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by Caitlin Saniga

Apple hand pie with rosemary caramel

Each hand pie comes individually boxed, like a delicious little present.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Mock turtle soup from Ron's Roost in Cincinnati, Ohio

To be honest, I don’t know if I’d willingly order mock turtle soup ever again. The version at Ron’s Roost was extremely acidic from lemon juice and/or vinegar and had some new-to-me texture combinations like hard-boiled egg and ground beef. A one-time experience is good enough for me. That said, members of Joel’s family who are from Cincinnati LOVE mock turtle soup from Ron’s Roost, and they seemed to really enjoying a hot cup of the soup on the day that we visited.

How cool is this rooster-mobile parked outside of the restaurant?

How cool is this rooster-mobile parked outside of the restaurant?

I visited: Ron’s Roost, a Cincinnati restaurant known for its fried chicken (Note the rooster-mobile parked outside of the restaurant) and German-influenced local favorites (hot bacon slaw, sauerbraten, and mock turtle soup).

I tried: A cup of the mock turtle soup, a Cincinnati favorite that has roots in English and German cooking. It’s an imitation of the more expensive green turtle soup and incorporates beef (sometimes calf brains and organs) to mimic the texture of turtle meat.

Why it stood out: There are quite a variety of recipes for mock turtle soup. Joel’s grandma told me about a version that incorporate ground gingersnap cookies as a warm, spicy, thickening agent. A recipe I read in Joel’s aunt’s cookbook included some usual soup suspects: celery, carrot, onion, tomatoes, bay leaf; but it also listed a slew of surprising ingredients: whole cloves, browned flour, chopped hard-boiled eggs, and loads of lemon and vinegar. I can’t be sure of all ingredients used in the soup at Ron’s Roost, but it definitely had a slap of acidity with deep, warm flavors from clove and bay leaf. This was a combination of flavors and textures I have never experienced.

It cost: $3

Find out more:
Ron’s Roost
3853 Race Road
Cincinnati, OH 45211
513-574-0222
ronsroost.net

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$6 Snack is a recurring feature that reviews an area eatery’s snack — for $6 or less. Look at a map of the places we’ve tried. Help our map grow by submitting your own review! Find out how.

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Autumn in New England goes like this, apparently: The "leafers," as they're lovingly referred to, pile into their cars and make the long weekend drive through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, scoping out the fall foliage. They stop at pick-your-own apple orchards and pumpkin patches. They pick more than they know what to do with. Meanwhile, all of the local breweries  chuck pumpkins and spices into their brew kettles, and on their way back home, the leafers stop for seasonal six-packs. Here's the pick-six I brought home to sample.

Autumn in New England goes like this, apparently: The “leafers,” as they’re lovingly referred to, pile into their cars and make the long, laid-back drive through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, scoping out the fall foliage. They stop at pick-your-own apple orchards and pumpkin patches. They pick more than they know what to do with. Meanwhile, all of the local breweries are chucking pumpkins and spices into their brew kettles, and in most cases, these concoctions are magical. On their way back home, the leafers stop for seasonal six-packs. Here’s the pick-six I brought home to sample.

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by Sarah Steimer

Pumpkins

Let me put this out here, first and foremost: Pumpkin beers are not usually my fall go-to. I’m an Oktoberfest gal. But every so often, I’ll wander outside of my ‘tobers and try a pumpkin brew or two. (Please note: There is one beer in this review not pictured in this line-up.)


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by Joel Hawksley

Fresh off a long bike ride, the site of a food truck rodeo at The Village Grill in Grandin Village was welcome news. It didn’t take me long to give this sandwich a ride it would never forget.

CAPTION PLEASE. Talk about other menu items?

Despite the line, service was fast.

I visited: Toasted by Casey, a food truck based in Christiansburg, Va., at the Star City Food Truck Stop, held at The Village Grill in Roanoke, Virginia.

I tried: The Trippple Threat, a grilled cheese with deep-fried, breaded mozzarella sticks, American and mozzarella cheeses, and marina sauce sandwiched between slices of “Tuscan-seasoned” bread.

Why it stood out: Anything tastes good after a long bike ride, but this sandwich took it to another level. Paired with a Get Bent Mountain IPA from Parkway Brewing, I was really impressed with how well the fried treat translated to a grilled cheese sandwich. The cheese was perfectly melted inside and out, and the seasoned bread (WHAT ARE THOSE FLAKES?!?!) kicked it up a notch.

It cost: $6

Find out more:
540-818-7679
Toasted by Casey on Facebook

$6 Snack is a recurring feature that reviews an area eatery’s snack — for $6 or less. Look at a map of the places we’ve tried. Help our map grow by submitting your own review! Find out how.

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by Sarah Steimer

Boulder Farmers Market

This is one of my favorite photos from not just the market, but from the entire trip. It must have been peak beet season in Boulder, because these bad boys were piled high, plus I ate beets at local restaurants at least once each day of our visit.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Peach white Zinfandel ice cream

Behold: the only ice cream cone I’ve ever been carded for. When I asked the girl working the counter which flavor of wine ice cream she’d recommend, she replied, “I couldn’t tell you. You have to be 21 to try it.”

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