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Calling all Foodies - The Senate and Camp Washington Chili are Honored

by The Cincinnati Team

Food Recognized in Cincinnati                                                      

Best Hot Dogs in America - The Senate in Over the Rhine has been recognized once again for their hot dogs. Chef Daniel Wright has received many national accolades for his playful takes on pub food, including a regularly changing menu of hot dogs like the Croque Madame (Black Forest ham, poached egg, bechamel) and the Lindsey Lohan (goat cheese, caramelized onion, balsamic vinegar, bacon and arugula).  Very popular with visitors to the area, plan to come early and explore the area shops while waiting!

Top 20 Iconic Food Destinations Across America Smithsonian Magazine's website has declared the Queen City's Camp Washington Chili to be one of the 20 most iconic food destinations across America."  The landmark at the corner of Hopple Street and Colerain Avenue has been open since 1940.  It also won a James Beard Award in 2000 for being an American regional classic.  The restaurant still grinds their own beef and shreds the cheese for its chili.  Yet another reason to wolf down a Cincinnati chili five-way!

Library is "Busiest Central Library in US"...Again

by The Cincinnati Team

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Again Busiest Central Library in US

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton CountyAccording to the Public Library Data Service report published by the Public Library Association, the Main Library in downtown Cincinnati was ranked the busiest central library in the United States for the second year in a row.  They loaned 6.6 million materials in 2012, accounting for 38% of the materials loaned by the entire system.  

The entire system ranked seventh busiest in the US and second busiest in Ohio.  The 41 branches loaned out more than 17 million materials.  Additionally, the system has the highest number of items circulating per capita among libraries serving a population of 800,000 or more...nearly 22 items were loaned to every person in Hamilton County.

Green Food in Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team

Green Food news for Cincinnati                                                    

Veg News' has listed Cincinnati as one of its "5 Surprising Veg-Friendly Cities in an article by Samuel Hartman of Louisville.  One of those reasons was Park and Vine in downtown Cincinnati.  Their emphasis is on "veganism, sustainability and good food down pat," he noted.  He also recognized Loving Hut in Pleasant Ridge, Melt Electric Deli in Northside, Myra's Dionysus in Clifton Heights and Shanghai Mama's downtown.  Other cities mentioned in the 5 named are Anchorage, Alaska; Kansas City, Missouri; Detroit, Michigan; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Base Camp Cafe - Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

The Green Restaurant Association has designated the Base Camp Cafe at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens as the greenest restaurant in the country.  It is one of only 15 restaurants across the nation to receive the highest rating by the organization.  The restaurant opened this year after being remodeled and retrofit.  One quarter of its power comes from the Zoo's solar electricity array.  These improvements are expected to save the restaurant $10,000 per year.

Other programs within the restaurant that add to its designation include composting of food waste, full recycling program, energy saving kitchen equipment, and the amount of locally grown foods.  The Base Camp offers grass-fed burgers, made-to order salads, and a healthy kids' menu.

Zak Morgan at Smale Park - August 31

by The Cincinnati Team

Grammy Nominated Zak Morgan Performs - August 31     Zak Morgan

The last event of the Smale Park Family Summer Fun series comes August 31.  Featuring Grammy-nominated musician Zak Morgan and a 4 person ensemble, you can expect your kids to be enthralled. Preceding the performance, the audience will be entertained by Cincinnati Circus and naturalists in the "Explore Nature!" program.   

Zak has released three critically acclaimed albums for children and was nominated for GRAMMY® in 2003 for "When Bullfrogs Croak."  He delivers songs and poems with wit and charm that tickle the funny bones of children and adults alike in over 200 shows per year.  He uses music and humor to encourage children to read books, use their imaginations and believe in themselves.  Zak Morgan was named Best of Cincinnati by Cincinnati Magazine in 2010.

 

Cincinnati Parks are In the News

by The Cincinnati Team
Cincinnati Parks Receive Numerous Awards                                             

 

Washington Park Selected a "Frontline Park" by City Parks Alliance

 

City Parks Alliance chooses a Frontline Park in order to promote urban park excellence, innovation and stewardship across the country.  It shows examples of parks that have faced challenges from shrinking municipal budgets, land use pressures and urban neighborhood decay.

Sprayground at Washington ParkThe activities around the park, including footpaths, wading pools, bandstand, and dog park, attract both those interested in the cultural offerings and neighborhood residents.  As part of the renaissance of Over the Rhine, Washington Park is key to the turnaround of the entire area.

Be sure to visit often...there are activities every night from salsa dancing to blues to jazz.

 

 

Dwell Magazine Honors Ault Park as one of World's Best Public Spaces

Dwell Magazine looked for the best public places to linger, people watch and take in nature's bounty. They have chosen everything from sculpture parks to urban plazas and now they have chosen Ault Park.  Long loved by residents of  the city, May and Levi Ault donated the park land to the City of Cincinnati in 1911.  It is our fourth largest park.  Offerings include a soccer field, playground, huge flower gardens where you can have a plot and the central pavilion.  

Go there on a star-filled night, bring a blanket and enjoy identifying the constellations or add it to next year's Fourth of July calendar, now.  You may want to go enjoy Summer Sips Vodka Tasting and dance to the music of Lagniappe on July 12th, too.

Smale Riverfront Park Receives 2013 Park Design Award

The National Recreation and Park Associations "Facility of Park Design Award"  was given to Smale Riverfront Park this year.  They look for a city that manages an innovative park that is serving as a model to others.  The award promotes parks that look at recreation usage in unique, innovative and creative ways.  Smale Park was honored for its exceptional service to the values of parks and recreation. Its inclusiveness and responsiveness to the needs of the community wer particularly important.

Enjoy just walking along the riverfront this summer, rent a bike and go all the way to Theodore Berry International Friendship Park and read the story of the Black Brigade on the 20 foot long sculpture. There's more to come with a carousel and children's playground on the way.

Cincinnati Museum Center's Free Friday - July 12

by The Cincinnati Team

Free Friday at Cincinnati Museum Center  - July 12                                

Cincinnati Museum CenterMark your Calendar for Friday, July 12th.  Plan a free evening at the Cincinnati Museum Center.  The Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science and the Cincinnati History Museum will all be open to the public from 4-8 pm for FREE.

Fortunately good Cincinnati sponsors have stepped up to the plate and made this possible.  Sponsors are  Rosemary and Frank Bloom and Paycor, with additional support from Catholic Health Partners, Chem Corporation and Digital Media Group.

There is a $6 fee to park.  Tickets to the Omnimax theater and the Ultimate Dinosaur exhibit are not included.  Still, it is a bargain that your kids will love!

Urbanspoon's Outstanding Restaurants in Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team

Local Restaurants Take Honors                                            

Urbanspoon released its list of top restaurants in Cincinnati.   The crowdsourcing restaurant review site regularly produces a list of 200 nationally popular restaurants.  Included this year are Terry's Turf Club, Nada, Adriatico's Pizza, A.Tavola, Bakersfield, Senate, and Taste of Belgium.

Travel and Leisure Magazine also listed Jeff Ruby's Precinct restaurant among the "Best Steakhouses in the U.S."  They were lauded for their location in a former police patrol house and for their popularity with local sports stars and visiting celebrities. 

Family Activities in Cincinnati's Smale Park

by The Cincinnati Team

Family fun at Smale Park                                                                    

The Cincinnati Park Board is excited to announce a full line-up of Family Summer Fun at Smale Riverfront Park!  They are offering family friendly movies, music and theater.  Kick off the summer with musical entertainment, movies and theater. Bring your family, blankets and smiles for some extraordinary nights at Smale Riverfront Park this summer!​Smale Riverfron Park
 
May 16 - Bach & Boombox (Concert Cellist performing an interactive program) 5:30pm–6:30pm

 

May17 - "Wreck It Ralph" plus Cincinnati Circus performers at 7pm9pm,  Movie at 9pm

May18 - Cincinnati Children’s Theater performs Rumplestilskin with special guests Bullooney Puppet Works, Cincinnati Circus and Explore Nature!  4pm–7pm

May23 - Bach & Boombox  (Concert Cellist performing an interactive program)  5:30pm–6:30pm

May30 - Bach & Boombox  (Concert Cellist performing an interactive program)  5:30pm–6:30pm

May31 - "Brave" plus Cincinnati Circus performers at 7pm–9pm,  Movie at 9pm

​Smale Riverfront Park is described as a park for the generations.  The activities benefit the entire community with recreational, entertainment and leisure resources.  The fountains, walkways, gardens, event lawns, playgrounds, and restaurants all add to the economic vitality of the region.

When completed, the park will extend from east at Great American Ball Park to west as far as Paul Brown Stadium - flanking the city's landmark Roebling Suspension Bridge.

Parties in the Park Kickoff

by The Cincinnati Team

Yeatman Cove Hosts Parties in the Park                                        

Party in the Park - Yeatman's Cove - CincinnatiThe annual Party in the Park series has expanded to 16 weeks this year.  It kicks off with its usual lineup of top local bands, plus a national recording artist.  The parties are held at Yeatman’s Cove on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. featuring “happy hour and a half” (discounted drinks from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m). This year’s Parties will include the Bud Bar - a moveable Bud Light bar featuring bar-style seating, five Plasma TV’s and ceiling fans for a cool breeze.

National recording artist Wayland will appear on July 3rd to kick off the holiday weekend.  The full series schedule includes performances by the following bands from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.:

  •  May 8, Jamison Road
  •  May 15, Stranger  
  • May 22, Final Order  
  • May 29, The Whammies

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Cincinnati Named to Top of "15 U.S. Cities' Emerging Downtowns"

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati's Emerging Downtown Drives Population Growth            

Forbes has placed Cincinnati on its list of "15 U.S. Cities' Emerging Downtowns."  According to their research, America's major metropolitan downtowns have welcomed double-digit population growth in the past decade.  Particularly attracted to these areas are college-educated young adults, ages 25-34, who desire urban lifestyles.  

Cincinnati officials point to an estimated $1.3 billion invested in projects currently under construction or in the planning stages, including the streetcar line, Washington Park, the Banks, and Horseshoe Casino. Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. reports that the population grew 12% in 2011.  Increasing numbers of apartments and condos continue to come available.

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