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School Issues: If you can’t be a good example… Lessons from Cleveland

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: If you can’t be a good example… Lessons from Cleveland

You know the old saying: if you can’t be a good example, then be a horrible warning. The other Cleveland — the one in Mississippi — made national news last week, for its segregated school system. A federal judge has ordered the town to desegregate its schools by merging its two high schools together. One […]

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Treat to Try: Crimson Cup’s Peanut Butter Mocha Freeze

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Crimson Cup’s Peanut Butter Mocha Freeze

There are coffee drinkers, then there are coffee drinkers. In one camp, it’s about roast and origin; stark and pure. In the other camp, coffee is basically a vehicle for sugar and whipped cream. With all due respect to the purity people, my personal java preference is for the foofy drinks. The closer the beverage […]

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Restaurant Review: Factory on 4th

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Factory on 4th

The scoop on Factory on 4th is pretty well known. It made its debut inside the Wonder Bread building as Cray back in 2014. It struggled. A restaurant television show performed a makeover this spring. Now it’s called Factory on 4th. The post-makeover decor is nicer. Having never been a fan of graffiti art, the […]

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Restaurant Review: Big Mamma’s Burritos

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Big Mamma’s Burritos

Big Mamma’s Burritos hit Columbus this year, at first with a cooperative project at Park Street Patio & Saloon, and now with another location on Grandview Avenue (a third spot is coming later this year to South High Street). For recent Ohio University grads, it’s a hallowed institution, an Athens-based operation that dishes out big […]

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Restaurant Review: Estilo Brazil

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Estilo Brazil

For better or for worse, most local eaters associate Brazilian food with all-you-can eat steakhouses. They’re fine establishments where Golden Corral meets Ruth’s Chris, so the price tags are upscale. For the fee, an endless parade of food is delivered to fans of elastic waistbands. It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure. So step back […]

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Niccolò Machiavelli’s Advice on Parenting

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Niccolò Machiavelli’s Advice on Parenting

Readers may or may not know that I moonlight as a semi-professional philosopher. While classical philosophical discussions about undead cats and bat-life might seem a little other-worldly, Niccolo Machiavelli’s (1469-1527) advice on parenting has always seemed right down to earth. And so, in anticipation of today’s parental holiday, some words of encouragement: On Modus Operandi […]

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Treat to Try: Cookie Dough Creamery

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Cookie Dough Creamery

It seems like frozen yogurt was big in the 80s, then it had a brief reprisal five years ago, and now… it’s gone again. Really gone. That’s sad, right? It was the like Golden Corral of sugars. You pick a flavor (or flavors) of soft-serve, then load on the gummi bears and chocolate syrup. Priced […]

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