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Ohio’s Own: Granola Pop

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Granola Pop

Youngstown doesn’t really seem like the granola capital of Ohio. It doesn’t seem like the sort of place that would embrace flaxseed flour and agave syrup in a snack food. It’s a hardcore, industrial, steel city, for Pete’s sake. But the city is also, in fact, the home of Peanut Butter Granola Pop. Big Dipper […]

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School Issues: All About the Slam

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues:  All About the Slam

Even if you don’t like poetry; even if you don’t like high culture and academic pursuits, you probably like slam poetry. It’s Henry Rollins’ territory. Slam poetry has the rhythm and intensity of a rap. Videos featuring slam poetry go viral with upwards of 15 million hits on YouTube. And the very best in local […]

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Restaurant Review: Red Velvet Cafe

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Red Velvet Cafe

The cupcakes and coffee are probably the headliners at Red Velvet Café, but the sandwiches deserve a bigger chunk of the spotlight. That’s no slam on the cupcakes, not at all. In fact, the house cupcakes are devastatingly gorgeous and delish. It’s easy to get distracted by the sweets –and we’ll get to a discussion […]

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Treat to Try: Nonnie’s Goodies Oatmeal Scotchies

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Nonnie’s Goodies Oatmeal Scotchies

Butterscotch is the unsung hero of the dessert world. While caramel amped with salt is found in cookies, candies and ice creams galore, no one talks about butterscotch. It’s still waiting for its moment in the sun. At least Nonnie’s Goodies recognizes its virtues. The Fostoria, Ohio bakery has seen fit to load its Oatmeal […]

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Restaurant Review: 1831 Tavern

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: 1831 Tavern

Regarding 1831 Tavern: thank heavens they changed the name. The Balls idea, though punny, was maybe better for a Hooters type of establishment. And since the staff at 1831 seems to be well-covered during visits, you’d hate to disappoint aficionados of exposed body parts. As consolation, there’s still lots of room for balls references on […]

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Adventures in PARCC Scoring

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Adventures in PARCC Scoring

The upside of standardized testing is that it does create significant job opportunities for central Ohioans to work as graders in scoring centers. Even the math sections of PARCC tests have essay answers. That’s terrific news for employment figures. Craigslist recently featured an advertisement for Columbus graders that directed applicants HERE. Having taken the application […]

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Ohio’s Own: Mamma DiSalvo’s Salad Dressing

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Mamma DiSalvo’s Salad Dressing

When it comes to salad dressing, locally-based Marzetti reigns supreme in these parts. Still, it’s not the only maker of salad dressing in Ohio. Mamma DiSalvo’s makes and markets its very own version too. Of course, Mamma DiSalvo’s doesn’t make a big variety of flavors such as Ranch, Blue Cheese and Asiago Peppercorn (in fact, […]

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