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New Fall Bakeries and Coffee Shops

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.   

I Brake for Tacos

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.  

Summer Food Favorites and Can’t-Miss Events

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 06.21.2013
Posted In: Events, Fun at 11:19 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Your Weekend To Do List: 6/21-6/23

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 Door for weekend theater offerings.
 
 
by Kenneth McNulty 06.06.2013
Posted In: local restaurant at 11:08 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Myra's Dionysus: Healthy, Fresh and It's All Greek to Us

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.
 
 

Summer Meals, Markets and More

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!  

Asian Food Fest Returns to The Banks

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.   

Pun On A Bun

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.   

Up The Food Chain

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  

Tapas Time

Zula serves up creative flatbreads and Mediterranean plates in its spacious Over-the-Rhine location

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The latest addition to the growing Over-the-Rhine dining landscape has been touted as a mix of wine bar and Mediterranean tapas restaurant. Chef Tsvika Silberberg recently opened Zula at 14th and Race streets...  

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