Throwback Thursday- The Ohio Spirit Tasting

Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending “The Ohio Spirit Tasting” at Lily’s Bistro. This event allowed patrons to sample some amazing Ohio made Spirits alongside tasty small plates. The Ohio Spirits in the building included OYO (Columbus), Watershed Distillery (Columbus), and Belle of Dayton (Dayton Duh!). With each “taster” received, a mini cocktail was concocted by the Bar Manager, Amber, with a brief discussion as we sipped. Between Amber’s cocktails and the Chef’s small plates, I was on cloud 9 throughout the entire event. I know Lily’s Bistro will have more events on the horizon, so be sure to catch the next one… you won’t regret it.

Ohio is in the BUILDING!


Deliciousness in a Cup!


Fried Calamari drizzled with Lemon Caper Aioli


Spicy Salted Orange paired with the Watershed Nochino Black Walnut Liqueur


My FAVE small plate of the evening: Mushroom Ravioli in light white creme sauce … SWOON!

With the lovely Amber (Bar Manager @ Lily’s Bistro)
Thanks to K!NGF!LMS for the lovely photography that evening. Be sure to check his website out.

Until next time… XOXO- C.RICH


Sunday Funday 1.15.17

“Sunday Funday, better than a Monday, can only do it one way, and that is the drunk way”

             -You’re The Worst (TV Show)

With the winter blues kicking in hard, I decided to get out and enjoy some of what Dayton has to offer with a few of my faves. Braving the cold for great food and cocktails Downtown proved to be a fun adventure. Enjoy the next few pics!

The Oregon District, Downtown Dayton

We started the afternoon out  “brunching” at Lily’s Bistro, located in the Oregon District. As always, brunch was an awesome mix of great food and drinks… #brunchsohard.

Next we made our way over to Barrel House, where we sipped a bottle of wine and indulged in some good conversation. Inkberry has a Shiraz-Cabernet blend that is simply amazing. Barrel House offers wine/bubbly to purchase by the bottle with a $2 corkage fee, or you can check out their rotating list of craft beers on tap.

The beau was ready to call it and evening, but I was wanting to try out the “Ohio Tea” that Old Scratch Pizza was offering. This tea is basically a Long Island with the good top shelf stuff… I personally wouldn’t pay another $12 for one, but I’m glad to say “I tried it”. Old Scratch Pizza is new to the Dayton area, and offers up great options for pizza, appetizers, sandwiches, and salads. With our “build your own” pizza topped with mushrooms, pepperoni, and sausage, my belly was fairly pleased.

Our final stop of the afternoon was at an old Downtown favorite, The Century Bar.


Spring Rosary (Front) and Century Rum Punch (Back)
The Century Bar has an old-time “speakeasy” vibe to it. Most of the bartenders have beards and are very knowledgeable on the spirits within their drink menu. I love the bar because it’s pretty laid back and the cocktails are truly hand-crafted. I’d suggest coming to The Century Bar for a drink with friends, a date night, or maybe you want to sip on some bourbon alone… either way, you are guaranteed to have a great time.

Sunday Funday is one of those days you just let the wind take you wherever you go. Do you have any Sunday Funday favorites?

Until next time, Cheers! -C.Rich








Brunching at Lily’s

Brunching has to be one of my top 5 favorite things to do right now. I don’t know exactly when my craze for Brunch started, but I do know I enjoy the idea of the “social” acceptance of a cocktail before noon.


About 2 (maybe 3) years ago, I stumbled across this gem in my local downtown.

Lily’s Bistro

And I’ve been making Lily’s Bistro my #1 Dayton Brunch spot since then.

With their eclectic vibe, Lily’s Bistro offers up American cuisine that revolves around the season. On my most recent trip with the beau we brunched hard, and it was AMAZING.

Brunch Menu #BrunchSoHard
Beignets done RIGHT! 
Waffles so light and fluffy, coupled with homefries and BACON… Yes Please! 

My beau loves the Beignets and I am a lover of the waffle. Typically they offer a “Waffle of the Day” topped with something amazing, but I opted to get just a plain jane waffle this time around. You really can never go wrong with anything on the menu, and I guarantee you’ll want to visit over and over again.

Now I will mention that Lily’s is a bit on the “fancy” side, BUT you get what you pay for in quality, quantity, and service. Have I mentioned the customer service yet? Absolutely SUPERB… from the minute you walk in throughout your time there.

Don’t take my word for it; stop by soon for your own Brunch fun. Situated in the Oregon District across from Omega Music, Lily’s Bistro is not too hard to find. If you try them out, drop me a line and let me know about your Brunch experience. Until next time…

Cheers! –C.Rich

Harvest Moon: Moonshine, Brandy, and Cider…Swoon! 

Lily’s Bisto – 329 E 5th St, Dayton, Oh 45402-

Early Week Cure

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I look to plan an early week after-work drink (or two) at a local restaurant. One of Dayton’s latest eateries, Crafted&Cured: Purveyors of Premium Craft Beer and Artisanal Cheeses, located Downtown, is making their mark on the city.

Photo Credit: K!NG

Photo Credit: K!NG
Crafted&Cured is home of a 60 tap growler filled with craft beers and ciders. You can also find a selection of rare wines and champagnes to fit various wine connoisseurs (even the wannabes like myself) to sip by the glass or purchase a bottle to be uncorked there. Crafted&Cured also carries selections of meat/fine cheeses that will have you drooling and wanting to explore what beer and/or wine to pair it with.

Photo Credit: K!NG
While my first trip here was short and sweet, the staff and great selection of beer and charcuterie boards will have me back later this month for the full scope. If you are in the area, make sure you stop by and #supportlocal. Until next time, Cheers! –C.Rich

Crafted&Cured: 531 Wayne Ave. Dayton, Ohio 45410