August 6, 2011 § 1 Comment
Well, I have neglected my little blog for far too long! For a while I thought I lost my blogging mojo, and the only “daily” thing I’ve been thinking about is why on earth I thought I would be able to keep up with this every single day.
Anyway, besides the usual onslaught of school, I haven’t been up to much besides hanging out with Rob, working out, and catching up on all the Real Housewives.
Last night, after some delicious sushi and a round of this ab workout, Tiffany and I decided to get really wild on our Friday night.
We decided to bake!
Okay, I know. We’re 22, and spent the night eating sushi, baking cookies, and doing youtube ab workouts… think what you will, but sometimes it’s just what the doctor ordered.
Since we are both graduating and moving to Florida in 3 short weeks (!!!), we decided to use up some of the stuff we have floating around our kitchen.
We threw in everything from shredded coconut, almonds, sunflower seeds, oatmeal, brown sugar, dried fruit.. we had no method except opening drawers and cabinets saying “Oh yum! let’s throw this in!”
Can I just show you a close up of what we mixed our cookies in? Ha!
Anyway, we made a huge mess of our kitchen…
But, we ended up with a delicious end product!
Truthfully, I wasn’t sure these would come out good at all.. I mean, we didn’t even use any flour and we just threw things into the pot without measuring!
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.
There were tons of different bbq vendors set up. Since it was packed, we just chose a random booth that had a short line.
Willingham’s was a Mempis based bbq joint, and it was great!!
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!
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.
For the second course, I chose the macadamia crusted tilapia with mango salsa. It was so flaky and fresh!
Almost everyone else at the table went with the crab and lobster stuffed cod. I tried a bite and it was also great!
For dessert, I went with the strawberry shortcake. It was cool and refreshing, a perfect ending to such a great meal!
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.
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.
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.
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.
For my first course I chose the mixed green salad which included candied pecans, cranberries, and apples dressed in a light raspberry vinaigrette.
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.
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.
Thanks to 614 magazine, my grand total for this meal was a whopping $3.15!
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!
July 9, 2011 § 4 Comments
So I can cross something else off my bucket list today!
But I kind of feel like I’m cheating.
Because I didn’t actually eat anything on the taco truck tour that I went on today.
But wait, let’s back up. Let me start from the beginning.
This morning, Tiffany and I set out for an adventure that I alluded to last week. We signed up for a 20 mile bike ride through Columbus put on by our local Yelp team. The bike ride was going to stop at a few of the best taco trucks in the city. Since I’d been thinking about taking one of the taco truck tours that drives around the city, this biking option seemed like a much better way to experience the taco truck scene.
So, we hopped on our beach cruisers and headed down to Goodale Park to meet the rest of the group. Once we got there, I had a realization that we were going to be in over our heads. Everyone else there was a legit biker, wearing spandex outfits, helmets, and using clipless pedals.
We got signed in, paid the registration fee, and were given reusable shopping bags filled with some goodies. Before we departed, one of the leaders made some announcements about rules of the ride. He was riding on the “keg bike” – it was filled with water so that we could refill our water bottles during the ride.
Tiffany & I were so excited about the ride! While waiting for it to start, we were talking about how much we love Columbus and how we are really going to miss events like these when we move after graduation. Little did we know we’d be eating our words later!
The group was pretty big, about 60-75 people, I think. We rode on the street, taking up a full lane.
Since Tif & I were on beach cruisers, it was hard to keep up with the super light road bikes. Plus, we don’t really take our beach cruisers on the actual road, we stick to side walks and the bike trail. We had no idea that this ride was going to take us down a super busy 5 lane street… in the somewhat sketchy side of Columbus.
To be honest, I felt really unsafe. I know that it’s my choice not to wear a helmet, and that I really should, but either way, riding next to semi trucks in the back of the pack was not fun. I really wish that Yelp had made it clear that the route would be taking us down a very busy street for 10 miles.
After a long, scary ride, we finally made it to the trucks.
Now, I’m going to be totally honest here, so get ready.
After riding 10+ miles in 90 degree heat, the smell of grilled meats at the trucks was just not appealing. I’m sure that the food was probably really authentic and very tasty, but I knew that there was no way I would be able to stomach it. After we ruled out the first truck (that was serving tongue!) we headed to the second to see if there was a more appealing option for the hot weather.
The “ambiance” didn’t really do much to help our appetites..
I really hate to say this, but I did not feel safe being in this area. If I had known that I would ride 10+ miles into a sketchy part of town to be greeted with tongue tacos, I wouldn’t have gone. That’s not really the fault of the organizers though, I should have looked into exactly what this bike tour entailed before signing up. I just wish it had been more clear about location, riding on the road with no bike lane, etc.
So anyway, here’s where it gets really good.
Tiffany called her mom when we were at the second truck to come rescue us.
Yes, two soon to be college grads called mama for help.
Thankfully, Tiffany’s mom was in town today for a wine tasting with her boyfriend and they were willing to come get us. We just didn’t feel safe riding back on the street, and that’s the truth.
Once they arrived, we started loading the bikes into the back of their SUV.
This guy who I’m assuming was one of the organizers, came up to us when we were loading the bikes, and was actually pretty rude. This is how the conversation went down.
him: Oh, so you guys are giving up, huh?
me: Well, to be honest, it wasn’t what we were expecting.
him: It’s downhill the whole way back.
me: Well, I don’t feel safe riding 10 miles down Broad St next to semi’s.
him: Riding on the street is perfectly safe!
Maybe he was just joking around with us, trying to cajole us into riding back with the group, but it just left a bad taste in my mouth. I mean, we were loading up our bikes, obviously we weren’t going to ride back. Whatever.
Every time I step outside of my comfort zone, I realize something about myself. Namely, that I have a comfort zone for a reason!
June 30, 2011 § Leave a comment
I know in many parts of the country, eating street food from a truck has been popular for decades. However, this trend has only recently caught on in Columbus. But has it caught on! Everything from crepes, to grilled cheese, to tacos and now, cupcakes can be found on the street being sold from a truck.
Today, Tiffany and I tried cupcakes from Three Babes and a Baker, who were parked at the campus farmer’s market at 15th and High.
They came packaged in the cute little Chinese take out boxes.
We split a Buckeye cupcake and an Oreo cupcake. Both were tasty, but not the best I’ve ever had.
Having come from a truck though, they left me pleasantly surprised and ready to tackle more food truck tastings. Like this one, next week!
June 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
With my time left in Columbus dwindling, it’s time to get serious about the Bucket List.
Last night, Rob and I decided that we would tackle something on the list today, which brings us to breakfast at German Village Coffee Shop.
It’s in German Village (obviously) located right next to Bakery Gingham and Thurman’s for any Columbus readers.
It’s a very small, old school diner, serving up typical greasy spoon food. When we walked in to give our name, there was a huge crowd with every seat filled and the smell of bacon was permeating the air. We knew we were in for a good meal.
After a short wait, we got seats right in front of the grill, which provided some entertainment while we waited for our breakfasts. More entertainment came from the placemats, which were full of trivia questions. Rob and I had fun reading the questions to each other, even though we didn’t know many of the answers.
After waiting for a good amount of time, we finally got our food. I got a blueberry pancake and a veggie omelet. Both were great! I love a good blueberry pancake, this one had warm, fresh blueberries that burst open with every bite. The omelet was typical diner fare, greasy, hot and delicious.
Rob and I both enjoyed our breakfasts and were really happy that we got out and tried a new place!