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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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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

I Love to Eat – My Current Favorite Eateries

I Love to Eat – My Current Favorite Eateries

I am not the type of person to return time after time to the same restaurant every occasion we go out to eat. I LOVE to try new places. So, if you are like me, here are some places we enjoyed so much…that we just might return soon. This is just a quick post of what we

Cozy’s Cottage Sunday Brunch

Cozy’s Cottage Sunday Brunch

We decided to go out to brunch last weekend with some family. We also wanted to try something new. Cozy’s Cottage in Liberty Township was perfect. It’s right on Cincinnati-Dayton Road just north of the Yankee Kroger. The restaurant has only been open for about 10 months, but I kept hearing great things about it.

Abby Girl Sweets Cupcakery

Abby Girl Sweets Cupcakery

If you haven’t heard of and/or tried Abby Girl Sweets cupcakes yet…you are missing out. I knew there was a location downtown about a block from Fountain Square, but I did not realize until recently that we had one out here in the ‘burbs. Last week I was in the vicinity and just had to

My Favorite Fitness Apps

My Favorite Fitness Apps

I’m back into the fitness/health/exercise/call-it-what-you-want thing. The holidays are never easy for me. Not enough time to get to every exercise class and food and drinks and Christmas cookies are everywhere! But now I’m back into my routine. And I have three main apps to thank for that. The MINDBODY Connect app is my link

Cincy Brew Bus

Cincy Brew Bus

Cincinnati is hopping with craft beer. (ha ha) And my husband LOVES beer. He also turned the big 40 on Christmas Day. But…It’s kind of hard to throw a birthday party during the holiday season. Instead, I scheduled a surprise craft beer tasting tour through Cincy Brew Bus a month AFTER his birthday. And surprised

Izzy’s – World’s Greatest Reubens

Izzy’s – World’s Greatest Reubens

Some of you saw on Facebook last week that I had never been to Izzy’s before. Crazy, right? Well, I fixed that over the weekend. The kids are starting to catch on that we go out and do things because of Take 10 With Tricia. The above is the result of them. “Hey MOM!!! Take

Cucinova – What’ll You Create Today?

Cucinova – What’ll You Create Today?

A couple of weeks ago, I got to preview the new Cucinova in Kenwood during a media event for bloggers and others. It was a fun night out and the food was delicious. So delicious that I wanted it AGAIN! This past weekend Andy and Charlotte were on their own date so Henry, Stella and

Book Bums Adds Afternoon Story Time!

Book Bums Adds Afternoon Story Time!

I just recently discovered the wonderfulness of Book Bums. If you are local and have not yet checked it out…what are you waiting for? They have so much to offer, but that post is for another day. Today I am super excited to report that they are adding an afternoon story time on Thursdays. Henry

Game On Fitness

Game On Fitness

Game On Fitness If you are local and looking for a great workout, you need to try Game On Fitness in downtown Sharonville. I started taking Amy’s classes almost 2 years ago while she was at another facility. When I enrolled at the front desk the week before classes started the woman behind the counter