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

An old advertisement. Uncovered in January at Rich St., during the demolition of 221 S. High.

An old advertisement. Uncovered in January at Rich St., during the demolition of 221 S. High.

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.

High St, Downtown Columbus, OH.

High St, Downtown Columbus, OH.

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.

Kids having fun at Cosi last Fall, Columbus, O.

It’s amazing that you can live somewhere for over a decade and still notice something new every day.  High St. has opened up considerably since the mall came down.  Eye on 199 High Street, Cols. OH.

It’s amazing that you can live somewhere for over a decade and still notice something new every day.  High St. has opened up considerably since the mall came down.  Eye on 199 High Street, Cols. OH.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Carnegie Building (front portion, built 1903), Grant Ave., Cols. OH.   *Check out the 100th Annual Ohio Art League juried exhibition at the library through June 24, 2011.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Carnegie Building (front portion, built 1903), Grant Ave., Cols. OH.   *Check out the 100th Annual Ohio Art League juried exhibition at the library through June 24, 2011.

Brandy Alexander at The Jury Room on Rich St. Downtown, Cols. OH.  Est. 1831.
(I was laid off yesterday by the Michigan-based company I worked for and Jury Room was my first stop afterwards.  It turned out to be the perfect excuse to visit “The oldest continually operating bar in Columbus” for a pick-me-up and enjoy the rest of the warm spring evening on the patio out front.  Here’s to Funemployment, CHEERS!)

Brandy Alexander at The Jury Room on Rich St. Downtown, Cols. OH.  Est. 1831.

(I was laid off yesterday by the Michigan-based company I worked for and Jury Room was my first stop afterwards.  It turned out to be the perfect excuse to visit “The oldest continually operating bar in Columbus” for a pick-me-up and enjoy the rest of the warm spring evening on the patio out front.  Here’s to Funemployment, CHEERS!)