A Little Introduction

A refresh of a slightly shopworn model Howdy! If you are reading this, most likely you are familiar with my former blog as The 614ortyNiner. And even if you aren’t, the introduction applies equally in this case. I moved to Ohio from California early in the 2010s. As you may have figured out from my previous blog name, there was an underlying theme of my … Continue reading A Little Introduction

A Ratatouille Moment: Keki’s Cafe (Fremont, OH)

In the Disney/Pixar movie “Ratatouille”, a pivotal moment to the movie’s conclusion plays out when the jaded food critic, Anton Ego, is served what is considered a peasant dish (ratatouille, the movie title) in ostensibly a fine-dining restaurant. Upon his first bite, Ego is transported back to childhood when times weren’t so jaded and a home-cooked meal brought comfort very few other things can. Well, … Continue reading A Ratatouille Moment: Keki’s Cafe (Fremont, OH)

Chatt Session Pt. 3: Ashes to Asheville

It had been four years since we visited Asheville in any meaningful way, and we figured that a one day stop was more than worth it. Of course, things have changed a fair amount since our last visit (Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar is now like 7 minutes from our place in Columbus vs. 7 hours away in Asheville), but as it turned out, … Continue reading Chatt Session Pt. 3: Ashes to Asheville

Chatt Session Pt. 2: Doing the Chattanooga Walk

As we wandered into Downtown Chattanooga the first time, we saw a sign for the International Towing Museum, a museum which definitely sounded up our quirky alley and one we didn’t know about until then. We did not indulge this time, but that proved to be another thing to do that has put this city on a repeat visit in the future. So you ask … Continue reading Chatt Session Pt. 2: Doing the Chattanooga Walk

Chatt Session Pt. 1: I’ve Got My Fare

Our first time trip into Louisville and surrounds in November last year proved to be one dented by good old Mother Nature – rain squelched a lot of our planned outdoor activities, but we still made a pretty good weekend of it. This year, we picked out North Carolina as the destination, but Ma Nature must’ve figured out again we were headed south, as a … Continue reading Chatt Session Pt. 1: I’ve Got My Fare

Canada/US Relations: Final Vacation Notes

Just for now I’d like to restIn the shade of a maple treeTo the blue Canadian skyI’ll say a prayer for the world out thereWhen I walk the hill so highAround the town where I was bornNew York seems so far awayThough I was there just yesterdayI would travel all my lifeIf loneliness was not the priceWhile headin’ north across that line’sThe only time I’m … Continue reading Canada/US Relations: Final Vacation Notes

Ça Plane Pour Moi: Montreal Musings (Pt. 2)

“I’m not looking for another as I wander in my time Walk me to the corner, our steps will always rhyme You know my love goes with you as your love stays with me It’s just the way it changes, like the shoreline and the sea But let’s not talk of love or chains and things we can’t untie Your eyes are soft with sorrow … Continue reading Ça Plane Pour Moi: Montreal Musings (Pt. 2)

Ça Plane Pour Moi: Montreal Musings (Pt. 1)

“How many good things in my life have I missed out on But not appreciated what I’ve got Sometimes it’s hard to see your lucky break for what it is By only focusing on what it’s not But now I’m starting to see That my happiness has always been up to me And now I’m starting to see That I’ve already got what I need” … Continue reading Ça Plane Pour Moi: Montreal Musings (Pt. 1)

Reverse the 614: Toronto First Impressions

“I’m on the last American exit to the northland I’m on the last American exit to my homeland I’m on the last American exit to my last chance They keep calling out my name, I shout it down” “Last American Exit” – The Tragically Hip The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is roughly three times the population of the Greater Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area. Based on … Continue reading Reverse the 614: Toronto First Impressions

Just Scratching The Surface: Toronto Pt. 2

“I have to come and see youmaybe once or twice a yearI think nothing would suit me betterthan some downtown atmosphereIn the dance halls and the galleriesOr betting in the OTBSynchronized like magicGood friends you and me” “GOOD FRIENDS” – Joni Mitchell When doing research for our trip, I found quite a few helpful resources, including the BlogTO YouTube channel and website itself. Their site … Continue reading Just Scratching The Surface: Toronto Pt. 2

The Roots of it All (Pt. II)

The most interesting thing I was looking forward to when receiving my DNA test results was something I slightly dreaded, but something I expected would not be found. With the three-hundred-plus year rule of Spain over the Philippines, one might expect that the Spanish intermingled with the natives based on all the Spanish surnames which most Filipinos sport. That is what I figured during my … Continue reading The Roots of it All (Pt. II)