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Dining Reviews

The Italian Burger

ZBGB’s Burger is a Beautiful Mess

ZBGB woos with rich flavors and a from-scratch ethos, but its burgers aren’t ready to settle down.

June 2016Comments


Fine Diving: Chicago Gyros and Dogs

For as long as any UC alum can remember, Chicago Gyros has been at the corner of Clifton and McMillan, even though six years ago they moved directly across the street. Said move added more hot dogs and a liquor license, but the original Greek flair is still kicking.

June 2016Comments

Life + Style

Home + Garden

'Blue Jay Breakfast' wood bird, $65,

Charley Harper Stuff is Everywhere and We’re So Proud

Charley Harper’s stylized illustrations have enchanted audiences since he graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1947. Thanks to collaborations with designer Todd Oldham and The Land of Nod, which specializes in high-quality kids’ furnishings, his work will be part of our lives for years to come.


What’s the Point of Home Staging Anyway?

These two pros have got the goods on the art—and business—of staging homes for sale.

Year built: 1881; Style: Italianate Row House; Renovation Contractor: Mike Brown Construction; Project Date: November 2014-June 2015

We’re Having a Love Affair with this Renovated Pendleton Row House

Was it destiny? Andrea and Tye Von Allmen would say yes. Purpose and intention keep one family going as they embrace the ups and downs of renovation.

Style + Shopping

Pot Luck–This lightweight, nonstick pot makes cooking at even the most remote campsite quick and easy. Pack it up (it comes with its own carrying case) and hunker down for a hearty meal. Evernew 1.2-liter Ceramic Pot 15, $26.93, REI,

Glamping is Fancy Outdoor Fun and Haters to the Left

Camping does not have to mean roughing it. Here’s the gear for a more luxe time communing with nature.


Style Counsel: Becky & Levi Kramer

Occupation: Toddler wrangler; front line lead at Remke; Their style: Playful and comfortable


Fashion Lovers and History Buffs Will Love “Dressing Downton”

The Taft Museum of Art’s new exhibit focuses on the hit show’s fascinating costumes.

Kids + Family


By The Numbers: Kings Island’s Bonkers New Water Slide

Slide-riders, rejoice! The new seven-story Tropical Plunge at Kings Island’s Soak City water park opened its chutes Memorial Day weekend. The gravity-aided attraction includes six slides with twists and turns to thrill even the park’s most seasoned Gold Pass–holders, including vertical drops from various “Aqua-Launch” chambers and a string of four 360-degree loops. We crunched the numbers on this wet and wild ride.

CP Balloon

Worth the Drive: Conner Prairie, Indiana’s Treetops, History, and Hot Air Balloons

Just two hours away in central Indiana, Conner Prairie gives you and your kids an opportunity to reconnect with the outdoors while exploring the history of the area.

Parky’s Farm is a fully functional 100-plus acre farm at Winton Woods.

5 Ways to Outsource Your Kid’s Summertime Birthday Party

If you’re willing to drop some cash for a chill, turn-key event, then a professional party is the way to go.

Local Weddings


Local Love: Rebecca Richmond & Robert Metzner

Rebecca’s and Robert’s eclectic, edgy, and contemporary style shined through on their wedding day, which was filled with polka-dot ties and pop art table decor and attended by their best friend Barley—their dog.


Local Love: Rachel Kirkwood & David Skinner

After completing renovations at their home, Rachel and David created an intimate space in their own backyard for their wedding ceremony.


Local Love: Lauren Kemnitz & Dustin Flint

This couple’s love of music was evident throughout their wedding, from the song created by friends for the reception to Lebanon high school students playing jazz during cocktail hour.