At Mandira Jacob’s Thali Thursdays, you get southern Indian cuisine with a dash of Caribbean

Mandira Jacob brings the culture and flavor of southern India to downtown Cincinnati through her monthly pop-up dinners, Thali Thursdays. This immersive table experience echoes her personal journey, from her family’s roots in Kerala, India, to the Caribbean, and to her present-day home in the Queen City. She started Oh Little Mustard Seed, LLC on faith and it’s sprouted into a unique company that tells the story of the food and culture of southern India.

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Step into Bauer European Farm Kitchen for a blend of France and Germany right off the farm

  • How do you transform a subterranean space downtown into a European farm kitchen? As I watched Jackson Travis Rouse create this elegant turbot dish, I understood why he is the right chef for the job. The ease with which he works, and the level of his culinary game is something to behold. The food at Bauer Farm Kitchen gives a unique voice to the German heritage that graces our city. It also speaks to the heritage in his blood.

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If you’re looking for fresh and local, look no further than Farmstand Market & Cafe

It’s taken several years and lots of perseverance but Tricia Houston‘s vision is finally coming to fruition. In the growing landscape of farm-to-table restaurants, this farmer AND chef is all in with wholesome, locally grown and produced food. The Farmstand Market & Cafe is projected to formally open on July 4. However, it begins its slow roll out today with a limited menu and operating hours. Call for reservations.

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Vietnamese Coffee and Its Percolating Culture

Culture is a living, changing thing. I was reminded of it when I read Asian Food Fest’s post about Vietnamese coffee. Author, Ha Dinh, captures Vietnamese-American, Duy Nguyen’s cultural and generational attitudes —  over coffee, naturally.

Though he was born in America, one of Duy’s favorite experiences was in a very casual coffee shop across from a river in Saigon. People of all ages would sit around low tables and low chairs, enjoying long conversations and one coffee (or one cigarette) after another. For Duy, this represents the “Lang Thang” lifestyle his restaurant is named after. “Older generations believe in following one direction, while younger generations have our own way,” said Duy.

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Easy-to-make Spanish Omelette (Tortilla Española)

There are really only three main ingredients in Spanish omelette: onions, potatoes and eggs. It doesn’t get any easier! Also called tortilla española, this is one of my daughter’s favorite breakfast and snack items. She loves the taste and “pie” shape of this omelette. I don’t mind making it because it’s not only easy, it’s a great anytime food to have in the kitchen.

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Black Rice Pudding (“Bee Koe Moy”)

Give me a bowl of sweet black rice pudding topped with luxurious coconut milk and I go inside my happy place. This magical bowl is my definition of comfort food. The true magic of black rice is unlocked with slow heat … and patience.  It takes time to cook through the grains to where they split open and release their starch. The result is this beautiful purple-black transformation that’s all at once nutty, smoky and comfortingly starchy.

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The Seedy Goodness of Pomegranates

One of the things that gets me out of my winter funk is the promise of pomegranates. These ruby globes are ready for harvest just when it starts to get cold outside (October-ish) until around February. I’m a total pomegranate fangirl. They’re tasty, pretty, and a powerhouse of antioxidants. Of course I didn’t know the last bit of detail when I was chomping down on the juicy arils (the edible stuff inside) as a kid. In case you were wondering, it’s okay to eat the seeds with the arils.

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A Coppin’s Thanksgiving

Today, Coppin’s Restaurant and Bar offered its first Thanksgiving buffet. Once a fashionable department store and more recently, the city building, the 106-year-old building on Madison Avenue and Seventh Street in Covington, Kentucky, opened on September 27 as Hotel Covington. What lies within is a stylish yet comfortable 4,000-square-foot restaurant and bar.

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