by Jac Kern
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Last week on Survivor, most of the
episode was devoted to the Bikal tribe, aka the Favorites. Our homeboy Matt Bischoff didn’t get a ton
of airtime, but was selected to join an alliance with Sherri, Laura, Julia, Shamar and Mike. The other alliance, referred to as “The
Lovers,” is comprised of the four attractive people who bonded early on their
collective attractiveness. When Gota got their buts kicked in the
immunity/reward challenge, Cincy-born Reynold Toepfer immediately addressed his
issues with Shamar. The Iraq War
veteran, who started a tiff with Matt last week, prefers to “conserve energy”
and do crazy Pilates stretches over wasting time fishing, securing the shelter or doing pretty much anything
else. Feel the burn!After Reynold spoke his peace, he proverbially slipped in an extra chair
at the popular kids’ lunch table and asked Matt to join the pretty people’s
decision and vote Shamar off, going against Matt’s original alliance.
Later, Reynold found a hidden immunity idol (which is a thing?) that
protects whoever’s in possession from elimination. After hiding the object in
his pants, trying to keep it secret, Laura immediately noticed a telling
“bulge” and knew the plan to eliminate one of the Lovers was foiled. Clearly,
this was all just a producer’s plot to get people to talk about Reynold’s “bulge.”
Success! Unfortunately, Reynold did not give his immunity idol to cuddle buddy
Allie, and the blonde got six out of 10 votes (Matt stuck with his original alliance). Looks like there’s more space at
the popular table!
Speaking of locals on TV, it looks like Cincy
has their own Sons of Anarchy
You know how at
the end of every Law and Order episode,
a message states that the stories are not based on actual events? Well, we all
know that’s a bunch of bullshit, and this week’s upcoming episode of Special Victims Unit couldn’t make that
any more clear. Via Dlisted:
A famous young Hip
Hop couple in a physical dispute screams “Chris and Rihanna!” but, in SVU world, the abuser done gets killt!
People love it when local products make national news. The latest: BuzzFeed’s
list of “Cincinnati Foods That Are
Better Than Yours.” Sure, you’ve got the ubiquitous Skyline and Montgomery
Inn (yawn, sorry), but there are some fresh Cincy exports like Tom + Chee’s
grilled cheese donut, Kings Island’s blue soft-serve and portable yums from
It’s Just Crepes.
Check nearly any humor blog/Internet recreation site and you’ll likely
find a list of the “Worst Tattoos EVAR” complete with misspellings, poor
drunken decisions and unfortunate portraits. Also, you’ll probably see this
picture. Well, not anymore — Scott Versago of Akron’s Ohio Ink Studios fixed
the butchered tat! Channeling my guilty pleasure crush Oliver Peck (panel judge
on Ink Master and ex-husband of Kat
Von D — don’t judge me), I have to say the “new” tat has entirely too much dark
shading, but it’s certainly an improvement and looks much more like the
original woman who passed away.
The Oscars were kind of fun this year. Seth MacFarlane didn’t attack us
with his arsenal of voices (though many saw his jokes as misogyny at its finest) and the awards were pretty spread out among the films (as opposed to the
usual one or two favorites). But after watching Saturday’s Film Independent
Spirit Awards, no other movie awards show will match up. The
much-funnier-than-MacFarlane Andy Samberg hosted, the show is uncensored on IFC
and the evening was brought to us by Jameson, an apparently magical ingredient for a
high-larious evening. And, yes, independent films are way cooler than Lincoln.
kicked off with the award for Best First Screenplay (See what I mean? What a
cool award.) As the camera panned around to all the nominees, Derek Connolly (of the perfectly surreal Safety Not Guaranteed) took a giant swig
of what appeared to be a wine glass full of Jameson (each table had a half
gallon!). To his surprise, Connolly won and went on to make a speech that
stumbled along for more than six minutes (this was what appeared to be the only time
the show was cut/censored), ending with a fabulous moment with the one and only
Bryan Cranston. Check out this moment and more highlights:
And one last Oscars gripe: I was enraged to see Channing Tatum perform an entire dance sequence onstage without tearaway pants, Ginuwine's "Pony" or a single pelvic thrust. They totally overlooked a potential Magic Mike nod and I don't appreciate it.
Leah Joos and Jen Lile follow their dreams and taste buds to open Kitchen 452
3 Comments · Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Leah Joos and Jen Lile would like you to
try new things. The chefs/owners of the newest lunch spot in East Walnut
Hills, Kitchen 452, want to introduce people to things they may not
have thought to cook at home and to taste things they think they
Iranian family brings authentic dining experience to West Chester
3 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Cincinnati, until recently, lacked an
authentic Persian restaurant. Finally, in November, the Iranian Mostofi family
opened Persian Nights in West Chester, making it the only restaurant of
its kind from here to Columbus.
Cilantro's Darren Phan expands fresh Vietnamese menu at new location
1 Comment · Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Eat well. Eat fresh. Eat often. These
three sentences serve as both tagline and personal philosophy for local
restaurateur Darren Phan, owner of Cilantro Vietnamese Bistro, Clifton’s
9-year-old brothy, herby, vermicelli-filled landmark.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Art of Food is in its seventh
year at The Carnegie in Covington, but it wasn’t until last year that I
finally hit the opening night. It really made me regret that I’d missed
the first five. What an amazing event! So I’m writing this now, while
tickets are still available.
The Elusive Cow offers pub grub everyone can feel good about
1 Comment · Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Right down the road from Virgil’s Café in
Bellevue is a newly opened (since November) neighborhood burger joint,
The Elusive Cow. Originally, I had heard that it was a vegan or
vegetarian pub, but one look at the menu made it clear: This restaurant
is much more than that.
1 Comment · Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Nothing screams artisan or handcrafted
food like a flannel-shirted, tattooed server. Remove the pageantry from
the building, please, and just give us the weird cuts of beef or spruced
up hot dog served alongside a Prohibition-era cocktail.
Kaze revives Cincinnati Color Building with authentic Japanese food and drink
9 Comments · Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The build-out at Kaze is breathtaking.
The old Cincinnati Color building on Vine Street is such a landmark that
it would have been dreadful had it been torn down, and Kaze saved it.
Fast casual restaurant rolls up quality, sustainable, quick cuisine
1 Comment · Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Zach and Josh Weprin and their childhood
friend, Stephan Harman, are beating the odds. Nearly three years ago,
the young trio founded Fusian, a fast casual sushi restaurant with
locations in downtown Cincinnati, Dayton and, slated to open in
February, the Ohio State University campus in Columbus.
0 Comments · Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Eat Well Café and Takeaway (3009 O Bryon
St., O’Bryonville) is now open. Chef/owner Renee Schuler’s newest
endeavor is just what I expected — fresh, polished and yet simple and