German Village in south-central Columbus gets its name from the huge number of German immigrants who found their way to the city. Indeed, its close houses and brick streets evoke a very European semblance of closeness. Almost as old as the streets themselves is one of the best known restaurants in town: Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, a 125-year-old centerpiece of culture in the quaint neighborhood. It serves up custom sausages and German beers in a festive atmosphere with old-time musicians and costumes. It may as well be the German Village town hall.
In the past few days I’ve tried to bring a few essentials for setting up and shooting food photos for the upstart food blogger. I hope I’ve been able to help some of the other new foodies out there who wanted to start a blog without a background in photography. The shooting of a … Read more
As a growing chain of restaurants based in Columbus, Mark Pi’s has since branched out to Indiana and even California with around a dozen concepts and a growing number of locations. The place specializes in quick Chinese food in a casual and modern environment, with locations planted around populations of time-strapped people, such as this one at Ohio State University. The menu is relatively typical of a Chinese place and it’s packaged to-go, which definitely makes it the type of place that will attract a large crowd of people who want convenience regardless of what it tastes like.
An upscale, sleek fine dining option in a relatively modest chain of local stores, Shish Kebab graces Bethel Centre in northwest Columbus with all of the allure of a clean, upscale concept with a very ethnic menu. The subdued interior and sheltered patio create a very intimate setting where kebabs and kofte are expertly prepared and served with garnish and class. This is the kind of place you’ll want to reserve for a fancy date or romantic special occasion. There’s just something very sexy about the whole atmosphere of the place.
One of numerous local restaurants along the Bethel Road shopping area on Columbus’ east side, Matcha offers something that was unheard of ten years ago but now seems to be growing in popularity: a frozen yogurt shop. No ice cream in sight. The neat little self-serve store gives you a dozen different flavors to try to about a hundred different things to put on it, charging by the ounce for the delicious dessert. Among the pretty decorations and suave green titles, one thing is clear at Matcha: Frozen Yogurt, once the under appreciated little brother of more notorious dairy treats has finally come of age.
1998 North High Street Columbus, OH 43201 614.291.3923 website Students at Ohio State University have an endless buffet of choices as they mill down High Street in central Columbus. Bars, late-night snack stands and lunch counters cater to the college student night owl lifestyle; seemingly the only cuisine in short supply around college campuses is … Read more
The other day, I implored my fellow foodies on the necessities of good photographs in their reviews. Indeed, I’ve found photos to be a necessity in what I do. But then again, I’m sure you knew that. Today, I’ll bring up a few points about photographing food. It’s a very different beast from other … Read more
Practically a hole in the wall of downtown Columbus, Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace has dozens of options for hot dogs the nation over. The massive menu of different dressings is modeled after singiture dishes in major cities all around. Built into an otherwise quiet block, the business attracts people to an area looking for attention, as a nearby local grocery store can attest. It’s a busy place during lunch hour and I’m sure natives of many other areas come here to see if they can get a little taste of home while in Columbus. While the hot dogs are delicious, I’m not sure I can call the attempt to emulate every good food in the country successful.
A little ways from the hustle and bustle of German Village’s main stretch, Easy Street Cafe is a lot of different things meshed into one. The Cafe has a distinctly Greek-themed menu and it operates a bar, too. It’s not easy to classify a place like this, and it brings in a definite charm. The place seems to appeal primarily to the younger population of the area with its variety of tasty foods. The place is the kind you hear from a friend of a friend…in another city. It’s something you’ll want to see for yourself.
One of the most under appreciated (and tough to master) aspects of running a food blog of any kind is managing the photography. Until the day we invent smell-o-vision or tastable TV, a picture on a food blog is worth more than a thousand words. As I’ve managed my blog over the course of the … Read more