The Inferno At Possets For Halloween

Get carried away at Possets.This year, Possets has gone crazy for poetry and Dante’s Inferno is one of the definers of epic poetry. In addition, Possets has combed the earth to bring you rich resins, fabulous essences, and modern musks; then combined and recombined them to make some of the most stunning and beautiful perfume available. Come and see what the excitement is about and revel in the luxury of a truly original scent at the loveliest time of the year.

It is Halloween and time for the veil between heaven and earth to become thinner and more transparent, as we prepare for a long winter’s “sleep” and refresh ourselves for the sweet growing season of next year. Darkness and the cool air attend closer as we smell smoke, see the leaves turning to golds and oranges, decorate our houses, and ready the Halloween costumes and treats. We have always celebrated the turning of the seasons, and it’s still a thrill. This year, Possets has decided to turn to verse and that elevated form of expression to underscore the mood. So please pay us a visit and see the Halls of the Infernal Regions for yourself and imagine the beauty of the perfumes there. They are seductive!


Dilly. Deux

Autumn BerriesI reviewed “Dilly Deli” recently which prompted the manager to write to my through Urbanspoon and ask us to return for an encore of their food and service. We did and we were glad we did. The entire thing was flawless. I think our experience before was a fluke, a one-off on a slow night of the week. I learned quite a few things as the manager was kind enough to come over and talk with us for a long time about the establishment. Here is what we learned and what we had and how it was.

What we learned:

  • The real name of it is now Dilly. (the period at the end is indeed part of the name). It is not The Dilly Deli, or The Dilly Cafe, it is Dilly..
  • Dilly. is not for sale. My friends thought it was and that was considered but the owner decided that it was much too nice a place and he had too much heart invested there to let it go and decided to keep it.
  • They did try to vary the menu at times. Some of their experiments were great, some were meh, and they brought back quite a few of the eternal favorites.
  • The place was packed on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
  • They have some unbelievable Belgian beers for drinking there and taking home, also some wonderful local and hard-to-come-by brews.
  • They carefully pick the live music and don’t want to blast out the patrons. Good choice that!

What we had:

I am a simple person. It’s the end of the summer and I was very tempted by the gazpacho. I got it and it was perfect. The balance between naturally sweet and tart was right on target. The vegetables were all fresh, cut to a toothsome but manageable size for spooning. It was not too cold so as to be tasteless, but just right. The crostini it was served with had more than a great taste of popcorn mingled with toasted perfect bread. Get their gazpacho if it’s still on the menu, you won’t be sorry.

Then my Strand Salad with grilled chicken breast arrived. It was perfect as well. The chicken came right off the grill and made a beautiful hot counterpoint to the cool salad. Lots of fat lumps of goat cheese (which was attractive and not gamey) dotted the mix. The curry dressing was just right and the entire thing was a great pleasure.

My husband had a cup of the gazpacho, which he pronounced great. Then that was followed up with three perfectly seasoned and cooked crab cakes which he said were the best he ever had at Dilly. and he has loved their crab cakes always. The rice on the side was a poem. You don’t think that rice can be wonderful until you try this…it’s just plain long grain rice with butter and it is heaven.

Finally, we had the bread pudding which was a lovely mass of sticky starchy goodness, covered with a caramel sauce and dotted with almonds. Yes, it was decadent in the ineluctably comforting way that a fine bread pudding can be.

So, Dilly. showed us that they are still as fine as they ever were, a staple and must-do in Mariemont, where you go after a good movie next door, and the place you take your good friends who come to town and want to see places which make Cincinnati a treat destination.

Dilly., you get my vote and happily so. Going back soon.

This review was brought to you by Possets Perfumes, a place where you will find a cornucopia of Bottled Happiness. Investigate our classic fragrances of perpetual popularity like: Silver Amber, Strawberry Heart, Iowa, and Madame X (which all come in the clever sample size so you can try them out). Take a visit and smell for yourself:

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Shaan-Great Indian Food, Great Service, Great Price!

Musks not tusks.We have driven by Shaan Indian Restaurant in my very neighborhood for years, never went in. Today one of my fellow yoga practitioners recommended Shaan to me as,’The best Indian restaurant in town, bar none.” Wow, high praise as she is pretty sniffy. Then my landlady highly recommended it to me, as did my landlord (both people who know what the score is, especially in the ‘hood). They were right, Shaan  was Fabulous.

The owner and others are very kindly and welcoming and the menu is extensive as it can be. How extensive? There are about FOURTEEN DIFFERENT INDIAN BREADS ALONE ON THE MENU! I was not just impressed, I was flabbergasted at the  variety the kitchen can turn out. Take a look! There isn’t anything I can think of that they don’t have. The hardest part about going there was deciding what to choose. I picked Tikka Bartha (boneless chicken tandoori with eggplant), and my husband had the Lamb Kabob on onions. We started off with the Mixed Platter as an appetizer.

The Mixed Platter could not have been nicer. Everything was freshly cooked, the chicken was tender and perfect, the fried veggies were delightful, the fried cheese squares were delicate and super fresh, there were potato pancakes and a samosa which were all the pinnacle of goodness. We could have stopped right there, it was abundant BUT there was a cucumber salad which my husband ordered, too. It was immense and I detest cucumbers in anything, however one bite of this and I realized there was magic coming out of that kitchen. I loved it, cukes and all. There didn’t seem to be dressing on it but they had dusted it with some wonderful spices which were beyond good.

Then our main courses emerged. Mine was as spicy as I had ordered (a 2 for wimpy types) tender chicken with creamy eggplant and I think there was a touch of cream to it all, as well. On top of flawless basmati rice. We had ordered a garlic Nan which was ghhhhharlicy and toothsome.

My husband’s kebab was like shwarama or a gyro and was delivered as hot as if it emerged from hell itself! Hissing and good, he got an orangy-yellow sauce to go with it which can only be described as honey without the sweetness. It was exceptional.

The bill for two with side dishes and appetizers came to less than $50 after a generous tip. The entire time we were there there was an endless parade of people marching in and marching out with carry out bags.

Shaan is a medium sized place with almost no decor to speak of, but the food is so good that if the walls were just blank white, it would be OK. The service was impeccable and the menu was huge. I was not surprised to see diners pouring in around 7:30 and there was a waiting area in a vestibule for their peak hours which probably gets used a lot. One other thing which was remarkable about Shaan, their sense of timing was spot on. They knew when to serve and when to leave you to your own devices. You could tell that they were experienced at making guests feel unrushed but tended-to.

They do not serve alcohol, but you can bring your own booze and they will give you glassware out of which to drink. The menu does not contain pork or beef, so this would be a great Muslim meeting spot, and in truth there was a lady who came in wearing hijab. Overall, the dress is casual, I was wearing my gym togs and no one said anything to me. The atmosphere is friendly, welcoming, and very laid back. You could expect to see the Maharajah of Kuch-Bahar or your local yoga instructor in there at any time.

Shaan is indeed the best Indian restaurant in Cincinnati. We will be back and I hope that you will try it out and sample the pleasures of the place.

This review was brought to you by Possets Perfumes, a place where you will find a cornucopia of Bottled Happiness. Like things Indian? Try out a sample size of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal (all oude, red musk, and aged patchouli), or The Girls Love India (honey and nag champa do the twirl), and there are more more more of the spicy and exotic. Take a visit and smell for yourself:

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