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CWC, a restaurant by Cooking with Caitlin

People always ask me to name my favorite restaurant.  Typically, that’s pressure.  But now, I don’t even have to think about it.  It’s CWC!  Props to my husband for finding this gem.  CWC, a restaurant by Cooking with Caitlin, is located in the heart of Wyoming, a Cincinnati suburb.  Chef Caitlin Steininger and her sister, Kelly Trush, own and operate CWC; however, “Cooking with Caitlin” is far more than a restaurant.  In fact, the restaurant is preceded by a radio show, food demos, and the publication of original recipes.  Check out their website, Cooking with Caitlin, to find videos and recipes. There are no secrets here.  These sisters love food and are willing to freely share that love!

Caitlin taking a quick break from cooking! Sit at the counter to watch her work her magic.

Right now the restaurant is open weekends only (with the exception of Third Thursday which I will get to in a sec).  The restaurant opens Friday at 4 pm, Saturday at 5 pm, and Sunday at 9 am.  My first visit to CWC was for Sunday brunch.  The entire meal made me smile.  My husband and I shared the special-  a deliciously filling egg-over-pork-over-potatoes dish.  Just know, because this restaurant is fresh and creative, the menu changes.  One thing that hasn’t changed is the Homemade Yeast Donuts.  Do NOT pass these up.  For reals.  These donuts are fried to order, hot, and served with three different creams (Mexican Hot Chocolate, Vanilla, and Orange- Ginger). You need these in your life.  Promise.


Sunday brunch.

I recently attended a Third Thursday event at CWC with a group of friends.  And it is an event.  Third Thursday is a time for Caitlin to experiment with recipes and try new twists.  It’s nine bite-sized portions of deliciousness. Be sure to make reservations and arrive early.  The bar will be open and plenty of mingling will be happening.

This biscuit with carrot jam made me like biscuits!

Third Thursday.

I’ve never met an egg I loved more.

I realized, after the fact, that most of my pics are sweet treats!  Totally my state of mind.  Please know, Third Thursday isn’t all about dessert.  We tasted kimchi grilled cheese, fish, Chicago-style pizza, shrimp, and the most amazing Brussel sprouts! Between bites, it was all about spending time with friends.  In fact, I had my milestone “45” bday party at CWC and every single friend raved about the food and the positive energy.  It’s creative, yet homey.  One of my favorite dishes of the night had to be his fried chicken; it took me home!

This fried chicken is out of this world!

CWC feels like home.

And, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to Kelly who is the nicest, the perkiest, the sassiest, the smilingest host a dinner guest could ask for.  She truly makes you feel like family- like you belong there!

Kelly knows food and she knows people!

CWC is special.  These sisters are special.  This family is special.  Most importantly, the food is special.  Oh, did I mention the fried chicken? Devine. Yep.  My new fave; no doubts!

Tip: follow these ladies on Facebook and insta for all kinds of special events!

GO THERE (CWC)! TRY THAT (Third Thursday, Sunday Brunch)!

CWC The Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Happy Chicks Bakery

My sweet friend Ebony is introducing me to a whole new world.  Veganism.  Now, am I in any way, shape, or form a vegan?  No.  But, I’m always interested in good food.  So thanks to Ebony, I’m learning about vegan eating in Cincinnati; expect a few more posts this summer highlighting more of those places.  Today, I start with Happy Chicks Bakery in Northside.  Ebony knows the way to my heart; she got me a gift card to Happy Chicks because I definitely love sweets.  We were told to go early on a Saturday morning because Saturdays are donut days! Early is the key word here; people were already lining up outside before the doors opened (good sign)!

We ordered one of each pastry and donut. Oh my stars that lavender lemonade donut is spectacular!

I’m not normally a baked fruit person (I know, weird), but this apple danish was incredible. My husband especially loved the baklava croissant.

Front left corner= blueberry lavender teacake= rocked my world.

My friend Ruby is crushing those donuts in style!

Happy Chicks is a local independent bakery (three of my favorite words right there).  They do specialize in cakes (beautifully decorated, tons of interesting flavors), but offer up a strong pastry and lunch menu as well.  Again, all vegan.  Now this will shock my friends because I never get jazzed about a PB&J; however, I tried Ruby’s PB&J, made with blackberry jam and served on the homemade croissant, and was so impressed I ordered one to go.  The croissants here are where it’s at.  We’re talking buttery, flaky, slightly crispy, melt-in-your-mouth, never-made-these-at-home croissants. I also scored a bite (or two) of Ebony’s empanada and the Korean BBQ is excellent too!

I’d like to highlight my takeaways from Happy Chicks:

  • Flavors constantly change; they experiment and try new ideas
  • Produce is seasonal and purchased locally
  • Purchasing from Ohio Valley Food Connection (a mobile Farmer’s Market); food is fresh and grown within 50 miles
  • Jams come from Jaybird Farms, also an Ohio business and these jams are heavenly
  • Select gluten-free options are always available for those who need GF
  • Creative flavors like lavender lemon, orange rose, caramel chocolate stout, ginger chai, and mojito (to name a few)
  • Sweet and savory options served each day
  • Dairy free, egg free and artificial dye free baked goods that appeal to all types of eaters (I might not be vegan but I know delicious)
  • Everything is made by hand

Basically, I love this vegan bakery!  I keep talking about it to people and I’m eagerly anticipating my next visit.

A taste of lunch with the Greens: hummus, kale, sliced cucumber, microgreens, fermented veggie and mayo

Saturday morning and the place was hopping! Light and bright, it’s a great atmosphere.

When you basically order one of everything, you get to bring some home for later.

Also, Happy Chicks keeps an array of cakes in shop so if you’re ever in a pinch, grab a cake at Happy Chicks . . . because . . . why would you grab a cake anywhere else? And Ebony, way to start this vegan tour with a bang!  I love getting introduced to new places and new flavors.  Anyone else have a favorite vegan restaurant?

Happy Chicks Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-4pm

GO THERE (Happy Chicks)! TRY THAT (arrive Saturday at 8:50 am and order all the pastries, especially the donuts)!

Happy Chicks Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato