Instant Pot Black Friday

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What did I do before the Instant Pot? I almost don't remember. This has been one of my favorite kitchen appliances since I purchased it last Black Friday. I never sweat if I don't thaw out the meat, I just throw it in the Instant Pot!

The 8qt is on sale (and the 6 quart) which is about what I paid for the 6 quart last year. Saving 37% off.

What's your favorite thing to cook in it? (aff)

Taste of the World Benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Saturday November 11, 2017

(The following is a sponsored post by the Tri-State Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society)

The Tri-State Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is hosting its 14th annual Taste of the World Food, Wine, and Beer Festival at The Newport Aquarium Saturday, November 11, from 7:30 -11:00 p.m. 


This event would make a great date night, or girls/guys night out. As much as I love visiting the aquarium with my sweet children, We're looking forward to experiencing it without them too.  If you follow Vintage Indie on Instagram or Facebook, you may have seen our posts on Mazunte Taqueria, one of our favorite places to eat in Cincinnati. They'll be at the Taste of the World along with a fantastic lineup of local eateries and more. 

BB Riverboats/Current Catering

Chart House

Coffee Emporium

Cracker Barrel

Dewey's Pizza



Holtman’s Donuts

Insomnia Cookies

Keystone Bar & Grill Clifton

Madisono's Gelato


Mellow Mushroom


P.F. Changs



Pit to Plate BBQ

Stone Creek Dining Company 

If you're a fan of Bourbon you won't want to miss getting your ticket for the Pappy Van Winkle raffle. 

Pappy Van Winkle Raffle


The Party Source has generously donated the highly anticipated and deeply coveted COMPLETE 2017 fall release of Pappy Van Winkle to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to be raffled off to ONE lucky winner!

Only 200 tickets will be sold, at $150 per ticket, and a maximum of 4 tickets per person.

To purchase tickets visit

Thank you to The Party Source, Presenting Sponsor of Taste of the World and
generous Pappy Provider.


(LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.  

The Tri-State Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society encompasses a geographic area of 26 counties serving Greater Cincinnati, Southeastern Indiana, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and the Miami Valley as well as southeastern Ohio.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. For more information about blood cancer, visit or call the Society’s Information





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Craft Connection Cincinnati Brewery Tour

A Craft Connection Brewery Tour is a great way to spend a few hours learning, and enjoying one of Cincinnati’s (and my) most beloved and historic pastimes. BEER!  Craft Connection Brewery tours offers several tour options for groups of 6-14.

Craft Connection Cincinnati Brewery Tour

3-hour, 3 Brewery Tour: $50/person

3.5-hour, 3 Brewery Tour: $55/person

4-hour, 3 Brewery Tour; $60/person

4-hour, 4 Brewery Tour; $60/person

You may choose one of their public tours, or plan your own.  We opted to plan our own, and filled the bus with beer drinkers (and homebrewers) of every different level and experience.  Whether you’re a seasoned beer geek, or a novice, this guided tour will have plenty of information for you.  Not only will you see the taprooms and behind the bars, but will get an up close look at the brewing, canning, and bottling facilities of each brewery visited.

Craft Connection Tour Guide Megan

When you choose your breweries, keep in mind that drive time to and from your pick/drop location, and time between breweries is part of your tour!  Plan accordingly, and choose breweries that maximize your time drinking beer, and learning!

Craft Connection Brewery Tour Cup

Our tour guide, Megan, picked us up at our home, which is approximately 10 miles south of downtown, and we were able to visit (comfortably) Nine Giant, Rhinegeist, and The Woodburn.  We could tell, immediately, that Megan was knowledgeable and had a good relationship with each brewery as we entered.  Not only did she fulfill our beer requests, but helped us learn about the brewing process, history of the buildings we were in, and styles of the beers we were trying.  We even had the pleasure of having co-owners of two of the breweries we visited leading part of our tour!

The Woodburn Co-owner Dennis Chacón
The Woodburn Co-owner Dennis Chacón

While you’re not sipping delicious brews, and learning about Cincinnati’s rich brewing past, present and future, you’ll get to have a great time on the bus.  Bring along for the ride beer, wine, and cider for enjoying on the bus, just keep it there.  No outside beer is permitted in any of the breweries, and no hard liquor allowed!



                Everything is included in the price of admission, except gratuity for your driver.  Remember to tip well, and often!  Book a tour today, and find out why Craft Connection Brewery Tours is successfully helping grow Cincinnati’s craft beer culture and awareness!  Drink local! Cheers!

Craft Connection Brewery Tour Guide Megan

Want to see more? Check out our video of Nine Giant on our Facebook Vintage Indie.

Vegetarian Chili at Gold Star Chili? Yes! (Giveaway)

As I've recently chosen a vegetarian diet, as in the past year or so, I still long for the flavors of a good, meaty chili. Specifically, of course, the local flavors of Cincinnati Style Chili. I was thrilled when I found out that Gold Star Chili had unveiled a new VEGETARIAN chili.

All of my craving dreams came true when we visited the newly opened Gold Star Chili, located on Montgomery Road in Norwood, in the new University Station near Xavier's campus. With their new sleek finishes, modern decor, and friendly atmosphere, this is not the strip mall Gold Star of my childhood. The kids and I stepped into a new-to-us Gold Star Chili experience, and we were thrilled with the results. 

Gold Star Chili Kitchen

  Gold Star Chili Serves Burgers

Did you know that Gold Star Chili started out as a hamburger joint? I had no idea! With the piles and piles of noodles, chili, and cheese being slung out on plates, my son's eyes opened wide when he checked out the menu and spied their burger.  Chili and a burger, what more could you ask for, other than vegetarian chili cheese fries, of course?  (We'll come back to those fries in a minute).

Gold Star Chili got its start when four Daoud brothers, of Mount Washington, came together to create Hamburger Haven. Along with burgers, the brothers had a chili recipe that was starting to sell quicker than their burgers, so they changed the name.

Gold Star Chili Burger & Coney

And now, for the first time in Cincinnati, Gold Star Chili decided to hire a chef to create the perfect vegetarian, soy free and gluten free chili. When we spoke with the creative chef behind this new chili his excitement for nailing the taste and texture was contagious.

My middle love decided to take the taste test challenge. If you can't tell by the picture they are almost exactly the same in taste, texture, and flavor. They really hit the nail on the head with this creation. My little foodie was able to pick out the vegetarian one from the regular, and after the challenge my youngest love stole the bowl. She loved it!

Gold Star Chili Vegetarian Chili

Gold Star Chili Vegetarian Chili Cheese Fries


It was my turn to order, and I've been craving cheesy chili fries for so long. I was excited to be able to order exactly what I wanted in vegetarian style! Perfectly crispy fries, and that spicy Cincinnati chili with all the familiar flavors were there.  This new creation will be available for a limited time, beginning March 3rd, through the Lenten season.  Enjoy the local fish fries as always, but don't forget to get out to your neighborhood Gold Star Chili for this amazing new creation!


I'm so exited for you! You have the chance to win a $25.00 Gift Card courtesy of Gold Star Chili, just in time for you to taste their new Vegetarian Chili.




  1. Please leave a comment on this post and tell me what you have to try from Gold Star Chili. 
  2. BONUS ENTRY - Head over to our Facebook Page Vintage Indie and leave a comment on the Gold Star Chili Post.
  3. BONUS ENTRY - Head over to our Instagram Page VintageIndieMag and comment on any of our Gold Star Chili Photos there.

I'll be back here 3/12/2017 to choose a winner! Good luck!   


A special thank you to Gold Star Chili for hosting Vintage Indie at the tasting event, sponsoring this post and for providing a gift card for all of our wonderful readers. As usual, our opinions are our own, and never purchased. We want you to truly enjoy finding new things in our great Cincinnati city! 

Vegan Garlic Sriracha Ranch Salad Dressing or Dip Recipe

You guys! I think I've found a new salad dressing! Vegan Garlic Sriracha Ranch. It is so delicious and so easy to make. I could see this used as a dip for celery, carrots, cucumbers and any other raw veggies you would normally use to dip in ranch. I'm digging it on everything right now. 

Vegan Garlic Sriracha Ranch Salad Dressing

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What You Will Need: 

1/2 Cup Hemp Seeds

1T Tahini or Cashew Butter

1 Garlic Clove 

1-2 t of Sriracha Hot Sauce

Juice of half a lemon ( I added a bit more for myself)

Pinch of sea salt


1. Pulse the garlic clove and hemp seeds together to create a fine mixture.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste.


 Garlic Sriracha Ranch Salad Dip
Brussel Sprout, Broccoli & Kale Salad with Oil Free Roasted Potatoes




Dine Indie - Close To Home

Eat Indie, Close to Home is our special feature for the week. My husband and I just celebrated our fourth anniversary and to celebrate this weekend was full of pampering, fun, some diamonds and a fantastic restaurant(thanks hubby)! Knotty Pine on the Bayou in Cold Spring Kentucky was our last stop on our romantic weekend getaway.

About five years ago my husband took me to the Knotty Pine on our fourth date and I enjoyed the best blackened halibut steak I've ever eaten. This experience was no different. The Knotty Pine brings a Cajun flair to a not so average menu. Including an array of seafood, craw fish,alligator strips, steaks and burgers. I definitely recommend some of the house specialties prepared by chef John local to Cold Springs, including the spicy gumbo and rice it's so delicious. The "hole in the wall" restaurant holds a glassed in deck that's cozy and romantic even during colder days. They will also mix up some fantastic cocktails for you at their full service bar. Make reservations before you go because they are always booked and a line to get in at the door.


Indulge in some local cuisine and check out Knotty Pine on the Bayou!


Knotty Pine On the Bayou

1802 Licking Pike  

Cold Spring, KY 41076-9717

(859) 781-2200     


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