Unless you have an entire day to spend exploring foods from 70-some countries in 6-acre superstore Jungle Jim’s International Market—believe us, you could—grab a map by the singing ear of corn and allow us to guide you through this exotic, imaginative specialty grocery store that, over 40 years, has become as much a tourist destination as a place to buy milk and bread. 5440 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield, 513-674-6000, junglejims.com
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Unless you have an entire day to spend exploring foods from 70-some countries in 6-acre superstore Jungle Jim’s International Market—believe us, you could—grab a map by the singing ear of corn.
Stepping foot into the Culinary Vegetable Institute’s beautifully landscaped lodge is like crossing into a world without dividers between farmer, chef and diner. It’s an attitude evident from the start of the monthly Earth to Table dinner hosted by the CVI, the educational arm of world-renowned The Chef’s Garden. Here, diners, sparkling wine in hand, are welcome to cross the open threshold between dining room and kitchen for a closer look. Chefs Josh Dalton and Silas Caeton—this particular evening’s hosts from Veritas Tavern in Delaware—smile a little frantically as they garnish oblong dishes with micro greens and lotus-root chips using industrial-sized tweezers.
The Velvet Tango Room’s downplayed exterior in an out-of-the-way part of town only adds to the authentic speakeasy vibe; this cocktail mecca pioneered the pre-Prohibition recipe resurgence long before it was a trend. Every beverage bartenders concoct at this Cleveland lounge—the kind of place where a jazz combo provides the soundtrack and a copy of “Wuthering Heights” is part of the ladies’ room decor—is precise, intentional and consistent. Take the Ramos Gin Fizz, for example. This light, frothy drink is time- and labor-intensive, but it’s well worth the wait. Here’s how they do it. 2095 Columbus Rd., Cleveland, 216-241-8869, velvettangoroom.com
To step through the vestibule of The Pine Club is to step back in time. Waitresses clad in black vests and crisp white shirts move smoothly about the room that’s bathed in dim—dare we say clubby—lighting. Wood paneling lines the walls, and small lamps illuminate paintings from above. This is a fine specimen of the classic genre of restaurant called the supper club. Supper clubs might be native to Wisconsin and Minnesota, but they pop up all over the country.
This month, we take all you foodies and wine lovers out there to 25 fantastic Ohio destinations. Find a legendary winery in the woods. Chomp a hot dog at an old-school drive-in. Indulge in stick-to-your-ribs Eastern European comfort food. Get lost inside the craziest grocery store we’ve ever seen. In the waning days of summer, hit the road and choose your own adventure!
Because even the most fervent foodie needs a break every now and then.