Monday, August 14, 2006

Loooong Overdue Mishmosh Post!

At Katzinger's Deli in Columbus

So yet again it has been awhile since I have posted...

In Columbus I did eat some good brisket at an authentic German deli called Katzinger's in the Germantown section where German immigrants settled generations ago. I also had some fairly decent Vietnamese food while I completed my adoption law exam in Columbus prior to leaving.

Back in Philly, I hit up Ten Stone, a nice bar/pub on South Street for a late lunch. I had a nice duck sandwich with berry sauce.

On August 8 I left Philly for a quick stop in Williamsburg and then on to Charlotte. In Charlotte I ate with my mom and stepdad, Steve at Copper, a modern Indian restaurant. We had some fabulous shrimp and Steve had his favorite lamb dish.

The next night my Dad, AKA Big Jon, took me to Nolen Kitchen, a newish restaurant that was voted "Best New Restaurant" in Charlotte by Creative Loafing's critics. I had a wonderful warm octopus salad and Dad had some yummy scallops served with pureed corn, asparagus and red peppers. For dessert we shared a strawberry shortcake with pink peppercorn ice cream! The ice cream was quite good, very creamy with a peppery kick.

Finally, on Saturday August 12 I had some food native to Arequipa, Peru at an event hosted by the Charlotte Sister Cities organization. My dad's girlfriend Diane is a Board Member so we had to check it out! The food was awesome and I don't really know what I ate exactly but the hot peppers stuffed with ground beef, raisins and nuts were very spicy and extremely delicious!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Christopher would be disappointed...

Columbus, Ohio - I am here taking a one week course in adoption law at Capital University. So far the course work is quite interesting and I have encountered some nice folks from law schools all over the country.
The city (or shall I say town) of Columbus, on the other hand, has not impressed me so far! When I arrived on Sunday the downtown area was deserted and my roommate Jill and I had to walk several blocks just to find an open restaurant! We did end up finding a place called Ted's Montana Grill that had a respectable bison burger but geez - where is everybody?! The other neat place we visited is called North Market - a Reading Terminal market-like place with all kinds of food stalls. We had some delicious sushi there and also hit up Ben & Jerry's last night (sadly I had to get sorbet because of my lactose problem). Hopefully tonight I will get to German Village - supposedly a neat area so look for news of that soon!

Rose Tattoo

Desserts at Rose Tattoo Cafe

Also on July 27 I met my mom and stepdad at the fabulous Rose Tattoo Cafe for dinner. I had a feeling this place was going to be fabulous so I restrained myself at the earlier reception and resisted pigging out! I was definitely right.
The Rose Tattoo is a neat place - the decor is much more beautiful than one might imagine for a place with "tattoo" in the title. It has a New Orleans flair, with plants throughout and multiple bars (one non-smoking). Apparently there is a neat upstairs seating area as well - I will have to check this out next time.
My stepdad Steve had the mushroom bisque - very tasty - and the tuna special - rare ahi tuna pan seared over soba noodles served with broccoli rabe in a wasabi flavored jus. Always true to form, my mom got the duck breast, which was served with a blackberry sauce over a fried couscous cake. Since I was still a little full from lunch I ordered the grilled scallop appetizer served with smoked trout salad. The scallops were good but I was happy to receive tastes from both my mom and Steve since their dishes were downright awesome!
Dessert was the best part. We shared a peach cobbler with ice cream and a mini-chocolate cream pie on an oatmeal cookie crust. The cakey crust on the peach cobbler was scrumptious and the chocolate pie was almost as good as Grandma Sarah's. Yummy!

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Wining and Dining

Later on July 27 we headed over to one of the major law firms for a Public Interest Reception that was graciously hosted for all of the public interest interns in Philly. Wine, beer and some huge boiled shrimp made for a fun afternoon! I saw Sara and Marilyn from W&M and caught up on all the Marshall Wythe high gossip.