Cookbook of the Month // ‘Love Brunch’

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Love Brunch? Me too! This months cookbook focuses on Fifty chefs/cooks whom are featured at home with their families, sharing recipes for brunch together. With recipes from Otto’s, Frida’s, Senate, L, Oriental Wok, and more! I am always looking for cookbooks to add to my collection and this one is most definitely one you and your family will use for generations to come. I know I love a good brunch on a Sunday with loved ones, and to have recipes from restaurants I frequent is even more amazing.

You can buy this amazing cookbook for $40 >>>  www.eatplaygive.net, You can also buy tickets to the Friends & Family SIDS Brunch,  that features many of the chefs from the cookbook.

Participating restaurants/producers this year:  Coffee Emporium, Daveed’s, Forno Osteria+Bar, French Crust Cafe, Happy Chicks Bakery, JR Table, Keystone Bar & Grill, Kroger, La Petite Pierre, Madisono’s Gelato & Sorbet, Maplewood Kitchen and Bar, Maribelle’s eat + drink, Meatball Kitchen, Metropole, Oriental Wok, Otto’s, Red Feather Kitchen, The Rookwood, Taste of Belgium, and Vintner Select.

Now let’s cook and make a difference at the same time. Enjoy readers!

Peace + Love,

V

Empowering Wednesdays // Daisy Jane’s Flower Truck

 

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Welcome to my new favorite mobile garden in the city, Daisy Jane’s Flower Truck. I love to spotlight women business owners and those making a difference  in our tri-state and beyond,  and just had to tell my readers about this perfectly curated flower truck popping up all over the city. I found Daisy’s Flower Truck on instagram, and instantaneously fell in love with the business, the flowers, the truck, and I knew our city house needed a bit of floral accompaniment for Spring. When you visit Daisy Jane’s Flower Truck you’ll have the opportunity to pick out your own flowers no matter what variation and of course converse with the owner Megan Moore, who is  literally the nicest woman you will ever meet. I found the Daisy Jane’s flower truck nestled in Fountain Square in Downtown Cincinnati, and with concrete everywhere a bit of green in the midst of the city chaos is all I wanted for the morning; that and a cup of coffee. If you’re not feeling especially creative that day, the owner can gladly and artistically hand pick each bloom, so that you leave with a stupendous and unique bouquet for you or a loved one. Wanting to know where you can find the Daisy Jane Flower Truck?

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Monday: 8AM-12PM at Coffee Emporium on Central Parkway in OTR

 

Tuesday: 11AM-1:30PM “Market on the Square” on Fountain Square (starting April 2)

 

Wednesday: A Village Gift Shop at The Century House in Glendale

 

Thursday: 3-8PM Alley Boutique in Downtown Loveland 

 

Friday: 9AM-1PM Harvest Market in Old Milford

 

Friday: 4-7PM Country Fresh Farm Market & Wine Depot on Vine St. in Hartwell

 

Saturday & Sunday: TBA on social media –

Follow Daisy Jane’s Flower Truck  –

Want to rent the truck for your next party, wedding or event? Daisy Jane’s Flower Truck can help you have some fun building bouquets or flower crowns! Would you love for Daisy Jane to make a stop at your office to treat your employees to beautiful bouquets? Head on over to our events page and give us a shout!  

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Local Spotlight // Lil’s Bagels

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58689336_352017795441217_6277212552711634944_n.jpgWelcome to Lil’s Bagels, located on 308 Greenup Street in Covington, Ky. This Spring and Summer make sure to head to their walk up window and either dine outside on their patio or get their exceptional hand rolled, boiled, bagel, made with tradition and CHUTZPAH and sandwiches to go.  I plan on doing a lot of hiking this Spring and Summer, so hearty, green, local, and unique eats wrapped and ready to go are what I am looking for. I am in love with The Chixa, a locally made 16 Brick’s Ciabatta Roll covered in Lil’s Pesto Chicken Salad, Homemade Kraut Slaw, Gribenes, and Pepper Jelly. We also had to get the PEC (Pastrami, Egg, & Cheese) Local Organic Egg, Lil’s House Smoked Pastrami Bacon, & Munster Cheese on a fresh Allez Challah Roll or 16 Brick’s Rye Bread with of course a side of Hen and Woods Salt and Vinegar Chips. Readers, you will most definitely want to stop here before a picnic, for coffee, or to dine outside and relax in-between bites. 

Peace + Love,

V

Located //

Lil’s Bagels

308 Greenup St.
Covington, Kentucky 41011

(859) 412-6922

www.lilsbagels.com

Follow Lil’s Bagels on Instagram // @Lilsbagels 

Follow Lil’s Bagels on Facebook // Lil’s Bagels

 

 

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Recipe Roundup // 8 Beauty Smoothies for Spring

insta-28.jpgI love a good smoothie, especially when trying to boost the immune system during these months where allergies seem to rule the Ohio Valley. Its Even better when these smoothies fight off sneezes but also have beauty benefits and  great taste. There is also something nice about getting up a little earlier in the morning to actually take care of yourself and have a bit of down time, even if its to the sound of a blender in between my NPR listening sessions. Below are 8 of my favorite go -to beauty smoothies. I usually drink and make smoothies in the morning. However, sometimes  I will whip up a smoothie the night before and have a bit as a healthy midnight snack;or save it for the morning. It’s a lot easier than you think to combine fruits and veggies into your daily dietary routine. I also have found that by creating your own smoothies at home, you will find that your intake of sugar will be less compared to some packaged smoothies that are available in stores. It’s a lot easier to grab smoothies on the go but make sure to check the label for sugars and extra nonsense your body doesn’t need. So, while I am on the hunt for the best packaged smoothies, here are smoothie recipes to create that your temple will continue to thank you for.

Click here for Smoothie Boosters 

Peace + Love,

V

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1.Oatmeal Smoothie // 

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2.Blueberry Spinach Breakfast Smoothie

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3. Sip This: A Green Smoothie That Doesn’t Taste Like Grass!

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4. TROPICAL GREEN ENERGY SMOOTHIE

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5.Happy Belly Smoothie

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6.Kale and Sunflower Smoothie

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7.Vegan probiotic berry smoothie

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8. STRAWBERRY BANANA YOGURT SMOOTHIE

 

 

 

 

 

Local Spotlight // 2019 Asian Food Fest

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Send all the hot noods 🍜I’m starting my morning getting excited for all things @asianfoodfest has to offer Saturday & Sunday, May 11-12, 2019 Check out 34 vendors this year!
Hours: Saturday: 12p-10p | Sunday: 12p-8p
Location: @thebankscincy The Banks | Downtown Cincinnati | On Freedom Way between Elm and Walnut Streets
Admission: FREE
http://www.asianfoodfest.org
#asianfoodfest #cincyasianfoodscene

The 9th edition of Asian Food Fest – presented by @krogerco – is heading to The Banks for a 2-­day food extravaganza, May 11-12, 2019! This year’s event will feature additional vendors and offer spectacular views of the @skystarwheel
This vibrant community festival celebrates culture and cuisine from Asian countries including #Cambodia, China, Hawaii, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Nepal, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. While food is at the heart of this festival, the event also features live entertainment, local craft and Asian beer, fun family activities, and more. Admission to the festival is free, and vendors will be offering a mouthwatering tour of Asian foods in the form of small plates priced from $2-$6.
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This year will feature the return of the #SecretMenu booth, featuring unique Asian recipes from home chefs and aspiring food entrepreneurs.
bloggers #eats #cincinnati #foodfest#foodtrucks #cincinnatieats #salad#eats #kruegerstavern #otr#overtherhine #downtowngirl#downtowneats #spring #ramen#noodles #ramennoodles#saladecomposée #asianfood #write#foodblogger #cincinnati#cincinnatibloggers #cincinnatiblogger#eatclean #eatfamous #eater#asianfood #asianfoodfest#asiancuisine #bloggerstyle I can only tag 20 vendors but check the full list of vendors on my blog today 🍜- VBintheCITY.com

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This vibrant community festival celebrates culture and cuisine from Asian countries including Cambodia, China, Hawaii, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Nepal, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. While food is at the heart of this festival, the event also features live entertainment, local craft and Asian beer, fun family activities, and more. Admission to the festival is free, and vendors will be offering a mouthwatering tour of Asian foods in the form of small plates priced from $2-$6.

This year will feature the return of the “Secret Menu” booth, featuring unique Asian recipes from home chefs and aspiring food entrepreneurs. The Secret Menu at Asian Food Fest is a special chance for foodies to experience a home­cooked Asian meal from local amateur chefs who are excited to share their culinary creations with the public.

2019 Asian Food Fest  Vendors:
Adelinda’s Lumpia
Alaingold
Bamboo Kitchen
BobaCha
Bread House Bakery
Bridges Nepali Cuisine
China Gourmet
Chino’s Street Food
Christine’s Casual Dining
Dai Trang Bistro
Dope Noodle and Dumpling Shop
Eam Kruesah
HaolePino Hawaiian-Filipino Island Cuisine
Huit
Injoy
Kona Ice West Cincinnati
Kung Fu Tea
Pho Lang Thang/ QUAN HAPA [OTR]
Magic Breaths
Mahope
Men Can Cook by Citrus and Sago
Ono Grindz
Our Lady of Lavang Catholic VI
Pho Kimmy
Poke Hut
Puffs N’ Buns
Roll On In Sushi Burritos & Bowls- Lebanon
Siam Orchid
Stone Bowl Ramen, Sushi, Korean & Japanese Restaurant
Tea ‘n’ Bowl
Thai Express
Vannon’s Cambodian Street Food
Yat Ka Mein

Glamping Wish List // Camping Gear for Spring + Summer 2019

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Dream House Outdoor Waterproof Cotton Canvas Family Camping Bell Tent $489 

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Blanket with Waterproof backing: Outdoor Blanket/Picnic Blanket/Camping Blanket/Stadium Blanket : Water-Resistant, Machine Washable With Tote And Vegan $34.99

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Gold Armour 10-17Pcs Camping Cookware Mess Kit Backpacking Gear & Hiking Outdoors Bug Out Bag Cooking Equipment Cookset | Lightweight, Compact, Durable Pot Pan Bowls $25

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Lifestraw water filter $17.47

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Coleman Triton+ Propane Camping Stove $63.97

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WONDERLUX Solar String Lights LED Filament, 20 Clear Bulbs, LONGER 32+ Feet for Outdoor, Porch, Gazebo, Patio. Powers Itself from the Sun, No Plug Needed $29.99 

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4 pack of LED camping lantern $17.25

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11 in 1 Pocket Knife RocWon Multitool with Knife Black Stainless Steel Camping gear with Folding Saw, Wire Cutter, Pliers, Sheath Perfect for Survival $16.99

 

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Organic Bug Spray // $13.95

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Eagles Nest Outfitters ENO DoubleNest Print Portable Hammock for Two, Tie Dy $79.95

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Osprey Packs Women’s Kyte 36 Backpack $159 

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Fire Starter Squares, Natural & Eco Friendly, Water Proof, Perfect for: BBQ Grill, Gas Grill, Campfire Grill, Camping Gear, Camp Fire Cooking, Emergency. $7.95

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0 Degree Winter Sleeping Bag for Camping (350GSM) – Temp Range (5F–32F) Portable Waterproof with Compression Sack- camping sleeping bags for Big and Tall in Env Hoodie: for Backpacking Hiking 4 Season $39.99

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Camp Kitchen Utensil Organizer Travel Set – Portable BBQ Camping Cookware Utensils Travel Kit with Water Resistant Case|Cutting Board|$24.99

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Texsport Kangaroo 7 pc Camping Cookware Outdoor Cook Set with Storage Bag $39.20

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Yuni Shower Sheets $15

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YUNI Beauty Flash Bath No Rinse Body Cleansing Foam, 5 Fl Oz $17.44

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A set of Yuni’s four bestselling innovations for quick cleansing and rapid muscle recovery while camping, so you can experience the revitalizing power and unmatched convenience of YUNI. I tested these products a couple years ago and completely fell in love. $29.99

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GoGirl Female Urination Device + Germ Resistant Portable Urinals for Women, Camping, Hiking, Outdoor Activities & More with Medical Grade Silicone (Reusable) $7

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Camping dishes $27

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INNO STAGE Insulated Picnic Backpack for 4 Persons with Full Stainless Cutlery Set, Roomy Cooler Compartment, Bottle Holder and Large Waterproof Mat $62.59

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PawHut 45″ x 28″ Outdoor Waterproof Pet Pop-Up Camping Tent with Carrying Case for Cat/Dog $30

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STARUBY Collapsible Dog Bowl, 2 Pack Foldable Pet Travel Bowl, for Outdoor Camping Pet Food Water Bowl $5.39 

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GrayCell Dog Saddlebags Hound Travel Hiking Camping Backpack for Medium Large Dogs (Blue,M) $29.99

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Best Solar Powered Charger – 16000 mAh Battery – Dual USB, Waterproof, Flashlight – Portable and Compact – for Your iPhone, Android, Tablet, More. The SPC16k by BW Distributors. Off Grid Charging $39.99

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SOG Camping Hatchet – Camp Axe Survival Hatchet Outdoor Camping Axe w/Camp Hammer Hatchet Head, 3.1 Inch Hand Axe Blade and Axe Sheath (CH1001-CP) $41.89

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