Main Bite serves up seasonal dishes and craft cocktails in MainStrasse
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The newly opened Main
Bite in MainStrasse creates delicious, seasonal fare with crafty
culinary cocktails to go with each bite of your meal.
Jose Navales keeps it simple at Findlay Market's new culturally inspired pop-up taqueria
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
If passion has a flavor, Jose Navales cooks some damn tasty food. Navales has the fervor that comes with being a convert — someone who has seen the light. He used to work for a restaurant supplier...Now, he’s authentic to the bone.
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!
New OTR donut shop to offer classic pastries early and late-night
1 Comment · Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Certain pastries may come and go in
popularity (we’re looking at you, cupcake), but the donut will outlast
every food trend in the history of the world. No one understands this
more than the Loveland, Ohio-based Holtman’s Donuts.
Beloved Northern Kentucky restaurant reopens with new owners
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Bill Melton loved horses. He loved horses so much that he enshrined his restaurant, Walt’s Hitching Post, with his passion.
Gargantuan beer list, sweeping river views and a thick, familiar menu
1 Comment · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Yard House is a restaurant chain purchased
last year by Darden Restaurants, the publicly traded corporation that
brought us Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Seasons 52. The chain’s 44th
location overlooks the Roebling Bridge, a baseball toss from the
homegrown and similarly themed Moerlein Lager House.
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.
Eating out with Dishcrawl Cincinnati one neighborhood at a time
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Dishcrawl sounds a lot like a speed
dating with restaurants. Over a three-hour period, spend just enough
time to become acquainted with multiple places and enjoy small courses
to get a representation of what they offer.