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Ohio’s Own: Walnut Creek Peanut Butter Spread

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Walnut Creek Peanut Butter Spread

Walnut Creek Peanut Butter Spread looks totally innocent, like some sort of oddball Ohio edible: mildly amusing and easy to overlook. In fact, it’s closer to crack cocaine, and it comes from an Ohio-grown powerhouse. The Walnut Creek business actually started out as a guy selling cheese from the back of a pickup truck in […]

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Restaurant Review: Portia’s Cafe

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Portia’s Cafe

Portia’s Café is the perfect place to take your most neurotic control-freak-friends. It’s organic, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, plus it serves lots of stuff for raw-food-only-eaters. Portia’s accommodates every possible food fear –and it does so in a cute, fun way. To be clear, unlike many places where vegan food or gluten-free is an option, Portia’s […]

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School Issues: Surveys

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Surveys

It’s been an interesting year for parents of children at Columbus City Schools. Watching a system destroy itself is fascinating. When the imploding system is one to which you’ve entrusted your progeny, the scene gets exponentially more intoxicating. As it turns out, the school year’s end is shaking up to be even better than the […]

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Treat to Try: Orange Creamsicle Cake

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Orange Creamsicle Cake

Crème Brûlée and Tiramisu are antiquated. And Red Velvet Cake season is long gone. You know what the world needs? Orange Creamsicle Cake. A slice of the Orange Creamsicle Cake at The Jury Room is not cheap: try $5.50. And it’s right-sized for one, so forget about that awful sharing idea. Slices of cake are […]

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Restaurant Review: Manifesto Tuscan Grato & Scotch Bar

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Manifesto Tuscan Grato & Scotch Bar

A place with the moniker “Manifesto” sounds really serious. And when veteran customers mention that there are profound quotations written on the walls of the establishment, it reinforces expectations of seriousness. Someone needs to point out that the biggest quotation scrawled in the biggest font is a remark from Ron Burgundy, the Will Ferrell character […]

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Unique Dish: Bacon Balls at Knead

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Unique Dish: Bacon Balls at Knead

Bacon Balls. Those are probably the only words you need to hear to find a gigantic incentive to head down to Knead. But Bacon Balls are worth well more than two words. While there won’t be any “Knead” or “Balls” puns (especially together) in this article, feel free to use your own wordplay in the […]

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Restaurant Review: The Coop at The Hey Hey Bar & Grill

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: The Coop at The Hey Hey Bar & Grill

Hey Hey is nice little neighborhood hangout on Whittier. It’s almost kitch, but not in any deliberate fashion that would inspire eye-rolling nausea. And now that Hey Hey has teamed up with The Coop, a much beloved local food truck, the establishment is serving a bona fide gourmet menu –distinguished by, among other things, yak […]

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