The Happiest Restaurant in #Cincinnati

If you’ve never been to Sugar n’ Spice, you’re missing out. This might just be the happiest breakfast joint in Cincinnati. We ate Sunday brunch there last weekend, and I walked away totally impressed. The staff at this spot takes pancakes and omelets to a whole other level. We’re talking omelets as big as a person’s head and fluffy pancake that would make anyone’s mouth water. No wonder this restaurant has long weekend lines. People travel from all over just…

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Four Ways to Tell It’s Spring in Greater #Cincinnati (Without Looking at the Calendar)

Here’s the list, in no particular order: You’re sneezing all the time, and most of the time, it’s a double sneeze. Allergies run high in this part of the country, and they can be brutal. Mold, pollen, grass, and other annoying parts of life leave most people around here miserable from late March to early June. Allegra-D anyone? You’re headed to Keeneland for Saturday fun. Keeneland’s spring season comes with high expectation. Bus trips and group getaways to this elegant…

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An Awesome Day for an Awesome Cause

Today was a fantastic day at Wesley Community Services Organization. And I mean FANTASTIC. This whole month, Wesley Community Services has been participating in March for Meals, a nationwide push that highlights organizations that provide Meals on Wheels to  older Americans all across the country. In 2014, Wesley Community Services provided over 450,000 meals on wheels products to clients in Greater Dayton, Greater Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky (cough–I jointed the board of WCSO that December, too–cough), and we wanted to…

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Inside the New Lobby of the Contemporary Arts Center

Being a TV reporter (even a freelance one) has perks. Today, I got an exclusive first look at the new lobby of the Contemporary Arts Center in downtown Cincinnati, a lobby that has been under construction for the last few months. The team at the CAC poured over $1.1 million into the project, and the results are very impressive. The CAC has a brand new gift shop, welcome desk, and cafe in the old lobby space. The first floor also…

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A Day in the Life of a #MealsOnWheels Delivery Driver

At the end of 2013, I joined the Board of Trustees for Wesley Community Services, one of the largest providers of Meals on Wheels and other senior care services in southwest Ohio. I’ll be doing at least a three-year term on the board, and I’m really excited about the chance to get an inside look at an important organization in town, as well as to help lead it to an even better and brighter future. With that in mind, I…

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Inside My Life: Theater is so much better when you know the stars

I spent a lot of time in my childhood as a theater kid. And I loved it–even if I wasn’t all that talented at it. Starting in the summer after third grade, I took acting lessons at Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park, tried out for local theater productions, went after parts in school plays, and even went on a few auditions for local commercials. For awhile, I wanted to be a movie star (haha), and  my love of acting and…

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#NaturalLove Release Day: Where I spent my time

It’s safe to say that this has been an exciting day for me. I worked on NATURAL LOVE for nine months. I spent hours in front of my computer typing the first draft, weeks revising, and months agonizing about the story. And now, after such a long time, it’s here. The book is ready for readers. Wow. People asked me along the way what I wanted to do on “release day”, and how I wanted to celebrate the book’s publication.…

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#NaturalLove Release Week: Why do you set your books in Cincinnati?

In anticipation of NATURAL LOVE‘s release, I’m answering one of the questions I get all the time: Why Cincinnati? I never expected to set any of my books in Cincinnati  or in Ohio. Growing up, when I thought about the stories that I would write and the stories I yearned to tell, I never set them in the city I consider my hometown. I set the those stories in NYC, Paris, Los Angeles, and on made up planets. Never in Ohio.…

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Wear “Too” Nation

There’s something new and fashionable brewing in Cincinnati. Something underneath it all. Something sexy. And something for a good cause. Too. is about to launch. It’s a company based around women, fashion, and domestic violence. Basically, for every pair of high quality underwear purchased, Too. will donate a pair of underwear to a women’s shelter. I chatted with the founders Tuesday night at Righteous Room, and they are passionate about this project for many reasons. Women’s shelters are always in…

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Four Reasons to Party at Fall Fiesta

I always love fall in Cincinnati. With so much to do, the social season is abuzz with gallery openings, parties, the symphony, fashion shows, and more. The city really does come alive in the weeks just before the start of the holiday season. In the middle of all the excitement and a full social schedule, there is one event that I look forward to more than any other, and that’s Cooperative for Education’s Fall Fiesta. It truly is one of…

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