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Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Dude…Ranch

It’s 2 a.m. I’m lying in my bed watching the ceiling fan spin in mesmerizing circles. Feeling hungry, I stumble over to my kitchen, open my refrigerator and peek inside. There is a box of…

Photos by Chris Casella

Rock Mobster

“We’d draw a pig on a bouy and hope someone would say, ‘Who painted a pig on that bouy?’” said Brett Fletcher, leaning into the punchline. The whole table laughs, sitting outside under a creaky…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

A Song of Fire and Swine

Before molecular gastronomy, before sous vide, before fusion—hell, even before spices…there was the kill and grill. A band of men, sitting around a fire, charring whatever was so unfortunate as to find itself under their…

Photos by Chris Casella

Flavor-ville

Clintonville, the suburban-not-quite-a-suburb, has long been the oasis for left-leaning Columbus residents looking to escape a bit of the city’s trappings but without completely losing the benefits of being an urban dweller. It’s hard not…

Hungry for Better

“I’ve always been a big guy, but just imagine me 200 pounds bigger than I am now,” says Del Sroufe with an affable grin on his face and Popeye arms resting on what was once…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

Fantastic Forage

I remember…I remember sitting on the slanted roof of my little friend Betsy’s garage, gossiping about our fellow fifth graders, and mindlessly reaching up to pull mulberry after mulberry off the tree that arched over the…

Image by Chris Casella

Field of Dreams

I’ve met Warren Taylor twice. I’ve been kissed by Warren Taylor three times. The first came on the sprawling estate that is Snowville Creamery, the second and third at the Nelsonville Music Festival, where Taylor…

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…

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