wine me, dine me: Tasty Tuesdays: Mary Jane Brownies

I’m a sucker for a good brownie. I like mine to be chewy, not cakey and have a minimum of nuts. My favorite brownies are Sugar Daddy’s in Columbus– one of my favorite hotels up there is fortunately (or unfortunately, for my waistline) across the street from their shop, and their Brownie Biscotti, made from [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Tasty Tuesdays: Mary Jane Brownies

wine me, dine me: News: Cumin Chef now Matthew Cranert, Shockley Hits the Farm

It looks like Matthew Cranert, who was at M Wood Fired Oven (a sister restaurant to Cumin) is now the executive chef for Cumin. In Cincinnati, he’s also worked for Daniel Wright at Senate, as well as restaurants in San Francisco and Hawaii. You may remember that Owen Maas left Cumin several months ago to [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: News: Cumin Chef now Matthew Cranert, Shockley Hits the Farm

wine me, dine me: Livin’ in the Cin: Outdoor Dining at Virgil’s

Outdoor dining: it’s fabulous in the spring and fall months, and every once in a while, we in Ohio get some great opportunities in the summer, too. Most of the time, outdoor dining is on the sidewalk, on a roof, or overlooking a river, but there are some neat, hidden patios that have views of [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Livin’ in the Cin: Outdoor Dining at Virgil’s

wine me, dine me: Local Find: Hartzler Chocolate Milk

(Guest post by The Better Half) One of the hazards of getting older—and I’ll let you provide your own definition for that particular word—is that I find myself given to unexpected bouts of nostalgia. Julie and I have a deal: Anytime we’re in the car together, he/she who controls the wheel also controls the radio [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Local Find: Hartzler Chocolate Milk

wine me, dine me: Giveaway: Dixie Chili

Long-time readers know of my love for Dixie Chili. It’s The Better Half’s and my favorite place for Valentine’s Day dinner. Author Dann Woellert recently published The Authentic History of Cincinnati Chili, a book detailing the rich history and legendary proprietors of Cincinnati chili. Among the chili parlors detailed is Dixie Chili, founded by Nicholas [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Giveaway: Dixie Chili

wine me, dine me: Giveaway: Totally Bamboo’s Puzzle Party Platter

Guys, I’m pretty klutzy. Seriously. Despite growing up with ballet (I do still perfectly point my toes, and have REALLY good Balanchine-esque hand positioning at times), I am constantly bumping into things, dropping things, all of that good stuff.  Gravity has a particularly strong effect on me, apparently. This is particularly disconcerting at events, where [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Giveaway: Totally Bamboo’s Puzzle Party Platter

wine me, dine me: Mayonnaise: or, A Jobless Summer

I love projects. I got laid off last summer right before Memorial Day. This is both good and bad. The good: it was bright and sunny (staving off depression) and I could hang out at the pool. I didn’t have to worry for a little while, so I could focus on catching up on the [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Mayonnaise: or, A Jobless Summer

wine me, dine me: Cocktail Hour: Agua Fresca

It’s a cocktail hour… with no alcohol. It’s possible! Sometimes, in the heat of summer, the last thing you want is alcohol. You’re already hot. You’re already tired. You don’t need anything to make you hotter or more tired, so what do you drink? I was in Phoenix recently, and while killing time, a friend [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Cocktail Hour: Agua Fresca

wine me, dine me: Honey Closed

Honey announced to its staff (and to Twitter) that they have closed effective immediately. If you’re looking for a restaurant space, however, it is for sale, and based on the listing, it sounds like they’re selling the name and concept along with the building and equipment. It’s $35,000 less than it was the last time [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Honey Closed

wine me, dine me: Preview: Holtman’s Donuts & Salazar

Taste of NFL was on Wednesday, and one of my favorite things about it is often, restaurants preview dishes before they open, giving lucky attendees a little taste of what’s to come. This year, Holtman’s Donut Shop and Salazar were the two previews. Holtman’s, which will open “soon” at 13th and Vine, featured glazed and [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Preview: Holtman’s Donuts & Salazar

wine me, dine me: Review: Kaze

It’s been interesting watching the progression of the Gateway Quarter north on Vine.  When I moved to the Gateway Quarter (a whole two blocks from where I was off Main) there were two restaurants , only a couple of stores, and you didn’t want to go north of Venice on Vine or Suder’s. Now, with [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Review: Kaze

wine me, dine me: Food and Art at the CAC

Last summer, the Contemporary Arts Center had craft lessons on selected Mondays. You could learn to knit a project, sew– all sorts of things. Now, they’re expanding to food. Here’s the schedule– you can learn to make beer, sushi, paint with wine… all kinds of things. June Monday, June 24th, 6-8pm, One Night One Craft: [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Food and Art at the CAC

wine me, dine me: Book Review and Giveaway: Cocktails Step By Step

I seriously love cookbooks. I particularly love cocktail books– though often, the books aren’t groundbreaking, I love the different approaches different bartenders have, the history, everything. Step By Step Cocktails: The Perfect Guide to Cocktail Making, which is part of Parragon’s Love Food line of books, is great for someone who is a very visual [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Book Review and Giveaway: Cocktails Step By Step

wine me, dine me: Taste of the NFL Tomorrow

Wednesday night. I have a few questions for you. Do you love football? (Okay, this part could be optional.) Do you love food? (I guess this could be optional too, if you answered “yes” to A.) Do you want to help the Freestore Food Bank raise $150,000 in one night? If you’re a fan of [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Taste of the NFL Tomorrow

wine me, dine me: The Spark Solution Winner!

Random.org drew comment #6– Leisa Lee Wilcox! Congrats, Leisa! I’ll get your book to you. Stay tuned… another giveaway later this week. I think wine drinkers will appreciate it! . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: The Spark Solution Winner!

wine me, dine me: Spring Trifle

I spent most of Saturday judging a wing contest at Sawyer Point.  My lips have finally regained feeling in them after the “hottest wing” competition, and I got to know Jessica Brown from Fox 19, a fellow judge. Color me surprised when I get a call from her around 9 PM that evening:  ”Julie, can [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Spring Trifle

wine me, dine me: Review: Barrio Tequileria

Northside is the epicenter of the Cincinnati Tacosphere. Fact. You have Tacocracy, the hard-to-pronounce, anti-establishment taco joint, that fills their tacos with potatoes and very un-taco-like fillings, surrounded by old airplane doodads in an old goth bar. Then, you have Django Western Taco, with its cowboy flair, serving either individual or family-style tacos and a [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Review: Barrio Tequileria

wine me, dine me: Home Cooks: Theresa Nguyen

I’ve been quiet for a little while. Work, life– things happen. I’d been intending to post all week, but between Boston, Waco, and a few other things– well, I decided I needed to write about something really positive. I love the things home cooks do and share around the city.  I can name a dozen [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Home Cooks: Theresa Nguyen

wine me, dine me: Reds Add Frisch’s to Starting Lineup

I have always wanted to write a headline like that. Despite the impending snowpacalypse (I am still waiting for it…), today was the media preview day for the Cincinnati Reds’ food, one of my favorite treats each year. I love taking my lunch hour and trying new food, hanging with the mascots, and generally just [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Reds Add Frisch’s to Starting Lineup

wine me, dine me: Cocktail Hour: The Brooklyn

I often wonder if Martha Stewart gets emergency cleaning texts from her friends: “Martha! I have mustard on my shirt! What do I do?”  Or if Alton Brown gets random cooking science phone calls from his sister-in-law, “I mixed milk in vinegar, what’s that reaction called?” I am no Martha or Alton, but I do [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Cocktail Hour: The Brooklyn

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