Savor Saturdays by exploring food and fun. We've crafted itineraries for the foodie, nature-lover and the artistic.
 
All About Food
A Day of Eating and Shopping

Brunch is the most important meal of any foodie's day, so look no further than Annabel's in Mount Lookout. Buttermilk corn cakes rule the roost, but the rest of this café's savory-to-sweet menu items are nothing to shake a stick at. Be prepared for a bit of a wait "” popular doesn't even begin to describe the weekend rush. Continue your Saturday morning with a trip to Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine. Stock up on local produce in the farmers market, select spices at Colonel De Gourmet Herbs and pick up gourmet sausages for dinner from Kroeger and Sons, which makes everything from traditional pork sausages to exotic lamb sausage. Be sure to grab a bottle of your favorite wine at Market Wines before you go on to your next stop. 1801 Race St.,
(513) 665-4839 or
www.findlaymarket.org.

Next, why not a cheese-making class at Cheesy Gourmet inside Main City Station? A mere 15-minute walk from OTR, folks at this little local joint will teach you how to make your very own spreads, crumbles and block cheeses. Your take-home kit includes a DVD and all the ingredients you'll need to make cheeses at home. 1420 Main St., (513) 384-8708 or
www.cheesygourmet.com.

Once you've had your fill of feta, head home to put away your purchases and prep for the last stop on your tour of Cincinnati deliciousness: anywhere in the Gateway Quarter, the hippest, coolest and most delectable collection of restaurants this side of the Ohio. You really can't go wrong with any of the restaurants located on Vine Street: fig and prosciutto pizza and wagyu beef meatballs at A Tavola, a Trailer Park "¢dog and truffle fries at Senate or chorizo-stuffed dates and zesty batata at Abigail Street, Senate's Mediterranean sister. www.atavolapizza.com. Senate, 1212 Vine St., (513) 421-2020 or
www.senatepub.com. Abigail Street,
1214 Vine St., (513) 421-4040 or
www.
abigailstreet.com.

Cap off your night with a drink at the Lackman. A great beer selection and some schmancy cocktails named after some of Cincinnati's favorite residents make it a hit.
1237 Vine St., (513) 381-0741 or
www.lackmanbar.com.

 
The Call of Nature
A Day in the Great Outdoors

Fuel up for a full day with breakfast at the Coffee Emporium in East Hyde Park. Open at 7 a.m., this local coffee shop serves up a bevy of hot, iced and blended coffees and teas that will perk you up for your outdoor adventures. Try anything from the menu "” seriously, anything. It's all good. 3316 Erie Ave.,
(513) 321-5943 or
www.coffee-emporium.com.

On to Warren County for Ozone Zipline Adventures where great views are guaranteed. Is there a better way to experience the beauty of nature than soaring over the Little Miami River and the woods that surround it. 5291 State Route 350, Oregonia, (513) 932-3756 or
www.campkern.org/ozone.

Ready for a little lunch? Try
Paxton's Grill in Loveland for a burger, sandwich, salad or delicious nachos. Drink in the beauty of the Little Miami Bike Trail while sipping on a cold beer. 126 West Loveland Ave., Loveland, (513) 583-1717 or
www.paxtonsgrill.com.

What's better than a post-lunch nap? A post-lunch nap in the park. Grab a blanket and a good book, and head to Eden Park. People-watch at Mirror Lake or snooze in the sun near the old quarry. Stop by the Krohn Conservatory (located in the park) and wander through the desert, rainforest or orchid garden permanently on display. Eden Park Drive,
www.cincyparks.com.

Reward yourself for a day well-spent with a burger. Head to "the hill" and stop by City View Tavern. Known for cold beer, fantastic burgers and a panoramic patio, this unassuming little spot will steal your heart as you enjoy one of the best views of downtown
Cincinnati, the Ohio River and
Kentucky. 403 Oregon St.,
Mount Adams, (513) 241-8439,
www.cityviewtavern.com.

 
Art for All
A Day of Cool Culture

Coffee, please. The staff will keep your mug hot and full at First Watch in Covington. Starving? Dive into the multigrain blueberry pancakes. Or go for the Siesta Key Cocktail of yogurt, fruit and homemade granola. 50 East River Center Blvd. (859) 491-0869 or www.firstwatch.com.

Kick off your art adventure at the Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center. Six galleries, 6,000 square feet and local and regional artists take center stage.
1028 Scott St.,
(859) 491-2030,
www.thecarnegie.com.

Shoot across the river to the Taft Museum of Art for lunch at the Linder Family Café. Great salads "” or better yet, try the restaurant's quiche du jour. Stroll through the galleries and enjoy the setting, it's a grand old house. 316 Pike St., downtown.
(513) 241-0343, www.taftmuseum.org.

Spend a few fascinating hours at the Contemporary Arts Center. The building, designed by world-famous architect Zaha Hadid, is a showstopper that never fails to impress out-of-town visitors. Spectacle: The Music Video is a must-see. 44 E. Sixth St., downtown. (513) 345-8400,
www.contemporaryartscenter.org.

You'll want to be sure you're gussied up for the final stop on your Cincinnati arts tour. If you "eat with your eyes first," you won't regret a moment at Orchids at Palm Court, where food and art are synonymous. An egg custard amuse bouche, topped with teeny-tiny chives is perfection. A perfectly-cooked duet New York strip steak and beef short ribs. No matter what you order from the ever-changing menu, you'll be blown away by the artistry and theater. 35 W. Fifth St.,
(513) 421-9100,
www.orchidsatpalmcourt.com.