Holiday's in the Mug

Shop small in OTR this holiday season.
In a departure from previous years Holidays in the Bag, the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce has launched its new holiday campaign, Holidays in the Mug
Per Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce,
"Cincinnatians visiting historic Over-the-Rhine this holiday season will have an extra incentive to support locally-owned businesses during shop local events, and will have the opportunity to purchase a limited edition OTR mug that will hold several shop-local holiday specials. The mug, designed by Jessica Sheldon of OTR-based Cityscape Tiles, will feature an image of Music Hall and include a Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday coupon for $5 off at Taft’s Ale House, Coffee Card good for one drip coffee or hot tea from a participating local coffee vendor, and a CSO’s “first-timer” card that will provide $10 tickets to any first-time guests of the CSO, Pops, or May Festival. The mugs will be available for purchase for $15 at participating retailers in Over-the-Rhine, beginning Black Friday through December. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to OTR’s own Play Library, a lending library for toys."

The Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce also touched on the fact that 39 new businesses joined the OTR neighborhood in 2017 including recipients of the Chamber’s Business First Grant, Brown Bear Bakery and Spruce Nail Salon.
Holidays in the Mug
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Walk on Woodburn

Walk on Woodburn, the periodic Walnut Hills event held to highlight everything cool happening on Woodburn Ave. And it keeps getting cooler now that the various galleries and retail shops have been joined by restaurants and a brewery.
Brown Bear Bakery doesn't just bake treats, no they bake art. They provided a spread at Parlour Salon that made it worth making our way to Walnut Hills all by themselves!

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Bob Scott's negatives of Key West were pretty cool, the landscapes looked like coral. And W.O.W. always happens in conjunction with Manifest Gallery opening a new show, they never disappoint.
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Your Neighborhood Could be Next!!

Will you stand by while our current "accidental tourist" of a mayor with his lack of vision and his big money corporate buddies bulldoze an entire neighborhood?
Your Neighborhood Could be Next!!
Vote Yvette Simpson!

At least twenty two buildings have been leveled so far and countless families tossed into the street to pave the way for expansion. Why can't they use the acres of surface parking lots on the other side of the campus instead?

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VOTE! PLEASE VOTE!

You're our only hope! This is the year you can influence the direction you want Cincinnati to go. Do you like where our current accidental mayor and his big business buddies are taking us? Or would you like to return to the days when the city was doing things that helped its citizens?
Every vote counts! Only eight years ago we shot down Issue 9 and cemented OTR's rise.
Of course in 2013 everyone stayed home, 900 people could have changed the course of the last four years.
VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

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If you want my opinion, and I'm assuming people who love Cincinnati read my blog, my endorsements are based on candidates who believe in a people centric city.

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Yvette Simpson

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Wendel Young
Chris Seelbach
Derek Bauman
Michelle Dillingham
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using a knife, how hard can it be

Ms 5chw4r7z and I cook at home almost every night. And almost every meal we're cutting up fresh veggies. Years ago when we decided to eat better I read a pro tip to only shop the outer ring of the grocery store and not to buy anything down an aisle in a box or can. That is a lofty goal and we have managed to eliminate many of those items and the vast majority of food we buy are fresh ingredients. Which leads to a lot of chopping. Cutting something with a knife is about as intuitive as it gets right?
When Jordan Hamons invited me to attend a Knife Skills Class at Tablespoon Cooking Co. I was interested to see if I could streamline our kitchen prep game. Why would someone take a knife skills class? To be safer, gain confidence and become quicker and more efficient. Ms. Hamons was joined by chefs Becca Kinney and John DiPuccio. Ms. Kinney currently cooks at Pleasantry and Mr. DiPuccio cooks at Jean-Paul’s Paradiso, Sixteen Bricks and Allez Bakery.
I'm not going to rehash the whole class, let's just say I was surprised how wrong I was doing something that seems so simple.
I spent the majority of the class fighting to overcome old habits, I think that will still take awhile but holding a knife correctly was a game changer. I also appreciate how thorough Ms. Hamons, Ms Kinney and Mr DiPuccio were, they kind of reminded me of a drill sergeant (in a good explainy way, not in a bad shouty way). They would tell us what they were going to demonstrate, they would demonstrate it and then they would explain what they just demonstrated. After each lesson we would retreat to our workstations to practice and the three chefs would roam the tables injecting advice on improving techniques or giving hands on explanations until everyone got it.
Cutting peppers and onions efficiently were the most helpful for me. I could never get a grip on a good way to cut up a pepper without a lot of cutting. A proper cooks method slimmed the whole process down by at least half.
Three hours of instruction went fast, plus you take home everything you cut. Make sure to plan some soups and stews for the next few days after you take this class.
Tablespoon Cooking Co is currently scheduling the next two knife skills classes on December 6th and Jan. 10th.
Use the discount code 5chw4r7z at checkout for the knife skills class or any other upcoming class and receive a 10% discount!
Happy cooking!
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