This Week in Awesome

After Thanksgiving, BK and I decided to take it easy as often as we can through the holidays — easy on the wallet and the waistline. Therefore, this past week was a great combination of relaxing, eating better (meaning packing lunch and eating in most days), and not spending as much as we usually do….

Favorite Five: Wings

I only recently became a real fan of bone-in chicken wings, but it’s a delicacy I’ve casually liked for many years. It’s something I never used to crave but now find myself picking a place to eat because I need my fix. I prefer my wings to be meaty, crispy, light in sauce, and served with…

Review: Bucks Tavern

I don’t get outside the 275 loop all that often, and I certainly don’t purposefully exclude the greater Cincinnati communities in my posts. I love trying new places; even when it means getting outside of city’s core to do so. With multiple loved ones — think brother and his family, aunt and uncle, cousins and their families,…

Short Road Trip from Cincinnati

I never realized just how quick a drive is to the Dayton area until I surprised BK for his 30th birthday with a day and overnight trip to Dayton and Yellow Springs, the latter being a quaint sociopolitical village about 20 miles east of the Gem City. We drove up with a couple of friends on a Saturday…

This Week in Awesome

This past week included Cincinnati greats such as dinner at E+O Kitchen with one of my best friends who was in from out of town for the holiday, a lunch panini from Ingredients, drinks at and showing off The Video Archive to my brothers-in-law, Christkindlmarkt at Fountain Square, the CB Connector, dinner at Senate, Little…

Favorite Five: Shopping Locally

Avoid parking lots and shopping malls for Black Friday and beyond. Instead, preserve your mental and physical health by shopping small and contributing to your local economy for the holidays this year! In addition to improving your overall health, shopping locally ensures that nearly 70 cents on every dollar remains in the local economy. When you shop small,…

Great New Places to Try While You’re in Town for the Holidays

I recently had a friend and expat give a great idea about a blog post, which would detail great new places to try while visiting for the holidays. Here’s her proposition (edited only for formatting): Dear Tour de Cincy, At the end of July I packed my bags and relocated from Cincinnati to Accra, Ghana. I’ve tried…

Review: Gomez Salsa

Yes, the much-anticipated Gomez Salsa we all know and love has finally opened the doors to its sit-down expansion restaurant in Walnut Hills. The next edition of Gomez features all the same bells and whistles and turtles and tacos as the OTR walk-up location, but also has alcohol, seating, a rear entrance to Five Points Biergarten,…

This Week in Awesome

Last Monday was my first trip to Cintas Center this season to see Xavier’s men’s basketball team. But it wouldn’t have been a complete home game experience without first having Renegade Street Eats and a beer at Listermann, followed by another beer from D’Artagnan’s Deck, the craft beer bar inside the arena (and two sections from our…

Favorite Five: Local Attractions

There are so many great attractions — cultural, historical, recreational, and otherwise — in Cincinnati that I decided to up the ante a bit. Instead of my favorite five, here are my favorite fifteen local attractions, including must-see parks, museums, spaces, and things to do in the greater Cincinnati area. Added bonus: many of these are…

Review: LPH Pizza Co.

Pizzannati: our ongoing quest to find the best cheese pizza in Cincinnati, as co-founded by Swarles Barkley and myself because, despite the crap we get for loving and ordering plain pizza, Swarles and I wholeheartedly agree that, if a restaurant cannot master the basics, how can it be considered quality? For our 14th stop, we decided on…

Dog-Friendly Breweries

Since getting a dog, I understand how great it is to know which places in the city are dog-friendly. Fortunately, many restaurants with patios are dog-friendly in the Cincinnati area. In that same breath, many breweries are, too. With colder weather looming, it’s more difficult to find places that are dog-friendly inside AND out. Below is…