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

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

High St, Downtown Columbus, OH.

High St, Downtown Columbus, OH.

Screamin’ Willie’s. 1921 Channingway Center Dr, Columbus, OH.

The general consensus among reviewers online: one star. There are not enough stars in the sky, however, to rate that amazing sign. 

UPDATE: this sign has been replaced with something equally as gaudy, but much less fabulous as of January 2014. Sadness.
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Home.

Sweet little doodle. Now, if you should find yourself up in arms about what’s missing from this picture…I suggest drawing your own version. I think it’s quite lovely!
Thanks to snazziestsnatch for sending this my way.

miceofeuropa:

Home.

Sweet little doodle. Now, if you should find yourself up in arms about what’s missing from this picture…I suggest drawing your own version. I think it’s quite lovely!

Thanks to snazziestsnatch for sending this my way.

Old Cosi Virtual Tour

For anyone who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, or simply moved here before the nineties came to a close, you’ll remember our Center of Science and Industry's old location. In the vein of Forgotten Ohio, this is a website that I hope never gets a facelift. It’s a trip back in time within a trip back in time. And aww, sigh…you’ll see pics of the original Wendy’s (R.I.P., dammit) across Broad Street at the beginning of your tour. Happy browsing!

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Book cover, a street in German Village, and my sweet sweet shoes. Let's look a little closer. If you've been here long enough, you've spotted the white squirrels out and about! Back Cover. Inside front and back covers are filled with old matchbooks from Columbus businesses, some long-gone.

We live in this wonderful age where it’s easier than ever to connect—to pursue our passions, pay homage to our idols, find others who share in our interests—all in one instantly-gratifying heartbeat. As neighbors, we wake up to a similar view, explore the same streets, and wonder the same things about the city we live in. I can’t express enough (when mindlessly consuming and regurgitating someone else’s content is far too easy) how important it is to also work on developing your voice…to cultivate your own version of the view we share.

Combing Columbus by Mary Jo Bole is a beautifully illustrated example of the artful voice. This book—which is available at the Wexner Center book store and is described as, “a bicentennial project (and part of the city’s Finding Time public art series) that offers Bole’s idiosyncratic vision of the city she calls home”—is a fun, scattered, adventurous little read and an engaging work of art. 

Hear Mary Jo speak about this book and her other work (see: Toilet Worship) at The Wexner Center for the Arts today, Wed, April 17 at 4pm.

Billy Cash. Indianola Ave, Columbus, O.

Quick Guide to $20 Dates in Columbus

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In 2011, Columbus native, Jess, and Brooklyn native, Rob, began chronicling their quest to go on dates in this city (once a week), AND…stick to a budget.  Have a look at their $20 Date Resource Guide, via twentydollardates.com.

Weekend Warmer: ZenCha Tea Salon

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We’re getting smaller doses of real winter these days; which seems to make cold snaps extra shocking to the mind and body. I’ve found myself outside—and on foot—during these last few freezing weekends…which also means that I’ve ducked in to a few warm places that I usually pass by. Last weekend, I had brunch at the downtown ZenCha Tea Salon. The Lavender Black Tea Latte (I took mine without sugar) was—as the server described—akin to curling up with a warm blanket.

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ZenCha’s downtown location is just a really pleasant stop on Gay Street…which is no doubt made possible by who’s on staff (my server’s name was Krista, and she’s delightful), the soft, bright natural light, and a health-conscious menu. I had Curry Zucchini Soup and a side salad; simple and so good. Couldn’t help but notice some wishes scribbled on a paper crane as I left—and to the person who wrote them—may you turn those wishes into a reality.

ZenCha Tea Salon, 19 E. Gay Street, Columbus, OH.

Also noteworthy: delicious tea-infused waffles and pancakes are served on weekends.