Italian Sausage and Peppers at Cardone’s
After all the hype in the Columbus Dishrag, err, uhh, I mean Dispatch, I had to head on over to Cardone’s at 377 W. Main St. in Westerville, Ohio. Apparently, many other customers were there as a result of the Dispatch review as well. It looks like Jared R from Nothing Better to Do beat me to Cardone’s. I got scooped! He must have read the Dispatch review as well. Why go Italian and eat vegetarian? That seem like a conflict of interest to me, Jared. It’s like going to a bar and drinking O’Doul’s. Relax man, it’s all in good fun.
Hey, even the Dishrag took its sweet time in getting this story. Cardone’s has been open since February. By the way, did I mention that finerepast.com is so famous that it was the subject of a bandwidth attack today? I’ve blocked (probably only temporarily) the perpetrators. They were trying to take finerepast.com down but they didn’t know who they were messin’ with. Probably some punks from Smith & Wollensky’s or Buca di Crappo or Bag O’Nails (btw, bring a flippin’ sandwich).
Pork Dumplings at Ying’s Teahouse and Yum Yum
FineRepast finally made it over to Ying’s Teahouse and Yum Yum in Clintonville, Ohio. Ying asked me what I wanted and I said – “Only the best!” She said that many Americans like to order General Tso’s chicken. I replied that I wasn’t interested in Americanized Chinese Food. So she served me up the Pork Dumplings with Won Ton soup. I have to admit that I’m a huge fan of the dumplings at Spring of China, so I was interested to see how Ying’s homemade stacked up against some of the finest dumplings that I had had.
I recently made my first trip over to Colin’s Coffee in Upper Arlington. I hadn’t been there since it was originally Brewster’s. I was greeted by the man, himself, Colin Gowel. Colin served me up a cup of their coffee of the day, Veritas Dark. I was intrigued by the latin name and the java lived up to its moniker.
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I kid you not. This spider was as big as a quarter. It was dead. And it was in my wife’s iced tea. And lucky for the restaurant, they comped her meal, gave us free desert and gave us $10 off our next meal. Otherwise, I might have said what restaurant it was in this post. Of course they could have comped my meal as well. But what they gave us was about $40 in comps. So I’m not complaining.
Really, I have to compliment the management at this establishment. They acted quickly. And didn’t try to make excuses. We’ll definitely go back.
So I wanted to go to the CU meetup last night, but got busy with the family. We were in Hilliard dropping off our clothes for the Paper Doll Children’s Consignment sale, so afterwards we grabbed dinner at Otie’s Old Hilliard Inn & Pub. And am I ever glad we did.
The food was great and very affordable. I had the patty melt which came with fries. My wife had the texas toast grilled cheese, which also came with fries. And the fries are awesome. They remind me of the fries at In-N-Out Burgers. My kids each had the children’s grilled cheese. Those came with fries and a side salad. My wife and I had the salads. The bill came to a whopping $22. A bit more than what we would pay at McDonalds, but with much better atmosphere. And much better food.
We ate on Otie’s front porch, which front’s Old Hilliard’s main road.
5344 Center St
Hilliard, OH 43026
FineRepast visits Columbus’ BOMA and feels hipper for doing so
BOMA doesn’t come to life until late in the evening. This is true of its patrons, its staff and of some of its modern artwork. Arrive before dusk and the place is a ghost town. Perhaps the dearth of clientele left the waitstaff a bit unmotivated. Trying to order food was a test of patience.
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Now this is a Mojito (a la Alma de Cuba), Columbus!
Fine Repast traveled to Philadelphia for some fine dining and we found it at Alma de Cuba. Above is pictured a Mojito like you won’t find anywhere in Columbus. This Mojito is called El Jefe which means the boss. And this was definitely the Boss!
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Shrimp sauteed in garlic and olive oil at Maca Cafe in Powell, Ohio
We sampled a quartet of fine tapas at Maca cafe including the above pictured shrimp, Roasted Tomato and Pesto Soup, Flatiron Steak and Stuffed Peppers.
Good eats do exist in Powell, Ohio
I was just talking with my wife about all to good shows on Showtime. Trouble is, we never see them, because we’ve been conditioned to watch the HBO shows. I’ve seen bits of shows. Like Weeds. And I’ve always liked what I saw. But for the life of me, I don’t remember to watch them. I’ve just got to remember that HBO is Sunday, Showtime is Monday.
So tonight, I caught the third episode of the new Californication, with David Duchovny. And I liked it. It’s about writer Hank Moody. Here’s his bio:
Famed novelist & NYC transplant Hank relocates to LA after his acclaimed book is optioned, but it later becomes a crappy romantic comedy, which sparks a horrible case of writer’s block. He’s struggling to get his career back on track with the help of his agent/best friend, raise his pre-teen daughter, all while pining for his ex-girlfriend, who is now engaged to another man. It may sound desperate, but he enjoys life and owns all his various vices — drink, drugs and women — with a refreshing sense of honesty and unapologetic candor. He’s holding it together while falling apart, and he doesn’t mind it one bit.
I guess in episode 2, Hank was offered a job to blog for Hell-A magazine. And in episode 3, part of the plot centers around Hank’s reluctance to continue with the blog. After all, it’s a blog. It’s not real writing. Right? ; )
I guess that’s what caught my attention. Because the main character has a blog. Now if Showtime were smart, it would create a faux blog written by Hank.
Here’s a random observation. The Californication writers must be Howard Stern fans. There was an F, Marry, Kill reference there. And for you Stern fans out there, you know what that means.