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Short Order: Tensuke Market

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Tensuke Market

These days, Tensuke Market is more than just a cool grocer. It’s part of a monolithic lifestyle area in Kenny Center, a mini-mall that features acclaimed eateries such as Akai Hana and Belle’s Bread, along with a place to buy cultural knick-knacks, and an outdoor court with a mini-lawn where people sun themselves (or, at least […]

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Ohio’s Own: Crumbs Bakery

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Crumbs Bakery

Athens’ Crumbs Bakery has been baking breads with a wholesome bent for more than 20 years. Way before organic and natural was trendy, Crumbs Bakery was turning out artisan loaves. Their bread labels say the operation is worker-owned, though they’re a little short on the rest of the marketing schtick for those who want the […]

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Restaurant Review: Milestone 229

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Milestone 229

Milestone 229 continues to be a perennial favorite gathering place Downtown. Voters placed it on last year’s top restaurant list at number 10. With its windowed walls that permit expansive natural lighting (and occasional sunshine) it’s easy to love, especially as the weather warms and the Scioto Mile itself begins to buzz with activity. The place […]

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Ohio’s Own: Kim Chi Pork Rinds

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Kim Chi Pork Rinds

Between lo-carb diets and fancified treatments on menus in local restaurants, pork rinds are experiencing a bona fide heyday. Once a weird, niche, vaguely creepy snack, fried pig skin is now widely accepted as a cool munching option. And so it was only a matter of time before the snack food industry started launching more […]

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Treat to Try: Legacy Smokehouse Bread Pudding

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Legacy Smokehouse Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding has always come across like a Cinderella story in the dessert scene. First, it’s not chocolate, so that makes it an automatic underdog. Moreover, traditional recipes for bread pudding call for ingredients that may include leftover or stale bread as its foundation. While odd-sounding, older bread tends to be dryer, so it’s better […]

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Restaurant Review: Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen

Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen has landed on King Avenue. The curious term, “Alqueria” dates back to a 15th century reference to a small rural community. To that end, Alqueria entered the scene with an agricultural angle that welcomes guests inside with an array of aesthetically pleasing farm implements, installed as art, on the wall near the […]

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Ohio’s Own: Happy Potato Chip Day

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Happy Potato Chip Day

Thursday, March 14, is National Potato Chip Day.  It’s worth pointing out that March 14 is also National Pie (Pi = 3.14) Day. The pie angle makes sense. It leaves 364 other days available to celebrate potato chips, but for whatever reason, the deciders have set March 14 for the salty snack too. So, here we […]

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