I haven’t done a photo post in awhile, so I thought it might be fun to share a little update of my spring and summer so far. At the end, I’ve also included some things on my future to-do list for the rest of the summer. Don’t forget to sign up for the Columbus Culinary Connection newsletter either; you’ll get monthly updates and recent posts straight to your inbox! Here are some of my most memorable sunny moments so far for 2018.
Jeni’s Strawberry Jam
Jeni of Jeni’s Ice Creams hosts a strawberry-themed bash every summer, featuring all things berry or delicious from Rambling House Soda, Ray Ray’s Hog Pit BBQ, Fox in the Snow Cafe, Dough Mama, Hot Chicken Takeover, Bacca Coffee, and Little Eater, as well as a Land-Grant beer to wash it all down and Hirsch berries to take home.
Bake Me Happy
I finally made it to this gluten-free bakery, and was blown away. Bake Me Happy makes all your favorite childhood treats, like oatmeal creme pies and zebra cakes, in addition to pepperoni pizza scones and donut muffins!
Hooray for Fresh, Local Food
I’ve been enjoying our garden produce and some bounty from local farmers markets. I scored these great pickled onions in Athens, and my husband is crazy for the ‘shrooms from Tiger Mushroom Farms in salads. I also made this strawberry-rhubarb cream cheese tart which was warm weather-ready and up the last of the season’s rhubarb.
Eating at The Top
Some other local bloggers and I went to The Top steakhouse in Bexley for a fun event, where we sampled a little bit of everything, including escargot, lobster salad, shrimp cocktail, cheesecake, and an immense bone-in steak.
We love our yearly traditions in my family, and always have brunch with mom for Mother’s Day and get back to our German roots for Father’s Day. We left both get-togethers absolutely stuffed. Above is just a taste of our Deutschland-inspired feast.
A few other things on my summer bucket list:
- A visit to High Bank Distillery – I am intrigued by their menu and am always down to sample a local whiskey
- I just left Washington D.C. for a quick weekend getaway, and will be sharing more about our eats soon
- The Dublin Irish Festival – we always have so much fun at this event every year
- Staycationing at Hotel LeVeque – super excited for this one and ready to be a tourist in my own city
- The Columbus Food Truck Festival – so many trucks to try, so little time
What are you up to this summer? Let me know your Columbus summer checklist!