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earlybirdkate

  • Location: ohio
  • Favorite foods: goat cheese, olives, bread, ice cream, tomatoes, asparagus, lamb, gnoochi, cheeseburgers, pork tenderloin, tamales, bacon...i could go on and on
  • Last bite on earth: raclette, butterscotch w/ brownies ice cream & strawberry buttermilk ice cream from Jeni's, kalamata olives, San Francisco sourdough, french fries, a bacon cheeseburger, a pint of Bell's Oberon, my Mom's brioche

We Chat With Pastry Chef Megan Ketover on Loving Cincinnati and Toughening Up for Top Chef

I had a couple of classes with Chef Ketover in pastry school at MCI. She's one of the best (and most helpful) teachers I've ever had and I'm so happy to see her accomplishments mentioned here on Serious Eats.

Neighborhood Guide: Our Favorite Spots in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine

Stop by Collective Espresso, on Woodward & Main, the next time you're in town. Great pour-overs and a nice cortado!

Today, at the grocery store..

I work in the bakery at Whole Foods in Cincinnati so everyday provides me an opportunity to chat with interesting people. My favorites are the customers who like to talk about what they're making later with what they're buying. Unfortunately, those conversations are few and far between since most people are there to buy just a cookie or a tart or a cannoli...something already made. If you're in the store, stop by and talk to me about baking, please!

Slice Poll: When Did Your Love Affair with Pizza Begin?

It was during the Book-It years for me, about 1st or 2nd grade. I've always been a crazy reader so I got a lot of Pizza Hut during those years. It's also probably why I was so chubby at that age.

Happy National Doughnut Day

I got my free donut at Fountain Square in Cincinnati today. It was a honestly a little difficult to enjoy at glazed cake donut at Noon in the hot sun but I at least ate half of it.

Get Your Serious Eats Reusable Bags

It's going to be something with tomatoes because I just bought a ton from the produce stand. Yay for RED tomatoes!

What Culinary School offers the best educational experience?

@smallgirl: I go to MCI too!

I can only speak from a pastry arts point of view but so far all of my instructors have been great and knowledgeable. The price is right and the school has (I think) the #4 co-op program in the country. I can't say much for the "business" classes they make you take but I'm having a blast in all my pastry/baking classes.

Poll: How Do You Like Your Ice Cream?

I get it in a cake cone...although those seem to be hard to find these days.

Toronto in June...what's good?

@ omnomnom: Great! I'm also a pastry student so the bakery thing would definitely be right up my alley. I do like Italian too. Thanks!

@ FoodieEng: I'm a not-super-strict vegetarian...meaning, if it's something that is a once-in-a-lifetime meal that happens to have meat in it, I'll eat it but, otherwise, I stick to the veggies. My friend will pretty much eat anything. Other than that, I'm not specific on cuisine.

Also, what are some good bars to hit up on a Friday night that don't have a dress-code or cover at the door? We're mainly beer-drinkers who prefer to do so in jeans and a t-shirt. I've read something about the Communist's Daughter?

Everyone seems to love but I hate...

Blueberries
Fennel
Pumpkin
Lean Cuisine

Mail-Order Ice Cream from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio

Aw Jeni's...dangerous stuff, for sure! I least have two hours between me and the closest shop so I'm safe for now. The Strawberry Buttermilk is the only strawberry ice cream I'll eat.

NCAA Basketball Tournament: 64 Great Foods in 64 College Towns

Woo hoo Bobcats! First a win against Georgetown and now a shout-out from Serious Eats for Casa! I'm tempted to make a trip to Athens now.

Serious Eats Giveaway: $50 Gift Certificates from Threadless

I have the milk & cookie (I love you!) one that is shown above. For some reason, it reminds me of that Blur video for "Coffee and TV".

Introduce Yourself!

Hi, my name is Katie and I used to live in Columbus (6 years) but then moved to Cincinnati about 1 1/2 years ago. I'm 30 years old and am currently in culinary school trying to earn my pastry arts degree. When I lived in Columbus I loved North Market, specifically the bread place, the Vietnamese spot and, of course Jeni's (forgive me for forgetting the name of the other two places). If anyone on here has any connections to a bakery in Cincinnati, drop me a line! Thanks and have a great day.

Poll: What's Your Favorite Grocery Chain?

It is odd that they left of Kroger. I have the great fortune of living near two Krogers that have Murray's Cheese shops.

Standing Room Only: Jeni's Ice Cream

I had the brown butter with almond brittle a few days ago...seriously awesome. I wish they would make it a signature.

Open Thread: Home for the Holidays — Your Sentimental Favorite Pizzeria

I grew up in West-Central Ohio but when I think of a sentimental pizza favorite, it has to be Vivio's in Indian River, Michigan (near Petoskey) or my college favorite, Goodfella's in Athens, Ohio.

Cook the Book: 'Nigella Christmas'

Chocolate shortbread cut-outs with white chocolate for decoration

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Charles Chocolates

Right now it's chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream with hot fudge.

Do You Eat or Email First?

I wake up, make coffee, get dressed, watch a little news, head to work and then check my work e-mail. I don't have internet access at my apartment so e-mail isn't even an option at home.

Threadless T-Shirt Giveaway: A Piece of Cake

Chocolate Cake with a Nutella filling and chocolate frosting

Threadless T-Shirt Giveaway: Lemon Aid

I like my lemonade in an Arnold Palmer...the drink, not the person.

Best ice cream in NYC?

That's great that Jeni's got a shout-out on a New York discussion! I can't even buy Jeni's in-store, in Cincinnati so I'm pretty jealous right now.

Anyway, back to the discussion, I was curious about New York ice cream too because I'll be visiting Brooklyn in 2-3 weeks. I heard Jacque Torres' new ice cream place is pretty good. Anyone know?

Threadless T-Shirt Giveaway: Pancake Mountain

You live where?

I'm currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio (Clifton Gaslight, specifically) but wouldn't mind moving West.

@gingercookiewithlime: I went to college in Athens, OH...miss Casa, the Burrito Buggy and the cheap beer.

Toronto in June...what's good?

Hi all! I'll be heading to Toronto in mid-June for the Broken Social Scene/Pavement show on Olympic Island (anyone going?). Anyway, my friend and I were hoping for some recommendations for relatively cheap places to go for dinner on Friday night and breakfast on Saturday. We're not super stingy but I don't feel like dropping $20 on my entree if I don't have to, you know? We're staying at a place on the Harbourfront, which, based on looking at several maps, we're going to have to travel a little for something cheap-ish but we're game. Also, is Toronto an easy city to travel around without driving? Thanks in advance...

Thyroid & Food

In about two weeks, I'm having the right side of my thyroid gland removed. While I've been waiting for this surgery to happen, I've been reading various articles on the procedure and what to expect afterwards. Obviously, since I'm posting this question on Serious Eats, I like my food. I've read that anything with soy in it is not good for your thyroid and it seems like a lot of prepared food has some form of soy in it. I've also read that no matter how sensibly some people try to eat, they still gain weight when they've got a thyroid issue of some sort.

I meet with my doctor Monday, and I'll probably bombard him with questions then, but, in the meantime, I was hoping that somone on Serious Eats could give me any advice on how they've dealt with this. Thanks!

Cincinnati

I'm moving to the Cincinnati at the end of August (Clifton Area to be exact) and I was wondering what restaurants would be worth my hard-earned money? I'm currently in Columbus so I'm familiar with Graeter's and Skyline (obviously) but I want to know more! I'm also not big on ritzy, expensive eating out, unless the parents are paying, so anything that's a good value and tasty is aces in my book!

Cookie Contest

I just entered a cookie contest at the law firm I work at. I was hoping to enter more than one kind but the powers-that-be won't allow that. It's a pretty conservative firm and their tastes seem to be pretty safe (just based on the catering orders I've seen around the office) but I don't just want to bake chocolate chip cookies. I've thought about making Chocolate Rads, Lime Meltaways, Madeleines, Chocolate Chocolate Chip cookies w/ pistachios...etc. Anyone have suggestions for a cookie that will blow the competition away? Thanks for your suggestions!

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