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Dish Deathmatch: Butter Battles

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Dish Deathmatch: Butter Battles

Butter is butter is butter. That said, there are probably interesting health reasons to choose uber-expensive organic butter. For someone who regularly consumes Doritos and Nutrageous bars (not together), health isn’t really a factor in butter buying. But flavor is a factor in butter buying; a big factor. From external appearances, there aren’t too many […]

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Review: Chile Verde Polaris

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Review: Chile Verde Polaris

It’s probably not the best idea to take a field trip to a newish Polaris restaurant during Cabela’s Grand Opening week. It adds about an hour to the drive time, and the road is clogged with angry people driving pickup trucks with gun racks. That said, if anything could be a worthwhile reason to endure […]

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How *NOT* to Blow a Whistle at Columbus City Schools

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott How *NOT* to Blow a Whistle at Columbus City Schools

In 2013, Columbus City Schools adopted a formal whistleblower policy for reporting of unethical conduct. Policies are helpful, but it might be even more helpful to come up with some practical, everyday guidelines for whistleblowers; a little advice to make the process run smoothly. So here are some tips for would-be whistleblowers, from someone who […]

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Dish DeathMatch: Ohio Syrup vs The World

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Dish DeathMatch: Ohio Syrup vs The World

Not everyone loves real maple syrup. While “authentic” and “natural” are generally favorable terms, for those who are accustomed to the joys of maple-flavored Mrs. Butterworth or Log Cabin Syrup . . . the real deal is a hard sell. When compared to the fake stuff, the glass bottles of genuine maple syrup from grocery […]

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Restaurant Review: Pies & Pints

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Pies & Pints

The Worthington Mall still exists. Who knew? Re-christened as “The Shops at Worthington Place”, the mall’s experiencing something of a revival. The wintertime Worthington Farmers Market sets up shop there regularly, and two more new operations are slated to open soon: Piada and Naticakes. That’s all in addition to Pies & Pints, a newbie that […]

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School Issues: A Gift for the Ed Commission

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: A Gift for the Ed Commission

Columbus Board of Education meetings aren’t exactly Must-See-TV, but Monday night’s meeting is shaping up to be a doozie. On the table are budget cuts, a parting gift from outgoing Superintendent Gene Harris. The cuts call for the loss of 103 teaching positions and another 95 teaching assistants… plus a shortened school day and reductions […]

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Ohio’s Own: Shagbark Seed & Mill

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Shagbark Seed & Mill

Gourmet Fritos aren’t something I’ve ever really considered. It just seems like corn chips are so profoundly, perfectly junky, they transcend the world of artisanal snacking. Until now. Athens-based Shagbark Seed & Mill has put all the good things about corn chips into its Corn Cracker Minis. While the label says “cracker”, the product sure […]

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URBAN LIVING TOUR 2020

This year’s Urban Living Tour event has been postponed due to COVID-19, but will be returning later this summer!

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