The food scene is fiery HOT in the cities of Cincinnati, OH and NKY this Summer. The Chefs are turning out brilliant banging eats more than ever. If you are looking to put a spotlight on art and its relation to your entire existence on this planet, then you will want to check out these 20 restaurants this Summer, that are more than making a splash. With decadent flavors, colors, plating and more, these restaurants are procuring the finest farm to table eats, wine lists that pair perfectly with any course, and a staff to match the entire experience. Khora is where our food journey begins. Chef Edward Lee and Chef Kevin Ashworth, are absolutely spoiling us with wonderfully curated meats, pastries that are out of this world, memorable presentation, and the ability to put sex on the table with melt in your mouth savory and sweet eats, that more than make you fall in love. With that being said, Khora is THE dining experience you want for a romantic night out on the town. So put on those heels, buy that new outfit, and get ready for one of the most delicious moments of your life. Please check below for more restaurants taking the lead in bringing this 1920s food renaissance to 2021. Pop the champagne bottles everyone, our food scene is kicking ass and taking orders. Let’s go!
I absolutely love living in history filled Covington, Kentucky, and now I have to say I have another reason to love this side of the river. Witches and Wizards and everyone alike, welcome to my favorite shop in all of Covington, Hierophany and Hedge. Covington, Kentucky is full of mystery and magic. From the cobblestone streets, to the ghost filled mansions, lining the tree lined streets. I have been identifying as a witch for years, with my gift and craft honing in on the use of Tarot Cards, which were given to me over fifteen years ago. I am always looking to learn more about the occult, and this shop is the place for it all. As soon as you walk in you are met with the most beautiful woodwork housing everything from books, stones, jewerly, custom wax stamps, tarot cards, pendulums, stones, as well as bulk supplies of candles, incense, crystals, Pharaonic tomb sand, hermetic devices like eclipse reliquaries, and a wide range of off-the-rack and made-to-measure talismans and wands. The owners Augur + Coil, are the most knowledgeable people of the occult, that I have ever met. I encourage all to visit and shop at this amazing establishment. I literally am already planning my next trip back, it does help that Hierophany and Hedge, is within walking distance from our house. So you could definitey say I am one happy witch. Happy Shopping, and I hope to see you there!
I have always loved seeing the origin of where our food comes from, learning about the amount of science, community, and labor that goes into each flower, each vegetable, each herb, and getting to know the people that help make our outdoor and indoor spaces a bit brighter. The longer that I live in the city, however, I find myself even more appreciative of all that goes into our local fresh produce and gorgeous stems. I grew up going to greenhouses and florists like Rahns, and Adrian Durbans, and I even worked on a pumpkin and tomato farm a couple Summers back. I did it to study a bit more in depth the root of where our food comes from, to know the hard work that goes into it, and to bring me a bit closer to nature. I will tell you one thing, working in the hot sun, picking tomatoes, will definitely make you appreciate your produce and flowers the next time you walk into a farmers market, grocery store, florist, or nursery. Below are 7 places for plants and le fleurs. The list of greenhouses and florists to visit this Season will keep on growing throughout the Summer – but how brilliant is it to see and know that even after a crazy year like 2020, the blooms still keep growing.
I have been slowly getting back into writing about food, and with the city starting to wake up, I am seeing creative minds in action everywhere. The momentum is helping me to really put a spotlight on our local magic makers, our restaurateurs and chefs. On top of highlighting all things culinary on the blog on Foodie Fridays, I will be highlighting the Chefs in our community on a weekly basis. I have had my eye on the community of Pleasant Ridge, which is one of my favorite communities in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, of which the restaurant ,The Lonely Pine Steakhouse, is most pleasantly nestled. The entire experience at Lonely Pine Steakhouse was more than phenomenal. Even before we stepped foot inside the restaurant, a fire greeted us, upon entrance a prosecco was presented to us, if we did so choose to drink, and oh we did. Every detail was sought out, every plate gorgeous, the service impeccable, and the design/decor was a mix between a western, and a 1950s James Bond film, and goodness did they make me feel like a bond girl that night. Now lets talk about Mr. Sam Mischenko, the chef behind the most delicious steak in Cincinnati, Ohio right now.
Sam is the butcher, baker, and Chef at Lonely Pine Steakhouse. With an in house butcher, who is also the Chef, there is no question that he knows how to pick out, and cook his meats. What also is not to question is his respect for animals. I can guarantee 8/10 people cannot tell you what a proper cut is, what makes for a tender piece of meat, and more, but you know who can, Sam Mischenko, the Chef that can do it all. In acting many people say you need to have a triple threat to really put a knife in the competition, Sam Mischenko is that triple threat, and not only is he in the competition as one of the best chefs in Cincinnati, the butcher knife he puts in the fight is not one to be missed. Sam also throws down in the baking world, really showing his ability to be versatile. To make a steak sexy in the era of salt bae, isn’t that uncommon, but to master that with passion for the culinary world, and the ability to want to care to have the knowledge and history of what you are cooking, is not only respect for the culinary world, its really respect for humanity. The only bad thing about this bloke, his goat cheese chocolate cheesecake is more than sinful, and you’ll want to eat ten of them. So lets start with what we ate that made me come to the conclusion that Pleasant Ridge has one of the best chefs in the city cooking up a storm in that neighborhood. We started out with a dozen of Don Juan style oysters, broiled, with tomatillo-cream, urban stead quark cheese, nixtamalized corn gremotola served with 16 bricks bread. The start to the night was brilliant and upon some research about Chef Mischenko, I found out why, he learned much of what he knows from Grandma Mischenko as well as his father, and even at the beginning of the dinner, I could tell it was a generational gift passed down. The nod to southern appetizer classics, were divinely executed with spins on cooked oysters and the Kentucky favorite, pimento cheese.
Now lets talk about the entrees we ordered, including what I am definitely stamping as THE best steak in Cincinnati, Ohio and maybe in all of the midwest. The best steak in the city right now is most definitely at Lonely Pine, and is the Wagyu 8 oz Patricks petite tender from Sakura farms, the platting, the cut, the juices, and every bit of wonderful buttery goodness, made this rich delight even richer. Readers, get your masks on, and head to the wild midwest, of the Lonely Pine Steakhouse, for literally the most wonderful steak of your life.
We also ordered the New York strip steak a 20 oz dry aged steak from revier farms, with trusty sidekicks like the onions and mushrooms, which were slow roasted with fresh herbs, and butter, the asparagus which was roasted and topped with citrus cinsoy miso butter, the fingerling potatoes, which were delightfully twice cooked and roasted with fresh herbs and butter. We then ordered one of the dreamiest, creamiest, gooey macaroni and cheeses, cooked with smoked gouda, cheddar and cellentani pasta. Then when we didn’t think we could eat anymore, Chef Mischenko surprised us with the perfect pairing to a heavy steak dinner, the most gorgeous cheesecake. Now one may ask how can you indulge so much and still have room, well this cheesecake, is not like any other cheesecake, which seems to be the theme with Chef Mischenko, the ability to take a classic recipe and put his own Mischenko touch on it, so even though steak has been done in this city, I havent seen a steak and potato dinner this fantastic in a long time, and yes I know we live in a Jeff Ruby town.
Dessert, lets keep talking about this cheesecake. This light yet rich cake was not to be missed, and much like the meats, this dish highlighted Chef Mischenkos ability to kill it in the skillet and oven. The goat cheese chocolate cheesecake, had a grippos pretzel crust, which is another nod to a Cincinnati establishment, Grippos. Chef Mischenko has the community in mind in each dish it seems, not only highlighting the animals that we have grown so accustomed to mindlessly devouring, he also seems to put a spotlight on hard working people in his community, by incorporating a bit of himself, a bit of Cincinnati, in all of his dishes.
Cincinnati, get your knife sharpener out, because we have a new contender in this kitchen fight. Welcome to fight club Chef Mischenko.
Happy Women’s month! Meet featured Cincinnati, Ohio artist of the month, Mary Barr Rhodes. Mary has to be one of my favorite artists to work with, her art literally extends with the times, while still freezing history in time by capturing it through great emotion and color, with various mediums. Her pieces are absolutely stunning, they are more than thought provoking, and many of her pieces have really spoken to me. You can find many of her pieces for sale at VADA GALLERY, as well as many galleries in Cincinnati, and throughout America.
Mary Barr Rhodes Artist Statement:
“Painting is my personal journey, my spiritual practice, and the expression of my whole being, reflecting my reverence for the natural world and my place in it. I mindfully explore the colors, shapes, and textures in the vistas of our world. It is in this mindfulness that I feel the vibration, the rhythm, and the flow of the universal collective in the present moment…
At the intersection of space and time is the point of creation. In that first moment of acknowledging the white of the canvas, to the beginning lines creating structure, to the final moments in the development of the composition, I mindfully balance the formal elements to work in harmony. And then, there is that moment when I know that I have created what I was meant to create; that direct knowing, which constitutes, for me, that space between thoughts and words, the wordless knowledge, where beauty, truth and justice are captured…
Greatly influenced by the magnificent masters of abstract expressionism, I study the purity of color, as well as the magic of over painting, the stroke of the hand guided by my whole body, and the wonder of opening up space. My artistic mission is to create a balance, realizing mastery lies within the tension that is created by the rhythms of the back and forth.”
Keep checking the blog for more spotlights on women artists this month + more.
VADA Gallery IS OPENING OUR OTR LOCATION THIS SUMMER 2021 and we are getting so excited! We are needing more space, to bring you more incredible shows Follow our progress on our Instagram story, leading up to our grand opening. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to the artists we represent, to our clients, family and friends, and to the community in @overtherhine Thank you for following us on our journey, and supporting a dream of ours. Let’s keep creating, creatives www.VADA-GALLERY.com
This Winter I wished for snow, and well, I believe I got my wish. Now my wish is for Spring to come in with some speed. I love living in Covington,Kentucky, but I have also spent a number of years living in downtown, Cincinnati. With Spring around the corner, and the lift of the restrictions, we all are safely coming out of hibernation. Below is my list of ten stores to check out in Cincinnati, OH for the month of March. Each month, I’ll pick ten favorite shops to check out and feature. Check the blog for updates on this and more. I absolutely love doing research with my friends, and now I get to share the best spots to check out this Spring with all of my readers. Enjoy + happy shopping.