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Rollin' and Bowlin': New Downtown Asian Lunching Options

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
We have two new Asian-inspired lunch options downtown — one with crowds queued up out the door and the other that hasn't quite been discovered yet. Both benefit from friendly staffing and fresh ingredients. The buzz belongs to Soho Sushi, near the Fourth Street entrance to Tower Place, but I also suggest trying Rice Rocket Asian Grill, the new "build your own bowl" spot on Main Street.  

Jean-Robert's Table (Review)

Famed local chef Jean-Robert de Cavel's latest venture lives up to expectations

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The opening of Jean-Robert's Table was a much-anticipated event in Cincinnati dining — so much anticipated, in fact, that I think we might have visited a bit soon. Sooner than we usually do for a CityBeat dining review. So with that caution in mind, how was master chef Jean-Robert de Cavel's new adventure? Very good.  

Travel Alert: Off-Road Dining Trumps Highway Hellaciousness

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 1, 2010
On a recent trip to Lake Michigan, I skipped the interstate and added an hour or two to my trip. What was my reward? A crazy little wooden shack by the road in Kokomo, Ind., with a hand-written sign that said “PIE.” The blueberry pie I bought sat on the seat next to me for the rest of the trip, sparkly with sugar on top, still warm from the oven, smelling like an angel’s pillow on a blueberry bed in heaven.  

Paula Kirk [Paula's Café]

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Paula Kirk, owner of Downtown's Paula's Cafe since 1989, is loyal to her fellow chefs. When I tell her that Jean Robert de Cavel honked angrily at me for jaywalking at lunchtime, she rushes to defend him and eventually makes me feel grateful that he taught me a lesson in good citizenship. Hey, wait a minute, here! Well … maybe she's right.  

Cocktail Fest Spotlights Spirited Dining

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Cocktails before breakfast! What could make that better? How about complimentary cocktails before breakfast made by one of the country's top mixologists? That Black Paloma I enjoyed on the mezzanine of the Hotel Monteleone last Friday before heading up to the rooftop for fresh bagels with vodka-cured lox was just one of the excellent perks of Tales of the Cocktail.  

ForkHeartKnife (Review)

Offering simple delectables and street-theater seating

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 27, 2010
If there were ever a perfect vantage point to watch the kind of moments that make city life so fascinating, it's at ForkHeartKnife, the tiny kitchen at Main and Liberty that's owned and operated by some of the friendliest and most creative women in Over-the-Rhine. After two visits to ForkHeartKnife, I'm a big fan. It's just such a personal experience, like dining with friends.  

Robin Wood [Robin Wood Flowers]

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Robin Wood was the silken voice of WEBN's Dawn Patrol and 25-year radio/TV veteran until 2000, when she retired to pursue a more genteel life as a florist, a second career that she's enjoying even more than her first. Wood dines out on weekdays, not weekends, because her husband, Lee Ferguson, is a weekend cook.  

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!