Friday Food Bites: February 26, 2021

Carnell Willoughby, owner of Willobeez Soulveg

There’s a lot happening in the Columbus restaurant world; here’s the latest for this week:

  • North Market announced its newest vendor, Willowbeez Soulveg, a vegan soul food restaurant, coming this spring to the old Pistacia Vera stall in the market’s northwest corner.
  • Multiple outlets have reported on Jackie O’s Brewery’s plans to add a substantial, two-level rooftop patio to its taproom on Fourth Street in downtown Columbus.
  • Cajun Boil Bar in Reynoldsburg added its second location this week at 1748 E. Dublin Granville Rd.
  • Multiple sources also reported that The Top Steakhouse plans its first expansion in about 30 years: a large patio, set to open late spring.
  • Business First reported two items this week: the Jimmy V’s near German Village is now Double Take Bar & Grill, and Lola’s Kitchen + Bar plans a return to downtown.
  • Columbus Monthly has partnered with Columbus Food Adventures to feature the 10 eateries included in the magazine’s Best New Restaurants 2021. The delivered meals will be available March 9-13 and 16-20. Get more details and tickets at columbusmonthly.com/bnr
  • There’s less than a week left to support Boxwood Biscuit Co.‘s IndieGoGo campaign to help the build out of their brick-and-mortar home at 19 W. Russell. St. in the Short North.

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A Stay in The Manor at The Mohicans

One of the (pre-pandemic) highlights of last year was our stay in a treehouse at The Mohicans. The folks from The Mohicans in Glenmont, Ohio operate a stunning wedding venue with a connected series of cabins and treehouses, all tucked beautifully in the woods.

They kindly hosted us last year in El Castillo, one of their newer treehouses, and earlier this year they reached out about hosting us in one of their newest properties: The Manor. So we packed up the boys and brought some close friends within our quarantine bubble along for a quiet weekend away!

The Manor is a restored 200-year-old cabin with a contemporary addition. It’s a beautiful marriage of rustic cabin living with all the modern amenities.



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Friday Food Bites: February 12, 2021

Design of Getaway Brewing Company courtesy facebook.com/getawaybrewing

There’s a lot happening in the Columbus restaurant world; here’s the latest for this week:

  • Business First broke the news yesterday that Seventh Son Brewing is a planning a new bar called The Getaway Brewing Co. at 104 N. High St. in Historic Dublin, set to open sometime this spring.
  • The forthcoming Budd Dairy Food Hall in Italian Village announced its final vendor, a chicken-centric spot called Cluck Norris Ass-Kickin’ Chicken.
  • BrewDog also announced that it would open its fourth central Ohio brewpub at 97 E. Dublin Granville Rd. in New Albany later this year. This joins locations in Short North, Franklinton, and their big facility in Canal Winchester.
  • Charmy’s Persian announced that their new pop-up location will be 1145 Chesapeake in Grandview. They’ll be open Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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10 Ideas for Celebrating Valentine’s Day (and Beyond)

I know Valentine’s Day is this week, and many feel the pressure to do the standard chocolate and flowers. But I wanted to offer up a few more ideas to celebrate the day, or really any time you’re spending with that special someone.

Mikey’s/Hot Chicken Takeover Virtual Pizza Party 

This Sunday Mikey’s and HCT bring back their popular Hot Mikey’s Takeover collaboration pizza. They’re kicking it off with a virtual pizza party – just order your tickets by Thursday, Feb. 11. Then you pick up your pizza ingredients at Mikey’s downtown, and tune in for a party with Mike and Joe DeLoss this weekend: latenightslice.com/store/vdayhmt

Chihuly Nights at Franklin Park Conservatory

One advantage of earlier sundowns is night-time events like the Conservatory’s Chihuly Nights, where you can experience the glass sculptures in illuminated form. They’re doing special select nights throughout the year. fpconservatory.org/exhibitions/chihuly-collection

Carryout Cocktail Hour

Order bottled cocktails from a local shop and schedule a cocktail hour at home! Spots like Lawbird, The Light of Seven Matchsticks, The Bottle Shop, and many other bars and restaurants are bottling some incredible creations. The Light of Seven Matchsticks, for instance, just released a new travel-themed series.

Order Up a Home Beer Tasting

Many breweries have adapted by offering beer delivery. So order up some interesting beers from a local brewery (or two or three), then put together a tasting! Try rounding up a collection of beers from one brewery, or comparing similar styles across a variety of breweries.

Try a New Restaurant

Now’s the time to venture out and try a new spot together. Even in COVID-times, there are still new restaurants opening. You could go casual like sandwiches and spuds from Wario’s or burgers and fried chicken from Preston’s, or a little more upscale like Chapman’s Eat Market, The Royce, Novella Osteria, Ghostwriter Public House.

Support a Black-owned Restaurant

Yes, it’s Black History History Month, but you should get in the practice of throwing your financial support behind Black-owned businesses. A few months ago I rounded up a collection of Black-Owned Brunch, Breakfast, & Coffee shops, but there are obviously many, many more examples: the new Adella’s on Oak, The Pit BBQ Grille (which opens its third location this week), Addis Restaurant, B&K Smokehouse, Hoyo’s Kitchen, Way Down Yonder.

Take a Hike

Ignore the chilly temperatures and get outside. Select a Columbus Metro Park and plan a hike through one of their scenic areas, like the Tall Pines section of Walnut Woods Metro Park. Better yet: pair a hike with a stop for coffee, a beer, or carryout lunch at a nearby restaurant. metroparks.net

Give the Gift of Donuts

You KNOW I’m going to advocate for donuts. Many bakeries are doing fun donut shapes, flavors, and decoration for Valentine’s Day. And don’t forget that Mardi Gras is right around the corner, which means paczki! (If you need ideas, consult my Complete Guide to Columbus Donuts.)

Catch Some Jazz Online

Many organizations and venues have converted their offerings online, which means you can still enjoy concerts, theatre, dance, and exhibitions from your home. Jazz Arts Group launched a new online platform called JAG.TV to host their concerts, and they have multiple shows on the horizon. jazzartsgroup.org

Book a Stay in a Treehouse or Yurt

I feel like there are more and more great little cabins, treehouses, and yurts popping up all over Ohio. Take advantage of one of these, like a treehouse at The Mohicans or a yurt at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, to escape for a relaxing night or two, immersed in Ohio’s natural beauty.

Schedule a Playdate at Play: CBUS

Play: CBUS is a new indoor facility that, at 52,000 square feet, has the designation of being the world’s largest indoor ropes course. It includes ninja courses, multiple climbing walls, ropes courses of varying difficulties, a kid’s play area, and even a full-service restaurant and bar. And because of its size, it’s ideal for socially distanced indoor play. playadventureparks.com/location/columbus/




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Low Sugar Spinach Banana Muffins

Low Sugar Spinach Banana Muffins

Spinach for Breakfast; muffin style! Ok so I will first say, you can’t taste the spinach. They taste like little banana muffins that happen to be green 😉 They have no added refined sugar (only banana and apple sauce), so they are perfect for kids.

I like to sprinkle a few mini chocolate chips on top, which does add sugar- but also adds fun 🙂 These are so simple to make. Have your kids help you in the kitchen! 

 

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Low Sugar Spinach Banana Muffins

2021-02-09 12:39:07

Serves 20

  1. 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned whole oats
  2. 2 medium ripe bananas
  3. 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  4. 1 large egg
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1 big handful of spinach
  1. preheat the oven to 350F
  2. add the oats to a food processor and process until a flour is formed (it won’t be a perfect flour consistency)
  3. add everything else to the food processor and process until combined
  4. spay a 24 slot mini muffin tin with oil
  5. fill each slot almost all of the way full
  6. if desired, sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top
  7. bake for 13 minutes, and then allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing and placing on a cooling rack.
  8. store in an air tight container in the fridge, or freeze!

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Friday Food Bites: February 5, 2021

There’s a lot happening in the Columbus restaurant world; here’s the latest for this week:

  • The Columbus Dispatch and other outlets are reporting that the TeeJaye’s Country Place will be closing its long-running location at Morse and High Street in Clintonville, the one noted for its historic neon drive-in sign. According to the Dispatch, the TeeJaye’s owners are searching for a new location nearby. No word on what will take it’s place.
  • The Locust Table, a new breakfast, brunch, and lunch cafe, has opened at 16 Crossing St. in Powell.
  • Kitchen Social at Polaris announced they would be opening a second location at Bridge Park in Dublin this summer. The new restaurant is slated for 6791 Longshore St.
  • Mikey’s Late Night Slice and Hot Chicken Takeover’s annual collaboration, the Hot Mikey’s Takeover pizza, returns Feb. 14 with a virtual Valentine’s Day party. Tickets for the party, hosted by Joe DeLoss and Mikey Sorboro, include a build-your-own pizza kit and are on sale through Feb. 11. The Hot Mikey’s Takeover pizza will be available Feb. 13-21, a Ma’s Mac version available Feb. 22-28, and a vegan version will be sold at Mikey’s Convention Center store on Feb. 15, 21, and 28.
  • Coast Wine House in Historic Dublin reopened this week after being closed over the holidays
  • The German Village Coffee Shop also reopened for dine-in this week
  • Although they have closed up, Nancy’s Home Cooking will be popping up serving some of their classic dishes today (Friday, Feb. 5) at Ann’s Kitchen in Powell from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The fast casual hibachi shop Genjigo announced that it would open its eighth location in the old Plantain Cafe space, at 77 E. Gay St. downtown
  • 614 Now reported that The Crispy Coop in Grandview is adding a Pickerington location sometime this month

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Valentine’s Day Applesauce Pancakes – Spinach for Breakfast

Valentine’s Day Applesauce Pancakes

I’ve got a super easy and delicious valentines day breakfast idea for you to do with your kids! I bought this little heart shaped mold on amazon that makes these pancakes so darn cute. I also used these all natural dye-free sprinkles by Supernatural to make them a little extra 🙂 This recipe is really easy, have your little ones help you!

Valentine’s Day Applesauce Pancakes

2021-01-29 18:06:37

Serves 8

  1. 1 cup of all purpose flour
  2. 1 cup of almond milk
  3. 1/2 tablespoon of baking powder
  4. dash of salt
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1/3 cup of applesauce
  1. add everything to a mixing bowl and mixed until combined. The batter will be lumpy.
  2. heat a pan over medium heat and place the heart shaped molds in the pan
  3. pour about 1/4 cup of batter into each mold, once it begins to bubble remove the molds
  4. flip pancakes and heat on the other side for 2-3 more minutes
  5. serve with maple syrup and sprinkles on top
Adapted from Martha Stewart

Adapted from Martha Stewart

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Friday Food Bites: January 29, 2021

There’s a lot happening in the Columbus restaurant world; here’s the latest for this week:

  • Boxwood Biscuit Co., a creation of chef Tyler Minnis from The Market IV and Luke and Annie Williams Pierce from Lawbird, announced it will make a brick-and-mortar home at 19 W. Russell. St. in the Short North. To help fund their new home, they’ve launched an IndieGoGo campaign.
  • Momo Ghar’s first stand-alone restaurant, located at 2800 Festival Ln. in Dublin, soft opened yesterday. Owners Phuntso and Pramod Lama shared that they have permanently closed their original location inside Saraga International Grocery on Morse Road, although their North Market location remains open.
  • Happy Little Treats vegan bakery will soft open in its new space at 1203 N. High St. Feb. 5-7, with a grand opening scheduled for Feb. 11-14.
  • Cleveland-based TownHall finally made its Columbus debut this week at 792 N. High St., on the ground level of the Moxy Columbus Short North hotel
  • The newest central Ohio Swenson’s location – the fifth overall – is set to debut at 6710 E. Main St. in Reynoldsburg on Thursday, Feb. 4
  • The long-running Josie’s Pizza at 952 W. Broad St. in Franklinton seems to have closed after 62 years in business
  • The new coffee shop and milkshake bar Shake No Eight is now open at 1537 N. High St. next to Ohio State’s campus
  • A food hall called Bubbly Hall is coming soon to 6031 Central College Rd. in New Albany
  • Business First reported that Godiva will close all of its stores nationwide, including the local shops at Easton and the Sunbury outlets
  • MozMoz Cafe has opened in the old Acre space at 2700 N. High St. in Clintonville

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15 Sandwiches to Try Right Now

Between new restaurants and old favorites, I’ve got sandwiches on the brain these days, and I wanted to highlight a few worthy of your attention! What’s not to like about sandwiches? They’re compact, easy for carryout, and you can fill them with anything.

Huong Vietnamese Restaurant | Banh Mi

I put Huong up there with some of the city’s best Vietnamese. Their pho is rich and complex, the banh mi marries savory cold cut pork and paté with bright, crisp veggies in a baguette.

Emmet’s Cafe | The One-Handed

The new Emmett’s combines superior coffee service with a thoughtful breakfast and lunch menu. Leading off the morning meal is the One-Handed, a nicely composed little sandwich of egg, cheese, crispy prosciutto, and rosemary aioli in an English muffin.

Newfangled Kitchen | The Fang

Newfangled Kitchen in Bexley builds their menu around homemade meatloaf (“Ma!”), serving it in a series of burger-like sandwiches. (Are burgers sandwiches? Discuss.) The Fang layers the meatloaf with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, American cheese, and their signature smoky, slightly sweet fang sauce.

Preston’s Burgers/Honey’s Fried Chicken | Fried Chicken Sandwich

Look, you know I love Preston’s, and I love their new home inside the North Market. And now they’ve added a sister concept, Honey’s Fried Chicken, dishing out succulent fried chicken in many forms. The Honey’s Chicken Sandwich piles honey-kissed fried chicken with lemon/thyme mayo, shaved onion, red cabbage, and house pickles. Get on this one.



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The Vegan Leather Couches I Am Swooning Over

The Vegan Leather Couches I Am Swooning Over

I moved to Manhattan after grad school in 2010, and since then I’ve lived in 7 different apartments. Started out in a 5th floor walk up on the Upper East Side with my best friends, and now a husband and two kids later I’ve landed in my favorite apartment yet. 

We decided it was time to redecorate for this one. I love an airy, minimalistic look that is still cozy. I also needed it to be functional because… children. So I started by picking out the couches, which to me were the most important pieces of the living room, and then filled in the rest from there. 

I stumbled upon the Albany Park brand and IMMEDIATELY fell in love with their Park sectional and Park armchair. Like, I needed to have them. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to test them out prior, but I bit the bullet and went for them anyway. Let me tell you they are beautiful quality! The fabric is amazing, and they are so easy to clean (I just wipe them down). A great option for a family.

Albany Park is a has a few other sectional and chair style options, which makes the shopping experience way less overwhelming. They are also delivered to you within three days! No waiting 8-10 weeks for your custom couch to be delivered while you sit and watch TV on your floor (I speak from experience). The process is simple and easy. If you are on the hunt for a new sectional, I highly recommend!

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