Slow-Cooked Saturday

Slow-cooking a meal on Saturday evening has become a weekly tradition for my wife and I. After we’ve done our grocery shopping and enjoyed our afternoon, we typically come home, prep for dinner and let a delicious meal cook while we relax. This past Saturday, we decided to make pulled pork barbeque sandwiches with a…

SuRa Korean Cuisine

In a city with a proportionally high number of Korean restaurants, SuRa Korean Cuisine in Mason has plenty of stiff competition. It doesn’t offer the most authentic eating experience – like Riverside Korean Restaurant in Covington – or the quickest and cheapest food – like the Red Sesame Korean BBQ food truck – and it…

A Food Writer’s Vocabulary

I love words. I’ve always been fascinated by syntax, etymologies and connotations, and that’s one of the key reasons why I enjoy reading fiction and poetry. It’s also why I gravitated to English as my undergraduate major and why I pursued a graduate degree in Literature and Cultural Studies. I enjoy dissecting words and phrases,…

Fresh Table

Fresh Table is the hidden gem of Cincinnati’s farm-to-table food scene. Located at the Race Street entrance of Findlay Market, this unassuming vendor features some of the best quality food in the Queen City. When my wife and I moved to Cincinnati in the summer of 2014, we did most of our grocery shopping at…

Top Ten Essential Herbs & Spices

I’ve discussed before about how important it is for the home cook to have a well-stocked spice cabinet. By having an array of seasonings on hand, any dish can become tastier, which allows you to rely less on prepackaged food and encourages you to cook a variety of dishes. With a few choice herbs and…

Roebling Point Books & Coffee

On Monday, August 15, I interviewed local author Donna Vitucci at Roebling Point Books & Coffee for a Northern Kentucky Tribune article on her recent novel and her work at the Covington Ladies Home. This was the first time I had ever been to Roebling Point, and I was delightfully impressed with the atmosphere and…

Sleepy Bee Cafe

Whenever my wife and I feel inclined to go out for breakfast, we always have one place in mind: Sleepy Bee Cafe. Located in East Cincinnati’s Oakley neighborhood, right across the street from the limestone monolith of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, this unassuming restaurant offers the highest quality morning fare in the city. After nearly…

Why Buy Ugly?

According to National Geographic, about one-third of all global food production goes to waste. Even more staggering, nearly two-thirds of that waste is caused neither by drought, poor refrigeration nor insects, but rather results from the way the food looks. That means that “an estimated six billion pounds of fruits and vegetables are wasted every…

The Ultimate Guide to Weeknight Pizza: Some Assembly Required

Who doesn’t like digging into a delicious slice of pizza while unwinding from a long day at work? To achieve this weeknight pie paradise, most people usually turn to one of the following options: delivery or frozen. However, going with the former inundates you with grease, and the latter never tastes as good as the…

Fortune Noodle House

When most people hear that a new Chinese restaurant is opening up near a university, images of cheap, greasy take-out food come to mind. I was no exception to this rule. When I found out a couple of months ago that Fortune Noodle House was setting up shop on the corner of Calhoun and Clifton…

Consolidating Pans Shouldn’t Just Be For One-Pot Meals

Over the past couple of years, I’ve noticed a major uptick in recipes for one-pot meals. As a kid, a one-pot dinner meant Crock-Pot pork roast with potatoes and carrots or a beef stew with gravy. Thankfully, the average home cook seems to have moved beyond this and has begun to experiment with chilies, noodle…

Fusian Sushi & Abby Girl Sweets

On Saturday, August 13, my wife and I continued our tour of downtown eating establishments by enjoying some delicious rolls of sushi at Fusian – on Vine Street, just north of Fountain Square – and snacking on a couple of scrumptious cupcakes from Abby Girl Sweets – in the ground level of the Hilton Netherland…