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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I (almost) met Richard Blais

July 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

So the other day I was on twitter, and I saw a tweet from Richard Blais, winner of Top Chef All-Stars, saying that he was going to be here, in Columbus this weekend. Excited, I made plans with Bethany to go to the event put on by Giant Eagle. We were looking forward to it all week, and today was the big day.

Unfortunately once we arrived at the store, we learned that we got there a little bit too late. Turns out, even though the event was slated for noon, you had to be there by 11:45 am or else your tickets were forfeited. Since the tickets were free, I couldn’t really be upset about it. Plus, since Richard was doing a demo in the middle of the store, we still got a chance to peek in from the sidelines.

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He was just like he was on tv! Maybe even better.. he was interacting with the audience the whole time, welcomed questions, and his passion was truly inspiring. Nothing makes me happier than getting to see a person in their element, doing what they love.

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This weekend was fabulous. I got in a few good workouts (Pure Barre + Bodypump), saw HP7 with Rob, did a decent amount of studying, spent some time poolside, had sushi with the girls at Haiku, went to the Nordstrom sale, had brunch with the girls at Tasi, got a pedicure and of course, celebrated national ice cream day!

Phew!

This week is going to be very busy! My biochemistry class is almost over since it is just a first term course, so my final is coming up on Friday. I’ll be busying myself with the finer points of metabolism for the new few days, and it will feel so good once this class is over!!

Playtime!

July 15, 2011 § 2 Comments

After 3 grueling exams in microbiology, biochemistry, and calculus, I decided I’d more than earned a night out with the girls. Even though I hadn’t really slept much over the past two days, when my calc exam ended at 10 pm, there was nothing I wanted more than an ice cold drink. I headed home, freshened up my makeup, and we headed down to Gateway.

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I had so much fun! We hit up McFadden’s because Bethany won a happy hour, then headed over to Charlie bear for some dancing.

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At Charlie Bear, I had this realization that this will all be over in 6 weeks.

I am graduating.

I am moving back to Florida.

I won’t be able to do this anymore, with this group of people anyway.

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I admittedly don’t go out that much anymore, and while I’m not planning on turning into a partygirl in the next few weeks, I do want to take advantage of what time I do have left here in Columbus. I love it here, and a big part of that is because of my amazing friends!

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So here’s to living up my last 6 weeks of undergrad! So crazy! It really does fly by..

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Have you seen this youtube video about how to get someone to stop talking to you? If not, I suggest checking it out, the girl is hilarious!!  Here’s my rendition of her lesson..

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Midweek Motivation

July 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

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Will I really miss this?

July 11, 2011 § 2 Comments

Rob keeps his bike locked up to the railing on the outdoor stairwell to his apartment. A few weeks ago, his front tire was stolen off of his bike. That’s pretty common, especially on the type of bike he has. You just have to pinch a part to remove the front tire, no screws involved.

What isn’t so common?

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The culprit feeling so guilty that they came back a few days later and put a tire back on. But a different, smaller tire.

I know what you’re thinking, wtf Columbus?

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It’s also worth noting that this isn’t the first shady incident with Rob’s bike. Last winter, a bum attempted to steal his bike that was chained to the fence with a U-lock. Since he couldn’t get through the U-lock, he just ripped the fence apart. Just imagine, a bum riding down High St on Rob’s bike, a piece of fence attached! Too funny.

Biking Taco Truck Tour

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.

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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.

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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!

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The group was pretty big, about 60-75 people, I think. We rode on the street, taking up a full lane.

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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.

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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.

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The “ambiance” didn’t really do much to help our appetites..

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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.

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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!

Good Fortune

July 4, 2011 § 1 Comment

With  graduation less than 8 weeks away, it is safe to say that I’m officially freaking out.

Not because my undergraduate coursework is almost complete  (Thank the Lord), or because my college party days are over (have been for awhile) but because I’m just not sure what my next step is. I’m not directionless, I have too many directions! I am interested in so much, and want to accomplish so much, that I just don’t know where to even begin.

 A good friend went out for Chinese food the other day and saved her fortune for me.

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I know that a lot of my fellow graduates are feeling the same way, but it doesn’t exactly ease my anxiety. I just keep trying to believe that soon enough, everything will work itself out.