Friday, October 29, 2010
As for costumes, I actually have two this year. One night you can just call me Supergirl. Another night I’m going to dress-up as Medusa, complete with snakes entwined in my hair. Here's wishing you a safe and Happy Halloween! :)
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Now let’s back up for a minute…so you get the back story. First off, my wife loves gifts….buying, wrapping, giving, receiving, opening. She loves them actually what woman doesn’t love them. Right?
So after three and a half weeks of waiting by the door like my daughter waiting for me to come home from work, she saw the mailwoman place the package in the mailbox yesterday and she could not get out that door fast enough. They're here. See, each of my daughters' fingerprint impressions are on one side of each of the charms and their names are inscripted on the other. They are simple, unordinary, and timeless. In my wife’s world, it's pretty much the perfect gift. I think I did good this year. Happy gift giving.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Every year it gets earlier. Now I understand that these weeks leading up to the holidays are important. But this early?? This morning Sheila and I read a story about a mall in Costa Mesa, CA. It already has its 100 ft tall Christmas tree up. Don't get me wrong. I love the holidays, but you have 59 days until Christmas. Plenty of time to stress over buying gifts for family and friends.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Good morning! It's Sheila, and I am so happy to have Jean Robert back! Okay, I know Jean Robert didn't go anywhere, but for months I have been missing his food. I say this with conviction: I have eaten a lot of food, and I have met a lot of chefs, but I have never known one who is as talented as Jean Robert de Cavel. And here's the really cool thing. He's such a nice person!
I first met Jean Robert when he was the chef at the world famous Maisonette downtown. For me, the Maisonette was intimidating. I had never been to a five-star restaurant before I moved to Cincinnati. It made me nervous to eat there in a booth facing out toward the restaurant. Would I use the wrong fork? God forbid, spill something? The first time I ate dinner there, I didn't know Jean Robert, but his food made an impact, and then I understood just why the Maisonette kept its 5-star rating for the years he was there.
Jean Robert came to Cincinnati to work in the Queen CIty's most famous restaurant, but he made our city his home, and he has worked hard to make it a better place. When downtown was looking a bit bleak after the riots and September 11th attacks, Jean Robert invested in downtown by opening his own place. Rob ate at Pigall's first, and he exclaimed to me afterward, "Jean Robert is a genius!"
It's been about two years since Pigall's closed its doors for the last time.
Friday, October 22, 2010
TO TRAILHEAD: I-275 to US 50 E. In 2.6 mi., R onto Roundbottom Rd. In .5 mi., turn L onto Tealtown Rd. for .5 mi., then turn R at entrance to Rowe Woods. Park in main lot near visitor center.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
|In the paddock|
before race #12
|with super trainer Mike Maker|
You still have time to create your own Keeneland memories. The fall races run through October 30th.
Hi, it's Sheila.
I took my kids to one of our favorite fall places, Farm Haven in Boone County. The farm has been in the same family for several generations, and it's a nice place for kids to learn about the workings of a farm. We like to celebrate the Halloween season there by taking a hayride, exploring the corn maze, and wandering in the
If the corn maze is too big for your little ones, they can go it alone in a hay maze. You can see over the top to keep an eye on them. The hayride takes riders out to a pasture, where they can feed ears of corn to the cattle. They come right up to the hay wagon! That scared Katie and Eric just a bit, I think because they were afraid of getting licked by those long tongues! Even so, I think the hayride is Katie's favorite part of our trip.
Eric's favorite part of the day was visiting with a new litter of kittens in the barn. He lovingly picked up each one, and he would have carried them all over the farm if I had let him. He told me later they were his "adorable friends." Children can pet horses, rabbits, and chickens, and feed the sheep and goats.
Farm Haven is on U.S. 42, right by Ryle High School. It's open weekends from 11 a.m. To 7 p.m. through the end of October.
Idlewild Park is one of Dan's favorite parks because it has some great walking trails. Megan and I like the fact that there's a fence all the way around the playground area, so you don't have to worry about your child wandering too far from you.
Lots of happy smiles and good memories for the fall pages of our family album!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
PICTURE HER CROSSING THE FINISH LINE OF HER FIRST MARATHON~THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT SHE LOOKED LIKE (ONLY CUTE IN HER CUTE LITTLE BLACK DRESS, OF COURSE!)
BUT BECAUSE MY WIFE WAS (SECRETLY) JUST AS EXCITED AS MY DAUGHTER WAS, I FORGOT TO TAKE OUR CAMERA WITH US, SO ZERO PICTURES...GUESS WE'RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO GO BACK NEXT YEAR.
SO HERE'S TO A GREAT WEEKEND OF PRINCESSES .....CHEERS DAN
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Fresh Table just opened inside the market house. When you get to the green lights hanging over a glass case of beautifully displayed dishes, you are there. The business is the creation of Chef Meredith Trombly and Chef Louis Snowden. They previously worked together at Bigg’s and recently decided to create something on their own.
Think sustainable, local and organic. That’s the concept behind Fresh Table’s freshly prepared food. Customers can look into the case, pick a few of the tempting bites and take a box home for lunch or dinner. The menu is always changing because the chefs buy from vendors at the market and around the city, which also keeps it seasonal and fresh.
Ever tried an Eggless Egg Salad? I hadn’t either. But you can now. It’s made from tofu, soy mayonnaise, dill and turmeric. Yes it is yummy and actually tastes like eggs! My favorites are the savory bread pudding, marinated mushrooms and fennel salad. There was also the corn pudding adapted from a Shaker recipe that dates back to the 1700’s.
There are other cool things about Fresh Table too. Everything is recyclable or compostable. The kitchen scraps are composted and the take home containers are biodegradable.
The walls are about to get a fresh look too. What are now plain white walls will soon be a showcase of Rookwood Pottery tile. Another cool design element of Fresh Table is the digital signage and live video stream. The two TV monitors can show the ever changing menu or give customers a live look at what’s cooking. I know I’ll make it a point to stop on my trips to the market. Enjoy!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I got my flu shot.
October is here, the official start of flu season. I get a flu shot every year, and so does my family. This year federal health officials are urging every American, every age, to get that shot to avoid the flu bug. This is the first year the Centers for Disease Control has made that recommendation. Historically, the government recommended flu shots for just the very young and the elderly, but this year there is plenty of vaccine to go around.
Remember last year when we saw long lines for flu shot clinics? There wasn't enough H1N1 vaccine to go around last year, but this year that's not a problem. The H1N1 vaccine is right in the same shot as the seasonal flu vaccine, and the government ordered 160-million doses.
And it's easier than ever to get vaccinated. You've probably seen the signs up at every Kroger and Walgreens store. It's especially important for pregnant women to get their shots. The flu can be even more dangerous for them and for their babies.
Last year's national campaign to stop H1N1 is widely considered a success. Doctors say public awareness is what stopped the swine flu last year, but they caution it's still around.
Now I'm ready!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Hey everyone. Rob here. The Columbus Marathon is this Sunday. Months of training, miles of running will be tested for 3 hours Sunday morning.
A little nervous. A lot excited. I will spend this week relaxing, enjoying the downtime, and drinking plenty of water.
This Friday I will load up on carbohydrates.
I'm all set with accommodations. There was a little drama there. There isn't one hotel room available in all of downtown Columbus. A little advice here: book early. I started checking on rooms 6 weeks ago and they were almost all sold out. Luckily with Sheila's help I was able to get a room downtown last minute.
So I'm set for my 10th marathon. I'm going trust the training and most importantly I'm going to have fun and enjoy the run. Also, enjoy the company of 10,000 other runner whose last 3 months has been a lot like mine. Wish me luck. Rob
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Here are the top 25 comfort foods I found out there.
Did your favorites make the list?
Top 25 American Comfort Foods
• Apple Pie
• Baked Beans
• Banana Pudding
• Beef Stew
• Brisket Pot Roast
• Chicken & Dumplings
• Chicken Pot Pie
• Chicken Soup
• Chocolate Chip Cookies
• Corn on the Cob
• Fried Chicken
• Green Bean Casserole
• Hot Dogs
• Ice Cream
• Macaroni & Cheese
• Mashed Potatoes
• Potato Salad
• Pumpkin Pie
• Shepherd's Pie
• Tomato Soup
• Tuna Casserole
Voice your opinion on our message board.....Finally, I hope this quick blog has prompted you to eat well this weekend! Cheers Dan
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Our Redlegs still have a lot of baseball to play. I know Reds fans are ready to keep cheering them on. When we win Friday, the Natiboys will be back at home Sunday and the hometown crowd will give them a boost.