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Review: Helen’s Asian Kitchen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Review: Helen’s Asian Kitchen

Gosh, who wouldn’t want to visit a Chinese restaurant that sets up shop in the shell of a former strip joint? With a history like that, how could Helen’s Asian Kitchen not be interesting? Online reviews do forewarn of lots of mirrors inside of the newish restaurant, but it’s all good. The mirrors make the […]

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Introducing The Neighborhood School of Choice

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Introducing The Neighborhood School of Choice

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan came to town. Sitting on stage at Fort Hayes with Mayor Coleman and Mark Real (of kidsohio.org), the trio held court from comfy chairs Friday night in a conversation about Columbus City Schools. Duncan said a few things: offer more preschool, get a better graduation rate, and create more […]

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Dish DeathMatch For CheeseHeads

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Dish DeathMatch For CheeseHeads

People are serious about their cheese. Food scientists have even compiled lexicons of terms that are used to describe cheese, including “moldy , animalic , goaty” and something involving a “whiff of baby vomit.” When it comes to feta cheese in particular, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyplace more serious than Mediterranean Foods Imports. In […]

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Restaurant Review: The Wine Bistro in Clintonville

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott

The Clintonville/Beechwold area is often described as a “dry” neighborhood. It’s a misleading catch-all to describe a community that has restrictive liquor laws. There are plenty of Clintonville/Beechwold spots that sell and serve alcohol, but the zoning that permits those sorts of establishments has always been tricky. In any case, for a bunch of teetotalers, […]

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Dish DeathMatch: Jeni’s vs Johnson’s

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Dish DeathMatch: Jeni’s vs Johnson’s

Take two beloved ice cream makers with fervent, borderline psychotic fans, and pit them against each other in a Dish DeathMatch: horrible idea. So let the fight begin. Consider Johnson‘s and Jeni’s, both locally-owned, both locally loved. In the ring are each maker’s respective version of vanilla. It’s the plainest, purest testing flavor on the […]

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Restaurant Review: The Pint Room

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: The Pint Room

The shopping center at the corner of Dublin Granville Road and Riverside Drive looks something like a mini-Easton. It’s a big enclave with lots of brick buildings and joints like Ann Taylor, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Montgomery Inn and now The Pint Room. The Pint Room is taking on the role of resident sports-bar-slash-brew-house. The […]

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School Issues: Discipline by the Numbers

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Discipline by the Numbers

Columbus City Schools has some problems. That seems to be the general consensus from the community, the local press, and the mayor of Columbus. The problems, however, are not the outgoing superintendent (lauded by the mayor), or the closed administrative culture in the school system. According to the Education Commission, the problems are that there […]

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