In case you missed it on Saturday, my second segment on 10TV aired, with me and Karina Nova visiting Kolache Republic in the Brewery District (see some behind the scenes photos here). We got to talk with Doug and Ben and watch them make fresh kolaches for the day. Watch the video clip here!
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Taste of Dine Originals is this week Thursday! Hosted by the members of Dine Originals Columbus, the event raises money for Buckeye Ranch.
I’m sharing some of Mrs. Bfast w/Nick’s photos from last year’s event to give you a taste of what you can sample. The event is a showcase of some of Columbus’ best and brightest in the culinary world.
Expect all sorts of delicious treats and drinks.
Tickets are $100, but it supports a good cause. And you’ll get to eat and drink your way through an amazing Columbus culinary tour the whole evening.
Taste of Dine Originals
Thursday, May 9, 6-9pm
Capitol University Field House
670 Pleasant Ridge Ave.
Happy Chinese New Year! The celebration of the Year of the Snake starts today and runs for fifteen days. The folks at Molly Woo’s Asian Bistro are kicking things off with a traditional Chinese Lion Dance at 4 p.m. today, and to include others in the overall celebrations, they’re providing a $25 giftcard to give away to my readers!
To enter, first take a look at the Molly Woo’s menu, and simply comment on this post (by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 12) by saying what you would order if you were going to celebrate the Chinese New Year there!
It’s a dream come true. I’ve always wanted a breakfast dish named for me, and well, here we are.
This week, which I’m sure you have marked on your calendars, is National Pancake Week. It’s a week to celebrate our justification for having cake for breakfast. In Central Ohio the six Sunny Street Cafe locations are celebrating with pancake specials every day. You can visit them seven mornings in a row and sample a different style, from pumpkin to berries to chocolate to maple glaze.
And on Friday, February 8, you can enjoy Pancakes With Nick: buttermilk pancakes stuffed with bacon and sausage, served with eggs on top. It’s the full breakfast experience.
I’ll be there on Friday, most likely at the Arena District location, but you can have Pancakes With Nick at all six Sunny Street locations:
Arena District – 277 W. Nationwdie Blvd.
Dublin – Sawmill – 7573 Sawmill Rd.
Dublin – Avery Road – 7042 Hospital Dr.Grove City – 2788 London-Groveport Rd.
New Albany – 5481 New Albany Rd. West
Westerville – 644 N. State St.
EDIT: Here is Sunny Street Cafe’s press release, with descriptions of each pancake.
Dine Originals Week has wrapped up! Did anyone make any good discoveries? We managed to try three places, which is saying something considering our busy schedules and the kids! For one of the first nights, we hit up our family-favorite Katalina’s Cafe Corner. There we were able to try both their lunch and dinner specialties. The lunch item was a nice, fresh fall salad. It was loaded with figs, baby onions, cheese, and roasted acorn squash. Like a big, leafy pile of autumn.
We also split their dinner special: a skirt steak with skillet potatoes and a side of the fall salad. The steak was medium rare and sliced into thin strips. While it was a little chewy, the crust was packed with flavor: smokey, sweet, spicy all at once. Nice crispy side potatoes, again with a little bit of heat, plus a helping of the salad on the side. For dessert we devoured their pumpkin custard in seconds. I wasn’t even quick enough to get a picture.
Later in the week we visited Katzinger’s Deli to try their special. It’s been too long since we last visited, and we were in the mood for some reuben sandwiches, so we ordered their corned beef and turkey reubens. Both were quite good – the meats and sauces were spot-on, although the bread was a little hard. They came with different sides, both decent but not notable: a roasted squash soup and potato salad. They tossed in some chocolate chunk cookies, too.
Our last visit was a Friday morning breakfast at Pistacia Vera. I’ve had Pistacia Vera’s baked goods many times before, but never had the pleasure of sitting down to one of their delightful breakfasts. My wife ordered their DO Week special of a thick slice of mushroom quiche with a side salad and a cup of coffee. The quiche was big and moist and loaded with mushrooms – really superb. I ordered their baked eggs, but you’ll just have to wait to read more about those!
What about you? Did you try any new places last week?
Dine Originals Week is off and running! Some of Columbus’ most creative restaurants are busy offering fixed-price lunch and dinner menus (with the occasional brunch, yes) from November 12-18, allowing customers to easily sample the soups, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, salads, desserts, cocktails, and more from around the city.
During this week, you can enter to win a $50 gift certificate from Dine Originals (for use after this week)! To enter, you need to read through the Dine Originals Week menus here, then comment on this post with an answer to this question: as the weather is turning colder this week, we think of more warm, comfort food to get us through chilly days. Which two menu items from the week sound the most warm and comforting to you, and why? Comment by the end of Dine Originals Week (midnight on Sunday, November 18) to enter!
Local Foods Week is nearly upon us! Join Local Matters from August 11-19 for a jam-packed schedule of markets, tastings, tours, classes, trucks, and family events (see complete schedule at the link above). Remember that you should always start with a good breakfast, so if you want to get a solid beginning to the week, you need a hearty early meal. You can kick off the celebration by stopping at one of these suggested places.
One of my regular breakfasts around town, Katalina’s Cafe Corner, prides itself on sourcing local ingredients whenever possible. Their favorite Mazatlan pork and egg sandwich uses a succulent pork shoulder from Bluescreek Farms. Likewise, the spices for their Latin-themed dishes come from local markets or from North Market Spices.
Likewise, Rick and Krista at Knead Urban Diner pride themselves on creating delectable meals out of Ohio ingredients. They cure many of their own meats, bake their own breads and pastries, and literally hang a map on the wall showing from where their ingredients are sourced. Rick’s house-made bacon is worthy of note, or their homemade sausage gravy and biscuits, featuring eggs from Holistic Acres.
And don’t forget the coffee! Columbus is full of strong coffee roasters. The recently opened One Line Coffee in Short North roasts their own beans in Heath, Ohio. They use all manner of coffee preparations – hot and cold, simple and complex – to show off their roasts.
Even if you’re making breakfast at home this week, try picking up some local ingredients to build your dishes. Stop by the Clintonville Community Market or North Market Poultry & Game for Ohio eggs. Pick up some challah from Eleni-Christina Bakery in Short North. Visit any one of the city’s farmers’ markets to get fresh veggies for an omelet.
Join me for the start of Local Foods Week tomorrow morning! I’m hosting the pancake breakfast at the Hills Market from 8-11, and I’ll be selling/signing books, too!
A quick post, while I’m working on a whole host of reviews. Take a gander at last month’s (614) Magazine, where yours truly debuted a new monthly column about breakfast. The September topic: three obscure diners around Columbus. If you get a chance, hit up one of the diners there. Next month’s will be a delicious piece, too!
235 Grandville SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Open Mon-Sat 11 am – 3 am; Sun 3 pm – 2 am
Accepts cash and credit cards
Date of Visit: Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.
IMPRESSIONS: This is a little strange in that I’m reviewing a brewery for my breakfast blog. I can’t say I get this opportunity very often, but here’s my chance to combine two loves: breakfast and beer. Normally I don’t find myself drinking in the a.m., trust me.
The event here is the annual Founder’s Brewery Breakfast Stout Breakfast. Their Breakfast Stout is a big-bodied stout brewed with chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal – all things you might find in your breakfast. The event itself used to mark the annual release of the Breakfast Stout in September, but last year Founder’s starting brewing BS year-round, and held the breakfast simply as a fun event.
ATMOSPHERE: Founder’s is probably my favorite brewery, so I love everything about visiting the place. It’s one big open space with a long bar, plenty of tables, a stage on one end, large windows that open onto their patio, and big glass walls so you can see the brewery operations. It’s spacious and cozy at the same time.
During the breakfast they were packed to capacity at about 225 people. It was crowded, but navigable. Kudos to Mark Dorich (the event coordinator) and the Founder’s crew for successfully organizing a sold-out beer event like this.
FOOD: The breakfast food for the event was provided by San Chez, one of Grand Rapids’ best restaurants. All of the marketing for the event bragged about the food catered by San Chez. This had me all excited, because I’ve reviewed San Chez Cafe’s breakfast before, and had heard of some great items at last year’s Breakfast Stout Breakfast.
The food turned out to be okay, and that was about it. While it was catered by San Chez, and all the folks there were super nice and enthusiastic, we were treated to a pretty standard breakfast buffet. This was disappointing, especially knowing how good of a breakfast San Chez can really create (see the review linked above). Granted, the beer, more than the food, was the focus, but after all the advertising featuring San Chez’s food, I expected a little more.
The buffet started out with a basket of pastries, then fresh fruit, then biscuits and gravy (pictured above).
Here’s my first plate of breakfast (yes, I did go back for seconds). The pastries were pretty standard – you had a choice of a danish or a muffin. Fresh fruit was fresh fruit. The biscuits were too dry and hard – they could have done a much better job of keeping them fresh and moist. The sausage gravy (there was a vegetarian option, too) was good, but it couldn’t do enough to soften the biscuits. The gravy itself had chopped up sausage links in it, almost as an after-thought to justify the “sausage” in the title. Eggs were fine, bacon and sausage links were pretty standard. The potatoes were the biggest disappointment – they were essentially stale potato chips. Again, all the gravy in the world couldn’t soak them through.
Clearly the capstone of the breakfast, however, was the Breakfast Stout itself. Served in a commemorative mug, the stout looks like a real cup of coffee, except with a tan foam across the top and a small bite from that 8.3% alcohol by volume. It’s a delicious, delicious beer, and the breakfast itself is more of an excuse to go drink Breakfast Stout at the brewery. The Breakfast Stout is probably one of my top-ten favorite beers of all time, and my second favorite of Founder’s. It’s beaten out by a similar stout called the Kentucky Breakfast Stout, a stout brewed with vanilla then aged for a year in bourbon barrels.
SERVICE: Founder’s planned out this event to a T. They started right at 10, and handled a line of 225 hungry and thirsty customers easily. We arrived just before 10 and were at the back of a line that curved around the corner, but it took no time at all to get in.
The service was buffet-style, but San Chez planted servers at the stations to control the portions. There turned out to be plenty of it – I heard they ran out last year – in fact, there was food left over a couple hours later. You picked up your mug at the door; each mug had a ticket in it for one fill-up of Breakfast Stout, which you picked up at the bar. All in all, it ran smoothly. We were in a group of five, at the back of the line, and we found a table, got our beer, and walked through the buffet line all by 10:20 or so. Not bad too shabby.
Two servers in particular were having a good old time with it. One of the guys (the one on the left) told me, “Where else can you drink beer and eat greasy food at 10 a.m. It’s America!”
OVERALL: Yeah, I’m planning on heading back for next year’s Breakfast Stout Breakfast. Taking everything into account, it’s a great event, especially for beer geeks. The quality of the featured beer and the brewery itself eclipse the mediocre food. Hopefully San Chez can step it up a bit and major Founder’s quality. But what better way to enjoy a top-notch beer at one of the world’s best breweries, than by adding some breakfast and a little camaraderie into the mix?
A good breakfast start to the New Year! This is my plate of food at the Wild Goose Creative New Year’s Festival brunch. After kicking things off with a party last night, we began slowly this morning with a brunch of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, juice, coffee, and muffins. There’s something really special about a quiet breakfast after all the noise and hype of New Year’s Eve.
Anyway, Happy New Year, everyone! You’re welcome to join us at any time during the Festival. You can check the schedule and register here. And don’t forget that you’re welcome to join me tomorrow at 9 a.m. at
Banana Bean Cafe (340 Greenlawn Ave.) for breakfast. You can meet directly at the restaurant, or at the Wild Goose space (2491 Summit St.) at 8:30 to carpool down there.