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I Love to Eat – November 2017 Edition

I Love to Eat – November 2017 Edition

I always enjoy sharing some of my favorite places to eat – for date nights or family nights. So you might have already read my older posts about favorite restaurants. But since I’m always out trying new things, here’s the latest installment.

Holtman’s Donuts – West Chester (and OTR and Loveland)

Holtman’s Donuts have been a family favorite for quite awhile. We discovered them down in Over the Rhine and have often brought them home for the next morning many times. However, now there is one closer to our house and it is just dangerous. They truly are some of the best donuts I’ve ever had. And I like just the basic glazed. They have crazy varieties (maple bacon anyone?), but again, I go with the traditional. Yum.

16 Lots Brewing Company – Mason

We usually have a good idea of the breweries on the horizon. But this one? It just popped up out of nowhere on us. Like the new Holtman’s, this one is located near our house which will probably make it a regular stop for us. Not only is the location key, but it is also family friendly AND has Mad Monks Pizza onsite. We ordered a pizza and salads and they were very yummy. The kids enjoyed playing shuffleboard and darts with their friends.

Nada & Bru Burger – Downtown Cincinnati

We’ve been downtown lately for a couple of Aronoff shows. If given the opportunity, we like to eat beforehand or afterwards downtown. Nada and Bru Burger both do not disappoint. Like my previously posted favorite, Prime, these restaurants are right next to the Aronoff and take reservations. Bru Burger has a better family friendly menu in my opinion. Nada has a more date-night feel to me. You can’t go wrong with either. At Bru Burger, try the BBQ nachos! And at nada, the guacamole is beyond fantastic and be sure to order the salmon or pork belly tacos.

Incline Public House – Price Hill

This is a hidden gem. I mostly love going here during the warmer times of the year when I can sit on the patio and enjoy the view of the city. Everything on the menu is delicious. Just go.

Alfio’s buon cibo – Hyde Park Square

I saved the best for last and have zero photos. All I can say is WOW. Make a reservation now. Just do it. Order the appetizer empanada quatro. Share some ravioli. You must try the short rib ravioli at least once. But be warned, because it is very rich. A half serving is almost enough for most people. Andy got the ravioli duo – short rib and five cheese angus. I got the scallops and shrimp diavolo. Both were delicious and shareable. We were too full for dessert…even too full for a stop at Graeter’s on the square.

Where should I eat next?

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Amazon Prime Music

Amazon Prime Music

Last year when I became SUPER crazy about the Hamilton Soundtrack, a friend kept saying “Well, it’s on Amazon.” And I kept thinking “DUH! What CD can you NOT buy on Amazon?” Finally it came up in conversation again and due to how the conversation was going discussing Apps, I knew I was missing something.

Chicken Tortellini Soup

Chicken Tortellini Soup

  Save Print Chicken Tortellini Soup   Ingredients 32 oz. Chicken Broth (~ 2 cans) One 8 oz. Cream Cheese Cut Into Cubes 2-3 15 oz. Cans of Italian Diced Tomatoes One Bag or Container of Spinach Cooked Chicken (one rotisserie chicken works well) One Bag Frozen Cheese Tortellini Pasta (I’ve tried multiple brands and

Picture Day Parenting Fail – The Morning I Lost My $hit!

Picture Day Parenting Fail – The Morning I Lost My $hit!

This post is to remind us all that “online living” is usually filtered for the good stories, the happy moments and the parenting wins. Not today folks. This morning was probably in my Top 5 Parenting Fails. It happens. No one was physically injured. We were all a little emotionally bruised. We worked through it

Backyard Basketball Addition

Backyard Basketball Addition

This kid loves sports. Baseball, basketball, and soccer are favorites. Most of you know he even has a sports nickname, Hank. So it was no surprise that Hank wanted a bigger basketball hoop. Unfortunately, our driveway was not an option. It’s steep. Our cul-de-sac used to have an awesome hoop, but that’s a story for

Read Aloud Time with the Kids

Read Aloud Time with the Kids

It had been a long time. Really too long. We used to read with the kids every.single.night. But then we basically did our jobs and BAM! they were readers. All three of them. So they got to read to themselves or to each other each night before bed. The routine was the same, the reader

Allowance Jars – Give, Save, Spend

Allowance Jars – Give, Save, Spend

Allowance Time Once the kids had Chore Charts that finally worked for us and they were getting old enough to make use of spending money, we wanted to start incorporating a weekly allowance. Just like chore charts, not every allowance system works for every family. However, here is what we have found works for us

The Chore Chart That Finally Works for Us!

The Chore Chart That Finally Works for Us!

The Chore Chart System That Works for Us I have to admit we started and stopped many chore chart efforts over the past few years. However, I’m happy to say we finally found a system that works for us. We are using a magnet system that lives in our mudroom. This location works well for

Oven-Baked Deli Sandwich

Oven-Baked Deli Sandwich

This sandwich is perfect for many occasions. You can easily make one and deliver it to someone who is in need of a meal. The great thing is that it can also be frozen! Make one to eat and one to freeze for later! It is also easy to modify – choose your own meat

Girls On the Run

Girls On the Run

I remember moving back to Cincinnati in 2006 and living with good friends while Andy stayed in Alabama finishing his job and selling our very first house. I was staying in Mason. And my friend received some sort of Mason Magazine. In that fall issue was an article about a newer organization in town –

Brown Sugar Blondies for Valentine’s Day

Brown Sugar Blondies for Valentine’s Day

I got this recipe from the Baked Perfection blog a few years ago which was adapted from allrecipes.com. At a friend’s suggestion, I doubled the recipe to fit a 13 x 9 pan. (Don’t double what is shown below! It’s already doubled.) And since I was making it for an event on the eve of