|Take home food and cocktails, like this Fried Chicken and Fixings|
from Ambrose & Eve, have been sources of joy for us this year
Like many others, we have been disappointed that our travels have been severely curtailed by the COVID pandemic. One small silver lining in that, however, is that the normal money we would've laid out during this time traveling for both the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays is money we can focus toward our favorite local businesses and eateries.
Indeed, we have bought our share of local goods for both our own use and gifts for friends. Of course, before the holiday season, we have done more than our share of takeout meals, with generous tipping and no use of any discounts or coupons - restrictions related to the pandemic have been incredibly tough on food establishments, bars and breweries, as well as the workers who have made that industry their living. We also have arranged for pickup ourselves - the fees that many delivery services take from restaurants border on exorbitant at times.
A recently released report by the National Restaurant Association shows that over 110,000 restaurants and drinking establishments have closed their doors due to the pandemic, and that number is certain to increase with the winter months on the horizon. I think many folks who have the financial means to help out already are doing their darndest to shop local as much as possible, so the question is ultimately will it be enough? Sadly, I think it won't be for quite a few businesses we've come to grow and love, but we will continue to do our best to support when we can and as much as possible.
With that in mind, I wanted this week's playlist to be a tribute of sorts to the eateries who made this crappy year for most a lot more tolerable, and definitely a lot more tasty, and hope we get to see when things turn for the better.
1) "Ice Cream Castles" - The Time: One of the many bands to come from Prince's stable, Morris Day and The Time are perhaps the most prominent, playing a big role in Prince's "Purple Rain" movie and receiving reverence in the cult favorite "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back". Of course, Columbus and Ohio itself is a bit of an ice cream fortress, and we've enjoyed more than our share of frozen confections this year from Jeni's, Tom's Ice Cream Bowl, Indulgence, Graeter's, Coppa Gelato, CRMD, Dulce Vida, and this lovely Pista Kulfi Indian-style ice cream from Mardi Gras on Hard Road.