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Photo by Chris Casella

Take a Dip

Sitting among the offhand hipsterdom of Fox in the Snow Café, Dara Schwartz, in her brilliant pink and orange, is a shiny flamingo in a sea of monochromatic tones and black skinny jeans. Matching the…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

Not Just Cupcakes

I like small things—microscopic paintings, mini tchotchkes, small spidery handwritten poetry notes that I can tuck into my wallet. And certainly, there is a childish awwww factor involved, but it’s also the idea of being able…

Illustration by Alix Ayoub

The Olympics of Pizza

Pizza. Booze. Competition. I love these things, unabashedly and without shame or hope of absolution. So when my friend Dennis had the inspired idea to combine them, I immediately jumped on board. “The Pizza Olympics…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Your Happy Place

Everybody loves to brag about their “bargain radar”—uncovering quality products on the cheap is why thrifting is such an exhilarating experience. Finding a dollar pair of Levi’s that fit just right can certainly make one’s…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Throwing Smoke

Lenny Kolada is giddy. The man who introduced Columbus to the classic brewpub nearly a quarter of a century ago has a silly grin plastered across his face because things are heating up at the Smokehouse…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Drink.Drank.Junk.

I’m gonna start strong here, and I am gonna ask that none of you disagree with me—because I’ve experienced it and you haven’t: One of the greatest joys in life is taking a pull from…

Photo by Jodi Miller

Ceviche

“Sashimi and crudo may be the John and Paul of the raw seafood band—but ceviche is the George.” – Kenji Lopez, The Food Lab If you don’t understand what that quote is conveying, then you have some…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Strip Mall Surprise

For adventurous eaters, Columbus holds its own when it comes to top-notch food trucks slinging what’s next in curbside cuisine. But in the waning days of winter, shivering on the sidewalk isn’t the only option…

Pie Palette

Bobby Silver and business partner Faith Pierce maintain a fierce commitment to the art of the pie, not only contributing elevated flavors to the traditional dish but also offering inventive marketing tools and creative expression…

Photo by Jill Stromminger

Meat Goes Sweet

Even the sweetest things enjoy getting a little salty from time to time. (Like Sandra Dee at the end of Grease, but without the whole dressing-like-a-slut-to-earn-a-guy’s-love thing). Sure, these may not be the best cupcakes…

True Confection

I suppose Ohio isn’t much known for its chocolate—other than that key ingredient in Game Day Buckeyes—but that’s all starting to change thanks to four new companies getting in the game: fincaChocolate Dan Hankle’s tale…

Photo by Chris Casella

Co-Op Catch-Up

When I was a kid, my mother sold alfalfa sprouts up and down the state of Vermont from the back of her yellow Suburu. Sprouts that she grew herself in the underground sprout house that…

Photo by Chris Casella

Rook Cook

In the world of kitchens, there are myriad stereotypes—the unshaven veteran whose bark makes the line stand up pencil-straight; the young slingers who are making money for band van gas; the stoner dishwashers who giggle…

Good Grub, On the Go

The term “fast-casual dining” might seem like an oxymoron—or even an underhanded attempt by restaurateurs at letting their customers know that their business is a notch above McDonalds—while still cheaper than Hyde Park. But the…

Photo by Chris Casella

DeliciOSU

There ain’t a thing wrong with loving any long-standing joint universally admired and constantly sought after; even if it is a beautiful dish of saturated life-shortener. Everybody loves that shit, and no one should be…

Home Theater Chef

The life of a chef can be demanding, both physically and emotionally. Long, hectic hours, modest pay—so when chefs get time off, unwinding is top priority. Sitting in on Monday Pizza Day with Chef Meach…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Toque & Dagger

In another life, I would be a spy. Sneaking around, knowing everyone’s secrets, plotting and planning, all that seductive subterfuge adding a current of danger to the daily routine. Sadly, I am in this life…

Foodwire

Del Sroufe, Columbus’s resident vegan celebrity chef and the author of Better Than Vegan, is opening up the creative cookery floodgates to share his green genius with the world. Through the Wellness Forum, Sroufe is…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Tempered Temperance

Westerville was once a stronghold for the dreaded temperance movement, a misguided effort to rid the world of anything that brought people joy. Though the primary focus was alcohol, and other substances that induce a…

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