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Mark Your Calendar for Cincinnati Food Festivals

  If you are a food festival fanatic, Cincinnati is the place to be in 2022. After two years of schedules disrupted by the pandemic, festivals are coming back with a bang this year. At the top of the food pyramid is Taste of Cincinnati, the nation’s longest running free culinary arts festival. But the…

Where to Park at Findlay Market

When spring arrives, Findlay Market comes alive. After the long winter days with a slower pace, full-time merchants gear up, outdoor vendors return, and the biergarten reopens. On the first few warm days, you can be sure you will see people everywhere! As much fun as it is to feel the energy at a bustling…

Visiting Cincinnati? You Must Try These Foods

Cincinnati chili cheese coney If you are planning to visit Cincinnati, someone no doubt has said to you, “Be sure to try the Cincinnati chili.” Indeed, no visit to our region is complete unless you have had a 3-way or a cheese coney at a local chili parlor. (Yes, we call any restaurant that specializes…

The Calm Before the Storm

For anyone in the tourism business in Ohio, the months of January and February are the calm before the storm. Anyone thinking of vacation migrates to Florida or other warm environs during the winter months. Often attractions, museums, restaurants, and tour companies take advantage of slow traffic to revamp programs and plan for the influx…

Time to Revisit Walnut Hills: A Food Tour Relaunches!

In 2017, I wrote a blog post about a new tour called Wander Walnut Hills. The article began with: “We’ve been asked more than once, “What’s next after Over-the-Rhine?” “What Cincinnati neighborhood will be next to burst onto the culinary scene?” We think we may have found it in historic Walnut Hills, one of Cincinnati’s oldest…

Learning from Each Other

I started the New Year by learning a new word: neepwaantiinki. It means “learning from each other” in the Myaamia tribal language. As a proud graduate of Miami University reading through the latest issue of the Miamian, I was intrigued by the relationship between the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and my alma mater. The Myaamia Center in…

Restaurants Open for Lunch in Over-the-Rhine

The holiday season is a great time to get together with friends. If lunch is your thing, you need to think twice about where to go. As the effects of the pandemic stretched staff, many restaurants adjusted their hours. Consequently, finding a restaurant that fits your schedule is a new challenge we all must confront….

Helping the Restaurant Industry Survive

While in Boston recently visiting family, I had time to observe and think about our struggling restaurant industry. Problems seem to be similar in both locations. Staff shortages, capacity limitations, supply chain issues, and pent-up customer demand are putting a strain on day-to-day operations. However, I saw two processes in use on the East Coast…

5 Ways To Get Around Downtown Cincinnati Without Your Car

Driving in a strange city can sometimes take all the fun out of traveling. Since Cincinnati’s urban core is very compact, it makes it easy to park at a hotel and never touch your car again until you are ready to leave town. Here are 5 convenient ways to navigate Downtown Cincinnati without a car:…

A New Cincinnati Experience in Hyde Park

For many of us, the Cincinnati neighborhood of Hyde Park is a little bit of the unknown. Younger people may know that Hyde Park is “somewhere near Rookwood Commons” shopping center. Others may know of the stately mansions or the Cincinnati Country Club. Few, however, know that Hyde Park was Cincinnati’s first real “city-burb” and…

Remembering 9/11

It has been 20 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks. Adults remember it like it was yesterday. Children file it alongside Pearl Harbor. Lives were lost on 9/11/01; others were changed forever. In the middle of the terror, heroes emerged. America united in a way unseen in recent years. Twenty years older, I can…

The Power of Goetta

Browse any Cincinnati breakfast menu, and chances are your sides will include choices of bacon, sausage, or goetta. But what is “goetta?” To the uninitiated, it may seem like scrapple or mush. But to a Cincinnati native, it may be a reminder of breakfast at Grandma’s or it may be a crucial element in a…