When Sierra Laumer’s sister, Jenna, was battling cancer in 2009, the sisters dreamed of opening a restaurant once Jenna was back on her feet. Jenna lost the war in 2010, and Sierra knew she had to make the dream a reality because, all too clearly, life is too short to play it safe. Sierra and her good friend, Leah Heisel, opened ForkHeartKnife
It is definitely soup weather. Cold weather compels me to bundle up in thick, cozy blankets with bowls (or mugs) of hot, comforting soup. That’s just what I did (minus the thick, cozy blankets, sadly) when I visited Soup du Jour (6064 West Chester Road, West Chester, 513-874-7687) on a wintry, drizzly day last week.
When someone offers you the option of “Good news first?” or “Bad news first?” which do you take? I’m the kind of person who likes to delay bad news as long as possible. So, on the good news front, Sis’s Family Affair in Newport has plenty to offer. The staff is unbelievably friendly, not only to the regulars but also to our table of newcomers.
If you’ve never had Blue Oven Bakery bread, you are missing out on something truly extraordinary. Sara and Mark Frommeyer own and operate the bakery from their family farm in Williamsburg, Ohio, on the banks of the Little Miami River. Blue Oven breads can be purchased year-round on Saturdays at Findlay Market.
Brij Mohan started out as an Indian sweets shop in Sharonville and expanded in July to include a full dinner menu. They still have a few bugs to work out, but the food is top notch. And I needn't have worried about the satisfaction of my omnivorous husband. As it turned out, Brij Mohan doesn't need to offer anything more.
Jean-Paul's Paradiso is tucked away next to a gas station in Anderson Township's small historic district. Inauspicious surroundings belie the delights waiting within. When you enter into the tiny space, you're greeted with the smells of freshly baked bread and pizza and a clear view of the kitchen.