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June
22

8 Places to Cool Off With a Cone Around Cincinnati

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Life may be like a box of chocolates, but when Forrest Gump was wounded, all he wanted was ice cream. Put a smile on your face with a tasty cone, milkshake, or sundae from these wonderful ice cream shops and parlors around Cincinnati.

Aglamesis Bro's

Oakley Square, 3046 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209

Now in the third and fourth generations of family ownership, Aglamesis Bro's blends classic Old World recipes with modern manufacturing methods. The shop's namesakes, Thomas and Nicholas, opened their first location in 1908 after emigrating from Greece. Tiffany lamps, antique tin ceiling, and genuine Portuguese marble fountain top create a charmingly nostalgic ambiance. In addition to premium ice cream and Italian ices, the shop sells a variety of gourmet chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth. Hours are 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Simply Rolled Ice Cream

32 W. 12th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

At Simply Rolled Ice Cream, watching your order being prepared is almost as much fun as eating it. In a method inspired by Thai street vendors, ice cream is made right in front of your eyes using a liquid base flattened onto a frozen pan. Once your chosen mix-ins are added, the ice cream is shaped into a roll and placed in a bowl or waffle taco shell. Choose one of their signature combos, such as Buckeye Madness or Salty Caramel Pretzel, or create your own from more than 20 mix-ins. Simply Rolled is open 4. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 - 10 p.m. Friday, 2 - 10 p.m. Saturday, and 2 - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Buzzed Bull Creamery

1408 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The ice cream at Buzzed Bull Creamery might be the greatest science experiment ever. Watch as they use liquid nitrogen on fresh, high-quality ingredients to make your order on the spot. Try specialties such as Death by Chocolate and Tiger Stripes, or become a mad scientist and brew up your own combination of mix-ins. If you're really looking for a "buzz," check out the ice cream lattes at the espresso bar or add a shot of liquor. Can't decide? Sample the monthly rotating "flights" that include four servings of special 21-and-over flavors. Hours are 4 - 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 - 11 p.m. Friday, 3 - 11 p.m. Saturday, and 4 - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Hello Honey

1530 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45206

Hello Honey's cozy East Walnut Hills storefront has made a big splash in the neighborhood. But for owners Brian and Nitima Nicely, things haven't changed that much from the days when they were turning out small-batch ice cream for family and friends from their kitchen counter. They still make everything from scratch, right down to the vegan marshmallows brûléed with a mini-blowtorch. Creative flavors such as Berry Earl Grey, Honey Lavender, and Brown Butter Caramel rotate to take advantage of seasonal ingredients. Hello Honey is open Thursday through Sunday from 1 - 9 p.m. 

Sweet Hunter

1028 Delta Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208

Take your taste buds on a trip to Europe with a visit to Sweet Hunter for gelato, Italy's version of ice cream. With half the fat and calories of ice cream plus high protein and calcium content, gelato lets you indulge your sweet tooth without any guilt. Sweet Hunter also offers sorbetto, which is a fruit-based, non-dairy frozen dessert that's comparable to sherbet. Pair your gelato or sorbetto with a French macaron, a light, crispy gluten-free cookie filled with buttercream or fruit. Sweet Hunter is open weekdays from 1 - 10 p.m. and weekends from noon - 10 p.m.

Pendleton Parlor

1218 Broadway St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Nick Ganim, owner of the Pendleton Parlor, has sugar hard-coded into his DNA. Since the 1920s, Nick's family has been serving up sweet treats around Cincinnati with shops such as the Mount Washington Creamy Whip & Bakery and the Old Milford Parlor. Like the other shops, Pendleton Parlor serves luscious soft-serve ice cream in vanilla, chocolate, and swirl, which can be customized with mix-ins and toppings. Edible cookie dough, in four classic flavors, is a recent addition that's been a big hit. Hours are noon - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

The Dipper 

6918 Plainfield Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236

Remember those summer days of your childhood when you'd ride your bikes to the local soft-serve stand for a refreshing cone? Share that joy with your own kids when you stop by The Dipper. Eating a chocolate-, butterscotch- or cherry-dipped soft-serve cone is just as much fun as ever. Kids love the blue soft-serve as well as fun flavors like Bubble Gum and Green Apple. Pump up the volume with a Frost Bite, which includes Oreos, Snickers, and your other favorite mix-ins. The Dipper even has pup cups for Fido! Indulge in some people-watching to go with your ice cream while you relax at one of the nearby picnic tables. Hours are 2 - 9 p.m. weekdays and noon - 9 p.m. weekends.

Yagööt

Rookwood Commons, 2737 Edmonson Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209

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The unusual name isn't the only thing different about Yagööt, which is owned by Cincinnati's iconic Busken Bakery. In a world of self-serve shops offering sweet froyo, Yagöö is a full-service shop where the frozen yogurt has an invigorating tartness. Try one of their signature bowls, including options such as peanut butter and berry, or mix and match toppings to create your own. Yagööt's ice-free smoothies are equally popular, especially with a shot of immunity-boost powder. Hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday, when doors close at 9 p.m.

Decisions, Decisions

So where do you stand on the great ice cream flavor debate: chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry?

May
20

9 Places to Pick Strawberries Around Ohio

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What's not to love about strawberries? They taste delicious, look good on a plate, and are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. Add some color and sweetness to your summer eating with strawberries you pick yourself at these wonderful farms around Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

Aufdenkampe Family Farm

3275 N. Ridge Rd., Vermilion, OH 44089

The property where Aufdenkampe Family Farm now sits dates back to the Western Reserve. After the Aufdenkampes purchased the farm from its original owners, they became a fixture at the Cleveland Produce Terminal, selling their fresh fruits and vegetables. In 2018, the family decided to focus on strawberries, their most popular crop. The 2022 picking season starts around June 1. Follow them on Facebook for updates.

Fitch's Farm Market

4413 Center Rd., Avon, OH 44011

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Three generations of family work side-by-side at Fitch's Farm Market, founded in 1983 by Richard and wife Rita. Sons Adam and Daniel and grandfather Robert handle everything from field management and harvesting to mechanic duties. In addition to strawberries, visitors can pick their own beans, peppers, and tomatoes in season. Stop by the on-site market for other fruits and vegetables as well as flowers in flats and hanging baskets. Follow them on Facebook for information about u-pick availability. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

Maurer Farms 

2901 Batdorf Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

From its humble beginnings in 1950 on a small patch of land along Highland Avenue, Maurer Farms grew into its current location in 1961. Strawberries have been the primary crop since day one, with peaches, sweet corn, and other fruits and vegetables added over the years. Maurer Farms offers u-pick strawberries and raspberries, and their on-site market sells their own produce along with products from other local farmers. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday between late May and mid-October. Watch their website and Facebook page for updates.

Mitchell's Berries & Blooms 

9331 Mitchell-Dewitt Rd., Plain City, OH 43064

Farmer Paul and wife Shelly, aka Berrygirl, are a match made at OSU. Together they run Mitchell's Berries & Blooms on a farm that's been in the family for more than two centuries. After son Jake doubled their raspberry production, Paul and Shelly took his advice and added strawberries to their crops. With events like Sunrise and Sunset Yoga, Dairy Day, and the Berry Fairy Summer Tea Party, Mitchell's Berries & Blooms offers fun for the whole family. Follow them on Facebook for current information on hours and availability.

Folck Family Farm

6843 State Route 54, Mechanicsburg, OH 43044

Can't get enough fresh berries? You'll be in seventh heaven with a visit to Folck Family Farm. Berry picking season kicks off in late spring with strawberries, followed by raspberries in June and blackberries in July. After growing up on dairy and cattle farms, owner Bob Folck had a successful career in sales, but he couldn't resist the call of the farming life. Bob and wife Cindy began growing berries in 2003, and in 2018 they opened a winery and tasting room selling wine made from the fruits of their fields. Visit their website and Facebook page for updates.

Doran's Farm Market

5462 Babbitt Rd., New Albany, OH 43054

In the 1970s, Farmer Jim Doran sold his produce right out in the front yard from one of the wagons that are such a nostalgic part of Americana. Fast forward to 2022, and Doran's Farm Market is a popular destination filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, baked goods, and beverages. Customers also have the opportunity to pick their own strawberries and other select produce. Doran's Farm Market opens with the strawberry season in late May and runs through pumpkin season in early November. Check their website and Facebook page for information.

Irons Fruit Farm

1640 Stubbs Mill Rd., Lebanon, OH 45036

A trip to Irons Fruit Farm is truly an event. Since its beginning in the early 1900s, the farm has expanded to include pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, and pumpkins. The on-site market and bakery is known for the signature cinnamon cider donuts and apple fritters. They also carry jam, jellies, and other specialty products made from produce grown on the farm. Follow them on Facebook for information about the vendor fair, which features local craft artisans as well as food trucks and live entertainment. Summer hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

Stokes Berry Farm

2822 Center Rd., Wilmington, OH 45177

For more than four generations, Stokes Berry Farm has been a fixture in the Cincinnati area. Visitors can pick strawberries and black raspberries from the lush fields or preorder white Georgia peaches, tart Michigan cherries, and other fruits for convenient pickup. The whole family can enjoy a stroll along the creek or catch-and-release fishing in the six-acre lake. Don't forget to bring a picnic lunch! There is a $25 fee for a three-hour fishing pass. In-season hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily. Watch their Facebook page for posts about the current schedule.

McGlasson Farms

5832 River Rd., Hebron, KY 41048

Located in a scenic rural area, McGlasson Farms is rich with family history. After moving west from Virginia in the 1860s, the McGlassons built a log cabin and began farming the land. While the family had success selling to various markets, they discovered there was even more potential in creating a produce stand on their own property. Today, McGlasson Farms even has a devoted following of customers from all around the region. Visitors can join in the fun picking their own strawberries, blackberries, and other fresh produce. In-season hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekends. Watch the website and Facebook page for schedule information.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberries and cream has been a tradition at the classic Wimbledon tennis tournament since it began in 1877. What's your favorite way to eat strawberries?

May
11

Have a Unique Burger at These 7 Places in Columbus

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Is there anything as enjoyable as biting into a good, juicy burger? If you've been looking for an excuse to indulge your burger craving, the wait is over. May is National Hamburger Month, an occasion to celebrate this American culinary creation. Whether you prefer your burger with or without cheese, thick or thin, there are plenty of great burger restaurants to visit in Columbus. Plan a trip to one of these burger restaurants in celebration.

Bareburger

463 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Bareburger is a staple in Columbus and the surrounding area. Their High Street location is well worth visiting on your lunch break or after a busy workday. Bareburger takes pride in preparing their food with ethically sourced ingredients. Their beef is all organic, grass-fed, and hormone-free. They also offer a great selection of plant-based burgers.

One favorite at Bareburger is the Blazin' Bacon, which is topped with pepper jack, smoked bacon, pickled jalapenos, and habanero mayo. The Guadalupe is a popular plant-based option that comes topped with organic tomatoes, pickled red onions, and avocado. Don't forget to order some truffle asiago fries or organic sweet potato fries for the side.

Flip Side Easton

3945 Easton Station, Columbus, OH 43219

Flip Side is a gourmet burger restaurant with a few locations throughout Ohio. All of their beef is grass-fed and raised in Ohio. In addition to burgers, they also offer some incredible craft milkshakes made with local ice cream, and their macaroni and cheese practically has its own fan club.

If you like peanut butter, you have to try Flip Side's Uncle Jimmy burger. It's topped with peanut butter, applewood bacon, and pepper jelly. This may sound like a strange combination, but the ingredients complement each other well. Another fun choice is the One Red Door burger, topped with crispy shallots, melted brie, and applewood bacon aioli. Not a fan of beef? Flip Side offers an Impossible Burger, along with several turkey burger options.

Matt and Tony's Kitchen x Tavern

340 E. Gay St., Columbus, OH 43215

Matt and Tony's Kitchen x Tavern is a local pub that has a few great burgers on the menu. They make their burgers with Certified Angus Beef, but you can substitute chicken breast if desired. The Chimi Burger is a great choice if you like smash burgers. It's topped with melty jack cheese, chimichurri, caramelized onions, and bacon. They also have a build-your-own burger option.

Matt and Tony's is a great place to celebrate National Burger Month with kids. They have a dedicated kids' menu with options including a burger, mac & cheese, and chicken tenders.

Alley Burger

26 N. High St. Rear, Columbus, OH 43215

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You enter this casual restaurant from an alley, and that's part of the appeal. It's tucked away like a secret, but it's a secret worth sharing. Alley Burger often has live music, and the chef relies on traditional family restaurants to make delicious meals.

At Ally Burger, you don't have to stick with a beef burger, though their beef burgers are certainly delicious. The Fish Burger is a popular choice; it's topped with a house-made Creole tartar sauce. The Greek Burger, made with tzatziki cream, banana peppers, and feta, is another smart choice. Make sure you order some fries for the table. There are lots of creative options, such as the Oscar Alley fries topped with chorizo, pico de gallo, lime crema, chimichurri, and cheese.

Burger Theory Columbus

175 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

With a name like Burger Theory, you'd expect this place to have some creative, innovative burger choices. And the selection does not disappoint! Even their BT House burger comes topped with their own KGB Sauce. If you're feeling adventurous, try The Boss. It's actually two burgers stuffed with bacon, onion, cheddar, and Swiss cheese. Pair it with some Parmesan-panko onion rings, and you have a truly munch-worthy meal.

Mason Jar Treats are another favorite at Burger Theory. They're the perfect, sweet way to end a meal. Choose from flavors like key lime pie, s'mores, and carrot cake. Visit Burger Theory Monday-Friday from 5-7 pm for Happy Hour Specials, which vary by the day.

Arch City Tavern

862 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Located in the Arts District, Arch City Tavern is known for their lively happy hours. Visit Monday-Friday between 3 and 6 pm to take advantage of their drink specials. Of course, you'll want to order a burger while you're there. The Arch City Burger, topped with muenster cheese, onions, cilantro, chile aioli, and peppered bacon, is excellent, and try the lamb sliders instead if you want to be a little experimental.

The bartenders at Arch City Tavern are pretty talented, making this a good place to order cocktails. Their Smoked Tavern Old Fashioned, in particular, is incredible. They also have a delicious Spiced Pear & Pomegranate Margarita.

Press Grill

741 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Press Grill is a casual neighborhood bar and restaurant serving craft cocktails and house-made cuisine. They always have a good selection of Ohio-brewed craft beers on tap.

One of the top choices here is the Press Burger. You can choose a single, double, or triple patty. Add cheese or a fried egg for something extra special. If you have a big appetite, then add on some sides. The Yukon Gold potato salad is delicious, as is the Texas toast. Even the balsamic greens are fresh, delicious, and a great way to get your veggies.

Get Your Burger On!

National Burger Month comes but once a year. Where will you be getting your burger on this May?

April
22

Northeast Ohio: Spend the Weekend in Cleveland

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Cleveland rocks, and we're not just talking about music. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is a perfect blend of sights, sounds, and activities that represent the best of Northeast Ohio.

Whether you're off on a romantic weekend, a family getaway, or an adventure with friends, put these amazing places in Cleveland on your must-see list.

Cleveland Museum of Art

11150 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106

With more than 750,000 guests each year, the internationally renowned Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the most-visited art museums in the world. Founded in 1913 by a group of local industrialists, the museum holds a comprehensive collection of more than 61,000 works, highlighted by their well-regarded holdings of Egyptian and Asian art. Even the neoclassical building itself is a stunning work of art, while its setting of Wade Park is on the National Register of Historic Places. Museum hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday except Friday when hours are extended until 9 p.m. Admission is free for all visitors.

West Side Market

1979 W. 25th St., Cleveland, OH 44113

Out of three vibrant public markets that served Cleveland's diverse and growing population in the early 20th century, only West Side Market remains. While local residents still flock to the market for shopping and dining, it's no longer a hidden gem. Tourists from across the country visit the market, drawn by glowing coverage from national sources such as Food Network and Travel Channel. The iconic tower with its Seth Thomas clock presides over more than 100 vendors selling top-quality meats and seafood, fruits and vegetables, baked goods, specialty items, and ready-to-eat foods. West Side Market is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Kimpton Schofield Hotel

2000 E. Ninth St., Cleveland, OH 44115

The Kimpton Schofield Hotel is quirky and colorful yet classic and traditional, much like Cleveland itself. Housed in a landmark downtown building restored to its original facade, the charming boutique hotel features pet-friendly guest rooms with pillow-top beds, luxury linens and bath accessories, and Victorian-style artwork. Amenities range from a fully-equipped fitness center to complimentary Micro Kickboard scooters for kids to use. Visit the website for information about special offers and hospitality packages.

Playhouse Square

1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115

Live theater offers a magical energy that's different from other forms of entertainment. Playhouse Square has the distinction of being the largest performing arts center in the country outside of New York City. As one of Broadway's touring partners, Playhouse stages first-class productions of Waitress, To Kill a Mockingbird, and other eagerly anticipated shows. Playhouse Square also serves as home to the Cleveland Ballet, Cleveland International Film Festival, DANCECleveland, and Tri-C Jazz Fest. Visit the website to view the full calendar of events and ticket information.

Cleveland Metroparks

4101 Fulton Pkwy., Cleveland, OH 44144

Most urban parks are an oasis of greenery tucked away inside a city. Cleveland Metroparks is a dazzling network of 18 reservations that circle the city, earning it the nickname of the "Emerald Necklace." The system sprawls across more than 24,000 acres, including 300 miles of trails, eight golf courses, nature education centers, and countless fishing spots. In the midst of this exciting variety of activities is the glittering centerpiece of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Park grounds are open 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. seven days a week, extended to 5 p.m. from April through October. Tickets are $16.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 2-11.

Butcher and the Brewer

2043 E. Fourth St., Cleveland, OH 44115

Butcher and the Brewer offers an inventive take on two staples of the Cleveland culinary scene: meat and beer. An in-house butcher and charcutier handle the former, while the latter is brewed on-site in the century-old, 13,000-square-foot building. Long tables and public house-style seating promote a convivial atmosphere, complemented by communal dining from the creative menu of small plates. Customer favorites include the crispy pork belly and kimchi, an Asian-flavored take on Italian arancini. Butcher and the Brewer is open 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 4 p.m. - midnight Friday and Saturday.

Stone Gables Inn

3806 Franklin Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44113

Are conventional hotels a little too cookie-cutter for your taste? Immerse yourself in the authentic Cleveland experience with a stay at Stone Gables Inn. This delightful boutique hotel is located in a picturesque historic mansion in trendy Ohio City, whose motto is "A Complete Cleveland Neighborhood." Owners Jeff and Connie bought the inn after spending many nights there themselves while renovating a nearby duplex. Each guest room has a private bathroom, and there is no front desk, which adds to the homey ambiance. Visit the website for rate information and reservations.

A Christmas Story House & Museum

3159 W. 11th St., Cleveland, OH 44109

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A favorite holiday tradition comes to life at A Christmas Story House & Museum. The green-trimmed Victorian in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood has been restored to the same appearance it had as the Parker home in the classic holiday movie. Megafans can actually spend the night sleeping in Ralphie's and Randy's beds in the home's private third-floor loft. Across the street is the museum, which holds memorabilia such as props and costumes, and the gift shop, where you can purchase a leg lamp of your own. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $15 for adults and $11 for ages 3-12.

International Women's Air & Space Museum

Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 N. Marginal Rd., Cleveland, OH 44114

Aviator Amelia Earhart and astronaut Sally Ride are just two of the pioneers whose accomplishments are honored at the International Women's Air & Space Museum. Exhibits such as "Women of NASA" and "Link GAT-1 Flight Simulator" are part of the museum's goal to showcase the history and culture of women in flight for current and future generations. Museum hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily, while the gift shop is open weekdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free for all visitors.

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll, but I Like It

In honor of Cleveland's status as the home of rock and roll, which musician or group would be #1 in your personal hall of fame?

March
9

Northeast Ohio Cheesecake: 9 Places for This Decadent Dessert

Cheesecake - Northeast Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Oh, cheesecake. It's hard to imagine any dessert more rich and delicious. Whether you prefer yours topped with strawberries, drizzled with chocolate, or layered with caramel sauce, you deserve to indulge every now and then. Here are some of the top places to enjoy cheesecake in Northeast Ohio.

Studio Bakery

4339 Dressler Rd. NW, Canton, OH 44718

Studio Bakery creates beautiful, artistic baked goods. Everything is made from scratch, using high-quality ingredients. Their cookies are meticulously decorated and creatively designed, and their cheesecake is some of the best around. Guests love their chocolate crinkle and bananas foster, made with fresh bananas and rum.

This artistic bakeshop is always adding new options to the menu, so you never know which decadent cheesecake they'll have when you stop by. They serve coffee and have a few tables in the shop, so you can easily enjoy your dessert on-site.

Sprinkle City

706 S. Main St., North Canton, OH 44720

Sprinkle City is a cheerful little bakery on North Canton. They're widely known for their wedding cakes and special occasion cakes, but their cheesecake is incredible, too. There's an entire section of their menu dedicated to it, and they offer a variety of flavors, including classic, strawberry, chocolate, lemon, and pumpkin swirl.

Sprinkle City also sells miniature cheesecakes, which are the perfect weeknight treat. The shop is only open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, so be sure to plan your visit.

Sweet Sadie's Desserts

24th St. NW, Canton, OH 44709

Sweet Sadie's Desserts was founded in 2015 and quickly became a favorite in Northeast Ohio. The owner, Sade, does all of the baking herself. The shop's motto is Real Flavors, Real Love, and the love comes through as you taste the cheesecake.

The best way to enjoy cheesecake from Sweet Sadie's is to order online via their website. Sade's menu changes regularly, with new items being added often. Past customers have loved the cherry cheesecake, which is smooth and creamy with a sweet cherry topping.

Sweet Mary's Bakery

76 E. Mill St., Akron, OH 44308

Sweet Mary's Bakery is a woman-owned business and an Akron staple. They recently expanded their kitchen and menu, making this the perfect time to stop by. Sweet Mary's does not have a dining room, so plan on taking your cheesecake to-go. Order a whole one and bring it home to share with your family for dessert, or just order a slice for yourself.

Raspberry cheesecake is a favorite here. It's topped with a house-made raspberry glaze and fresh berries. Other options include lemon meringue and turtle. Some of the cheesecakes are even gluten-free!

BB's Sweet Treats

Akron, OH 44113

BB's Sweet Treats is an Akron-based online bakery that will deliver tasty cheesecake straight to your home. Browse their selection on their website, then contact them for a quote when you're ready to order.

While BB's does sell a lot of traditional cakes, their selection of cheesecakes is nothing short of incredible. The butter pecan is so buttery and creamy it melts in your mouth. They also have a tasty white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, along with a key lime cheesecake that will knock your socks off. Other flavors include blueberry, cherry, and strawberry. Add a few cheesecake-stuffed chocolate strawberries to your order for a special touch.

Chef Gina's Bakeshop

21 Furnace St., Akron, OH 44308

Chef Gina's Bakeshop is the creation of Gina Giampietro, a professional pastry chef who studied at the Culinary Institute of America. She creates a variety of sweets, including eclairs, sugar cookies, and macarons. If you're looking for something unique to try, cheesecake macarons are a great choice.

Gina's menu also includes mini cheesecakes, which are lovely for serving at parties. Order them ahead on the bakery's website to ensure you have enough.

Larder Delicatessen and Bakery

1455 W. 29th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

Larder Delicatessen has quite the reputation in Cleveland. They were even nominated for the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in 2019. With an emphasis on Eastern European baked goods and ingredients, they create all sorts of treats, ranging from babka to knish.

While you're at Larder, it only makes sense to enjoy a full meal. Complete that meal with an order of cheesecake, which is classic and creamy. They'll wrap it up for you to take home if you're too full to enjoy it on-site.

Chanelle's Treatz

13204 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120

Chanelle's Treatz is a popular, modern bakery in Cleveland. They make all sorts of creative cakes and cupcakes, and they have a whole menu of specialty cheesecakes. Chocolate peanut butter, cherry cobbler, strawberry crunch supreme, Oreo dream, and red velvet are all popular choices.

All of Chanelle's cheesecakes come in either regular size or "triple" size, which is great for a larger party. In addition to being delicious, these cheesecakes are beautifully decorated and look incredible on a table. Stop by their shop, or place an online order on their website.

Presti's Bakery

12101 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106

Located in Cleveland's Little Italy, Presti's Bakery first opened in 1903. They still use traditional Italian recipes and ingredients to create their baked goods, including cheesecake. Should you want a meal before your cheesecake, their cafe serves pizza, stromboli, deli sandwiches, and other favorites.

As Presti's cheesecake is Italian cheesecake, it has a lighter texture and less-sweet flavor than you may be used to. It's a nice change of pace and well worth ordering. Presti's serves a turtle version of their cheesecake, too. Pair your slice with a cup of espresso or a delicious cappuccino for an indulgent experience. 

Cheesecake Heaven

What's your favorite style of cheesecake?

March
2

How Sweet It Is: 8 Maple Syrup Farms Around Northeast Ohio

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Did you know that maple syrup, like wine, has a specific flavor derived from the geographic area where it's produced? Maple syrup is a Northeast Ohio tradition that predates statehood, and the product is regarded as some of the finest in the country.

Maple tree sap starts running in February, making this a prime time to enjoy syrup and maple-flavored foods. Whether you participate in Maple Madness or conduct your own driving tour, check out the delicious products from these great maple syrup farms and shops.

KC Maple Syrup

16350 Hart Rd., Montville, OH 44064

In 1988, the fledgling run at KC Maple Syrup resulted in a half-gallon of syrup from the sap of about 20 trees. Continued expansion led to the addition of a sugarhouse in 1994. Now their first-class operation includes 450 taps, a 30" x 8' evaporator, and a reverse osmosis (RO) unit for water filtration. All the hard work at KC Maple Syrup was rewarded when they took first place at the 2010 Geauga County Maple Festival. You can even get maple-flavored doggie treats so Fido won't feel left out.

Seldom Seen Farm

10055 Madison Rd., Montville, OH 44064

Family-owned Seldom Seen Farm is one of the more recent additions to Northwest Ohio's maple syrup network. In 2008, Kevin and Morgan Holy purchased the property and turned their maple syrup hobby into a business. While Kevin hopes to give up his day job someday, he continues to work for local government as an equipment operator while Morgan cares for their two kids. That day may come sooner rather than later, as Seldom Seen Farm is the reigning champion of the Geauga County Maple Festival. Order online or visit the farm Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. by appointment only.

Mowry Maple Farm

3736 State Hwy. 13, Lexington, OH 44904

While Mowry Maple Farm celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, it was originally known for cattle. About 10 years ago, third-generation family member Richard and his wife Carol became intrigued with maple syrup production on the recommendation of a friend, who loaned them supplies. Now maple syrup has become the farm's biggest claim to fame. Experiment in your own cooking with products such as BBQ rub, hot pepper butter, savory herb-maple blend, maple sugar and cinnamon, and habanero-infused syrup. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday.

Ma & Pa's Gift Shack

15161 Main Market Rd., Burton, OH 44021

Originally built in the 1820s, Ma & Pa's Gift Shack is just as cozy and charming as the name implies. The shelves in the rustic log cabin are filled with syrups, butters and spreads, and other maple products made on-site. Warm up with a cup of maple coffee after one of Ma & Pa's popular sleigh rides when the ground is snow-covered. Ma & Pa's is also known for its wooden lamps and furniture carved out of hickory. Hours are 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations are required for sleigh rides.

Messenger Century Farm

17098 Messenger Rd., Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

The Messenger family began producing maple syrup in the mid-1800s. While Bill and Dee Belew purchased Messenger Century Farm in 1992, it remains a family-run operation, with three generations of Belews involved. State-of-the-art, "green" equipment replaces buckets and horses, but the original Messenger sugarhouse remains standing as a tribute to the earlier days. Be sure to return in July, when you can pick your own blueberries. The Messenger country store is open daily from 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sugarbush Creek Farm

13034 Madison Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062

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How appropriate that Sugarbush Creek Farm had their first sap boil of 2022 on February 14, the "sweetest" day of the year. While the current farm was established in 1992, trees on the property have been tapped for more than 200 years. The sugarhouse is on the same spot as the original, but it was rebuilt to modern standards using wood sustainably harvested from the farm. Thanks to another update, the entire operation can be monitored on a smartphone app. Sugarbush Creek Farm is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Richards Maple Products

545 Water St., Chardon, OH 44024

Maple salad dressing and maple bacon coffee? Those are only two in the remarkable assortment of items found at Richards Maple Products. Located in Geauga County since 1910, the shop truly seems to live up to its boast of "the world's largest variety of maple products." Surprise family and friends anywhere in the country with a gift box, basket, or crate filled with syrup, cookies, condiments, spreads, and other maple-flavored goodies. Subscription programs are available on a monthly or quarterly schedule. Store hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Burton Log Cabin & Sugar Camp

14590 E. Park St., Burton, OH 44021

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As the first settlement in Geauga County, dating back to 1798, Burton is a quiet community full of history and charm. The town square is modeled after New England's iconic village greens, and maple syrup is such a part of local tradition that the Burton Log Cabin & Sugar Camp is operated by the Chamber of Commerce. Syrup produced each spring is used to make maple candy throughout the year. The Log Cabin also serves as the town's information center. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. seven days a week.

Sweet or Savory?

Blending sweet and savory flavors is one of today's popular food trends. Do you enjoy maple with bacon, hot sauce, and other savory items, or are you a purist who sticks with maple syrup?

February
18

On the Menu: 9 Cincinnati Bars for Hard Seltzer

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Fizzy, often fruity, and just a little bit sweet, hard seltzer is quickly becoming a favorite drink among those who prefer a lighter flavor profile when indulging. Cincinnati seltzer lovers are in luck: The city is home to some of the most popular hard seltzer producers in the state, and many of its bars serve at least one brand. The following nine bars are some of the best places to enjoy a happy hour hard seltzer in and around Cincinnati. 

Sundry and Vice

18 W. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine, OH, 45202

Full of gleaming glass and sophisticated wood paneling, Sundry and Vice is a small old-fashioned bar with a classy, almost academic atmosphere. Its front window looks almost like a curio cabinet. Inside, patrons can sit atop the tall leather-covered bar stools and order drinks with captivating names like the Clover Club, the Jade Effect, and the Miracle Finnish. 

In addition to their cocktail menu, Sundry and Vice also serves a pair of highballs made with classic New York Seltzer. You can choose from either mezcal mixed with Root Beer seltzer or vodka mixed with Peach Soda seltzer.

March First Brewing

7885 E. Kemper Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45249 

Named for the day Ohio was founded (March 1, 1803), the March First Brewery is extremely proud of their state and heritage. This company produces the locally beloved Astra Hard Seltzer line of products, which was named to celebrate Ohio's under-recognized contributions to the field of space exploration.  

You can visit the brewery and stop by the on-site bar to sample a few flavors of Astra seltzer drinks, including Bomb Pop, Red Cream Soda, and Crush. March First also serves plenty of food to accompany their drinks, including sandwiches, chips, and delicious fresh pizzas straight from the stone ovens of their pizza kitchen.

Fowling Warehouse

2940 Highland Ave. #230, Cincinnati, OH 45212 

Part bar and part bowling alley, Fowling Warehouse might just be the best place in Cincinnati for hard seltzer lovers. In spring 2021 they hosted Cincinnati's very first Seltzer Fest, a celebratory exhibition with nearly a hundred different types of hard seltzer from local and national brands on tap.  

Fowling Warehouse also offers a wide selection of hard seltzer from local partners year-round. One particularly fun menu offering is their Mystery Seltzer, an order which will get you one random can of hard seltzer from a selection of over 30 flavors. This can be a fun way to get your hard seltzer fix without limiting yourself to the same old standby flavors you always go for.

The Rooftop (Braxton Brewing Company) 

27 W. 7th St., Covington, KY 41011

Prefer to sip your drinks in the cool, refreshing night air? The Rooftop is an open-air bar that has recently opened on top of the Braxton Brewing Company building. With 5,000 square feet of space and plenty of on-site amenities to enjoy (including lounge-style seating, umbrellas and canopies, a grassy lawn area, and more), this establishment offers a relaxed setting and an incredible view of Cincinnati's skyline.  

The Rooftop's extensive drink menu includes four flavors of VIVE hard seltzer, including Sunrise Punch and Southern Punch. The fruity profiles of these picks matches perfectly with the bar's breezy atmosphere. Be sure to visit when the weather is good for the best possible experience!

Woodburn Brewing 

2800 Woodburn Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206 

Woodburn Brewing is a modern bar with a deep respect for its historical roots. The company chose to use phoenix iconography in its branding to celebrate the resurgence of Ohio's brewing culture in recent years. Now, they have become an integral part of this thriving sub-culture. The owners have gone the extra mile to create a diverse entertainment experience to complement their enticing array of drinks. The bar regularly hosts events like trivia nights, live performances, and even yoga classes on the premises. 

On top of their artisan beer, this bar also serves several flavors of Astra hard seltzer, including Pink Lemonade and Baja Blast. They also offer Blackberry Breeze hard seltzer from Ohio's own FigLeaf Brewing Company.

The Comfort Station 

793 E. McMillian St., Cincinnati, OH 45206

Thanks to its offbeat location, The Comfort Station is one of the most distinctive bars in the Cincinnati area. The building was originally built as a public restroom and bathhouse back in the early 1910s and was recently converted into a commercial bar space by the same team that founded Sundry and Vice, another bar on this list. Patrons still enter the bar using the original Women's room door, an excellent touch that makes your visit feel unique from the moment you walk in.

This bright and intimate bar is all about fostering connections, and patrons are encouraged to bring outside food and stay a while if they want to. As for drinks, most are handcrafted cocktails that you won't find anywhere else. For instance, the bar's signature Mass Communicatin' hard seltzer cocktail blends the fruity flavors of strawberry and citrus with more complex notes of ginger and amaro.

Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom 

1727 Logan St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom is a relatively recent addition to the Samuel Adams Brewery, but it has already grown a considerable local following. With both indoor and outdoor spaces for mingling and a growing clientele, this is an up-and-coming social spot for the city's younger crowd.  

The bar's menu is largely focused on promoting their fresh-brewed Samuel Adams beer, but they also offer some Truly Hard Seltzer (one of the other brands owned by their parent company, the Boston Beer Company) and other drinks. Try a few different options as you relax in one of their leather-upholstered armchairs or admire the rustic barrel wall that pulls together their dark wood décor.

Anjou

2804 Woodburn Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206

Anjou is a very new bar that the owners decided to open after seeing so many of their favorite hangouts close during the 2020 pandemic. While it is still working to establish itself as a recreational venue, its bright, airy atmosphere gives it a unique appeal that should help it to stand out from the local competition. 

Anjou serves Braxton Brewing's VIVE Dragonfruit and Mango hard seltzers as part of their lineup of local beers and spirits. The light fruity taste of these drinks goes perfectly with the cheery surroundings, but make sure you don't visit too late – the bar's doors close by midnight at the latest.

Millions Café 

3210 Linwood Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226 

If you prefer a casual atmosphere while you're out on the town, Millions Café is the place for you. This modest-looking dive bar serves an impressive selection of hard seltzers from both local and national brands, including Astra, Truly, and White Claw.  

You can sip your drink while listening to music from the live DJ, participating in the bar's weekly trivia night, or just chatting with your fellow patrons. This bar is known to be very laid-back, so it's a great hangout spot for people who don't usually spend much time in Cincinnati's nightlife scene.

Get Your Fizzy On 

Which Cincinnati bar will you be sipping hard seltzer at next Friday night? 

February
16

Northeast Ohio: 7 Places for Amish-Style Home Cooking

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Parts of Northeast Ohio are known as Amish Country, and the area is a wonderful place to enjoy the quiet atmosphere along with delicious food. Amish food is simple, filling, and tasty, with hearty meats featured prominently.

The following eight restaurants are worth a stop if you want to try home cooking around Amish Country in Northeast Ohio.

Amish Door Restaurant

1210 Winesburg St., Wilmot, OH 44689

The Amish Door Restaurant will celebrate its 45th year of being in business this year, and over time, the restaurant—as well as its surrounding area—has grown. You can now visit the nearby Hasseman House Bed & Breakfast, the Banquet Center, and The Inn at Amish Door. Dishes like the broasted chicken—the restaurant's special recipe of hand-breaded pressure-fried chicken—are popular, as is the creamed chicken served over biscuits and accompanied by mashed potatoes. Delicious soups like tomato basil, ham and bean, and stuffed pepper are great ways to warm up and start your meal.

Mary Yoder's Amish Kitchen, Bakery, and Gift Shop

14743 N. State St., Middlefield, OH 44062

Opened in 1987, Mary Yoder's Amish Kitchen features good, old-fashioned Amish cooking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast, try the buffet that's offered on Monday, Friday, Saturday, and holidays and get your fill of favorites like scrambled eggs, home fries, cornmeal mush, and fresh bakery items. Or order off the menu and try the Dutch Scrambler, which has two eggs, home fries, and your choice of bacon or sausage scrambled together. For lunch or dinner, order an Amish favorite, noodles over mashed potatoes, and add a trip to the salad bar. Or try the buffet, which lets you enjoy homestyle meats, authentic Amish mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and more. If you have your family or group dining together, family-style meals are available for everyone to share.

Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen

8101 OH-241, Mt. Hope, OH 44660

Located across from the Mt. Hope Livestock Auction, Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen does a brisk business from auction attendees as well as locals and tourists. The restaurant is best known for its fried chicken, which is marinated, hand-breaded, and pressure fried according to Mrs. Yoder's special recipe. Other popular items on the menu include pork chops, roast beef, lake perch, and local, seasonal homemade pies. Vegetables like steamed broccoli or cauliflower, seasoned green beans, and whole kernel corn are local and seasonal.

Hartville Kitchen, Restaurant & Bakery

1015 Edison St. NW, Hartville, OH 44632

Hartville Kitchen has served up great home cooking for 55 years and has daily "meat and three" specials that are sure to fill you up. Order the tenderized seasoned beef cooked in the restaurant's beef gravy, or juicy whole turkey cubed and served with stuffing. The baked boneless chicken served in a creamy sauce is also a customer favorite, and the chicken is delivered fresh daily from Gerber's Amish Farm. Care is taken throughout the menu, from the real mashed potatoes to the salad dressings, which are made at the restaurant.

Dutch Kitchen

14278 E. Lincolnway (US 30), Dalton, OH 44618

Dutch Kitchen centers around an original 1858 farmhouse, beautifully restored and decorated. An addition was built in 1998 to house a larger event room, expanded bakery, and a gift shop. For breakfast, try the grilled or fried French toast made with homemade bread and served with warm syrup. The make-your-own omelet option is also a popular choice. Lunch and dinner options include various chicken and fish options like broasted chicken and grilled orange salmon. For more variety, try the Dutch Kitchen Sampler with broasted chicken, ham, your choice of roast beef or roast turkey, noodles or dressing, corn or green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, a side salad, and homemade bread.

Der Dutchman

4967 Walnut St., Walnut Creek OH 44687

Genuine Amish kitchen cooking is what makes meals at Der Dutchman so tasty, whether you're stopping by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You'll find meat-and-potatoes meals along with made-for-scratch pastries and pies you can take home and enjoy later. Start your day with a hearty breakfast buffet with options including pancakes, scrambled eggs, potatoes, and fried cornmeal mush. You can also order off the menu with dishes such as Amish Scramble with scrambled eggs with home fries, mushrooms, bacon, onions, or cheese sauce or sausage gravy. For lunch or dinner, the Sampler Plate echoes a traditional Amish potluck and lets you try the restaurant's most popular items, including your choice of two meats, real mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, green beans or creamed corn, tossed salad, and homemade dinner rolls.

Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant

4819 E Main St, Berlin, OH 44610

Boyd & Wurthmann had its beginnings as a grocery store in 1938. In the 1950s, Boyd & Wurthmann separated the market from a new restaurant specializing in Amish-style home cooking. The original green countertop is still used every day in this cozy restaurant. It remains small, so you might have to wait a bit for a table, but the food is worth the time. Check out the soup of the day, which might be ham and bean, white chicken chili, or broccoli. Entrees include smothered meatloaf, ham loaf, and chicken, and on most days, you'll have about 15 to 20 different pies to choose from, depending on what fruits are in season.

Simple Goodness

Which Amish Country restaurants are you most excited to try? 

February
11

9 Places to Savor Chocolate and Mint around Columbus

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Chocolate and mint pair together so well! This must be a pretty popular opinion because there's actually a whole holiday dedicated to the flavor combination. February 19th is National Chocolate Mint Day. If you want to celebrate, all you have to do is enjoy your favorite chocolate mint treat. There are a few great places in Columbus serving chocolate-mint creations too.

Graeter's Ice Cream

1534 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221

If you prefer your chocolate and mint fix in ice cream form, Graeter's is the place to go. This veteran-owned ice cream parlor has been a vibrant part of the community for decades. They make their ice cream by hand in small batches, and it is incredibly creamy and delicious. 

The obvious choice at Graeter's is the Mint Chocolate Chip. It has Oreo cookie crunchies for a unique touch. Another option is the Peppermint Chip Wheelies. These are ice cream sandwiches made with chocolate chip cookies and pink peppermint ice cream. 

Simply Rolled Ice Cream

968 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

Simply Rolled Ice Cream is a modern ice cream shop that uses locally sourced ingredients and prepares each ice cream treat to order. You choose your ingredients, and they freeze your ice cream on a large, chilled flat-top surface, adding in toppings as desired.

Rolled ice cream is a whole other way to experience the chocolate and mint combination. Their Mint Chocolate Mania signature roll, made with mint ice cream, hot fudge sauce, peppermint patties, and chocolate chips, is incredibly delicious. Of course, you can also custom-create your own minty ice cream treat by selecting mint ice cream as the base and adding various chocolate toppings as desired.

Bruster's Real Ice Cream

1515 Gemini Pl., Columbus, OH 43240

Bruster's Real Ice Cream makes their ice cream fresh in-store. They've been around since 1989, and they take pride in their premium flavors, which have been carefully developed over the years.

The obvious choice for National Chocolate Mint Day is their Chocolate Peppermint. The red peppermint candies make it unique. Their Mint Chocolate Chip is also delicious and quite classic, and of course, you can't go wrong with the Mint Oreo. If you want something a bit different, you can ask them to make a milkshake out of any flavor.

Anthony-Thomas Candy Shoppe

5040 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Anthony-Thomas Candy Shoppe is a family-owned candy company with several locations in the Columbus area. They've won numerous awards over the years, including a CBUS Top Pick in 2020. 

Anthony-Thomas is best known for their buckeyes, which are an Ohio staple. But they do also make some chocolate-mint creations. Their Peppermint Bark, made with dark and white chocolates, is a top choice and suitable for sharing. Customers also love the Milk Melt-A-Way Mints, which feature creamy, whipped chocolate centers with a hint of mint.

Colonial Candy

3620 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Colonial Candy has been serving the Columbus area for more than 50 years, and it's a great place to get your chocolate and mint fix—candy style! Their Peppermint Cream candies are coated in smooth, milk, or dark chocolate. The interior is white, creamy, and oh so minty.

You can purchase the Peppermint Creams by the 1/8-pound, so you can order as few or as many as you like. While you're there, you may want to try some of the chocolate-covered pretzels. No, they're not minty, but they're so munchable and addictive.

Chocolate Café

1855 Northwest Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212

Chocolate Café is a bright, welcoming cafe where you can enjoy anything from a freshly made sandwich to a hot cup of mocha. The obvious choice on National Chocolate Mint Day is the Thin Mint Martini. It's rich and creamy with just the right amount of mint.

If you're in the mood for dessert, then try one of the mint truffles. They're creamy and so satisfying. Or, if you want to bring a mint chocolate treat home to the whole family, you could order an 8" or 10" Thin Mint Cake. Add an espresso filling for something totally unique.

Schmidt's Fudge Haus

220 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

Schmidt's Fudge Haus, as the name suggests, is known for its handmade fudge. You have to try it, but you should also explore their selection of gourmet chocolates. The Mint Meltaways are creamy and delicious—the perfect choice for a National Chocolate and Mint celebration.

Schmidt's is also a great place to pick up some snacks. Their Bridge Mix, Animal Crackers, and Yogurt Pretzels are good to munch on if you need a break from chocolate and mint.

Stauf's Coffee

1334 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Stauf's Coffee is a pristine, modern coffee shop with a minimalist vibe. They offer a great selection of coffees, including a Chocolate Mint coffee that's well worth a try. They'll brew some for you in-house, and they also sell the beans, so you can take more home for later. In the mood for something lighter? Try a mug of peppermint tea. Pair it with a chocolate dessert, and you'll be fully celebrating National Chocolate Mint Day.

Stauf's also has delicious chocolate cookies, which are worth pairing with your Chocolate Mint coffee. If you're really craving chocolate, the Espresso Fudge Brownies are incredible. Guests also love the Chocolate Croissants and the Chocolate Chip Scones. 

Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea

15 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Sweetwaters is known for serving delicious coffee, tea, and pastries. Their cafe is airy and open, making it a great place to relax as you sip your minty beverage and maybe even read the newspaper.

A unique option would be to order the Greek Mint Tea, which comes straight from Greece, paired with a chocolate pastry. The Chocolate Croissants are perfectly flaky and delicious, and the OMG Chocolate Cake is truly indulgent. You really can't go wrong with a simple Chocolate Cookie, either. Sweetwaters puts pretzel pieces in them to add an incredible crunch.

Better Together

Which one of these Columbus businesses will you visit on National Chocolate Mint Day?

January
28

Resolve to Enjoy These 8 January LoLo Gifts

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New Year's resolutions like losing weight are so last century. In 2022, why not resolve to learn more about your community with the help of Cutler Homes and LoLo Gifts?

We've teamed up to provide a monthly series of free gifts spotlighting local small businesses. Whether you pick up croissants in Northeast Ohio, appetizers in Columbus, or coffee in Cincinnati, make a resolution to check out these fabulous merchants. 

January Gifts

Canton: Gourmet Cupcakes

Akron: Smoked Gouda Mac 'N' Cheese Bites

Medina: A Candy Apple

Kent/Stow: $10 Certificate

Columbus: Smoked Gouda Mac 'N' Cheese Bites

Wooster: A Pulled Pork Sandwich

Cincinnati: A Sandwich or Bagel, and a Coffee

Cleveland: Two Croissants

Canton: Gourmet Cupcakes

Nom Nom Cupcake Factory

4866 Everhard Rd. NW, Canton, OH 44718

Who says you can't improve on perfection? Cupcakes are heavenly, but the gourmet flavors at Nom Nom Cupcake Factory will take your appreciation to a whole new level.

About Nom Nom Cupcake Factory

The baked treats at Nom Nom Cupcake Factory are so amazing that delighted customers use them as wedding cakes. Each week features a rotating selection of flavors such as Salted Caramel and Cinnamon Toast. As if that weren't enough, the bakery has upped their game by offering gourmet flavored popcorn.

Contact and Hours

330.705.2560

Monday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 6 p.m.

Akron: Smoked Gouda Mac 'N' Cheese Bites

The Rail - Akron

3265 W. Market St., Fairlawn, OH 44333

Yes, the blue-box mac 'n' cheese is classic comfort food. But get ready to enjoy the blissful sensation of biting into the smoked Gouda mac 'n' cheese bites from The Rail.

About The Rail

As a spinoff of Mike Mariola's City Square Steakhouse, it's no surprise that The Rail serves first-class burgers. Beef is 100 percent locally sourced, with several specialty burgers as well as extensive build-your-own options. The Rail is also known for their delicious four-cheese scratch-made mac 'n' cheese. 

Contact and Hours

330.864.7245

Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Medina: A Candy Apple

Candyapple & Co.

109 W. Washington St., Medina, OH 44256

Candy apples aren't just for fall. Bite into one of these delicious sweet treats with your gift from Candyapple & Co.

About Candyapple & Co.

Appropriately, Candyapple & Co. is an "offshoot" of a landscaping company specializing in orchards. Their dipped apples go far beyond caramel and candy to encompass more than 100 flavors, including root beer float, carrot cake, and sparkling wine. Be sure to check out their boutique with jewelry, skincare products, and other great gift items.

Contact and Hours

330.635.0132

Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Kent/Stow: $10 Certificate

Brimfield Bread Oven

3956 OH-43 #2, Kent, OH 44240

Bread is sometimes referred to as "the staff of life." You're sure to agree after you use your $10 to try one of the tasty loaves from Brimfield Bread Oven.

About Brimfield Bread Oven

Technology may be king, but Brimfield Bread Oven still believes in old-school techniques. At this European-style bakery, all products are made from scratch with top-quality ingredients and baked in a wood-fired oven. Stop by on Saturday between 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. and take home a traditional wood-fired pizza for dinner.

Contact and Hours

330.474.7800

Thursday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Columbus: Smoked Gouda Mac 'N' Cheese Bites

The Rail - Dublin

5839 Frantz Rd., Dublin, OH 43016

Even chefs at five-star restaurants agree that everything tastes better fried. That goes for mac 'n' cheese, the granddaddy of comfort foods, especially when they're made with gourmet cheese like the smoked Gouda mac 'n' cheese bites at The Rail.

About The Rail

Over the past few years, the gourmet Angus beef burgers at The Rail have earned awards and recognition from local and national publications. One of the favorites is the Mojo, made with a blend of beef and andouille sausage and getting some added kick from a topping of jalapeño slaw. Cool things down with one of two dozen brands of Ohio craft beer on hand.

Contact and Hours

614.725.3200

Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Wooster: A Pulled Pork Sandwich

Omahoma Bob's BBQ

128 S. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691

Sample some legendary Southern BBQ without leaving town. Make sure you have plenty of napkins ready when you get your pulled pork sandwich at Omahoma Bob's BBQ. 

About Omahoma Bob's BBQ

Omahoma Bob's BBQ achieves their authentic Texas-style taste with a dry rub of spices and classic low-and-slow cooking in the smoker. Hot Italian sausages and German brats are also created in-house. Complete your meal with turnip greens, red beans and rice, hush puppies, and other traditional sides. 

Contact and Hours

330.262.9871

Tuesday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Cincinnati: A Sandwich or a Bagel, and a Coffee

Marx Hot Bagels

9701 Kenwood Rd., Blue Ash, KY 45242

Marx Hot Bagels has been a Cincinnati favorite since 1969. With the first bite of your sandwich or bagel, you'll understand why.

About Marx Hot Bagels

Don't settle for those frozen grocery store bagels. Marx Hot Bagels serves more than 30 varieties, all baked fresh daily. They make a perfect canvas for egg salad, lox, hummus, or just a simple schmear of cream cheese. Change things up with some bagel bread, bagel pretzels, or bagel thins.

Contact and Hours

513.891.5542

Monday - Sunday: 6 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Cleveland: Two Croissants

On the Rise Artisan Breads

3471 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44118

Croissants are the superstars of baked goods, serving equally well as breakfast pastry and base for a savory sandwich. How will you enjoy your two croissants from On the Rise Artisan Breads?

About On the Rise Artisan Breads

At On the Rise Artisan Breads, baking is truly an art. The bakers start work each day before the sun rises, using simple but high-quality ingredients to create breads, rolls, pastries, cookies, and quiches. For a real treat, don't miss the daily specialty flavors such as raisin challah, eclairs, and chocolate cherry batard. 

Contact and Hours

216.320.9923

Tuesday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

New Year, New Gifts

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Resolve to keep the fun going all year long. Just contact your Cutler Real Estate agent to get our monthly offering of freebies. 

January
14

8 Places for Food With a Kick Around Cincinnati

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If you enjoy spicy food, there's a very important holiday coming up. International Hot and Spicy Food Day is January 16, 2022! Get ready to sweat as you nosh on heat-packed favorites. Whether you prefer to calm the spice with a glass of milk, a slice of bread, or your own unique concoction, we have some incredible restaurants to recommend around Cincinnati.

Thai Express

213 W. McMillan St., Cincinnati, OH 45219

If you'd rather enjoy takeout, Thai Express is a great spot to visit for spicy cuisine. It's a small, hole-in-the-wall restaurant, but they are known throughout the city for their tasty cuisine. They're only a little spicy, but the curry spring rolls are an incredible start to any meal.

Those with a high heat tolerance love the Red Curry at Thai Express. It packs a punch, but the sauce is really rich and flavorful. Other good, spicy choices include the Drunkard's Stir Fry, Panang Curry, and Holy Basil Stir Fry. If you prefer just a hint of spice, the Pad King is a good choice.

Sichuan Chili Chinese Restaurant

10400 Reading Rd. #205b, Cincinnati, OH 45241

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Sichuan Chili Chinese Restaurant has "chili" in the name, so you can bet the food will be spicy! This is a modern, inviting Chinese restaurant open for both lunch and dinner. They even offer online ordering, convenient if your schedule is packed. 

One of the best spicy dishes at Sichuan Chili is the Sichuan Sizzling Beef. In typical Sichuan fashion, it's made with plenty of chili peppers, along with tender sirloin steak. Another favorite is the Red Dry Chili Fish Filets. And if you're on a vegetarian diet, the Kung Pao Tofu is hard to beat.

Zundo Ramen & Donburi

220 W. 12th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Zundo Ramen & Donburi is a unique Japanese restaurant with a simple, industrial vibe. The exposed ceiling and brick walls make for a fun dining experience. There's even a full bar where you can order a cocktail or a shot of sake as you wait for your meal. Zundo opened in 2017 and quickly became a favorite of ramen lovers in Cincinnati.

Not all Japanese food is spicy, which makes Zundo a good place to go if you're not sure everyone in your party is keen on heat. That being said, they do have some very good spicy dishes. The Spicy Miso Ramen is warm and satisfying on a cold January day. You may also want to try the Katsu Curry Rice or the Curry Udon Noodles.

Lalo Restaurant

26 W. Court St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Lalo Restaurant offers a unique fusion of Pan-Asian and Mexican cuisines. Their space is as artistic as their menu, using a combination of bold colors and patterned wall tile to surround you with wonder. In one corner, there's a statue of a man in a traditional Mexican hat. In another corner, there's traditional Japanese art.

If you're there for the spice, then you have to try Lalo's hot salsa as an appetizer. The Lalo Wings, which come with your choice of Thai sauce or spicy chipotle sauce, are well worth ordering for the table to share. You can't go wrong with any of the tacos. The Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos offer a lovely balance of heat and sweetness, and the Fish Tempura Tacos get a mild dose of heat from Sriracha mayonnaise. 

Uncle Yip's

10736 Reading Rd. #2529, Cincinnati, OH 45241

Uncle Yip's is a casual restaurant serving authentic Chinese food. They have a small but welcoming dining room with a cozy atmosphere. Guests are served green tea in hand-painted Chinese teapots. Uncle Yip's does have a full bar where you can order cocktails, wine, and beer.

While not everything on the menu is spicy, Uncle Yip's offers plenty of choices suitable for International Hot and Spicy Food Day. The Stuffed Chili Peppers With Shrimp are a good choice if you're in the mood for dim sum. The Hong Kong Style Fish Filet is delicious, and of course, you can't go wrong with General Tso's Chicken.

Arrechissimo Restaurant

8100 Blue Ash. Rd., Deer Park, OH 45236

If you've never tried Venezuelan food before, this is the perfect opportunity. Arrechissimo Restaurant does a wonderful job of recreating the cuisine. They offer online ordering and delivery, but for the most authentic experience, you'll want to dine in. 

Some of the best meals here are definitely the bowls. The Chicken Bowl comes with cilantro rice, sauteed chicken, fried yucca, pico de gallo salad, and sliced avocado. You can choose from spicy and mild cilantro sauces. The empanadas are also delicious. They're $6 apiece, and it's worth ordering a few for your table to enjoy.

Island Frydays

2826 Short Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45219

You don't have to take a vacation to enjoy the flavors of the Caribbean. Island Frydays serves Jamaican favorites, including plenty of spicy specialties, right in Cincinnati. The restaurant was visited by Guy Fierri's show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, in 2014. Leo Morgan, the restaurant's founder, is a Jamaican native who attended the University of Cincinnati, Morgan.

One favorite at Island Frydays is the Jerk Chicken. It's juicy, tender, and well-seasoned with the restaurant's own jerk blend. The Beef Patty is also delicious with just a bit of spice. If you're in the mood for finger food, order the Jerk Wings and Fries. You'll leave smiling.

El Barril Mexican Sports Bar & Grill

940 Pavillion St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

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If you're in the mood for Mexican food on International Hot and Spicy Food Day, then El Barril Mexican Sports Bar & Grill is a good place to go. You can sit at the bar, watch the big game, and enjoy some margaritas and tacos with friends.

Start the meal off with an order of Jalapeno Rellenos, which pack quite a punch. The Elote, corn covered in mayo, chili powder, and cheese, is also delicious. Tacos are available a la carte, with options including carnitas and lengua, and guests also love the Fajitas Texanas and Shrimp Chimichangas.

Heat It Up

Where will you get your spice on for International Hot and Spicy Food Day?

January
12

Have a Bagel for Breakfast at These 9 Places Around Ohio

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It's always a treat to enjoy a breakfast bagel, but there's no better day than January 15, which is designated as National Bagel Day. This beloved carb comes in enough varieties to please anyone, and when you eat it with your favorite schmear or in a sandwich, you'll have an endless combination of choices.

Check out the following 9 places to have a bagel for breakfast in Ohio.

Northeast Ohio

Bialy's Bagels

2267 Warrensville Center Rd., University Heights, OH 44118

Bialy's Bagels has served the University Heights area since 1966, becoming an Eastside institution. They're even been named to Thrillist's list of "The Best Bagel Shops in America that Aren't in New York." The site praised the quality of the shop's New York-style bagels as well as its dedication to simply providing an excellent bagel. You'll find no toppings or other frills. Order your choice from a long list of bagel types, including roasted garlic salt, smoked sea salt rosemary, apple cinnamon, and pumpernickel. True to its name, the shop also makes bialys, which are a sort of cousin to bagels. It has a round, depressed middle filled with cooked onion, and unlike a bagel, which is baked after it's boiled, a bialy is just baked.

The Cleveland Bagel Co.

7501 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103

At The Cleveland Bagel Co., you'll have your choice of several types of hand-rolled bagels that are made fresh every day. Go with plain for a traditional flavor, or pep it up by choosing rosemary with sea salt or cinnamon cranberry. Top off your bagel with a plain schmear, brie honey walnut, chorizo chipotle, or another flavor. And if you have a bigger appetite, bagel sandwiches are also served, including one with local free-range eggs and American cheese and a classic lox version with house-made lox, a plain schmear, red onion, and capers.

D&R Bagels

33567 Aurora Rd., Solon, OH 44139

Bagels are hand-rolled, kettle boiled, and baked fresh on-premises daily at D&R Bagels. They have plenty of varieties, and if you'd like to try a mixture of flavors, check out the shop's mini bagels. Treat yourself to your favorites such as cinnamon crunch, sun-dried tomato, chocolate chip, jalapeno, and more. Or stop by in the morning to grab a breakfast bagel or two with fillings such as egg and ham, bacon, sausage, pastrami, or corned beef. If you live nearby, you can even have your bagels delivered.

Columbus

The Lox Bagel Shop

772 N. High St. #106, Columbus, OH 43215

Located in the heart of the short north, The Lox Bagel Shop hand rolls, boils, and bakes its bagels using the highest quality ingredients. Enjoy them with a spread like beet and thyme, woodhouse vegan, or artichokes, or choose fancy jam from Prospect Jam. Co. in Cincinnati. When you're in the mood for more, order a bagel sandwich that comes stuffed with generous portions of filling. They're available for breakfast in varieties including The Lox, served with capers, onion, and cucumber along with an optional egg, or the Southwest, with egg, cheese, salsa, avocado, and optional pork. At lunch, The Pastrami (with mustard, pickled onion, and Swiss), is popular, as is the egg or tuna salad.

Block's Bagels

3012 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43209

Block's Bagels was opened in 1967 by two New York City transplants who couldn't find a bagel in Columbus that met their standards. They serve breakfast all day, so you can order breakfast sandwiches served on a bagel whenever you'd like. Customer favorites include the egg and swiss with corned beef as well as the egg and pepper jack with jalapenos and pastrami. For a lighter treat, try a bagel with your choice of cream cheese and a topping such as strawberry, garlic spice, or lox.

Nate's Steamed Bagels

3058 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204

A pop-up located inside Third Way Cafe's coffee shop, Nate's Steamed Bagels uses a machine to precisely steam and cook bagel sandwiches. It allows the flavor of the bagel, protein, and cheeses to blend together perfectly before cold toppings and homemade sauces are added. For breakfast, order The Ride, which has an everything bagel along with egg, fresh spinach, cheddar, avocado, and tomato, and with Green Goddess sauce on the side. For brunch or lunch, try The Italian Stallion, which comes with an everything bagel, salami, pepperoni, ham, onion, banana peppers, provolone, and lettuce, with parmesan peppercorn sauce on the side.

Cincinnati

Bagel Brothers

347 Calhoun St., Cincinnati, OH 45219

For the past 29 years, Bagel Brothers has been family-owned and operated across the street from the University of Cincinnati. They not only bake their bagels every morning, the shop's owners and employees also make their cream cheeses on-site using fresh ingredients with no additives or preservatives. Chicken, tuna, and egg salads are also made from scratch, and you can enjoy these on a bagel sandwich. Choose your bagel flavor as well as a cream cheese flavor such as apple cinnamon, French onion, jalapeno, or cheddar.

The Bagelry

1401 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Located in Over the Rhine, The Bagelry makes its bagels fresh daily, starting by selecting the right ingredients and giving the bagels an overnight rise to let their flavors develop. From there, the bagels are hand-rolled and kettle-boiled to achieve a crispy exterior, chewy interior, and delicious flavor. Grab a single bagel like asiago, blueberry, or cinnamon raisin, and add a cream cheese flavor like roasted veggie, natural strawberry, or bacon scallion. If you'd like to take some home or to work to share, the shop offers a Brunch Bundle consisting of 12 bagels of your choice along with two tubs of cream cheese. The bagel sandwiches are also popular, including the Avocado Bagel Toast (with sliced avocado, onion, tomato, sea salt, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes) as well as the Smoked Turkey Club (with Lucius Q smoked turkey, bacon scallion cream cheese, lettuce, onion, and tomato).

Bagel Stop Sandwich & Catering

201 E. 5th St. Unit 11, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Choose your favorite combinations of bagels and spreads at Bagel Stop Sandwich & Catering, which is located in First Financial Tower. Bagel options include whole wheat, everything, and sesame, while spreads offered range from classic cream cheese to cinnamon butter or jelly. Or try a bagel sandwich that's customizable with your favorite toppings, cheeses, and sauces. Favorites include the roasted turkey breast with your choice of veggies and dressing, or an all-white-meat chicken salad made with celery, pecans, and cranberries.

You Knead a Bagel!

Where will you start your day with a yummy breakfast bagel in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, or Cincinnati? 

December
22

Love Exploring Ohio? You Should Be Following These 9 Instagram Accounts

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Planning a trip or looking for a new home? Thanks to social media, you no longer have to interpret vague written descriptions of people, places, activities, and events. High-quality, detailed pictures are just as close as your cell phone.

Follow these wonderful Instagram accounts to learn more about all the amazing attractions of Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

Ohio Travel

Want to learn more about Ohio's historical sites and impressive architecture? Ohio Travel shines the spotlight on the state's county seats and the distinctive buildings located there. Take in the stunning grandeur of locations such as the Hancock County Courthouse, Great American Crossroads Mural in Bucyrus, and Court Avenue in Bellefontaine, the oldest concrete road in America. Ohio Travel also features quirky landmarks like the former Longaberger Co. headquarters, AKA "the picnic basket building," and the New Straitsville Museum, with its recreation of a classic barbershop with the original chairs and mirrors.

Ohio. Find It Here.

Taking its name from the state's tourism slogan, Ohio. Find It Here. promotes the diversity of attractions and experiences available to tourists and residents. Categories covered include Outdoor & Recreation, Family, Food & Shopping, and Hotels & Lodging. The site also features things to do and see based on seasons, holidays, and regions. Find information about weather, roads, and highways to help with your planning. You may find yourself in one of the Instagram posts showing people enjoying the Columbus Zoo, Hocking Hills State Park, and other attractions.

Ohio Explored

Florida and California may have year-round sunshine, but nothing compares to the four seasons of beauty found in Ohio. The natural wonders found in the photos on Ohio Explored include a rainbow over Lakewood, a cascading waterfall at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and a "tunnel" of trees in Sugarcreek MetroPark. Mother Nature's drama is on display during a stormy day at the Clifton Mill and a water spout hovering over Lake Erie. Since beauty can be found in several diverse places, there are also shots of ice cream cones, cookies, and coffee mugs.

Experience Columbus

As the state capital and home of Ohio State University, Columbus is a huge draw. Experience Columbus is full of images showcasing the people, places, and activities that make up this dynamic city. Pictures celebrate outdoor murals, local sports teams, the downtown skyline, historic architecture, and scenic parks, to name just a few subjects. 

614 Magazine

614 is, of course, the area code for Columbus. It's also the title of a lifestyle magazine covering all things Columbus, from news and civic affairs to food and drink to arts and music. Their lively Instagram account features information about special events such as Restaurant Week, What? Music and Arts Festival, and Columbus Brewing's recent pop-up market. Have fun with the interactive posts, such as the poll for "Best Burger" that raised money for local charities. 

Only in Ohio

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If you spend any time at all on social media, chances are you've seen the irresistible articles from Only in Your State. This site takes a deep dive into the unique features of each state, promoting the fascinating but little-known attractions that are off the beaten path. Only in Ohio is their account devoted exclusively to the charms of the Buckeye State. Marvel at a glowing full moon above Mile Long Pier in Lorain, step down into Old Man's Cave at Hocking Hills State Park and follow the boardwalk in Brown's Lake Bog near Wooster. Tag your photos with @only.in.ohio to share your favorite spots!

Visit Cincy

How many cities have a footprint that spans three states? The Cincinnati region extends from Ohio into Kentucky and Indiana, making it a great jumping-off spot to explore as well as a vibrant destination in its own right. Visit Cincy is the Instagram account of the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau, so you can be sure they have the lowdown of all the points of interest. Did you know Cincinnati is home to the most extensive living mural ever created? What is the backstory of downtown's iconic Tyler Davidson Fountain, also known as the Genius of Water? These are only a couple of the fun facts you'll learn when you follow this account.

Ohio Magazine

According to Ohio Magazine, life in the Buckeye State is all about "beauty, adventure, and fun." The Instagram account is an offshoot of the popular publication documenting these aspects of Ohio for more than 40 years. Their photos continue the same theme, sometimes capturing all three features in one image. Recent posts include the Home for the Holidays tree lighting in Delaware, "A Christmas Carol" at Cleveland's Playhouse Square, and a flashback to the memorable OSU-Michigan "Snow Bowl" in 1950. Be sure to click on the link to their bio, which features a directory of links on a wide range of categories such as Best Hometowns, Road Trips, Famous Ohio Foods, and Ohio's Great Outdoors.

Destination Cleveland

Ohio's second-largest city, situated on the shores of Lake Erie, certainly merits its own Instagram account. Destination Cleveland, maintained by the convention and visitors bureau, covers every inch of the area, from downtown and the neighborhoods to the suburbs and outlying region. In December, the site is doing a small business "Advent calendar" highlighting a different dining or retail option each day. These types of posts focus on Cleveland's identity as a fast-paced urban center, but you'll also be delighted at the spectacular scenery in many of the photos.

A Picture Tells a Thousand Words

Do you have a favorite photo that captures the essence of Ohio? Where was it taken? 

December
8

You've Got to Try the Brownies at These 8 Places in Columbus

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December is a month full of holidays, and one that you won't want to miss is Brownie Day! It's happening on Wednesday, December 8th this year, and it's the perfect reason to sink your teeth into one of those chewy, chocolatey delights. Making your own brownies is certainly an option, but there are also some amazing Columbus bakeries where you can pick up a few pre-made treats.

Mrs. Turbo's Cookies

178 W. Olentangy Street, Powell, OH 43065

They may have named their shop after their cookies, but they make great brownies, too. Mrs. Turbo's is the place to visit if you find yourself north of Columbus near Powell. They rotate their brownie selection often, so there's always something different to try. Popular flavors include S'mores, Peppermint Patty, and Coconut. The Buckeye Brownies are also delicious!

The brownies at Mrs. Turbo's are quite traditional. They're halfway between cake-like and fudgy, and they just might remind you of the brownies your mom baked at home.

Chocolate Cafe

1855 Northwest Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212

If you need a reason to stop by a place called Chocolate Cafe, Brownie Day can be that reason! This bakery crafts a wide assortment of tasty treats, many of which are gooey and chocolatey. Their Assorted Brownies are a customer favorite. They're sold by the dozen and come in a variety of flavors, including Salted Caramel Pretzel and Double Fudge.

While you're in Chocolate Cafe, you may want to order a cocktail to go with your brownies. The Chocolate Cake Martini and Double Espresso Martini both pair well with chocolate. Since this space does operate as a full-service cafe, they also have a menu of sandwiches, salads, and soups. 

Happy Little Treats

1203 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43201

It's impossible not to be happy at a place called Happy Little Treats, especially if you're there to celebrate Brownie Day. This small bakery takes pride in their creativity. They always have colorful cookies and delectable donuts in their glass display cases. Their brownies are massive, and they make them both with and without pecans. Sometimes they even carry Oreo and blueberry brownies. You could easily buy one to share with a friend or family member — or eat it all yourself.

Happy Little Treats is a vegan bake shop, but even non-vegans rave about their products. They also have a coffee menu with plant-based options like their famous iced oat milk latte. If you're looking for something to bring home for breakfast the next day, try the vegan honey buns. They're as gooey and delicious as brownies.

Brownie Points, Inc.

5712 Westbourne Ave., Columbus, OH 43213

Brownie Points was created by two sisters-in-law who are Ohio natives. The company started in their apartment kitchen and eventually moved to a brick-and-mortar store in Cleveland before relocating to Columbus. Since 1991, their brownies have brought smiles to countless faces. They've even begun shipping their brownies across the country.

At Brownie Points, they don't just have brownies. They have brownies in all different flavors and forms. The Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt is a fan favorite. If you like fruity flavors, then you may want to try the Raspberry Caramel Fudge. Not in the mood for chocolate? You're in luck! Brownie Points even has some non-chocolate flavors, like Very Vanilla and Butterscotch Sensations.

Cherbourg Bakery

547 S. Drexel Ave., Bexley, OH 43209

If you're on the east side of Columbus near Bexley, this is a great place to get your brownie fix. Cherbourg Bakery is a nut-free, gluten-free, and dye-free facility, aiming to make baked goods as safe as possible for their customers. But have no fear — even without these ingredients, their baked goods are incredible. The Espresso Brownies are mouthwatering if you're someone who loves coffee. 

In addition to brownies and other sweet treats, Cherbourg Bakery offers a lot of savory baked goods. You may want to pick up an olive oil mini loaf or a 3-cheese quiche to bring home for later. 

The Fat Girl Bakery

1347 Cameron Ave., Lewis Center, OH, 43035

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Located inside the Oak Creek Center, The Fat Girl Bakery is a fun and laid-back place to indulge your inner chocolate lover. The owner, Amy, considers herself an expert in flavors, and she has lots of fun pairing them together in new and unique ways. Their Buckeye Brownies bring peanut butter and chocolate together for a fun twist on the Ohio tradition.

The Fat Girl Bakery is known for its friendly staff and welcoming environment. While some people do take their treats to-go, staying to enjoy your brownie in-house is definitely encouraged.

Insomnia Cookies

2209 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43201

Insomnia Cookies made a name for themselves by delivering cookies to college campuses late at night. But you don't have to be a college student to enjoy their baked goods, and you no longer have to stick with cookies, either. They now have brownies, cookie cakes, and even ice cream if you visit them on-site.

Of course, if you really don't want to leave the house, you can have Insomnia Cookies deliver some cookies and brownies to your home for Brownie Day. Placing an order via their website is simple, and they'll get cookies to you in no time. 

Bake Me Happy

106 E. Moler St., Columbus, OH 43207

If you eat a gluten-free diet, then Bake Me Happy is a great place to get your brownie fix. This is a 100% gluten-free bakery. They specialize in nostalgic baked goods. So, as you browse their menu, you will notice gluten-free versions of classics like Zebra Cakes and SnoBalls. Don't worry — they do, in fact, offer a gluten-free version of colorful Cosmic Brownies, which are perfect for Brownie Day.

If you dine in, make sure you pair your brownie with a nostalgic beverage, too. The Cereal Milk Cold Brew is uniquely incredible, and guests also love the Strawberry Nesquick Cold Brew. The flavors will remind you of simpler times.

Where Will You Get Your Brownie Fix?

In this busy holiday season, don't forget to celebrate Brownie Day! Where will you sink your teeth into chocolatey goodness?

November
17

Feast and Socialize at These 9 Supper Clubs Around Ohio

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Does the term "supper club" conjure up visions of exclusive restaurants where Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack caroused over steaks and martinis? In reality, Midwest supper clubs offer fine dining and socializing in a more widely accessible setting.

Here's a brief look at the history of this enduring American classic, along with a list of the best supper clubs around Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

History of Midwest Supper Clubs

Supper clubs are often associated with Los Angeles and New York City, but the Midwest is deep in their DNA. In fact, the first supper club was opened in Beverly Hills, CA by a native of Milwaukee.

In their heyday during the 1930s, supper clubs were meant to be an outing for an entire evening. Contemporary supper clubs are less formal but retain the emphasis on traditional meat-and-seafood menus and lively social interaction.

Music Box Supper Club

1148 Main Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

Located in the iconic Flats of downtown Cleveland, Music Box Supper Club is truly a one-stop entertainment venue. Downstairs, guests dine on a menu of short ribs, fresh seafood, and other favorites prepared with some Caribbean flair. Upstairs is the concert hall that has hosted noted musical acts such as John Hiatt, Rufus Wainwright, the Smithereens, and Lucinda Williams. The supper club opens at 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. From Monday through Wednesday, dining is available only for concerts and other events.

Asterisk Supper Club

14 N. State St., Westerville, OH 43081

As indicated by its slogan, "Exclusive - but Inclusive," Asterisk Supper Club aims to make elegant dining accessible to all. In addition to lunch and dinner of comfort food favorites, Asterisk offers traditional high tea daily from noon - 4 p.m. Sip on your choice of tea while nibbling on scones, sandwiches, and other accompaniments. Westerville was once known as the "Dry Capital of the World," but today Asterisk serves an assortment of classic and craft cocktails. Hours are noon - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 8 p.m. Sunday.

Oak Park Tavern

2919 State Route 430, Mansfield, OH 44903

While steak is a mainstay on the menu of most supper clubs, Oak Park Tavern is also known for its signature Lake Erie yellow perch. Sit at the bar and watch as your meal is prepared in the open kitchen. If you prefer a different view, relax outside on the all-season patio. Oak Park Tavern is open 3 - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 3 - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Ampersand Asian Supper Club

940 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

A Midwest tradition takes on global flavors at Ampersand Asian Supper Club. Thanks to its sophisticated dining room and creative menu, Ampersand earned a spot on Columbus Monthly's list of Best New Restaurants in 2020. Customers rave about the rich miso soup and the binge-worthy nori fries, but the ramen dishes are the real stars of the show. Favorites include the mushroom-forward Fungus Among Us and pork-studded Tonkatsu. Ampersand is open daily from 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Paragon Supper Club

797 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Dayton, OH 45459

Fans of nostalgia will love Paragon Supper Club, where the ambiance takes you back to the 1970s. Opened in 1978, the Paragon retains the brick wall, wood accents, and chandelier lighting of that era. Ribeye and filet mignon are highlights of the classic upscale menu, but check out the daily chef's features such as sauerbraten and 32-ounce Wagyu tomahawk. Hours are 5 - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 - 11 p.m. Friday, 4:45 - 11 p.m. Saturday, and 5 - 9 p.m. Sunday.

The Avenue Steak Tavern

94 N. High St., Dublin, OH 43017

Can't decide between an upscale steakhouse or casual pub? Get the best of both at The Avenue Steak Tavern. The menu includes steaks, side dishes, and other classic supper club fare along with pub favorites such as roast beef on weck and crispy hot chicken biscuit. Save room for the banana bread pudding, a customer favorite topped with hazelnut chocolate and caramel. The Avenue is open 4 - 9 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Treasure Island Supper Club

4250 Chief Woods Lane, Moraine, OH 45439

Founded in 1961, Treasure Island Supper Club started out as a modest diner frequented by local General Motors employees. It has since grown to become a popular gathering place known for its spectacular U-shaped handmade wooden bar. The extensive collections of area memorabilia add to the community feel. Many customers recommend the house salad dressing, described as, "poppy seed dressing without the seeds." Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

Prime Cincinnati

580 Walnut St., Ste. 100, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Prime Cincinnati's mission statement couldn't be more simple or more profound: "A passion to serve." That passion comes through in everyone, from the chef to the wait staff. Looking for a place to unwind after work? Stop by for $7 MidWeek Martinis and some shareables from the happy hour menu. Enjoy live music on Wednesday and Friday or catch the big game on one of the 4K high-definition TVs. Dinner is served seven days a week and lunch is available weekdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Pine Club

1926 Brown St., Dayton, OH 45409 

True to its old-school roots, The Pine Club doesn't accept credit cards or reservations. Even George and Barbara Bush were once told it would be a 45-minute wait for a table. But the restaurant's four-star food and luxurious ambiance have gained national acclaim from the New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, and Cooking Channel, where The Pine Club was featured on "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." Hours are 4:30 - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Dinner: Where the Magic Happens

If money (and calories) were no object, what would be the must-have items for your dream dinner?

November
12

8 Northeast Ohio Places that Confirm Chicken Soup is Good for the Soul

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Whether you're sick, chilly, or just feeling down, there's nothing like chicken noodle soup to get you feeling like yourself again. It's a specialty of moms and grandmas everywhere, and no other version will ever quite measure up to the one that was always served to you as a child. 

If your family's cooking is not an option right now, though, there are plenty of places to get a comforting cup of soup in Northeast Ohio. With National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day coming up on November 12th, now is the perfect time to check one or two of the popular soup spots listed below.

Pallotta's Pastries and Gift

2120 Byrd Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

Pallotta's Pastries might not sound like a place where soup would be served, but this establishment is much more than just a bakery. They also sell a variety of fresh-cooked meals, including sandwiches, pastas, and omelets. Their excellent chicken soup is a local favorite and is available all week in addition to a rotating soup of the day.

If you have a sweet tooth, they also sell an assortment of baked goods, including breads, muffins, cookies, and cakes. All their food is homemade and as gorgeous to look at as it is delicious to eat.

Plain and Simple Diner

4774 US-62, Berlin, OH 44610

Berlin's Plain and Simple Diner lives up to its name in the best possible way. Run by a pair of home cooks who had a reputation for delicious barbecue in their community, this restaurant uses nothing but fresh ingredients in all of their dishes. 

This diner serves hot dogs, hamburgers, wraps, fried fish, chicken wings, and all kinds of other comfort foods – including, of course, chicken noodle soup. It's available in a bowl or a cup and tastes very similar to the home-cooked recipes you remember from childhood.

Primo's Deli

1707 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron, OH 44320

Primo's Deli has been named Akron's #1 Deli by the Akron Beacon Journal three times in its 35-year history, so you know they're worth a visit! Many locals love coming here for hot dogs, burgers, salads, sandwiches, and beer. 

Their chicken soup is especially well-loved, featuring a rich broth, savory chunks of chicken, and distinctive shell noodles. It's only available on an occasional basis as part of their soup of the day specials, though, so be sure to call and ask when it will be available next before you head out to give this place a try.

Hello Bistro

3265 W. Market St., Fairlawn, OH 44333

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Located inside Fairlawn's Summit Mall, Hello Bistro has become a popular dining and takeout spot in their local community. You can get their delectable chicken noodle soup by the cup or the quart, depending on your needs. Still hungry? They also serve fresh-cut French fries, grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers, salad bowls, and more.

The nice thing about this place is that there are many healthy options to pair with your soup, allowing you to round out your meal with some extra nutrition. There are plenty of vegan and gluten-free options if you are dining with others with specific dietary needs.

PLX Deli

5187 Manchester Rd., New Franklin, OH 44319

A favorite lunch destination for New Franklin residents, PLX Deli serves soups, salads, sandwiches, and everything else you need for a hearty midday meal. Their homemade chicken soup is available every Saturday and Sunday and is one of their most popular menu items among regulars.

If you need a little more to fill you up, the shop also serves a selection of signature entrees like Country Fried Steak and Bourbon Chicken. These dishes stick to the deli's general comfort food angle while also giving you something a bit more substantial to chew on.

The SouperMarket

7501 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103

The aptly named SouperMarket is a specialty restaurant that serves nothing but – you guessed it – soup. Their Pulled Chicken Noodle soup is one of their staple offerings and is available all week long. All of their soups are served with a sizable chunk of bread and butter. If you're still hungry, you can round out your meal with a grilled cheese sandwich or a box of chicken wings fried in duck fat. 

The shop also offers chicken stock by the quart or gallon, which can serve as a delicious savory base for your own soups at home. Neither the stock nor the soup contain any additives or preservatives. Both are also low in sodium, making them great options for people following a heart-healthy diet. 

Joe's Deli and Restaurant

11750 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107

Joe's Deli and Restaurant is one of many establishments run by the Abdallahs, a Lebanese family who immigrated to America in the 1950s and 60s. This shop serves a variety of specialty sandwiches alongside traditional Lebanese dishes, including dawali, kibbee, and baba ganooj. 

Their esteemed chicken soup can be purchased in cups, bowls, or to-go quart containers. All of their soups are only available as part of a rotating selection, but no single type of soup is ever unavailable for more than a few days. If the chicken soup isn't on the menu when you first visit, come back a little later — it's worth it!

Local West

7402 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102

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Local West describes themselves as a craft sandwich and beer bistro, but like any great sandwich shop, they also offer a selection of soups on the side. Their chicken soup is just one of the many soup varieties that they cycle through daily.

Their dishes are made with local meats and cheeses for maximum freshness and a uniquely Midwestern flavor. Stop by for lunch today and see what keeps people coming back again and again!

Soup to Warm You Up Inside and Out

We all know chicken soup doesn't really cure colds or stop the sniffles, but it still has an undeniable healing power all its own. What's your best chicken soup story? 

November
10

Order Thanksgiving Pies From These 8 Places in Northeast Ohio

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Thanksgiving dinner doesn't feel complete without several pies, but making them yourself can be time-consuming as well as difficult. Why not leave the task up to the experts and order pies in various flavors that will impress your holiday guests?

Start planning your menu now and check out these great places to order Thanksgiving pies from in Northeast Ohio.

Norcia Bakery

624 Belden Ave NE, Canton, OH 44704

Norcia Bakery has a long history of success and was founded in 1918 by the Norcia family, who immigrated from Italy. The bakery offers fresh-baked bread and pastries, including a variety of pies at affordable prices, so it's a great place to order several different flavors to end your Thanksgiving dinner on a sweet note. While you're there, pick up some of the bread, an authentic Italian split-top loaf made using the original bread recipe that John Norcia brought from Italy.

Rood Food + Pie

17001 Madison Ave. Lakewood, OH 44107

If you've had a slice of pie with your meal at Rood Food + Pie or have visited the restaurant's pie bar, you'll want to make one of their unique creations part of your holiday menu. For a more sophisticated take on the classic banana cream pie, try their version that's made with bananas in spiked vanilla pudding with brandy-soaked vanilla wafers and topped with fresh whipped cream and a brandy caramel drizzle. Or impress your guests with the Amaretto Custard, which in addition to its rich custard, has a vanilla almond butter crust, whipped cream, toasted almonds, and smoked sea salt.

Tiffany's Bakery

620 Ridgewood Crossing Dr., Akron, OH 44333

Serving up pies, cakes, and pastries like cannoli and doughnuts for over 40 years, Tiffany's Bakery will have you drooling over their large menu of tasty sweets. Pie choices include traditional favorites like apple and cherry as well as cream pies. The shop takes pride in making sure pies look as good as they taste, and it's received several local Best Bakery honors as proof of its success.

The Sweet Fix Bakery

2307 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

This cozy Cleveland Heights bakery got its start as Craig's Divine Desserts, a licensed, home-based bakery that was successful enough to expand. All of its baked goods are prepared on-site, including cakes, cookies, and pies by the slice or whole pies. Order a traditional favorite like a sweet potato or key lime pie, and add in pineapple supreme and decadent Oreo pies.

Gray House Pies

26075 Detroit Rd., Westlake, OH 44145

You're sure to find lots to order at Gray House Pies, which serves a large variety of pies including, fruit, cream, specialty, and savory pies. All are homemade, including the butter crusts, and when milk and eggs are used, they're organic and free-range, respectively. You won't find any fillers, preservatives, or canned fruit used, either. Try a Four Berry Buzzed Friends pie made with four types of berries as well as brandy and honey, a pumpkin pecan crumble pie, or a crapple (cranberry/apple). Or, if you'd prefer a savory pie to serve alongside your turkey, order a mac n cheese (plain or with bacon) or loaded potato, each made with a flaky pastry crust.

Bakers Square Restaurant & Pies

7011 W. 130th St., Parma Heights, OH 44130 

Many people like to enjoy a meal at Bakers Square Restaurant & Pies, and the highlight is often a slice of pie for dessert. Many of the restaurant's pies have won multiple awards, so they've proven to be deliciously popular. You can order whole pies to take home for Thanksgiving, including the triple berry, which is bursting with the fruity flavor of raspberries, blueberries, and boysenberries. You'll also find favorites like pecan, cherry, and apple (which also comes in a reduced sugar option) on the menu, as well as the most popular option — a French silk pie with smooth chocolate silk covered with real whipped cream and milk chocolate curls inside the pastry crust.

Nancy's Main Street Diner

426 Main St., Grafton, OH 44044

Nancy's Main Street Diner has become well known locally for its cakes and pies, most of which can be made in sugar-free varieties and full-sugar versions. The diner serves cream, fruit, and Dutch fruit pies, including raspberry and coconut cream options. For full-on, belt-loosening decadence, go for the Elvis Pie, which has a peanut butter crumble crust and layers of fresh banana slices, peanut buttercream, banana cream, homemade peanut butter sauce, whipped cream, and vanilla wafers.

The West Side Bakery

2303 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44313  

The West Side Bakery has garnered a loyal following since its opening in 1995. It's been honored for 13 years by Akron Life Magazine as the Best Local Bakery and also earned the award for Akron's Best Bakery from the readers of the Akron Beacon Journal. Choose from pies like pecan and pumpkin, as well as bumbleberry, buckeye, hot fudge, peach raspberry, and more. They look just as good as they taste, so they'll make a beautiful addition to your Thanksgiving table.

Autumn Skies and Delicious Pies

What's your favorite type of pie to find on the Thanksgiving table?

November
5

8 Places to Fill Your Cup With Cappuccino in Cincinnati

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There's nothing quite like enjoying a hot cup of hand-crafted cappuccino on a cold winter's day. When we heard that Cappuccino Day was coming up on November 8th, we decided to start celebrating early by visiting some of the best coffee shops in the Cincinnati area. Next time you're in the mood for a tasty brew, we recommend visiting one of these local hot spots.

Lola's Coffee + Bar

24 W. 3rd St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

A downtown location with a cool, relaxed vibe, Lola's Coffee + Bar is a go-to spot for huge cups of super-smooth cappuccino and a variety of coffees, smoothies, beer, wine, and cocktails. The staff here is super friendly and attentive and their menu is full of unique options you won't find anywhere else. If you live, work, or play in the Hyde Park area, you'll definitely want to frequent this incredible location. 

Sidewinder Coffee

4181 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223

You'll love this trendy coffee shop located in the heart of Northside, right near Hamilton and Chase. Sidewinder Coffee is an independent neighborhood shop that has been pleasing both locals and visitors for over 15 years. Sourced from small farms worldwide, the coffee at Sidewinder is proudly roasted in-house. 

The cappuccino at Sidewinders is top-notch and, if you're hungry, you can also enjoy a selection of food items. The menu features everything from baked goods and breakfast burritos to mac & cheese and black bean burgers. 

blaCk Coffee Lounge

824 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

For a perfectly made cappuccino and amazing pastries, you can't go wrong with a visit to blaCk Coffee Lounge. As soon as you walk in, you'll be amazed by the incredible scents and the selection of desserts that are so beautiful that you'll almost feel bad taking a bite. 

This specialty coffee shop was inspired by both HipHop and the community. It's known as Cincinnati's number one coffee shop for culture. One visit here, and you'll quickly see why. 

1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab

1215 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

A small but cute coffee shop located in the heart of the Over the Rhine neighborhood, 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab is known around town for its upscale, trendy vibe and incredibly friendly baristas. You'll love their locally roasted coffees and delicious light bites. They also have a beautiful patio where patrons can relax and enjoy their coffee during the warmer months. 

Sleepy Bee Cafe

8 E. 4th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Founded in 2013, Sleepy Bee Cafe makes an excellent cup of cappuccino and also has a great menu with gluten-free and vegan options. We love the unique ambiance here and the fact that most everything is sourced from farmers and suppliers nearby.

More than just a cafe, this truly is a local gathering place. They also have three locations, so whether you're downtown, in Oakley, or in Blue Ash, you'll be able to pay them a visit. 

Sayler Park Coffee

6557 Gracely Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45233

You'll love the warm and inviting atmosphere at Sayler Park Coffee. This locally owned independent coffee shop serves Deeper Roots Coffee, which is roasted just down the street in the West End neighborhood.

Not only is the cappuccino here delicious, but you'll also feel great about supporting this business. A full 100% of their profits go towards supporting organizations and projects that make a difference in the Sayler Park neighborhood. How awesome is it to know that your daily coffee habit can actually help strengthen the community? 

Urbana Cafe

1130 Broadway St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

This bright, multi-level cafe has been a staple in Cincinnati since 2013. They make an amazing cappuccino as well as a variety of other Italian coffee drinks. If you arrive hungry, you'll want to check out their small menu of delicious pastries, breakfast, and lunch items. They even sell peanut butter dog treats! Even better, they also use a portion of their resources to help local animal shelters.

If you love their coffee and want to take some with you, you'll be glad to know they also sell bags of coffee to go, monthly coffee subscriptions, and a selection of cool merch. 

BLOC Coffee Company

801 Mt. Hope Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45204

This hip, art-filled coffee shop is a must-visit location! They make an excellent cup of cappuccino and have a delicious food menu that seems simple but tastes incredible. The upstairs area is also bright and beautiful, making it a great place to bring your laptop and get some work done. 

BLOC stands for Believing and Living One Christ — it's based on an inner-city ministry with the same name that wanted to create a safe and welcoming place for people to gather. Since they opened 12 years ago, they've been constantly looking for ways to serve the local community. Every time you visit, you'll help support their mission. 

Cappuccino You'll Love a Latte 

Which of these incredible coffee shops will you try first? 

October
20

Pumpkin Spice Everything: Visit These 8 Places Around Columbus

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Pumpkin spice is definitely one of the most iconic and popular flavors of fall, and it can be used in everything from beer to doughnuts to pancakes. If you're one of the many Columbus pumpkin-lovers who is looking forward to trying this flavor in a variety of ways as the temperatures cool down, you're in luck.
  
We've compiled a list of nine places around Columbus where you can get your pumpkin fix. Visit some of the following go-to spots to try yummy pumpkin drinks and other goodies.

Hadley's Bar + Kitchen

260 S. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43215

Head downtown to Hadley's Bar + Kitchen, where you can sample beer, cocktails, and brunch, lunch, or dinner in a hip, industrial-chic space. In addition to its Ohio drafts, Hadley's serves up signature cocktails and its popular boozy milkshakes. Several boozy shake flavors are available year-round, such as the Strawberry Shortcake, which is made with Smirnoff Strawberry, fresh strawberries, cookie crumbs, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream. For a seasonal treat, try the pumpkin variety, which is packed with flavor and comes with pumpkin pie at its base and whipped cream all over.

Short North Piece of Cake Bakery & Cafe

772 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Located in Italian Village, a popular foodie destination near the Short North Arts District, Piece of Cake has gained a loyal following since its opening in 1998. Its well known for its wedding cakes but also has a variety of delicious goodies available for immediate purchase. They're all made in-house and include tempting treats such as tarts, mini-cakes, and cupcakes. To get yourself in the spirit of the fall season, try a pumpkin cupcake and order several extras to take home with you.

Sunny Street Cafe

6607 East Broad St., Columbus, OH 43213

You won't have to travel far to find a Sunny Street Cafe, since the restaurant has two additional locations in Columbus: one at 8461 Sancus Blvd. and another at 4733 Reed Rd. The family-run restaurants are definitely all-in on the pumpkin flavors and are famous for their Legendary Pumpkin pancakes that are big and fluffy and topped with cinnamon butter and a tres leches drizzle. If you have a bigger appetite, try the Pumpkin Breakfast Combo, which has two pumpkin pancakes along with two eggs, your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage, and your choice of side. Finally, treat yourself to made-from-scratch Pumpkin White Chip Muffins, which are loaded with white chocolate chip muffins.

Schmidt's German Village Restaurant

240 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

German Village's Schmidt's Restaurant is a family business that's currently operated by its fourth and fifth generations. You can also enjoy their food at the Ohio State Fair, where they've been serving up German food and beverages since 1914. A half-pound jumbo cream puff with a special whipped filling in a lightly baked pastry shell is a perennial customer favorite, and you can try it in flavors like vanilla and peanut butter fudge. A flavor of the month is also featured, and you'll want to try Schmidt's pumpkin version of their cream puff this time of year. It even comes topped off with a cute little candy corn pumpkin!

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse

Long Street Studio, 300 E. Long St., Columbus, OH  43215

When you stop in at The Roosevelt Coffeehouse, you'll not only be getting a great cup of coffee but also supporting the local and global fight against unclean water, hunger, and human trafficking. Try an iced or drip coffee or espresso, and pair it with a doughnut, bagel, or gluten-free pastry. And in the fall, check out menu additions like the Hot Chaider (chai plus apple cider) and the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Pattycake Bakery

3870 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

The taste alone is enough to make you want to try Pattycake Bakery's made-from-scratch goodies, but if you're also looking for primarily organic, all-vegan ingredients, you're headed to the right place. In addition to cakes and cupcakes, you'll find muffins, whole-grain granola, and whoopie pies on the menu. To satisfy your pumpkin craving, try a whole-grain pumpkin whoopie pie that's paired with a spiced filling.

Lineage Brewing

2971 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43202

Lineage Brewing has a comfortable, casual atmosphere where you can meet with friends and relax inside or outside on the patio. In addition to food, you'll normally find 10-12 styles of beer on tap. If you'd like something other than beer, the brewpub also offers wine, mixed drinks, and locally made soda. Every fall, you can also order a pumpkin ale that's made with roasted pumpkin from a local farm. Its perfect pale orange flavor immediately evokes the thought of pumpkin, and it's deliciously spiced with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.

Buckeye Doughnuts

1998 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43210

No matter when you get a pumpkin craving, you can score a pumpkin spice doughnut at Buckeye Doughnuts, where, as their saying goes, they're "Open Always, Closed Never." The shop is located across from The Ohio State University's campus, so you'll have an extra-large crowd after football games. If you're in a hurry, you can order your doughnut online so it will be ready for you to pick up when you arrive. The doughnuts are fresh and the coffee's hot, but if you're in the mood for something substantial, the shop serves all-day breakfast and entrees such as gyros and Greek salads.  

Sip and Savor the Season

What pumpkin spice menu item do you look forward to ordering each year, and which new treats do you want to try? 

October
15

10 Places to Celebrate World Pasta Day Around Cincinnati

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Nothing warms the soul quite like a fresh bowl of pasta topped with your favorite sauce. While spaghetti, tortellini, and fettuccine are a few common favorites, there are actually over 600 different shapes of pasta. Because pasta is so versatile, it's no surprise that it has become such a popular dish all over the world. 

Delicious pasta dishes paired with a glass of wine and a cozy, dimly-lit restaurant make for the ultimate dining experience. With World Pasta Day coming up October 25, there couldn't be a better opportunity to set out to find your new favorite dish around Cincinnati. To help, we pulled together a list of some of our favorite local restaurants for pasta.

Sotto

118 E. 6th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Enjoy delicious pasta dishes in this one-of-a-kind rustic basement dining room located in downtown Cincinnati. With dishes like Tortellini Con Formaggi, Penne Con Salsiccia, and many others, Sotto is truly a favorite for Ohio pasta lovers. Dinner is accompanied by an extensive cocktail menu, and dozens of wines are available by glass or bottle. You can also top off your meal was some decadent desserts and after-dinner drinks. If you're planning to visit on the weekend, be sure to make a reservation online.

Nicola's Ristorante

1420 Sycamore St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Delicious contemporary Italian dishes and a warm cozy atmosphere put this fantastic Over-the-Rhine restaurant near the top of our list. Nicola's Ristorante features a number of delicious pasta dishes all made in-house, as well as several traditional Italian entrees. With great food, a romantic atmosphere, and an extensive wine and bourbon list, Nicola's is a fantastic date night location. If you prefer to dine at home, you can easily order carryout online.

Vincenzo's

11525 Chester Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45246

Some of the best Italian dining in the area can be found at Vincenzo's, a family-owned-and-operated, classic Cincinnati restaurant. You can expect fantastic food and incredible service. This menu features a wide array of traditional Italian favorites and all of the classic pasta dishes made with fresh ingredients. Dozens of wines are available by the glass or by bottle. Vincenzo's also occasionally hosts live music. The restaurant is open for dinner at 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Pepp & Dolores

1501 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

A casual Over-the-Rhine Italian restaurant with family-style dishes, Pepp & Dolores should be at the top of your list for pasta. This restaurant features two dining rooms: a classy, airy main room and a dimly lit, cozy basement dining room. The Beet & Goat Cheese and Duck Ragu are must-tries! The restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Thursday and lunch and dinner Friday through Sunday. You can also order carry out online.

Primavista

810 Matson Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45204

If you're looking for a fine dining option with some of the best city views, Primavista is a must-try destination. The menu features an assortment of traditional Italian dishes, pastas, and both vegan and gluten-free options. Primavista is also known for its spectacular service, unique atmosphere, and delicious food. The dining room is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and reservations are recommended. The entire menu is also available for carryout.

Forno Osteria + Bar

3514 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208

Try the spicy Spaghettini Arrabbiata or the delicious Tagliatelle Bolognese at Forno Osteria a popular Italian restaurant in Hyde Park. In addition to pasta, you can also enjoy some firewood brick-oven pizzas and a wide variety of wine and cocktails. Enjoy your dinner in a cozy, unique rustic dining room. For dessert, you have to try the Citrus Semifreddo! Sit at the bar if you'd like to watch the chefs in action. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

Biagio's Bistro

308 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220

A quaint neighborhood bistro serves up a number of your favorite pasta dishes from Penne Boscaiola to Seafood Alfredo. Biagio's Bistro is a unique atmosphere: The chef prepares pasta dishes in a full view kitchen. Expect large portions, great service, and affordable prices. Wine and cocktails are also available. The food is delicious, and prices are affordable, so it's easy to see why this restaurant has become a Cincinnati staple.

Via Vite

520 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Enjoy a fresh bowl of authentic pasta while overlooking Cincinnati's beautiful Fountain Square at Via Vite. This trendy Italian bar and restaurant has been a popular downtown destination since 2007. The Handmade Crispy Gnocchi and the Tagliatelle Bolognese are some of the most popular pasta dishes; however, the menu is constantly changing, so it's always worth stopping by and trying something new. Curbside and carryout are available. Reservations are recommended and can be made online.

Pompilio's

600 Washington Ave, Newport, KY 41071

With authentic Italian pasta and some of the most delicious sauces around, it's no wonder Pompilios has been a local favorite since 1933. Not only is this a great place to eat, movie buffs will love the fact that scenes from Rain Man were filmed inside the restaurant. Build your own pasta dish with over 10 types of pasta and 10 homemade sauces. In addition to pasta, Pompilios offers an extensive bourbon, wine, and cocktail list. They also have some of the best Tiramisu in town. Stop-in Tuesday through Saturday or order takeout online.

Alfio's Buon Cibo

2724 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208

Enjoy your favorite pasta dish in this upscale, elegant dining room. Alfio's Buon Cibo's is truly a romantic experience. The chef's pasta recipes date back several generations, and many entrees have an Argentinean twist, which makes this restaurant truly unique. Alfio's also have a reputation for having some of the best ravioli in town. With fantastic wine, cocktail, and dessert menus, you're sure to have a fantastic dinner. Dine-in Tuesday through Saturday or order carry out online.

Bon Appétit

Where will you enjoy pasta around Cincinnati this year?

September
17

9 Places for a Create-Your-Own Northeast Ohio Winery Tour

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Whether you're a wine connoisseur or just someone who would like to try different varieties and learn about them, Northeast Ohio is the ideal place to create your own winery tour. Its fertile soil and climate make it a prime location to grow grapes, as evidenced by its many local wineries. They offer a relaxed atmosphere and are often family-owned, so you'll be able to learn about their history and offerings. Some also offer food ranging from small bites to full meals, as well as weekend entertainment.
  
Check out the following nine places to consider as you create your own Northeast Ohio Winery tour.  

Sharon James Cellars

11303 Kinsman Rd., Newbury Township, OH 44065

Try one of several handcrafted wines at Sharon James Cellars, where you'll find reds, whites, and roses named after virtues like vitality and compassion. The property has a tasting room if you prefer to enjoy your wine indoors, as well as an outdoor patio and open-air outdoor pavilion if you like to relax outside with your wine. The winery also has a full-service kitchen and full-time chef, so you can indulge in deliciously fresh meals prepared using local ingredients. Try a pizza or panini, or order a delicious appetizer or two such as fresh hummus and veggies or a cheese plate.

Urban Vintner

37484 N. Industrial Pkwy., Willoughby, OH 44094

You'll be able to see the entire production process at Urban Vintner, watching the transformation from grape to bottled wine. It's co-owned by award-winning winemaker Ed Trebets, who has won over 1,000 medals in his winemaking career. Sample several with a visit to the Tasting Room, which is open on Fridays and Saturdays. And if you'd like to try even more varieties, the winery offers a wine club that includes selections that are locally produced as well as ones that are globally sourced.

Laleure Vineyards

17335 Nash Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062

This small boutique winery makes most of its wines from vinifera grapes grown right on the property. Schedule your visit for a weekend if possible, when the tasting room is open, but it's also open by appointment if you'd like to visit at another time. The vineyard also frequently hosts live entertainment on Fridays and/or Saturdays, so order a glass of your favorite selection and relax while you enjoy the music.

Blind Squirrel Winery

7918 Pettibone Rd., Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

Wines are produced and blended on-site at Blind Squirrel winery, and they're selected to appeal to a wide range of tastes. Some additional wines are offered seasonally. The tasting room is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 4-9 p.m., so try some different types and settle on a full glass or two of your favorite.

Stonegait Winery

4275 Bates Rd., Madison, OH 44057

If Stonegait Winery has a rustic barn-like appearance, that's because it once was a barn on a former horse farm. The owners purchased the barn after planting their vineyard and waiting four years, and they then renovated the barn to transform it into a winery. It now offers a full food menu along with an extensive list of wine offerings that you're welcome to enjoy by the bottle, glass, or taste. Fridays or Saturdays are a good time to visit if you'd like to enjoy live music along with your food and wine.

The Winery at Spring Hill

6062 South Ridge Rd. W, Geneva, OH 44041

The Winery at Spring Hill has a friendly, relaxing feel, and although wine is its centerpiece, it also offers much more. In addition to a selection of handcrafted wines ranging from dry to sweet, their wine bar also serves unique hard ciders, craft beers from local breweries, and cocktails made with liquor from local distilleries. Food is also available, and you can choose a snack, meal, or one of the bakery's delicious desserts.

Virant Family Winery

541 Atkins Rd., Geneva, OH 44041

The Virant family spans 3 generations of winemakers, the latest of whom currently own the winery. Their 11 selections are made to have a crisp grape taste along with a pleasant aftertaste. They pair well with the winery's weekly snack food menu along with their more extensive menu for the weekends, when you can order steak, chicken, or ribs and listen to live music.

Silver Crest Cellars

4511 Bates Rd., Madison, OH 44057

Silver Crest Cellars uses grapes from their family vineyards that date back to the 1930s, along with grapes from other local growers. Try their wines by the bottle, glass, or taste in a relaxing indoor or outdoor seating area. You'll be able to choose from old-world as well as new-world varieties, in addition to local and historical varieties and blends.

Debonne Vineyards

7840 Doty Rd., Madison, OH 44057 

The largest estate winery in Ohio, Debonne Vineyards has over 175 acres of grapevines. The vineyard is known for its newer varieties and original blends and has also opened its own microbrewery. To learn about the entire winemaking process, schedule a tour that includes four samples of wine as well as cheese and crackers. You can also choose a tasting tray of your favorite type of wine, such as dry red or Riesling, and you'll get a souvenir glass, bottled water, crackers, and chocolate. And if you're ready for a meal, a casual food menu is also available. You might want to time your visit to coincide with one of the many events hosted by the winery, including a home winemaking class, fun run, bocce ball tournament, or motorcycle rally.

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September
15

Specialty Foods: 9 Stops on the Ohio Buckeye Candy Trail

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Buckeyes are a popular treat in the state of Ohio. Who wouldn't love these balls of peanut butter coated in chocolate? Whether you're a dedicated buckeyes fan or someone hoping to experience them for the first time, you just have to take a trip along the Ohio Buckeye Candy Trail. This trail takes you to various bakeshops and candy stores, each serving its own version of buckeyes. Here are some of the top stops along the Ohio Buckeye Candy Trail.

Haute Chocolate

9424 Shelly Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45242

Haute Chocolate is an incredible candy store in Cincinnati. They've been in business since 1979 and have gained quite a reputation for their buckeyes. As you step into the small, brick building, you'll be greeted by the scent of chocolate and peanut butter — and you'll know something delicious awaits.

The owner is usually in the store at Haute Chocolate, and they can tell you all about their chocolate-making process. In addition to classic chocolate buckeyes, they also make white chocolate buckeyes, which are a must for any white chocolate fan. The chocolate-covered strawberries are also incredible if you're looking for something to accompany your buckeyes. Eating the buckeyes and strawberries side by side is almost like having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Tickled Sweet

317 Main St., Milford, OH 45150

Tickled Sweet is located in the downtown area of Milford. They were named Score Business of the Year in 2017! You can spend an hour or two walking around to nearby shops and restaurants before stopping in for some buckeyes. They're made in-house, and they're served with a smile.

In addition to buckeyes, Tickled Sweet offers an assortment of fudge and macarons. Their macarons come in fun flavors like key lime and birthday cake, and they're sold individually.

Bellbrook Chocolate Shoppe

101 E. Alex Bell Rd., Centerville, OH 45459

Bellbrook Chocolate Shoppe was founded in 1984 and has remained a family business ever since. The shop is housed in a small brick building. Inside, shelves of packaged chocolates draw you in with their beauty. There's also a deli-style service counter where you can have chocolate packaged individually to order.

Bellbrook Chocolate Shoppe sells traditional buckeyes with a milk chocolate exterior. The peanut butter centers are especially creamy! They come in packages of 6, 12, or 24, so you can bring a few home to share. If you're looking for something to enjoy alongside your buckeyes, you can't go wrong with the shortbread. Known as "Aunt Laura's shortbread," it's incredibly delicate with a nice brown sugar flavor.

Anthony Thomas

1777 Arlingate Lane, Columbus, OH 43228

If you're in or around Columbus, make sure you stop by Anthony Thomas for some buckeyes. This large candy store is family-operated, and they manage to turn out 50,000 pounds of chocolate each year.

The buckeyes here are described as "really peanut buttery" and smooth. They come individually wrapped, so you can try one here and there without worrying about the rest of the package spoiling. Buy a 12-piece or 24-piece box if you plan on sharing. Anthony Thomas also sells Ohio Baskets, which are shaped like the state of Ohio and filled with classic candies like buckeyes, chocolate-covered pretzels, and caramel corn.

Chocolate Cafe

1855 Northwest Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212

If you want to eat some lunch or breakfast alongside your buckeyes, this is the place to go. Chocolate Cafe has a menu with soups, salads, sandwiches, wine, cocktails, and even omelets. But the chocolate is definitely the star of the show.

The buckeyes at Chocolate Cafe are hand-rolled, and they sell for $1 apiece. They also offer buckeye pretzels, which is a fun twist on the classic. You might be tempted to order some truffles or mini cupcakes to bring home, too.

Schmidt's Fudge Haus

220 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

This shop may be named after fudge, but don't let that fool you. They still have some of the best buckeyes in Columbus. The centers are incredibly smooth and creamy, and they're dipped in real Belgian chocolate. You can buy the buckeyes in boxes of 6 or 15.

Definitely take the opportunity to sample the fudge while you're at Schmidt's, too. The plain chocolate is a classic, but the butter pecan is incredible if you're a nut lover. Schmidt's Fudge Haus is located in the Historic German Village, so feel free to take a walk around as you enjoy your sweets.

Sweetie's Chocolates at Grandpa's Cheesebarn

668 US-250, Ashland, OH 44805

Sweetie's Chocolates is an enormous candy store located directly next to Grandpa's Cheesebarn, an enormous cheese store. If you're in Northeast Ohio, you absolutely need to visit both. They offer lots of free samples and have an incredible selection of both cheeses and sweets.

Sweetie's offers buckeyes dipped in both milk and dark chocolate. They even offer miniature buckeyes, which they sell in a big tub suitable for sharing. Other tasty treats include chocolate-covered pretzels, caramels, and fudge. The licorice candy, which comes in many flavors, is also a favorite.

Honadle's Fine Chocolates

1138 W. Maple St., Hartville, OH 44632

Honadle's doesn't take shortcuts, sourcing as many ingredients as possible from local companies, and they always use the freshest, best-quality items possible. This really shows in the quality of their buckeyes and chocolates. Honadle's is a stop on the Ohio Buckeye Trail that you don't want to skip.

The buckeyes here come in milk and dark chocolate versions, and they're sold in a 12-count box. The sea salt caramels are a great treat to order if you're looking for something extra.

Butter Maid Bakery

100 Victoria Rd., Youngstown, OH 44515

Everything at Butter Maid Bakery is made in small batches, using old-fashioned recipes and traditional ingredients. They've been around since 1903, so they've had plenty of time to master their craft! In addition to the buckeyes, customers love their kalochi, and it's definitely worth a try.

Butter Maid Bakery's buckeyes are larger than most. The filling is also a bit softer than you might be used to since they're made with a higher proportion of peanut butter. They're sold in 12-count boxes, so you'll have enough to share. 

Taste Ohio's Best

As you travel along the Ohio Buckeye Trail, your taste buds are sure to be pleased! Which one of these candy stores are you most excited to visit?

September
3

Celebrate Beer Lover's Day at These 9 Ohio Breweries

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Beer Lover's Day is September 7, so what better opportunity to step back and appreciate the art of craft brewing? Beer has played an important role in our country's history — early Virginia colonists often brewed their own ale, and many of our brewing styles were influenced by German settlers in the mid-1850s. However, the process has evolved significantly, and thanks to various hops, grains, and brewing methods, we can enjoy countless styles and flavors of beer today.

One of the best ways to celebrate Beer Lover's Day is to head out to your favorite Ohio craft brewery to learn about their particular brewing style and sample new kinds of beer. Whether you're truly interested in the art of brewing or simply looking for an excuse to have some drinks with friends, here are nine of Ohio's best breweries that should be on your list to try.

Butcher And The Brewer

2043 E. 4th St., Cleveland, OH 44115

This locally owned and operated brewpub and dining house in Cleveland serves some of the best local beers as well as delicious farm-to-table shareable plates. They even have an in-house butcher and Charcuterie. With over 12 different beers on tap and a robust menu of wines and cocktails, Butcher And The Brewer is a great place to hang out and relax with friends. There is spacious indoor and outdoor seating, and you can even order directly from your phone. The bar and restaurant are open Wednesday through Sunday evenings.

Akronym Brewing

58 E. Market St, Akron, OH 44308

With over 22 beers on tap and a taproom menu full of delicious snacks, Akronym Brewing is one of the best breweries in Northeast Ohio and makes for a great date night or weekend hangout location. Beer is brewed on-site, and several of Akronym's beers have actually won local and national competitions. Trivia night is on Wednesdays, and they serve a delicious brunch on Sundays. The bar is open daily, but hours change, so be sure to check their website. Rather drink at home? Order a keg of your favorite beer with a pony tap to go.

Codex Brewing

6307 Whipple Ave. NW, North Canton, OH 44720

For some delicious locally-brewed craft beer choices, check out Codex Brewing. This small brewery has 13 rotating taps to choose from, including delicious IPAs, wheat beers, and even seltzers. Enjoy your beer inside their cozy, minimalist taproom. Codex Brewing doesn't have a kitchen, but they do frequently have food trucks, and they even allow you to bring your own food. The taproom is open Wednesday through Sunday, and drive-thru beer pickup is also available.

Seventh Son Brewing Co.

1101 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201

Seventh Son has been voted best brewery in Columbus on multiple occasions and makes some of the most delicious ales & IPAs in Central Ohio. Located in the historic Italian Village, Seventh Son has a robust draft list, great food truck schedule, and even a small retail shop. Enjoy the rustic atmosphere of the taproom, which is divided into two floors and has a "Downstairs Draft List" and an "Upstairs Draft List." There is plenty of table space both indoors and outdoors, and the bar is open 7 days a week.

Corner Stone Craft Beer & Wine

61 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

This locally-owned brewery and retail store sits in the Olde Towne East area of Columbus and provides a comfortable atmosphere to learn about and try different craft beers and wine. The staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and can help you find your new favorite beer. The store has six rotating drafts but also features over 300 different varieties of bottled beer. Growlers are available if you'd like to take your beet to-go. Make sure to check out their website for fun weekend events. The brewery is open Monday through Saturday until 10 pm on weeknights and 11 pm on weekends.

Columbus Brewing Company

2555 Harrison Rd., Columbus, OH 43204

Best known for its Columbus IPA, Bodhi, and German Lagers, Columbus Brewing Company's massive brewery is where you'll find some of the most popular beers in Central Ohio. The large brewery is attached to a beautiful taproom where you can enjoy 20 popular beers, all brewed on-site. Beer is available to go, and small plates, appetizers, and pizzas are available to order. Stop by Wednesday through Thursday for a beer and a snack.

Rhinegeist Brewery

1910 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

One of the most popular craft beer brands in the Midwest can be found right in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. This 25,000 square foot brewery features a rooftop bar and a beautiful taproom. The draft list includes all the popular Rhinegeist favorites plus rotating season choices. Best of all, you can take a tasting tour of the entire brewing facility on weekends. While they don't actually serve food, they do have a partnership with their next-door neighbor's OTR Chili, so it's to pair your favorite Cincinnati chili with your favorite beer. The brewery is open Tuesday through Sunday.

MadTree Brewing

3301 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209

This warehouse-turned-brewery in Cincinnati features ample indoor and outdoor seating, great beer, and some delicious pizza. MadTree Brewing has over 26 styles of craft beer and an awesome family-friendly vibe. There are a variety of outdoor activities on the weekends, and the brewery is dog-friendly. They also have a huge outdoor patio, making it a great place to hang out on warm weekend afternoons. Stop by for a pint or order a growler or keg to go. MadTree is open seven days a week.

Listermann Brewing Company

1621 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207

20 draft beers and a dog-friendly taproom make Listermann Brewing Company an awesome place to gather with friends and family.  Listermann's beers have won several local and national awards dating all the way back to 2014. Not only do they have a great taproom, but you'll also find a growler station and a home brewing supply store. The taproom and store are open 7 days a week.

Talk About a Hoppy Hour

Where will you find your new favorite style of beer around Ohio?

August
25

9 Food Tours You Have to Try Around Ohio

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One of the best ways to discover new places to eat is to take a food tour. Some of these tours focus on restaurants. Others also visit grocery stores, breweries, specialty shops, and even farms. Thankfully, there are plenty of fun and engaging food tours around Ohio. Here are a few tasty options to try.

Canton Food Tours

555 Market Ave. N, Canton, OH 44702

If you're looking at homes for sale in Northeast Ohio, be sure to make time for a tour with Canton Food Tours. This company offers a few different food tours in and around the city of Canton. Their Afternoon Hall of Fame City Food Tour takes you to four restaurants in the Canton Arts District, and their Evening Hall of Fame City Food Tour features small-plate entrees, desserts, and more.

You can book your tour on Canton Food Tours' website. Prices start at $58 per person, and most tours take about 3 - 4 hours. If you have dietary restrictions, they can be accommodated as long as you let Canton Food Tours know in advance.

Relish City Food Tours

Cleveland, OH

Relish City Food Tours promises to give you an inside look at Cleveland's vibrant food scene. Their Ohio City Food Tour takes you on a walk through historic neighborhoods. You'll stop at the West Side Market, the Ohio City Farm, and several unique restaurants, sampling seasonal goodies along the way. The guides share local stories and insights into Cleveland's culture.

Tickets range from $50 to $87 per person and can be purchased on Relish City Food Tours' website. There is the option to include drink pairings for an extra fee.

Cleveland Cycle Tours

2061 Gehring Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

If you want to get some exercise and enjoy great food, Cleveland Cycle Tours is a great company to book with. They offer several different tour routes, each winding through a portion of the city with stops at two different pubs for drinks and snacks.

The Tremont Outing Tour is an especially good choice. With a small group, you'll pedal through this artistic neighborhood, stopping to sample some locally brewed beer. The tour guides are really upbeat and engaging.

Columbus Food Adventures

Columbus, OH 43215

Columbus Food Adventures offers a few different food tours in the city of Columbus. You can choose a van tour for convenience or a walking tour if you'd like a bit more exercise. 

One of the top tours through Columbus Food Adventures is their German Village Tour. At a price of $62 per person, it lasts 4 hours and takes you to 6 different tasting stops. The Old Worthington Tour is another great choice, especially if you're interested in history. It introduces you to Old Worthington, its farmers' market, and its top restaurants. Of course, the All Desserts Tour and the Brewery District Walking Tour have plenty of fans, too.

Columbus Craft Cocktail Tour

Columbus, OH 43215

If you're looking at Columbus homes for sale, this is a tour you can't miss. Cocktails are not exactly food, but they are definitely culinary works of art — and well worth sampling! This tour company charges $75 per person, which includes bartender gratuity. Tours are only open to those ages 21 and up.

The Columbus Craft Cocktail Tour visits three premier cocktail bars. Options include The Citizens Trust, Denmark on High, and Mouton, among others. At each bar, you'll enjoy a signature drink and light appetizers. Participants also get a mixology lesson.

Columbus Ale Trail

Columbus, OH 43215

Perhaps a self-guided tour is more your speed. If so, you should consider touring the Columbus Ale Trail. The trail consists of more than 50 craft breweries in and around Columbus, Ohio. Visit your first brewery to grab a copy of the map, and then follow the map to visit as many breweries as you wish. At each stop, you can sample a beer and get a stamp on your map. Turn in your map with four stamps for a patch and sticker.

Breweries along the Columbus Ale Trail include 1487 Brewery, Antiques on High, The Brew Brothers, Brewdog, Galena Brewing Co., Land Grant Brewing, and Outerbelt Brewing, among others. 

Cincinnati Food Tours

107 W. Elder St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

If you're shopping for a home around Cincinnati, then taking a tour with Cincinnati Food Tours is a good way to get your culinary bearings. This company offers a few different tours in and around Cincinnati.

One top option is the Beyond the Market tour. For $69 per person, this tour takes you through one of the city's most historic districts. You'll stop at restaurants, breweries, and wineries along the way, sampling appetizers, beer, wine, and desserts. Another good choice is the All-American Food Tour in Pendleton, which takes you through Ziegler Park, an artistic neighborhood. Here, you'll sample biscuits, whiskey, and more.

Riverside Food & Culture Tours

145 Second St. E, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Riverside Food & Culture Tours is another great tour company operating in Cincinnati. Their Cincy Top 10 Sites and Bites City Tour is a popular choice. It lasts three hours, and it takes you through the downtown area with stops to enjoy Belgian waffles, German goetta, Skyline chili dogs, and more.

If you'd rather ride than walk, then you may want to try the Cincinnati Streetcar Food Tour instead. It takes a similar route through the Queen City of the West. You'll experience a little of everything, from traditional Indian restaurants to Scottish pubs.

Craft Connection: Cincinnati Brewery Tours

331 E. 13th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

With craft beer is a big part of Cincinnati culture, this brewery tour is the perfect way to experience the area. You'll ride on a bus, visiting three or four breweries with samples at each one. Wine and beer are allowed on the bus, too, so even the driving portion of the tour feels like a party.

The buses used on this tour hold 14 people. You can reserve your spot on the company's website. Typically, tours are offered on Fridays and Saturdays and last between 3 and 4 hours. The cost is $50 - $55 per person, depending on the day. This includes transportation and your beer samples.

Eat and Enjoy

Which of these food tours will you embark on? Get ready to embrace the deliciousness. 

August
20

Gift These 9 Ohio-Made Specialty Foods

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Tired of coffee mugs, t-shirts, and other standard Ohio-centric gifts? Treat family and friends to the literal and figurative flavors of Ohio with a unique gift of specialty foods. These tasty and delightful products made in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati are great on their own or use them to build your own gift basket.

Fred Hot

30022 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe, OH 44092

Fred Hot is a clever play on the name of the company's founder, who was in search of a spicy sauce that was more natural and flavorful than the brands already found on the market. He began experimenting with reductions of various peppers, coming up with sauces that were slightly different with each batch, but deeply satisfying. Fred even designed the humorous caricature found on all his products. Find Fred Hot sauces, seasonings, and pickled vegetables at Sweet Berry Fresh Market in Wickliffe.

Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce

2271 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

At the tender age of 15, Ethan Holmes had a vision of creating a business with his grandfather's applesauce recipe. Ethan went to work in the family kitchen, using raw materials he received as holiday gifts, and Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce was born. Over the past eight years, Ethan has used his passion and business acumen to grow his company with infusions of capital. The 100 percent natural applesauce comes in original, apple pie cinnamon, and strawberry peach flavors. Find Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce at The Wine Spot in Cleveland Heights.

Little Lakewood Pasta Company

15613 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107

Pasta is the perfect canvas for a wide range of sauces, making it a wonderful food for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. Taste the difference in the fresh, handmade products from Little Lakewood Pasta Company. In addition to at least eight flavors of fettuccine each day, some of which are vegan, you'll find a selection of sauces, ravioli, and Italian meatballs. Owner Megan Manning has created a community kitchen where other entrepreneurs can rent space and sell their products in the retail store. Shop hours are noon - 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday.

Al's Delicious Popcorn

1500 Bethel Rd., Columbus, OH 43220

Honestly, is there anyone who doesn't love popcorn? The Bairds compare the product at their shop, Al's Delicious Popcorn, to their own family: rooted in tradition, but full of different personalities. More than 65 flavors cover both the sweet and savory ends of the spectrum, including gluten-free and vegan varieties. For a true taste of Ohio, try the Cincinnati-style chili and buckeye flavors. Individual portion bags can be customized for showers, birthdays, and other special occasions. Al's Delicious Popcorn is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Stauf's Coffee Roasters

1277 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

Thanks to a seemingly endless variety of types from around the world, coffee is more popular than ever today. In pursuit of crafting a gourmet level cup of coffee, Stauf's Coffee Roasters uses the best green arabica beans available and roasts them by hand on gas-fired drum roasters. For a truly exceptional drinking experience, try their micro-roast batches from Rwanda, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Colombia. The true caffeine addict on your gift list will love a subscription to Stauf's Coffee of the Month program. Shop hours are 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

Ridiculously Good Salsa

508 Cassady Ave., Columbus, OH 43209

As famously declared in a Seinfeld episode two decades ago, salsa surpassed ketchup on the list of popular condiments in the U.S. This can likely be attributed to brands like Ridiculously Good Salsa, whose name says it all. But for the company's founders, it goes beyond taste. After their son recovered from critical injuries after an accident, they wanted to create a food that would be shared by friends and family during special moments. Ridiculously Good Salsa is made in small batches using locally sourced vegetables and fresh herbs, with three levels of heat for all tastes. Find Ridiculously Good Salsa at Bexley Natural Market in Columbus. 

Taste of Belgium

1135 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Ohio meets Continental Europe at Taste of Belgium, where "elegant cuisine is served with a down-to-earth attitude." When founder Jean-François Flechet brought a 120-pound cast iron waffle iron back from his native Belgium, it launched an empire of food establishments. The hand-held Liege-style Belgian waffles, so tasty they don't need any syrup, are still the crown jewel of the company's offerings. Stop by their restaurant in Over-the-Rhine or order online.

Hen of the Woods

4450 Eastgate S. Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45245

At one time, Nick and Kimberly Marckwald dreamed of opening their own restaurant. Nick used his culinary expertise to make red wine vinegar potato chips for use as salad croutons, which they sold to raise funds for their venture. The chips were so wildly successful that the couple pivoted to the new opportunity, calling their new company Hen of the Woods, which was the chosen name for their restaurant. The original red wine vinegar flavor is still available, along with white cheddar jalapeño, sea salt, everything bagel, buttermilk and chive, and Carolina BBQ. Find Hen of the Woods snacks at Jungle Jim's International Market in Cincinnati.

Donna's Gourmet Cookies

10796 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45242

Who could resist a cookie that's bold enough to have the words "ooey gooey" included in its name? These delights are an XXL version of the delicacies from Donna's Gourmet Cookies, which come in classic chocolate chip along with other decadent flavors. Additional treats include brownies and Donna's signature pecan pie bars. Can't decide? Go for the Favorite Things box, which includes a generous sampling of all products. Donna's Gourmet Cookies is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday. Watch the website for online ordering, which is coming soon.

Food, Glorious Food!

You're offered a free lifetime supply of any food you choose. What's #1 on your list?

August
18

Columbus: Cool Down With Iced Coffee From These 8 Places

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Are you the type of person who needs your morning java – no matter what the weather? If so, you're in luck! There are tons of great local coffee shops in the Columbus area where you can kick back, relax, and enjoy a delicious cup of fresh-brewed iced coffee.

Whether you need to get your day going or you're looking for an afternoon pick-me-up, you can't go wrong with a quick stop at one of these cafes. 

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse

300 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43215

If you want to enjoy a refreshing iced coffee while supporting an important cause, you'll love paying a visit to Roosevelt Coffeehouse. This specialty coffee shop focuses on impacting people in need by donating its profits to organizations the fight injustices like human trafficking, unclean water, hunger, and more. 

Their menu features a variety of iced coffee options including almond or oat milk and flavors like honey, maple, mocha, caramel, and more. While you're enjoying your drink, you'll also want to check out their selection of pastry items. We love their bagels and donuts. They also offer plenty of gluten-free items. 

Roaming Goat Coffee Company 

849 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Roaming Goat Coffee Company is Central Ohio's premium full-service coffee roaster. They source the highest quality Arabica beans from around the world and expertly roast them to perfection. Stop by their coffee house and enjoy one of the best iced coffees you've ever had. 

Want to try your hand at making your own? You can also find their fresh-roasted coffee beans at places like Lucky's Market, Fresh Market, The Hills Market, Weiland's Market, and select Meijer's locations. 

Crimson Cup Coffee Shop

4541 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

The Crimson Cup has been a staple in Columbus since 2007. They're located just a few minutes north of The Ohio State University campus. If you're in a hurry, you can grab your iced coffee from their convenient drive-thru. However, we recommend coming inside so you can enjoy their unique coffeehouse experience. 

Crimson Cup has a one-of-a-kind brew bar and offers nitro cold brew on tap, as well as a wide selection of iced and frozen coffee drinks. If you love their coffee (and we know you will!) you can also order bags for home delivery. 

Fox in the Snow Cafe

1031 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201

With three locations in the Columbus area, Fox in the Snow Cafe is always a great idea! This bakery and coffee shop makes excellent iced coffee and also services up rustic-style baked goods.

Next time you're faced with a mid-morning coffee craving, visit them in the Italian Village, German Village, or New Albany. You'll be glad you did!

Brioso Coffee

53 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

If you're looking for a fun coffee experience, check out Brioso Coffee. Their slogan is "Mean Coffee, Nice People," and this is exactly what you can expect. The folks here take their coffee brewing seriously – so you can simply relax and enjoy a delicious cup of joe. 

Whether you visit their High Street or Long Street location, you won't be disappointed. They're happy to make you a cold brew or a nitro cold brew. However, if you're feeling adventurous, we recommend sampling one of their seasonal summer drinks. Some of the current specials include "Petal to the Metal," an iced rose vanilla latte, or the "Life's a Brioso Beach," an espresso tonic served over ice with a lime. Both promise to take your coffee experience up a notch (or two!).

Bottom's Up Coffee

1069 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43222

For a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere and unforgettable cup of java, you can't go wrong with Bottom's Up Coffee. Not only do they make a variety of delicious coffee drinks, but they also support the community. They use a portion of their profits to provide diapers to parents in need and also host various community events to help support their neighbors. 

The owners of this shop are dedicated to providing healthy and nutritious food options. All of their drinks and the majority of their food items are also vegan-friendly.

Third Way Cafe

3058 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204

At Third Way Cafe, they see their purpose as much more than making great coffee. This locally-owned coffee shop was built by the community, for the community, with a single purpose: doing good deeds. They've been a local favorite since they opened in 2017, and they pride themselves on being a place where people can come together and enjoy a home away from home.

When you visit, you're welcome to relax, read a book, and take your time enjoying your beverage of choice. We recommend trying an iced latte, a decadent iced mocha, or an iced espresso. 

Global Gallery Coffee Shop

3535 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43214

Established in the Short North Arts District of Columbus, Global Gallery Cafe has been a local favorite since 1991. This non-profit, fair-trade coffee shop also carries a selection of products like wine, chocolate, jewelry, hand-crafted goods, and more. It's the perfect place to shop for that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member (or yourself!).

While you're there, plan to spend some time sitting down, relaxing, and enjoying their signature Thunderkiss cold brew or a nitro cold brew made with Ramble Coffee. We recommend ordering some locally-made scones or vegan treats, as they're the perfect complement to a tasty cup of coffee. 

Cool Down with Cold Brew 

Where are you going to fuel up first? 

July
21

Order Beautiful Custom Cookies from These Ohio Bakers

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Few foods have the universal appeal of cookies, which are a comforting treat for kids and grown-ups alike. It's no surprise that people are turning to cookies to celebrate birthdays, weddings, graduations, and other life events. Make your special occasion even more memorable with custom cookies from these talented bakers around Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

Sepsi Sweets

Julie Sepsi wants everyone to have a sweet day. The home-based baker started Sepsi Sweets to do her part in achieving that goal. One of Julie's signature creations is a treat box made from sugar cookies and vanilla royal icing. The covered container is ready to be filled with M&Ms, Hershey Kisses, or any other small surprise. Julie has also used her popular sugar cookies for an