It's entirely possible to be a vegetarian in Porkopolis. Pop culture reporter Lauren Bishop blogs about products, recipes and restaurants she's tried for others who eat meat-free. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicci King is an unabashed foodie and the Lifestyle/Food editor in The Enquirer's features department. She loves to discover new food faves, and she's on a daily quest to answer one burning question: What's for dinner? E-mail her at email@example.com.
Enquirer Weekend editor Julie Gaw tends to order the same dish every time she eats at a restaurant, but periodically ventures out to discover something new and fabulous. After living in China, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Thailand for more than 8 years, she craves tasty Asian food. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food/dining writer Polly Campbell loves every quirk and secret of Cincinnati's food personality, and is on a constant lookout for something good to eat. Keep an eye out for her restaurant picks, or see how she's progressing toward becoming famous for her apple pie. E-mail her at email@example.com.
Communities reporter Rachel Richardson is on a mission to prove vegetarians eat more than lettuce. She shares both her graduate work on American food culture and food-related news.. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grocery store etiquette
How many items over the express limit can you go before you become a rude shopper? If I buy eight oranges, but they are all in one bag, is that one item? Eight? What if they are not in a bag? Would you say anything if you were in the 12 items or less line and the person ahead of you clearly had 20 items? Do you talk on your cell phone while you shop, or glare at the people who do? Do you "test" the cherries and the grapes?What, in your opinion, are the dos and don'ts of grocery shopping etiquette?Sidebar: I could be really late on this, but does anyone know what's up with the mirrors on the base of the conveyor belt thingamajig? I've seen them at Kroger and biggs, I think, during checkout. The mirrors are basically on the floor and tilted a bit, right under where the debit/credit card swipers are. I've asked the workers what they are and no one seems to know. I assume it's for security, but it's a little unnerving when you're wearing a skirt...