People love Dojo at Findlay Market for
their gelato. I am hopeless in the face of their delicious affogato.
This espresso/gelato float has gotten me through many a difficult day.
On a recent visit, Dojo owner Michael Christner advised me that he was
about to up the ante.
Aren’t you glad you don’t live in the
days when “sugarplums” were a big Christmas treat? What is a sugarplum,
anyway? I’m looking forward to some old-fashioned
goodies, but I’m making my list and checking to be sure it’s all local
and all delicious. Pretty much everything included in this list can be
found at Findlay Market, so that’s one-stop shopping you can feel good
Take your fanciest tray or cutting board
out of the cupboard where it lurks 360 days a year, and put it in your
car. Drive to Dutch’s Larder. Seriously, this is the wow-factor your
party always wanted.
I don’t know about you, but when it comes
to flu shots, I’d rather skip the doctor and follow the advice of a
good bartender, like Rom Wells of The Rookwood in Mount Adams. He
prescribes a single barrel (preferably barrel proof) whiskey, lemon and
honey, with a whole star anise, cinnamon stick and clove in it, served
in a snifter. That sounds like a cure for the common winter blahs.
I just read in New York magazine
that pumpkin is the new bacon. They may be on to something. Listen to
this shopping list a friend just posted on Facebook: pumpkin coffee,
pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin butter, pumpkin cider and
pumpkin-chip biscotti. Eat that and you’re likely to start glowing all
“These are quality wines under $15 that
taste expensive as hell,” said my neighbor and one of my go-to wine
guys, Alfonse Mele, senior wine consultant at Dep’s Fine Wines in
Covington. “They’re all unique. You could pour these in order for a
great tasting, or pair them with just about any holiday meal and impress
Cooking for Martha Stewart has got to be a
little like sharing your film project with Woody Allen, right? Surreal is the word Cincinnati chef
and caterer Renee Schuler of Eat Well Celebrations and Feasts uses to
describe her recent experience cooking for Martha, someone who set the
bar for beautiful food when Schuler was growing up.
New and notable on the dining scene is
the latest addition to the Washington Park/OTR/Gateway District — The
Anchor (14th and Race, Over-the-Rhine). After a few days of serving
family and friends to get in the groove, full-service operations started
on Sept. 18.
I’m more inclined to pop open a bottle from the experts,
but, hey, I don’t have the White House staff on hand to fix what “ales”
me. So I asked a home brewing friend, Matt Canale, a video game
developer in L.A., to fill me in on his experience and give our readers
some tips on how to get started.