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World Food Bar (Lunch Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2009
After picking up some hot sandwiches at the new World Food Bar at Findlay Market (1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-342-1968), the only sounds emanating from our table were “mmm … mmmm” followed by: “Holy shit. Let’s go tell everyone how good this is.” It’s not surprising that the food was excellent, knowing chef/owner Joshua Campbell’s extensive background working in some of the finest restaurants in Cincinnati, Florida and the Bahamas.   

Corporate Co-Opt of 'Local'

Big Business tries 'local washing' to mislead consumers

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Hoping to capitalize on growing public enthusiasm for all things local, some of the world's biggest corporations are brashly laying claim to the word "local." This new variation on corporate "green washing" — local washing — is, like the "buy local" movement itself, most advanced in the context of food. Even Wal-Mart is getting in on the act, hanging bright green banners over its produce aisles that simply say "Local."  

Cincinnati's Queen of Soul

Aunt Flora puts heart and soul into her food

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2009
“Soul food blesses your whole body,” says Katrina “Aunt Flora” Mincy. “It uplifts your spirit. Whoever prepares it puts everything in their heart and soul into it.” Aunt Flora, as Katrina prefers to be called, has put her soul into soul food, and after a visit to her daughter’s Court Street restaurant, Flo’s Plate Full of Soul, I’m grateful for Flora’s philosophy.  

The Art of Gleaning

You can get what you want, if you’re willing to look

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2009
People throw away lots of perfectly good things every day. But there are other people who believe that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” and they’re always on the lookout for usable items consigned to the garbage heap. The junk man who drives though neighborhoods on garbage night is often looking for metal to sell at a recycling center.  

Bizarre Experience

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Let me preface this by saying that I’m in no way a “food snob.” There is nothing in the world I enjoy more than a local hole-in-the-wall restaurant of quality, but I have to comment on Lora Arduser’s take on AmerAsia in Covington (“Asian Haven,” issue of April 29). My husband and I were pumped about giving this restaurant a try and found the opportunity to do so last Monday when one of our local faves, Riverside Korean (directly across the street), was closed.   

Why We Love Restaurants

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Restaurants serve important functions in society in addition to serving us food. We celebrate the big moments of our lives in restaurants, from birthdays and new jobs to wedding receptions and anniversaries. Getting dressed up, spending money and being treated well at a top-notch restaurant makes any special occasion more special.  

Easter Brunch, Vegetarian Gold Star and Food Stamps

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2009
This month offers chocolate cappuccino Peeps cake with the Easter Bunny, vegetarian Gold Star for Lent and relaxed requirements for food stamps. What more could we ask for? Not all Easter brunches are created equal, but if you go to Mokka, Grand Finale, Greyhound Tavern or Orchids at Palm Court, you know you’ll get a good one.  

Fatburger (Lunch Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2009
If you like your burger with a little Magic seasoning, then you already know about Fatburger (3158 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-871-8722). This Southern California-based chain is partly owned by Magic Johnson and other celebs - including Kanye West, Pharrell, Queen Latifah and Montel Williams - and is franchising across the country.   

Good Eatin'

CityBeat dining writers reveal their favorite experiences of 2008

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Bailouts, cash infusions and unemployment lines. These are scary words for scary times, and scary times call for … comfort food. We’ve just been through a season of belt-tightening and the new year looks like we might need to take it in another notch, but I had an epiphany over a plate of potato gnocchi and veal and ricotta meatballs.  

Oleg’s Tavern (Review)

Ukrainian native serves up authentic German Food in Mason

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Who knew a fella from the Ukraine would be cooking up a storm of authentic German food in Mason. Oleg Makhayev, the owner of Oleg’s Tavern, is a native of Kiev, Ukraine. He’s lived in the States for about seven years and cooked at Jag’s in West Chester before opening his own restaurant last year.   

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