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Oct 15

Graeter’s Comes Back to Downtown

For those of you unfamiliar with Cincinnati, we’ve got a lot of quirky, original foods, including Greater’s ice cream. Can anyone describe why this stuff is so good? Aside from the traditional ice cream parlor feel of their shops, the gigantic scoops, and the chunks of goodness inside the ice cream … My favorite is peppermint stick, followed closely by mint chocolate chunk and of course, black raspberry chip (chunk). Yummy!

When I worked downtown, I used to love to walk down to 4th street and get a double-dip peppermint stick ice cream cone from Graeter’s. Shortly after I left downtown, Graeter’s left as well.

Last year we were told, via press release, that downtown would get it’s Graeter’s back once Fountain Square was renovated. Well, it’s back.

Opening today, the new Graeter’s is located in the Westin-facing corner of the 5/3 building, looking out on 5th Street and the Square.

The new store is holding its grand opening today and plans to be open from 6:30 am – 10 pm on weekdays, 7 am – 10 pm on Saturdays, and 11 am – 7 pm on Sundays.

According to the press release, "We are thrilled to make a
return to downtown," says co-owner/vice-president of marketing Richard
Graeter. "The large outdoor dining area on the Square, the view of the
Tyler Davidson Fountain and the pedestrian traffic around the Square
all add up to create memorable experiences for our customers."

I keep thinking the Kinko’s folks across the street will be thrilled with this development, considering the late weeknight hours. I’m also thinking that when we go to the Aronoff and park under the square, it won’t be out of the way to swing by Graeter’s on the way back to the car.

For more
information, call 513-381-4191 or visit Graeter’s online.

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Oct 12

Cincinnati Wine Events 10/12 – 10/18

CincyimagesFor now it seems as if the weather has turned and fall has finally arrived. I hesitate to get too excited. An indian summer might be right around the corner. Festivals and Halloween are on the horizon, as well as some great autumn food events.

As usual, it’s a big list of events, so we’ve compiled it on one page for your reading pleasure. (For information on Dayton, you can refer to Mark’s blog at Uncorked.) If you know of tastings or events that we missed in the Cincinnati area, or if we have incorrect information, please email us and we’ll add it to the list.

You may note that the tastings in KY are mostly free, and the tastings in Ohio charge at least .25. It’s illegal for a retailer to give alcohol away in Ohio, so they charge you, but many times it’s a nominal fee.

Tell them we sent you, and happy tasting!

Map IconFriday Interactive Wine Tasting Map

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You can also click the map icons in the detailed listings to view the maps. 


Download 1012.pdf (An easy-to-print PDF of all the events in this blog post. The PDF may not contain the latest and greatest information, as this list is often updated after publish.)

As usual, the Friday photo is brought to you from the talented folks at Cincy Images.

Follow the "Continue reading" jump at the bottom for Friday – Thursday tastings. Upcoming events are listed at the end.


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Oct 11

Mythos on the Move

Mythos, the Greek restaurant that my husband and countless others adore, is moving. As of October 6, the Mythos location across from Newport on the Levee, on Saratoga Street, has closed. The space now belongs to the neighboring liquor store. 

The new location is downtown at 100 E. 4th Street. They plan on opening by November 15. He has other locations downtown, but the new location will have a more native Greek menu and be able to seat close to 400. A fourth downtown location is on the horizon, in the Chiquita building.

For now, keep your eyes open for the Grand Opening of the 4th Street location.

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Oct 10

Quick Bytes

There have been all these little things I’ve come across that aren’t necessarily a post within themselves, so here’s a hodge podge for you:

  • Time to break into the savings account. Mesh in West Chester, owned by Pam & Jim Sturkey, are hosting a 5-course wine dinner featuring First Growth Bordeaux, including 1999 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 1999 Chateau Haut Brion, 2001 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 2001 Chateaux Margaux, and 2001 Chateau Latour. You did read that right. Dessert will be paired with a 1997 Chateau d’Yquem. Master Sommelier Matt Citriglia will be there to discuss the wines. Heck, can I go just for dessert? The cost is $300 per person. The dinner takes place on November 12 and reservations can be made by calling 513.777.7177. What’s gotten into folks these days? Jungle Jim’s did a $150 (wine-only) tasting of 1st Growth a few weeks ago.
  • There’s a new bar in town. Okay, there is ALWAYS a new bar in town and no longer in my early 20s, I don’t make it to many of them. (There was a time …) This one caught my eye. It’s in one of my favorite locations, Greenup Street in Covington. Don’t let it’s name fool you. The Keystone Bar does not specialize in Keystone Light. According to this article in CinWeekly, they’ve got some great sounding comfort-style food and a huge selection of beers, all at reasonable prices. I’ve got to talk Kevin into this.
  • I’ve mentioned before a dining renaissance in our fair city. And it keeps on coming. This week I’ve learned of two new restaurants. The folks behind Teak have opened Apsara, an Asian-fusion restaurant with sushi in the old Watson Bros. location in Blue Ash. Then, opening in at 1550 Madison Road in East Walnut Hills on October 11 is Seny, a Spanish restaurant & tapas bar. It sounds interesting, and you can read about in, of all places, the Business section of Tuesday’s Enquirer.
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Oct 10

WBW Lives Elsewhere This Month

My Wine Education is sitting out of Wine Blogging Wednesday today. Despite the fact that it’s hosted by some of my favorite bloggers, Ryan and Gabriella over at Catavino, I just couldn’t do it. We’re still pulling things out of the rabbit hole of family here, and I’m lucky to get 4 posts per week up. So again, I ask, and thank you, for your patience and promise that by November, our wine blog will be back to normal.

This month’s WBW focused on Portugese wines that aren’t port. Go check out Catavino and the main WBW site. I’ll make sure to have a quick note when the round-up is posted.


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