Monday, June 30, 2014

End of Cbus52 - Start of This Ohio Life

This is the official end of my blog, Cbus52: Columbus in a Year. Kenneth and I had a wonderful last year in Columbus (we miss you already, Cbus!) and we're ready to start a new adventure in Southwest Ohio.

While this is the end of one blog, it is not the end of my blogging. In a few days I will begin posting to my new blog, This Ohio Life. I enjoyed creating Cbus52 so much, I thought, why stop at Columbus? Why not blog about our entire awesome state?

This Ohio Life will feature restaurant, museum, park and festival reviews, just like Cbus52. I am also starting a new series of recipes featuring local Ohio ingredients. You may even see a review of a Columbus event or two!

Check out my new blog here!

Cleveland Museum of Art

Last month Kenneth and I were able to check out an amazing exhibit featuring one of our favorite artists, Vincent Van Gogh at the Cleveland Museum of Art! Neither of us had ever been to the Cleveland Museum of Art before and we were excited to check it out. The drive from Columbus to Cleveland was a bit long (two hours and forty-five minutes) but it was definitely worth it!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Luck Bros' Coffee House - Grandview Heights

Luck Bros' Coffee House is a hidden gem in Grandview Heights! It's a little off the beaten path, away from Grandview Avenue where several great restaurants and shops reside, Luck Bros' can be found in a little shopping area along 1st Avenue, across from Pierce Field.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Slate Run Historical Farm

Slate Run Living Historical Farm is one of my favorite Columbus Metro Parks! It's actually the first Metro Park Kenneth and I ever visited. We drove up one afternoon from Athens when we were still students at Ohio University. On that visit we were able to watch horse powered grain threshing. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mozart's - Clintonville

Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe is an Austrian inspired treat in Clintonville. There's something for everyone on the menu! Breakfast include waffles, breakfast sandwiches, omelets and quiche. Other menu items include soup, salad, sandwiches, wiener schnitzel, strudels, spatzle and beef stroganoff. Afternoon tea is served daily from 2 to 4pm and includes three courses of scones, canapes, pastries and tea. In the bakery you'll find a ton of specialty tortes, including the wheat-free Wolfgang, Esterhazy and Ginnsbruck Tortes. The bakery also makes breakfast pastries, European tea cookies, biscotti and adorable petit fours and marzipan peaches.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Goodale Park

Goodale Park is a 30 acre park near downtown Columbus in the Victorian Village. It's the site of the Music in the Air concerts, the annual ComFest and a great place to watch Red, White and Boom. Goodale is the oldest park in Columbus and was donated to the city in 1851 by Lincoln Goodale, for whom the park is named. To learn more about the history of the park, watch these History Videos with Terry Sherburn on the Friends of Goodale Park website.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Urban Plein Air Paintings

Urban Plein Air Painting - Deb Haller
In 2012, the Columbus Public Art initiative commissioned artists from the Central Ohio Plein Air group to paint 24x26 inch murals for the public art display Finding Time. Finding Time included temporary and more permanent artworks exhibited in downtown Columbus for 200Columbus the Bicentennial, the 200th anniversary of the founding of the city. Finding Time included art and events throughout 2012 with work by more than 50 artists both from the central Ohio area and artists from around the globe. I most enjoyed the pieces I was able to see on my drive to work, "Columbus never..." by Janet Zweig and the Bicentennial Towers by David Best on Broad Street Bridge.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Buca di Beppo - Arena District

Buca di Beppo is an eclectic Italian restaurant that focuses on family-style served meals. Serving extra large portions makes this a great option for large groups, which is what we had the evening of Kenneth's Oath and Hooding Ceremony for the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The larger portions makes ordering a little different (especially taking into account all of our dietary restrictions and preferences in our family), but everyone was happy with what they ordered.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Cbus Bloggers Lunch at Cafe Istanbul - Bexley

This past weekend I was able to grab lunch at Cafe Istanbul in Bexley with some of my fellow Columbus bloggers! A few of the lovely ladies I met in February at the Explorer's Club brunch, others were new faces. This blogging get together was organized by Lauren of A Few of My Favorite Things. We had a very long table in the cafe, which was decorated with golden vases, pink flowers and pink and gold placemats - very pretty!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Short North Window Shopping in Pictures


Highbanks Metro Park is where I recently had my favorite bird watching moment (to date). Kenneth and I got a really close up look at a Pileated Woodpecker. The bird was about thirty feet from the path. We stood and watched the woodpecker for about ten minutes while I frantically snapped photos (which Google+ turned into a GIF!) and pointed the bird out to other hikers. Some of my other favorite birding moments have been seeing Sandhill Cranes for the first time, getting a really close look at a Northern Saw-whet Owl, watching Carolina Wrens on our apartment balcony and correctly identifying Blue-Winged Warblers the first time I encountered them on a hike. What made seeing the Pileated Woodpecker so special was how long we were able to observe the bird, and how close it was to the pathway. We didn't even need binoculars!

I really enjoy birdwatching - it's a fun and relatively inexpensive hobby. All you need is a bird book, a pair of binoculars and a place to watch birds. This could be a metro park, or your backyard - just throw out some bird seed (or set up a feeder). You might be surprised by what birds show up!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ohio Pocket

I love my new t-shirt from Ohio Pocket! I got five compliments on it yesterday in the short period of time I was out and about (Kenneth and I are still in the middle of packing!). 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Final Photo of my 365 Day Photo Challenge

This is my last photo of the day for my 365 Day Photo Challenge. I didn't manage to take all 365 photos in 365 consecutive days as I had planned, but that's ok. I was definitely challenged by this project! I love taking photos, but I just didn't feel like doing it some days. The hardest part of the challenge was coming up with a good photo idea when I hadn't done anything interesting or very different that day - I'm glad I had my three cute furballs to help me on those days!

Furry Family

Looks like Elliot is singing "Lalala" like Babe!

While visiting my family for Mother's Day today, I spent some time with my furry family too. These are my parents' cats. Toby is the yellow tabby, Elliot is black and white cat and Henry is white with some pale orange. Nora (not pictured) is my sister's little gray Russian Blue, but she's not very photogenic. 

Elliot is sick right now, so he got a little extra love from Kenneth, whom he snuggled. He's such a sweet boy!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

GF Review: Rudi's Spinach Tortillas + Multigrain Bread

Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery* is a gluten-free food company with a nice selection of products: sandwich bread, tortillas and wraps, ciabatta rolls, cherry almond bars, pizza crust, buns, rolls and stuffing! I recently received two coupons from Rudi's in order to review their products for my blog. I chose the Spinach Tortillas and Multigrain Bread to review (I'm still waiting for our local grocery store to carry the ciabatta rolls - they look delicious!). 

Ohioana Book Festival in Pictures

Emma's New Chair

This was my chair at work. I say 'was' because as soon as I brought it home, Emma claimed it. I'm positive that she has sat in this chair every day for the past week. I like having her company while I'm on the computer, but I wish she'd let me have the more comfortable chair! I can't kick her out of it though, could you? 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Bravo! Cucina Italiana - Grandview Heights

I think a lot of gluten-free diners miss pasta. I'm not saying I miss it as much as I miss regular pizza, but it's up there. Pasta is such a comforting, filling food that seems to find its way into a lot of special events. My Grandma's macaroni and cheese is a staple at Hill family gatherings. I also remember how excited I used to be when my high school cross country team would have pasta nights two days before a race, or when we'd stop at Fazoli's on our way home from a race. One of my favorite meals my mom would make when I was a kid was spaghetti. When I was a vegetarian in high school and college she switched from using a meat based sauce to a vegetable sauce so I could enjoy the pasta too. Now she makes my own batch of macaroni and cheese or lasagna with gluten-free noodles for family gatherings. Pasta is wonderful and it was definitely one of the top foods I missed when going gluten-free. I'm really glad that there are restaurants offering gluten-free pasta!

Prior to eating at Bravo! for the first time a few weeks ago, I'd only had gluten-free pasta at two restaurants: Rusty Bucket and Olive Garden. Both have great gluten-free options and their pasta is pretty tasty. A fellow gluten-free friend of mine, Sarai McCulley, suggested I eat at Bravo! for their gluten-free pasta, which she prefers over Olive Garden. I couldn't wait to try it out!

Photobomb Cat

Amelia just couldn't resist!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

We're Moving!

Remember when I said I had news to share concerning Kenneth (AKA Dr. Brunson) graduating from OSU's College of Veterinary Medicine? The big news is that Kenneth has accepted a position as a veterinarian in Bright, Indiana! We will be moving to the Cincinnati area in a few weeks!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I had tacos at Whole Foods today in Upper Arlington - they were delicious! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Doctor in 2014

Today is the Oath and Hooding Ceremony for the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2014. Kenneth and 138 of his classmates will officially become doctors in a a few hours!

This evening is the culmination of years and years of hard work, lots of studying and many hours spent learning and practicing new skills. All of this hard work is about to pay off! I'm so happy that Kenneth has found a career that makes him happy and that he is good (amazing, actually) at. It's a wonderful thing when you get to spend your days doing something you love doing! For me, the fact that he will have a secure job and will be helping animals are just added bonuses. I am most happy that he has found his dream job! 

With Kenneth's graduation comes more news - which I will be sharing with you, on the blog, shortly! Today is about Kenneth getting to shed the stress and worries of being a student and enjoy the reality of becoming Dr. Kenneth Brunson, DVM. 

Congratulations to Kenneth and all of his classmates, especially those who have become our good friends these past four years and have helped support Kenneth! You made it!!!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

For Nicole

So long as I have internet, Nicole, I will be posting cat photos. This one of Amelia is for you!

Veterinary School Senior Sendoff

Last night was Kenneth's Senior Sendoff Celebration for Veterinary School. He graduates in two days! Congratulations Class of 2014!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

State of Devotion Apparel & Accessories

State of Devotion is a clothing company that makes a variety of Ohio themed t-shirts and accessories. State of Devotion started in 2011 and opened it's flagship store in Grandview Heights earlier this year. They use American Apparel fitted t-shirts and print their awesome designs right here in Ohio. 

Spring Storm

I like thunderstorms... and I hate them. They make me really nervous. I'm always scared that a regular thunderstorm will turn into a terrifying tornado. Despite my fear though, I find them fascinating. It's hard to not watch a spring or summer storm rumble by. The tall cumulonimbus clouds looming over you. The way the sky goes from a bright and cheerful blue to stormy grey and purple in what feels like only a matter of minutes. A flash of lightning and the whole sky lights up, bright as midday, followed by the crashing BOOM of thunder. 

I can't look away.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Ramps + Pizza

Harvest Pizzeria had ramps* on tonight's special! It was delicious! The special featured wild ramps from Ohio and West Virginia, truffled mushrooms from Athens County, fennel sausage, Taleggio cheese and local honey. We enjoyed it on top of a gluten-free crust - it was divine! 

To round out the meal, I enjoyed a very gingery Moscow Mule. Read my full review of Harvest Pizzeria, written after my first visit, here!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Our Lovely View

The view from our apartment balcony. I'm so glad this rainy, dreary day ended with sunshine!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

16th Annual Mid-Ohio JDRF Promise Ball to Raise Money for Type 1 Diabetes Research

Former Congressman, Zachary T. Space, 
is this year's honoree at the Promise Ball.
JDRF is a global organization which funds innovative research on type 1 diabetes. I was recently contacted by the Mid-Ohio Chapter of JDRF to see if I would be interested in interviewing the JDRF 2014 Promise Ball honoree and his son, Zachary and Nicholas Space. I'm glad to have this opportunity to learn more about JDRF.

Let's backtrack a little bit though. What is diabetes? I'm sure for most of us, if you don't have the disease yourself or have a close family member or friend with it, you don't give it much thought. A few terms might be familiar, like blood glucose and insulin. Let's fix that, together. 

Diabetes, or, diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disease which results in the patient having high blood sugar. Diabetes is caused by the body not producing enough insulin or by the body not using insulin correctly. 

There are three types of diabetes: 

  • Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is caused by the pancreas not producing enough insulin. Patients with T1D are insulin dependent and have to monitor their diet, exercise and stress levels to manage their blood sugar.
  • Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) results from the body becoming resistant to its own insulin. T2D can be managed and even reversed with proper diet and exercise. 
  • Gestational Diabetes occurs in pregnant women when they develop a high blood glucose level. 

Bees + Blossoms

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Gluten-Free Rhubarb Oven Cake + Recipe

Happy Earth Day! To celebrate I made a gluten-free rhubarb oven cake for dessert. My Dad sent me home with some rhubarb from the garden on Easter Sunday and I was excited to put it to good use!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Harvest Pizzeria - German Village

Harvest Pizzeria is my new favorite place for gluten-free pizza! I can't believe I didn't try eating here sooner! I went to Harvest with my parents last month for dinner. We arrived at the perfect moment to be seated without having to wait. The dining area is small but very open. Large windows on two sides of the room let in a ton of natural light.

Saying Goodbye to Chester

We said goodbye last week to a very special member of our family. Our sweet Chester would have been sixteen years old on May 4th. Chessie had congestive heart failure and was struggling to breath. My parents had him put to sleep on Monday, April 14th so he wouldn't suffer anymore.

Dealing with the loss of a family member, human or animal, is always difficult. Chester had been in our family for nearly sixteen years. It will take a long time to adjust to life without him. I wanted to share some of my memories and photos of our very sweet and photogenic Chessie.