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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy my work for four distinctly different media outlets: WCPO – the ABC-affiliated television station in Cincinnati, Ohio; Polly Magazine – an arts and culture magazine; Movers & Makers – a Cincinnati arts and culture publication; and Our Kitchen Roots – my personal blog. You might notice a common theme across these stories: Food. Well, that’s no accident. Food is a universal connector; it frees us to share the most amazing stories. It also connects the different chapters of my professional life, from my early days in engineering to now, a brand maker through great storytelling.

Latest Stories

Here are 9 great Thanksgiving dining options if you can’t — or don’t want to — eat at home

Food and Thanksgiving go together like hand and glove; traditionally, the two would leisurely converge at home with family and friends. But that’s not always the case for everyone. Here are my recommendations for eating out this year. There’s a little something for everyone including those who may have to work on Thanksgiving.

Photo from WCPO File

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Artisanal cheesemaker sets up shop in Lebanon

We are fortunate to have artisans like Cecilia Garmendia of Lamp Post Cheese. While many people can turn out cheese (with enough workshops and tutorials), few are inspired to tease out the “terroir” of the cheese through the patient research and development of unique cultures inherent in raw milk. This is still work in progress but she is on it. Ultimately, this will translate to cheese that echoes the flavor of the land. Oh by the way, Cecilia has a PhD in biology which is to say, she’s got the science covered.

Photo by G. Yek: Cecilia Garmendia in the Tasting Room

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The Divine Lady of Mid-autumn Festival

It’s that magical time of the year again.Tomorrow, the Mid-autumn Festival will shine with a gorgeous full moon, and many families will gather to eat tasty mooncakes and gaze at the moon. Kids will parade around with pretty lanterns in the moonlit night. Heres the recipe for “doll” mooncakes if you’d like to make your own. If not, Asian stores are well-stocked with mooncakes of all sorts.

Photo by G. Yek: “Doll” Mooncakes–a popular mooncake variety among kids

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Eat My Globe Podcast: Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Food

If you’ve amassed food knowledge that’s more than 80 countries deep, written three books, become a celebrity on TV, and regularly write for various media, what comes next? For Simon Majumdar, it’s podcasting. On Oct. 1, we will all be treated to his wit, encyclopedic food knowledge and quick humor–delivered with a dash of English panache.

Photo by Sybil Villanueva: Simon Majumdar at work

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Inside Deeper Roots Coffee, Part 2

Perhaps the real story here is how this very chill, low-key group is doing tremendous things by way of coffee–all right here, in West End. If you’ve ever had Deeper Roots Coffee, you’d have tasted their meticulousness; call it coffee science. And if you’ve ever met the founders and doers, you’d have probably also picked up the heart behind all that they do.

Photo by Deogracias Lerma: Deeper Roots partners (from left to right): Ryan Doan, Les Stoneham, Courtney Robinson, Adam Shaw.

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Three local restaurants receive national exposure

It’s not easy to be that chef or restaurant that offers incredible food, provide top-notch service, and be exemplary stewards of the community and environment. Which is why this is a big deal. For the three restaurants in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky that made the cut in Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery (TL&CC), the honor is immeasurable. It’s equivalent to taking a seat at the table with such icons as Alice Waters and Dan Barber.

Photo provided by Anne Sullivan: Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery USA Edition book cover

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