Monday, October 15, 2018

Columbus, OH Edition: Schmidt's Sausage Haus & Restaurant

Schmidts

Schmidt's Sausage Haus & Restaurant is known for two things: sausage and cream puffs.

Schmidts

That may be an odd combo, but at this German restaurant, it's totally the norm.

Schmidts

Man Vs. Food has visited the restaurant - for their very first episode!

Schmidts

So here's the gigantic cream puff. Which really was very good.

Schmidts

And I had to also try the Bahama Mama - which is their famous beef and pork, hickory-smoked sausage spiced with secret seasoning and stuffed in an old world, natural casing. It was awarded Columbus Monthly "10 Best Entrees."

Schmidts

Here's Dawn in awe that I wanted to try both!

Schmidts

The sausage was good, but it was odd to me there wasn't much in the way of sauces to go with it. The mustard at the table was not my preference, so I would've loved another. But it was tasty!

Schmidt's Sausage Haus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Columbus, OH Edition: 16-Bit Bar + Arcade

16-bit

16-Bit Bar + Arcade is such a fun spot for us adults who like to think we're still kids. Drinks & games? Sign me up.

16-bit

The place has a bunch of classic arcade games, as well as some fun drinks.

16-bit

This is the Hulk Hogan. It's blueberry vodka, lemonade and bomb pop popsicle. Yess.

16-bit

I tried to learn Centipede and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But then we ended up playing some Mortal Kombat. I mean, any 90s kid would gravitate to that, right?

16-Bit Bar + Arcade Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Columbus, OH Edition: Bibibop Asian Grill

Bibibop

Oddly enough, if there's one restaurant I'm STILL thinking about since leaving Columbus, it's Bibibop.

Bibibop

This counter-service restaurant focuses on Asian flavors, and there are about 30 locations throughout the country.

Bibibop

Despite being full from a day -- or weekend -- of eating, I couldn't resist the lineup of all those amazing toppings.

Bibibop

I got a bowl with white rice, black beans, cheese, corn, with spicy chicken and yum yum and teriyaki sauce. OMG I want it right now. So amazingly delicious.

Bibibop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, October 12, 2018

Columbus, OH Edition: Condado Tacos

Condado Tacos

Condado Tacos is a stop that came up time and time again when I was asking for restaurant suggestions in the area.

Condado Tacos

This build-your-own taco shop allows for tons of customization, but they also have some pre-built tacos.

Condado Tacos

I was excited to try my hand at my own creation, but I soon learned that maybe I should leave it up to the professionals

Condado Tacos

Look at Dawn's cute margarita flight!

Condado Tacos

And while my mash-up of queso fresco, lettuce, tomato, pickled onion was tasty- it was a tad tooo sweet. But not bad!

Condado Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Columbus, OH Edition: Cookie Dough Creamery

Cookie Dough Creamery

Sometimes your brain just tells you you need ice cream. Immediately.

Cookie Dough Creamery

Dawn and I were driving when we decided to see what ice cream was nearby. Luckily, the Cookie Dough Creamery was nearby - ice cream AND cookie dough. 

Cookie Dough Creamery

I have never been to a cookie dough shop, so this was kind of a win-win. I got a small cup full of ice cream and tried a few different cookie doughs: peanut butter, praline, etc. Safe to eat cookie dough is heaven.

Cookie Dough Creamery

And I'll say it: graham cracker is the most underrated ice cream topping. So good with a little texture and reminds me of smores. MMmmm. So yummy!

Cookie Dough Creamery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Columbus, OH Edition: Hot Chicken Takeover

Hot Chicken Takeover

Hot Chicken Takeover is a restaurant located at the North Market and brings Nashville hot chicken to Columbus.

Hot Chicken Takeover

I've had actual hot chicken in Nashville, so I wasn't sure about this whole place. But I'm really glad I gave it a go!

Hot Chicken Takeover

It's cool how they make it so fresh, they run out. So get there at a good hour!

Hot Chicken Takeover

I actually went for a kid's meal (since I ate at 5000 different places per day), and it was a great deal! I got a boneless mild chicken piece with a side of macaroni & cheese. And their housemade ranch was delish.

Hot Chicken Takeover Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Frank's Pastry Shop Pumpkin Donut

Franks Pastry pumpkin donutWhen I went to Frank's Pastry Shop previously, I asked what their most popular donut was. They told me it was their pumpkin donut, but it's seasonal. So I marked it on my calendar for a return visit. And, it was worth it! This pumpkin donut is thick, cake-like but with a delicious sugary icing on top. Mmm Mmm.

Franks Pastry pumpkin donut

Columbus, OH Edition: North Market

Pistachio Vera

North Market is SO cute!

North Market

I love seeing all these vendors gathering with a common goal of improving the community and providing goods for them.

North Market

North Market has an incredible amount of vendors with everything from spices and ice cream to coffee and fish.

North Market

Jeni's Ice Cream is a staple! I didn't grab any this time, but I do love it.

North Market

I snagged some pretzel samples from Brezel and wowwow.

North Market

And, flowers can make any day better!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

My friend Dawn and I recently made a weekend trip to Cincinnati, and we just so happened to plan it during one of the biggest events of the year: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati


Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, is America’s largest Oktoberfest. It is said to be the second largest in the world, behind Munich. 

Oktoberfest ZinzinnatiSome of the highlights for me included the world's largest chicken dance. In 1994, it broke the world record for the largest Chicken Dance with 48,000 participants, and they host it each year. So we got to take place in that! 

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati showcases the rich German heritage of Southwest Ohio, as well as tasty samples of German-style music, food and beer. First held in 1976, the event has grown to be America's largest Oktoberfest with more than 575,000 people attending each year.
Oktoberfest ZinzinnatiAnd, they had a bratwurst-eating contest, where none other than Joey Chestnut competed. He won with 68 Glier's brats in 10 minutes, two off his world record. He's the only winner ever in Cincinnati's brat-eating contest - which was in its ninth year.

Oktoberfest ZinzinnatiI became interested in the Major League Eaters when they came to West Virginia to eat pepperoni rolls. Joey wasn't there, but I keep hoping one year he will be!


This festival was large, rowdy and fun.

Columbus, OH Edition: Pistacia Vera

Pistachio Vera




One of my absolute favorite things about big cities is their markets.

Pistachio Vera

I visited North Market, and one of my first stops was Pistacia Vera.


Pistachio Vera

For each and every Pistacia Vera creation, there is…

A PROCESS.

Meticulous technique. It’s the secret ingredient in all of our desserts and confections.

A BEAUTY.

A hand-crafted pastry is its own work of art. With our passion for quality and detail, our kitchen is just as much patisserie as art studio.

A MOMENT TO SAVOR.

We think dessert should be fun. We think it should be inspiring. We think even the smallest enjoyments can make life immeasurably better.

Pistachio Vera

I, of course, had to try the pistachio flavor. It was delish. These little delicacies are a favorite, ever since I became spoiled when my friend Kaitlynn's husband began making them!

Pistacia Vera Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato