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Netflix & Grill: Date night in with grilling, country jams, Western gold

Aaron Wetli



Watch, listen, eat, drink
Welcome back to Netflix and Grill, where we piece together some grub, a boozy drink, an album and a streaming show or movie. Along the way, we plug the local establishments that make Columbus shine. Today we are going to Big Sky Country to watch Yellowstone, listen to singing cowboy Ryan Bingham, drink a Four Strings and make a Venison Burger with a side of sweet potato fries and green beans.
Let’s earn our branding and get started!


We are going to get a little fancy with our grub, so let’s keep a low key, cowboy vibe with a Hilltop Lager Light. This tasty and refreshing drink compliments most grilled items, doesn’t pull any punches and is great around the campfire after a long day of cattle rustlin’. Or a long day in your air conditioned cubicle. Same difference.
Let’s spin some tunes and get to grilling.


This pairing was a no brainer as one of Yellowstone’s gue cast members is Ryan Bingham, an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning artist who wrote the music for the 2009 hit movie, Crazy Heart. If you haven’t seen that flick, find a way to stream it. You won’t be disappointed.

We are going to focus on Bingham’s 2007 Lost Highway release, Mescalito. Per Bingham usual, Mescalito has country ballads, bluesy rockers and dirty and grimy riffs that would sound at home on an album by The Highwaymen.

Traditional country tales of lost loves, love for the bottle and bottled up emotions, doesn’t quite make this album Alt Country Canon, but does make for a good time.

Mescalito doesn’t reinvent the alt country wheel, but it doesn’t have to. Just give it a spin on your next cattle drive.



In honor of the beautiful nature and backdrops featured in Yellowstone, we are going to make a Venison Burger and for good measure, top it with a black cherry jam and goat cheese. And just to prove that I am a city slicker, let’s add a side of sweet potato fries and green beans from the Worthington Farmers Market.

The bacon and venison were purchased at Mosley’s Meat Market in Hilliard – a high quality butcher shop that puts the emphasis on local while also selling more exotic meats including venison, bison and elk.

Venison Burgers


  • 1 lb ground venison
  • 1 beaten egg (for binding)
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 pound cooked thick cut bacon (the bacon will add a nice texture while reducing the gamey flavor of the venison)
  • Buns of choice (I chose Hawaiian)
  • Goat cheese (rich flavor and creamy texture)
  • Grape Jam (sweet flavor)


  • Cook bacon to about 80% completion, let cool and cut into small pieces
  • Thoroughly mix bacon, venison, bread crumbs, egg and Worcestershire
  • Form patties, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours
  • Place patties on preheated 350 degree grill, close lid and cook at 6 minutes per side
  • Place patties on buns and top with goat cheese and jam

Sweet Potato Fries


  • 2
  • large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into fries/wedges
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Paprika
  • Cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Line up fries/wedges on baking pan
  • Drizzle with Olive Oil
  • Sprinkle with Kosher salt, Paprika and Cinnamon
  • Insert into oven for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through

Farmer’s Market Green Beans


  • ½ lb green beans, halved and ended
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sprinkle of Garlic Salt


  • Turn stovetop burner to medium
  • Add green beans
  • Top with olive oil and garlic
  • Cover with lid and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally

There you have it, cowpoke. Enjoy!


Yellowstone is Paramount Television’s (formerly Spike TV) foray into the television landscape.

Produced by and starring Kevin Costner and written and directed by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water), Yellowstone is an over the top, action packed, trashy and fun romp akin to The Godfather meeting The Young and The Restless in Big Sky country.

It breaks down like this: John Dutton (Costner) is a widowed, rancher who runs the largest ranch in the country, Yellowstone. Like The Godfather’s Don Corleone, Dutton faces challenges with keeping his family together and his business out of the hands of his enemies.

However, instead of fighting off mafia rivals in New York, Dutton must fight off land developers and indigenous tribal chiefs against the beautiful backdrop of Montana.

Borrowing from The Godfather, the Dutton family dynamic is as follows: Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) is Michael Corleone – a war hero son with a conflicted conscious who is the logical heir to the family throne. Like Michael, Kayce marries a teacher who is wary of the family business.

Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) is Connie Corleone, the hard drinking daughter and apple of her father’s eye and who just happens to be more ruthless than any of her brothers.

Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley) is Fredo Corleone, the bumbling and loving son who fails at improving the family interests.

Lee Dutton (Dan Annanble) is Sonny Corleone, the ill-tempered oldest child who has trouble seeing the big picture and quick to violelence.

Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) is Tom Hagan, the quasi-adopted son of the boss, who for all practical purposes is the Dutton family consigliere.

As the Dutton family struggles to present a united front against their enemies, skeletons emerge from closets, vendettas are born and characters die. Lots of characters. However, if you like over the top violence, gratuitous nudity and unbelievable soap opera like side plots, Yellowstone is the show for you.

Yellowstone is available to stream with a subscriptions to Philo, Sling TV or DirectTV Now and by going to for a one time, 24 hour pass.

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Sips of Summer: 12 picks to quench your thirst




When it gets hot, you gotta find a way to deal, and we at 614NOW understand and sympathize. Here are our recommendations to help you cool down when the temperatures rise.

16-Bit | Hulk Hogan
What’s more summery than lemonade? Boozy lemonade. And what’s more summery than boozy lemonade? Dropping in a frozen red, white, and blue bomb pop in the center of the drink! The iconic popsicle from your childhood is back and you’re gonna need a front row seat to your own sip down, brother!

Matt the Miller | Blueberry Basil Limoncello Martini
Skip the regular menu. Here’s a martini for brunch instead! Two of summer’s favorite flavors come together in one glass with Stoli Blueberry and Limoncello, along with basil, lemon juice and simple syrup.

The Bottle Shop | Carribean Queen
The Bottle Shop is known to whip up just about any creation you can think of, and their tiki drinks are quintessential summer vibes. Of course, the classic mai tai is available in these aesthetically pleasing tiki glasses, but our eyes are all on the Carribean queen. The drink boasts a savory over sweet flavor profile thanks to the Rum Zacapa 23 as well as the orgeat (almond syrup) which provides a slight nutty taste. The drink also features earl grey tea-infused falernum to add a floral profile, plus some mint sprigs to garnish.

Standard Hall | Red Sangria
Nothing says summer like a cool glass of sweet sangria. Standard Hall’s Red Sangria is a blend of Pinot Noir, Triple Sec, Absolut Grapefruit, lemon juice, lime juice, and marinated fruit. It comes in a single serving, but once your friends catch a glimpse, they’ll want more than a gulp, so go for the shareable size.

Hubbard Grille | Agave Cooler
Now that you’re grown, hopefully you’ve graduated from stealing your mom’s wine coolers and embarked on a new adult beverage endeavor. But, now we’re sending you back to your roots with Hubbard Grille’s Agave Cooler with A New Amsterdam Vodka, pure agave, pink grapefruit and lime juices, fresh basil; served on the rocks. Your mother would be proud.

Oddfellows | Lushie
With new options nearly every week, Oddfellows’ lushies are a sure fire way to beat the heat this summer. This frozen drink is similar to a slushie you’d find at a gas station, but it’s been upgraded with boujee flavors and booze. Options like The Carter have been featured in the past which is a mixture of Bumbu rum, creme de cacao, and lemon making for a bright orange cocktail perfect for the patio.

Asterisk | Asterisk Orchid
Take time to stop and smell the roses (or the orchids) this summer. From the Asterisk proprietary cocktail menu, a choice of vodka or gin, St. Germain, with notes of lime, rose, and cucumber. A flower in a glass!

Local Cantina | Mango Manzana Margarita
How can you go out for Mexican food without getting a marg to sip on the patio? The Mango Manzana Margarita combines Patrón Silver and Patrón Mango Citrónage with agave, lime, lemonade, and is garnished with an apple slice and a luxardo cherry. By our counts, that’s at least three servings of fruit per glass.


Two Truths | Penicillin
This is one penicillin shot that even staunch anti-vaxxers will won’t be able to resist. With two scotches serving as a base for this ginger and fresh-lemon infused cocktail, penicillin at Two Truths is good for what ails you!

Huli Huli Tiki Lounge | The Painkiller
And if Penicillin can’t solve what ails you, a good old Painkiller should just about do the trick. This island-inspired cocktail features Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum with pineapple, coconut, and orange with the option to have it served on the rocks, or frozen. Beyond a drink that will take your mind straight to the beach, the bright pink flower garnish coupled with a pineapple slice and a speared cherry makes this drink every bit Instagrammable as it is drinkable.

Light of the Seven Matchsticks | Running with Scissors and Playing with Matchsticks
This signature cocktail at this exclusive speakeasy is everything your mother warned you about. One sip of this high-falutin’ mixture of brown-buttered bourbon, Dolin Dry, Benedictine, and a house ancho syrup, and you’ll see why rules were made to be broken.

The Market Italian Village | Barrel-aged Negroni
Go native while visiting Italian village with this twist on the classic drink from the boot-shaped old country. Vim and Petal Heritage Blend Gin join Cynar 70, Sherry, and Apricot in this smoky, barrel- aged cocktail—Maddon’, that’s good!

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10 Restaurant Week destinations for date night out




Sometimes just getting out of the house is the priority. Other times, getting out of the house without the kids is the priority. When that time strikes, get the sitter on lock and hit the town.

Restaurant Week July 15-20 is the perfect time to reconnect with your significant other without breaking the bank. Here are our top 10 picks for date night out during Restaurant Week!

South Village Grille | 197 Thurman Ave, Columbus

South Village Grille is a romantic little spot tucked in a happening strip of Thurman Avenue. During Restaurant Week, indulge in oysters (aphrodisiac), scallops, and even pork chops. Round out your night out with beignets.

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing | 215 N 4th St, Columbus

You may have been to the taproom out back, but have you dined in the front? It’s a beautiful space where beautiful food is served, like lamb racks and Black Forest Chocolate Cake.

Trillium Kitchen & Patio | 2333 N High St, Columbus

Trillium is a modern kitchen with a splendid patio, often times hosting live entertainment! Wine and dine your loved one with Trillium’s diverse wine list, tasty Restaurant Week menu, and romantic digs.

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar | 50 West Broad Street Mezzanine Level, Columbus

With the watermelon salad in the first course, BBQ chicken in the second, and strawberry shortcake for the third, this summer-time menu will be the perfect seasonal date. And the dark wood ambiance will make you want to cozy up close to your date.


The Boat House at Confluence Park | 679 W Spring St, Columbus

Suggested wine pairings with every course during Restaurant Week will help direct you and your lover down a path of sensuality. And if you’re lucky enough to get seated by the fireplace, the heat will turn up even more, literally.

M at Miranova | 2 Miranova Pl, Columbus

M recently underwent a stunning remodeling that is sure to wow your date. The menu features both surf and turf, so your taste buds will be wowed, as well.

Asterisk | 14 N State St, Westerville

This intimate supper club will really encourage you to relight the flame between you and your significant other. And with familiar favorites like ravioli, meatloaf, and chicken pot pie, you’ll go back to your roots and remember why you feel in love in the first place.

Lindey’s | 169 E Beck St, Columbus

We know it’s hot outside, but Lindey’s patio is worth the sauna experience. This restaurant is the epitome of romance and can be yours to experience for just $35 during Restaurant Week.

Spagio | 1295 Grandview Ave, Columbus

Spagio is the perfect spot for a nice dinner and, with a window on Grandview Avenue, people watching. Let the conversations flow over seafood, pastas, and prime cuts of steak during Restaurant Week.

The Market Italian Village | 1022 Summit St, Columbus

For a fun, light-hearted date with lots of character, this is your destination. Exceptional quality, outstanding service, and approachable atmosphere: The Market Italian Village.

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Newly-remodeled M at Miranova has the most unique cocktails ever

Laura Dachenbach



After a quick spring break, M at Miranova is back and open to the public with a new look, shedding its old browns and bronzes for pops of purple and elegant, cooling grays. The 18-year-old fine dining establishment is ready to show off a beautiful wooden floor, its terrace with spectacular views of the river and the city, its lounge made for an evening of small bites, an almost complete menu change, and its new line of seasonal signature cocktails.

Two Ships (Photos by Brian Kaiser)

Developed by award-winning bartender Cris Dehlavi and the beverage team, the line showcases the classic flavors of summer: coconut, pineapple, lemon, and rum.

M at Miranova aims to welcome all, and the line covers a spectrum of tastes. There’s something for everyone at your table, from the light, refreshing oral mix to the heavier, spirits-forward drink, all with an emphasis on superb and fun presentation.

“Gone are the days of the plain old glass,” said Dehlavi from behind the bar, bringing forth her concoctions.

Magic Elixer

The appropriately-named Magic Elixir, a beautiful balance of spirits and flavors, comes to your table as a blue liquid (thanks to butter y pea tea) poured over ice and garnished with flowers. Your server will add a vial of lemon tableside and ask you to stir as chemistry turns the drink a beautiful lavender. Botanist gin and an aloe vera liqueur give the drink a taste as sophisticated and surprising as its presentation.

“There’s nothing like the look on somebody’s face when you put something down in front of them like that,” said Dehlavi.


The AHA!, a simple and refreshing drink combines a California Brut sparkling with pineapple and coconut flavors, and comes served in light- bulb shaped glassware, a nod to its moment of creative inspiration.

“We really wanted a low-proof cocktail, and kept playing with different ideas. Nothing was working,” said Dehlavi. “My daughter loves coconut water and she had coconut water in the fridge one day and I had a swig of it […] and I thought, ‘What about pineapple liqueur, coconut water, and bubbles?’ and it worked.”


Ordered solo, the Two Ships combines Don Pancho rum, amaro, banana, and bitters over whiskey rocks. Ordered for two (or as a taster for four), the drink comes in a globe suspended on a wooden stand containing a blown glass ship and a bit of dry ice for effect.

The creamy You’ve Met Your Matcha and the rich Great Vieux round out the summer line. Your server will snap a Polaroid of the latter, but each of the drinks plays to an audience of Instagrammers, so your own phone is welcome, too. After all, it’s an experience—an impressive, yet accessible array of cocktails, and Dehlavi notes a few are already starting to become favorites.

You’ve Met Your Matcha

“I think presentation is super-important,” said Dehlavi. “We take a real culinary approach to our cocktails. Just like a culinary approach to food, you can put a piece of salmon on a plate with some asparagus and there it is, or you can make it gorgeous. And we always think about that with cocktails, too.”

M at Miranova is at 2 Miranova Pl. To book a reservation, visit

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