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Dining Changes and New Opportunities in 2013

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 comforting.  

Bicontinental Bites

Former Bella Luna chef opens Italian-Argentine eatery

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 2, 2013
It’s unusual to find a restaurant in the Cincinnati area that’s a permutation of both Italian and Argentine cuisine, but Alfio’s Buon Cibo (Italian for “Good Food”) aims to the wed the two regions together.   

Haute Asian

Quan Hapa serves Eastern drinks and cuisine in a hip gastropub setting

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 9, 2013
In 2012, food trends like “weird Chinese” and “Asian hipster cuisine” hit a fever pitch in New York City. With the advent of Quan Hapa and neighboring Japanese izakaya hot spot Kaze, the trend’s finally supplanted itself in Over-the-Rhine, albeit, with less outlandishness.  

Dishing Out 2012

Local foodies, trends and ingredients make Cincy's dining scene shine

5 Comments · Wednesday, December 26, 2012
As we wrap up 2012 in Cincinnati, we’ve got a helluva story to tell — and some bragging to do. I write about drinks and dining, and I can’t even get around to all the new places that are opening.  

Puff Piece

Blue Ash bistro focuses on sweet and savory pastries

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 11, 2012
I once lived in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago where delis selling pierogies and Russian delicacies were on every street corner. With the exception of a couple of places, Cincinnati’s been devoid of good Eastern European food, until now.   

Bos Is Back

Northside pub returns with updated menu and design

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 27, 2012
In some big cities there are only vestiges of bygone era neighborhood taverns, but Northside’s Boswell’s has found a way to trump decay and reemerge with an unexpected second act.   

A Very Findlay Holiday

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Aren’t you glad you don’t live in the days when “sugarplums” were a big Christmas treat? What is a sugarplum, anyway? I’m looking forward to some old-fashioned goodies, but I’m making my list and checking to be sure it’s all local and all delicious. Pretty much everything included in this list can be found at Findlay Market, so that’s one-stop shopping you can feel good about.  

Queen Of Sweets

Aunt Flora serves old-school desserts and comfort food to the masses

1 Comment · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The winner of CityBeat’s 2012 Sugar Rush event was none other than Aunt Flora (Katrina Mincy) of the now closed Aunt Flora’s House of Soul and the newly opened The Cobbleria downtown. After winning everyone over with her peach cobbler, Flora isn’t retiring the rolling pin anytime soon.  

Familiarizing The Exotic

Crestview Hills bistro offers approachable take on Argentine cuisine

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 13, 2012
For more than seven years, Argentine Bistro has quietly showcased an assortment of authentic dishes of this exotic South American locale. It began as a tapas restaurant, but after several chefs and name changes, the bistro now offers a more conventional menu.  

It's A Jungle In Here

International foodie haven opens an even larger space in Eastgate

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 6, 2012
If Jungle Jim’s huge International Market in Fairfield wasn’t big enough for you, a second location in Eastgate boasts an even larger space at 215,000 square feet. This is the place to get everything from kangaroo meat to hookahs. And if you can’t find, say, the gluten-free eggrolls, either store’s employees will track them down for you.   

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