(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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
A couple of years ago at the first FoodBuzz Blogger conference in San Francisco, the final night was hosted by Outstanding in the Field. All of us– and there were probably 100 or so– packed into a distribution warehouse, surrounded by food that would be sent to stores and restaurants across the San Francisco area. [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Carriage House Farm hosts Outstanding in the Field
The lovely folks at the Carnegie have presented me with two pairs of tickets to the Art of Food! I’m giving one pair of tickets away over on Facebook, but the other pair? Here. The Art of Food is the annual event at the Carnegie that features local artists and chefs honoring food. The opening [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Win 2 Tickets to Art of Food!
I am going to jump out on a limb here and say it: Ryan Santos is one of the most interesting folks in the Cincinnati food community today. He uses hyper-local ingredients, including items he’s foraged out of his Prospect Hill back yard. His dinners are themed, but not obnoxiously so– more like a concept [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Please to Collaborate with Carriage House Farms
Ah yes, it’s that time of year again… my favorite time of year, actually, when the Cincinnati Magazine Top 10 Restaurant list comes out. For the past few years‘ lists, click here. 1. Orchids at the Palm Court 2. Jean-Robert’s Table 3. Nicola’s 4. Senate 5. Abigail Street 6. Cumin 7. Via Vite 8. Dutch’s Larder 9. Bouquet [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Cincinnati Magazine’s Top 10
A couple of cute things from Busken for Valentine’s. First, the Lite Hearted Donut, which is only 140 calories and 2.5 grams of fat. If you want to try one, head to any Busken store, UDF location or Remke-Bigg’s to try one for free on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. I haven’t tried them yet, but [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Heart-Shaped Donuts & Conversation Heart Cookies from Busken
I happened to be at Latitude 41 in Columbus last week, and got to talking with my waiter. He asked me where I was from (Latitude is in the Columbus Renaissance) and I said Cincinnati. “Oh,” he said, “Our chef is going there! Let me ask him which restaurant he’s going to.” That chef is [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: New Chefs for Enoteca Emilia, The Palace
When I heard about this, I wished I weren’t on a work trip. If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that V-Day isn’t a big deal in our house. We go to Dixie Chili and call it a day. I’ll be in New Jersey for a work trip, so still– no real big [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Valentine’s Day at Abigail Street
La Poste will be adding brunch to their repetoire, and discontinuing lunch in order to address private event services. This will be effective March 3, and the last day for lunch is February 8. They’ll be doing brunch on Sundays from 10:30-3, se… . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: La Poste Enters Brunch Fray, Discontinues Lunch
My favorite part of my Hawaiian vacation in 2006 was the beer. I drank a lot of it. Without going into the gory details, I was on a 7-day cruise in Hawaii. The food was unpalatable, the surroundings insanely beautiful, and I was on the cruise with my soon-to-be-ex and my parents. My ex and I [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: New Things: Kona Brewing, eat well cafe
Whenever someone tells me that Cincinnati’s dining scene is nonexistent, I want to hit them. Look, we don’t have the population density of NY or Chicago or LA, so we’re not going to have that same kind of restaurant density, either. What we do have? Great purveyors, easy access to farmers, and a ton of [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Cincinnati’s Ahead of the Curve
I love it when a book proves me wrong. I’m a huge Ramit Sethi fan. Ask me about personal finance, or about how I ran my job search, or how to negotiate for anything and I guarantee you I’ll say something like, “Dude, Ramit says…” I am certain The Better Half is tired of hearing [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Review: Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Chef
The lovely folks at 3CDC have provided me with three tickets to give away to the VIP area at Fountain Square’s New Year’s Eve Blast. I know, three is an odd number, but I’m unable to attend– we will be ringing in the New Year in Prague. Here are the details: Hosted by Tricia Macke [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: Giveaway: VIP Tickets to Fountain Square’s New Year’s Eve Blast!
Donna Covrett reminded me, a few days ago, of a book that’s been on my Kindle (okay, fine, Kindle App…) for a while now: What We Eat When We Eat Alone: Stories and 100 Recipes by Deborah Madison. In it, she surveys people from all different walks of life about what they eat when they only [...] . . . → Read More: wine me, dine me: What do you eat when you’re alone?