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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 nking@enquirer.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 jgaw@enquirer.com.

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 pcampbell@enquirer.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 rrichardson@enquirer.com.

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Friday, January 04, 2008

So worth the walk (and the tissue)...

When I really want something, I'm unstoppable. I'll brave icy temps (and a runny nose), rain, sleet and snow... I don't take "no" for an answer. Today that go-get-em attitude applied to lunch.

I went out today - high heels, high winds and all - to
Ingredients to get the salad combination to which I recently became addicted: Mixed greens (or just romaine), tomatoes, TONS of garbanzo beans and almonds. And, because the salad makers tend to get extremely heavy-handed with the dressing, lemon-avocado dressing on the side. Super simple, but the flavor and texture combination is so good...

Want to find your favorite salad? CinWeekly has some good places to start
in this story. What are some other good places to get a big ol' salad?


at 1:43 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

Living downtown I visit Ingredients on the weekend for a big "build your own" salad. I always get mine with asparagus, black beans, bacon, almonds, and dried cranberries. For the dressing I get ONE SPOONFUL of the FF Rasberry.

Another salad I like is one from Brueggers that has chicken, mandarin oranges, almonds, blue cheese, and cranberries. They mix that with a balsamic.

Last but not least is Pot Belly. I go get the Vegetarian salad with Turkey added. You get a great salad and some funny looks. Don't miss the sugar cookies if you go there.

I haven't made it back to Twist yet but I definitely plan to try the "Vanilla Heat" martini you suggested, Nikki. I will let you know my verdict. Tonight though I am thinking a mojito from Palominos at the Happy Hour price of course!

at 1:51 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

I adore Palomino's $3 mojitos! Don't you feel tempted to say, "And keep 'em comin'!" Ha! Oh, to live downtown and be able to stumble home... :)

And I think you will love the Vanilla Heat. Ask for Christina (she was so sweet) and tell them I recommended it. Maybe they'll rename it after me if enough people sign the petition... VaNicci Heat... Ah, I'll keep tinkering with it. (Ignore me. It's Friday and I'm a wee bit giddy.)

at 2:28 PM Blogger Stepf said...

I had the goat cheese/pistachio/raspberry vinaigrette salad from Via Vite a while back. The goat cheese is on the bottom, so it's like a hidden treasure. Yum!
Last month, I was obsessed with pomegranate, avocado and black beans.
Then it was pomegranate, organic goat cheese, and tons of field greens and herbs with an egg or tofu slices.
My latest "salad" craving is cucumbers with sesame seeds, hot pepper flakes, rice vinegar and tamari. (Tamari SO trumps regular soy sauce. I love it in small doses. That and a drizzle of sesame oil over tofu and broccoli -- seriously one of my favorite meals.)

at 4:32 PM Blogger Rachel said...

The salads from Ingredients are what lured me to my first trip there. I asked for grilled veggies and tofu in addition to more traditional toppings. It was so, so awful. I didn't think it possible to ruin a salad, but it was ruined nonetheless. The grilled veggies were cold and congealed and the tofu was too soft and flavorless (I thought it was marinated, but it's plain tofu). And I couldn't even pick the toppings out so I ended up tossing the entire salad.

I like my salads simple and traditional, so I tend not to go for the exotic ingredients. I've found the IGA in Clifton to have a great salad bar with all my salad essentials: garbanzo beans, bean sprouts, alfalfa, mushrooms and black olives.

As for the CIN Weekly article, I met the owner of Veg Head in Loveland as he was preparing to open. He's a super nice guy and the business is family-owned and operated. So not only are you eating your veggies, you're supporting local business owners, too.

at 6:35 PM Blogger Dan said...

I prefer Fresh over Ingredients.

For a fantastic salad go to Martino's. It is not that great for you with tons of cheese and french fries but fantatic and huge. I get mine with the grilled chicken.

The Via Vite salad is also served at Nicola's. Wonderful.

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