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Cool Article: 4/2

I’ll admit to you all right now, I’m a huge believer of horoscopes.

While yes, sometimes what the sites say do not always match up to your current situation, horoscopes really do say a lot about personality and in the cool article I found tonight, what you eat.

The Daily Meal wrote an article highlighting “Your Food Horoscope,” foods based off “your sign.”

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Click here to read about yours, but for a sneak preview, here’s what the site had to say about my sign, the Taurus:

“The Taurus sign is one born for good food and drink. Anything rich is right up their alley. Think decadent chocolate and full body wines too, as their bull sign is indicative of their, ahem, passionate natures. Do not do a common salad, they’ll be sad you skimped. Of course, such richness can sometimes cause a little pouch in the stomach, so be sure not to be too sedentary. “

So did The Daily Meal get it right?

For the most part, yes. I love good food and drink, and rich foods most definitely.  I love my chocolate, and full bodied wines (dry over sweet, white and red it’s a toss up). But I do love simple salads, haha!

Enjoy, and please comment to me and let me know what it says about you and whether you agree or disagree!

DAYTON: Happy Fall (& National Ice Cream Cone Day!)

Ah, Fall.

The time for leaves, apples, pumpkins, corn mazes, hay rides, Halloween (!), and so much more.

Happy Fall, friends.

And today is also a very important day in the foodie world: it’s National Ice Cream Cone Day!

So who invented the all-mighty cone that holds our delicious ice cream scoops?

The International Dairy Foods Association names a few different people, here’s what they say on their website:

“The first ice cream cone was produced in 1896 by Italo Marchiony. Marchiony, who emigrated from Italy in the late 1800s, invented his ice cream cone in New York City. He was granted a patent in December 1903.

Although Marchiony is credited with the invention of the cone, a similar creation was independently introduced at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair by Ernest A. Hamwi, a Syrian concessionaire. Hamwi was selling a crisp, waffle-like pastry — zalabis — in a booth right next to an ice cream vendor. Because of ice cream’s popularity, the vendor ran out of dishes. Hamwi saw an easy solution to the ice cream vendor’s problem: he quickly rolled one of his wafer-like waffles in the shape of a cone, or cornucopia, and gave it to the ice cream vendor. The cone cooled in a few seconds, the vendor put some ice cream in it, the customers were happy and the cone was on its way to becoming the great American institution that it is today.”

Marchiony’s the main person who was granted a patent in December 1903, but at a World’s Fair a year later, Hamwi made his wafer-waffles, hence, the waffle cone’s birth.

So I thought today, here’s a list of ice cream places with Fall flavors, so you can combine the best of both fantastic worlds:

1) Graeters (multiple locations): Pumpkin Pie (limited edition)

2) Ritter’s Frozen Custard (multiple locations): Ritter’s has a few different Fall flavors, including pumpkin, to check out.

3) Dairy Queen (multiple locations): I definitely saw on one of its signs recently something about a Pumpkin Pie something or another (perhaps a Blizzard?)

4) Cold Stone Creamery (multiple locations): One of its seasonal flavors is Pumpkin, so it should be there by now…And you could always get the “Apple Pie A La Cold Stone” creation too! 🙂

5) MaggieMoo’s (Centerville): On its flavors list are Pumpkin and Pumpkin Cheesecake.

6) Young’s Jersey Dairy (Yellow Springs): The week of Sept. 30 they’ll have pumpkin as its “Flavor of the Week.” Check its website too for when it’ll come back!

7) JD’s Frozen Custard (Englewood): JD’s has a slew of holiday flavors to check out…You can even start ordering holiday flavors to take home (which includes Pumpkin!)

Any other ones you spot with Fall flavors? Please let me know, to add to this list 🙂

Enjoy, and happy Ice Cream!

Cool Article of the Week: 9/15-9/21

This week, I have a tie of cool articles of the week!

Both of these come from one of my favorite foodie sources: BuzzFeed Food.

The first ties in with a big awards show tomorrow, the EMMYs!

Primetime TV’s big night!

We’re all rooting for our favorite shows, but hey, how about the food the actors use during their performances?

This article highlights 21 Emmy-Worthy Performances by Food in a Television Series.

You’ll even see how the food is used, like a pizza pie that flies in the air!

The second cool article of the week is for people that are looking to eat some really delicious treats, but may be lactose intolerant.

This article highlights the 18 Treats You Might Not Know Are Dairy Free.

One being….drumroll please….Oreos!

Did you know this? I certainly didn’t realize the cream in Oreos Isn’t actually…well…cream. Woah!

Enjoy both articles, and please let me know what you think, join the conversation below!



Cool Article of the Week: 9/1-9/10

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This cool article of the week comes from an email my mom sent me (hey mom!), and its for all of the sweet tooths out there!

She knows I LOVE these two things: Disney, and cupcakes.

So when I saw that it was the top 45 Disney cupcake recipes, from Spoonful, I was beyond excited to page through the photo gallery!

In this gallery you will see all sorts of Disney character goodness formed into cute cupcakes, including the aliens from Toy Story, the cars from the Cars movies, and one of my personal faves from the list, which I have pictured here: Cogsworth from Beauty & the Beast!

Enjoy, and please let me know which one(s) are your favorites!


One of my very good friends lives in Cleveland. Over the weekend, I road tripped up to #CLE to visit her and her boyfriend!


My friend has been telling me about all the amazing #CLE food, and the week prior to me coming, she even sent me an awesome link to a garlic festival. Garlic rules. We did drive by it, and not only was there a HUGE blow up garlic in the park, there was a guy dressed up in a garlic costume walking around.

In preps of visiting this dear city of Cleveland, who loves The Drew Carey Show? Me!

In my head I cue this song (which I played via my phone in my friends apartment Sunday to figure out what buildings I recognized this weekend):

There is SO much energy and pride for this city going on in #cle. Huge crowds headed to Indians games, people of all ages bustling around all of the cool neighborhoods, people grabbing drinks with their friends at the cute outdoor beer garden restaurants. Just a gorgeous place.

Here are some of the foodie places my friend took me to:

1) Tommys Restaurant

1824 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Hours:   Sunday – Thursday:  9am – 9pm
Friday:                       9am – 10pm
Saturday:                  7:30am-10pm

What I ate: Veggie Burger with cheese:  Brown rice, scallions, carrots, garlic, parsley, onions, adzuki beans, shaped like patties and fried. Served on a wheat bun. $8.75.


My thoughts: Now THIS, my friends, is what I call a burger. By first glance, would you think this is all veggie? Me, no (well, maybe the sprouts would make me think it, but really, no). This burger is HUGE, and it will fill you up. The patty itself did taste very “meaty,” and had great a great flavor combination. I normally don’t like sprouts, but all the veggies piled together, along with the big wheat bun, made for a fantastic sandwich. It’s one of those stretch-your-jaw ones. What brought it over the top for me was the brown mustard sauce that came on the side, giving it the extra kick. The sandwich as a whole was not dry by no means: it was moist and juicy.

Why you should go: Now yes, I ate a veggie burger, but Tommy’s isn’t just a vegetarian place. There are lots of meat options. For breakfast, you can get items such as omelets or breakfast egg sandwiches (including the Elsie Combo, which has two fried eggs, two strips of bacon, Mayo, American cheese and peanut butter made into a triple decker sandwich (choice of toast). My friend told me the breakfast at Tommy’s is really, really good, but if you want to get that, you will have to come at the right time (we unfortunately missed it by 15 minutes). For lunch and dinner, there are plenty of beef-filled burgers, tuna sandwiches (such as the A.D. which has tuna, mushrooms, falafel, tomato and cheese), falafel sandwiches (such as the D.C. my friend got which has falafel, veggies, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, sesame sauce, cheese, pictured below), hummus, etc. Tommy’s is also known for its milkshakes, with flavors of Vanilla, Chocolate, Cherry, Peach, Strawberry, Coffee, Mocha, Mint Chocolate Chip, Root Beer, Black Cherry, Cookies & Cream, Cookie Dough, Moosetracks and Black Raspberry Chip. Pumpkin Pie & Peppermint Stick are its seasonal flavors. Tommy’s has also had visit from the likes of famous celebs such as Al Roker, Drew Carey, Heather Graham, Molly Shannon and Sheryl Crow’s band (yes, her band. One of our favorite parts of reading this on its menu). You can check out all of the celebs that have been to Tommy’s here.

2) Melt Bar and Grilled (several locations, I went to Lakewood)

14718 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107

Monday-Thursday: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:00am – 12:00 midnight
Sunday: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Bar open till 2:00am every night.

What I ate: Monte Cristo: honey ham, smoked turkey, Swiss, American, crispy battered & deep fried, mixed berry preserves $11.50 .


My thoughts: One of the best grilled cheese sandwiches EVER. HANDS DOWN. I’ve had a Monte Cristo at Bennigan’s before, but this blows Bennigan’s sandwich wayyy out of the water.I wasn’t sure which sandwich to choose at first. All of the grilled cheeses (the restaurants specialty) on its menu were mouthwatering. I narrowed it down between that one, The Dude Abides (homemade meatballs, fried mozzarella wedges, rich marinara, provolone & romano) and the Parmageddon (potato & onion pierogi, fresh napa vodka kraut, sautéed onions, sharp cheddar). I originally didn’t want the Monte Cristo, but when I saw the guy next to me get it, AND the waitress said its the restaurant’s signature sandwich, and with my friend saying I should try it, I got it, and woah. This is a balanced nirvana sandwich: there’s the savory of the honey ham, smoked turkey and two cheeses, then with the sandwich being battered and deep fried, AND with the sweet powdered sugar on top, AND having the tangy mixed berry sauce to dip in on the side, it was like this beautiful fried dough cheesy goodness. I was hungry, and devoured the entire plate. The hand cut fries were great too. A great bang for your buck too.

Why you should go: The experience itself is even more reason to go. There will be a bit of a wait depending on the time you head there, but instead of being given the standard beeper or just name calling when your table’s ready, this restaurant steps it up a notch with labels. But not just any name labels. Mine said something along the lines of “Garfield 1232-3”. My friend and I had absolutely no idea what that meant, but that’s okay. It’s all part of the awesome fun. And hey while you’re waiting, check out all of the cool decor around the room, as well as throughout the restaurant.  As you head to your table, the host will explain the label’s meaning to you. Apparently the one I wore was a phrase from a jingle from a roofing company commercial. Tons more funky phrases like that on the labels. The #1 reason: its grilled cheeses are to die for. And if you’re vegetarian, there are plenty of options too (even though the menu has a lot of meat filled ones). Just check the menu for V (vegetarian), VA (vegetarian option available), and VG (vegan available). Truthfully, as it’s a grilled cheese place, I’m not really sure why people would get anything else on the menu, but I will say, the other stuff on the menu, such as burgers, desserts and appetizers, look great too. But yes, when you go to Cleveland, you need to head to Melt. ASAP.

3) Big Al’s Diner

12600 Larchmere Blvd Cleveland OH 44120

What I ate: The dish that landed this mom & pop dining spot on Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” show, its corned beef hash, along with some scrambled eggs and wheat toast.



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My thoughts: Chef Michael Symon named the corned beef hash the “best thing he ever ate,” on that show, also saying it “magic on a plate.” I definitely thought it was delicious: I liked how the corned beef was salty with the mix of the green peppers and the potatoes that were cut up and looked like unfried French fries. The eggs were fluffy and moist. I just felt like it needed a sauce on top. Just to make it a little more moist, and to add a creamy texture to the mix. I’ll admit, I added hot sauce and pepper on top to give it that extra oomph. So while Michael, I do not agree with you this time, you definitely have a contender.

Why you should go: It’s definitely that hole-in-the-wall diner in the neighborhood that people flock to, and I could see why. Prices are pretty cheap, the food is good, and you can get breakfast, lunch or dinner. A small forewarning though, something we learned while there: you have to seat yourself. We waited for a little bit and then noticed how people were seating themselves in tables as soon as a party upped and left, so we followed suit. Also, be prepared to wait a little while for your food, as they say they cook each dish to order. We did wait a little while for the food. But overall, we thought it was a decent place.

Now something I also learned from my friend while in Cleveland is that this city is full of amazing BEERS! Some places we checked out/walked by that I recommend: Market Garden, Nano Brew, Great Lakes Brewery, and Tremont Taphouse.

At several of these places we witnessed outdoor beer garden seating (I LOVED the outdoor seating at Market Garden at Tremont Taphouse: both had places to sit outdoors with beautiful hanging bulb lights).

I personally love the fruity beers myself, so here’s my list of what to find in #CLE that’s fruity and delicious:

IMG_4773ACE Pear Cider (pictured left): Got this at Melt Bar and Grilled. Essentially tasted like a cold sparkling glass of pear juice. It wasn’t overly sweet, but it wasn’t too bitter either. My friend agreed, saying she thought it tasted like pear juice.

Southern Tier Pumking (pictured right): My friend had this at Melt Bar and Grilled. A spice-filled, warm, cozy tasting beer.

ACE Pumpkin Cider (not pictured): Got that at Market Garden. My friend and I both agreed it tasted like Pumpkin Pie in a glass.


There are so many neighborhoods, so many foodie places to check out in Cleveland. The next time I visit, I want to venture into its Little Italy neighborhood, and check out the bar devoted to chocolate.

Next time you head to Cleveland, or if you are from there, please let me know where you go to eat/drink, or please let me know where I should go next!


DAYTON: Lebanese Festival

One of the many cool things I’ve noticed while living here in Dayton are all of the festivals for different cultures that happen throughout the year.

In the past few months alone, I have checked out the Celtic Fest, the Germanfest Picnic, and today, I checked out the Lebanese Festival.

All of them have been rich in the culture, full of authentic food, and of course, FUN!

I’ve never been to a Lebanese Festival before, and was really excited to check it out this afternoon. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, head on over to this festival.

It’s not a super huge festival, but that’s what makes it so great. The location, St Ignatius of Antioch Maronite Catholic Church, is very centric location for people to access it.

There’s a huge tent (where the authentic Lebanese food is at!), plus other tents of food if you don’t want to try the authentic (which you should!), such as hot dogs and ice cream. And there’s a separate beer and wine tent just outside the big tent, and different sodas on sale.

There’s also face painting, some rides, and little shops you can check out where there are belly dancing wraps you wear around your waist, jewelry, and more.

But to me, the three huge stars of the Festival are the people, the dancing, and of course the food.

So what did I choose for my lunch? It was a tough choice.
Here’s the menu:


There were a number of sandwiches to choose from, with or without meat, and some great sides, including tabouli salad, hummus & pita, stuffed grape leaves and spinach pies. The people behind the counters were SO friendly and greeted me very warmly.

I decided on the Kafta as my sandwich ($6):

IMG_4469Kafta, according to the menu is freshly ground sirloin seasoned with salt, pepper, allspice, onions and chopped parsley, shaped and grilled over an open flame, topped with hummus, lettuce and tomatoes, wrapped in pita bread. The meat was almost of a soft meatball consistency, and was sweet with the seasonings inside it. I loved the balance of the sweet with the savory, creamy fresh hummus. A great wrap, indeed.

And as my side, I decided on the stuffed grape leaves ($3):

IMG_4466Now I’ve had grape leaves before, but never like these. I loved that these were meatless. It was a refreshing, the rice mixed with the tomatoes made it very light and not overly filling.

But after I had my lunch ($9 – a GREAT deal!), my sweet tooth came a calling.

There was a homemade Lebanese pastry table where you could get 3 pastries for $5, and also get a little cup of Arabic coffee for $1:

IMG_4471The pastries reminded me of Greek pastries (i.e. baklava): there was a presence of filo dough and nuts (I noticed a great presence of Pistachio nuts in the desserts I saw). Each one was very good in its own way, sweet, a little sticky, yet very very good.

And the Arabic coffee. I was told by the woman that if I loved coffee I’d LOVE this! Normally I don’t drink my coffee black, but I actually liked this little shot of black coffee. It was super strong, yet it balanced really well with the sweeter pastries. Delish.

While I was taking in all the delicious food, there was plenty of entertainment inside the big white tent. There were TONS of awesome belly dancers, including ones that danced with swords and veils. There was also a local group of musicians that played on a stage for the first time, that did a great job covering some pop songs instrumentally.


The festival wraps up at 11 p.m. tonight, but don’t worry, if you want to take in some yummy food and check out some awesome dancing and music, the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow!

The verdict: Lebanese food and the Lebanese Festival = awesome.

The Lebanese Festival

Saint Ignatius Maronite Catholic Church
5915 Springboro Pike (Route 741)
Miami Township


SWEET TREATS: Oreo Brownies

My brother and one of my best friends are coming to town this evening via road trip. Love you both 🙂

In the past day or so, I’ve been envisioning in my head what I could bake them as a “Welcome to Ohio” surprise.

My mind immediately went to Oreo’s.

I’m very, very close with my family. I love my family very much. I love my brother very much, and one of the things we always do together when we see each other is late at night, we watch TV shows, hang out, and have cookies and milk. Usually, it’s between Oreo’s, some sort of chocolate chip cookies (be it Wegman’s brand, Pathmark brand, etc.), some sort of dessert with chocolate in it. We’ve inducted Aisha into this tradition as well. 🙂

So as I LOVE brownies, I thought, why not make some Oreo Brownies?

When I was younger, there was a boxed mix of Oreo Brownies that were probably some of the best brownies I’ve EVER had. I ALWAYS looked forward to those brownies. Soft, moist, fudgy, warm (!) chocolatey brownies, with a glaze on top. Heaven!

But ever since then, I’ve never seen that boxed mix in stores. I’ve seen pre-packaged wannabes (already baked), but nothing compares.

So tonight, I attempt to make some yummy Oreo brownies, via one of my new favorite hobbies, Pinterest. 🙂

Thank you so much, Suburban Coupon Mom, for your post, and for the inspiration!

Here is her recipe for Oreo brownies:

2 boxes of brownie mix ( I used Ghiradelli) and bought a family sized box of Oreos because they were on sale!!

1/2 Cup of Water

2/3 Veggie Oil

2 Eggs

1 sleeve of Oreos crushed


1/2 Stick of Butter

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

2 Tble spoons of Milk

1 to 1 1/2 cup powder sugar.. add gradually and check for consistancy

I’ve made a few modifications. Instead of using two boxes of brownie mix, I went for one. My favorite go-to brownie mix I’ve been using as my base at the store is Betty Crocker Ultimate Fudge (with Hershey‘s Fudge, yum!)


Mix the brownie mix as per usual using the ingredients listed on the box (water, vegetable oil, egg, fudge packet, mix).


Tonight I decided to use my brownie pan for the occasion. As it has three rows (for easier slicing), I greased the pan with butter, then put some of the mix in my pan.


You could get creative with exactly what kind of Oreo to buy (there are so many flavors now). My brother loves Double Stuf’s, but tonight at Kroger I discovered there are Oreo’s a step up from Double Stuf, called Mega Stuf! (Can you believe it?!) 🙂


I layered a row of Oreos into my pan and then put the remaining brownie mix on top. You’re going to have to make a judgment of how much to put in each row. This time around for me, there wasn’t enough batter left to cover the Oreo’s, but that’s okay. We’ll see how the batter forms around the cookie.

I’m also not following a specific “done” time. My first aim was at 25 minutes at 350. From then on, I kept checking with a fork into the middle (if it comes out clean, it’s done!).

As of 12:53 a.m.: 25 minutes baked at 350 degrees, stuck the fork in, came out a little covered in batter.

Put timer on for 7 more minutes.

Second check: 1:01 a.m. – still not 100 % there yet. Putting on another three minutes.

Third times the charm: 1:05 a.m. – dunzo!


While I’m letting those cool down a bit, I’m starting up the glaze. Instead of making the glaze directly in the pan, I’m going to do another double boiler, only because I don’t want the glaze burning or sticking in a pan.

I mix all ingredients as per the recipe above and put it in the double boiler:

IMG_4048I put the half stick of butter in the bowl and melted it on close to high temperature on the stove…

IMG_4049Then I got the vanilla out. 🙂

IMG_4050As soon as the butter melts, mix the vanilla, and milk together, stirring constantly.

Then, add the confectioners sugar slowly. It’ll turn into the glaze-like consistency, like this:

IMG_4055IMG_4056I tested the glaze, it is DELICIOUS!

IMG_4057Here is the final product. I poured the glaze on the brownies and spread evenly.

Let cool, slice up and serve.



DAYTON: First Friday Dayton Food Truck Rally

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Last night was First Friday here in Dayton.

For those who don’t know what First Friday entails, it’s a really fun, FREE, event in downtown Dayton to get Dayton people out of our homes, and to have some extra fun out and about in the city. It’s one of the many events put together by the Downtown Dayton Partnership.

There’s a variety of things to choose from while you’re  there, including live music, arts demonstrations, and of course, there’s food!

The Dayton Food Truck Rally is a fairly new event in the area. It seems more local food trucks are starting to pop up here in Dayton. And in the past few months alone, the actual Food Truck Rally downtown seems to have only gotten bigger as well.

Last night, on a whim, I went to see what the rally was all about. After finding some parking, I caught the tail end of the rally (it was scheduled from 5pm – 9pm, I got there around 8:30 – 8:45 ish). Boy, was it crowded! There were crowds of people standing around and eating, as well as checking out the different food trucks on display.

Here are the links to the two food trucks I checked out last night:

Ringo’s North Star Mobile Eatery

Harvest Mobile Cuisine

And if you would like to check out any of the food trucks that were at the Dayton Food Truck Rally (when they’re not rallying), check out the Dayton Food Trucks Facebook page. It’s a plethora of everything YOU need to know about the food trucks in the area.

Without further ado, here is the video of last night’s foodventure!


Cool Article of the Week — 7/29 — 8/3

Chocoholics (::raises hand::) this is for you.

This cool article of the week comes from one of my new favorite food news sources : BuzzFeed Food.

I saw they had tweeted this story, and I literally said out loud to myself, “Really?!”,in a surprised, yet intrigued way.

According to a study out of Belgian university (where coincidentally, ALOT of yummy chocolate comes from, the country of Belgium, i.e. Guylian), the smell of chocolate encourages people to shop for books longer.


Researchers pumped the scent of chocolate into a bookstore over there for half of the day.

201 customers were analyzed.

And the result was that “customers were more than twice as likely to browse through more than one book during the chocolate hours,” according to this study.

There’s another interesting factoid in the BuzzFeed Food article, but I don’t want to give it away, I want you to check this out for yourself, and let me know what you think!

If you smell some chocolate in the bookstore, who knows, you may just walk away buying a big stack load of books!

Here’s the article, pictures and all.

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