Sugar ‘n Spice for Breakfast


If you are ever around the Cincinnati area and want a different breakfast experience, give Sugar ‘n Spice a try!


They have been delighting customers since 1941 with the whimsical side of human nature (is the cook kicking that pan and egg or is the egg fighting back?), but also delightful wispy thin pancakes and truly fluffy omelettes!

To end you meal, you (or the kids with you) can choose a rubber ducky as a keepsake.



Travel Theme: Sweet

IMG_8708I have a friend. Everyone should have a friend like her. She can cook! However, she rarely takes on desserts, so she decided to challenge herself with St. Elmo’s Blueberry Bread Pudding. Being an off-the-cuff chef, she did not think to reduce the original recipe (now that she was actually following one) so we have bread pudding coming out the wazoo! But who’s complaining? We shared… and shared… and enjoyed. Now that is one sweet friend!IMG_8709

You can find more Travel Theme: Sweet posts on Ailsa’s blog post this week.

Restaurant Review: Ocean Prime

A new restaurant, Ocean Prime, came to town about the time I was graduating with my BS in Graphic Design and working at a full-time design contract, so we missed our normal early visit to the new dining venue. However, we rectified the omission tonight and were more than pleasantly delighted.

Our adventure began with their crab cake appetizer, which is exceptional.

Ocean Prime serves steak and seafood, as well as a wonderful experience. Our server, Michael, was more than accommodating, as well as attentive and friendly.

When we ordered our entrees and discussed sharing them, he quickly offered to split and plate them before presenting them to the table. That does not happen at many restaurants, even when requested.

Both their grouper and the scallops with rissoto were delightful and not too heavy, although with the appetizer and wonderfully crusty sourdough bread that we began with, we  decided we could have split one meal and felt quite satisfied.

We finished it off with a 10 layer carrot cake… two bites and the remainder was taken home for future savoring. If you like carrot cake, this is delectable  but different than what you may be familiar with as there is a pineapple drizzle that gives it a wonderful and surprising flavor enhancement.

Absolutely a top rating goes to this restaurant for both food and service. A pleasant experience we have every intention of repeating.

Ocean Prime was born in Columbus, Ohio in 2006.  Visit their national website to see if they have come to a city near you.

They also have a wonderful gluten-free menu.  Note: I am gluten-sensitive, but did not follow the GF diet tonight.

Not quite the way grandma made it – hot chocolate

Brew it Keurig strong, add a dollop of cream, toss in a few mini marshmallows and you’re ready to go — in seconds.

It may not be grandma’s hot chocolate, with the milk slowly warmed on the stove and the chocolate patiently stirred, but dip a thick slab of toasted homemade bread (from your handy bread machine) in it and let the memories flow.

Remember the fun mug! That is half the magic.