April 28, 2011 § 3 Comments
Ahhh Sugardaddy’s. Who doesn’t want one?
No, not a rich old man who pays for everything and takes you on extravagant vacations.
I’m talking about brownies.
Today’s adventure was of course with Bethany. I wanted to treat myself to a delicious lunch after the hellish midterm week I had, so after my last one today, we hopped on our bikes and rode down to Market 65. Once again enjoyed huge & delicious salads. On our ride there, we spotted the downtown location of Sugardaddy’s, which is an awesome brownie shop. I heard about it a few months ago; they were featured on Throwdown with Bobby Flay and I caught a rerun of it. After that, I put it on the bucket list. It made me so happy to see a Columbus eatery on the show.. Ohio is more than cornfields! Anyway, ever since I saw them on Food Network, I had been on a mission to go.
The downtown shop we went to happened to be celebrating it’s first anniversary today. We went towards the end of the day and a lot of the brownies had been sold out. They bake fresh batches every day, the bakers are in the store at midnight to bake for the next day.
Mark, who is one of the owners, is truly one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met. He genuinely loves what he does, and I think it’s so awesome to see people living their dream. Plus, he gave us free cream cheese icing to top our brownies with, so he wins in my book.
Bethany and I got two brownies to split, because we just couldn’t decide on one flavor. We got a chai-spiced blondie that was filled with pistachios and the other was the dark berry brownie. Both were positively sinful. They were super rich, but we had no problem finishing them off!
Besides brownies, today is Rob’s 23rd birthday!!! I am taking him somewhere fun to celebrate tonight and I can’t wait. Happy Birthday babe!!!
April 21, 2011 § 1 Comment
After classes, the gym, and a less than stellar visit with my advisor, I decided I needed to enjoy some of the sunshine with the guy who always knows how to put a smile on my face. Rob just finished two challenging midterms and was in need of a relaxing lunch too, so we consulted the bucket list and decided on Cafe Corner. It turned out to be a great choice. The cafe is a small, locally owned joint that has a huge menu and serves breakfast all day. The interior is funky and has tons of personality. There isn’t much space to dine inside, but they do have a large patio area that gets tons of sunlight and will be great for the warmer months.
I had a bowl of amazinggg veggie chili – some of the best I’ve ever had! I also got a little salad which was chock full of fresh lettuces and salty feta. Rob got the Swiss + artichoke sandwich, which was filled with bacon + horseradish. No words, it was just SO good!
On the drive back home, Rob and I spotted the Columbus Segway tour! It’s also on my bucket list, so seeing them in action really got me excited! I’ve gotta get tickets soon.
My friend Bethany started a blog!! I’m sooo excited … she’s my main PIC for accomplishing/adding to the Columbus Bucket List. She was born and raised here, and she knows our city well. Check her out here at Beer, Bites & Buckeyes!
April 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
April 18, 2011 § 2 Comments
So I usually spend my Sunday catching up on homework that I’ve neglected all weekend (molecular genetics, I’m talking about you) but yesterday I realized that I wasn’t as far behind as I thought. So before our weekly softball game, I decided to head to the park early to go for a run. I told everyone, my sister, Rob, my roommates, even announced on twitter that I was going to run 4 miles. I didn’t know for sure that I could do it, the furthest I’d ever run was a 5k. I really think announcing it to everyone kept me accountable. The wind was vicious and it was kind of overcast, but I did it! I know that to some people four miles is no big deal, but to me, it’s huge.
Unfortunately, our intramural softball game was cancelled, but Bethany was there at the park and offered to snap a picture to commemorate my achievement. Frizzy hair, sweaty, shiny face… I don’t even care!
April 17, 2011 § 2 Comments
When I was younger and living at home, my Mom and I used to love spending rainy days digging through the racks at Marshall’s or TJMaxx. I really have to be in the mood to scrounge around for the good stuff at stores like that; yesterday was overcast, rainy, and all around perfect for a few hours of bargain hunting. I found a few items that I liked enough to purchase, but I’m not sure if I should keep them.
Item 1 – these patterned shorts were a total steal, but I’m not sure if they look too much like boxers?
Item 2 – I like this top because it’s pretty conservative and shows no visible cleavage. I just hope it’s not too frumpy?
April 16, 2011 § 1 Comment
Well, slowly but surely I am making my way through the Cbus bucket list while turning this blog into a showcase of my eats. I promise I do more than eat. Like go to body pump with Tiffany, drink Starbucks, study, ride bikes… okay you get it.
After the gym, Tiff and I were up for an adventure. We were going to go to Market 65 (yes even though I just went there yesterday) but they aren’t open on the weekends. Instead, we hopped on the beach cruisers and headed to a cute French bistro called La Chatelaine.
The first thing you see when you walk in is a huge bakery case filled with French pastries and bread. However, we were both surprised when we got there because the food is served in a cafeteria style line. I was a bit deterred, not going to lie, but the food was delicious.
I got the spring omelet, filled with tomato, leeks, olive and feta, with a side of French Onion soup. The feta in the omelet was so strong and salty, it really made the dish. The soup was also yummy, but I’m partial to having the cheese broiled on top instead of sprinkled on. Overall a good lunch.
Tiffany got a veggie baguette sandwich with a spinach-artichoke cocette on the side. I tried the spinach-artichoke dip and I have to say that it was like a big-girl version of the kind you see at chain restaurants all over the place.
The best part of the meal though, was DESERT! It’s a given for both Tiff and I – we really love our sweets. We split these two delicious tortes over coffee, and it was the perfect end to such a gluttonous meal.
April 15, 2011 § 1 Comment
So Caro Daily was chosen as a blog name when I had a lot of free time on my hands, because now that I’m super busy, the “daily” part is really slipping away from me! Anyway, I have been up to a lot lately, but most of it is school related. I had 3 exams on Wednesday, and they were pretty intense but I’m glad to report A’s on all of them! No senioritis…Not yet anyway!
The weather has been wonderful this week and city is coming alive with it! Today, Bethany and I took the COTA bus (!) downtown to try a new place near the state building – Market 65. Bethany told me about it a few weeks ago and I had to add it to the bucket list. The main draw for us was actually the bake case.. not the delicious salads. On Fridays, Market 65 features Yum Yum Cupcakes and Bethany had been dying to try them. Apparently they don’t have a storefront, they are just sold at a few shops around the city.
For lunch, I got a delicious Tuscan Orzo Salad. It was one of the freshest and tastiest salads I’ve had in a long time. To me, the deciding factor on a good salad is the dressing; I hate salads swimming in dressing. This was very lightly dressed in a delicious pesto, no pool of dressing in the bottom. Another plus, everything was chopped together so there were no huge chunks! I’m kind of weird about my food, I like everything to be about the same size so I can have a taste of everything in each bite. This was perfect!
After that huge pile of greens, it was time for something sweet! I chose one of the mini lemon-raspberry cupcakes which was divine. At first look, it appears to be just your average cupcake, nothing too exciting, but once I split it open, it was a whole new beast.
Oh yes, that’s REAL raspberry in the filling. Soooo good!
Bethany had a bacon maple cupcake which was unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before. She said it was like eating breakfast and she gave me a bite. Breakfast indeed! It had moist, sweet maple flavored cake with a rich & creamy frosting topped off with a crunchy, salty piece of bacon. It was almost unreal.
Market 65 – well done. I’ll be back for sure!