‘Chef’s Table’ Season 6 Brings Together Diverse Culinary Voices

‘Chef’s Table’ Season 6 Brings Together Diverse Culinary Voices

by Vienna Roche — April 23, 2019
In the newest installment of Netflix’s food documentary, “Chef’s Table,” Director David Gelb showcases four dynamic chefs who celebrate the traditional food they grew up with while pushing the boundaries of what those dishes mean in the modern culinary world. With its vibrant and raw cinematography, mouthwatering close-ups and inspirational stories, “Chef’s Table” continues to draw in its viewers and stimulate ways to think intentionally about our food.
This newest season has four episodes and comes a long way from the fascinating but unoriginal features on white, male chefs in its first installment. For the last two seasons, “Chef’s Table” focused on amplifying diverse voices of chefs, including women and people of color. It also aimed to establish a more personal connection with the audience.
Season six furthers the show’s renewed mission by sharing what these chefs have to say about their recipes. It is both entertaining and thought-provoking to hear the personal details behind a dish. Even in the show’s intro, viewers can see how this season differs from the rest. It ends with a shot of people sitting at the table sharing food and enjoying one another’s company, rather than focusing on the aesthetics of the food.
The season is bookended by the stories of chefs Mashama Bailey and Sean Brock, two chefs who have both redefined Southern food culture while emphasizing the important emotional connection between a chef and their craft. Their two episodes reaffirm that even within the same cuisine, any individual chef offers a completely distinct narrative in terms of relating to their food on a personal level.
Chef Bailey, a black female chef from Savannah, Ga., stands out as the highlight of the season with her warm yet pensive connection to food. Through her Savannah restaurant The Grey, a once-segregated Greyhound bus station, Bailey combines her French classical training with the dishes of her childhood to create Southern food that is inventive while also nostalgically familiar.
Her self-proclaimed transformation from a “young girl to a grown culinary force” proves the most powerful part of the episode and arguably the entire season. Throughout Bailey’s own interviews, as well as those with her closest loved ones, viewers witness Bailey reclaim what it means to be a black Southern chef in a way that highlights the manifestations of racism and sexism present in cooking and the restaurant industry.
Although Charleston, S.C.-based chef Brock uses his restaurants and tremendous culinary talent to return to the rich history of Southern ingredients like Bailey, Brock’s episode feels like an action movie with shots of fire and harrowing stories of addiction and depression.
At first, Brock’s story seems all too familiar. He seems to be the classic workaholic chef that we associate with the culinary industry. However, he reveals a thoughtfulness that is incredibly compelling to watch by returning to the roots of Southern ingredients like 4,000-year-old Carolina Gold rice and Jimmy Red corn.
Brock attempts to stay true to the land and ingredients that Southern cooking has developed from. He believes that cooking should be more about sharing a story worth telling rather than performing the theatrics often seen in fine dining. BOARDWALK PICTURES | Chef Sean Brock makes up only one of the diverse voices featured in the latest season of the Netflix food documentary “Chef’s Table.”
Similarly, the fun-loving Italian butcher Dario Cecchini is surprisingly heartfelt in his sincere commitment to meat. In a very strange and often comical way, Dario tells the story of his rise in the culinary world, going from an aspiring veterinarian to one of Italy’s most famous butchers.
He brings together the two roles by demonstrating that it is possible to respect the gift of an animal’s life, valuing and celebrating each part even after its death.
Although Dario’s episode is a bit graphic in its unapologetic close-ups of meat and blood, it is surprisingly uplifting in its echo of the season’s theme of thinking intentionally about our food.
In the season’s fourth episode, Gelb showcases Indian chef Asma Khan, whose passionate and charismatic demeanor brings vibrancy to the show. Even though Khan somewhat fits the mold of the sometimes grandiose chef, her intensity feels refreshing rather than tired. Like the other chefs of the season, Khan continues to challenge what cooking and fine dining look like. With her all-female team of South Asian immigrants, she combines her delicious Indian home cooking with a passion to share her food and her story with others.
Throughout each story, season six of “Chef’s Table” is humanizing and humbling in its approach to the roots of food, both in the ground and in the cultural impact of the way we share it with others. Once again, the series has succeeded in capturing the attention of its audience by featuring engrossing, inspiring chefs who transform food into a personal, complex part of every person’s identity.

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Swapping the apron for the smartphone

Swapping the apron for the smartphone
In 2019 more New Zealanders are eating dinner in front of the TV; cook for need not pleasure, and rate convenience, variety and healthy options highly, according to a survey undertaken for Uber Eats. It could be a sign of busy times and lives – and these are just some of the findings from the Empirica Research report to find out ‘how Kiwis are eating’.
A survey of 500 New Zealanders of all ages and regions found that 15 per cent of those surveyed ate out at a restaurant weekly and 29 per cent opted for a takeaway weekly. Seven per cent said they order food to be delivered via an app or online service weekly. Advertisement
In fact, 70 percent of New Zealanders eat dinner in front of the TV at least once a week and 35 per cent do so daily. Interestingly this behaviour was overall more common among older New Zealanders, with almost half (46%) of those aged 55 and older reporting that they do this daily, compared to only 25% of those aged 18-34.
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The report also reveals 41 per cent of New Zealanders don’t enjoy cooking at home. In fact, only half of those surveyed say they cook at home everyday. Furthermore, 56% reported “dreading” preparing at least one meal – while dinner was the most commonly dreaded single meal to cook (37%).
Convenience is king as people get busier
A large number of people are simply skipping meals with 49% skipping breakfast at least once per week, 39% missing lunch and 8% forgoing dinner at least once weekly.However, it’s clear from the survey that convenience is king for hungry Kiwis and changing food habits reflect this. Over a quarter of New Zealanders (29%) bring home takeaway food weekly, while 6% order food to be delivered direct from a restaurant and 7% order food to be delivered via an app or other online service on a weekly basis. Food delivery is becoming more commonplace in New Zealand. Half (51%) of all Kiwis see delivery as a normal thing to do in 2019.
Simplicity is often a defining factor for Kiwis deciding to order in. More than a third (37%) said it was easier to have food delivered to their front door than cook their own meal.
Variety heats up
And what are Kiwis getting delivered? Pizza reigns supreme with 75% of those surveyed saying they’ve ordered it in. Other popular options include fast food restaurants (26%), Indian (25%) and Chinese (24%). Uber Eats County Manager Andy Bowie says it’s clear the way Kiwis are eating is changing with the times.
“As people get busier and more dining options open up, people are starting to move away from the kitchen to make the most of their free time while enjoying a wide range of different foods throughout the week.
“It wasn’t long ago that pizza was pretty much your only delivery option. Now people have many different restaurants to choose from. It’s great to see that young Kiwis are especially keen on trying new types of food and cuisines.”
Healthy becomes mainstream
With variety comes more healthy options, which is good for the 45% of New Zealanders who choose foods based on their health credentials. One in 10 Kiwis surveyed (10%) say they tend to eat healthier when they order food delivery via an app compared to when they cook.
On the flip side, Kiwis do love to indulge from time to time. “Cheat meals” is something around a third of New Zealanders (32%) do at least weekly.
Uber Eats is available in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Hamilton, Christchurch and Dunedin. There are now more than 1,500 restaurants on the Uber Eats app across the country, offering a wide range of different foods for Kiwi consumers to try.
The 80s was when then boom in restaurant openings begun and has continued ever since then. Restaurants and hospitality venues have been opening steadily over the past few years, Restaurant Association reports show.
“We’ve always dined out but we haven’t [always] had that boastful culture about dining out.”
The second pivot in how New Zealand consumer food came around four years ago, and morphed into the new norm when Uber launched its food platform Uber Eats in early 2017.
Other findings from the report show less than one third of New Zealanders regularly read nutritional labels and 15 per cent of people never pack food from home for lunch. Most people surveyed said they preferred to dine out in small groups.

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Quote: : It’s a combination of people not knowing what Peruvian food, not even realizing that Paterson is heavily Peruvian, safety concerns in Paterson, and the location.
With a generally small Peruvian population and little to no talk of its food, people have no idea what it is.
Peruvians are not a large population in the US, and Paterson is basically a forgotten city, so the opportunity to be seen and heard is minimal for the population.
Paterson may be okay during the day, but people work 9-5 M-F. On weekends, there is the ability, but Paterson still isn’t safe per se. I still wouldn’t trust parking my car on any random street in Paterson if it was nicer. Nobody is going to Paterson after dark though so forget about dinners.
I hate to judge in this way, but I don’t think the surrounding communities are the type who would be overly adventurous and try new foods in an immigrant heavy city with crime and drug problems. OTOH, tons of people work in Newark so they know the Ironbound is pretty good. Not that many people work in Paterson are the exploring type. It’s either local small businesses, the Peruvian embassy, or the courthouse. No big corporations like Newark. Newark, Hudson County, and NYC neighborhoods are easily accessible and surrounded by people who would be into the food varieties. Passaic County doesn’t strike me as a place with a massive population interested in new cultures and foods. Seems a bit more provincial than the rest of North Jersey.
Everyone knows JC is nice now, so nobody is afraid of India Square. Union City, West New York, Weehawken, and North Bergen (for Cubans) don’t have the negative reputation, and they’re closer to the city for people who are more interested in differing culture. Nobody is afraid of Ft. Lee and surrounding areas for Korean food. Most of the ethnic neighborhoods in NYC are in pretty prominent areas or areas not known for crime. Flushing/Sunset Park/Chinatown for Chinese food. Jackson Heights for Indian and Mexican. Harlem for soul/southern is safer now, Washington Heights for Dominican is safer. Little Italy 1 2 and 3 (Manhattan, Bensonhurst/Dyker Heights/Bay Ridge, and Arthur Ave) are all very safe and accessible though Arthur Ave quite a bit less so on the safety. Astoria is beautiful and very safe. I could go on. These are all in locations with pretty diverse populations and people interested in different foods/cultures in close proximity. They generally have good public transportation access for people to get there easily, while Paterson is effing far from almost everything except the rest of Passaic County.
Also, a lot of these ethnic neighborhoods have been Columbused so more people feel comfortable frequenting. I’m not saying this is a good or bad thing. But the Ironbound has been discovered by Newark workers. Journal Square has been discovered by people priced out of Downtown JC. The rest of Hudson County has been at least realized at this point by others in JC/Hoboken and their friends in the burbs/city. Astoria retains its Greekness, but there are plenty of non-Greek YUPpies moving in and their friends are visiting. Harlem has been rediscovered. You get the point. Meanwhile, nobody has touched Paterson. There’s no gentrification occurring. There’s nobody who stands to “discover” Peruvian cuisine with friends moving to Paterson.
On top of that, JC Heights has some pretty solid Peruvian food with Kikiriki even having a location there.
To conclude, though, I think people should definitely explore the Peruvian options in Paterson. I’m glad I have. This isn’t a knock on Paterson, it’s just a lot of facts that are known. I wish people would be more interested in exploring Paterson and its history. It has TONS that is generally unknown. The influx of business could be a boom for the city and Passaic County as a whole. I’m just not sure it will ever happen because of Paterson’s location and infamous crime/drug problem. All valid points.
But like I said I don’t think safety should be an issue. I mean if this was near the center of the city, east of downtown, then yeah I could understand why people would be scared but this is near the more an area of Paterson that already attracts people from out of town to sight-see.
Paterson Museum is only two blocks away and you see whites and Asians who don’t appear to be from Paterson, the same with The Great Falls Historic Nt’l Park. These areas are not too far from the Peruvian enclave. In fact, the Paterson Museum is only two blocks from Peru Square. If families from the suburbs are already going to the museum then they might as well grab lunch at one of the many nearby Peruvian restaurants on Market.
Perhaps the city could connect the falls area (including Paterson Museum) with Peru Square to promote the city and expand options for visitors who otherwise wouldn’t go there. Especially since a lot of people from out of town already go to the falls or the museum.
I know South Paterson already gets enough outsiders because of its Arab and Turkish stores and restaurants. I could see the same happen for Peru Square.

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The Importance of Consuming Cow Ghee

The Importance of Consuming Cow Ghee The Importance of Consuming Cow Ghee 0
Ghee, also known as clarified butter is sourced from the milk of farm cattle. These can be cows, buffaloes and yaks. Although mostly used as part of the Indian or Middle-Eastern cuisines, lately it has been catching up in the west as well because of its unique natural benefits.
Over the ages, Ayurvedic studies have consistently advocated the benefits of Ghee. Desi Cow Ghee in particular, aids sharper memory and intellect along with supporting an efficient digestive system. It is also said to make one’s skin lustrous, increase immunity levels and help heal wounds faster.
Here are a few specific benefits that highlight how ghee is a superfood- Helps in weight loss
It contains CLA, an Omega-6 Fatty acid that helps reduce body weight through adipose tissues. The essential amino acids in ghee make fat cells shrink in size. It also speeds up the body’s digestion process which in turn means less accumulation of fats in various forms. For your heart
The presence of Vitamin K and CLA in Ghee works for the betterment of your heart. Vitamin K, specifically helps prevent atherosclerosis (a condition in which plaque builds up in the arteries) by breaking down plaque deposits. Apart from this, both CLA and Vitamin K make ghee an antioxidant as well. Grass-fed cows have a higher output of Vitamin A as compared to regular cows. A staple diet based on natural ghee can do wonders for your body. Along with maintaining your teeth and soft tissues, Vitamin A also prevents your vision from degrading over time. Stronger Bones
If consumed on a daily basis, one receives a good amount of Vitamin K which helps in keeping bones healthy and strong. Vitamin K also helps generate the protein required to maintain the calcium level in your body. Healthy Eyes
Ghee is a natural source of Vitamin A that fights against the early onset of macular degeneration and cataract development. It is said that ghee was once used as medicine in the form of eye drops. Ayurveda suggests pouring pure warm cow ghee directly but gently on the eye. However, one has to be sure that it is clear of any sort of foreign contamination. For the Lactose Intolerant
Ghee oil is entirely lactose free. This oil is obtained during the preparation of ghee. Butter is heated to a point where it gets separated from the milk solids it contains. Since there are no milk solids present, it naturally becomes friendly for the lactose intolerant. Loads of Butyrate
Butyric Acid, being a short-chain fatty acid is vital for your digestive health. Studies also suggest that it contributes to stable insulin levels. Butyrate helps in creating a thriving environment for healthy bacteria. In 2013, a study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which proved the idea that butyrate helps control the release of pro-inflammatory radicals in the body. This reduces over-inflammation and inhibits the immune system from becoming hostile to beneficial gut bacteria. For this very reason, butyrate-rich foods like ghee help protect from chronic inflammatory complications like Crohn’s disease, colitis, and leaky gut syndrome.
Apart from the above inherent benefits, Ghee can also be used in other ways which do not involve it being used for cooking. Medicinal Uses
If you happen to face discomfort because of a clogged nose, you can warm up some pure cow ghee and pour a few drops into your nostrils. This is also known as the Ayurvedic Nyasa treatment. It is to be done first thing in the morning. Cosmetic Uses
It can also be used as a natural cosmetic. Since ages, ghee has been a staple part of various beauty care solutions. Fatty acids present in ghee act as a nourishing agent that can work in favour of rejuvenating dull skin. Made out of cow’s milk, it is said to be highly potent in making one’s skin soft and supple. Be it any skin type, the vital fatty acids present help in hydration of skin cells.
Daily ghee intake is the most beneficial and manageable method in which you can take steps towards a healthier lifestyle. By adding it to your diet, you can transform how even simple foods can affect your health in unimaginable ways. So go ahead and use it as your start to a journey towards a healthier and more natural lifestyle! Rate this Article

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CITARASA 6 SEKAWAN AT MELTING POT CAFE

Food, travel, wine and everything nice 🙂 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 CITARASA 6 SEKAWAN AT MELTING POT CAFE Black pepper, candlenut, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and star anise are the six main spices used in the myriad of dishes cooked for the upcoming buka puasa season. Hence the kitchen brigade of Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur has opted to unleash a nightly breaking of fast spread aptly titled Citarasa 6 Sekawan from 6 May to 4 June. Based on three rotational menus, a staggering 160 dishes comprising Malay, Indian, Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine will be served for Iftar. Refreshing drinks (think milky iced tea with coffee jelly, soya bean, sugar cane, sirap bandung, etc) set the ball rolling in addition to dates and dried apricots. Returning by popular demand are Bubur Lambuk and Sup Gearbox — two perennial offerings bound to make diners smile from ear to ear. The latter is sought-after as the chef on duty will even customised the soup to your taste, adding extras such as tripe and beef cartilage. Also on the menu is the siren’s call of chilled seafood: oysters, mussels and prawns alongside sushi and sashimi. Kerabu, Sambal and the grand centrepiece of a whole Roast Lamb remain the key crowd-pullers, whetting the appetite before they dive into the extensive variety of hot dishes. Notable spicy local, Padang and Thai temptations include Fish Head Curry, Siput Sedut Masak Lemak, Asam Pedas Tenggiri, Ikan Patin Masak Tempoyak, Daging Dendeng Belado, Sambal Ikan Bilis Petai, Ikan Bakar Percik and Red Beef Curry with Fruit. The Indian spice larder makes its presence felt in claypots laden with Butter Chicken, Mee Goreng and Lamb Varuval. A distinctly bazaar feel dominates the buffet thanks to the live action stations dishing up Teppanyaki, Roti John, Tosai and Fried Crabs and Chicken hot off the wok. Billowing steaming baskets of Dim Sum and Steamed Thai-style Fish add to the convivial dining atmosphere. Remember to leave tummy space for the veritable array of dessert. Recommended picks such as Apam Balik, Onde Onde, Cekodok Pisang, Kuih-muih, Pulut Serawa Durian, Ais Krim Potong and Continental Cakes will leave you spoil for choice. A surefire sweet conclusion to the Citarasa 6 Sekawan dining affair. Dinner reservations for the said buffet made between 6-10 May and 2-4 June will be entitled to special price of RM118 per person. The regular price is RM138 nett per adult while children aged 5-12 years old will be charged at 50% off the adult price. For reservations, call Melting Pot Café, tel: 03-2717 223. Address: Lobby Level, Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL. at

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The Brunch Issue: 36 Staff-Selected Places to Eat a Mid-Morning Meal in Cincinnati

Logout The Brunch Issue: 36 Staff-Selected Places to Eat a Mid-Morning Meal in Cincinnati Whether you want to get cocktails in your fashion sweatpants, have a cozy family outing or dip into some dim sum, we’ve got you covered Tweet Share
Cornmeal buttermilk pancakes at Crown Republic Gastropub Photo: Hailey Bollinger These days, the phrase “Let’s get brunch” is basically a euphemism for “Let’s get drunk before noon.” It’s a Bacchanalian breakfast celebration that doubles as an excuse to mainline mimosas and stuff bacon into foods where it does not belong.
Why do Americans love a meal that doubles as breakfast and lunch and basically turns into an ongoing commitment to day drinking? Is it part of the self-care movement? A genius marketing campaign by egg companies or the avocado illuminati? A ploy to get people to repeatedly use the word “benedict?”
Whatever the reason, our country is literally obsessed with brunch ( CityBeat even has an entire event devoted to it: Brunched, June 22 at The Phoenix). And in this issue CityBeat dining writers have made a list of their favorite places to drink and dine on the weekends for all types of moods. Whether you want to get cocktails in your fashion sweatpants, have a cozy family outing or dip into some dim sum, we’ve got you covered.
*Common sense note: Please check brunch times with the restaurant before you go; menu items are subject to change. The Arepa Place
Arepa De Huevo at The Arepa Place Photo: Hailey Bollinger Never had an arepa? This is the place to learn why the rest of the world is catching on to these Latin American delights in a hurry. Originally launched as a Findlay Market pop-up tent by native Colombian Isis Arrieta-Dennis, The Arepa Place now has a brick-and-mortar market spot from which to serve its traditional corn flour street food specialty. Each arepa is grilled then sliced and stuffed with fillings ranging from mozzarella cheese and chorizo to fried plantains and black beans. The space might prove unassuming for a brunch spot due to its relatively small dining area, but the eatery offers top-notch breakfast food, with alcohol, which makes this a quirky off-the-radar (until now) brunch destination. Must Try: The arepa de huevo — a deep-fried cornmeal sandwich stuffed with egg and ground beef — along with a beer; Presidente, a Dominican pilsner, is worth a try. They also serve aguapanela, which is sugarcane water with lemon. Each dish comes with one salsa, but extra sides of the condiment are only $1 if you want to try a variety. Breakfast/Brunch: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday; 10 a.m.-noon Sunday. 131 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, arepaplace.com . — SEAN M. PETERS Anchor Grill
While we typically seem to eat brunch after 11 a.m., the Anchor Grill is open 24/7, so you can chow down literally any time at this Covington greasy spoon, which has been serving up diner fare for decades. It’s a throwback dive with wood paneling, retro fixtures and black leather booths. As an added bonus, a tiny animatronic Big Band orchestra — led by a swingin’ Barbie doll — plays and moves along to jukebox selections in a vintage Chicago Coin’s Band-Box by the ceiling. The Anchor doesn’t serve booze, so opt for diner-style coffee and a slice of their famous chocolate-covered peanut butter pie. It’s cash only, so come prepared. Must Try: Located only about a block away from the headquarters of Glier’s Goetta, you’d be stupid not to order a slab of this sausage-and-oat breakfast meat. Go for the goetta omelet with a side of onion rings, because brunch is really just chaos thinly disguised as late breakfast. Breakfast/Brunch: 24/7. 438 W. Pike St., Covington, 859-431-9498 . — SMP The Birch
Located in Terrace Park and owned and operated by a Terrace Park family, The Birch is smartly charming and sweetly nice in its style and menu. But to assume that the restaurant is just for those in the surrounding ’burbs would be selling both it and yourself short. Their newly introduced Sunday brunch is a prime (and tasty) example of what they set out to do — serve quality dishes in a sharp yet inviting environment, one that is fit for both young and old alike. Brunch offerings include steel-cut oats with apples, cinnamon and brown sugar; baked French toast with orange butter; and even steak and eggs with grilled ciabatta and mixed greens or roasted breakfast potatoes. Everything about the menu is inviting and familiar, indulgent and worthwhile, making the visit feel as fresh and fun as The Birch’s bright green front door. Must Try: The crab cake benedict. This dish comes with two pan-seared crab cakes topped with avocado relish, poached egg and chipotle hollandaise. There is an option to just order half, but don’t. Brunch: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday. 702 Indian Hill Road, Terrace Park, thebirchtp.com . — KATIE HOLOCHER The Comet
This vintage-styled neon-lit Northside Garage Rock bar has a daily menu of big-ass burritos, strong booze, live music and coffee, so you never have to leave. And more than a few loyal customers come to The Comet’s Sunday brunch to feast off the hangover they earned in the same bar on Saturday night. Bring an appetite along with some quarters for the jukebox, which is legendary in the city. The brunch menu is streamlined, with less than a dozen options, but check their Facebook page each week for updates; recent specials have included a shrimp and mango ceviche, spicy buttermilk fried chicken with blueberry cornbread waffles and a monte cristo. Must Try: The menu-staple Hot Mess is an aptly named plate of food comprised of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potato, melted jack cheese and sour cream spiced up with Sriracha. Get a tall lager to wash that monstrous entree down before you embark on the grapefruit brûlée, a halved fruit topped with sugar, brûléed to glassy perfection and garnished with pistachio. Brunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. > 4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside, cometbar.com . — SMP Coppin’s at Hotel Covington
A Tri-State native, chef Mitch Arens worked at New Orleans’ Cochon Butcher before returning home last year to take the helm of Northern Kentucky eatery Coppin’s and brought with him that former restaurant’s focus on local and low-impact food — along with some Cajun and Creole flair, which is readily available on the hotel’s brunch menu. Find breakfast basics like buttermilk pancakes and avocado toast or kick things up a notch with NOLA-styled bites like Oreilles De Cochon fritters with goetta, pie dough and powdered sugar or shrimp and grits done right, with Midway, Kentucky’s Weisenberger Mill grits, Gulf shrimp, andouille sausage, tasso Louisiana-style pork and Cajun gravy. Must Try: People love the very photogenic Roebling Benedict, a rich and hearty serving of Glier’s goetta on a housemade English muffin, topped with wilted spinach and hollandaise with Crystal hot sauce. Brunch: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 638 Madison Ave., Covington, hotelcovington.com . — MAIJA ZUMMO The Baker’s Table
The Ricotta Donuts at The Baker’s Table Photo: Hailey Bollinger Walking into the living-room-like waiting area of The Baker’s Table feels like visiting your friend who has an impeccable design sense but who is also constantly trying to get you to eat another homemade orange-glazed cinnamon roll. Even during a bustling brunch, the well-designed space feels calm and relaxed. The dishes are rustic, homey and made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients, from the cheddar scallion biscuit breakfast sandwich to the cornmeal pancakes with Chantilly cream. The staff sticks with the mantra “Serve People With Love” and given that every piece of sourdough, brioche and biscuit is made in-house, you can always order some to go. Must Try: The lemon ricotta donuts are little balls of fluffy, creamy joy with a thinly fried exterior and a generous sugar dusting. They come with a seasonal fruit butter — mine was pear ginger — and are a perfect appetizer before your eggs or pancakes arrive. The last time I was there, I also heard multiple people comment that the single-origin coffee they served was “the best cup they’d ever had.” > Brunch: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1004 Monmouth St., Newport, bakerstablenewport.com . — LAURA LEAVITT Court Street Lobster Bar
Get a taste of the East Coast on Court Street. The Court Street Lobster Bar’s brunch menu switches things up by offering seafood specialties with a breakfast-y twist, like lobster gouda biscuits, blackened shrimp toast and a crab, egg and cheese sandwich. The sustainably fished finds at this eatery also just won Best Seafood in CityBeat ’s most recent Best Of Cincinnati issue. Must Try: Order a bottomless mimosa ($25) to accompany your French toast BLT roll and it’s like taking a mini seaside Saturday staycation. Brunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 28 W. Court St., Downtown, courtstreetlobsterbar.com . — MZ Cozy’s Cafe & Pub
Anyone who has wandered up to Liberty Township to this adorable little house of a bistro knows that the decor alone is worth it, but the food is also magical. You’d be set with just the bacon-filled apple cinnamon roll, but why stop there? Chow down on a short rib skillet full of crispy potatoes, onions and peppers, or munch on the acaТ Nutella bowl, a celebration of fruit, granola and chocolate-hazelnut spread. Even the accompaniments are served with care: the option of tasty Cozy Tots (loaded with chives and bacon) and a tall glass of nitro cold brew coffee will have your mouth watering. Settle in and stay a while — their back patio has lawn games and occasionally hosts live music, so there’s no need to leave. Must Try: Go big with the crab cake benedict, with hollandaise sauce, poached eggs and Canadian bacon layered on tasty housemade crab cakes. No matter how stuffed you feel, a side of buttermilk biscuits with whipped butter and jelly are worth it. Brunch: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 6440 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Liberty Township, cozyscafeandpub.com . — LL The Echo
The Echo has been serving the hungover, the sleepy and the hungry since 1945 when founder Louise Schwartz opened up shop in Hyde Park. Now owned by Stephanie Surgeon, the laid-back diner is still a neighborhood fixture. For brunch, anything is fair game. Too tired to branch out? Their menu is loaded with classics — eggs the way you like ’em, toast, a side of home fries and meat; omelets; hotcakes, waffles or French toast; oatmeal or grits; and combos of everything above. Hungover? They’ve squared off a whole section of their menu to sop up last night’s alcohol. They’ve even got rise-and-shine cocktails, including mimosas, bloody marys, screwdrivers and Irish coffee. Want lunch? They’re known for the sandwiches, soups and salads, too. Feeling adventurous? The Echo also has a rotating seasonal menu that usually features more trendy brunch takes. Must Try: You can add goetta to almost anything here, be it on the side or nestled inside an egg sammie. Personally, I’m a fan of their Florentine eggs benedict — two poached eggs atop a crisped English muffin and spinach, all covered in creamy hollandaise sauce with a side of your choice (I go for their grits or home fries). Wash it down with a mimosa or sea breeze (a cranberry and orange juice concoction spiked with vodka). > Breakfast/Brunch: 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. 3510 Edwards Road, Hyde Park, echo-hydepark.com . — MACKENZIE MANLEY Blue Jay Restaurant
Blue Jay Breakfast at Blue Jay Restaurant Photo: Paige Deglow Since the Blue Jay first opened in Northside in 1967 not much has changed. And that’s a good thing. The nostalgic diner is known for their soups; Cincinnati-style chili in bowls and atop coneys and 3-ways; all-day breakfast; double-decker sandwiches; and homemade pie. They’re closed on Sunday, but walk in on any given Saturday morning (or weekday!) and there’s hardly a seat to spare. From old folks to college kids to punks to business professionals and families — anyone and everyone seemingly flocks to this homey hot spot. Must Try: I always opt for their classic breakfast: two eggs, buttered toast and your choice of meat (or, if you’re a vegetarian, no meat). The grub is very well-priced, so go ahead and add a side of home fries. They never disappoint. Also, their coffee may be no-frills but it is fresh and hot. What more do you need? Breakfast/Brunch: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 4154 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-541-0847 and searchable on Facebook . — MM The Grille at Palm Court
For sheer elegance, this is the place to spend a few wonderful hours on Sunday morning. The surroundings — in the classic Art Deco Hilton Netherland Plaza — dazzle the eye and soothe the soul, and the array of food stations cater to any whim you might have. The eats are buffet-style but you’ll still get the full Orchids/Palm Court service experience for your bloody mary or mimosa, not to mention should you order a glass of exceptional champagne or a signature old fashioned from the beautiful bar. Must Try: Food items vary from week to week, but you can count on carved prime rib, eggs benedict and a savory stuffed pasta of some sort. On my last visit, the desserts didn’t wow me, but that might have been because I stuffed myself before ever getting to the sweets. Brunch: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday. 35 W. Fifth St., Downtown, orchidsatpalmcourt.com . — PAMA MITCHELL The Gruff
Nestled almost under the Roebling Bridge, The Gruff specializes in pizza (plus deli sandwiches and salads). But on Sundays they’re dedicated to a boozy brunch by offering $20 mimosa pitchers. If a pitcher seems like too much — it’s like four to five drinks — then get a mimosa or bloody mary by the glass ($5). And while you could just sit on their dog-friendly patio and sip mimosas, you could also try one of their Southern-inspired brunch dishes, like the burger topped with pickled green tomatoes, a sunny side up egg and bacon; chicken sausage gumbo with jalapeЦo rice; or banana bread French toast. Must Try: Something open-faced like the fried chicken sandwich on a biscuit with white gravy, bacon and egg or the housemade sausage with two eggs and cilantro-lime sauce on Sixteen Bricks sourdough bread smeared with cream cheese. After brunch, purchase a bottle of wine or six-pack from their market and take a stroll to the riverfront a block away. Brunch: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sunday. 129 E. Second St., Covington, atthegruff.com . — GARIN PIRNIA Half Day Cafe
A great spot to take the whole family, Half Day Cafe has been a breakfast and lunch destination (only open half the day, get it?) for Wyoming locals looking for simple, elevated diner staples. Must Try: Prepare to meet the challenge of their Bowl O’ Goodness, made with carnitas and a savory red-eye gravy flowing over cheesy grits, topped with two sunny side up eggs. Complete the meal with a mango smoothie and draft that email explaining why you can’t come into work Monday because of a well-earned food coma. Get a few refills on your coffee if going into a vegetative state for the rest of the day isn’t an option. Brunch: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. 1 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, halfdaycafe.org. — SMP Branch
Top to Bottom: Challah French toast, shrimp and grits, harissa frittata at Branch Photo: Hailey Bollinger This new restaurant at DeSales Corner has a beautiful interior and the brunch plates are just as pleasing to the eye. Located in a former Art Deco-style bank, the Littlefield Restaurant Group rehabbed this historic building over a two-year period and opened the restaurant, Branch, and adjacent downstairs bar called Night Drop in December. Helmed by chef Shoshannah Anderson, brunch portions are more than generous; I went with seven friends to celebrate birthdays and nobody sent back an empty dish. Eye-opener cocktails go beyond — but include — the basics. There’s the standard bloody mary for $8 or a Bloody Sunday for $10, with vodka, gin, tequila, bourbon, lemon, Dr. Pepper syrup and housemade bloody mary mix. Must Try: The whole-milk yogurt on housemade granola with fresh berries sounds too simple but sometimes simple can be magnificent. If you’re looking for a lighter option, I say order this. I loved the bits of candied ginger in the mix. Heartier appetites should consider the shrimp and grits, a classic preparation featuring Weisenberger Mill grits, Gulf shrimp and mushrooms spiced up with smoked green tomato marmalade. Brunch: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1535 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills, eatatbranch.com. — PAMA MITCHELL Harvest Market
Welcome to my favorite weekend tradition: Enjoy yourself to the point of almost excess the night before, wake up, bundle up the family and take a walk to Milford’s Harvest Market (like a mini mom-and-pop Whole Foods) for their weekend-only breakfast burritos. Once there, we’ll ask how many burritos are left, generally grabbing some of the last few, with two lattes to go, digging in before we even make it out the door. But the burritos — and the market — are that good. Everything about it, from the staff to the grocery selection to the local craft beer, makes it such a good staple. Must Try: Obviously the breakfast burritos. They vary in their fillings, but there will always be egg and cheese, and then either sausage or bacon, sweet potato or plain and spinach or some other vegetable to round it all out. I never ask what the daily bake is because I never care; I’ll take whatever they’re making. And you should, too. But also get anything off their coffee menu, or opt for a smoothie or grab yourself a loaf of Blue Oven Bakery bread from the shelf by the door on your way out. Brunch (aka burrito hours): 8-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 308 Main St., Milford, facebook.com/harvestmarketmilford. — KH Libby’s Southern Comfort
Libby’s owner Brad Wainscott knows his way around a kitchen — his father owns longstanding Kentucky mainstays The Greyhound Tavern and Tousey House Tavern — and he describes his menu as “casual Southern cuisine with a touch of Charleston.” The brunch and dinner menus share dishes like oysters on the half shell, fried green tomatoes and a shrimp roll, but the morning menu gets eggy with options like a Kentucky breakfast brown — an English muffin topped with goetta, bacon, scrambled eggs, grilled tomato and cheddar cheese, covered in sausage gravy — and the bourbon pecan French toast. Must Try: Libby’s has come up with an ingenious new and delicious way to serve goetta: in goetta hush puppies, which are basically deep-fried cornmeal balls infused with goetta and served with a side of remoulade and citrus honey cream. I’d also opt for a Cheerwine bourbon slush, garnished with a Bada Bing cherry and topped with a bourbon floater for an extra dollar. Brunch: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. 35 W. Eighth St., Covington, libbyssoutherncomfort.com . — MZ Commonwealth Bistro
Breakfast ramen from Commonwealth Bistro Photo: Hailey Bollinger This Southern-inspired MainStrasse bistro generally offers a taste of familiar and farmy homestyle cooking at dinner with a touch of culinary flair — think Kentucky fried rabbit with a Somali-inspired biz baz sauce, roasted heirloom carrots with blue rice grits and a Commonwealth Highball cocktail with bourbon, Ale-8-One and housemade bitters. But things go much more eclectic on the brunch menu, with a global grab bag of flavors ranging from German schnecken to shakshuka naan and chilaquiles verde. It’s a fun and odd mix that makes brunch a bit of an adventure if you’re willing to push your taste buds beyond biscuits and gravy — although they have that, too. Must Try: Breakfast ramen upends the morning eggs-and-bacon combo and tosses it in a bowl of broth; it sounds weird, but honestly all ramen is breakfast ramen if you eat it before noon. A poached egg is nestled atop a bed of noodles, bacon-brined pork cheek, kimchi carrots, mushrooms and the menu-described “fermented brassicas” for a satisfying and attractive bowl of brunch soup. Brunch: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 621 Main St., Covington, commonwealthbistro.com. — MZ Mazunte Taqueria
On a recent Sunday trip to Mazunte Taqueria, the line trickled nearly out the door. But that was to be expected. Inspired by Mexican street food — specifically from the state of Oaxaca — this Madisonville joint is always packed. But don’t let that dissuade you; the hype is as real as the grub is fresh. Warm, vibrant and, honestly, just full of really good food, don’t sleep on their Sunday brunch menu. For this visit, I ordered huevos divorciados, a cup of horchata and chips for the table. My friend went for a classic: breakfast tacos. In mine, crispy fried eggs laid atop corn tortillas; salsa verde and salsa guajillo collided, each evoking different notes of flavor. Like most of their dishes, the huevos divorciados is served with a side of fluffy rice and beans. Other brunch fare includes chilaquiles and enfrijoladas. Drink-wise, specialties include coffee, fresh-squeezed orange juice and Mexico’s take on the bloody mary, a michelada, with tomato juice, beer, lime and a bit of spice. Must Try: The huevos rancheros are my go-to — the same premise of the “divorciados” but with one salsa instead of two — but I’d also recommend just adding an order of eggs to their veggie tacos. Either way, get a horchata — and not just because of that Vampire Weekend song. Brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. 5207 Madison Road, Madisonville, mazuntetacos.com . — MM Mokka and the Sunset Bar & Grill
Mokka is a Northern Kentucky favorite at any time of the day or night, popular with families and bar-hopping singles alike. Mokka serves casual American fare like burgers — there are 13 gourmet versions on the menu — salads and wraps. Full bar service includes cold beer on tap and a cocktail menu, including brunch bloody marys or mimosas. Mokka has been in business for more than 10 years and, in the early days, specialized in breakfast and lunch, so you know their brunch game is strong. They also take strides to go local whenever possible: Mokka’s website reminds patrons that their eggs and veggies come from Breezy Acres Farm in Morning View, Kentucky. Must Try: Get your sweet tooth ready: the signature Mokka French Toast is made with oversized Texas toast and a battered coating of Frosted Flakes, delivered with crème brûlée pastry cream and fresh bananas on top. If you’re looking for a sweet wake-up call, their specialty brunch drink is the Mokkacino — half coffee, half French vanilla cappuccino, with a heaping mound of whipped cream on top. Brunch: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday and Monday. 500 Monmouth St., Newport, mokkasunset.com . — BILL FURBEE Nation Kitchen & Bar
If you go to Nation during peak brunch hours, it can feel like an extension of the night before — the restaurant is packed to the brim and music blares at a decibel higher than your typical breakfast/lunch stop. Their Boozy Brunch deal ($30) lets you choose one food item from the brunch menu along with bottomless mimosas, screwdrivers or “bloody carries” until 2 p.m. on the weekend. And if cocktails aren’t up your alley, they also have an extensive selection of craft beers. It’s a high-spirited atmosphere coupled with inventive takes on brunch classics, making it the ideal destination for nursing away the night before or starting your day delightfully buzzed. Must Try: The Brunch Wrap Supreme. This pressed-tortilla dish is filled with smoked sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, queso, tater tots and jalapeЦo relish. Opt for extra loaded tater tots on the side. Brunch: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1200 Broadway St., Pendleton, nationkitchenandbar.com . — LAUREN MORETTO Crown Republic Gastropub
Belly Buster from Crown Republic Gastropub Photo: Hailey Bollinger The bottomless mimosas deal ($15) at Crown Republic Gastropub is pretty much like bottle service accompanied by eggs and pancakes. They give you two glasses, a jug of orange juice and an entire bottle of champagne in an ice bucket. Diners can concoct their own drink, whether that means a few healthy glugs of OJ on top of their bubbly, or just a splash. The waitstaff won’t rush you out the door either, so you can get through a few bottles while enjoying the industrial-meets-farmhouse decor. Their menu features classics like omelets and breakfast sandwiches, but with distinguished, well-thought-out ingredients (their French toast comes with vanilla gelato). And with most dishes in the $9-$12 range, you’ll feel less guilty about abandoning your goal of dining out less. Must Try: The beet toast. For those of you who don’t grimace at the thought of beets, this dish is delicious. Two hefty slices of ciabatta bread are topped with roasted beets, a walnut tapenade, arugula and honey goat cheese. While messy to eat, the combination of carbs and fresh veggies will leave you feeling energized. Brunch: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 720 Sycamore St., Downtown, crgcincy.com . — LM Otto’s
I love sitting in the window of this MainStrasse gem, looking out on the ever-changing street and digging into my favorite Southern-tinged brunch. The service is heartfelt and sweet even during the busiest of brunch rushes, and the tasty custom cocktail menu always eases you into a comfortable place at the table. Otto’s offers carefully crafted sandwiches, like their chicken salad and club, alongside a more unusual turkey sandwich with cranberry and smoked gouda on top — Thanksgiving in a mouthful. These are perfect when you are past pancakes-o’-clock. There are eggs benedicts with a tasty cake of bacon and grits instead of the customary English muffin, as well as casseroles and quiches to suit the season. If you have a sweet tooth, they’ll abundantly satisfy it with lemon-blueberry pancakes and a classic brioche French toast. The patio seating makes for a particularly beautiful day out in the front. Must Try: B.L.F.G.T. may be a mouthful when ordering, but it is a tasty mouthful when it arrives: crisp bacon, egg and cheese on a toasted croissant with the most delectable fried green tomato you’ll find in the Tri-State. Brunch: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 521 Main St., Covington, ottosonmain.com . — LL Pepper Pod
The Pepper Pod is one of the area’s most renowned greasy spoons. Centrally located on Newport’s Monmouth Street, the Barton family has overseen the restaurant’s daily operations since it opened in 1970. When it comes to menu trends that other establishments might embrace, the Pepper Pod, thankfully, keeps it simple. If comfort food is on your mind, classic breakfast and brunch options are served around the clock here, along with standard American fare like burgers, melts and pork chops. There’s no official website, and Pepper Pod’s Facebook page is updated about once a year with direct and to-the-point messages. A “recent” post from 2015 simply reminds, “You might die soon, so eat at Pepper Pod.” Another says “Please stop stealing our coffee cups. Thank you.” The Pepper Pod is so old-school that it does still allow smoking, so keep that in mind if you’re sensitive to second-hand smoke. But for most, the throwback charm of this neighborhood joint more than makes up for it. In fact, after visiting a couple years back before his show at the Southgate House Revival, legendary English songwriter Billy Bragg made note of the vintage jukeboxes installed at each table. “Small details like this made Newport the most American place that we’ve been to,” he told fans online. Must Try: This is the spot for omelets, biscuits and gravy and hash browns, but feel free to order from handwritten menu updates on colorful posterboard tacked to the wall including great stuff like deep-fried pickles served with ranch. If you’re leaning toward the lunch side of brunch, order the signature Big Eddie deluxe burger with two patties on a double-decker bun. Breakfast/Brunch: 24/7. 703 Monmouth St., Newport, 859-431-7455 . — BF Pleasantry
Pleasantry has one of the best patios for brunch. Whether you choose to eat outside or in their chic and streamlined dining room, the restaurant is sunny and welcoming — and that’s before we even get to what’s on the menu. Chef Evan Hartman has a knack for taking simple ingredients and finding a new way to express their natural flavors. Must Try: Their ham and buttermilk biscuit (made in house), served with ramp butter and fermented Thai chili honey, a transcendental Southern staple like you’ve never had. Follow it up with the housemade ricotta on toast, drizzled with honey, sea salt and bee pollen (it’s good for you!). Thirsty? Their housemade bloody mary mix reaches exciting flavor depths, or pop a bottle off their diverse and incredibly well curated natural wine list. Brunch: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. 118 W. 15th St., Over-the-Rhine, pleasantryotr.com . — SMP The Littlefield
The VGLT at The Littlefield Photo: Hailey Bollinger When considering brunch spots in Northside, Littlefield is an obvious choice for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are that the kitchen puts out incredibly creative and delicious plates of food and the bar concocts mature, balanced cocktails named after different streets in the neighborhood (Mad Anthony and The Chase are especially tasty bourbon-based recipes, the bar’s specialty spirit). Must Try: Their VGLT, the vegan goetta, lettuce and tomato sandwich. While they do offer a meaty option, the vegan goetta achieves an even crispier texture and the spice profile is more alluring. To drink, try their Fleur de Bee, made with prosecco, creme de violette and elderflower liqueur and garnished with a beautiful, edible hibiscus flower. The whole menu is worth a try, so bring a few hungry friends who like to share. Brunch: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. 3934 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, littlefieldns.com . — SMP Red Feather
The first time I brunched at Red Feather, I went right back the following weekend. And since that back-to-back visit, I have been more times than I can count. Red Feather’s brunch is my absolute gold-standard, constant first choice and the place I go when looking for a treat or to celebrate. Why? Because it is just so nice. For one, the space and atmosphere are excellent. It’s comfortably cozy and tastefully bright. And for two, the food is just killer. Everything is done right. Must Try: The one thing I order every time, no matter what, is the pancake. It is the kind of pancake that isn’t really sweet or sugary or dessert-ish; there is something almost savory about it, something that makes it noticeably artisan, showing off real skill in its scratch-ness. I don’t care what else looks good on the menu (and there’s a lot, including the lobster benedict and breakfast croissant), you’ve got to get the pancake. Brunch: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 3200 Madison Road, Oakley, redfeatherkitchen.com . — KH Rich’s Proper Food and Drink
If Rich’s whiskey Mondays and $1 oyster Wednesdays weren’t enough, they also have a “Proper” Sunday brunch. The Kentucky-meets-New Orleans menu features some items from their daily offerings — deviled eggs, banana pudding, the Turnpike burger and mac and cheese eggrolls — but you’re here for “Proper” surf and turf (fried oysters and country ham), Old Sober (a vegetarian-friendly dish comprised of a bowl of spaghetti, hard-boiled egg, veggie broth and hominy; add cured salmon or ham), shrimp and grits and spoon bread topped with andouille or mushroom gravy. Get a mimosa for $4 and a bloody for $5 (pair it with a Little Kings draft) or choose from a list of cocktails. Must Try: Continue Sunday Funday by hitting up moonshine bar Sugar Whiskey Sis’s, Braxton Brewing, The Hannaford and/or Hotel Covington — all are within a quick walk. Brunch: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. 701 Madison Ave., Covington, richsproper.com . — GP Salazar
One of the city’s hippest fine dining spots, chef Jose Salazar’s eponymous eatery’s brunch reinforces its popularity. Try the Little Fried Oyster Sandwich, a cute amuse bouche slider containing a crispy breaded oyster slathered with garlic mayo and garnished with kimchi and radish sprouts. You’ll want to inhale a few of these flavorful bite-size appetizers. Must Try: Once your appetite is whetted, hit it home with a grilled sirloin steak and two fried eggs, topped with their incredibly satisfying chimichurri sauce. Wash it down with a tequila-based bloody maria. Brunch: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1401 Republic St., Over-the-Rhine, salazarcincinnati.com. — SMP Northside Yacht Club
Yacht Club Bloody from the Northside Yacht Club Photo: Catie Viox Aside from offering live music and evening bar revelry, the Northside Yacht Club is known for one of the most creative brunch (and dinner) menus in the area. The kitchen is open all week, crafting traditional and curious gastro fare like smoked wings, veggie burgers, “boneless” cauliflower wings, smoked brisket, lentil chili fries and pop-up specialty ramen and hot chicken nights. Local music scene vets Stuart MacKenzie and Jon Weiner launched the Northside Yacht Club about four years ago, with nautically themed drinks and food specialties as a nod to a 1937 flood. Before they took over, it was already an established neighborhood spot for music and drinks as Mayday and, before that, Gypsy Hut. Wandering toward the jukebox from the dining tables, patrons will note vintage images of folks back in 1937 paddling past the future NSYC. Local breweries and tiki classics are at the core of their bar service, with brunch exclusives that are hard to compare. Must Try: Signature brunch dishes include Breakfast Poutine, Hawt Mess, Killer Tofu and Freedom Toast; wash it all down with specialty adult drinks like Capri Sun of Anarchy, the NSYC mimosa or the must-have Yacht Club Bloody — it’s practically a meal in itself, made with Weiner’s secret housemade mix and garnished with a Boston butt pulled-pork slider, American hickory bacon and a house-smoked Amish jumbo wing. There’s a monthly brunch special, too. Brunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, northsideyachtclub.com . — BF Sitwell’s Act II
Next door to the Esquire Theatre, Clifton’s longtime BoHo cafО got a welcome reboot this past year when a young couple freshened up both the menu and the ambiance. The pair — Florencia Garayoa and Alex Barden — hung works by local artists, placed Rock & Roll memorabilia on shelves and walls and worked with a former Hyde Park chef to create a simple but delicious vegetarian and vegan menu. Garayoa’s Argentinian birthplace influences the cooking, and the mismatched furniture and atmospheric lighting add a decidedly Clifton feel to the room. Must Try: If your early-day cravings tend toward sweet tastes, go for the bananas foster French toast: brioche toast layered with hazelnut fudge and topped with banana rum caramel and whipped cream. But the dish that I can’t get past is called Tuscan eggs — poached eggs on creamy polenta with eggplant and squash ratatouille and topped with shaved Parmesan cheese. Brunch: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 324 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, sitwellsact2.com . — PM Sleepy Bee
At Sleepy Bee, everything from their sammies to their scrambles are top-notch and delightfully tasty even when you yourself are a bit of a sleepy weekend bruncher. The options for vegan and vegetarian breakfast are delicious, from veggie sausages to the best brunch potatoes and sweet potatoes, and I always feel confident that they are getting as much local food as they can, prioritizing pesticide-free and non-GMO options. Much of the menu has substitutions available so you can compile all your favorites without frustration at limited options. Standouts include the specialty pancakes, like the blue cakes full of blueberries with a maple-blueberry sauce, as well as the light and lovely Bumblebee’s breakfast, a yogurt granola bowl with tasty apricot coulis and tahini. Must Try: Bee Cakes. These gluten-free beauties marry almond milk, buckwheat and quinoa to make a tasty and healthy pancake on which to layer your favorite toppings. They’re packed with protein, so you won’t immediately be hungry again. Feeling good about pancakes is always a feeling I can get behind. Brunch: 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 3098 Madison Road, Oakley; 8 E. Fourth St., Downtown; 9514 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, sleepybeecafe.com . — LL Station Family + BBQ
The team behind Wyoming’s CWC the Restaurant — chef Caitlin Steininger, her sister and front of house Kelly Trush and their business partner Karen Klaus — expanded their empire with a second neighborhood eatery: Station Family + BBQ. It’s a family-friendly spot with a barbecue-forward menu created by Steininger that features proteins smoked on-site, plus seasonal sides, desserts and rotating cocktails. Housed in the former Sturkey’s space, the casual eatery features everything from table service to fast-casual communal eating and a games room and patio. The brunch menu is streamlined with four categories: Simple, Sweet, Savory and Sides. Get chicken and waffles, eggs and toast with homemade Cincinnati sausage or applesauce and bourbon butter pancakes, then wash it down with La Terza coffee or a Girl Crush cocktail — Kahlua, vodka and cereal milk. Must Try: Every Saturday, the restaurant hosts a special hour-long yoga class before brunch. Head to the restaurant’s upstairs space for an instructor-led 8:30 a.m. class ($10), followed by brunch at 10 a.m. Brunch: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. 400 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, cincystation.com . — MZ Sugar n’ Spice
The Mexican omelet at Sugar n’ Spice Photo: Hailey Bollinger As the name implies, this restaurant has everything nice. The campy, colorful decor is a good indicator that Sugar n’ Spice likes to turn on its nostalgic charm both in and out of the kitchen. While it’s likely you can find about anything you like to typically order at American diners, you should give their Wispy Thin pancakes a try, bonus points if you go for blueberry. Pair that with a ham steak, two eggs over easy and a big glass of chocolate milk and you’re sure to feel like a kid again, so go ahead and blow some bubbles in your milk. Must Try: One of their jumbo-sized fluffy omelets. Not sure how many eggs they use to make these monstrous breakfast creations, but they’re big enough to share — if you’re feeling generous. The Mexican omelet comes stuffed with chorizo, cheddar cheese, sour cream and homemade sauce and takes up almost the entire plate, with just enough space left over for a toasted English muffin. Breakfast/Brunch: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. 4381 Reading Road, Paddock Hills, sugar-n-spice-restaurant.com . — SMP Uncle Yip’s
Uncle Yip’s is strip-mall Chinese food at its finest, with authentic (yes, that word gets tossed around a lot, but this is the real deal) Cantonese, Hunan and Sichuan cuisine. At dinner, the clientele is made up of families and friends gathered around tables sharing dishes like ginger and green onion lobster, rock salt squid and Peking duck. It’s like being transported to Hong Kong’s Temple Street Night Market in the Cincy suburbs. Must Try: The weekend dim sum service, complete with rolling carts featuring baskets full of different little steamed or fried delights. These bite-sized creations are $3.95 each — except for special options like the pork congee or baked cassava cake, which are $5.95 — and feature tasty treats like mochi with peanuts, baked mini egg custard pies, pineapple buns, chicken sui mai and sweet crispy sesame balls with red bean filling. Brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.10736 Reading Road, Evendale, uncleyips.com . — MZ Wild Eggs
From the outside, the downtown location of the Wild Eggs breakfast and brunch chain doesn’t seem like anything special (aside from a Plexiglas wall stuffed with colorful eggs by the hostess station, it gives off sort of an uninspired IHOP vibe). But this unassuming restaurant is home to satisfying eats — standard fare like biscuits and gravy and Tex-Mex creations like breakfast nachos are crafted from fresh, wholesome ingredients. Even better, they have a gluten-free menu. Wash it all down with a glass of their fresh-squeezed orange juice or a cup of house-blend coffee. Must Try: Breakfast burrito. The carbs are plentiful in this generously portioned meal: black beans and skillet potatoes on the side, and a flour tortilla stuffed with scrambled eggs, chorizo, cheddar cheese, poblano peppers and onion. Pico de gallo, avocado and onion add much needed freshness as toppings. Prepare to bring home leftovers or leave with your pants unbuttoned. Breakfast/Brunch: 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Multiple locations including 301 E. Fourth St., Downtown; 3240 Vandercar Way, Oakley; 7677 Montgomery Road, Kenwood, wildeggs.com . — LM Wunderbar!
The Landjunge Fruhstuck at Wunderbar! Photo: Hailey Bollinger Serving up “Wunderful Food & Beer,” Covington’s Wunderbar is a quaint, simple and usually-packed corner spot with a great beer selection, frequent free performances by many of our region’s best Folk outfits and a menu of handcrafted German staples which attracts a following of its own. Afternoon and evening patrons endlessly debate which selections go best with a cold beer — you’ve got to try their pretzels as big as your head, served with beer cheese. A number of housemade sausages (flavors include garlic pepper and curry) and sandwiches (including doner kabob and pork schnitzel) listed on a chalkboard behind the bar can accompany sides like braised cabbage, sauerkraut, bacon slaw and beet salad. Most swear by the Brussels sprouts. Must Try: Landjunge Fruhstuck is Wunderbar’s signature brunch dish of bacon, sausage, goetta, two eggs, biscuit with gravy and home fries. Other breakfast favorites include the goetta feta and French toast. A classic bloody mary is recommended for the brunch cocktail crowd. Brunch: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1132 Lee St., Covington, facebook.com/wunderbar.covington.3 . — BF

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By Andy Greder / St. Paul Pioneer Press Today at 6:35 p.m. Minnesota United midfielder Jan Gregus (8) prepares for a corner kick against New York City in front of Loons fans during the first half of their April 13 game at Allianz Field in St. Paul. David Berding / USA TODAY Sports
ST. PAUL — Minnesota United wants Allianz Field to be both a cathedral and a fortress.
A cathedral — in soccer parlance — for fans to revere the beautiful game, and a fortress in terms of difficulty for opposing MLS teams to visit and come away with a win.
United has been working to refine both that consumer experience and its sporting operations after the St. Paul stadium debuted April 13 with 19,796 fans watching the Loons settle for a 3-3 draw with New York City.
The Loons (3-3-1) will now face the Los Angeles Galaxy (6-1-0) in the first night game at Allianz Field at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24. It will kickoff three straight home games, including matches against D.C. United at 12:30 p.m. Sunday and the Seattle Sounders visiting at 7 p.m. May 4. In the stands
United had about 15 run-up events before the stadium opener, but only one training session for the Loons ahead of their first game there. A snowfall of 8 1/2 inches fell on the grass field about 48 hours before kickoff and precluded the Loons from training at the stadium a few days before to the game. A few snowbanks on the West side of the field were the only traces of winter left by game time.
“When a stadium gets opened, there can be a a negative tone to what happened,” United CEO Chris Wright said. “There can be a negative tone to what went awry operationally, or something happened that maybe was a deflection from the pride that everybody has in the stadium. To be very honest, we didn’t get that.”
But Wright said United has a list of 200 items to be improved, all organized on a big spreadsheet. Some of the main objectives come in food and beverage service.
The Brew Hall on the north side of the stadium was a massive success during the Saturday opener, Wright said. The demand, however, was too much for United — which is self-managing the stadium — to keep up with the sales of suds.
Delaware North, United’s food and beverage partner, has since spent $25,000 to convert its paper point-of-sale system to a digital operation to speed up sales. The club hopes to have that enhancement up and running by Wednesday’s game.
Allianz Field also had shortages of pizza and cuisine from Hot Indian and Brasa. “(They) got completely shellacked,” Wright said of the latter two stands. “They were out of food about halfway through halftime. So that is over 400 units per stand. We’ve got to address that, which they are. That’s a good problem to have.”
The Allianz Field opener, which also dealt with the stress of nearly 1,000 credentialed staff, media and other officials, also served as the rollout of Minnesota United using 100 percent digital tickets. Wright reports few substantial issues in how that software on MNUFC’s app was first adopted. On the field
On the soccer side, Minnesota reverted back to the defensive struggles from its first two years of MLS play, which originated at TCF Bank Stadium. After giving up three goals to New York City, they gave up four to Toronto FC in a 4-3 loss Friday in Ontario.
With that spike, the Loons are on pace to give up more goals than they did in either of their first two MLS seasons. That in itself is remarkable considering they set an MLS record for most goals allowed in consecutive campaigns.
“One of the things that we are searching for is a defensive identity,” said Wright, who oversees sporting director Manny Lagos, coach Adrian Heath and the rest of the sporting staff. “We’ve long been criticized, and rightfully so, for the number of goals that we give up, the way we give up goals, etc.
“I know our coaching staff and players are working very, very hard on changing that,” Wright said. “I want Allianz Field to become a place that is very, very difficult for opponents to play in. We’ve got to seek that, and a big part of that is the mentality of our players and our coaching staff. The mentality of our soccer operations and the mentality of our supporters.”
Heath and players such as Ozzie Alonso, Michael Boxall and Brent Kallman have chalked up the defensive lapses to individual errors or a lull that has come in the moments after one goal is scored. Against New York City and Toronto, the Loons gave up two goals over a few short minutes.
“We are trying to eradicate individual mistakes,” Heath said Monday. “It’s what we’ve spoke about. I don’t think there has been anything wrong with the collective positioning of the group, but individuals are making errors that’s costing us dearly every single game.”
Loons players said the first game at Allianz Field was difficult because the stadium was new to them, too.
“We’ve got to go on and make it our home now,” Heath said. “It’s early days, I know, but we’ve got to make it a fortress.” Additional Articles Recommended by Duluth News Tribune

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Johns Creek to host International Festival April 27 | Community | northfulton.com

Save JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The second annual Johns Creek International Festival will showcase food, drinks, music and dance from around the world April 27. The International Festival is organized through a partnership between the city, the Johns Creek Arts Center and the Convention and Visitor Bureau. The free event will feature restaurants and food trucks, artisan vendors, an international beer and wine garden, live music and dance performances, and children’s activities . Last year, the first International Festival saw more than 22,000 attendees from across the state. “We are hoping for the event to be even bigger and have more to offer attendees this year,” CVB Executive Director Shelby Marzen said. “Many of the favorite vendors, performers and food trucks are returning, with several new ones, as well.” Foodies will have a world tour of cuisine at their fingertips, ranging from Asian and Indian spices to the savory flavors of the Mediterranean and Europe, to the delicious dishes of Latin America. The Global Beer and Wine Garden, for ages 21 and up, will feature brews and wines from around the globe. From stouts to chardonnay, attendees will be able to explore beverages from countries far away and close to home. “Many of the food and global market place vendors are local businesses or owned by residents,” Marzen said. “The festival is an incredible opportunity to experience the rich cultural diversity of our city all come together for a common purpose.” Salsa dancers, martial artists, traditional drummers, rock bands and more will perform at the festival’s two stages. Children’s activities, organized by the Johns Creek Arts Center, will include face painting, cultural storytelling and craft stations. “From the variety of cuisines, global marketplace, international beer and wine garden and a variety of kid’s art activities, there is truly something for everyone at this event,” Marzen said. The idea for the festival was born from a Cultural Diversity Task Force founded in 2016 to study ways to celebrate the city’s diversity. A study by Wallet Hub found Johns Creek to be the third most diverse city in Georgia, and it ranked 11th in the nation for a city of its size and second for religious diversity out of all the cities included in the study. With a population of more than 83,000, Johns Creek is home to a sizeable Indian, Chinese, Korean and Mexican population, just to name a few of the many ethnicities and nationalities that call the city home. The Johns Creek International Festival will be at Heisman Field, located across from the Atlanta Athletic Club, 1930 Bobby Jones Drive. Guests can enter at the traffic light of Medlock Bridge Road and the Atlanta Athletic Club. There will be parking, including handicap parking, on-site at the festival.

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The Start Of Fusion On Jamaican And Chinese Food

The Start Of Fusion On Jamaican And Chinese Food By Christopher Powell The Jamaican cuisine always has been inspired through mix cultures. The official motto of Jamaica acknowledges blend of native people, Indian, West Africans and Europeans migrants. That might appear in ironic of lot of food consumed via local people and that is how Jamaican and Chinese fusion NY started. On of oldest combination is the pasta, it is believe in being the descendant of Chinese noodle and have brought the Italian around thirteenth century. There some people that celebrated the food fusion. The mixes of the English and Indian have produced dishes like Kedgeree. It would said which Caribbean and Cantonese food that fit it together, the former known would be heavy sauces and starches while later, for pungent spices and meets. Fusion the two styles in cooking and ingredients have result on cuisines which grows in more than more popular each day. That menus in neither Jamaican Chinese restaurants greatly through the whether nor restaurant identifies alongside specific nation or even not. Foods that based in one culture yet the prepared be using flavors and ingredients inherent in another culture that also be considered as fusion cuisine. In instances, the pizza have made with pepper, cheddar, salsa, or another common ingredients of taco often be marketed as the taco pizza. That particular dish would be the fusion of Mexican and Italian dishes. Presentation and plating tools are the simplest ways in upscale the food. It comes in fusion food then it is integral in giving the clear identity. Even in simple things like carrot soup and using with precise tons and garnishing tools in adding thin strips of the carrot at top. Those often are modified at incorporating local product. Another should be developed and novel locally. The popular dishes would include the curry goat, salt fish or cod and fried dumplings. It has adapted by the Chinese, Spanish, French, British, Indian, African and Irish influences. The combination should allow the freedom and experimentation the contrast at textures and flavors. That could take a lot of forms and must be culinary technique which uses ingredients of the completely dish. Another form at combination which mixes with two disciplines that evenly in creating the distinctive and new. It should blend the traditions in more or two nations in creating the interesting and innovative dishes. That should tend in being more common at culture metropolitan and diverse areas there should be wider audience to that foo. There are some examples that include the cuisine. Often featured should be South eastern Asian, south Asian and East Asian alongside dishes another one and offering of dishes which inspired combinations in such cuisines. The cuisine is considered the fusion culture and taking the inspiration from Mexico, France, and Italy then the idea on eastern Asia and then creating of traditional dishes those cultures with the nontraditional materials. That would combines different food in various nations island. About the Author: You can get valuable tips for picking a restaurant and more information about a fantastic Jamaican and Chinese fusion NY restaurant at http://www.henricasrestaurant.com now. Posted by

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8 Incredible Places to Visit in India

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India is a vast and historical land that boasts grand civilisations and wonderful fusions of culture and identity. With around 22 official languages and being home to some of the world’s major religions, it is an interesting and vibrant country full of explosions of colour and flavour. From east to west and north to south, it is full of breathtaking natural beauty, as well as hauntingly beautiful man-made structures. With its incredible sights, India truly is a place worth putting on your list of must-visit countries.
The size and vastness of the country means you may need close to two weeks to fully explore even small sections of the country, take in the views as well as enjoy the delicious foods and varied cuisines.
Wondering some of the best places to go? Here are 8 incredible places to visit in India. 1. Goa, Konkan
The beautiful and relaxing beaches of Goa have long been a magnet for those who love to enjoy the sun on luscious beaches . It is home to gorgeous sands and beautifully clear waters. The climate is humid and tropical, creating the perfect holiday atmosphere. You can spend days sipping coconut water on the beaches, and the nights walking through and enjoying the wonderful city life that Goa has to offer. Goa, India | Photo by Alexey Turenkov on Unsplash 2. Taj Mahal, Agra
If there is one history lesson you won’t regret having, it is a visit to the glorious and majestic white structure of the Taj Mahal. It is the ultimate ode to romance and true love, and is an attraction for honeymooners and tourists from around the world. Built by a Mughal Emperor in the 17th century after the passing of his beloved wife, it is a perfectly symmetrical building which is breathtaking to behold. Surrounded by beautiful lush grounds, it is a wonderful place to visit throughout the year. As can be expected it is also a great spot to take some photographs that you will forever treasure. You may like: Taj Mahal | Photo by @mikecleggphoto 3. Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal
Located in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Islands are the perfect attraction for water lovers. The lush green archipelago is home to some fantastic sights on land and on sea. If you’re a fan of diving and snorkelling then this spectacular beach haven is the perfect place to discover exotic fish and sublimely colourful corals. Dive in to explore an underworld to explore like no other. Port Blair and the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park will both be points of interests for visitors. 4. Kerala
Kerala is widely known as a beautiful haven in South India. For a step into history Fort Kochi is a beautiful place to visit for the day. The stunning architecture has been influenced by many cultures including the Dutch, British and Chinese. It is a great place to explore either by foot or with a bike. You can extend your visit to include a nearby synagogue and also enjoy some time at the Fort Kochi Beach.
Kerala is also home to some beautiful backwaters. You can spend a beautiful afternoon riding a quaint little houseboat while enjoying a freshly cooked meal and fragrant Indian tea. Houseboats in Kerala 5. Auli, Uttarakhand
India truly is a place of a variety of different landscapes to satisfy every type of traveller. For those who love to ski , Auli is the perfect holiday destination. Situated in the Himalayan mountains of Uttarakhand, it is the perfect winter wonderland all year round. It is filled with ski resorts and snowy peaks where you can enjoy some physically challenging activities, whilst breathing in the crisp mountain air. The misty slopes will provide the perfect getaway from the cities. A few days in Auli can be an amazing reset in a cool environment, making it a place of striking contrast to the rest of the country. Auli, Uttarakhand | Image by Jignesh Makwana from Pixabay 6. Valley of Flowers
Located in Uttrakhand, the Valley of Flowers is a place that locals once celebrated as a valley of the fairies before a botanist stumbled across it in 1931. His book detailing the place put it on the map for visitors from all around the globe. With over 300 colourful and stunning flower species, it is a mesmerising vision of dreams. Moreover, the floral scents are truly otherworldly and will help release the happy hormones making it a perfect holiday experience. The popular Valley of Flowers trek is family friendly for all to enjoy, no matter what your fitness level. Visit in Springtime for a once in a lifetime experience never to be forgotten. 7. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Widely known as the Golden City, Jaisalmer is the ultimate place for a desert experience filled with the nostalgia of the past. It is home to beautifully vast golden sand carpets, and the desert scenery is truly reminiscent from tales of 1001 nights. You can spend days exploring the mighty sand dunes in cars designed to withstand the harsh environment. The highs and lows of the dunes will bring back memories of the roller coasters of your youth.
It is also a place you can ride camels and enjoy folklore around warm campfires. Then end the evening by sleeping under star-studded skies. The camping experience can be as basic or luxurious as you want it, making it the perfect experience no matter what your taste or budget. Jaisalmer | Image by Zigor Agirrezabala Vitoria from Pixabay 8. Mumbai Shopping Districts
No trip to India could be complete without a visit to the heaving capital of Maharashtra. A few days in Mumbai will truly overwhelm the senses in a positive way, helping you remember what it means to be alive. Walking through long winding markets of its shopping districts, you will see and feel explosions of colour, noise, scents and smells. Freshly cooked street food will leave you hungry for more. From small crispy fried breads called puris to delicate syrup soaked Indian sweets, there is something for every taste bud.
Being the heart of Hinduism where many adherents follow strict vegetarian or vegan diets, India is the perfect place to experience delicious and freshly cooked meat-free cuisine. Whether you’re looking for a meal on a budget or a fine dining experience, Mumbai will not fail to impress as you explore and enjoy its flavour-filled gastronomic delights.
The hustling and bustling markets are also the right place to shop for exotic little trinkets and souvenirs for yourself or gifts for others. Fresh, high-quality spices are also amazing to shop for and take home to impress guests with your cooking. In addition, beautiful local made fabrics are also widely on sale and talented tailors are on hand to perform what can only be described as pure wizardry in the shortest time frames. Conclusion
India is a diverse and alluring country where there are countless beautiful cities and districts to be explored. From snowy mountain tops to desert plains, neverending wildernesses to bustling cities, a holiday in India will leave you feeling like you have experienced an entire continent rather than just one country. Take the plunge today and book a trip to explore one of the most enchanting and breathtaking countries in the entire world. Start

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