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British Treats for Watching 'Downton Abbey'

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I haven’t had cable TV for the past five years. We watch DVDs and we’ve got streaming Netflix, so I’ve never missed day-to-day TV — that is, until the season two premiere of Downton Abbey! Yes, I know how big of a geek that makes me. I’ve been pining away to find out what happens next on this Masterpiece Theater British costume drama/soap opera ever since I watched Season 1 in practically one sitting on Netflix. There’s a war, you know! Poor Bates! Sweet Anna! And would Lady Mary ever confess to her love for Matthew and/or give her sister Edith the slapping she so richly deserves? Well, apparently I wasn’t alone. The premiere last Sunday night raked in 4.2 million American viewers, which is double the normal nightly average for PBS. It was like the nerd Super Bowl! I went out and bought an antenna for my TV so I could watch it. I felt like a crafty Dowager Countess, but without the corset. So what British things will we eat and drink while we watch the next episode? Cuppa tea? Chocolate biscuit? I’ll tell you, I’d rather have the lamb stew that the household staff was eating last week than the Crepes Suzette from upstairs that the new maid was asking for. Posh airs, bollocks.  

Eating With Purpose

Simple, long-term tips for a healthier diet

2 Comments · Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I get almost as many spam emails about weight loss as I do about erectile dysfunction. Since I don’t have a penis, the Viagra ones get an automatic delete. But I do have a bit of a tummy. Should I read about how to melt belly fat in just 15 days?   

Taste of Belgium Finds a Home

Over-the-Rhine favorite finds a new station in the Gateway District

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 10, 2012
So who was lucky enough to land the big, bold location with wrap-around windows at the corner of Vine and 12th, right next to the Ensemble Theater? I’m glad to say it’s Taste of Belgium Bistro. With their origins in Findlay Market, Jean Francois Flechet’s Taste of Belgium is an Over-the-Rhine original, and they deserve this spotlight location in the hottest dining district in town.  

Good Things Ahead In 2012

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 3, 2012
If you feel like we’re heading into the New Year in survival mode, you’re not alone. These are wicked times, dear readers, and it’s hard to keep yourself from worrying about whether you ought to stockpile canned goods or raise chickens in the backyard. I’ve thought about both. The chicken idea got nixed when I saw a possum the size of a Smart car strolling along the top of my fence one night.  

Elements of Surprise

Reflecting on the year’s best — and worst — dining surprises

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Everybody gives their readers a year-end wrap up list of the best dishes they tried over the past 12 months, so I decided to surprise you. What follows are our Dining Team’s biggest surprises of 2011.   

Eating Lucky In 2012

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2011
When I was growing up, my dad insisted that on every New Year’s Day we eat sauerkraut and knockwurst. He’d cook a giant roasting pan full of it. Jumbo sausages, bursting with fat, surrounded by kraut, apples and onions and god knows what, and we had to dig in or else.  

Abigail Street (Review)

New Over-the-Rhine wine bar is a delightful slice of cool

2 Comments · Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I used to think ham was the furthest back piece of the pig I’d ever eat, since trotters don’t appeal to me. But, no! I’ve had pigtail. And I liked it. Don’t let the image of a curly pink spiral deter you. The pigtail I ate at the newly opened Abigail Street in the Gateway Quarter was discreetly uncorkscrewed into bits of delicious porky goodness.  

Jimmy G’s, a Cookbook, BBQ and Beer

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
What’s cooking in December? For a start, there’s the new cookbook from Chef Todd Kelly of Orchids at Palm Court. Kelly, the American Culinary Federation’s 2011 Chef of the Year, teamed up with local food blogger/Midwest Culinary Institute graduate Courtney Tsitouris of Epi-ventures to share recipes from one of my favorite restaurants in the city, scaled down to prepare at home.
  

Mad for Mike’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
When the word gets out about Mad Mike’s Burgers & Fries (6420 Dixie Hwy., Florence, 859-647-6444), you’re not going to be able to push your way through the crowds to get in. Put the paper down now and go, and you can finish reading this when you get back.     

Long-Lost Art

Experienced butchers can help take holiday meals to the next level

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
“If you don’t know meat, know your butcher” is advice I read on a butcher shop window a long time ago. It came back to me recently when I read an article in The New York Times titled “The Lost Art of Buying From a Butcher.” The bottom line: An experienced butcher will gladly tell you more than a package ever will.