Does Absence Truly Make the Heart Grow Fonder? Here’s to Hoping!

I owe you all an apology — I never meant to neglect The Cincinnista, or you, for so long. I love this little project that I’ve started and hate that I’ve allowed myself to abandon it for several months. Honestly, this has been a transformational few months for me personally, and I needed some time away to focus…

Taking Flight in Cincinnati

My husband, Ryan, is one of those guys who is tough to surprise and shop for. He’s low maintenance and always enjoys experiences more than gifts. Of course, I’m always trying to find ways to spoil him, so I was excited when I discovered the Lunken Flight Training Center when I was searching for the perfect Christmas gift…

Review: SIA Spa

Ever had one of those moments in life when everything seems to hit the fan? I already filled you in on my nerve pain, which has been overwhelming within itself. But have you ever had that meltdown moment, the night before your first day at your new job, when your refrigerator bites the dust (right after…

The Best Laid Plans…

Last year was a very transformative year for me. I started out the year with lots of goals: to save money, get healthy, focus on my true friendships, and to re-ignite my career. Surprisingly, I stuck to my resolutions for the entirety of the year. I accomplished so much that I was proud of – I…

Review: Pi Pizzeria

I have such a soft spot in my heart for St. Louis. I visited as a young girl and adored it instantly – the gateway arch beckons you in to this mid-sized city with a small town vibe, with friendly people, cool neighborhoods, and lots of great food. STL made such an impression on me that I…

Trouble in Foodie Paradise

You know the saying: bad things always come in threes. I’m fortunate in that I usually have a lot of luck when it comes to dining out. Even if the experience isn’t worthy of a Michelin star, most restaurants in town do what they do, and do it well. Unfortunately, the rule of three became a…

Review: Son of a Preacher Man

I’ve been dying to go to Son of a Preacher Man since it first opened early last year. The restaurant is close to home for us – located in the old Eat Well Cafe/What’s For Dinner space in O’Bryonville. I was a little skeptical when I heard that the owners of my beloved Enoteca Emilia…

Photo Diary: A Quick (Surprise) Trip to Liverpool

“You went to England for a long weekend? Have you ever heard of Chicago or Nashville?” Crazy, I know. But so worth it! Here’s what happened. My cousin is getting married, and my mum and I just couldn’t miss out on the beginning of the festivities around her big day: her engagement party. As I’ve…

Review: BOCA

Ryan and I recently had the opportunity to enjoy dinner at Boca, a restaurant that is generally heralded as one of the very best in the city. Dining at Boca, for us, is an event – one that you anticipate for weeks on end (pro tip: make your reservation well in advance! They book up quickly.)…

Review: Revolution Rotisserie & Bar

Happy New Year, Cincinnistas! I hope 2016 is off to a fantastic start for you! Sorry for the long lag between posts. This has been sitting in my drafts folder for over a week, but life has been a madhouse and I’m only just getting around to hitting the Publish button! I had the most…

Review: Americano Burger Bar

Happy Holidays, Cincinnistas! I hope Santa treated you well and that you’re enjoying the last week of 2015! Since it’s a slow week at the office, Ryan and I decided it would be fun to meet for lunch and check out a new restaurant together. We’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about Americano Burger Bar, the…

Review: Sotto

One of my mum’s favorite restaurants in the city is Sotto, a very popular, rustic Italian restaurant nestled in a moody basement on East 6th Street in downtown Cincinnati. She dreams of their cacio e pepe (and was devastated when they took it off their menu!) and loves that they have great options for vegetarians. Of…