CityBeat - The Dish http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-69-1-the_dish.html <![CDATA[Farming in a Strip Mall - Fish waste begets fresh produce at Greener Portions Aquaponics’ suburban hydro farm ]]>

Conjure up the image of a basic, non-descript suburban strip mall in your head and you’ll likely see the typical suspects: a dollar store, a pharmacy and a copy shop. It’s certainly not the most bucolic of settings, which is normally where you would expect to find a farm, lush with bright-green produce.

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<![CDATA[Preserving the Harvest - Food preservation expert Cathy Barrow on the hows and whys of home preserving]]>

You can’t hit a farmers market this time of year without being overwhelmed by the sight of beautiful locally grown tomatoes, not to mention countless other varieties of produce. But there are only so many meals in a summer day, right?

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<![CDATA[Urban Confection - ]]>

Located on Elm Street just across from Findlay’s main entrance, OTR Candy Bar is owned and operated by friends Mike Petzelt, Stephanie Recht, Pat Muck and his father, Jim Muck. 

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<![CDATA[Dirt: A Modern Market - ]]>

Farmers markets are always the best place to shop for the freshest local produce, meats, dairy, flowers and goods in general, and Over-the-Rhine’s Findlay Market — Ohio’s oldest surviving municipal market house — is certainly one of the finest.

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<![CDATA[Growing — and Learning — Green - OTR’s Rothenberg Preparatory Academy’s Rooftop Garden School Program teaches students about responsibility and sustainability ]]>

If you drive north on East Liberty in Over-the-Rhine and take a right onto McMicken Avenue, you’ll pass a building whose glass-paneled front doors stand out slightly from the semi-dilapidated storefronts that line the rest of the street.

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<![CDATA[Picnic and Pantry (Feature) - ]]>

Over-the-Rhine’s creative class continues to add more and more bars, restaurants and shops for its denizens and tourists, including the recent addition (or relocation) of Picnic and Pantry, a convenience store filled with quality sundries and carryout items. 

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<![CDATA[Counting Calories Made Fun - ]]> “Buy a thing of arugula from the store. Dump it in a bowl.” This is the beginning of Mandy Levy’s Buffauxlo Chicken Salad recipe from her new book Calorie Accounting: The Foolproof Diet-by-Numbers Plan for a Skinnier New You.

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<![CDATA[Be Your Own Sausage King - ]]>

Cincinnati knows sausage. Because of our German heritage and historical link to the hog industry — certainly you’ve heard the nickname Porkopolis bandied about — we’ve gotten pretty used to all manner of pork products playing a strong role in our diet.

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<![CDATA[Ring in Spring with Fresh Produce - ]]>

Lord Alfred Tennyson famously said, “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” But for chefs, springtime means a return to fresh, locally cultivated produce.

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<![CDATA[New Café Opens Inside Library’s Main Branch - ]]>

Today, the terms library and café are as synonymous as wireless and Internet or smart and phone.

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<![CDATA[Valentine’s Day: Baller or Bust - ]]>

You, yes you, the one with the sad-sack look on your face lurking in the cheap and cheesy Valentine’s Day aisle at the grocery store. We see you, and we know exactly what happened. 

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<![CDATA[Slice of the Pie - ]]>

This spring, the ever-burgeoning neighborhood of East Walnut Hills will become home to the city’s first pie bakery when O Pie O opens its doors. 

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<![CDATA[Eat. Drink. Celebrate. - Culinary traditions for luck and love in the New Year ]]>

It’s that time of year — when food seems to become the enemy for most people. We feel guilty gorging ourselves on sumptuous holiday delicacies and make a resolution that come New Year’s Day it’s back to the treadmill and nibbling on rabbit food. 


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<![CDATA[Dine-Out Thanksgiving Dinners - ]]>

Luckily, some local restaurants are offering special Turkey Day deals and buffets so you can still stuff yourself with stuffing, minus all the effort.

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<![CDATA[Foodie Meets Family - Cincinnati chefs prepare family-friendly dishes for the de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation brunch]]>

The words “kid-friendly” and “foodie” are seldom spoken in the same breath. That is, unless you are speaking with Jean-Robert and Annette de Cavel, founders of the de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation and hosts of the foundation’s annual Friends and Family Brunch at the Midwest Culinary Institute. 

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<![CDATA[OTR’s Asian Food Fest Connects Cultures - ]]>

Nothing bridges cultural gaps better than sharing a meal together. Food does far more than nourish the body — it tells the story of who we are, where we’ve been, our trials and tribulations and, most importantly, does so in a most delightful way.

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<![CDATA[Cincybite Delivers Food to Your Front Door - ]]> A downtown Cincinnati restaurant delivery service just made getting dinner easier: With Cincybite, you don’t have to choose between pizza or Mexican food — they’ll bring you both.
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<![CDATA[Easy Etiquette - Advice from the Front of House for enjoying a dignified dining experience]]> It makes total sense. You spend your hard-earned money on a meal out, so everything should be your way or the highway, right? Well, not so fast, hot shot. While it’s true that you should expect the ]]> <![CDATA[Maverick Chocolate Does Bean-to-Bar - ]]>

Findlay Market is now home to only the second bean-to-bar chocolatier in Ohio: Maverick Chocolate. 


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<![CDATA[Food Trends from NYC’s Fancy Food Show - ]]>

Imagine being a wholesale buyer faced with more than 760,000-square-feet of merchandise shown at last month’s 60th annual Specialty Food Association’s Fancy Food Show (June 29-July 1), and you might start to feel a bit more inspired.

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