Travel // The Serpent Mound + Chillicothe, Ohio

In November, Franz and I decided to make our first spiritual trip. A trip we took to the Serpent Mound. The coats have come on, but the travel isnt anywhere near stopping, even when we travel in our own home state. November was Native American History month, and with that I wanted to learn more. One of my degrees is in Cultural Studies, along with my degree in art history. I wanted to learn more about the cultures so that when I deal art, I know the importance of the art history through all aspects, so that art doesn’t get miss-appropriated and so that eventually we will have more minority artists represented in the museums across the US. What people collect through art definitely influences what the mass people can see at museums, as a lot of times personal art collections are donated or exhibited at local art museums. Still I want to learn more, the Serpent mound, located in Peoples, Ohio, is one of the worlds most famous effigys.

“Serpent Mound is an internationally known National Historic Landmark built by the ancient American Indian cultures of Ohio. It is an effigy mound (a mound in the shape of an animal) representing a snake with a curled tail. Nearby are three burial mounds—two created by the Adena culture (800 B.C.–A.D. 100), and one by the Fort Ancient culture (A.D. 1000–1650). 

Thousands of years ago, Native Ohioans populated the landscape with mounds and massive earthworks. In the late 19th century, Harvard University archaeologist Frederic Ward Putnam excavated Serpent Mound, but he found no artifacts in the Serpent that might allow archaeologists to assign it to a particular culture. Based largely on the nearby presence of Adena burial mounds, later archaeologists attributed the effigy to the Adena culture that flourished from 800 B.C. to A.D. 100. This theory on the site’s origin was accepted until a 1991 site excavation used radiocarbon dating to determine that the mound was approximately 900 years old. This would suggest that the builders of the Serpent belonged to the Fort Ancient culture (A.D. 1000–1500). In 2014, another team of archaeologists presented new radiocarbon dates for the Serpent suggesting that it was built by the Adena culture at around 300 B.C. More work is needed to clarify the age of Serpent Mound.

The significance of Serpent Mound and other ancient Ohio earthworks has garnered international attention. In 2008, Serpent Mound and eight other Ohio American Indian earthworks were selected by the United States Department of the Interior for inclusion on the United States’ Tentative List of sites to be submitted to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for inscription on the prestigious World Heritage List. If it is eventually inscribed on the World Heritage List later this decade, Serpent Mound will join the ranks of the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, Pompeii, Stonehenge and the Taj Mahal, all of which are World Heritage sites. World Heritage status has the potential to elevate local and international awareness about the site’s value, further encourage communities to protect and invest in its preservation and increase potentially beneficial tourism to the site. “

The day we went to the Serpent Mound, we bundled up, as it was about 30 degrees outside. Upon arrival, we stopped inside of the Serpent Mound museum, and then continued onto view the effigy itself. We climbed up the view tower, peered over and took in the presence of a structure, so full of history and magic, that for once I just looked out in silence. Walking around the Serpent Mound, on the same ground that sacred ancestors created such a structure, more than humbles ones ego. It really reminded me to make an impact on my time here on earth, that one day just my spirit and legacy will remain. We also checked out the Christmas town of Chilocothe, Ohio where you can find fudge, Christmas ornaments, candy, hot chocolate, Harry Potter inspired candies, the cutest clothing, even gifts for the pups and more. This little trip to peoples, Ohio and Chilocothe will delight the history buffs and activists, and those who want to honor the land in its glory, as well as those looking to bring in Holiday cheer this December. Happy exploring, and keep learning.

TRAVEL // 10 Places to Visit this Fall + Winter 2021

1.Stowe, Vermont

HOLIDAY VISIT TO STOWE, VERMONT | FEATURED SPOTS

Each year Franz and I make a list of places we want to venture to, of course we don’t usually make it to all of the favored spots on the list, but the goal is to travel to at least three destinations a year ( if we can squeeze in more by doing business while traveling, since we both work at VADA GALLERY and Franz works at Fretboard Brewery, than more trips galore are in store). Some of my favorite spots are not the usual travel destinations you would think of. Some are sleepy gorgeous towns like Black Mountain, NC and others are very well known travel destinations like like Napa Valley, CA (but have you thought of visiting Napa Valley in the Fall). Check out our list of some of my go-to places for 2021-2022 – with pictures to follow from our travels there. Happy planning creatives

Bear Pond Books. 38 S. Main St. 802-253-8236; stowebooks.com
The Bench. 492 Mountain Road. 802-253-5100; benchvt.com
Field Guide/Picnic Social
. 433 Mountain Road. 802-253-8088; fieldguidestowe.com
Laughing Moon Chocolates. 78 S. Main St. 802-253-9591; laughingmoonchocolates.com
Piecasso. 1899 Mountain Road. 802-253-4411; piecasso.com
PK Coffee. 1880 Mountain Road. 802-760-6151; pkcoffee.comShaw’s General Store. 54 Main St. 802-253-4040; shawsgeneralstore.com
Stowe Mercantile. 38 S. Main St. 866-454-3482; stowemercantile.comVermont Ski and Snowboard Museum. One S. Main St. 802-253-9911; vtssm.com

2 .Steamboat Springs, CO + Vail,

3.Black Mountain, NC

4. Napa Valley, CA

5. Asheville, NC

6.Baltimore, Maryland

7. New Orleans, LA

8. St. Lucia

9. NYC

10. St. Augustine, FL + DISNEYWORLD in Orlando,FL

Foodie Friday // The iconic Hathaway’s Diner NEW LOCATION

In every great sitcom there is a staple place where the cast gathers, to eat, drink and talk. Cincinnati and NKY seem to have many places that would be a perfect staple where a cast would gather for coffee or food. Hathaway’s diner in downtown, Cincinnati Ohio used to be located in the lower region of Carew Tower, passing the Netherlands plaza, a gorgeous hotel that even if you are a local, you should dine and stay in. Hathaways is a blast from the past, I know because I loved going there as a little girl getting ice cream and milkshakes, paired with crisp yet soft French fries for lunch. There is something so simple yet something so perfect about traveling back in time to a place where calorie counting didn’t matter, and sitting at a counter for a cheeseburger and a coke was an after the doctors appointment treat. The irony in it all should be talked about over Hathaways carrot cake and all the breakfast items. One of my favorite items on the menu right now is the “Geneva” burger with mustard and Mayo. This burger is an ode to an amazing woman who has worked her magic there and for all of us, for years. There is something special about an establishment that has warmed peoples hearts and belly’s since 1956.

If you haven’t been to the new Hathaway’s Diner location, go now, with its retro style, it’s a perfect spot for a simple milk shake lunch date – right before heading to the movies or venturing out around in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.

Hathaway’s Diner New Location //

441 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

513.621.1332

/ https://m.facebook.com/hathawaysdiner/

Local Spotlight // The Governor

The city of Milford is the perfect spot to spend a Fall day or night. The quaint little shops with gorgeous candles and amazing ornaments, a witchy store, Enchanted Moments, and the Governor, one of my favorite restaurants at the moment. The Governor is a modern diner and bar nestled between the centuries-old buildings of bustling Main Street, in Milford, OH. Brothers, Paul and Neil Barraco, provide insane, brunch, lunch, and dinner. This is where the best chicken sandwich in the city resides, the GOVERNOR TSO’S FRIED CHICKEN:Buttermilk Pickle Brine. Sichuan Chili Spice,Apricot Slaw,Lemon Mayo, Cucumber. This place is a stoners dream, with beautifully constructed GOVERNOR REUBEN: Grilled Cincinnati Rye,House Pastrami, Maple 1000 Island,Toasted Swiss and Spicy Kraut. The also have a gorgeous dreamed up breakfast treat called SO JELLY: Donut Bun, Pork Sausage, Cheddar Cheese, Sunny Egg,Sweet Tomato Jam, Powdered Sugar. This place is perfect for displaying how creative our culinary scene is.

There are so many amazing items on the Governor’s menu, that I know for sure we will be back. I have to note that when going its more than charming sitting outside on the patio, its a perfect place to people watch and graze.

Contact Us

Follow this link to purchase gift cards online!

Location

231 Main Street
Milford, Ohio 45150 

Hours

Monday – Saturday
10am – 9pm

Sunday
10am – 3pm

Contact

(513) 239-8298

Recipe Roundup // Covington Style Chili

I love Ohio and Kentucky in the Fall, I love cooking during this season most of all. One of the newest recipes that I have created while living in this hauntingly gorgeous cobblestone lined city of Covington, Kentucky, is Covington Style Chili. I grew up eating chili, walking to the Skyline in Clifton was and still is a ritual, New York style chili was also always on the menu growing up, now I’m searching for the best chili spots on all of our travels, which has been a new tradition. So when picking out which of my recipes I would put in my first cookbook, I knew that a chili recipe was definitively going to be apart of the book, but which recipe( I have a couple chili recipes). The Covington style chili recipe has a bit of a kick, I added jalapenos, about a 1/2 cup of chili powder, cayenne pepper, sprinkled through out while stirring, and lots of diced tomatoes, onions, green peppers,and even more spices. Get ready to kick off relaxing or football watching Sundays – with this soon to be family favorite recipe. Why is this chili named Covington Style Chili? I added a bit more spice than the traditional chili that you normally find in the Cincinnati, Ohio region, and like Covington, this chili has a bit of a New Orleans flavor.

Covington Style Chili recipe

Ingredients

80% Lean Ground Beef 21/2 pounds

2 green peppers

2 jalapenos

3 onions

2 28 oz cans of diced tomatoes

4 white mushrooms – finely diced

2 15 oz cans of organic chili beans

1 1/2 24 oz jars of Chunky Green Pepper & Mushroom Pasta Sauce

2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper

A heaping mound of sea salt and ground pepper

1/2 cup of chili powder

tablespoon of cumin

two tablespoons of Italian seasoning

Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning – to ones taste

olive oil – to coat the pan when browning the ground beef

3/4 cup of unbleached flour

16 oz bag of mexican style cheese

8 oz shaved smoked gouda

sour cream 16 oz

parsley 2 teaspoons

Directions

First you will need to prepare your pan to brown the meat, by putting a couple dashes of olive oil to coat the pan, once the oil is heated brown the ground beef and add salt, pepper, chili powder, and Italian seasoning, set the heat to high/medium stirring constantly until the meat is browned. You will want to sprinkle these spices throughout the browning process. Once the meat is browned, set aside and drain the meat, and then place the browned drained meat in a separate large pot with a lid on medium heat.

Once the meat is in the large pot you can add the rest of the ingredients into the pot with the meat, stirring while adding the diced tomatoes, diced onions, diced green peppers, diced jalapenos, pasta sauce, mushrooms, chili beans. While stirring the chili add the same amount of seasoning to the chili as you did when you were browning the meat earlier. So you will basically repeat the seasoning process while stirring the ingredients by adding even more sea salt, chili powder, Creole seasoning, ground pepper, cayenne pepper, Italian seasoning.

When stirring all of the ingredients of the chili together, make sure to keep the heat on low, stirring occasionally for 50 minutes, add dashes of flour throughout the cooking time to add thickness to the chili.

Top with shredded cheese and shaved smoked gouda and parsley.

***For a vegetarian take on Covington style Chili, sans the meat and add rotini pasta for a hearty taste.

Local Spotlight //Miamiville Trailyard 

Fall is still a perfect time to go bike riding, especially if you are wanting to escape the city for a bit of fresh air. I really did not get into riding bikes until recently, and it really does showcase how pretty Ohio is in the Fall. Since living abroad, and in different states in the US, I still find myself exploring the Ohio + Kentucky region, and eventually ended up moving here. 8 years later I am still finding new favorite eateries that also involve nature and activities that enhance the area even more . There is something about Ohio in the Fall that is not to be taken for granted. On our way to the Little Miami Scenic Trail, we came across a new restaurant worth heading out of the city and venturing to, Miamiville Trailyard. Miamiville trailhead is a gorgeous, modern looking building, with yummy burgers, and a great outdoor space for live music. The restaurant literally sits right off of the Miami Bike trail. With plenty of outdoor tables, and two floors of indoor space that walks out to the gorgeous outdoor space for live music. Make sure to try their Breakfast Burger, a Crisp Goetta, bacon, lettuce, American cheese and a fried egg. All of their burgers are a custom blend of fresh Chuck, Brisket, and Short Rib.Served on a toasted brioche bun with fries.Gluten Free buns are available at request. We will definitely be back, make sure to wear your biking shoes and stretchy pants!

Click here to be directed to Miamiville Trailyards official website //

Miami Trailyard // 513-248-9200

368 Center Street

Miamiville, Ohio 45147


Hours

Full Kitchen Hours – 11 am to 9 pm Tuesday-Sunday

Closed Monday

Bar Hours – 11 am to 11 pm Sunday & Tuesday – Thursday

Bar Hours Weekends –  11 am to 11 pm

Address

368 Center Street

Miamiville, Ohio 45147

368 Center Street, Miamiville, Ohio  45147

We are located in beautiful Miamiville. It’s only 7 minutes from downtown Montgomery, 6 minutes from Old Milford, and 11 minutes from the center of Loveland! It’s on the corner of Route 126 and Wards Corner Road, only a mile west from the 275 exit. And when you’re on a bike, it’s halfway between Milford and Loveland on the bike trail ( mm 47.5 ), and we intend to make it your favorite stop.

(Google maps displays Loveland, but it’s really Miamiville; either will get you here if you use 368 Center STREET)

Local Spotlight // FILLO GREEK BAKE SHOP

We are into the start of October and with that I am on the search for, the perfect coffee spots and cafes, to whisk off to during the blustery months in Cincinnati, when I’m downtown for lunch, out for business, or looking for eats with the honey, Franz. I have been following the opening of FILLO, which is located in downtown, Cincinnati, Ohio, across the street from B&A, for sometime now on Instagram. I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into the many layers of decadent sweets and savories, that FILLO, had been posting all over their social media accounts. The outdoor eating area at FILLO, and gorgeous sleek interiors, purely transports you straight into a European Cafe, with the sleek design, and a perfect place to try many many eats, and ALL the coffee drinks from their imported la Cimbali expresso machine. When you arrive at FILLO, walk up to the counter to order, your eyes will be delighted with rows of spinach and feta filled spanakotyropita, sweets, and a plethora of beautiful buttery layered delights, and what it seems to be a wonderful rotating menu. I always love places that tend to try different menus with the season, or just because they want to, let your freak flag fly when it comes to experimentation with flavors and menus. My favorite dessert in the entire city right now has to be their raspberry and caramel nests. YOU HAVE to experience these purely magical bites of holiday in your mouth. The fruit, the butter, the many layers of phyllo – which mind you, equal hours of labor to accomplish these ever so perfect bites, tastes like Christmas and home. This raspberry nest has to be the most magnificent pastry in the city right now. I am also completely in love with their several varieties of baklava, the spinach and feta fillo with a wonderful watermelon and cucumber salad, and goat cheese, as well as fresh herbs.

I am also digging the ciabatta sandwich, in this sammie FILLO places their crispy uncured bacon, melted sharp cheddar, two local fresh eggs, and sun dried tomato aioli. We will definitely be going back here, and will be making a tradition of going every Tuesday to start our week off with more than a couple sweet treats, and their warm honey oat latte (they are closed on Mondays). I love starting new traditions as a newlywed, and I loved that FILLO is going to be apart of our new traditions, as our meeting spot before Franz heads off to work at Fretboard, and before I had off to work at VADA GALLERY. Its important to take little moments to appreciate life and each other, and I found while living abroad how important taking those moments for yourself and for others really is. We have a bit of Europe in Cincinnati, and FILLO even imported their espresso machine all the way from Milan, Italy. Its pretty amazing being able to open a business, and have new experiences and tastes as a newlywed in a city such as Covington, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio. These cities are full of art, full of culture, food, traditions new and old, and love. FILLO is definitely a new destination where love, attention to detail, importance in the vigor of life, food, family, and coffee come to mind. We are excited to venture back here on Tuesdays, with beautiful, fresh, spice filled aromas from across the ocean. Hope to see you there this Fall + Winter! ας φάμε!

More about FILLO – Harvested in Greece;
Baked fresh in Cincinnati.

“FILLO Greek Bake Shop embodies the simplistic beauty of authentic Greek pastries; a simple gathering of native ingredients nestled within layers of carefully crafted phyllo dough, baked to a myriad of delicious golden hues. We believe our journey must begin at the very place where these savory and sweet goods have been embraced by locals for centuries – Greece!”

Using the purest natural ingredients that burst to life under the Mediterranean sun, enriched by the fertile grounds and waters of Greece, our pastries are hand crafted with love and attention to the artisanal process of these delectable treats. We believe each bite honors the rich, simplistic flavors of our Greek heritage, and we proudly bring these flavors straight to Cincinnati.

FILLO Greek Bake Shop is your culinary journey to flavors and aromas of Greek cuisine.”

From THE FILLO official website – Click here to be directed.

FILLO LOCATION //

1505 Race Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 873-1995
info@fillogreekbakeshop.com

FILLO HOURS //

Monday CLOSED

Tuesday 10am-6pm

Wednesday 10am-6pm

Thursday 10am-8pm

Friday 10am-8pm

Saturday 10am-8pm

Sunday 10am-6pm

Foodie Friday: Evan’s Orchard – Georgetown, Kentucky

Happy October 1st, lets hop into the Fall season by adventuring into pumpkin and apple picking at local Kentucky favorite, Evans Orchard. We drove from Covington, Kentucky to beautiful Georgetown, Kentucky, to visit Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, a 5th generation family farm.

This farm covers over 300 acres of Fall friendly picture worthy moments. The donuts are why we also traveled across the bluegrass state, as well as their amazing selection of pumpkins, apples, honeys, and other farm fresh goods. During the holiday season this year, we want to buy our gifts from local vendors, it’s easy to do when Evans Orchard has over 20 acres of apple, peach, and pear orchards and more than 20 acres of vegetables that are fresh-picked and sold at our Farm Market and Gift Store.

If you have kiddos, this place has an entire section full of hay rides, slides, pumpkins, and more. For the instagrammers and tik-tok lovers, there are so many amazing shots to be had, and the view of the orchard is worth the drive enough. If you are a foodie, THE DONUTS, are again, where it’s at. Evans Orchard has an amazing selection of pies, holiday decor, candles, jams, and even a cider mill, for those wanting a bit of hard and or non-alcoholic apple cider.

Looking for brilliant hand-made wooden rocking chairs? Evans orchard has beautiful locally made pieces of outdoor furniture for sale. We plan on going back again, for even more pumpkin picking, FUDGE, apple cider slushies, and to view the many horses on the way to the farm. Take a trip down to this gorgeous family run farm this weekend, it’s a great way to welcome October.

Click HERE for information on picking your own apples at Evans Orchard.

Location:

Evans Orchard

198 Stone Road, Georgetown, KY 40324