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More Than a Meal

Last November, when the alert went out about an “active shooter” on The Ohio State University campus, every phone in town started buzzing with messages checking on safety, expressing fear, shouting outrage, or quietly questioning…

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Hello, Dali!

Every now and again, something so fantastical comes across my radar and I just want to share it with the world. Such is the case with the Salvadore Dalî cookbook. I desperately wracked my brain…

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Cold Weather Cocktails

Just like restaurants change up their menus according to the seasons, craft bartenders do the same thing. I imagine these spirit-obsessed bar keeps, tinkering around with shrubs, bitters, the latest liquors—adding a drop of this,…

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Compassionate Coffee

When I am running around town, trailing a group of young writers with me like so many creative mines, I am always looking for a quiet place for us to settle and let their ideas…

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Urban Farms: Not Just for Summer

Driving the downtown raceway–I mean 4th Street–I always make note of this pocket of growth in between the houses that watch the over the traffic. Over the summer, an adorable sun-shaped shelter/lending library went in…

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Market Watch: Cauliflower

For most of my life, cauliflower has been the vegetable equivalent of beige. Always cast aside on veggie trays for the more popular broccoli, the crunchy carrot, and the weirdly sexy cherry tomato. Then, the…

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Great Balls of Comfort

Whole generations of Columbus natives first dipped their toes in Italian cuisine through experiencing the menus of the Moretti family. Homecoming dinners, first dates, family outings, the Moretti family has been ushering in a love…

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Generations: Dan Varga

Editor’s note: There is something magical about repeating the same kitchen motions as your mother, your grandmother, your great-grandfather. It could be stirring a darkening roux with the same wooden spoon mother’s loving hands used…

Word Play

Nancy Kangas is one of those Columbus creatives that has been in my peripheral vision since, well, forever. Somewhere in my house—I am not a hoarder because books don’t count—I have a copy of this…

Culinary Convenience

When the Rolling Stones sang about Mother’s Little Helper back in 1966, the shaggy-haired band was not-so-slyly referencing the popularity of Valium amongst the housewives of the day. Too bad the flustered moms of yesteryear…

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Turkey Day, Everyday!

For whatever reasons, there are some ingredients that come stamped “Thanksgiving only.” And while the past few years have seen pumpkin spice bust out of that corral at the speed of basic light, we should…

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King of Pork

It’s the perfect summer day. In the middle of a sweaty August, this is the first day the heat has taken a knee and left the clear, brilliant day alone. Little fluffy clouds curly cue…

Postcard Patios

Condado’s Tacos: Columbus Commons Debuting its second location early in the summer, the downtown Condado’s is part of the Highpoint Building. Tacked on to the north end of the development like a taco-fueled caboose, it…

Ace of Cups

Ah, the power of the almighty meme. When I told friends I was going to a cupping, they immediately thought I was going to let hot glass globes bruise my skin, a la Michael Phelps….

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BFF BBQ

Trying to have a conversation with best friends is like this maniacal mystery tour soaked in nostalgia, filled with private jokes and tangents shooting like stars through the space between us. Aaron Mercier and John…

See Them Roar

It all started with a Post-It, smacked defiantly on the wall of the Cultural Arts Center during the “You Call That Art?” exhibit of 2013. Part of the all-Ohio show featured a 25-foot timeline detailing…

Turn Out The Light

Motels are mysterious. Carved into the American imagination, these by-the-road pit stops with bright neon signs glaring out of the vast darkness between clusters of city lights are in turns places of anonymous rendezvous, murders…

Truckin’

Nothing brings hordes of hungry people downtown like the Columbus Food Truck Festival. From its debut five years ago, the eatery-on-wheels celebration has grown into one of the biggest events of the summer. The convoy…

Olivera Bratich in her Clintonville store, Wholly Craft, on June 22, 2016.

This Chick Knows How to Party

“The first party I remember going to? It was in first grade and someone’s parents rented out the McDonald’s Playland and we all got Happy Meals.” It’s important to remember that back then—pre-Super Size Me…

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Summer Reads

Summer reading is a lot like summer drinking: fun, frothy, and fast-paced. In other words, no heavy philosophical tomes belong hammock side. Entertaining and enjoyable, not a treatise on the human condition. Food is as…

Simply Rollin’

Couples come back from their honeymoon with a lot of things—photos, souvenirs, maybe even the gestating next generation, but it’s not often that they come back with a business plan. Yet that’s exactly the story…

Snowballin’

SNO-OH brings southern treat north “The Malone Sisters” sounds like an Irish-girl gang movie; however, it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Instead of ruling the city with fists of Éire fury, Amber, Kayla, and…

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A Cake by Any Other Name

“Have you tried That Cake?” “What cake?” “That Cake!” “WHAT cake?” “THAT cake!” “Huh?” “…” After a few rounds of the Abbot & Costello dessert battle, it turns out “that cake” is a cake so…

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Steal This Look

I am a thief. Not like a ‘steal your stuff’ thief, but an idea thief. Especially when it comes to décor. Love, love, love going to open houses just to see how other people dress…

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Proust: Hoof Hearted

Everyday one of my friends posts some sort of questionnaire on Facebook. Name your 20 favorite albums/books/movies; leave a memory of us; if you were an animal, which would you be? These are irritating, but…

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Growing Pains

Every spring, I squeeze my eyes shut, click my Crocs together and chant, “There’s no place like a garden, There’s no place like a garden, There’s no place like a garden.” Sadly, when I open…

Wine and Divine

Meeting a friend for a drink has turned into much more that a sip and chat. On any given night in watering holes across the city, there are trivia events, participatory comedy bits, drunk spelling…

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Market Spotting: Mushrooms

I picked up these gorgeous oyster and crimini mushrooms at Little Eater Produce and Provisions at he North Market recently. The oyster mushrooms are so gorgeously sculptural to look at, I almost didn’t want to chop them up – it felt…

Drink Local

I’ve been accused of many things, most I’d rather not share in a public forum. However, the title of Coffee Cup Queen is one that I don’t mind putting out there. Others might say Coffee…

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Rock Star Chef

With the rise of the chef-lebrity, watchers of pop culture have posited that chefs and food personalities are the new rock stars. It’s easy to believe if you’ve ever seen Gina OIUOIUIO mobbed on the…

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Wishes for Dishes

Food pantries are an essential cog in the safety net machine – we donate to them, we volunteer to sort foods, we have canned drives in our businesses and schools. This is a good thing….

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Women Who Run With Knives

“Men just want to see their dick on a plate.” I’m standing outside of The Kitchen with a handful of chefs, all women, who are taking a break from the whirl of activity and waves…

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