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The process of making a Bakes by Lo cookie is not like your average Tollhouse recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag. Cookier Laura Young makes the dough, lets it chill, rolls it out, cuts out her shapes, bakes them, makes the icing (still with us?), colors the icing, decorates, and lets dry [...]
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The process of making a Bakes by Lo cookie is not like your average Tollhouse recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag. Cookier Laura Young makes the dough, lets it chill, rolls it out, cuts out her shapes, bakes them, makes the icing (still with us?), colors the icing, decorates, and lets dry completely. Then she can bag, seal, and label. She’s been known to spend three hours on a batch of a dozen. This attention to detail is what takes this baker’s creations way beyond… cookie cutter. (Forgive us…)

In a time when carbs are becoming villainized, Young has created a living out of the good old fashioned sugar cookie. The simple joy her clients find in her tiny creations is undeniable. As is the colorful attention to detail that every single cookie receives from Young’s hand, and piping bag. Her Instagram feed boasts finely decorated sugar cookies that follow clever themes, and great attention to detail. Bouquets in Ball jars, diamond rings, fruits and veggies, even a child’s favorite toys.

Young relishes the thematic concepting part of her process. She works with her clients to interpret the visions of sugar cookies that dance in their heads. And each and every one is a tiny work of art.

“My favorite part of baking cookies is that every week I get to decorate something different. The beginning of the week usually starts off the same, where I spend time gathering ingredients, and making and baking dough for the week. The rest of the week is solely for decorating. A cookie takes no time at all to consume but I may have spent anywhere from 1-5 minutes decorating just one.”

Growing up in Cleveland, her house usually smelled of something baking in the oven. She came to the capital city to attend OSU, and made Columbus her home. Young comes from a large family of skilled cooks and bakers, and she’s wielded a spatula since she was a tot. After college, she worked at a dental office while baking on the side. Word of her adorable and customizable sweets spread. Young found herself having to turn down orders because there just weren’t enough hours in the day for her to handle the volume along with her day job. At some point, she realized that the sleepless nights were an indicator that she was ready for the next step. She said goodbye to the 9-5 in June and hasn’t looked back.

Young finds these picturesque pastries to be an outlet for her creative side. Edible artwork for her clients to enjoy.

“Decorated sugar cookies appealed to me because I loved the idea of combining my other passion, art, with baked goods. I used to spend my time with a canvas and a paintbrush, but now it’s with a blank cookie and a piping bag full of icing.”

The requests she gets for custom designs change with the times. Lately wedding requests have been filled with a neutral color palette and plenty of greenery. The clean, crisp, and dainty look of them is Young’s jam right now. But she waxed nostalgic about a design she’s had cooking (Baking?) in her imagination. She wants to do a set of Peter Rabbit-themed water colored cookies.

“I love painting with food coloring on top of blank white icing. Plus, how nostalgic and sweet is Peter Rabbit?”

Her design ideas don’t stop flowing. When asked about Ohio-themed cookies, Young excitedly ideates about Ohio shapes with hearts over Columbus, Short North arches, the Ohio State Fair, and our various sports teams. The sky’s the limit, it seems, for her sweet ideas.

Check out Young’s work on IG @bakesbylo.

To order, visit her website at bakesbylo.com

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Clintonville Brunch Crawl: We dare you to squeeze all 3 stops into 1 day

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Clintonville is lovely this time of year, especially when you make three separate stops for brunch. 

Whether the weather is gracing the charming little burgh with a healthy dose of vitamin D or giving it a couple spins around the Lazy Susan that is Ohio’s climate, a trifecta of morning food destinations is sure to keep your mood afloat.

BLunch  • 2973 N High St.

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Yes, we know that Columbus now is home to a Drunch AND a BLunch.

Snicker all ya want—if you do, you’d be missing out on one of the culinary scene’s welcome newcomers—a half-day cafe that carries the comforts of a First Watch, but with the sophisticated execution of Tasi or Katalina’s.

The White Family has decades of hospitality under their belt—the family owned Galena’s Mudflats until recently, and dad Jeff has been running the OSU Faculty Club for the past 20 years.

Those two were training grounds for son Jeff, once a young, eager dishwasher and now head chef for the White’s new “daylight eatery and bar.” Mom Jane, despite her own admission that in the family’s tavern-running days breakfast didn’t get served until halfway through afternoon, now relishes an intimate spot where people can maintain their own balance between booze and breakfast.

A full-bar at brunch is a rarity in the peculiar little burg, and positioned near Lineage, Old Skool, and Condado, BLunch could be the perfect starting point for a casual Clintonville crawl.

Then again, you may not have another stop after Chef Jeff gets done with ya. He and the White family have concepted a bennies-and-batter focused menu, where you’ll be sure to come back after a healthy amount of indecision. Me? I’ve been dreaming about the Bananas Foster pancakes (topped with ice cream) and the huevos rancheros over masa cake for weeks. – Travis Hoewischer

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Dough Mama • 3335 N High St.

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Dough Mama is the top of my list for my favorite breakfast joint. I love so much about this place.

The atmosphere is super chill, laid back, and inviting. The food is so so good. I would call it comfort food with an extra sprinkle of love and thought.

From pie to salad, it’s all good.

They use a variety of local and seasonal ingredients and support some of my favorite local delicacies with Dan the Baker bread and Thunderkiss coffee … YUM! They also have a variety of vegan and gluten-free options.

I am smitten with the Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy muffin. This place is my go to for a yummy drippy egg, roasted potatoes, salad, a sweet treat and a perfect cup of coffee.

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My husband loves Grammie’s Sammie and a piece of Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie. I somehow manage to splurge here and feel really really good about it.

Their menu has some great staples but they also always have specials that look and are amazing.

Right now they serve both lunch and breakfast during the day and I’ve heard it through the grapevine that they will soon be open in the evening and serving dinner. I cannot wait to see what delicious dishes they create for that menu. – Jana Rock

Baba’s • 2515 Summit St.

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Baba’s is my go-to breakfast spot in Columbus. You can grab a breakfast sandwich on their homemade griddle muffins (aka little pillows of heaven), order a rack of ribs, or in the spirit of Alabama Worley, have a slice of perfect pie and a cup of Thunderkiss coffee.

Their delicious baked goods are made in house, they smoke all of their own meats and their produce and coffee are all sourced locally, though their espresso will send you to the moon.

The service is fast, their team is super-friendly and there are never any pretentious vibes in the super chill atmosphere they have created on the corner of Hudson and Summit.

They’ve made a beautiful impact in their short existence in the SoHud neighborhood, fostering local artistic connections and bringing beautiful new mural art that rotates different artist from the community throughout the year. Don’t forget to grab one of their perfect cinnamon rolls for later. — Vanessa Jean Speckman

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Harvest Pizzeria sowing last seeds in German Village

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Eight years ago, Harvest Pizzeria cropped up in a small space in German Village. Today, the local pizza chain announced the closure of its flagship location.

Harvest Pizzeria German Village will open its doors for the final time on Saturday, April 27th.

“Despite the success of Harvest in German Village and our strong ties to the neighborhood, the owner of the property will not honor our renewal of the lease,” wrote founder Chris Crader in an email. “…the landlord’s demands for a new lease at a higher rate would not allow our little pizzeria to remain viable.

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Crader added that he is proud of the strides Harvest German Village has made over the years, and thankful for the community that’s supported it. He hopes they can return to the neighborhood when the right spot presents itself.

As far as the employees go, Crader wrote that with the success of the other locations, the German Village workers will be able to join a team at another restaurant.

“Harvest sincerely thanks all of its loyal supporters and we hope to see you at our other locations soon,” wrote Crader.

This news follows the announcement of the Grandview Harvest closing back in February. Read more here.

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Crawfish boils claw their way into Columbus Saturday

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What’s the deal with crawfish boils? Sure, they’re delicious, but as a true land-lubbing midwesterner, my knowledge of this particular culinary phenomenon is fairly lacking.

That said, I definitely can’t tell you why there are multiple crawfish boils going down this Saturday. Best not to overthink it—just enjoy the experience!

Pecan Penny’s |113 East Main Street
Saturday at 4 PM – 7 PM

Sponsored by Brewdog, downtown BBQ joint Pecan Penny’s is kicking off patio season with an all-you-can-eat Crawfish boil, complete with giveaways and a DJ.

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Rehab Tavern | 456 W Town St
2 PM – 6 PM

Rehab’s own 4/20 crawfish boil kicks off at 2:00. Your $15.75 entrance fee will net you a pint of beer in addition to all-you-can-eat crawfish and fixins’!

Can’t make either of these, or want to try the boil experience before committing to a large-scale event? Check out Kai’s Crab Boil or Boiling Seafood Crawfish—both on Bethel Road —for first-rate seafood experiences you won’t soon forget.

Why are there two crawfish boils on the same day? Why are there two crawfish restaurants on the same road? We may never know, and honestly, who cares? Crawfish is the bomb! Just put on your bib and get crackin’!

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