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The past couple weeks have provided me with enough material to write ten lengthy posts, but for the sake of time and my sanity, we’re going to whittle it down to one. Most of this is stolen from my Instagram, so bear with me if it’s repetitive. I’ll try to add some jazzy descriptions here and there, but sometimes, it’s best to let the pictures do the talking.

Dutch Baby at The Table, Columbus.

Until a couple Sundays ago, I had never heard of a Dutch baby. Okay, semi-lie, I ate poffertjes in Amsterdam which were technically Dutch pancakes, but those were more like puffed pancake balls. The foodporn above is from The Table (separate post on this later), and it’s a flatter affair, thin in the middle, with fluffy edges. Just imagine a hybrid of a pancake and popover covered in fruit–amazing, right. I want one post haste.

I’ve been doing a lot of number-crunching lately (profit and loss statements are the work of the devil), so my brain has been a little crispy. I am not a numbers person, and tend to get frustrated over math, so my husband kindly wrenched me away from the computer to get me a decent lunch. A trip to Northstar helped take my mind off gross margins and sales to plant ratios (I hate that I even know what this stuff means), at least for a little while. Delicious Cane Cola also helped.
Northstar Cafe Chopped Salad in Columbus

Salad cancels out ice cream, at least in my world, so a trip next door to Jeni’s was a done deal.

Jeni's Ice Cream Columbus

After sampling the new Cultured Key Lime Pie Frozen Yogurt (a bit too tart for my tastes), I ordered a scoop of Buckeye State and Savannah Buttermint (peppermint ice cream with white chocolate stracciatelle). Thom got his usual (Buckeye State and the Milkiest Chocolate in the World), and we hunkered down on a stoop to eat ice cream in the sun. As I sat there, catching drips of ice cream running down the cone, I forgot for one blissful moment that I had to go back to my budgetary doom. Being an adult is hard sometimes–that is, until you remember why it’s kind of awesome. We can do whatever we want! I woke up on Saturday and declared I wanted to have breakfast at Starliner Diner and visit the giraffes. So we did. Take that, numbers!

Giraffe at the Heart of Africa, Columbus Zoo

I’ve got to hand it to the Columbus Zoo–they have done a phenomenal job of reconfiguring its layout and adding this Heart of Africa exhibit. The habitat is huge (43 acres), and at certain hours of the day, you can feed the giraffes ($3). Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to stand in this line, but it wasn’t a problem as there were polar bears to squee over.

Polar Bear at the Columbus Zoo

Speaking of bears, I finally made my way to Bareburger, and it was everything Alexis said and more. I can confirm the ketchup is tasty (the lack of HFCS makes a difference), and that they are planning on adding the brunch menu and spiked slushes soon. I was pretty disappointed that I couldn’t have a slush, so I dragged everyone to Denmark Hall after our meal.

A cosmopolitan at Denmark HallThis is a snazzy little spot overlooking High Street, and a perfect place to sip something cold and people watch. We were in and out for a nightcap, but there’s plenty of low couches and high tables if you want to hang out for awhile.

What is the opposite of a nightcap? I’m serious. Is there even a word? Whatever it is, I had one in the way of a doughssant from Auddino’s Bakery somewhere along my travels. Remember the cronut craze of 2013? As if you can forget that madness. Columbus has been harboring its own version for twenty years now. And here’s the rub. You don’t have to stand in a batshit line or pay an arm and a leg to try it. It’s a swell…morningcap?

Doughssant and treats from Auddino's.

Doughssant, coconut-filled cookie, and chocolate chip cookie.

Challenge of the Day: Twenty house points to the person who gives me a satisfactory antonym to “nightcap” or at least a hilarious made up version to add to my vernaculary (also a made up word).

Update: Eyeopener, deoch an doris (not made up, but from Gaelic), and anti-fogmatics.

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Dewey’s Dublin

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This week, the kind folks at Dewey’s invited me to a sneak preview lunch at their newest location in Dublin. I was excited for a multitude of reasons: 1) A Dewey’s is opening down the street from me. Enough said. 2) Getting out of the office for lunch? What is this sorcery. My lunch usually consists of eating at my desk and wistfully staring out a window. 3) Dewey’s is delicious.

The Dublin location is on Perimeter Drive, right off of Avery-Muirfield. Now, I know this part of town pretty well. I’m a frequent visitor to the Five Guys and Baskin Robbins right across the way. So, I cannot explain why I lost my sense of direction upon getting there–maybe I was overcome at the thought of amazing pizza? It happens.

Dewey's Dublin

After parking, I wandered to the wrong side of the building and stood there, mystified. Thom, who is Lexi’s proxy while she is out of town, watched as I moseyed away, blissfully unaware of him calling for me. After a bout of text tag, I bumbled back to the actual storefront. Whoops. Trust me, you will not make this mistake. The parking lot and building are straightforward. I’m just slipping in my old age.

No matter! There was pizza to be had! We walked into a lively crowd and took a seat at the bar.

Dewey's Bar

Then came the daunting task of making decisions. Not an easy feat when I want the entire menu.

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Our server promptly greeted us and rattled off their seasonal items: a strawberry macadamia nut salad (um, yes, give to me), and The Tito Santana: a pizza with taco sauce, chihuahua cheese, cheddar cheese, taco meat, red onions and corn chips with shredded lettuce. A chipotle ranch drizzle and diced tomatoes are added after the bake. Is this real life?

When it comes to customization, Dewey’s philosophy is anything goes (as long as it’s on the menu). This means you can personalize halves, even if the sauces on both sides are different. We ended up picking two specialty pie halves (the Meatball and the Killer Veggie), and I started with the aforementioned seasonal salad.

Dewey's Strawberry Macadamia Nut Salad

Field greens with strawberries, toasted macadamia nuts, and Maytag bleu cheese (I omitted), tossed with raspberry poppy seed vinaigrette.

Thom went with the House salad (minus the goat cheese), and we got into a big debate over whose salad was better. Mine was clearly the winner. I want vats of the raspberry poppyseed vinagrette to douse on everything.

Dewey's House Salad

Field greens with toasted pine nuts, sun-dried cranberries and goat cheese tossed with balsamic vinaigrette.

Although the pies are cooked to order (no frozen ingredients allowed), it didn’t take very long for our piping hot pizza to make an appearance.

Dewey's Meatball and Killer Veggie Pizza

Here’s a word to the wise. A small, 11-inch pizza is the perfect size for two people (and a few bucks cheaper!). We ordered the medium (13-inch), and couldn’t finish it. I know, we were ashamed of ourselves. Don’t judge us too harshly, we were saving room for dessert.

Dewey's Chocolate Kahlua Cake

Chocolate Kahlua Cake.

This cake was the stuff of dreams–a rich, enormous slab of confectionary delight filled with a ganachey/truffley filling (you can tell I’m not a baker). The other dessert option was a banana cream cheesecake. My only regret is that we didn’t spring for both, but with Dewey’s now conveniently in my backyard, I know I’ll be back soon.

Dewey’s Dublin opens Monday, May 26 and is located at 6540 Perimeter Drive. Hours are Monday through Thursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm, and Sunday from 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm.