Had lunch with DJ and Joe Walsh to talk about animated logos (or as I like to call it, kinetic identity) at a place called Chako in Covington, Kentucky. Charming, authentic, simple and if you get there on a Friday (and only on a Friday), you can order the curry which comes with a bakery […]

Again with the Farmer’s Market

The summer of 2014 will officially go down as the time when I began to deeply appreciate what foods in my geography are in season. I’ve also learned that buying from local farmers makes me more inclined to use everything quickly and intentionally. Maybe it’s a guilt thing, I don’t know, but man this stuff […]

Cocktails & Courses

File under Great Joys in Life: Sharing a table with fine folks and a meal made by my friend Dan Mess paired with drinks by Julie (of Wine Me Dine Me Cincinnati). I’m glad I have these photos to replay every course in my mind. 1) Chardonnay Spiced Chicken Liver Mousse with Savory Shortbread & Candied Rhubarb with Sparkling Rhubarb Lemonade […]


Here’s the deal with KungFu Chu’s Amerasia in Covington: It’s small and delicious. Get there early or prepare to wait. Fret not as the beer list is a book. Once you do sit down? Just order the fried flounder. Seriously.

Taste of Belgium

Taste of Belgium Bistro in Over the Rhine has these waffles with Nutella and fruit that cap off breakfast quite nicely. Highly recommended any day of the week. Breakfast-mate Meredith stands in front of the West End Loan I felt compelled to snap because the signage hits all the right notes. I’m particuarly fond of […]

Fried Chicken

Went with a table-full of hungry fellas to the Greyhound Tavern in Northern Kentucky for their family style fried chicken dinner. (On Mondays and Tuesdays the side dishes are all you can eat.) It was the best fried chicken I’ve had in memory. Now I’m sure some other things went down this day, but the chicken is what […]


After the Summer Celebration, Maya made Linner – too late to be lunch but not quite dinner. As with everything she does, it was most excellent.

Calories gladly consumed

I used to eschew lemon bars—too tart for my palate. But one of my ridiculous theories is that our tastebuds get worn out as we age and we seek different flavors to shock ’em back into consciousness. (Personal examples: beer, coffee, brussels sprouts, bourbon, artichokes, dried coconut, olives and dressings other than ranch.) Tom’s lemon bars finally […]