Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Food Glorious Food!

I realize this particular post has nothing to do with art, but since I'm going out for dinner this evening it has me thinking about food – GOOD food. There are SO many great places in Cincinnati to strap on the feedbag. Of course, I don't mean pigging out when you go out to eat, but some places the food is so good, you may feel like doing just that!

I've compiled a short list of places that I believe to have the best burger, Italian, Thai, Fish, etc... Try them for yourself, or if you already have, maybe just give a thumbs up for agreeing. And, P.S. I have no affiliation with any of these places. I just believe in getting the most out your money and a great dining experience!

Best Burger

It seems like Five Guys restaurants are popping up everywhere! They spoil us with their reasonable prices and quick service... It seems like they should be dubbed the "best burger in town." But wait! What if you don't like a burger with all that fluff. Where is one supposed to turn for a simple grilled melt-in-your-mouth patty of ground beef? ...Ready? Wait for it... By Golly's! It may not be the fanciest place in town, but by golly, it gets the job done. A friendly atmosphere, with good people and great food (and they serve beer too! Sorry Five Guys, but that's a deal-breaker!).

Best Italian Food

This one is tricky, because a lot of it, I think, depends on what kind of sauces you like and they definitely vary from one chef's kitchen to the next. Ferrari's in Madeira has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Not only is their food authentic, but they have a quaint, "Little Italy" atmosphere that just makes for a wonderful experience. And they make fresh bread! Big thumbs up for Ferrari's...

Fish that's Not Fishy

I LOVE salmon. Two great salmon dishes I have found in the city can be found at Ferrari's Little Italy in Madeira and at The Cheesecake Factory in Kenwood. Both come with a mild sauce that perfectly compliment the fish without taking away from the taste or texture.

Best Asian Cuisine

Lemongrass. Period. It's on Madison Road in Norwood/Hyde Park.

Well, I'm out of time for today. I'm sure I'll come up with more tasty ideas after I've posted this. But we'll save that for another day. :)


~ Kate

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

It's shaping out to be a BIG year!

With the blooming flowers comes many new and exciting possibilities! I will be in more art shows in 2012 than ever before... I finally finished the Downy woodpecker back in January... A new painting, The Cincinnati Observatory, part of the Cincinnati Scenes, was born from the super crazy idea I had to surprise my husband on his 30th birthday with this new painting (worth it! but never again!!!)... and now, I am painting an Adirondack back rocking chair for Pro Seniors, a non-profit organization that provides free legal and long-term care help to older adults.

Many know that I have a difficult time staying on one painting until it is completely finished, but this piece has been an exception... with a deadline creeping ever closer (beginning of July). I’ve also been asked to take pictures along the way so that they might be used to help promote the event, “Rock on for Seniors.” Since well known artist C.F. Payne was not able to participate this year, I was pursued as one of their featured artists, and asked to paint something “Cincinnati themed.” ...Gulp...

So, no pressure!

I’m sure it will turn out more than fine, and I am very much looking forward to attending the event in August. Let’s hope this bad boy turns out awesome and fetches Pro Seniors some good money! ..And, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if the final product turned up somewhere in a newspaper article.
Stay tuned, and check out to follow my progress... Rock On!


"High on the Hog In the Queen City"  (approximately 8 hours into it)