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Your Favorite Restaurants Need Your Support

Recently two beloved local restaurants, one in Downtown Cincinnati and one in Over-the-Rhine, announced they would be closing their doors at the end of the year. Fausto first occupied the lobby at the Contemporary Arts Center in 2019, and Pleasantry was a trailblazer in Over-the-Rhine when they opened 7 years ago. Both cited numerous reasons…

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….

Don’t Sleep on Cincinnati

Every now and then, I need a wake up call. When I start to take something for granted, I need someone to snap me to attention. I’m not talking about gratitude for food, shelter, and clothing, but rather I need to simply appreciate that I live in Cincinnati, OH. In the last year, I have…

Bracing for Winter

The leaves are changing colors and starting to fall around Cincinnati. Even though markets display pumpkins and cornstalks, our thoughts are already shifting from Halloween to Thanksgiving and Christmas. With the constant reminders about COVID-19, no one is quite sure what winter will bring. Immediate concerns involve family gatherings and annual traditions. Who will travel…

A Taste of Italy in Over-the-Rhine

The Cincinnati neighborhood is known for its German heritage. But today it is known as one of the most diverse neighborhoods in all of Cincinnati. Historic Findlay Market has become a melting pot of food and culture from around the world. And now, the streets of OTR are scattered with what seems like the United…

A European Vacation Right in Cincinnati

Summer is here so vacation talk is everywhere. Maybe you’re headed to the beach or off in search of cool mountain breezes. Or perhaps you make an annual pilgrimage to a favorite lake house. Some of you may have bucket list travels on the calendar and will head to exotic places. For many, a European…

Home Grown Chefs

Since we’ve been doing food tours around the Cincinnati area, we’ve realized how fluid the restaurant industry is. It’s not uncommon for a server to work the lunch shift at one restaurant and then be behind another bar by the late shift. Or someone who has been doing a bang-up job at the host station…

Beyond Findlay Market

Cincinnati began as a small settlement on the banks of the Ohio River. With the emergence of the steamboat era and the completion of the Miami and Erie Canal, the frontier town quickly grew into a bustling metropolis. Waves of immigrants added to population density and people began to build homes and businesses farther from…

Taste the World of Mediterranean Foods

When I saw Aladdin’s Eatery was opening in Over-the-Rhine, I immediately thought a typical franchise restaurant was moving into the neighborhood. I couldn’t imagine it working out as a stop on my food tours because I work hard to feature locally-owned, independent businesses. It’s difficult to deal with “corporate;” I prefer face-to-face relationships. Luckily, one…

Dear Cincinnati

Dear Cincinnati, I just want take my arms and wrap them around you. My lifelong friends came, saw, and conquered Cincinnati for the first time, and you couldn’t have made them feel more welcome. Three couples, empty nesters, reunited in an unfamiliar city for three days. None particularly tech-savvy. All card-carrying homebodies. What could go…