Thursday, June 26, 2008
sometime last year, a new restaurant, j's place, bought a building on glenway ave. and opened up for business. a small little corner of that building was being rented by coconut joe's, a seasonal ice cream stand. apparently an agreement was made between j's and coconut joe's that joe's could continue to operate. so joe's continued to pay rent all winter, while they were closed to business. when spring came, word on the street is that j's told joe's that they were not going to renew the lease after all.
to me, that seems...not nice. unethical somehow. until i hear a different version of the story, i am disinclined to patronize j's place.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
for lunch at work saturday, we ordered wild mike's. the black and bleu burger arrived encased in styrofoam. they also did not ask how i wanted it prepared, and it was a bit dry. the beef itself had a good flavor. the bleu was fully fatty, gloppy bleu cheese dressing. crumbles would be preferred, even though they have a tendency to fall off the sandwich. price was under $5. overall, a 3. and sorry, no photo.
brian recommended we try the cheezburger cafe at 12092 montgomery rd. vacationing in florida has taught us good food can be found in a strip mall, and this is definitely the case with the cheezburger cafe. they feature several amazing choices, including the queen city burger, which is 1/3 lb of beef topped with a german mett, chili and cheese. i ordered the california dreamin' burger as is with swiss, salsa, guacamole, lettuce and tomato. brian chowed down on the glutinous double cheeseburger topped with a fried egg and various condiments. the patties were small in diameter with a gratifying thickness, moist and tasty. i spoke with the cook and he said they get their beef from ron's meats on loveland-madeira, but i could not find a listing for it. my sandwich was pretty damn good. the salsa and guac were a perfect complement. my only complaint is the shredded lettuce and tomato slices. they were a bit anemic and tasteless. very disappointing given the yumminess of everything else.also delectable fries. the whole check came to only $16.10. even if i would have ordered the root beer float, we still would have made it out of the cafe, stuffed, for under $20. one con, there were tvs at some of the tables that proved very distracting. overall, brian and i agreed on a heavenly 5.5.
Monday, June 23, 2008
westfest, presented by the city of cheviot. get a good look at the westside right in the heart of cheviot. saturday and sunday, beginning at 1pm. i hate to admit this, but i've only been once. the problem with attending westside events is i will see cousins, former classmates, ex-boyfriends, high school religion teachers. let's be honest, sometimes anonymity is bliss.
panegyri greek festival at the holy trinity-st. nicholas greek orthodox church. shuttles run from st. x. the shuttle line is usually long. one year we decided to walk from st x to the festival and were rewarded with blisters. friday, saturday and sunday. lots of food, wine, dancing. you get the idea. admission is free if you bring 2 non-perishable food items.
so, the unicorn hunt for the great cincinnati hamburger begins.
some ground (haha, ground, get it?) rules:
1) friday's, applebee's, mcdonald's, etc, are ineligible for obvious reasons
2) we're going to try to stick to beef burgers, but a veggie or turkey may creep in. sorry.
3) burgers will be graded on a scale of taste, texture, presentation, thickness, price, and whatever else strikes us.
4) ratings are 1-6, 1 being the beef would have been better off staying on the cow, 6 being divine bovine.
5) we can make up other rules and regulations at whim and blatantly ignore the ones we already have. except rule 1.
6) we want suggestions!
for the bachelorette dinner, we went to chez nora. i enjoyed a glass of rancho zabaco zinfandel while perusing the menu. beth must have been affected by the full moon, because she drank white zinfandel. we shared a starter. i have to compliment the dip sampler appetizer. what a great idea. four kinds of dip and two kinds of dippers? fantastic.
for the main course, i had the turkey and brie sandwich. it was really delicious. the turkey was thick and browned before being topped with brie. no slimy lunchmeat here! as alyssa put it, i was trying to be virtuous by ordering vegetables instead of fries. this was a bad decision. i suffered from potato envy. also envy of the mini-muffin that came with alyssa's salad. ellen had her staple, the chicken sandwich, while beth indulged in the philly steak.
there were quite a few tasty looking entrees on the table, but i thought it would be mildly obnoxious to ask 20 people, most of whom just met me, if i could photograph their food.
i found a new friend with a sweet-tooth who was easily convinced to split the turtle cheesecake. caramel is one of my favorite things. and yes, i am from the westside, so i pronounce it 'car-mel'. at least i don't spell wash with an 'r' like some members of my family.
the evening continued with much debauchery and drinking for our bachelorette. many shots were consumed, and she was appropriately verschnickered. i was home, in bed, by midnight. even without the umbrella, i'm getting old.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
barry larkin merlot 2006 - benefits the champions sports foundation
ken griffey jr. cabernet sauvignon 2006 - benefits the ken griffey jr. family foundation
homer bailey chardonnay 2006 - benefits outdoors without limits
they retail at $13.99 and i got mine at the white oak piazza discepoli, my favorite westside wine store and the only wine bar i know of this side of vine street.
some people (yes, native westsiders) claim phc does not deserve all the hype. ok, it's not gourmet. it's a neighborhood place with friendly staff, free-flowing beer, and straightforward food. the perfect westside establishment.