The attentionworthy, the craveworthy and perhaps the occasional unsavory, in and around Columbus, Ohio..capital city...sleeper hottie of the Midwest.

Buzzfeed Takes On East High’s 1951 Yearbook

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"Senior quotes? More like sexually-charged personal ads. If you know any of these 80-year-old Ohioans, please give them a high-five and maybe some prune juice.”

Buzzfeed staff member Jen Lewis dissects this Columbus high school’s senior yearbook statements here: The 1951 East High School Yearbook Is Better Than Yours. Old yearbook fanatics such as myself will loooooovvvvvve it. 

Under 70/71, near the Scioto Audubon Metro Park.
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Under 70/71, near the Scioto Audubon Metro Park.

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Sanfillipo’s fresh produce cash & carry, 4561 East 5th Avenue, Columbus, OH.

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Scenes (that are neither Jazz nor ribs) from Jazz & Ribs Fest. Columbus, Ohio.

The Peruvian Hairless dog pictured above was sweet as can be, and the owner was happy to answer the many questions onlookers had about the breed.

PSA

Downtown Columbus smells like a giant donut today. Go outside and breathe. Zero calories. On a related note (calories fast approaching): that pink frosted Dunkin’ Donut I was obsessed with as a kid? The Red Raspberry Hibiscus from Destination Donuts is my new, grown-up version. As you can see, this sweet thang got a little melty in the pic below, but trust me, it’s an upgrade!

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Oh, I’m begging you, fellow Internetters in the city of Columbus…please tag your Instagram vids and pics with #babachu if you see this man dancing at summer music festivals! He’s a classic, and he deserves a bigger footprint (whith jazz-hands) online. I want to see all of his crazy dance movez!
Pretty please? I’d love to compile a collage of Babachu sightings for this Tumblr by the end of the season.
xo L

Oh, I’m begging you, fellow Internetters in the city of Columbus…please tag your Instagram vids and pics with #babachu if you see this man dancing at summer music festivals! He’s a classic, and he deserves a bigger footprint (whith jazz-hands) online. I want to see all of his crazy dance movez!

Pretty please? I’d love to compile a collage of Babachu sightings for this Tumblr by the end of the season.

xo L

M & R Wine Shop, 1553 E Main St, Columbus, OH. The Near East Side can be a bit sketchy for a casual wanderer (depending on the intersection), but the flip side of this building is just as rad. I’d love to know what the neighborhood looked like when these signs were first painted.

Columbus Food Adventures Alt Eats Ethnic Food Tour

Disclaimer: I put most of my obsessive picture-taking aside to enjoy this food adventure—so worth it!

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For as much as I thrive on veering off the well-trodden paths, I tend not to be as ambitious when it comes to seeking out unfamiliar foods. Can you relate? Let me tell you why I loved the Columbus Food Adventures’ Alt Eats Tour, and why you should give it a go. The trip starts with a curious group, a tour van, and a drive on up to the north-east side of the city, where a large number of Columbus’ immigrants have made their homes.

What makes this tour an adventure is that you may be very unfamiliar with the dish in front of you, or the culture from which it came. In fact, you may not know any of the 12-plus other people who are along for the ride. Exploring authentically ethnic flavors in one’s own Midwestern city is rather fantastic; your guides, Bethia Woolf and Andy Dehus, have already put years-worth of taste-testing to work, and can speak to the quality and history of each restaurant—it’s simply up to the tourists to partake and bond over what they think of each new bite. We were all smiling and getting to know each other by the first taste of banh mi (and there wasn’t even a drop of alcohol on the table.) I didn’t expect to emerge a fan of both Vietnamese and West African fare, but here I am…wanting to return for more. I could go on, but as usual, I’d rather you see (and taste) for yourself!

Just visiting Columbus? Got a friend coming into town? Simply bored with your every-day-grind? In addition to Alt Eats, Columbus Food Adventures offers a coffee tour, a dessert tour, a meat-lover’s tour (!), private tours and MORE. Go on, it feels good to play tourist! In this case, it will also taste really good.

I’ll take this opportunity to note that the majority of people in our tour group that day happened to have a food allergy (including, but not limited to: nut, dairy, or gluten sensitivity.) Bethia and Andy could not have been more conscientious in making sure that all involved were safe to indulge.

And here’s a recount of the Alt Eats Tour from johnnyjet.com if you need a more in-depth nudge. Follow Columbus Food Adventures on Instagram if you need a visual nudge.

Local Legend: Don Bovee

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This may be a familiar face to Columbus music lovers. Local legend Don Bovee has joined bands (from near and far) up on stage to sing the Batman theme song—for decades. The offbeat songbird…errr…bat turned 71 at the end of May.

Visit the Don Bovee Facebook Fan Page for all things Don B.; the random updates and vintage photo posts are a real treat. 
Get your very own Don B. t–shirt, available at Skreened.

Aside from phenomenal people watching, one of the most enjoyable things about Rock on the Range 2013 was, surprisingly, the low number of cell phones up in the air during each set. True, I had my Canon on hand—but it was the first time in a long time that I was inspired by the crowd to take in the sights and sounds without too much buzz. Being in the moment was good enough. 

Read more here: Concert review: Party Like It’s 1994 or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Rock on the Range, by Brad Keefe.