Favorite Five: Appetizers

Growing up I went out to eat a lot. But aside from the occasional Potato Skins and Mozzarella Sticks (not that there’s anything wrong with either; we just didn’t do a whole lot of branching out), I never truly appreciated the art that is appetizers — a necessary precursor to most meals. My appreciation for appetizers probably…

Favorite Five: Chili Dishes

Chili parlors have been culinary staples in Cincinnati since the 1920s and there are currently more than 200 of them in the region. Though National Chili Day may have been last week, every day is National Chili Day in Cincinnati! Cincinnati-style chili is so popular there are even potato chips made after it. I was never big into…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Favorite Five: RANCH!

I’ve made it no secret about how much I love ranch dressing — on any kind of carb, really, and especially if that carb is fried and involves cheese. In fact, I was recently told, “Your love for ranch is almost legendary at this point.” Almost?! I have some work to do.  So here I…

Favorite Five: Burgers!

Burgers (left to right, top to bottom): Senate Burger from Senate Pub; cheeseburger from Quatman Cafe; Zip’s Burger from Zip’s Cafe; burger from Renegade Street Eats; Streetcar Burger (BrewRiver GastroPub) I am very passionate about cheeseburgers — of the gourmet persuasion and also basic cheeseburgers. It is rare for me to meet a cheeseburger I don’t…

Favorite Five: French Fried Potatoes

I have a problem and it’s that I don’t take near enough pictures of my fried potatoes. Anyway, from top to bottom: my favorite fried potato dish, Poutine from Senate; Belgian Frites, served with chipotle aioli that I could funnel, from Taste of Belgium; Tachos (forgot to 86 the jalapeños) from Nation. Poutine Senate Pub,…