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.
Lydia Stec describes her first business,
Aquarius Star, as a metaphysical retail store: “to support you on your
spiritual path no matter what that path might be.” Founded in 2006 on
Sycamore Street in Over-the-Rhine, Aquarius Star relocated to a larger
space on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton in 2009 and added a café, Om Eco Café.
There are four new and noteworthy places to fuel up this month, whether your fuel of choice is caffeine, sugar or joie de vivre. French Crust Café and Holtman’s Donuts
are two much-anticipated newly opened Vine Street destinations downtown
and are definitely worth a special trip.
Jay Porter is the
founder of the now-defunct The Linkery, a farm-to-table restaurant in
San Diego, and recent posts on his blog, jayporter.com, have caused a
stir in the dining world. The posts were follow-ups to a New York Times
article on The Linkery’s decision to be a tip-free restaurant with
fixed service charges, divided among servers and kitchen staff, added to
There are some great, hip taco joints in town, but sometimes I like to get my lomo
on the down-low. Warning to drivers: Do not tailgate in the vicinity of
taquerias. I have been known to spot salsa verde with my peripheral
vision and slam on my brakes.
One of Over-the-Rhine’s most popular
destinations, A Tavola (1220 Vine St.), is opening a second location in
Madeira. The new shop, at 7022 Miami Road, will open in December. I
think it’s great that the center of the city has so much goodness going
on that we can export it to the ’burbs.
Summer’s all about festival food. There
are MainStrasse fests with brats and metts and loads of church festivals
with chicken dinners and cake raffles. One of my favorite summer
treats, the Asian Food Fest, returns to The Banks this month.