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Mini-Review: Mynt Martini

Mini-Review: Mynt Martini

So, I finally had an excuse to go to Mynt Martini for a couple of cocktails after work last week. A few things I noticed: 1) Their patio is excellent, with a beautiful view of the fountain, lots of comfortable couches, and plenty of room. […]

Review: Ambar India

Review: Ambar India

I know. You’d think I’d have written about this place years ago, right?  I went to UC, and in the battle of the Indian Restaurants in Clifton, Ambar has always won for me.  You know the whole feud between Amol and Ambar, right?  Don’t park […]

Cocktail Hour: Jack Rose

Cocktail Hour: Jack Rose

When I started writing about cocktails, I quickly got an email from a coworker of mine, Clint, who said, “Oh, you have to write about the Jack Rose.  It’s my favorite!”  So, Clint, here’s your wish, granted. The Jack Rose is not named for those […]

Forest View Gardens takes over Vito’s Cafe

Forest View Gardens takes over Vito’s Cafe

When I was growing up, my grandma– who grew up speaking German, in Over-the-Rhine– just loved Forest View Gardens. They had good German food, and employed a lot of students from CCM as singing waiters. Her senior center often had “field trips” there, and she […]

Mini-Review: Coffee, Please!

Mini-Review: Coffee, Please!

I lived in Mariemont for almost two years, and constantly drove up and down Miami Avenue. When I student taught at Mariemont High School, my cooperating teacher constantly had cups of coffee from “Coffee, Please” and still– I never went. When I reviewed Frieda’s a […]

Hideaway to reopen as Picnic and Pantry

Hideaway to reopen as Picnic and Pantry

Just got a press release about this one– the old Hideaway will open as Picnic and Pantry, a store dedicated to local and organic ingredients and some local, organic premade items like desserts. This is their initial concept– future plans include Mexican street food at […]

Review: Hot Doggin’ It

Review: Hot Doggin’ It

Let it never be said that I am a food snob. Sure, I’m particular– not picky– but I like to eat anything done well, and that includes a hot dog or other street food– and it doesn’t have to be “gourmet”. So when Kelly suggested […]

It’s Opening Day!

It’s Opening Day!

Yay, it’s Opening Day! Longtime readers might know that we here at wine me, dine me are big baseball fans, though we also really like going to ballparks and sampling– what else?– the food.  Sadly, our own hometown team’s ballpark has  some of the worst […]

Opening: Bartini Martini Lounge

Opening: Bartini Martini Lounge

If you drive past the old Oceanaire location in the 580 building, you’ll see a brand new wrapping touting “Bartini’s Martini Lounge”. A quick google search came up with a lot of Bartini’s (notably in New York), but it doesn’t look like they’re related. I […]

Cocktail Hour: The Daiquiri

Cocktail Hour: The Daiquiri

I’m getting to the point where I refuse to order mixed drinks in bars that are more complicated than “rum and coke” or “vodka and soda” or “gin and tonic”.  Really.  I was at a hotel bar- notorious for their knowledge of certain drinks (like […]

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