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World’s Fare, Part 2

We found more dishes than we could fit in the print version of our story on global cuisine.

More Chorus Lines

If our chorus guide from the May 2012 issue inspired you, check out three more local vocal groups:

How Donna Does It

You’ve read “Where to Eat Now” for four years (and our Top 25 list before that) and you’ve wondered how this list comes together. Maybe you have your own ideas about how it’s created: “She just picks her favorites.” “You have to advertise to get on the list.” “ The restaurants give her free food and drinks.” (Let’s bust those myths right up front: Donna’s not exactly playing favorites; advertising has nothing to do with the list; and we pay our own way, thanks.) Here’s the real scoop on how Dining Editor Donna Covrett comes up with the best.

Best of Covington

Cork ’N Bottle You can see the “LIQUOR” sign from I-75, and whether you’re looking for craft beers, California chardonnay, or Crème Yvette (a liqueur made from four types of berries and dried violet petals) they’ve got it. 501 Crescent Ave., (859) 261-8333John R. Green Company Teachers love the racks of activity books and bulletin board decor, but we lov

Best of Mt. Washington

Mt. Washington Ice & Beer Company A community institution offering a swell selection of brews, including local faves from Mt. Carmel Brewing, plus wine, snacks, candy, and—flashback!—Coke in glass bottles. All sold by people who understand the phrase “customer service.”  6139 Plymouth Ave., (513) 231-8824Mt. Washington Creamy Whip & Bakery Long-time resi

Best of Mason

Heritage Oak Park Even in the land of 1,000 backyards, it’s still fun to check out a community park. Just off Ohio Route 42, the sprawling Heritage Oak Park has walking trails, play structures, tennis and basketball courts, and soccer fields as far as the eye can see. 4601 Ohio Route 42Main Street Sweets This polite little shop offers old-fashioned candies and other traditional treats

Best of Delhi Township

Robben Florist & Garden Center Greenhouses like this are the reason Delhi Township is called “The Floral Paradise of Ohio.” Stop by for poinsettias and you may see Mr. Robben in his signature cap with a red robin glued on top. 352 Pedretti Rd., (513) 251-2737, www.robbenflorist.com 

Cookbook Confidential

By Thomas Keller, with Susie Heller and Michael Ruhlman
It’s been hailed as one of America’s greatest restaurants by everyone who has dined there, and Keller is renowned for his extraordinary detail. But his methods are simpler than you might expect, and many of his techniques are innovative (ex: how to squeegee the moisture from the skin of a fish for perfect sautéing). The essays and profiles are great reading, the photography (by Deborah Jones) stunning, and the results are as exciting as if he was in your kitchen himself.

Best of Four Neighborhoods

On the same corner of Fairfield Avenue since 1939, the Schneider family serves up ice balls in the summer, caramel apples in the fall, and their famous made-right-here-on-the-premises opera creams anytime. 420 Fairfield Ave., (859) 431-3545

Earning His Stripes

In his prime, legendary foodball coach Paul Brown exercised complete control. But when Brown himself was sidelined by Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell, only one thing could bring him back to the sport he loved: a team of his own. In 1968, that team was the Cincinnati Bengals. Here's how he found the backers, negotiated with the league, rallied the governor, and sweet-talked a city into giving him another chance to call the shots.
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