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Unusual Eats: Chocolate for the New Year’s Resolution

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Unusual Eats: Chocolate for the New Year’s Resolution

It’s still standard practice to do some sort of self-improvement resolution for the New Year. If you’re one of those who started a niche diet, this one’s for you. Portia’s Cafe sells chocolates that are just what the doctor ordered. They’re candies that are gluten free, free of refined sugar, vegan, organic and raw. They’re […]

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Eating 2013: Year in Review

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Eating 2013: Year in Review

The voting public has had its day in the sun for picking the plums in 2013’s eating scene. Now it’s my turn. From an analytical nerd’s point of view, there are several ways to skin this cat: pick the greatest restaurants of the year, pick the greatest restaurants officially reviewed this year, or pick the […]

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Brunch Review: The Sycamore

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Brunch Review: The Sycamore

German Village’s The Sycamore is nicer than your average neighborhood hangout. Then again, German Village is nicer than your average neighborhood, so it makes sense that the revamped bar would be a little upscale-looking. It’s nice, but still cozy. The staff is welcoming, the seating is embracing (booths are best), in spite of the slick […]

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Ohio’s Own: Firelands Cheese Curds

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Firelands Cheese Curds

Bellefontaine’s Blue Jacket Dairy makes cheese curds that are interesting right now for a couple of reasons: 1) The curds were found at a Kroger, and that’s not the typical stomping grounds for hunters and gatherers of local eats. 2) It’s cheese season. Cheese baskets and cheese plates have worked as holiday gifts since the dawn […]

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Columbus City Schools: Eyes on the Future/Eyes on the Ball

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Columbus City Schools: Eyes on the Future/Eyes on the Ball

As Columbus City Schools enters 2014, there will be an infusion of new blood inside the Board of Education. Members Mike Wiles and Hanifah Kambon will be exiting the scene, while newcomers Michael Cole and Dominic Paretti will take seats at the table. More ‘School Issues’ Articles: • The Cost of a Good Education • WHO […]

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Restaurant Review: Jack Whitney’s

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Jack Whitney’s

It seems like just yesterday, when Jack Whitney’s was McCasky’s. Actually, it was almost yesterday, it was this summer. In the restaurant world, a season ago is just like yesterday, because it takes forever to flip a joint. The fact that Jack Whitney’s got the licensing and staffing and things up and running for a […]

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Ohio’s Own: Grumpy Goat Chocolate Dope

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Grumpy Goat Chocolate Dope

Edible products with catchy labels are a personal weakness. There are lots of times when a fantastic label on a product can justify a few extra bucks at the cash register. It’s an art form. So when something called Grumpy Goat Chocolate Dope fairly jumps off the shelf into the basket, it feels like a […]

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