Bodega + Surly Girl Saloon

August 8, 2011 § 1 Comment

Since last week so unproductive in regards to this blog / my bucket list, today I’m proud to report just the opposite. Two more things crossed off the list!

Not sure how I feel about this… my time in Cbus will be over before I know it.

So anyway, Bodega is a bar that has a killer beer list. I think there are always 50+ beers on tap, and they change weekly, depending on the season. Top that off with a killer happy hour and $1 grilled cheese on Monday nights, you have a hipster heaven. Tiffany and I aren’t exactly hipsters, but I think we did a good job dressing the part.

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Tiff said it best – it felt like we were wearing Halloween costumes! Between my fedora and her knit vest and hippie headband, we really outdid ourselves.

We walked down to the Short North and finally ended up reaching Bodega to be met with a huge crowd. After a few minutes of waiting, we both ordered beers. I got the Weasel Boy Mango Wheat, it was yummy but I don’t think I’d order it again. Tiffany got a grapefruit infused beer (if you know her, you aren’t surprised) and it was so fruity and fresh, a perfect beer for such a hot day.

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Since Bodega was so packed, we decided to skip out on the grilled cheese for dinner and ended up going to Surly Girl Saloon a few doors down. Surly Girl is a Liz Lessner restaurant with a kickin’ cowgirl theme. I loved it! It has the same kitschy feel that sister restaurant Betty’s has; there are countless frames, mirrors, and western themed decorations  on every wall.

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My favorite was this chandelier though!  It was absolutely amazing in person.. I really love chandeliers for some reason, and this one was beautiful.

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So, we did eat a delicious dinner, but it was so dark in there that the pictures didn’t really turn out.

Will you survive if you don’t see a picture of my wrap and Tiffany’s sandwich?

I sure hope so! 😉

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Short North Night Out

July 31, 2011 § 2 Comments

Yesterday, I ran 5 miles for the first time ever!

To celebrate, Tiffany and I got dressed up and headed to the Short North for a drink. We planned on going to Surly Girl, but instead we decided to hit up Mouton. I’m so glad we did, because it’s on my bucket list, and time is seriously dwindling!

Mouton is a fabulous little bar with a relaxed and classy vibe. They specialize in old fashioned cocktails, but they do have beer and wine offerings as well. It’s not your typical bar, it’s more of a quiet place to have a drink and some conversation. No loud music or sweaty gyrating frat boys here.

In other words, I loved it!

We both got champagne cocktails, and they were perfect!

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The champagne was accompanied by angostura bitters and a sugar cube. I love that the drinks were served in these old school champagne coupes.

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After that first cocktail, Tiffy and I had champagne on the brain. Since we were in the Short North, I knew just where we should go for our next drink… Hubbard’s!

Last time I went, I ordered a glass of champagne, but to my surprise it came in a can with a sippy straw. It’s from the Sofia Coppola vineyards, and it’s actually really  great! Definitely something you should try if you like champagne.

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After we ordered our champagne, the bartender told us the bar was going to close in 20 minutes – at 12:30! Since it was still so early, we decided to venture even further into the Short North to Bar 23. Bar 23 was fun, but it’s basically the post-college version of Gateway bars.. think McFadden’s, Tuna, etc. just with 24-30 year olds, not 18-23 year olds.

We only got one picture last night.. but there is a funny story that goes along with it. Tiff and I were sitting outside on the patio, and this freaky girl was sitting on the inside, dancing like a weirdo, sticking her tongue out at us, etc. She came up to the window when we were getting our picture taken, and I tried to put my hand up to block her face, but at the last second she scooted down.. so there she is!

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It was such a fun night out! I’m really  going to miss the Short North when I move back to Florida. There’s just so much to do there and it’s such a fun neighborhood!

The Ohio State Fair

July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

On Wednesday, Bethany and I decided to cross a major item off of my bucket list.

The cravings for fried food, rickety rides, and people watching were building up for so long that we had to hit the Ohio State Fair on opening day!

I’d never been to a state fair before, so I was really excited. After grabbing a map, Bethany and I hopped onto the gondolas that run from one end of the fair to the other. Since we wanted to hit up everything, we figured it would be smart to ride to the far end and work our way back towards the exit.

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Since it was only the first day, there weren’t too many other crazies to contend with. No worries, we still got some good people watching in though!

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Once we got off the gondola, Bethany spotted a fried smores stand. Of course, they were amazing. The melty marshmallows were the best part!

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While the smores were getting good and fried, a ride blew up!

Okay, it didn’t explode or anything, but there was a super loud popping sound. The two carnies working the fried smores stand were even freaked out, so we knew it had to be bad.

Turns out, one of the tires popped. Yep, scared me off of riding any rides that day!

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Rides were a no, but we couldn’t resist the giant slide! I was more scared than the little kids, I won’t lie, I did let out a little yelp on the way down!

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Of course, we had to pay the giant cow made out of BUTTER a visit.

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We got a lesson on weaving. It was actually really neat, the system that this particular woman uses is pretty much fool proof. I can’t imagine living a life like hers though.. it was almost like she was a pioneer! I told Bethany that between the weaving and the show animals, I felt like I was in a foreign country.

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Lots of walking around, watching a hypnotist show, seeing all the baby animals, and paying a visit to the giant marketplace and smokey the bear, we were beat.

We couldn’t leave the fair without me fully completely crossing off my bucket list. I had to order something that “really shouldn’t be fried.” As it was the Ohio State Fair, I knew that it had be a buckeye!

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Warm peanut butter, rich chocolate, sweet, fried batter, doused in powdered sugar… ummm yeah. Good thing these are only available once a year!

The fair is still going on for two more weeks. If you’re in Columbus and have never made it out there, I really suggest it! It was a lot of fun, and I mean.. they have fried kool-aid!

Flash Flood

July 24, 2011 § 2 Comments

I literally don’t have words right now.

I used them all yelling, screaming, and crying about the shambles my neighborhood was in.

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Jazz + Ribs Festival

July 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s clear to anyone that has spent a summer in Columbus that we love our festivals here. Everything from the Columbus Arts Fest, to the local favorite Comfest, and many food based festivals, we have got summer plans covered.

This weekend was the Jazz and Ribs fest.

I had heard about the Jazz and Ribs fest via twitter earlier in the week, but what really sealed the deal on me going was my manicurist. In between the filing and painting, the girl got my mouth absolutely watering telling me about all the delicious food she had the night before. I’m not a huge bbq fan, but I knew this was something I didn’t want to miss.

There was a huge main stage overlooking a small park, and tons of people had campsite like setups on the lawn. The music was great background noise to have when walking around the festival.

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There were tons of different bbq vendors set up. Since it was packed, we just chose a random booth that had a short line.

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Willingham’s was a Mempis based bbq joint, and it was great!!

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I got a brisket sandwich that was smothered in a sweet and spicy sauce. I’m not one to lick my fingers, but this sandwich gave me no other choice. The sauce was just too good!

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Columbus Fish Market

July 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

One of the best parts about Restaurant Week (besides the great food) is getting together with a group of girls for a special midweek dinner. I mean, how often do you find yourself enjoying a 3 course dinner of super fresh fish on a random Wednesday evening?

If your answer to this is “often” email me. I’d love to be friends.

Columbus Fish Market is a Cameron Mitchell restaurant with outposts in many other cities had been on my bucket list for a while. I put it on before I realized that we have a Mitchell’s Fish Market in Tampa, so technically it isn’t something that I can only experience in Columbus.. but oh well!

The first course was a choice of salads, I went with the house salad that included fresh greens, pine nuts, dates and tomatoes dressed in poppyseed vinaigrette.

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For the second course, I chose the macadamia crusted tilapia with mango salsa. It was so flaky and fresh!

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Almost everyone else at the table went with the crab and lobster stuffed cod. I tried a bite and it was also great!

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For dessert, I went with the strawberry shortcake. It was cool and refreshing, a perfect ending to such a great meal!

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Most importantly, I had a great time with my girlfriends catching up on all sorts of things! It was such a treat to go out like this in the middle of the week.

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The River Club at Confluence Park

July 18, 2011 § 1 Comment

So it’s Restaurant Week again here in Columbus!

My friend Bethany won a free dinner for two to The River Club at Confluence Park from 614 Magazine and invited me to be her guest. I was really excited because I’d never been to Confluence before, and heard good things about the amazing view of the city. Plus, it was a free dinner with a good friend – what could be better?

The restaurant is kind of tucked away off of Spring St, but it was pretty easy to find and luckily Bethany was driving so we didn’t get lost!

Once we arrived we were greeted by overcast, yet beautiful views of the city.

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B had made reservations for the patio, but there was a last minute private event, so our reservation was moved inside. It ended up being for the best because in the middle of our dinner, the skies opened up and it absolutely poured.

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As soon as we were seated, we were given a basket of warm bread with butter and pesto on the side. Any restaurant that brings out warm bread is a winner in my book. The pesto was very flavorful and had whole pine nuts in it, it may have been one of my favorite parts of the meal.

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For my first course I chose the mixed green salad which included candied pecans, cranberries, and apples dressed in a light raspberry vinaigrette.

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My second course was a center cut strip steak with a side of mashed potatoes and summer squash. The steak had a nice carmelized crust on it, and was covered in a delicious demi glace that I kind of wanted to swim in. I usually don’t care for mashed potatoes, the mushy texture reminds me of babyfood, but these were great.

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Finally, I ordered the chocolate Jeanette for dessert. It was a brownie topped with chocolate mousse, raspberry sauce, and whipped cream. Of course, no dessert is complete without coffee, so I enjoyed that on the side as well.

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Thanks to 614 magazine, my grand total for this meal was a whopping $3.15!

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Of course, since 614 was so generous to give Bethany and I a free dinner, we were generous with our server Taylor who did a great job taking care of us tonight.

Dining at The River Club was such a great experience. The food was yummy, the views were outstanding, and the company couldn’t be beat!

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Thanks again to my friend Bethany for taking me and to 614 Magazine for holding the restaurant week giveaway!

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