What this restaurant offers is nothing short of cuisine immersion. Come hungry, be prepared to cook your food at the table and eat like a “local” (as in Chongqing, near Sichuan). Best to come with a group of hungry eaters; that way, you get to sample more variety. Not all soups are spicy but if you’re a “spicy” thrillseeker, I’d recommend the “nine-box spicy” soup. The use of beef fat and more than 25 different ingredients in the stock sets the flavor and heat level off to the stratosphere. I mean it–it’s pretty much liquid fire.
Photo by G. Yek: Noodle & Hot Pot’s bone soup, left, and nine boxes spicy soup, with assorted ingredients.
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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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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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I have a soft spot for education. For some students, the prospect of racking up student debt is crushing enough they sadly turn away from college. In this story, Alyssia Kelley is absolutely right–she advises college-aspiring students to “take the time to learn and explore the options…there are many, many resources out there.” McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity can be a helpful resource for some, as it has been for this dynamic young lady.
Photo provided by Kelley: Alyssia Kelley (L) and general manager Chaz Himes (R) at the Maineville McDonald’s.
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The mid-autumn festival, the second biggest celebration in the Chinese culture, will soon descend upon Fountain Square. Also called the moon festival, the celebration is traditionally a time for family and friends, against the backdrop of the full moon, beautiful lanterns and tasty mooncakes. The Cincinnati Moon Festival — a first for the city — will provide an immersive experience of this beloved celebration.
Photo provided by Vibe Cincinnati: Cincinnati Moon Festival Flyer
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Photo: Jared Whalen at Pigalls circa 2004 (provided by Scott McDonald)
This is not the kind of story I want to write. The unexpected loss of one of Cincinnati’s top talents struck at the heart of our chef community. Chef Whalen leaves a void that will be felt for a long time to come.
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Photo: Steamed Barbecue Pork Buns at Grand Oriental (photo by G Yek)
Bao is simply the perfect comfort food. These round beauties are not only tasty, they are a meal-in-one you can literally grab with one hand.
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Photo: Bridget Lieb in the Kitchen at Sacred Beast
Bridget Lieb is at the top of her game. She’s playfully referred to as the “beast” behind Sacred Beast and if you ever watch her work or hear her story, you’ll understand why. She’s a mom, trained (hard core) chef, business owner and handywoman, if necessary.
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Photo by G. Yek: Chef Suzanne DeYoung founded La Soupe four years ago after more than 30 years in the restaurant industry
With more than 20 restaurants lined up, getting “WASTEd” in the city is going to be quite an experience. See what Cincinnati’s leading chefs can do with less-than-perfect food and you’ll be helping La Soupe to feed the food-insecure too.
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Photo by G. Yek: Anthony Lange, founder and president of Queen City Mobile Food Truck Association
The first food truck court is about to drop in West Chester–a game-changer for Greater Cincinnati. Outside of food truck rallies and special events, this will be the first place diners can regularly go to for food truck eats. This will likely accelerate the development and vibrancy of the food truck scene.
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