Day of Gluttony, Columbus Style (Part 2)

(Note: This is Part 2 of a blog post proposing our 24 different dishes from 24 different venues inside of 24 hours quest within Columbus, Ohio, based on the Tastemade TV Show “Day of Gluttony”.  For details on the challenge and the first 11 spots on this quest, please check out Part 1 at this link.) 1:15 PM – With our Las Maravillas tacos (stop … Continue reading Day of Gluttony, Columbus Style (Part 2)

Day of Gluttony, Columbus Style (Part 1)

If nothing else, cutting the cable cord and going to streaming has increased our viewing options several dozen times over.  At times, the sheer number of options overwhelms, but at other times, something unexpected gets us both intrigued enough to invest our viewing time, or when we have an unexpected bunch of time to burn on the couch (such as recently, when the cold bug … Continue reading Day of Gluttony, Columbus Style (Part 1)

Loafing Around Encouraged: The Whitney House

The humble meatloaf has graced numerous household dinner tables around the world in one form or another Many dishes come to mind when it comes to American classics: hamburgers, apple pie, chocolate chip cookies, and so forth. Often times, these dishes are adaptations or variants on more traditional dishes, like American spaghetti or Tex-Mex creations like Fajitas or Chile con Carne. A dish that in … Continue reading Loafing Around Encouraged: The Whitney House

Ambassador Magma, Sulu, and a Damn Good Bowl of Ramen

Figurines from various Japanese Tokusatsu serials, as displayed at the San Francisco International Airport in December, 2014 Like many who qualify for the description, “Asian-American” has always been a little been problematic for me. Firstly and mainly, Asia is a huge and diverse continent, covering 48 countries and 17+ million square miles. And in the larger and/or more geographically spread out countries (for example, China … Continue reading Ambassador Magma, Sulu, and a Damn Good Bowl of Ramen

The Nostalgia Bin: Columbus and Beyond

As this The Book Loft shelf shows, plenty of travel guides exist to places people wish to go, such as Paris and the country of France in this case Walking around a place like German Village’s Book Loft, I almost always am drawn to their Travel section. But as much as I am drawn to far off places my spouse and I would love to … Continue reading The Nostalgia Bin: Columbus and Beyond

The Beans Are Not Always Greener…

The Carquinez Bridge, gateway to San Francisco’s North East Bay It may be less evident to more and more people as time inexorably marches forward, but there was a time where Starbucks Coffee shops didn’t occupy every town, or at least seem that they did. I can remember a time when the chain was conspicuous by its absence. Vallejo and Benicia are neighboring cities along … Continue reading The Beans Are Not Always Greener…

Hitting the Grounds on Indianola: Yeah, Me Too

Baba’s, where coffee is brewed with Thunderkiss Coffee beans and a great pairing with their excellent breakfast sandwiches For all the traffic that travels the Indianola Avenue/Summit Street corridor to and from the Downtown Columbus core, places to grab a cup of coffee are somewhat scarce.  Yeah, a couple of United Dairy Farmers (I personally have not had their coffee) and other random convenience stores … Continue reading Hitting the Grounds on Indianola: Yeah, Me Too

A Bridge Too Far?

The headline in the October 18, 1989 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle went right to the point about the previous day’s events Anniversaries are funny things.  I don’t think about this one much nowadays, but postings on social media and news outlets reminded me that we had reached the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake.  Centered in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the … Continue reading A Bridge Too Far?

Where The Weather is Wacky and the Forecasts Don’t Matter

Yes, Comedian/Host Drew Carey knows Ohio weather well I\’ve been in the Midwest long enough to get the joke about Ohio (and other surrounding states) having eleven or twelve seasons rather than the traditional four. This year proved to be no different, starting off with a (way) early Spring in early January, which was quickly displaced by brief spell of Polar Vortex, and then followed … Continue reading Where The Weather is Wacky and the Forecasts Don’t Matter

Nostalgia Trip: The First Lady Goes Tailgating in Columbus

The season of the weekend college football tailgate has arrived infull force in Columbus, home of The Ohio State Buckeyes With the arrival of the college football season comes the rebirth of the college football tailgate party. Unsurprisingly, this proves to be a popular pastime here in Columbus, home of Ohio State University, its nationally known football program and fervent fan base. The modern concept … Continue reading Nostalgia Trip: The First Lady Goes Tailgating in Columbus