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Treat yo’self to 4 local sweets so unique

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Summer is in full swing, and with it the inevitable pressure to show a little skin.

What’s worse? The pressure to indulge.

We say, succumb to both!

Lighten up on yourself with some of Columbus’ most novel desserts.

Don’t skip dessert, upgrade it!

Santo Brigadeiro | santobrigadeirousa.com

The next stop on our tour of extraordinary sweets is the cottage-made delights of Santo Brigadeiro. The Brigadeiro is a national desert of Brazil.

These little round chocolate balls came to prominence in the post-war homes of Brazilian women, who, lacking access to fresh milk and sugar, turned to the much more abundant condensed milk and chocolate.

While not exactly a household name in the States, these delights are ubiquitous at Brazilian birthday parties.

Santo Brigadeiro shows us that this once humble confectionery is indeed worthy of the gourmet treatment, crafting unique flavors like bruleé, salted caramel, and golden pistachio.

While not available in stores, orders can be made online. And keep your eyes peeled for these “Brazilian truffles” at this summer’s hippest weddings, clam bakes, and garden parties.

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Smallcakes | 1249 North Hamilton Rd. | smallcakescupcakery.com

Our first choice for a not-your-average indulgence comes to us from the newly minted Smallcakes in Gahanna, the “cupcakery and creamery,” chain that invaded just a short time ago.

They serve cakes and those cakes are small—you may know them as cupcakes. All made in-house, Smallcakes boasts varietals like Lemon Drop, Snickers, and Birthday Cake.

They also have a selection of house-churned ice creams in flavors like Lily’s Strawberry and Cafe Latte.

Now, we know what you’re thinking, “Ice cream? Cupcakes? How are these seemingly ordinary treats anything but average?”

Enter the Smash: a Wonkian amalgam of cake and cream that is anything but common.

Served in a 16-ounce glass, this monster of a dessert combines a cupcake of your choice with two scoops of Smallcakes’ delightful old-style ice cream.

The bottom layer is comprised of the cupcake stump followed by ice cream with the cupcake top, replete with frosting, serving as the cherry on this delicious take on a sundae.

The clever layering and flavor combinations make for what feels like three different snacks in one, as the top of the cupcake pairs with the first scoop and the cupcake stump infuses with the second ice cream flavor, creating the perfect snack for the glucose enthusiast.

We recommend bringing a partner to help you polish off the Smallcakes’ Smash as it is equal parts rich and filling.

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Mmelo | 445 N High St. | mmelo.co

Keeping with the theme of decadent bite-sized treats we need look no further than Mmelo Boutique Confections, located on Vine Street just up the block from North Market.

Since the day the doors opened at this cozy Arena District café, Mmelo has been crafting some of the most unique and Instagram-worthy sweets in the city.

Start with their namesake, the Marshmmelo, a sophisticated reimagining of the campfire classic.

Flavors like pear-lemon-thyme and vanilla chai show why Mmelo’s titular snack never plays second fiddle to chocolate and Graham crackers.

For an even more unique experience one must sample from Mmelo’s menu of Chocolate Tea Cakes, the two-bite treats that are almost too beautiful to eat.

Flavors range from the simple, like caramelized banana caramel, to the challenging, like rosemary and shitake mushroom, and show why Mmelo is certainly the place for those of us with a sense of adventure that is as large as our sweet tooth.

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Bake Me Happy | 106 E Moler St. | bakemehappygf.com

Finally, we head to Merion Village’s Bake Me Happy, the gluten free bakery that combines childhood nostalgia with a contemporary understanding of the needs of an increasingly diverse population of diners.

Bake Me Happy, with their focus on those classic confections most commonly found in a grade school lunch box, shows that gluten free can actually be great, even for wheat eaters!

Take for example their signature Oatmeal Cream Cloud, a loving pastiche of the Little Debbie original.

When you see that rich cream wedged between two soft and sweet oatmeal cookies, the last thing on your mind is going to be the some missing wheat.

Other better-without-gluten offerings include, Moon Pies, PopTarts, and Zebra Cakes.

While there, pair your baked good with one of their seasonal beverages, which for the summer include, Rose Gold Iced Tea and Vietnamese Cold Coffee.

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Too Good To Eat: SuperChef’s stuffed Scriddle Pancakes

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Pancake my eyes off you, sweet cakes, cause no one stacks up to you.

Feast your eyes on the thickest thiccest pancakes that Columbus has to offer. SuperChef Ohio serves up these jumbo stacks of comfort in style, by combining the culinary flavors of savory and sweet—essentially, the best of both worlds.

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Stuffed to the brim with scrambled eggs, deliciously sweet candied bacon, and house-made sausage all covered up in warm maple syrup, these cakes are not to be missed.

Picture this: four of the thiccest, fluffiest, and softest pancakes stacked one on top of each other with hot maple syrup cascading down the sides.

Grab that knife in your hand and take that first slice down all four pancakes all at once. Watch as the warmth from the layered cakes is released, and along with it all the combined flavors of sweet and salty bacon and sausage.

Shove a generous helping of the cakes into your mouth and close your eyes. Feel instantly comforted by the penultimate flavors of breakfast all in one bite.

Take a big swig of coffee (or milk, whatever suits you) and prepare for another bite of breakfast dream come true. Fancy yourself a one-stop-shop for all your breakfast needs? SuperChef Ohio has got you covered.

SuperChefs has locations in Downtown and Gahanna. Visit mysuperchefs.com for more information.

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5 reasons to look forward to North Market Bridge Park, new merchants announced

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You now have five more reasons to be excited for Dublin's North Market with its recent announcement of merchants. North Market veterans and newbies alike are coming together for the first phase of committed businesses for the Bridge Park public market.

Momo Ghar, Dough Mama, Market Bar, Coastal Local Seafood, and The Dublin Farmer's Daughter will occupy five of the 19 stalls.

“Like we have done for 143 years at our downtown location, we are successfully curating the best-in-class fresh meats, seafood, bakery, and produce categories for the Bridge Park facility that will provide a unique experience for visitors,” said North Market Executive Director Rick Harrison Wolfe.

In case you're not hip to the dynamite dumplings, Momo Ghar will be opening a third location inside North Market Bridge Park. As Food & Wine so affectionately wrote, “Once you try this food, you will never have any problem finding your way back here.”

Dough Mama is yet another Central Ohio favorite, serving "stick-to-your-bones" comfort food with a twist, according to the website. Guests can enjoy homemade biscuits, sandwiches, soups, desserts, pastries, and more.

Market Bar will be quenching the adult thirsts of North Market Bridge Park goers with a variety of craft beer and fine wines to go. This concept is owned by Pete Volker and Wayne Lin.

Central Ohio seafood distributor Ian Holmes, owner of Coastal Local Seafood, will bring his expertise to the North Market Bridge Park merchant community. Upon opening their first retail shop at North Market Bridge Park, Coastal Local Seafood will be able to provide the same wonderful seafood ingredients for home chefs and will also serve on-site menu items such as lobster rolls and crab cakes. Dublin residents and guests can look forward to enjoying fresh oysters at the New England-themed raw bar.

The Dublin Farmer's Daughter is a new concept from the owners of Copia Farm, partners Caitlin Bergman and Dan McLeod. This venture will focus on the highest quality ingredients sourced from our farm and other local farms said Bergman in a release.

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Game Day Destination: Urban Meyer’s Pint House offers food, fun, and football

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Head coach, decorated collegiate champion, and the reason Jim Harbaugh probably can’t sleep at night; these are just a few of the many hats former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer wears. Though Meyer has stepped down as head coach of the Buckeyes’ football team, his tenure with the program has grown roots in the Columbus area. And now that Meyer is fully into his life after football, he’s added the hat of restaurateur to his repertoire.

Now open in Dublin Bridge Park is Urban Meyer’s Pint House—a joint venture between the former Buckeye coach and Corso Ventures. According to Justin Kintz, Corso’s Marketing Director, the restaurant will riff off the concept of Corso’s Short North Pint House with Meyer calling some of the shots just like he did on the sidelines with the Bucks.

“It’s still a pint house, a great place to come and watch the game, we just gave it a Dublin twist,” Kintz said.

This Dublin twist and location comes from Meyer himself as he and his family currently call the suburb their home. The restaurant’s interior matches this Dublin description as it features a simple and approachable setup that still manages to feel quietly chic. Multicolored wood paneling on the walls gives way to strings of simple but tasteful exposed bulbs across the ceiling, as rows of high definition TVs line the walls, playing sports.

The new eatery’s menu contains the expected (and solidly crafted) slate of sandwiches and pizzas one would expect from a sports pub, but with an elevated twinge. One of the Pint House’s featured dinner entrees is linguine with clams which is a borrowed recipe from its sister restaurant, Forno Kitchen + Bar. Kintz explained that Meyer had become somewhat of a regular at the Short North bar and restaurant.

“Urban loves Forno, and his favorite thing there is the linguine with clams,” said Kintz, “So he brought it over.”

The dish is made up of littleneck clams on linguine with Roma tomatoes, white wine, garlic, and lemon, and is available for $19. Other dinner entrees include salmon, petit filet, house battered buttermilk chicken tenders, and Pasta Forno, a rigatoni dish in vodka sauce.

Another menu item borrowed from Forno is their arancini appetizer. The fried risotto balls with Fontina cheese and San Marzano sauce, are now also a favorite appetizer at the Urban Meyer Pint House as well.

“It’s the best-selling item there,” said Kintz.

While the eatery serves lunch and dinner currently, they will soon be rolling out a brunch menu of their own as well. Additionally, each Wednesday the restaurant will feature a special of beer-broiled chicken, fries, and beer for $10, with drinks coming from a rotating series of breweries that is scheduled to change bi-weekly.

Take one look at the restaurant’s name though, and you should know that it isn't just known for its eats. In fact, it’s in the establishment’s libations that patrons will find the most direct nod to the former Buckeyes football coach. 

In a collaboration with the Columbus-based Land-Grant Brewing Company, the pint house worked to create its very own beer in tribute to Meyer. 7-0 Ale is a 5% ABV Kolsch-style Ale that’s light-bodied, crisp, and easy drinking. The beer is available in both cans and on tap.

It’s name, 7-0 Ale, is a figure that appears frequently throughout the taphouse, one that diehard Buckeyes fan will likely catch. It references Meyer’s perfect 7-0 record in tilts with the rival Michigan Wolverines during his seven seasons in Columbus.

Additionally, the pint house features over 20 $7 craft pours alongside a list of canned and bottled beers and ciders for $4.50 and $5.

And beer isn’t the only thing on the drink menu either. In addition to a litany of champagne and wines with both glass and bottle prices, a menu of fun cocktails are available for purchase.

According to Lintz, the Frosé cocktail at Forno (made up of frozen rosé wine, Absolut Grapefruit, fresh strawberries, and lemon) has become a favorite of Meyer’s wife, Shelley Mather Meyer, so much so that it’s been given space on the menu at Urban Meyer’s Pint House, referred to as Shelley’s Frosé. Beside a list of signature and custom cocktails, the restaurant offers the Monster Mule, a 96-ounce Moscow Mule; a jumbo martini that serves four; and Shelley’s Punch Bowl, a mixture of Belvedere, Lustau rose vermouth, lemon, hibiscus tea, Peychaud’s, raspberry, and cava, served out of a giant flamingo vessel.

The restaurant, located at 6632 Longshore Dr. in Dublin, is Monday through Thursday from 3 pm until closing, Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. until close.

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