Monthly Archives: December 2011

To market, to market

I saw more of Cincinnati in our 2.5-day birthday trip than I did in a dozen  childhood visits to the Queen City. Those trips tended to be event-oriented; we went to see a Reds ballgame or ride roller coasters at … Continue reading

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Finding a riverfront restaurant comfort zone

Coming out of the Newport Aquarium across the river from Cincinnati Thursday afternoon, all six of us were ravenous. But we bypassed the first restaurant we came to on the Levee at Newport, because nobody felt like Fish Market fare … Continue reading

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My new Mexican restaurant reality

For a while after I lost weight I stayed away from Mexican restaurants, because I could never seem to stop myself from cleaning my plate. And those plates are enormous, right? Well, I still can’t resist cleaning my plate at Mexican restaurants. But … Continue reading

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Seize the Pigout!

“Mom, you’re lucky your birthday falls on a Tuesday this year,” Ben said last night, noticing me help myself to an extra slice of pizza. “That way you can pig out on your birthday.” I don’t go crazy on Tuesdays. … Continue reading

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From the Interview Archives: What ‘Normal People’ Crave

Gabriel Szoke, graphic designer and “Eclectic City” podcaster based in San Juan, Puerto Rico: “Chocolate. I’ve also become crazy about chili/lemon-flavored pork rinds lately. Dunno how that happened. I give in to these once or twice a week, as a … Continue reading

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A Christmas run at the cemetery

It would’ve been so cool to have done a destination run to the Ossian cemetery for our annual Christmas Eve candle lighting at my grandparents’ grave. Ever since 1994, the year both my maternal grandparents died, my brother, sister and … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

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Grandma Jane’s cranberry chutney

This is the recipe I most associate with Bob’s mom, who died last December. She wrote it out for me around 20 years ago, probably, while she was still working as a nurse anesthestist and living in her house in … Continue reading

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The Reverse Dietary Editing Maneuver

Lately I’ve been “editing” unworkable foods out of my life in groups of three. I seem drawn to that number, perhaps because of the old superstition that things tend to happen in groups of three. Or maybe because it’s a … Continue reading

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Chocolate bunny lives to see Christmas in gym locker hideway

I’m pretty sure we’ve never had a chocolate bunny make it all the way to Christmas before, much less three — three! — Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs*. Yet when I reviewed the contents of our gym locker this week, there … Continue reading

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