Mazunte Taqueria brings authentic Oaxacan cuisine to Red Bank
1 Comment · Wednesday, September 11, 2013
At Mexico’s southern tip lie three small
coastal fishing villages: San Agustinillo, La Ventanilla and Mazunte,
whose combined population tops out at just more than a thousand.
Thatched roof huts of dried palm overlook golden sandy beaches,
frolicking sea turtles and stunning ocean views, luring eco-tourists who
seek the last of the world’s pristine, undeveloped lands.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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.
1 Comment · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
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.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
We’ve already passed the middle of
summer? Someone put on the brakes! I’ve barely scratched the surface on
my summer must-eats list.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Events
at 11:19 AM | Permalink
It’s the 12th annual Paddlefest
weekend, when more than 2,000 locals and visitors will descend onto the Ohio River
on kayaks and canoes to paddle along the scenic route. It’s an all-around
nature weekend with the Ohio River Music & Outdoor Festival Friday; the
second annual Pedalfest (a part bike-part paddle ride) Saturday; and Global Water
Dances Saturday — check out feature on this culture choreography event here.
Constella Festival, a local chamber music and
fine arts collaboration organization, celebrates the official start of summer with a night
of Jazz, art and food Saturday. Constella Summer Solstice
features music from the Benjamin Thomas and Peter Gemus Jazz Duo and violinist
Tatiana Berman, an exhibit from Essex Studios’ The Art Circle and bites from
Silverglades, S&J Bakery and Madisono’s Gelato. The party runs 6-9 p.m. Saturday at
Venue 222 in Over-the-Rhine. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.
Has Pinterest got you starting crafty
projects that never seem to make it to completion? Bring your D.I.Y. supplies,
incomplete projects and inspiration along as Fabricate and Crafty Supermarket join
forces to present an Etsy Craft Party Saturday. Meet fellow creatives at the
patio behind Fabricate in Northside from 4-7 p.m. Saturday and work on your own
project or make Girl Scout-style crafter badges with provided materials. It’s
free to join, but RSVP here.
Concert:nova returns with its annual Food + Music
festival, pairing international music with creative dishes at some of the
city’s best restaurants. This Sunday at Kaze, chefs Cameron Bloomer and Hideki
Harada will prepare a Japanese-style brunch following a c:n performance of Takemitsu and Debussy.
Cocktails and appetizers will be served at noon, followed by music at 12:45
p.m. and brunch at 1:30 p.m.; go here for tickets.
For more art openings, summer festivals and other stuff to do this weekend, check out
our To Do
picks, full calendar
and Rick Pender’s Stage
for weekend theater offerings.
by Kenneth McNulty
Posted In: local restaurant
at 11:08 AM | Permalink
Strange how many times in my life I have started toward
something and then found myself at a very different destination. I ate Greek
food in Chicago, gyros to be specific, and asked, ‘How come you can't get these
in Cincinnati?’ Seemed like the next great thing to me.”
This is what guided Myra Griffin of
Myra’s Dionysus as she ventured to open her own restaurant near the University of Cincinnati campus in 1977. She wanted create a unique eating experience in the Cincinnati area. Kicking
off the next big thing isn’t easy, though, and to keep it fresh, Myra saw to it
the menu has an array of ethnic food.
“…I realized how little meat other
cultures used and how much better it was for you,” she says. “Thus I became a
much more vegetarian restaurant.”
When most people think of food in a
college town, greasy quick meals and sandwiches from McDonald's come to mind.
Myra didn’t want that. In fact, one of her main criteria for a location was a
college town, for open-minded individuals who would enjoy her healthy,
vegetarian alternative to standard college cuisine. “Healthy does not mean it
can't taste good,” she says. That’s what she strives to deliver for every meal.
Myra’s other point in opening Dionysus
was to craft an atmosphere where people could bring their families and enjoy
themselves, again a notion not widely thought of in a college town. One would
think more of fun drinking locations or places to get a quick bite but not
somewhere you’d bring a child.
Myra’s Dionysus is a place where one
family in particular has created a tradition — four generations have enjoyed Myra's cooking. That is service
that’s hard to compete with. Dionysus is a kinetic place as well. It’s always
moving forward, adapting new dishes to the proverbial arsenal. Myra enjoys the
challenge of coming up with new dishes. She draws on cultures around the world,
relishing in diversity.
“It has been a case of trying things,
if they work, keep them; if not, change,” she says. At Myra’s Dionysus, the goal
for the restaurant is to entertain people through atmosphere, customer service
and good conversation. Myra has her degree in education, so teaching her
employees was simply second nature. Seeing workers solve issues together and
have a great time doing it is what helps drive the business ahead of the rest.
Myra’s Dionysus is an interesting
establishment. It’s healthy, odd, has history but plays on contemporary trends.
Myra makes sure all of these aspects and more show off to the outside world to
bring in anyone willing to give one of her dishes a try. All Myra wants at the
end of the day is a good experience for people involved.
“The fun is in seeing others enjoy what
we have to offer,” she says.Myra's Dionysus is located at 121 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights. Go here for menu, hours and more information.
2 Comments · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Does this ever happen to you: it gets so
hot that you just don’t feel like eating anything? Ha, me neither. Let’s
go celebrate summer with fresh, tasty food!
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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.
Mount Lookout Square bar highlights tricked-out sausages, craft beer and desserts
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Now a month old, Wurst Bar in the Square fulfills its vision of a hip yet casual watering hole offering a well-rounded menu of inventive starters and soups, gourmet sausages, hamburgers and decadent desserts.
How Andrew Mersmann made his way from bussing tables to running Django Western Taco
10 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Unlikely things that made an impact on
Cincinnati’s culinary scene: Andrew Mersmann’s mother gave him a cast
iron skillet for his birthday when he was a teenager