What I Ate Wednesday: Cincinnati

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Last month (I’m constantly on Italian time, even with the blog, which is nothing new) I went to Cincinnati with Angela to visit my cousin Jaimie and oh yeah, see Jay-Z and Beyonce.

Jaimie is forced to love me because I’m related to her. She isn’t forced to like me, so we’ve lucked out that we’ve always gotten along and as we get older, I definitely consider her one of my best friends. She understands my intense food anxiety and always makes sure that I’m somewhere I can get vegetables (oh, and wine). Even before I came she texted me to see what groceries I wanted her to have in the house for me.

I’ll do a full Cincinnati recap in the next few weeks since I was so pleasantly surprised with the city (I actually have SO MANY RECIPES shot, it’s insane), but until then, I thought I would share some of the food I ate while I was there and link up for What I Ate Wednesday in the process!

Friday when we got there, we freshened up and went to Over-the-Rhine, the cool, up and coming neighborhood in Cincy. Abigail Street, where we decided to have dinner, doesn’t take reservations, so we had about an hour wait and spent most of it at Senate Pub, it’s sister restaurant next-door (you can walk through one to get to there other, actually).

First off, lots of wine. It’s summer so we had to have Rosé, duh. We each had a glass at Senate, followed by a bottle of Pinot Gris from Willamette Valley (swoon) at Abigail Street.

rose senate Cincinnati | almost getting it together

Rosé toast for Frosty the Snow Goat. RIP, little pal.

Pinot Gris from Williamette Valley at Abigail Street Cincinnati | almost getting it together

Of course with my new-found Willamette Valley obsession, had to go with the WV Pinot Gris.

Abigail Street is tapas, so we each picked one thing then went with the special, which was an heirloom tomato salad. Angela picked the beets, Jaimie picked the lamb sliders and I picked the borek. We probably would have ordered like 8 things and only eaten 3 (cough, Tasty n’ Alder, cough) if we didn’t decide to cap it at one each then see how we felt.

caprese salad abigail street Cincinnati | almost getting it together

Heirloom Tomato Salad from Abigail Street.

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Beets with hazelnuts and lemon vinaigrette at Abigail Street.

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Instagramming the s**t out of some vegetables.

I’ve never had borek… it was roasted eggplant, peppers and feta in phyllo dough. Not that I should be eating phyllo dough, but whatever.

Borek instagramming food abigail street | almost getting it together

My favorite dish… Borek!

These lamb sliders had a clever little flag… too soon, seeing as Frosty had passed away that week.

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Lamb sliders. Too soon.

Saturday breakfast was me eating berries and granola with a little yogurt prior to running 12 miles, during which I think I crossed state lines like 4 times (yet was SO AMUSED two weeks ago when I crossed county lines during a 14-miler). After I came back and got a shower, I inhaled a salad and didn’t take a photo of it.

I ran past this coffee shop called Carabello Coffee that was PACKED during my run. I bribed my equally-caffine addicted comrades with the promise that I would purchase their coffees if we stopped by there.

Carabello Coffee Cincinnati | almost getting it together

Almond milk looks so gross in iced coffee.

Fun fact: everyone who was trying to see Jay-Z and Beyonce was planning on eating near the stadium so we ended up walking downtown to find a place to eat. We ended up at Local 127 (and it happened to be closing that night) and I inhaled yet another salad and split a chicken dish with Angela. My cousin made out with some copper mugs from my Moscow Mule.

chicken local 127 Cincinnati | almost getting it together

1/2 a chicken.

So… funny story. I though Emily had been to Cincinnati and eaten at a place called Melt that she loved. No, no she had been to Cleveland and eaten at a place called Melt that she loved. Ohio, please get some cities that don’t start with a C. Anyway, so then I saw this place called Melt and made everyone go there for brunch on Sunday and it wasn’t even the same place. But it was good. So there you go… you win some, you lose some.

melt Cincinnati | almost getting it together

Some sort of fritatta involving vegetables and a salad from Melt.

Chat with me:
Are your family/friends as awesome as mine/supportive of your food insanity? Have you ever been to Cincinnati? WHERE SHOULD I EAT NEXT?

33 comments on “What I Ate Wednesday: Cincinnati

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Jessie on July 23, 2014 6:22 am

That is probably the thickest slice of frittata I’ve ever seen.

p.s. Im jealous of your whole trip – esp. the beyonce & jay z part
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 8:02 pm

Okay I think the bottom was maybe buckwheat?? Totally wish I could remember now but you are soooo right.

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Susie @ Suzlyfe on July 23, 2014 6:40 am

Hey there Cinncinati, look at you go! I love the plating for the 1/2 chicken. And you should come to CHicago next. Alex is very supportive of food insanity :D

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Cassie on July 29, 2014 8:01 pm

YES! One of my besties lives there, I need to make a trip ASAP.

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Tina Muir on July 23, 2014 7:57 am

What a great day of meals….and so fancy looking too! You are living the life!
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 8:02 pm

Thanks girlie!

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean on July 23, 2014 8:05 am

i cannot get enough of heirloom tomato salads in the summer. SO good.
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 8:02 pm

Now that I read your comment I’m craving yet another heirloom tomato salad…

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Davida @ The Healthy Maven on July 23, 2014 9:00 am

The emily story…so good. Is there a reason every city in Ohio starts with a C? I’ve always wondered that…and by always I mean for the last 2 minutes because I only came to that realization when you mentioned it. Still jelly of Bey and J!
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 8:01 pm

We need to talk about music situations/concerts ASAP…

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on July 23, 2014 9:15 am

haha my family has learned to live with my food insanity…and so has Eric, fortunately ;-) you definitely ate well on your trip!
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 8:01 pm

I think it’s soooo cute you make Eric poutine!! You are the best GF!

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Kelli @Hungry Hobby on July 23, 2014 10:43 am

The picture of everyone instagraming is HILARIOUS! Made my day!
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 8:00 pm

I have a great one of me, Davida and Angela looking through filters… should find that one and put it up!

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Oh man, I went to grad school in Cincinnati! But all the places I ate were pretty unhealthy! There used to be a cute little soup restaurant right by the campus called Maya’s, I think, they had great healthy soups!
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 8:00 pm


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genevieve @ gratitude & greens on July 23, 2014 12:36 pm

I saw Beyonce and Jay Z in Toronto and they were AMAZING! It was my third time seeing her and she never fails to amaze me. I’ve never been to Cincinnati but would love to visit one day!
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 8:00 pm


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ganeeban on July 23, 2014 12:54 pm

I love the flags in the sliders. I was literally laughing out loud! Oh, my friends and family fully support my insane eating habit…and mercilessly mock me for never cooking and always eat out! But fully support and encourage eating adventures with me :) I love a good food pic on IG!! I’ve never been to Cincinnati, so I’m useless there! But I am a tad jealous you got to go to that concert…I guess I’d rather spend $ on food and booze for two weeks, than buy a ticket ;) Happy Wednesday!
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 7:59 pm

Surprisingly, JAY & BEY was my favorite concert to date, except MAYBE Paul McCartney!

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GiGi Eats on July 23, 2014 12:56 pm

LOL!!!!! I AM ALL ABOUT taking photos of my food before eating…. That is, if it looks pretty! ;) However, I am not all about instagraming the photos before I eat, or having others I am with do the same – because I just wanna eat, and I don’t want to wait for them pick the OH SO PERFECT filter, NO! Just eat – DO THAT CRAP LATER! LOL!
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 7:59 pm

YES AGREED – photo now, filter later!

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GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth on July 23, 2014 2:18 pm

Not all of my family/friends are supportive but I have some really great friends who are. And my daddy is all over my healthy eating and blog. Whenever I go home we do a big grocery shop and he eats what I eat for the week. :D
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 7:59 pm

That is soooo cute. I love cooking healthy for my dad, too.

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Joanna @ LivingMintGreen on July 23, 2014 4:10 pm

You should eat an entire pizza. Or maybe ice cream… in a waffle cone with sprinkles. Sushi. A bottle of champagne.

Can we be real life friends, please?

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Cassie on July 29, 2014 7:58 pm

YES. I need to come to Banff ASAP.

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Erin @ The Almond Eater on July 23, 2014 4:17 pm

Lol to those lamb sliders. Ummmm I went to this really good sushi place when I was in Cincy but I can’t remember the name of it. …..helpful.
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Ang @ Nutty for Life on July 23, 2014 4:36 pm

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Matt @ Runner Savvy on July 23, 2014 8:02 pm

You ate well! :)
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Arman @ thebigmansworld on July 24, 2014 5:49 am

umm… australia.

Seriously, Almond milk in coffee looks…yeah let’s not go there. Lamb sliders? Hello. My mum makes the best borek too. I should ninja the recipe for the blog.
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 7:55 pm

Ha, in PDX the other day someone was like, “you know the almond milk is going to separate, right?” PLEASE MAKE BOREK FOR THE BLOG!!

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Jessica on July 24, 2014 11:08 am

I lived in Cincy for years. It is truly an underrated city!
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