A jug of wine, a loaf of bread — and thou.

Persian poet Omar Khayyam penned this sentiment in the 11th century and it still rings true today. Good food, good wine and romance all come together in February, the month of love. And speaking of love, we hope you'll love our February issue. We celebrate Valentine's Day with a look at fine dining, fabulous wine and beautiful diamonds. Plus we…

A Victorian Christmas at the John Smart House

Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens, Florence Nightingale and Father Christmas mingled with guests at Medina's historic John Smart House during the 2015 Christmas season. Presented by the Medina Historical Society, the Victorian open house featured period costumes and decorations, live music, a raffle and Santa's gift shop. MedinaHistorical.com Photography Eric Daiber

Around Town

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt either. Save -- and savor -- Saturday, February 6 for the 19th Annual For the Love of Chocolate Festival presented by Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers at the Medina Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Road, Medina from 11 am to 3 pm. Tickets are $10…

Wine, Dine and Diamonds

If you’re looking for a special place to wine and dine your valentine, try The Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth. According to Robin Wenger, senior vice-president of operations, Galaxy’s Wine Room and Circle L Steakhouse will offer special features over Valentine’s Day weekend, in addition to its regular menu. For steak aficionados, try the succulent steak from the restaurant’s beef cattle…

The Perfect Pair

Rich and indulgent, Fettuccine Alfredo requires just three ingredients: butter, cream, cheese. This is one recipe where it's a good idea to use an artisan European butter and top quality Parmigiana Reggiano, although I have been known to make it for my grandkids with butter from the fridge and Kraft Parmesan. Some recipes call for unsalted butter, but I prefer…

Scott and Tina Sabol

Who: Scott and Tina Sabol. Scott is the morning meteorologist at WJW Fox 8, Cleveland. Tina is the community engagement manager for Medina County District Library. Married for 13 ½ years, the couple met at television station WBOY in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Scott is originally from Hudson; Tina is from Medina. The couple live in Medina with their two children.

Books for Lovers

Love is in the air…and what goes better with love than food and wine? If you’re in the mood for romance and culinary adventure, check out these books from Medina County District Library. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave. After learning something about her fiancé that makes her question going through with the marriage, Los Angeles lawyer Georgia Ford heads…

A Chance for Romance

Cruising in Europe is said to be the fastest growing travel segment of all time. Exotic destinations, intimate settings, and smaller ships are some of the reasons why river cruising is so appealing to couples. The perfect antidote to our fast-paced world, river cruising is an opportunity to relax in the slow lane. As your ship sails quietly along, you’ll…

Standing Tall

Almost every day, and sometimes two or three times a day, Jon Teske gets the same question: How tall are you? An 18-year-old senior at Medina High and the reigning MVP for Medina County boys' basketball, Teske occasionally wants to give a sarcastic answer. But even when his mood is bad, which isn't often, his polite nature won't allow it.…

Feeding 
your 
best 
friend

Feeding the dog. Simple, right? Well, maybe not, since there are so many choices and so much information available about pet nutrition. There is no best diet for dogs, in spite of all of the marketing campaigns to the contrary. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. However, there are many excellent commercially available dog…

The Story behind
 Medina’s Christmas Tree

Julie Bender wasn't crazy about the pine tree in her Medina front yard. Overgrown at 20 feet, the Norway Spruce cast a dark shadow through her living room window. "The first year we lived in our home, my husband strung lights to the very top of the tree," Julie says,"By the following year, it was too big to decorate." In…

TiMBER LODGE

Walking into Timber Lodge restaurant is a lot like walking into that rustic chalet in the mountains where all your cool friends hang out. Owned and managed by restaurateur Ron Levitt, the Medina restaurant is known for finely prepared fresh food, eye catching portions, and outstanding service. It’s a great place to celebrate Valentine’s Day with its cozy booths, warm…