|The "World's Largest Rhubarb" lies in Aledo, IL, the self-proclaimed|
"Rhubarb Capital of the World" and annual Aledo Rhubarb Festival
|The Unofficial Official Map of Breweries Visited: 614ortyniner Edition|
So the multiple number of breweries we actually ended up visiting in seven different states was something of a happy (and tasty) accident. We thought we'd start looking at our beery contingent with the two breweries that provided the bookend experiences for our big road trip, which both happen to lie next to US Route 40, more famously known as The National Road.
|The eclipse in Nebraska (as seen through a special-filter telescope)|
|This staircase found at Van Wert's Years Ago Antique Mall pretty|
is a primer why shopping for the old-school is always so cool
Combining antique hunting and brewery hopping has turned into one of our favorite past times over the last several years, and I've had a couple people ask me about what antique shops we've liked, or have suggested a couple shops to check out. With that in mind, I thought I'd toss out a select list of favorite antique stores that we've visited in our travels as well as some suggested destinations to slake that thirst afterward.
|The Mitchell's of ice creams (both San Francisco and Cleveland renditions) are|
no longer my only case of California-Ohio deja vu after a visit to Cincinnati
Social media has been a source of confusion between the two Mitchell's, with people using one shop's media handles to tout their latest ice cream experiences when it belongs to the other (and I won't even mention another Mitchell's Ice Cream in Chicago that I've seen bandied about.)
On a recent jaunt into Cincinnati, I found another Buckeye State ice cream purveyor that reminds me greatly of one of my favorites in the Bay Area, so much so that it's put both of them for visits in the future for more exploration.
|The Rainbow Trout dish courtesy of Graze Restaurant in Madison, WI,|
at their November 2013 beer dinner featuring Tyranena Brewing.
However, it wasn't until recently that we were able to experience this format here, with the incredibly fun Columbus Craft Beer Week "Weird Science" dinner, which mixed food from CBC Restaurant, beer from Actual Brewing, and a dose of science from COSI.
Our second encounter came this week with, a nice celebratory splurge to celebrate a months' worth of special days for us both. And in this case, we were particularly excited as this dinner paired one of our favorite brunch spots in Gahanna's 101 Beer Kitchen (originally opened up in Dublin in 2012 and now also sporting a Westerville location) as well as one of our favorite Ohio breweries in Jackie O's.
- Donuts (Peace, Love and Little Donuts and Tupelo Donuts)
- Cakes (at least four cake-focused establishments from Worthington's Mrs. Goodman's down to the Short North's Piece of Cake)
- European-Styled/Influenced Pastries (Clintonville's Mozart's and the Brewery District's Kolache Republic)
- Vegan Treats (Pattycake Bakery)
- Gluten-free Goods (Food for Good Thought), and even
- Flowers(!) with your Flour (Flowers and Bread).
If one wanted to be even more of a glutton, places like Laughlin's Bakery and the treasure trove in the North Market (Destination Donuts, Brezel Pretzel, Omega Artisan, and Pistacia Vera) all lie within stone's throw of High. Combined together, these places could easily carbo-load the runners for the Columbus Marathon this coming October and have plenty left over for the race volunteers.
Of course, it would be a cardinal sin if you forget the pie. If you're seeking out the pie and only the pie, the long-standing Just Pies near Graceland Mall fits the bill perfectly. If you want just a little more variety, two very similar places are right up your alley: Worthington's Sassafras Bakery, a favorite destination of ours since I've moved over here, and Clintonville's Dough Mama, which holds down the subject matter of this latest blogpost.
I had written about the socially-minded Roosevelt Coffeehouse, founded by Kenny Sipes, early in my blogging career back in November 2014, and well before they actually opened to the public six months later in April 2015.
As it turns out, Roosevelt has done just fine for itself, celebrating a second anniversary this year with much fanfare. With the addition to the metro of similar coffee-focused/charitable ventures (Bottoms Up, the one-year old cafe in Franklinton focused on infant mortality, as well as the still evolving South Columbus-oriented Community Grounds on Parsons Avenue), I figured this was as a good a time as any to do a followup post detailing how Roosevelt has evolved.