Welcome to our latest “research” trip. Research in our household involves exploring of a new place to find all the best food and drink establishments, so that we can accurately give recommendations to others. It is a sacrifice, but we are just those kind of people. 😉
I can’t believe it is almost May as I write this because our trip to Columbus was to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary back in…March. So hopefully none of these places are out of business by the time you have a chance to read this and go try them out. Our celebration trip was just a short weekend overnight, but we packed in a lot. Literally. Into our bellies.
Our main activity of the weekend was completing the Columbus Coffee Trail. Which brings me to the question of all questions – where have food & drink trails been all my life?? They involve exploring and yumminess and checklists. And prizes. Yeah, this won’t be the last time I do one of these.
Our first stop was Stauf’s Coffee Roasters in German Village. I’m just going to give away the ending here and tell you that this was my favorite stop on the trail. It had lots of seating with a chill atmosphere, reasonable prices, and a large menu that could please the craziest connoisseur like my husband AND the most froo-froo coffee drinker (I fall somewhere in the middle, if you were wondering). Extra points because you could actually decode their menu (hipster coffee bars, I’m glaring at you). Thomas got some kind of new single origin something something and I got to indulge in a flavored coffee that was divine (my husband does not usually care for flavored coffees, so we don’t buy them for at home…I have to take my happiness wherever I can find it!).
While finishing off our amazing brews, we browsed The Book Loft next door. Three hours later… Well, maybe not quite three since our hunger for lunch finally superseded our love of books and browsing. I totally jumped on the title “Luxurious Minimalism” because I felt like it described the home decor style I like, but when I flipped through it, I realized the author and I had very different definitions for those words. I may commandeer the phrase for my own use, nonetheless.
Thomas also found a few titles that piqued his interest (or “tickled his whistle” as we usually say in our house…I have no good explanation for the origin of that phrase). Brainy and handsome – what more could I ask for?
This bookstore is so huge that there was something for everyone and this one reminded us instantly of my parents, who are closet homesteaders hiding in a suburban neighborhood with no yard. Maybe it is time to bring back the bees, Mom and Dad.
Even though it was grey and drizzly, we still enjoyed walking through the scenic German Village as we hopped from place to place. This house stopped both of us in our tracks and we decided that besides changing the red door to a turquoise, we would be in heaven if the exterior of our home looked exactly like this. We love the craftsman style, natural stone elements, and bright white trim against a darker neutral siding.
Because of the rain, I didn’t feel comfortable taking out my “fancy camera”, but our cell phones did ok.
I have no idea if this was intended or not, but when I saw this garden sculpture, I immediately thought of one of my favorite childhood books (can anyone guess what it is?) and that is one of the best feelings in the world. Now I just need to get it from the library, so Thomas can experience it too. 🙂
Lunch was mind-blowing, both in flavor and price. Harvest Pizzeria lunch special. Do it.
In keeping with my nerdy homeschooler background, we spent the afternoon on a (free!) tour of the Ohio Statehouse. The building itself was beautiful and, particularly because I’m an aural learner, the tour was educational and engaging. It is one thing to walk around and read placards, but I so much more enjoy a tour full with stories by a person who is passionate about sharing history with others.
And my ever-patient husband, who will stand still at the drop of a hat when he hears the words “Ooooo, the lighting right here!”.
Before dinner we hit our next stop on the coffee trail, One Line Coffee. If you can’t tell from the pictures, our selections got much smaller and less caffeinated as the day went on! Any place that will serve a cortado is a winner in my book. If you ever see that on a menu, try it! The coffee-flavor strength of an espresso with the rich creaminess of ice cream (without the sugar, of course). Heaven.
No, we did not just eat guac, chips & a margarita for dinner. But somehow the tacos missed the photo opp, so here you go. Dinner at Bakersfield was delicious. You could tell that every item was prepared from scratch from fresh ingredients. The atmosphere on a Saturday night was a little loud and crazy for us, but the food was worth it. Maybe next time, we will try getting it to-go!
This awesome photo was me going “Hey, wait! We need to get a picture of our coffee trail passports, so we remember that we did this when we are eighty.”. Mission accomplished. It was early in the morning and we were just trying to look as awake and happy on the outside as we were on the inside.
I mean, if I created a mini Stonehenge in my front yard, I would want people to stop and take pictures of it…
Our third coffee trail stop was Mission Coffee – as with the rest, the flavor did not fail to deliver! The prices were highest here, though, and as with most hipster joints, the menu and seating were not the most welcoming. This is just our perspective, though…if we were hipsters, we would probably feel totally differently. 😉
Flowers plus art? Yes, please! On our continued quest for free things to do (since we obviously spend all our money on food and coffee), we ended up at the Columbus Museum of Art, which is free on Sundays! There were live floral arrangements throughout the museum that were supposed to be inspired by the piece of art they were next to. Most of these I found rather…abstract? This larger piece, however, I could not stop staring at.
Yes, eventually I need to invest in a zoom lens. But how neat is this huge, Escher-inspired piece of installation art??
Our final stop on the wonderful coffee trail was The Roosevelt Coffeehouse, which Thomas particularly wanted to hit up because of its humanitarian and relief emphasis. Again, the cortado.
Succulents, so under-rated, right?
If you haven’t already figured this out, my man is serious about his coffee. Very serious.
While our Columbus weekend to celebrate our 4th anniversary may not have been as epic as our 3rd anniversary celebration (What beats Hawaii? Really.), it was a great time to get away from normal and continue to figure out what we like (and don’t like!) to do together as a couple. God has given us more infinitely blessings than we deserve, from the huge things like each other to the small things like shared love of a certain hot beverage.
Are there any “food trails” you would recommend? What are your must-sees when visiting a new city?