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My homemade light box is made out of foamboard and masking tape, with clip on lights, and I’ve been using it successfully to take food pics in winter for years. Cost all of like $15-$20 to make.
Really sad to hear this – got some terrific watermelon, peaches, and store-made sausage there just a couple weeks ago.. Hate to see local independent markets go out of business.
A lot of our food buying over the past year or two has been takeout, and Olive Garden (at least the one in Grove City) has been consistently solid. Any specials are avaiable for carryout, so it’s not unusual for $25, to be able to get 2 entrees (one for each), a bowl of soup or big salad, more breadsticks than we’ll eat, with enough for leftovers for the next day. And it’s always packaged beautifully. It would be a way different story if we were eating out, but chains do manage to scratch that itch now.
Used to think they were great back in tbe day – this is one case where I’d advocate going with the chain and hitting Olive Garden instead. More consistent results, at least.
We love Lidia and just now realized that we haven’t been there since they moved from the West Side – we’re going to have to change that soon (but to be honest, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve left my house in the past year for anything other than doctors appointments).
In the meantime, has anyone thought about setting up a Kickstarter or similar campaign to get them through the lean times? I know that I would easily donate at least $20 to keep them open. It would be a shame for them to give up because the construction is making it so confusing for people to get there. A few dozen of us pledging at least $20 each would make a difference, I’m sure. At least for the short term.
Why the disappointment and shock? It’s weed, it grows like crabgrass, it’s harmless and legal in some states. Cannabis isn’t a big deal, it’s like they brewed some beer during Prohibition, big freaking deal.
Another AP news story published today underscores the alarming waste of Ohio law enforcement resources, while ours are busting little growers Seattle police are handing out bags of Doritos.
Cops dealing Doritos at post-legalization Hempfest http://apnews.myway.com/article/20130815/DA8680VG0.html
Shocked moreso about how it all went down, not that someone may be growing pot (FWIW, I’m extremely pro-pot, so I wouldn’t have a problem with it even if it turns out that the story is true – hell, I’d probably even join a pot CSA if they ever get around to legalizing it in this bass-ackwards state.
Their follow up post on their blog cleared up any questions I had (mainly about the CSA), and they have my support in this 100%. It totally sucks that they sprung this whole thing on her right in the middle of Dublin Farmers Market. I imagine it was a devastating blow – on top of all the personal upheaval that went on in her life in the past couple of years (per the Dispatch article), now she has this to deal with.
I, for one, will continue buying their produce and subscribe to their CSA as long as they continue to run it. I hope everyone else will do the same, considering the legal bills they likely have to look forward to, the least we could do is keep buying their great stuff.
Yes, quite shocking. And I hope everyone will reserve judgment until the truth is sorted out and made public. They’ve both always been totally friendly to me (have been buying from them at local farmers markets for years, and this year I signed up for their CSA. I do have to selfishly say that I’m worried about the CSA investment I made this year (no communication on that yet from either Adam or Jaime), but really, that’s the least of my worries – considering how much in lawyers fees it will cost to defend the charges, hopefully that financial burden won’t kill the farm altogether.June 3, 2013 3:09 am at 3:09 am in reply to: Why Millennials aren’t buying cars or houses & what that means for the economy #511984
I dunno… I know a lot of people who get excited about their fuel perks when they can get 10 cents a gallon knocked off their purchase. I also know people who will keep an eye on a few different gas stations to make sure they’re going to the one that is 3 cents less per gallon than the other on any particular day (saving themselves what… 30 cents?).
If anything, I’d say that people are more hyper-aware of gas prices than most other products. But I’m not sure that means that they buy any more/less gas in the process.
Or you could do what Paul and I do – whenever we’re planning on making a big purchase (for example – Paul bought himself a new laptop back in December), you get the gift cards for Amazon.com (in our case) or Best Buy or whatever – you get FuelPerks (especially when they’re doing double FuelPerks around the holidays), and on a purchase like that we’re talking quite a bit of money off – we did that for Christmas gifts as well (either giving the recipient a gift card directly, or using the gift card to buy their present. We ended up getting enough points to get the gas completely for free – up to 30 gallons. We have a Prius (takes roughly 10 gallons), plus we have 4 five gallon gas cans. We fill them all up, and it’s essentially 3 tanks full of gas for free. Since we’re technology whores and I buy so much stuff on Amazon.com, we are getting roughly 3 free tanks of gas every couple of months. It helps, it really does. You just have to know how to use the system to your advantage. :)
Hopefully it’s still there (haven’t eaten out in a restaurant for a while) but we were really big fans of Restaurant Silla on Henderson – I wrote a review[/url] about it quite a while ago, and our visits since then have been pretty consistent with the review. It’s not Korean BBQ in the sense that you cook the food yourself at the table (which I think is the way Kaya does it, right folks?), but they make one hell of a Dol Sot Bi Bim Bap.May 30, 2013 5:08 am at 5:08 am in reply to: Teacher fired for being Gay at Bishop Watterson High School #540421
While we may not have heard of this from BW, I have certainly read stories about this behavior from other Catholic/Christian/Jewish schools.
Hell, I went to a Christian (evangelical) school in NJ for one whole year, and then was told I wasn’t allowed to come back for 7th grade because my mom was a sinner and cohabitating w/out the benefit of marriage and not going to church. They don’t play, not for a second. And we (the kids) would be punished for saying “golly” “gee” “heck”, etc – they called them “wild oats” and said they were gateway words that blasphemed the name of the savior and would lead to cursing. Yes, I’m dead serious.
But I digress – my point being, if there had even been a whiff of a rumor that a teacher was gay, shacking up, etc. they would have been fired on the spot. And sadly, the Catholic archdiocese is the same way. I think, though, that as a private school they can set their own morality standards. Not that I agree with them at all (the double standard is what sticks in my craw).
Ohio Rights Group will have a booth at Commfest.
Columbus Coalition for Responsive Government will have a separate booth with petitions to let Columbus voters decide on the ballot about Columbus having ward representation for some City Council seats and campaign-finance reform and the arena bailout.
I’m likely not going to ComFest this year. Will they be doing petition drives anywhere else in town?
Has anyone heard of this? It seems very interesting. I hope it succeeds. Cannabis is not the evil drug that a-holes claim it to be.
There are really only 2 reasons why a person would oppose cannabis legalization- ignorance and greed.
Agree exactly with everything you said above. If it passes, it means I don’t have to take most of the medications I’m on now (including some heavy duty opiates for my jacked up back). I used to smoke pot as a teenager, and it did wonders for my issues then – and those things have only gotten worse with time. I have too much to lose to consider using it now when it’s illegal. Like you, I can’t fathom what is wrong with people who oppose it. There are many, many studies done outlining the beneficial uses of the drug. I’m sure if it were their loved ones, or even if they themselves were suffering from any of the qualifying ailments, they’d be singing a different tune.
I also support across the board legalization for everyone. Regulate it like cigarettes or booze, and tax it. If every state (and most importantly, if they legalize it on a nation level), and could just get on the same damn page, the revenue they receive can fund Obamacare, could improve our local schools, etc. Just think of how many cottage industries could be created in the wake of that.Where’s the problem?
Anyone know where we can go to sign the petition to get it on the ballot?
Separate from the emotional angle described by foodie, one differnce today is that information on healthy diet and unhealthy products is more readily accessible. Most parents have no excuse for feeding their children unhealthy meals and snacks. But since they’re obviously not doing the job, maybe schools should be doing more to teach this, since it is such a national problem?
Strangely enough, the nutritional information that was gold standard when I was a child (very low calorie diets, low fat, low cholesterol, margarine is better for you than butter) is the exact opposite of the information we currently receive. A lot of well meaning parents (and maybe a few more who had eating disorders of their own) screwed up their kids metabolism and psyche by focusing on numbers (on the scale, in the clothing racks, etc) rather than health. There are people who are thin who can barely walk around the block without getting winded, just as there are people who are technically obese who complete in triathlons.
The stuff I think is important (familiarizing the kids in my family with the relationship between food in its natural state vs. what’s on the table by teaching them about gardening, taking them with me to farmers markets so they can meet the people and learn about the farms of the person we are buying food from, trying the samples of cheeses and veggies and other things at the farmers markets, preparing those same foods in a way they will try and enjoy) isn’t the stuff that mainstream America thinks is important. I think we should start from the bottom up, with the school breakfast and lunch programs – it’s a given (even in the restaurant world) that it’s cheaper to prepare food from scratch than it is to buy processed food – a lot of my early hatred of healthy food had more to do with the way my mom prepared it (no fat, no salt, no flavor) than it did with the actual foods themselves.
Obesity is a much more complex problem than any one factor – it’s not just a physical or genetic issue, an emotional or psychological one (including multigenerational passing down of eating disorders), not just cultural or socioeconomic factors. It’s a little bit of all of them. And just as I will never be able to understand racism at it’s core (never having been subject to it coming from a white protestant background), people who have never been fat can never truly understand how debilitating a thing it really is. There’s struggles associated with it that most people will never be able to understand. There’s even differences among fat people – someone who weighs 500+ lbs. lives a much difference experience than someone, who at 200ish lbs, is still obese but less than half the size. Although many people won’t see the connection, there’s a certain level of elitism re: weight. I’m sure this goes in both directions, with people who are terribly underweight going through a similar experience on the other extreme. Neither extreme is seen as conforming to societal norms, with just as much judgement on both sides as to why.
The occasional meal at the Cheesecake Factory isn’t what makes you fat – I think that more has to do with the relationships people develop with food during the developmental years – in my case, I was a chubby kid, and in an effort to control my weight, I was forced to diet/fast, which caused my weight to yo-yo, left me with my self image tied to a number on the scale, my metabolism to be shot, and a disordered relationship with food that has held on tenaciously throughout my entire lifetime. Intellectually, you can know exactly what to do in order to lose weight, but emotionally have a tough time with it. My desire to see a smaller number on the scale left me almost dead. I’ve gained about 30 lbs. in the year and a half since I was ill, yet am healthier (at least when it comes to how I look, feel and how my labs have stabilized and all the numbers that were low/high are back in sync. Yet, I still struggle with being technically obese and how my self-image is still tied to that. I want to get back below 200 lbs, but am not willing to risk my life to get there.
You fight childhood obesity by not demonizing food, not sacrificing a kid’s mental and emotional health (again, tied to obesity and the bullying, even from the adults in a kid’s life, that comes with that) in favor of their physical health. You keep their food as whole as possible (as suggested, shop the perimeter of a supermarket rather than the middle, heavily processed stuff), introduce them to a wide variety of things a number of times, and realize that all kids bulk up a bit before hitting a growth spurt. And most important of all, realize that obesity shouldn’t be a basis to judge a person’s intelligence, discipline, or ability to do anything, anymore than someone’s race or sexual orientation are – so much of it is tied to biology, with a person’s diet or activity level only playing a part of the big picture – see satiety disorders, set point theory, and cortisol production contributing to weight as just the tip of the iceberg.
Of course, it’s hard for people who haven’t had to struggle with weight or who haven’t been obese to relate to the extraneous stuff that comes along with it. And believe me, there is more baggage that comes along with it than most people realize. If you want to know exactly what goes into your food, how many calories, fat grams, carbs and sodium is in everything you eat, never eat out under any circumstances. Or you can just treat food as a normal part of life, and realize that everything, in moderation, is OK as long as you adjust for it otherwise (i.e. if you know you’re eating a big meal out in the evening, get some extra exercise in and eat a lighter breakfast and lunch). Cutting out entire food groups and/or every ingredient you can’t pronounce usually isn’t doable for most people in the long run. And leads to rebound weight that is even tougher to take off the next time around.