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8 Things to Do in Cbus (Memorial Day Weekend!)


Memorial Day weekend is known as the "unofficial" start of summer... but here in Columbus, it is going to feel like summer started already with temps in the mid 80s!  Some of you might be jet setting for the weekend and others might be entertaining guests.  So in between the cookouts and pool parties, here are eight things to do around Cbus this weekend.

What to do...

1. The Trout Club in Newark has been updated and is reopening its doors this weekend and celebrating all weekend!  Live music, good food, and fireworks.  It's finally warm enough for some pool time too.  :)

2. Asian Festival is all weekend, mostly centered around the Franklin Park area (so check out the giant origami statues) and is also downtown on the Scioto River for dragonboat racing.

3. Hoping to burn some calories by just watching the Reebok Crossfit Games Central Regionals at the convention center all weekend.

4. Step back in time by going to Ohio Village's opening day with Maypole dancing, old-timey baseball, ice cream making, and... Sweet Carrot food truck?

5. Have you ever wanted to go sailing before?  Well, grab your boat shoes and head over to Hoover reservoir for a free sailboat ride on Saturday to kick off sailing season.

6. Register to run or walk in the PetPromise Rescue Run 5k and bring your pup with you.

7. Ready for an over-the-top party?  Get your whites out and dance with drag queens at Axis' White Party 2016.

8. The Memorial Tournament starts on Monday, so beware of rain, but that never gets in the way of a good time!

Where to eat...
Well, you probably have some cookouts planned, but for when you don't, check out one of the three best patios in Columbus to enjoy the weather and some real good food too; Barcelona, Lindey's, and Milestone 229.

Where to drink...
To continue with the patio theme, how about the best patios for drinking?  Brazenhead (Grandview), Union, and Woodland's Tavern.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!!!

Weekly Menu

Finally, a weekend both in-town and laid back!  And based on the weather forecast, it looks like summer is officially started in Columbus!  With the warmer weather (but pop up thunderstorms), we're planning to grill out often this week and it's reflected in this week's meal plan.  :)

If you haven't been to the zoo lately... the lion cubs are freakin' adorable!  They were playing and chasing each other.  It was so cute!  Not sure if it is dinner time, less people, or just the time of day... but 6pm and later is definitely the time to be at the zoo. 

kindred caramelized bananas 
kraft house 5 columbus zoo 
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Alright... and for this week's semi-grilled menu...

cheeseburgers
creamy shrimp pasta
crab legs and rosemary roasted potatoes
pepper-seared steak tacos
baked ravioli and salad
tortilla-less chicken enchiladas

What are you planning to make?

8 Things to Do in Cbus This Weekend


I'm ready for the weekend already, how about you?  Hopefully the weather is nicer than last weekend!  Here is this week's list of fun things to do around town.
What to do...
1. Easton is having Food Truck Friday AND An Evening of Dance on Friday.

2. Take your fur-baby out for a drink at Elevator's Bark and Brew to raise funds for the downtown dog park.

3. Green thumb?  Get your hands dirty at Topiary Park planting some annuals, meeting some friends, and enjoy some breakfast Saturday morning.

4. Head over to the Wilds for Wildzfest to kick off the season and meet some of the Columbus Zoo animals one-on-one.

5. Franklin Park Conservatory unveils their new outdoor exhibit, giant origami statues!

6. Did you grow up on Nintendo like I did?  Feel like you have mad Mario Kart skills?  Put them to the test at the Mario Kart tourney at Level One Bar + Arcade.

7. Good food, fun times, and great entertainment at the 29th annual King Arts Complex Gala Saturday night.

8. Business Insider selected New Albany as the best suburb in America last year and now you can tour some of their grandest homes on Sunday.

Where to drink...
Finish off an eventful Columbus Beer Week with Six One Pour at Huntington Park this Friday

Where to eat...
Have a sweet tooth that needs satisfaction?  Head over to Easton for Sweet Sunday on the Square for sweet samples from over a dozen Easton restaurants.

Weekly Menu

This weekend was one of those weekends where you kind of wanted to just stay in bed... cold, wet... just not the best weather.  But that doesn't mean you can't have some indoor fun around town!

We kicked off the weekend at Scioto Audubon's Flight of Fancy, which if you haven't been to Scioto Audubon, it has great views of downtown, dog parks, climbing walls, and connects to the Scioto Mile.  Then of course the rain could not keep away the tens of thousands showing up to run and walk the Race for the Cure.  It's always inspiring to see the streets full of people and hear survivors' stories of courage.  

It's the freakin' weekend, which always means brunch is on.  Wolf's Ridge was on our list for the new Cbus Ale Trail books (oh, and the Canis Mexicanus bottle release) and finally getting to Katalina's for the first time to dig into some pancake balls.  Yum!  

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wolfs ridge brunch wolfs ridge brunch 
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Last up on the list was the North Market Apron Gala!  So much food and so much fun!  Each of the 35 vendors at North Market prepared an appetizer, main course, or dessert sampler... plus there was beer, wine, and cocktails... live music... a live auction.  And I got to meet Jeni from Jeni's splendid ice creams!  Be sure to mark your calendars to go next year!

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north market apron gala north market apron gala 
jenis splendid ice cream north market apron gala 

The end of another weekend means it's time to plan this week's meal plan!  Here is what I'm making this week...

homemade crunchwraps
lasagna rollups
southwest shrimp bisque
spinach enchiladas
homemade pizza night 

What are you planning to make this week?

8 Things to Do in Cbus This Weekend


It's a jammed packed week full of fun events, especially if you like beer (and who doesn't!) as we start into Columbus Beer Week!  If you're not into beer, there is still a ton to do... and if the weather isn't cooperating, you can always revert to this list of things to do when it is cold and rainy.

1. Missed Dine Originals Week a couple weeks ago?  Now you get a chance to try a little bit of everything... and it's in Franklin Park Conservatory... and it helps the Buckeye Ranch.  That's a win-win-win... get tickets here.

2. There is still time to sign up for Race for the Cure, the largest in the country!

3. If the weather holds out, Battelle Darby Creek is having yoga in the park at 11:30 to be recenter yourself

4. Have you been thinking about adding a fur-baby to your squad?  Stop by the Ohio Expo Center for Fetch-a-Friend Adoptathon all weekend.  

5. Let your inner child meet your grown up self and see the Columbus Symphony perform Disney classics at Tale as Old as Time in the Ohio Theater

6. Beer + Science = Science on Tap a fun way to spend a Saturday drinking local beers and full access to the exhibits at COSI

7. Start Sunday Funday off right with coffee and beer pairings!  Wolf's Ridge partnered with One Line Coffee for this Brew & Pour event.

8. Need a laugh?  Check out the lineup at Whiskey Bear's Comedy Festival featuring 45 standup comics from around the country performing all around Columbus.

Where to Eat...
Kraft House 5 is donating $5 for every brunch ordered this weekend.  As if I needed another reason to love their food!

Where to Drink...
Sideswipe just expanded!  Check out their new space, just in time for Beer Week!  For other Beer Week events, find the full list here.


Columbus Craft Beer Week

8 Things to Do in Cbus This Weekend


Hope you have made plans and reservations for Mother's Day!  As for the rest of the weekend, here are a couple things to do around Columbus...

What to do...

1. BalletMet will be presenting Sleeping Beauty with five shows this weekend at the Ohio Theater.  Might be a good event to take your mom to?
2. Plan a backpacking adventure or just check out the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Scioto Grove metropark outside of Grove City.
3. Get away from the city and go to the Granville Barn Hop.  Four shops inside old barns all within a few miles for a vintage shopping experience.
4. Saturday is free comic book day!  Check out the selection at six participating comic book stores around Columbus.
5. Test your inner beast mode by participating in the Reebok Spartan Race at the Wilds.  Chose either the five or 14 miler with lots of obstacles and fun!  
6. It's Derby weekend!  Celebrate with Columbus Social Club's derby party at Rockmill Brewing on Saturday 2-7pm.  There will be games, live music, and a pig roast.  Don't forget to wear a crazy hat!
7. Need a new bag to take to the derby party?  Check out Purses and Pearls, a fundraiser for Friends of the Shelter... you might find a new friend to take home with you while you're there.  :)
8. Take your mom out for brunch and then head over to Franklin Park for tea in the garden and a dance performance by CoMo Dance.  Head inside afterward to check out Blooms and Butterflies, one of my favorite annual exhibits at the conservatory!

Where to eat...
Go to the newest restaurant in town, Balboa in Grandview.  So-Cal flavor with a huge patio... this sounds like a great summer hangout.

Where to drink...
Actual Brewing is celebrating their third anniversary with beer releases!  This quaint little brewery by the airport is a little hard to find, but once you're there, pick up a board game, order food from the truck, and get a few brews.

Weekly Menu

Gotta love springtime in Ohio... one day it's kinda cold, dreary, and just kind of crappy where you want to stay inside... the next day is warm, sunny, and beautiful despite every weather forecast calling for more rain.  It was such a nice day we went for a walk around Inniswood Metropark after checking out their plant sale, then I spent the rest of the afternoon gardening.  The rain finally came, perfect timing to water all the pretty flowers I just planted!

peace love and donuts tulips and lettuce 
pink dogwood inniswoods trillium inniswoods 
inniswoods ducks seeing double north star 

On Saturday we were invited to the Columbus Literacy Council's Alphabet Attractions gala!  The event was hosted at the Jessing Center (the event space at the Josephinum) and all of the tables had a book theme.  Our table was Ants at the Picnic, which I had actually never heard of before, but seems very popular since it is currently sold out on Amazon.  It was a fun event with dinner and a silent auction.  Literacy is so important to a community's success, the more people we can help the better the community becomes (less poverty, crime, and unemployment)!  If you would like to volunteer or donate, check out Columbus Literacy's website here.

stained glass alphabet attractions gala 
mashed potatini mashed potatini 
harry potter tablescape alphabet attractions 

Sunday means it is time to meal plan, here is what I'm making this week...

mexican stuffed shells (didn't get to them last week)
salmon burgers and asparagus
double decker chicken tacos
cheeseburgers and spinach salad
spinach artichoke mac and cheese

What are you planning to make this week?

8 Things to Do in Cbus This Weekend


You can tell summer is right around the corner.  Not only is the weather warming up, but there are more things going on around town.  Everyone wants to get out of their house and just do something.  :)  Well, here are a few fun and unique options for this weekend.  

1.  Make the short drive a little east of Columbus for the Arbor Day Festival at Dawes Arboretum.  Family fun or just an excuse to get outside (and get a free tree).
2.  Did you miss RenFest last Fall?  Well, here's your chance to catch the Spring version, Ashville's Viking Festival.  Here is a video of what to expect!
3.  There is rain in this week's weather forecast (though that will change ten times because who can really forecast Ohio Spring weather?), if it is raining, or you're just a movie buff, head to Studio 35's Comedy Film Festival.
4.  Check out the new wing at the Columbus Museum of Art at their season opener party 7:30-11pm, but get your tickets quick, it's almost sold out!
5.  Got a green thumb?  Pick out your plants for your garden at Inniswoods Metro Park at their annual plant sale.
6.  It's always an awesome combo when something you enjoy doing benefits others at the same time.  Sign up for Bowl for LOSS and Win on Sunday at 1pm at the Bowling Palace.
7.  Cheer on our professional rugby team for their inaugural home game against San Fran on Sunday at 3pm.
8.  Need some retail therapy?  Fashion for Philanthropy is having their Spring popup shop on Sunday 1-5pm benefiting Dress for Success Columbus

Where to drink...
Head to World of Beer Gateway for CD102.5's first Local and Live lineup, check it out here.

Where to eat...
I always thought it was a little odd to eat a meal inside a grocery store, but the whole building is all about food, so I guess it makes sense.  The Hills Market downtown is having a bloody marys and bacon brunch on Saturday from 9am to noon, just $15.


What are your plans this weekend?

Weekly Menu

Another beautiful spring weekend in Ohio!  Hope you were able to get outside and make the most of this Earth Day weekend.  I volunteered with Branch Out Columbus at Franklin Park Conservatory on Friday, spent three hours digging weeds... but Could not have asked for better weather to do it in!  Afterwards, we had free admission to the conservatory... which I could never ever pass up even if I was sooo hungry and dirty that I really should have gone home.  The tulips, the butterflies, and the palm house all to myself... I think I could live there.  ;)

The rest of the weekend we spent walking around taking pictures with the camera my husband rented for the weekend (testing out what camera to buy next).  So many cool spots in downtown to test different kinds of photo composition, so it worked out perfectly (although I think he decided this camera was not exactly what he wanted).

tulips tulips franklin park 
palm house franklin park blooms and butterflies 
blooms and butterflies umbrellas franklin park 
downtown columbus 
looking up columbus downtown mural

Well, the weekend is over, and that means meal planning for the week.  We actually have a short week this week since we'll be out-of-town for a couple days, but here is what I have planned...

panko crusted chicken and asparagus
mexican stuffed shells
chicken kabobs and spinach salad
pizza night
food on the road

What are you planning on making?

8 Things to Do in Cbus This Weekend


It's Earth Week, so this week's things to do this weekend is a bit more green... but don't worry, there is still a bit of bacon thrown in!  ;)

What to do...
1. Go to the Bacon & Bourbon grand opening of the Steam Kitchen at Little Rock Bar.  Barbecue, bourbon, and cupcakes... oh my!
2. After dinner go for a walk under the light of the full moon at Blendon Woods metropark, meet at 8:30pm by the nature center
3. Clean up and head to Dublin for the Art's Council Garden Party!  Mingle with new friends and place a couple bids in the silent auction while enjoying local food and drink.
4. Start early on Saturday (9am) planting trees at Three Creeks Metropark.  Then stick around for a bike ride or a walk on the 25+ miles of trails.
5. After all of that work you will have earned some time at the Buckeye Bacon Bash inside the Scioto Downs starting at 4pm.  If you think bacon makes everything better... this event is for you!
6. Celebrate the Earth with some music, food trucks, and fun while creating zero waste (everything will be recyclable or compostable) at the Branch Out Columbus celebration Saturday 1-10pm.  While you're at it, donate a tree to their mission of planting 300,000 trees in Cbus by 2020.
7. Shop around at the Craftin' Outlaws Spring Fling inside the High Line Car House in the Brewery District.  Sweet Carrot's food truck will be there, Pattycakes baked goods (that's enough to get me there!), and CD102.5 will be handing out ice cream. 
8. There are still tickets available for Book of Mormon at the Ohio Theater (love that place!).  Tickets are going fast and selection is limited, but there are several show times this weekend.

Where to eat...
On Saturday, Hoof Hearted is hosting a Swine and Dine event.  A four-course meal using the whole hog... $35 for two, but call ahead to reserve your spot!

Where to drink...
Check out the Walrus for their grunge night on Sunday and be transported back to the 90s.


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