Neighborhood Highlight: College Hill

Cincinnati consists of 52 neighborhoods within 78 square miles of rolling hills and picturesque landscapes. Each of these neighborhoods brings a distinct set of businesses, people, and architecture to our overall cityscape, and it is important to highlight each of these great communities. Formerly known as Pleasant Hill because of its prime location, this Cincinnati…

This Week in Awesome

This [Past] Week in Awesome was a fun one, especially as it was Valentine’s Day and a time to celebrate that and our fifth monthiversary at Ruth’s Parkside Cafe. It also included meals from places like Servatii (busy workdays call for quick soft pretzel lunches at my desk), Brew House, Gomez Salsa – Walnut Hills, Cafe…

Review: Ruth’s Parkside Cafe

Our fifth (!) Monthiversary Meal doubled as our Valentine’s Day dinner when we resolved to to go Django Western Taco on Monday. Alas, despite both Yelp and their website claiming they were open, they were, in fact, closed. Enter Ruth’s Parkside Cafe, an eclectic — think Mediterranean- and American-style fare with a number of vegetarian options — restaurant…

Love Letter to Cincinnati

I recently came up with the idea to write a love letter to the city I love so much. I must admit that I am a bit hesitant to write this, because I know I will never do The Queen City the justice it deserves. But its knack for cultivating creativity plays the most welcoming host, so here goes nothing. (I encourage you to…

This Week in Awesome

Highlights from This [Past] Week in Awesome include lunches at Servatii Cafe (seriously get anything served with bavarian sauce, a combination of mayonnaise/bavarian mustard), Hathaway’s Diner, Saigon Subs and Rolls*, Renegade Street Eats (try the wings with honey sriracha sauce), and Red Sesame at Jungle Jim’s; Trivia Night at The Growler House; beers from Listermann, MadTree 2.0,…

Favorite Five: Date Ideas

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching (where is this year going?!), it’s worth mentioning things to do to celebrate the occasion. I’ll admit that Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap. It’s not for everyone. It’s a hallmark holiday. Yadda, yadda, yadda. With that said, I’ve loved Valentine’s Day for years. I’ve always embraced it as a…

Review: Pho Lang Thang

Pho Lang Thang is one of my favorite restaurants at Findlay Market, not just because it’s so dang good, but because it has longer hours than most vendors. What makes Pho so delicious is its extensive menu that will satisfy all Asian and Vietnamese food lovers alike — choose from a variety of starters, salads, noodle…

Review: Ohio Book Store

Situated on Main Street just south of 8th lies Ohio Book Store, one of Cincinnati’s truest gems. Ohio Book Store features five floors of books and magazines and has been in operation for more than 75 years. That’s a lot of stories. (See what I did there?) Once upon a time I took a Bookmaking workshop in college. It…

This Week in Awesome

I take the bus to and from work every day, but I’ve decided that isn’t quite enough. Thus, This [Past] Week in Awesome meant a lot of utilizing public transit, which I have been trying my best to use instead of driving or taking Uber (where possible, anyway). Some trips included taking the Cincinnati Bell…

Review: Green Papaya

I’ll go ahead and get this out of the way: Green Papaya is one of my favorite Asian restaurants around. I don’t get there as often as I’d like — partially because it’s not cheap, but also because the parking situation isn’t the best either (there’s a small lot and also street parking). Those are my…

This Week in Awesome

I’ve been doing some thinking about This Week in Awesome and I love summarizing what I do each week. From parks and free events, to restaurants, happy hours, and museums, I feel TWIA is a great way to share how I spend my time and to hopefully give ideas for how others can do the same. That…

Favorite Five: Photos With My New Lens

I’ve always loved photography in some capacity. From my early-90s Where’s Waldo 35mm and late-90s Canon Rebel film cameras, to my first DSLR (Nikon Coolpix 5700) and now my Nikon D3100 (plus two semesters of film photography in high school and two more in art school, and another semester of digital in college), I’ve long considered photography…