Review: Caffe Barista & Deli

I love working downtown. It’s something I’d always wanted to do and being a small part of the Central Business District (CBD) has been great. Between taking the bus to work, regular walks to and from Over-the-Rhine, lunchtime trips across the Roebling and back, markets (and food trucks!) on the Square, taking the streetcar to…

This Week in Awesome

For a change of pace, last week was busier during the workweek, and less so on the weekend itself. Truth be told, it was nice to relax for most of the weekend for once, but it was nice to have gotten to spend time with friends and family throughout the week regardless. Here’s what happened:…

Favorite Five: Architecture

You’d be hard pressed to find a more comprehensive and varied architectural collection in a concentrated area like you can in little ol’ greater Cincinnati. In addition to the intricacies and craft featured in Painted Ladies and Italianate architecture, Cincinnatians are fortunate to have a plethora of Art Deco, Victorian, Greek Revival, and Romanesque architecture swarming…

Review: The Works and Narrow Path

For our fourth monthiversary, we met my brother, sister-in-law, and nephews for dinner before checking out Loveland’s newest brewery. Large cheese pizza, The Commissioner, and steak hoagy from The Works First, The Works. I’d been to The Works a couple of times — the first I met girlfriends from college more than five years ago; the…

This Week+ in Awesome

With the New Year, it was an irregular week last week, so I will be extending my Week in Awesome through the weekend prior. It started with Maplewood Kitchen and Bar for lunch with friends from out of town. Maplewood is the recommendation I make for all the out-of-towners I meet for lunch. I work about…

An Introduction to 2017

Each year I’ve tried to create a sort of recurring theme. In 2013 I visited one new place every week for a whole year. In 2014 I set out to photograph a new place every week for a whole year, which lasted about three weeks and ultimately turned into the same as what I did…

Favorite Five: 2016

2016 has been catching a lot of flak these days, so I feel it’s worth touching on at least a handful of good that came out of what seems like a meh year. 1. Getting Married I’ve been pretty candid about how great it was getting married this year. It was everything we wanted and we…

Favorite Five: Eating Healthy

After last week’s Favorite Five, it’s only fair to rebut it with a healthy eating post just in time for the new year. The biggest resolution year in and year out is to lose weight. A more sustainable option, in my opinion, is to change your lifestyle by eating more healthy overall. Whether it’s “cleaning” up…

In Memorium

As with awards shows, it is important to pay tribute to greater Cincinnati’s now-defunct restaurants and businesses. I know there are more, but these are the ones that stick out (in alphabetical order). Celebrating our anniversary at Bella Luna Bella Luna (East End) We celebrated our third anniversary here in 2015. It was very good and…

This Week in Really Awesome

The holidays were invented to deplete your wallet and expand your waistline, right? Right. As such, this week in extra awesome included so many great things, including a lot of eating, drinking, and shopping local. Every holiday season I try my best to shop small. It is great for the economy and it ensures ensures that…

Favorite Five: Desserts

I’m not big on desserts and I’m not typically into super rich food (though I’ll usually make exceptions for chocolate) and I do not like most icing, so when a sweet treat is good, it is good. Below are some of my favorites in the area (none based on ice cream or donuts, which have or will have…

Coming Soon?

I think so, anyway, though “soon” is relative. Of many places under construction in our city, I am especially excited about these: BrewRiver/Tap & Screw (Oakley) BrewRiver GastroPub recently posted that its catering kitchen is moving from Madeira to Oakley, where it will open and serve food in partnership with an expansion Tap & Screw…