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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 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 42 Main 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 

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) 261-8333 John 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) 231-8824 Mt. Washington Creamy Whip & Bakery Long-time resi

Santa Rosa City Arts District

I talked to Tara Matheny Schuster about an event at the Church of One Tree celebrating Santa Rosa City Arts. Click here to listen to the conversation. Find out more about the

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.

Halloween and Vine

Halloween and Vine is a juried art show featuring amazing Halloween art pieces. I talked with Christy Silacci about the 15th annual Halloween and Vine show at Herman Son's Hall in Petaluma. This is an event you should definite