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Ohio’s Own: Urban Chefs

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Urban Chefs

When you think about buying local fruits and vegetables, shopping in the canned goods aisle doesn’t usually come to mind. But you can (shop for cans). Shoppers can find local cans, because Columbus based Urban Chefs produces canned green beans and tomatoes: it offers diced tomatoes, whole tomatoes, regular and french cut green beans. The […]

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Restaurant Review: Bibibop Asian Grill

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Bibibop Asian Grill

The idea of DIY entrée design has been unappetizing since the whole artichoke-and-pesto-lettuce-sandwich debacle this summer. But in the Chipotle age of have-it-your way, the design concept is likely to be around for a while. The DIY schtick feels like an eighties salad bar for hygiene freaks. It’s got all the creative control, without the […]

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School Issues: WHO is Carolyn Smith?

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: WHO is Carolyn Smith?

You might recognize the name, Carolyn Smith, from the newspapers. She’s the auditor for Columbus City Schools. She’s also the person who investigated the school data scandal, a scandal which resulted in terminations and (Ohio) state and FBI involvement. Smith was the one with the chutzpah to drive the investigation to the bitter end. If […]

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The All-Ohio Mustard Sampler

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott The All-Ohio Mustard Sampler

It turns out that Ohio is not the Mustard State. According to Google, there seems to be no official mustard state, although Dijon, France is apparently the world capital of mustard. Whatever. Ohio should be the Mustard State because there are lots and lots of Ohio-made mustards. There are more Ohio mustards than anyone wants […]

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Restaurant Review: Basi Italia

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Basi Italia

Basi Italia has been around for long enough to be more than a flash in a pan. The restaurant will mark a whole decade of existence this October. Back in 2003, it opened to accolades in possibly the weirdest location in the entire universe. While Basi Italia is a short walk from Goodale Park, it’s […]

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Local Biz Leaderpromos Helps Zappos with Ribbon Cutting

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Local Biz Leaderpromos Helps Zappos with Ribbon Cutting

It feels good to shop at Zappos. There’s a jaw-dropping assortment of platforms and clogs and mules and every other sort of shoe. It’s at your doorstep in days and easy to return. Divine. Except for the local guilt thing. When it comes to shopping, Zappos is about as non-local as you get. It’s worse […]

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Treat To Try: Gluten-Free S’mores Bars

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat To Try: Gluten-Free S’mores Bars

Good night, the gluten-free stuff is everywhere. It’s not even in a segregated grocery section for the gluten-free people anymore. The freaky cookies are right out there in the same case with the normal things. And so, when the eyes are drawn to a particularly fabulous looking cookie — and it turns out to be […]

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