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Taste Profile: Kathy and Sophia, @kasuallife

In Columbus, it’s not just the chefs and cocktail artists and writers pushing our palates forward, it’s the everyday folks, who via social media are leaving a trail of crumbs for the rest of us to follow. Taste Profile, a new monthly feature in (614) will introduce you to the local handles giving you the [...]



In Columbus, it’s not just the chefs and cocktail artists and writers pushing our palates forward, it’s the everyday folks, who via social media are leaving a trail of crumbs for the rest of us to follow. Taste Profile, a new monthly feature in (614) will introduce you to the local handles giving you the low-down on what’s good in the capital city.

What’s the last great dish that you had?

Hai Poké bowl

Last great dish you cooked?

Bun Bo Hue (Vietnamese spicy beef noodle soup)

What drives you to be a tastemaker in Cbus?

Food makes us happy and it’s a great way to open up to other cultures. Columbus has so many different neighborhoods that offer different restaurants. Food brings people together and offers opportunities to explore the city. We love seeing what people like to eat via Instagram and we enjoy supporting the restaurants we frequent. It’s a win-win situation!

What is the most significant way food & drink has changed the Columbus food scene in the last 5 years?

People in Columbus have really shown their enthusiasm for food, especially via social media. Food has driven the community together. A photo of a new spot or dish on social media influences others to try it! Columbus has also been a great location for corporate businesses and we think restaurateurs are seeing the potential to open up their businesses here.  There are so many new craft breweries, coffee shops, taco shops, ramen shops, bakeries … it’s not just about quantity any more—people are looking for quality, taste, and atmosphere.

Favorite IG filter: When it comes to food, our goal is to share dishes as they are in reality. By avoiding filters, we make sure we showcase what the food actually looks like. Three basic things to enhance a photo: ideal lighting, increased highlights, and bumped up exposure.

Least favorite style of IG food photo: It’s all about the quality of the photo. If it doesn’t represent the dish/drink well, then we don’t post it.

Perfect night on the town from pre-meal cocktail, to dinner, to nightcap: Happy hour cocktails at Forno. Brassica for a casual and delicious dinner. Denmark on High for drinks.

One Cbus celebrity you want to break bread with: Jeni Britton Bauer. Hands down.

Describe Columbus’s taste in a six-word sentence: Columbus’s taste is flavorful, diverse, growing.

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The clock is ticking on your chance to win big with ColumBest!

Mike Thomas



March is slowly but surely winding down, which means the clock is ticking on your chance to vote in our our yearly “best of” Columbus readers poll.

Not only does voting in ColumBest 2019 give you the opportunity to show your favorite local brands and businesses some love, it also offers a chance to win big. This year, one lucky ColumBest voter will win a $1,999 Easton shopping spree, a $2,000 home makeover from Value City Furniture, and a $250 Moo Moo’s car wash gift card.

You read that right – that’s all ONE prize! To make the reality of this amazing offer a little more tangible, let’s break down what could be in store for the lucky winner.

  • The “low fat” wash at Moo Moo is more than enough to knock a winter’s worth of salt off your ride in time for spring. At $8 a go, a $250 gift card will net a whopping 31 trips through the suds.
  • Among many great restaurants and retailers, Easton is home to a Cinnabon Bakery location. While we’re not suggesting you spend the entire $1,999 shopping spree on their delicious, gooey, cinnamon-frosted treats, the almost $2,000 prize would be good for around 531 of Cinnabon’s classic rolls. Please dine responsibly.
  • You know the old futon in your living room leftover from college that faces the TV stacked on top of milk crates? It’s time to upgrade. Thanks to the deals at Value City Furniture, the $2,000 prize will go a long way toward improving any room in your house.

Once you’re done voting for your faves, make sure to save your spot at our ColumBest Party at Express LIVE! on May 13th. You won’t want to miss this celebration of the best of the best in Columbus!

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(614) Magazine

March 2019




At (614) we like to think we’re always giving you new ideas about where to go, what to try, or what’s coming up next. But this month, perhaps we can do a bit more for you. Maybe we can offer some inspiration to find ‘the better you’.

  • The Calendar to end all calendars
  • Tips and resources to find the ‘better you’
  • Experience Otherworld
  • Makers Space: botanical skin care
  • Columbus author: Hanif Abdurraqib
  • German Village: two restaurants, one roof
  • Columbus igloo adventures
  • Cheesesteak Empire with Charley Shin
  • Old-timey ‘shrub’ bevs making a comeback
  • Aloha! Inside the Huli Huli Tiki Lounge
  • Megan Kilgore: the Columbus Crew-sader
  • Offroad bike adventures
  • Family: squats for tots

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The Six Happy Hour: The District Pourhouse




 #6  The District Pourhouse (Formerly World of Beer)

Beer, Bavarian pretzels, and barbacoa street tacos. Need I say more? The first thing that comes to mind with District Pourhouse is their vast selection of beers. Now imagine pairing a nice cold glass of your favorite draught with your favorite comfort food, like pizza, hot dogs, or fries. Sounds good, right?

Did I mention that District Pourhouse also hosts trivia nights whilst your favorite sport team plays on the many screens around the venue?

HH: M-F open-7pm; $5 draughts, $5 spirits, $5 shareables

The District Pourhouse

1568 N High St, Columbus

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