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December 9, 2010

Dining Out | Nosh

I have been meaning to get to Silo and its small plates/bar little sister Nosh for oh, well, forever.  Cue the heroic Zeus and Demeter who, very kindly, took little Cherub to see Yo Gabba Gabba Live.   We are, after all, a rock and roll kind of family. 

It’s lovely to have lots time.   We ordered started early with the cocktail menu and then ordered several times at a leisurely pace from the shared plates section of the menu. 

Nosh turned out to be everything I kind of hoped for: creative, local flavors with a bit of comfort thrown in.  It makes you realize that San Antonio is not all bar-b-que and enchiladas. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  I will be having and posting about both in the next few days, to be sure.) Nosh is a perfect spot to hit if you’re a foodie from out-of-town.  It’s not far from Alamo Heights and the McNay, it’s got a decent happy hour and a creative cocktail menu.  I love Nosh’s concept of a flight of cocktails.  Especially if several are looking alluring.  Which they managed to do pretty easily.  The service is thoughtful and eager without being intrusive.

We will certainly be back again next time we’re in town, and if we lived here, it’d be a regular favorite.

 

Shrimp “corn dogs”: Tempura battered shrimp on a stick with spicy mayo
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November 18, 2010

Cocktails at Mouton

Mouton, that swanky little bar in the Short North, tempted me with this vintage cocktail. Arsenic & Old Lace: Gin, Pernod, Creme de Violette, Vermouth, Orange Bitters. The perfect, strong happy hour libation. Happy Thursday.

Playlist included Time to Pretend, by MGMT.

954 N. High Street  Twitter @MoutonOnHigh  http://www.mouton954.com

November 4, 2010

Dine Originals Week | November 2010 Menu Previews

Dine Originals Week starts this Monday, November 8th and runs through Sunday, November 14th.  Truly, this is one of the best times of year to visit one of the 53 independently owned and arguably best restaurants in Columbus.  At all 53 you will find specially designed three course meals for $10, $20 or $30.  Perusing this year’s preview menus, I’ve staked out a few (just a few, really…) that I’m wanting to try.  Give a click to any of the restaurant names below to link to the proposed menus.

For $10 you can sample of the tremendous fare at Tasi for lunch, lose yourself in a dreamy, sugary collection of six pastries from the elegant folks at Pistacia Vera or enjoy real New York-style deli fare at Katzinger’s.  Or head to Bodega, one of my favorite bars (Persephone has favorite bars, I just realized this.) for an inexpensive dinner.  These are all for ten bucks, people.  Get out there!

For a bit more at $20 a person you have a wealth of choices.  Dinner at Columbus Brewing Company is a good choice, especially if you opt to try some of Eric Bean’s (CBC’s skillful brewmaster) new beers while you’re there.  The Sticke Alt and the Winter Warmer are two that would pair pretty well with this week’s menu.  Or for a warm, cozy dinner head to Figlio, for a great menu with several choices for each course.

For $30, you’re really starting to get into some serious culinary fireworks.  I stalk the folks at Skillet (they know I do, it’s a friendly kind of stalking…) for menus such as the one Chef Caskey has proposed for this week’s dinner.  I also will admit to kind of a restaurant crush on Rigsby’s Kitchen and G. Michael’s Bistro, both have really luscious looking menus.

And for absolute fun, for the love of Pete, head to Surly Girl Saloon.  For $30 you get dinner for two!  And they have a choice of menus: a little bit trashy or a little bit classy.  I think I’m partial to the trashy side of things.  Anyplace that serves Frito Pie as an appetizer and ding dong cupcakes for dessert is ok in my book.

To top it all off, dine out next week at these wonderful places because a portion of the proceeds benefit the educational programs run by Local Matters.  Eat good, do good!

Have fun next week, kids.  See you out there!

October 19, 2010

Cocktails at the Rossi with Maia

Maia and I enjoyed cocktails and dinner at The Rossi tonight.  Maia is rather worldly and has been just about everywhere in this fair city of ours.  I love that about her.  She can order with the pros.

I started with a Ohio Apple Pie cocktail with some Brothers Drake mead because I just recently tasted all their fall releases.  The Rossi is one of the swanky places that carries this fine stuff.  Nicolene, the creative barkeep at Rossi, pairs Brothers Drake Apple Pie mead with another local libation, OYO vodka, and finishes it off with a garnish of cinnamon and sugar.  Really nice pairing.

Maia had the Fletcher and Bligh with Ten Cane rum, key lime juice, some maraschino liqueur.  The beautifully presented martini glass is kissed with vanilla bean sugar and looks like a frosted winter present, albeit one of delicious alcohol.

Being from Texas, I can’t pass up an opportunity to try an enchilada in any form, and

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September 30, 2010

A New Addition to My Drinks Cabinet

The oh-so-talented and ever-so-cool Ely Brothers extended an invite to the recent Nail or Fail event for Drambuie at Garage Bar.  The event pitted bartenders from across Columbus in the battle for the best reimagined Rusty Nail. 

PK voted for Wayne Walters of Park Street Cantina with his Wasabi Nail.  I loved this because it was part cocktail, part appetizer.  Genius.  He was kind enough to share his recipe with me.  And I’m kind enough to share it with you, too.

Wayne Walters’s Wasabi Nail

1 1/4 oz Drambuie

1/4 oz cucumber juice

1/4 oz grated fresh ginger

1/4 oz wasabi

4 oz sour mix

Shake with ice, pour in a martini glass, garnish with a sliver of wasabi marinated carrot and a skewer of shrimp.

Playlist, thanks to the super-cool DJ, included my personal going-out favorite New in Town, by Little Boots. 

To view the rest of the Ely Brothers’ event pics, click here.

September 9, 2010

Running with Artemis | Bodega for Happy Hour

 

Extra Meaty Pizza, Chicken Tikka and my new favorite beer: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Oh. So. Good!

I adore my Hades, my husband.  He gifted me an evening out, managing Cherub at home.  A job in and of itself.  I enjoyed an evening out with fellow Goddess Artemis at Bodega.  Awesome bar nibbles.  Yes, yes, I know you know about $1 grilled cheese on Mondays. But what about their Chicken Tikka small plate or their All Meat Pizza?  You haven’t had that?  PK reccomends you pair that with their sassy waitstaff and tremendous draft beers. Persephone’s new fave is the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.  What more could you ask for, really?  Maybe bar specials?  Well, they have you covered there, love: 4 to 8 weekdays, half off drafts.

Playlist included anything by Badly Drawn Boy, our waiter.  Who makes tremendous beer recs.

September 4, 2010

Afternoon Off

Thanks to Cronus and Rhea, Hades and I had a rare afternoon out.  We chose Caffe Apropos.  For Organic English Lagers and Nastro Azzurros.  One of the finest locals you can patronize (3rd and Michigan) if you’re a C-Bus resident.  And, to be honest, it never hurts to be carded and called “young lady” by the twenty-something barkeep.  While you’re there, visit their small but hip – and nicely stocked – wine shop for a week night wine you can add (very conveniently) to your tab.

 

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