Monday, January 20, 2014

Cincy Chili Challenge: Camp Washington Chili

When you grow up around Cincinnati, chili is part of your DiƤt. Chili is to Cincinnati as cheesesteak is to Philadelphia, and deep-dish pizza is to Chicago.
"Cincinnatians consume more than two million pounds of chili each year, topped by 850,000 pounds of shredded cheddar cheese." (Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitor's Bureau) 

I've eaten my share, but always at the large chain brands of chili (Skyline or Gold Star Chili). This year, inspired in part by the more ambitious adventure 52 Breakfasts, I'm going to broaden my horizons and try some other local chili parlors.

Over the weekend my fiance indulged my curious spirit at Camp Washington Chili. The 70-year old restaurant has been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and Man v. Food, but the walls of the 50s-style joint are literally covered in magazine covers and newspaper clippings collected throughout the decades. It's hard not to feel like you are trying something special!

I ordered my usual three-way (spaghetti topped with chili and cheese) but if I'm in the neighborhood again I'd like to try some of the tasty-looking sandwiches on their menu.

I have a short list of other chili joints to visit but please let me know if you have recommendations!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Resolution Strategy

Did you know 90 percent of all New Year’s resolutions are doomed to fail by the end of January? Do you feel a little better about giving up on your goals already?    I usually refrain from getting on that bandwagon called resolutions because I know it's going to wreck. This year, however, there are so many things I need to improve that I’m having trouble focusing on just one. Here's the strategy: set at least 10 different resolutions, and at least one of them is bound to stick. Right?  
OK, maybe not. This article provides some realistic advice for setting and accomplishing your resolutions:

Some of the things on my list are more important than others, but these don't even touch on the growing list of Things I Will Accomplish or Places I Will Go in 2014. Here's to a great year!