The Global Food Map of Columbus

One cool aspect of the SMF program is how diverse it is. We have students from all over the globe who have their own unique cultures and culinary backgrounds. The latter is something that I have found most interesting over the past few months. Below you will find the different eateries that I have tried since we arrived back on campus from winter break:

First up: Saigon Asian Bistro out in Lewis Center, OH. We had a class dinner here, where the majority of the class showed up; even some of our professors and their families came. I ordered the Beef Pad Thai and it was pretty good. Unfortunately, God did not give my mouth the ability to handle spicy foods so I always have to order no spices. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this meal.

Next up, a few of my classmates and I headed to Taco Loco in nearby Dublin, Ohio, for a friend’s birthday celebration. One thing about this place is the guacamole. Man, oh man, they have some of the best guac in the state of Ohio. In addition to filling up on guac, I also indulged with one of their burritos, which was also very tasty. All in all, a solid little spot.

SMF Group at Taco Loco

Third, headed to New Taj Mahal on High Street near campus for some Indian food. This was my first attempt at Indian food since the summer of 2014. As mentioned above, I was not blessed with taste buds that are cool with spicy foods, so I was a bit scared. However, I ordered the shrimp biryani and really enjoyed it. Also, the buttered naan that we ordered for the table was delicious.

Fourth and final destination: a few weeks back a group of us headed out to Drelyse African Restaurant in Columbus, OH. This place specializes in West African cuisine and it was my first ever try at this style of food, so I was pumped up. I ordered the jollof chicken, which is pictured below. It was AMAZING. Also, my friend ordered the fried plantains and those were a nice little side dish. Would recommend this place to anyone who is interested in trying West African food.

Jollof Chicken at Drelyse

Four great experiences so far this semeste– really looking forward to continuing to explore the different cultures that we have here in Columbus and expanding my food palette over our final few months in school!

Greek Life at Ohio State

Labor Day weekend is usually a pretty big deal in Columbus. For some, the holiday marks the unofficial end of summer, the day to pack away those white jeans and seersucker shorts until next year. For others, the long weekend is a chance to spend extra time with family and friends, usually around the grill (if the weather cooperates). And this year, of course, Labor Day weekend also marked the return of the Ohio State Football Buckeyes, who started off the season with a 40-20 win over Buffalo. But for me, the best thing about last weekend, and every Labor Day weekend in my recent memory, was the Greek Festival at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in the Short North.

 

Besides touring the beautiful cathedral, this four-day festival offers guests the opportunity to experience traditional Greek dancing and to hear Greek folk songs as performed by the Hellenic Singers. However, the highlight of the festival, by far, is the food. Whether you want gyros and souvlaki or homemade mousakka, you will find it at the festival- and it will be DELICIOUS! There is even an entire room dedicated to pastries.

 

This year, the Greek festival was especially memorable because I was able to enjoy it with some of my new SMF classmates, including one student who is actually from Athens and so was able to teach us all a lot about the Greek culture and language. While we were there, we even ran into two of our SMF faculty members and their families, which was great!

Of course, the Greek Festival is not the only festival we have in Columbus. In fact, from April to November, there seems to be at least one every weekend. Check out a list of all of the 2013 festivals here.

Καλή Όρεξη!

[Bon appetit!]

Things to do in Columbus (plus, a little buckeye)

This past weekend, I was able to go to the Columbus Blue Jackets game with my younger sister. While my wonderful Jackets lost 2-3, Erin and I had a blast AND we received free hats!

My younger sister is a freshman at Ohio State and currently applying to the nursing program. I am so happy that she chose to attend OSU – so I can see her a little more frequently AND keep an eye on her. Because truly, what are big sisters for?

My sister & I cheering on the Blue Jackets!

I’ve mentioned it in a few previous posts, but I love Columbus, Ohio. I moved here in 2007 when I started at OSU as an undergrad, and I now consider the 614 my home. I moved back to Cincinnati for a summer or two, and then Orlando, Florida when I was working at Walt Disney World. Still, from Southern  Ohio to Florida – there is something special about Columbus.

When entering the MBA program, you are surrounding yourself with resources, both inside and outside school. We have top companies in the Columbus Area (check out this article that appeared in Inc. in 2011), cool neighborhoods when you are ready for some fun and great sports teams (what can I say – I’m a sports girl).

Cool places to around school:

  • Arena District – see a show and have a drink – I’m in heaven!
  • Short North – edgy and express (see my post about Betty’s!)
  • German Village – shopping, bakeries, coffee and beautiful architecture
  • Grandview – Close to campus and great for place for graduate students to go when wanting to relax and enjoy a happy hour
Sports around Columbus:
Food:
Other cool things in my favorite city:
So, why are you still reading? go explore this fabulous city – see you around 🙂

 

Mind your manners

Quick dinner etiquette:

Napkins in the lap once everyone is seated.

Don’t touch your silverware until everyone at your table is served.

Drinks on the right, bread on the left.

Consume small, bite-size pieces.

Be aware of your silverware’s resting and finished position.

Never, ever, push away your plate and stack your dishes. 

 

Are the rules above ingrained in your mind and simply second nature? GOOD! Or, do you have no clue what proper etiquette is – and even less of a clue what a fork’s resting position is? PERFECT! Then this is the blog post you need to read!

For us Fisher Graduate students, the Etiquette Dinner this past Monday at The Blackwell  was a great way to brush-up, and learn, proper etiquette and table manners.

Hosted by At Ease Inc., our dinner was was a 4-course meal with soup, salad, entree, dessert and the trickiest food of all…BREAD.

Our wonderful host taught us the true intention of business meals (to enjoy the company of those around you), and how to properly eat soup, bread, pasta, meat and more. I had a basic understanding of proper etiquette (thanks, mom!), but it was so great to have a refresher course.

These simply tips are great to know how to act when out to lunch/dinner/drinks with coworkers, leaders or clients. In a professional job setting, you are always being observed and slurping your soup is not the way to impress your boss!

For more tips and tricks of etiquette, please check out the book, One Minute Manners by Ann Marie Sabath, president of At Ease, Inc.

This website also gives a great demonstration for the proper “resting” and “finished” position of silverware.

One of my favorite things about the Fisher MBA Program is the HUGE variety of activities offered. If you would told me four months ago I would be  having the time of my life in my program and learning how to eat temperamental pasta without embarrassing myself, I would have thought you were crazy! Fisher gives numerous opportunities to step away from classes and enjoy time with your fellow students, while still learning more about the business world. Where else can you get these fun experiences?

My favorite tip that I learned? When at a happy hour or networking event, keep your drink in your LEFT hand. This way when you are going to introduce yourself to someone, you are not awkwardly shifting your drink around and have a cold, wet hand

See you guys soon!

*images taken from google.com

Mac-N-Cheese, Mead & discounted txts

One reason I love Columbus is there is always something to do. Always. Doesn’t matter the time of day, Columbus is alive. What other city offers great food, pubs, parks, plays, ballets, breweries and more within a 10 mile radius?

My favorite ritual is Monday’s $5 Mac & Cheese at Betty’s Fine Food & Spirits in the Short North (located just north of Downtown). Betty’s is a cozy restaurant that surrounds you with pin-up artwork and a relaxed atmosphere. Unlike chain restaurants, Betty’s and the majority of the Short North restaurants are “Ohio Proud” and serve locally grown and raised products.

Betty’s Fine Food & Spirits (picture courtesy of Betty’s website)

The Short North is an area located just north of Downtown full of eclectic galleries, delicious restaurants and quant shops. This assorted neighborhood caters to all food preferences, so always feel free to bring those who are vegetarian and vegan – they will not be disappointed. It is a wonderful place to go after class or on the weekend when meeting up with friends. Prices are reasonable and, for those of us on a college budget, happy hours are everywhere!

The Short North – you will NEVER be bored here!
Picture courtesy of Experience Columbus

It is a great neighborhood to grab lunch, dinner, coffee or drinks with friends. You can pick a favorite restaurant, try everything on their menu and never be disappointed! From Mac & Cheese, to mead (a DELISH honey wine), to vegan cupcakes, the Short North is perfect for all budgets and taste buds.

If you are looking for something to do after dinner, check out the Ohio Theatre located in Downtown Columbus. Owned by CAPA (Columbus Association for the Performing Arts), the Ohio Theatre is a National Historic Landmark and hosts a variety of shows for extremely reasonable prices. From traditional to contemporary, every show is a hit. Personally, I love the BalletMet! Even better, the Ohio Student Union offers discounted tickets to students.

So take a night off of studying, get off the computer and go EXPERIENCE COLUMBUS!

Finding Time to Relax at Brazenhead

 

Brazenhead Irish Pub
Brazenhead Irish Pub

I am a creature of habit. I catch the same bus into campus each day, work out at the same time, study in the same time windows, go to bed around the same time every night. I feel comfortable with routine, which meant I needed to find some type of fun to get my mind off school with all the work I’m putting in to start off the year.

Thankfully, I’ve stumbled upon a great place to take a mid-week break, Brazenhead Irish Pub. A few classmates (and fellow bloggers Joe Benny and Jeffery “Tyler” Berryman) and I were directed to try it out for their Wednesday $3.50 burgers from 4-9 pm. You may be thinking, how big can a burger be for that price and not at McDonalds or Wendy’s? It’s actually a good size, a full 1/3 lb. at least. They have a selection of 5 different types of burgers you can get for that price. My personal favorite is the Western, which has BBQ sauce, onions, and cheddar cheese which just melts in my mouth. It’s much better than any burger I grill (and I love to work the open flame). All the burgers are served with freshly cooked chips or fruit.

The food isn’t the only reason I enjoy going. Over the past trips, I’ve run into a few of the second year MBA students. It didn’t take me long to figure out they are a fun bunch, and even though they are on average 4 years older than me, and I am lacking any post undergraduate work experience, I am welcomed among them as an equal. They help get my mind off the work that is currently piling up and thinking about what to do when the weekend comes.

Lunch at Schmidt’s

The other day I experienced a true Columbus original, Schmidt’s.  Schmidt’s is a German restaurant in an area near downtown called German Village. It has a reputation for serving the tastiest bratwurst and most delicious cream puffs.  Driving on the brick streets of German Village past the classic brick houses, got me in the mood for sauerkraut and sausages.  The restaurant itself shows its authentic German heritage in the architecture.  Since it was my first visit, I chose the bratwurst platter, the most well known of the dishes served at Schmidt’s.  Everything on my plate from the homemade applesauce to the potato salad was fantastic!  Ted, my boyfriend, and I split a cream puff the size of a baseball for dessert.  Schmidt’s has a great atmosphere and friendly staff.  It’s a place that ‘s definitely worth the short drive from campus.  When you do stop by for a meal, be sure to get your picture taken in the faces out front–this is as much a tradition as the brats!

Ted and I posing after a delicious meal at Schmidt’s

A lot of pizza and a little bit of finance

Just a quick blog post before my Thursday 8:30 AM class (BUSFIN 6221: Industry, Risk & Pricing with Prof. Brandl… I’ll probably write a post about him at some point… he’s a lot of fun in the classroom)…

Most of you may not know that I got my BS in Electrical (& Computer) Engineering from tOSU in 2002 (I put the “& Computer” in parentheses because that was a name change implemented AFTER I chose Electrical Engineering as a major… I assure you that I am not qualified to program a computer, build a computer, or fix a computer). During my time at tOSU from 1997-2002, I probably ate Adriatico’s pizza half a dozen times and never really thought it was great (though it was the favorite pizza of many of my friends at the time). Then I went about 10-12 years without having it, until last Friday, when the Fisher Graduate Finance Association (FGFA) provided Adriatico’s pizza for free at their Info Session. (Aside: If you want “college kids” to attend anything, provide food. If you feed them, they will come.) Though I love pizza, and especially free pizza, I didn’t truly appreciate Adriatico’s until recently. It was AWESOME!!!

Yesterday after class, a number of my SMF classmates and I couldn’t help but notice some tables set up out in the “quad” (I actually don’t know what the open area in the middle of all the buildings is called). There were large open boxes of pizza (again, Adriatico’s) on the tables. It was free; provided by the good folks at Ernst & Young. They also gave out free t-shirts (“I <3 EY”).

In light of all the free-food opportunities at tOSU, my classmates and I have decided to found the Fisher Finance Food Association. Do you like Finance? Yes. Do you like Food? Yes. Welcome!!!

On to class… Prof. Brandl doesn’t like technology out while he lectures. Computers and phones in their cases, or incur his wrath.

You saw Captain at 1 year. Here he is at about 9 weeks.

Book Review – Eating Your Way Across Ohio

Over Christmas break, I came across a neat new book.  Karen Patterson, a Southern Ohio Author, has recent published “Eating Your Way Across Ohio – 101 Must Places to Eat”.  In this, Patterson reviews restaurants across the state that are not chain restaurants or fast food.  What a great book; I mean who doesn’t like to eat?  This book has pictures of yummy food, pricing, locations, and reviews of 101 places to eat.  With the ease of technology these days, I know it’s easier to find a review online but this hardcover book is a great resource for those looking for a great new place to dine.

With final exams, presentations, and papers right around the corner, take some time for a road trip.  Grab some friends, flip through the book and find a location you want to try.  My personal favorite in the book is the Old Canal Smokehouse, located in Chillicothe (Unfortunately, it is closed for the time being while it’s being remodeled due to a recent fire.)  Another good place that is reviewed is the Der Dutchman Restaurant, located right outside of Columbus in Plain City.

Amazon has the book available here: http://www.amazon.com/Eating-Your-Way-Across-Ohio/dp/1935001833/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1330363965&sr=8-15

Feel free to share what some of your favorite restaurants are in Ohio.

It’s National Spaghetti Day – Celebrate!

I can’t help it.  I love posting about National *Insert Food Here* Days.  First I posted on National Coffee Day.  Next up was National Cupcake Day.  I now have the distinct pleasure of helping you celebrate National Spaghetti Day right here in Columbus!

First of all, who doesn’t love spaghetti?  There are so many ways to eat the stuff and it can easily be prepared at home or found at a restaurant.  I will share one recipe with you so you can try it at home, but I’ll also give you a few places in Columbus to go get your pasta on!

Let’s start with the restaurants…

  • Piada:  I love Piada.  Think of it as an Italian version of Chipotle.  You walk in, get your noodles (or salad or piada, which is sort of like a burrito!), look across a bar to tell the staff what meats, veggies, and sauces you want, then go sit on modern, wooden furniture to enjoy.  There are tons of options…in terms of meat you’ve got chicken, Italian sausage and salmon, to name a few.  The sauces include pesto, a spicy tomato sauce called diavolo, a delicious red pepper pesto, and of course traditional marinara.  I guess this technically isn’t spaghetti, but it’s close enough!
  • Cafe DaVinci:  This is a great little cafe located a few miles off campus in Upper Arlington.  It was once a full sized restaurant, but the owners decided to downsize and relocate.  They continue to serve great tasting Italian food at very reasonable prices.  I would highly recommend checking this place out.  Their spaghetti is great – especially if you follow it with some of their homemade gelato!
  • Mama’s Pasta & Brew:  I’ve actually never been here, though I’ve walked by it plenty of times.  Located on High Street (okay, technically it’s right off of High St) this is an incredibly convenient place to get some spaghetti.  It’s as much of a hole in the wall kind of place as I’ve ever seen, which means it must be good.  Not to mention I always hear incredible things!
  • Noodles and Company:  Noodles is really not unique to Columbus at all, but it’s still a tasty place to grab a bowl.  There is a Noodles on campus (Lane and High), making it one of the easiest options to go to celebrate National Spaghetti Day.

    It may be a chain, but it sure tastes good!
Now, on to the recipe…  This is a great way to celebrate National Spaghetti Day in a more non-traditional way.  It technically isn’t spaghetti, as in the noodle made from flour, but spaghetti squash.  Yep, a vegetable.  But it looks like spaghetti.  It even feels like spaghetti!  And of course, you eat it like spaghetti.  Check out the recipe for Spaghetti Squash Pesto here and let me know what you think!
Is your mouth watering? Mine is!
And with that, I’ll leave you to some happy fork twirling.  Enjoy!