Friday Roundup 12/1/06

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Columbus, Contest, Events, Friday Round Up, Meta, Recipes

If you’ve commented or emailed me in the past few weeks and not heard back from me yet, just an FYI – I’m going to spend some time this weekend catching up with answering email. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you, and I have read each of your comments, just haven’t had much time to respond with the holiday last week. Life is finally getting back to normal here.

About the potluck – from those of you I’ve heard from, it seems like the 16th works for most of you. I’ll be sending out an evite to everyone who has emailed me so far, so we can get together in a centralized place and maybe plan things out a bit (we wouldn’t want to end up with just desserts, right?). If you haven’t emailed me yet, drop me one before the 15th so I can get the evite out to you as well. And if all of a sudden the 16th isn’t working for anyone, let me know that too, so I can find an alternate date that works for most people who are interested. Even if you have already told me you can’t make it, you’ll be getting an invite anyway, so I can get a list of Ohio bloggers together in case this becomes a regular thing. And I’ve also sent it to a couple of people who I know are local bloggers. But don’t think that you need to be a blogger to attend. Anyone is welcome, really. I love meeting new people! If I missed you, give me a heads up. Also, is there any interest in doing a cookie swap during the potluck? Let me know.

Last week Dispatch readers voted Max & Erma’s as the best gourmet burger. What’s up with the slant toward chain restaurants in these surveys? It makes me wonder if everyone is going to them in lieu of the independent places. Or is it a price point thing? Who knows? This week, they want to know who has the city’s best bagels? I used to think it was the Great American Bagel Factory (right off of 161, by Frantz Rd in Dublin), but they closed, so I haven’t been able to find a replacement yet – I’m going to have to go with Panera on this one – I love their evverything and asiago cheese bagels. Submit your vote for a chance to win a $25 gift card.

Also in the Dispatch this week was a review for a place I’ve never heard of before called Cafe del Mundo, that has a fixed price menu of $18 for a salad, pasta, main dish and dessert. Has anyone been here yet? Is it worth a trip?

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In this week’s keeper recipes: Indian Rice Pudding from A Fridge Full of Food, Apple Pastis from Cream Puffs in Venice, Gingerbread Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody, Pumpkin-Sage Pasta with Blue Cheese Crumbles from Culinary Fool, Easy Taco Soup from Kalyn’s Kitchen, Chicken Tortelloni Soup from Mantia’s Musings, Chocolate Espresso and Mascarpone Tart from Milk and Cookies,and Cashew Cookies from Tasting Life…

In informative posts this week, Cook Sister! gives us a primer on the many different kinds of salt, and Cookthink shows us how to cut cabbage.

If I ever get around to turning the basement into a rec room, I must have one of these for the bar area.

And the moment you’ve all been waiting for – the winner of the chocolate contest! It’s Lisa of La Mia Cucina. Congrats! Daniel was kind enough to donate the prize gratis once I told him about the contest. :)

And speaking of chocolate, Godiva’s new pie collection look excellent – but at that price? Ouch. They can keep them.

Until next week, folks…