Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua takes you on a special food, drink journey around your home region

By Judy Clabes
NKyTribune editor

On this extended vacation, its time to count our blessings — and also to get a glimpse of what the rest of the globe is familiar with about us now, many thanks to the Travelling Foodie, Raymond Cua, who expended 4 days in Covington, consuming and consuming his way all-around the area.

Raymond Cua (Photograph furnished by the Travelling Foodie)

Cua, who is dependent in Toronto, started the Travelling Foodie, a travel and way of living digital journal, in 2014 — and because then has explored the earth. BLINK brought him to the Increased Cincinnati area. He stayed at the Coppin Hotel, which he very suggests, and sampled some exclusive meals and drink. He wrote about his experiences and also shared reviews, films, and pics with his legion of viewers.

Travelling Foodie options detailed travel guides and itineraries, dining establishments, local delicacies and recipes, and things to do and lodging. Its vision is for “people to realize the attractiveness in this environment we live in and get a style of what it has to present in areas of journey and character, food stuff and beverages, and lifestyle and occasions.”

As he states “he travels to consume — and eats to vacation.”

Its specifically superior to see ourselves as other folks see us.

With Cua’s permission, I am sharing specifically what he had to say about Northern Kentucky:

Flavor food items exceptional to Cincinnati Location

Double Decker GLT with chips. (All photos compliments of the Travelling Foodie)

Most persons are surprised to study that the Cincy Area has its have regional meals.

German and Greek immigrants have brought their cuisine and made dishes to adapt to the location.

Foodies will not want to depart Cincy Area without having trying these legendary dishes like the Cincinnati chili, goetta, and buckeye candies.

At Anchor Grill, you can consider diverse goetta dishes which include goetta omelette.

In simple fact, New York Times foods critic Helen Rosner shown Anchor Grill’s double decker GLT (Goetta, Lettuce, Tomato) as 1 of the very best issues she’s eaten in the 10 years.

This 24-hour diner was named finest diner in Kentucky by Food stuff Wine Magazine.

At Gold Star Chili, you can consider distinct dishes of the legendary Cincinnati chili from chili salad and loaded chili cheese fries to cheese coneys (hotdog sandwich with chili) and the classic 3-Way (spaghetti, chili and shredded cheddar cheese).

If it is your 1st time, I endorse likely significant and get the 5-Way which is the 3-Way plus beans and onions for the full Cincinnati chili working experience.

Kentucky Bourbon

Did you even visit Kentucky if you did not have bourbon?

Kentucky is the Bourbon Place immediately after all.

And Northern Kentucky is the North’s Gateway to Bourbon Nation.

In the Cincy Area, Northern Kentucky helps make it uncomplicated for you to delight in Kentucky Bourbon by having The B-Line.

Never skip New Riff Distillery in Newport

This NKY self-guided Bourbon Trail is comprised of 5 Craft Distilleries, 8 Bourbon Bars and 6 Bourbon-centric Eating places, such as Coppin’s at Lodge Covington.

If you are a bourbon or spirit lover, you have to pay a visit to New Riff Distilling in Newport, a person of the ideal craft distilleries in Northern Kentucky and an award-profitable anchor of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.

At New Riff Distilling, they not only serve bourbon but also rye whiskey and gin.

They also have some special and specialties whiskeys like the New Riff Winter season Whiskey built with malted oat and chocolate malt, and the Balboa Rye Whiskey made with a area heirloom grain (balboa rye) grown by their corn farmer in Indiana.

For the whole working experience, I very suggest doing their Bonded Tour, which features a tour of the distillery and a tasting of 6 New Riff whiskeys from straight and solitary barrel to bourbon and rye.

Remain and dine in the Ideal Resort in Kentucky

Looking for the place to continue to be in Cincy Region?

Farmer’s Omelette— smoked ham, aged cheddar with beef quick breakfast potatoes.

Named the Very best Hotel in Kentucky by U.S. Information and Earth Report, Resort Covington is conveniently situated in downtown Covington.

This boutique lodge is located in the historic Coppin’s Section Retail store and pays homage on its namesake restaurant Coppin’s Cafe and Bar.

I stayed at their Coppin King, a charming 350 square ft area with Flat screen Lcd, a stocked mini fridge, in-area safe and a desk.

An more contact in the room was obtaining two tokens for complimentary espresso at the Artisan Coffee Bar in the Lodge Covington foyer.

You will also want to dine at Coppin’s, 1 of the greatest eating places in Covington, for some hyper-community dishes like the Farmer’s Omelette.

Get pleasure from farm-to-desk eating

Farm-to-desk dining has grown as individuals develop into much more fascinated in recognizing exactly where their food stuff comes from, and the Cincy Region has lots to offer.

When you dine at farm-to-table dining establishments, it is not only about eating what’s new and seasonal, you’re also supporting the regional farmers and growers that generate them.

On the table at Baker’s Table: BTB BLT, Summer season beans, Orchard Fruits, BLINK Cocktail

Chef David Willocks and designer Wendy Braun place Newport, Kentucky into the culinary map with their farm-to-table restaurant The Baker’s Table which was in each United states of america Today and Eater Magazine’s listing of Best New Dining establishments in the US.

The Baker’s Desk started off as a straightforward concept of remaining a brunch cafe that utilizes local make and can make 100% of their bread, and has transitioned into a dinner restaurant serving Prix Fixe dining only.

But never fret because, in Oct 2021, they opened a casual neighbourhood location, a bakery, cafe and pizzeria, just throughout The Baker’s Table so you can even now appreciate their farm-to-desk selections for breakfast and lunch.

At The Baker’s Desk Bakery & Pizzeria, all the breads are created with organic, stone-floor, full grain flour, and they attribute regional flour completely.

With all the bread and kitchen area setup, it was a all-natural extension to make pizza which offers them a way to incorporate local develop from their farmers.

Whilst in Cincy Region, you unquestionably will have to-try out their farm-to-table pizza (the dough is incredibly flavourful on its very own!) and treat oneself to some airy fluffy doughnuts.

Imbibe in unusual spirits more mature than 50+ a long time

Cincy Location is property to just one of the most exclusive liquor outlets I’ve been to.

Enjoy ‘old’ bourbon at Revival — with Brad Bonds

When you phase inside of Revival Vintage Spirits, it’s practically like a museum for impossible-to-uncover antique spirits and spirits from a bygone period.

You come to feel like you are in a Willy Wonka shop but for exceptional spirits.

In this situation, Willy Wonka is co-operator Brad “Dusty” Bonds, America’s foremost vintage spirits collector and one particular of the most passionate individuals I’ve satisfied for spirits.

Revival Classic Spirits is also feminine-owned with co-proprietor and Covington City Commissioner Shannon Smith, which is pretty refreshing to see in a male-dominated business.

“We store in people’s trash and make it your treasure,” says Brad even though exhibiting me dusty old bottles of whiskeys from the 30s and 40s.

The oldest I saw in their selection is a 1870 rye with a deteriorating cork leaving a small filled rye as most have evaporated.

A scarce handle. Jim Beam 1986 Harp Seal with Child Seal Whiskey

What is incredible about Revival Classic Spirits is, when restaurants and bars cost very for vintage spirits, Revival would make these rare spirits incredibly obtainable and very affordable to the typical human being.

At Revival, you can try a classic 1986 Jim Beam pour for $5, or a exceptional Cuban cordial from the 30s for $25 per 50 % ounce (in which it could expense in the hundreds in other places).

You can commit hrs just sitting down at the bar, having fun with a vintage spirit tasting surrounded by uncommon spirits though chatting with Brad.

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Other destinations of note in Cincinnati

Cua absolutely got about. He also designed unique observe of Greater’s Ice Cream, the famous but shut Maisonette living on by Boca and its exquisite fantastic eating French Cafe, Knox Joseph Distillery, the only woman-operator distillery in Ohio, and Salazar Restaurant and Ghost Little one underground bar in Above-the-Rhine.

He stated, “What I truly beloved is how the Cincy Location has distinctive characteristics and offerings in a culinary standpoint. There are additional than adequate areas to maintain any travelling foodie joyful for a prolonged time, in particular with all the spirits concerned.”

Cua “had these types of a pleasurable and scrumptious time” on the excursion to the area, understands he just “scratched the surface” and hopes to return.

He despatched his readers to the meetnky website so they could study even extra about what Northern Kentucky has to supply.

You should likely test it out, as well — there are normally new points to master about the location you stay and love.