Cooking The World

The more I eat, the more adventurous my palate becomes, and as I grow more daring as an eater, I find myself becoming bolder as a cook. Trying exotic fare at restaurants, exploring the exciting culinary creations crafted by others, makes me increasingly hungry for more tempting tastes at home. Although I’m no proponent of…

Eat More Vegetables

As Michael Pollan so brilliantly said, the most basic rule of healthy eating can be summed up in seven simple words: “Eat food, not too much, mostly vegetables.” For most folks – especially most Americans – ‘mostly vegetables’ is perhaps the hardest of Pollan’s tenets to follow. Although consuming mostly vegetables has certainly been a…

Top Ten Essential Cooking Tools

If the first step to sustainable and healthy eating is cooking for oneself, then the walking shoes are a cook’s essential kitchen tools. For novice home cooks, the daunting prospects of detailed recipes, complicated meal planning guides and restaurant-quality cooking techniques turn many away from ever attempting their first dish. As an advocate of simple…

Mita’s

One of Cincinnati’s premier fine dining fixtures – Mita’s – offers guests an escape into the exotic and elegant flavors of Latin America. Featuring South American comfort food classics like pozole and upscale eats such as blue marlin ceviche, Mita’s stands at the forefront of Cincinnati’s culinary arts scene. In February, I had the luxury…

Kimchi Stew – The Perfect Winter Meal

Cincinnati is experiencing an unexpected cold snap this week. A few days ago, temperatures rose as high as seventy, leaving most folks around here to conclude that spring wasn’t far off. Now, lows are dropping into the teens, and snow flurries have been on and off for the past couple of days. Such fluctuation is…

A Day of Healthy Eating

On the whole, my wife and I are fairly healthy eaters. While we don’t diet, own gym memberships or jump on the bandwagon for hip new superfoods, we nevertheless remain conscious of what we consume. We do our best to eat a balanced, fulfilling diet, which is not only excellent for our overall well-being, but…

Marrakech Moroccan Cafe & Grill

My wife and I love debating our favorite restaurants in Cincinnati, and we enjoy discussing what single eatery best sums up the Queen City. One question we continually come back to – and one we’ve had to answer when friends and family come around – is what must-eat establishment makes the best go-to dining spot…

Two Hearty Winter Dishes

Winter has arrived in Cincinnati, and in the Ohio Valley, that means overcast days, long nights, snow, icy rain and plenty of windy Mid-Western cold. To stay warm and energized during the chilly season, my wife and I love to indulge in hearty and spicy dishes that stick to our ribs and tingle our taste…

Where’s The Beef?

Over the past couple of months, I’ve written several “Top Five” articles featuring my favorite recipes for vegetarian, chicken, pork and seafood dishes. One notable protein, however, has been omitted from my series: beef. Instead of bringing you “Top Five: Beef Dishes,” I want to take a moment to explain why my wife and I…

Top Five: Seafood Dishes

My wife and I absolutely love seafood, much more so, it seems, than our Mid-Western neighbors. Perhaps it’s the result of growing up in the South – where catfish, trout or shrimp come across a dinner plate on a weekly basis – or maybe it’s because we love the unique textures, flavors, colors and aromas…

Date Night Cincinnati

For the past few months, in addition to starting a new job as an employment service provider at Talbert House – a local non-profit – I’ve also become a contributor for Date Night Cincinnati. Touted as the Queen City’s “resource to plan a night out,” Date Night Cincinnati features restaurant reviews and information about local…

Lima Limon

On Friday, November 18, my wife and I journeyed South of the border to one of the top Hispanic restaurants in the greater Cincinnati area. Located in an unassuming strip mall in Florence, KY, Lima Limon offers authentic Peruvian cuisine, quite a rare find for the Queen City. Boasting an expansive menu with unique eats,…