduating from the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State in April. She talks about her career choices and her passion for food.  

New Sensory Lures of Downtown Lunching

1 Comments · Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I was walking up Vine Street downtown on a beautiful spring day when I was grabbed and dragged onto Garfield Place. In broad daylight! By barbecue smoke! Oh readers, I'll tell you, it wasn't pretty — but the ribs cooking at Fins and Feathers on Garfield Place were completely irresistible.   

Foodie Fun in April

1 Comments · 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.