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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Grilled mango sundaes

Yum. Wild Oats Wild Mail sent this latest, greatest recipe today: grilled mango sundaes. Pity I'm allergic to mangoes. Heck, I might have to try it sometime anyway just to have a bite or two.

So somehow I have ice cream on the brain (could it be that we're looking at 89 degrees outside today? And a smog alert?)...which reminds me that the Banana Split Festival is coming up in Wilmington, Ohio, June 8-9 (yes, it does start on Friday). (Oh - turn the sound down, or way up, if you prefer, when you go check out those jaunty banana splits!)

But closer to home, it's Taste of Cincinnati time! Yes, we can lament that Carrabba's chicken dishes were chosen as Best of Taste, but really, it's all about meeting up with old friends, wandering through downtown Cincinnati - it's now at Fountain Square, you know? - and getting powdered sugar from a funnel cake all down your shirt. Or maybe that last one's just me...


at 11:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Taste Folks need to allow the chains to participate, but NOT allow them to be eleigible to receive awards. Cincinnati is a laughingstock in the foodie community because we chose a Carrabba's dish as our best. Unbelievably bad.

Please ask the folks running Taste to change the rules accordingly, unless they want to continue to make Cincinnati look like we (Cincinnati) have nothing culinary to offer the rest of the world

at 3:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to the banana split festival 3 years ago and it was not worth the trip. I hope it has gotten bigger and better since then. There was very little to see and do, and the banana splits to buy were very average, nothing different or exciting about them at all.

at 12:41 PM Blogger Julie Gaw said...

As for Taste - you might suggest the idea about no chains in the competition to the organizers themselves.

And as for Banana Split fest - sorry to hear. We have a staffer who raves about it! But I've never been. Heck, I've never even been to Wilmington.

at 8:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Association, which organizes Taste, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, would never in a million years change the rules. the chains are their biggest source of income!

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