Health Update

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Admin, Life

Recovering

You all may have wondered where I have been for the past three months. Many of you had a vague notion that I was sick but weren’t quite aware of how sick I was. Truth of the matter is that I was so sick that they didn’t think I would make through alive. I had a raging case of ARDS so bad that I was on a
ventilator in ICU for over 30 days. They transferred me to the current hospital
to wean me off the ventilator and tracheotomy. Unfortunately, while I was under sedation I sustained major nerve damage in my right arm (which is my dominant hand) which means that I’ve had to learn how to type, eat, and function all over again. After this, my next stop is an acute physical rehab so that I can learn to walk again.

While I am back doing Columbus Foodie full-time, it may be a little slow going
in the beginning until I’m fully recovered. I’ve bought a copy of voice
recognition software that will make things easier but it may be a while until
you hear my voice regularly. In the meantime, Paul has been picking up the
slack by being my photographer, proxy at events, and all-around great partner
in more ways than one.

While in a medically induced coma, I had some vivid bizarre dreams that caused me to confuse fantasy with reality. Maybe I will tell you all about that in a separate post, so detailed that it makes for a great story. Expect new content soon. Thanks to all for the well wishes, phone calls, and visits; they did more than you know to lift my spirits and keep me optimistic.

A Brief Note From Mr. Columbus Foodie

Author: paulboyer  //  Category: Admin, Life

Hello all. It’s me, Paul. Columbus Foodie’s husband.

Becke’s been in the hospital for several weeks now, and likely won’t be out of the hospital for quite a while. She’s currently unable to update columbusfoodie.com, so this blog will remain in archive mode until Becke’s able to begin posting again. I might post some articles she’s got in the queue ready to go, and I’ve got a couple of articles that I sent to her which were ready for publishing. We’ll see.

I’ve got a CarePages webpage up which has been tracking Becke’s condition since April 11th. It is located here.

Please keep Becke in your thoughts and prayers for her complete recovery.

I’m Back (Sorta)

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Admin, Life

Wow – that was a longer hiatus than I planned for. The truth of the matter is that I’ve been really, really sick. There was even a hospital stay in the midst of my time off.  It all started at the end of October/beginning of November when I went to San Francisco and found that I was unable to maneuver on steps. At the same time, I was dropping weight like crazy, and in my mind, I thought this was a good thing. I must have lost 30-40 lbs from November-end of January.

The past few weeks have been crazy – I took 3 major spills in as many weeks, each one worse than the one before it. This latest fall had me hitting the garage door rail with my face, and busting my lip wide open. Needless to say, eating was the last thing on my mind.

Around Christmas, I started having major problems with getting up from chairs that were lower than knee level. Luckily P. was around to give me a hand so we worked with my limitations the best we could. I was getting weaker by the day, and we had no idea why. I just had no energy at all, but we still managed.

Fast forward to last week, where I was so weak that my legs went out from under me completely when I tried to stand. P. insisted that I go to the ER, and I was in no shape to argue. I got there, where they admitted me immediately because I was so dehydrated and malnourished that my condition was critical. They spent the next few days pumping me full of saline and strong antibiotics (because they thought I had sepsis as well).

One of the diagnosis codes was anorexia, probably because in many ways, my eating is disordered. I may not count calories, but I had many of the same things going on as a late-stage anorexia. Just goes to show that any person at any weight can eat in a way that can be harmful.

I was released from the hospital later this week, and am extremely bloated (I’d say 30-40 lbs of water weight, easily), and now I’m trying to eat and drink the way I’m supposed to. I keep on being told I’m not eating enough, not getting enough water, so I’m struggling with both of those things. Part of it is that my lips still have open cuts on them and it burns like hell when I eat anything the least bit acidic or super spicy. For the most part, we won’t be making any new recipes this month, but I’ve still got a ton of older entries I have yet to post. And P. will be posting a few entries. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up on what’s going on with me.

Admin: Cleaning Out the Cobwebs

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Admin, Life

At the end of the year, I’ve realized that I’ve done so much, and rarely posted about any of it. The end result? A “drafts” folder with well over 100 entries in it. I’m going to use January to get all caught up, so you get the information when it’s still fresh and useful.

In the meantime, you may see some posts that are out of season  (summer farmers markets photos, for example), but bear with me – my resolution this year is to make blogging a priority.

Will start posting from the drafts soon.

A Brief Introduction

Author: paulboyer  //  Category: Admin

Original Post Date: 8/20/2009

I am Paul, aka Fat Bastard, your humble host.  I hope to inform and entertain you in my exploration of food — and my other interests — here in Columbus, OH.

Paul at Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace

What are my other interests?  I’m a dark beer, ale, and stout aficionado.  I also enjoy riding my semi-recumbent bicycle, a Day6 Dream 21.  I’m also an unrepentant nerd… so sue me.

Anyway, that’s enough for now.

Admin Note: Columbus Foodie + 1

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Admin

If you haven’t noticed, things around here have been rather quiet the past few months. Between almost nonstop travel and catching up with a bunch of much neglected administrative tasks, it has kept me from posting as often as I like. It’s just gotten to the point where in many ways, it was too much for me to handle all at once, especially since I’ve been feeling under the weather since spring.

I haven’t, even for a second, considered ending the blog or anything that drastic. Even after 5 years, I still love what I do here, and still have a passion for seeking out new experiences and foods to write about. There are still thousands of untold stories left in me.

But my lack of posting means that you all get the short end of the stick, because even though I’m working like a dog behind the scenes, you don’t get any of the benefit of it. There are restaurants I’ve gone to and written reviews of but can’t post them because it’s been too long since my visit.

To that end, to relieve some of the load, and because he has his own stories to tell, my husband Paul will be coming aboard officially as an integral part of the Columbus Foodie site. He started his own food blog a while back, but his posts have been few and far between – i.e. he doesn’t generate enough content to warrant his own site, but definitely has enough to say that it’s a win-win situation for all of us (you readers included). He’s a craft beer and liquor aficionado, with a passion for making recipes that are so complex or time consuming that I’d be pulling my own hair out and running the other way. But he also has a fun side, which I’m sure will come out as you get to know him, in his own words, instead of vicariously through my posts.

He had a dozen or so posts on his own site, which I’ll be merging into this one – expect to see the posts of his that I import in the next day.

And thank you all for being so patient with me and for continuing to visit even when there haven’t been updates – I appreciate each and every one of you.

Lots of Exciting Things in Store for November!

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Admin, Columbus, Events, Restaurant Week, Travel

First off, an apology for not posting lately. It’s not for lack of drafts. When Bloglines announced they were discontinuing service,  what should have been easy (importing my subscriptions), turned into a nightmare. Since I subscribe to over 7,000 feeds, the file was too big to be imported, and I’ve had to resubscribe to them by hand in Google Reader. So I got really distracted by work in the back end, but have let a bit of time elapse since my last point).

But that will have to wait until Monday, Because I’ve caught the travel bug, folks. 24 hours from now I’ll be in San Francisco, chowing down on street foods at a welcome reception for those of us who are attending the 2nd Annual Foodbuzz Festival. I bought the ticket on a whim, even though I don’t know any of the people attending on a personal level. I always love meeting new people, so if you see me there, please say hi.  don’t bite, I promise. So I’ll be blogging regularly while I’m in San Francisco, about the things and bites I’ll experience over the weekend. I’m trying to tuck a couple extra experiences into the limited free time I have – like going to Japantown for a bowl of ramen that uses real homemade noodles and a broth that has been concentrated for 36 hours. I can’t wait! Also in the plans is a trip to the Ferry Market and it’s farmers market. I’m still feeling a little overwhelmed by BART and the Muni, so hopefully one or the other will take me where I want to go. I’m planning on documenting my experiences as I go along.

As soon as I return, Monday is the beginning of Dine Originals Week – a great opportunity to get a good deal,  (all meals are prix fixe at $10, $20, or $30 with several courses)  visit a restaurant that you love, or take this opportunity to try a new one. I’ve gone and written about it a few times  a while back, and for the most part, had an amazing experience. Visit their website (linked above) for more information.

One of the Dine Originals board members was kind enough to donate $30 in Dine Original Dollars, good at any of their member restaurants) to one of my readers. All you need to enter is to look at the menus, and decide which restaurant has a menu that makes your mouth water the most, and comment about it below. The contest runs until the 15th at noon, and will randomly pick a winner.Although I’m not going to go whole hog like I did with my posts on last year’s Dine Originals. Most likely going for lunches, to places I’ve never been to/reviewed before.  But next week, my restaurant experiences will be front and center.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I’ll be going back to my hometowns (Vineland/Millville, MJ) to attend my 20 year high school reunion. I cannot believe that time has flown so much.

But while I’m there, I’m also going to be spending time with friends I haven’t seen years, my father who I likewise haven’t seen in years, and isn’t that what makes going home for the holidays worth it? Sad that I’m going to miss out on eating Thanksgiving dinner, but super psyched about exploring the area.

I swear, though – I need to spread out a bit. Vineland is the land of chains, and those that are not chains are places that have lots of fried food, pasta, pizza, subs, cheesesteaks, seafood (which unfortunately get ruined when they’re battered and fries.

So, inevitably there will be a few local pics, but I’ll end up somewhere else. Like Philadelphia, where I can get a cheesesteak at Jim’s Steaks, a romp through the Reading Terminal Market, somewhere at/near the shore – will see. The good news about Millville in winter is that Jim’s Lunch is open so I can get my burger fix.

March 2010 Roundup

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Admin, Meta, Monthly Roundup, Recipes

Even though I broke my hiatus with a few posts over the past couple of weeks, the truth is I had put blogging on the back burner. I’m officially back from hiatus now, although my postings might be a little light over the next couple of months – I’m taking an anatomy class this quarter that is kicking my ass, and occupying much of my free time to study and memorize more terminology than I think my old brain can handle. I have been really good with keeping up with other blogs, though – so for once, my monthly roundup is timely.

In savory recipes, Baby Bok Choy and Garlic Soup from 30 Bucks a Week, Chicken Souvlaki from A Stove with a House Around It, Buffalo Chicken Burger and Blue Cheese Potato Salad from A Taste of Home Cooking, Vietnamese Caramelized Chicken (Ga Kho) from A Work in Progress, Orange Honey Mustard Glazed Corned Beef from The Adventures of Kitchen Girl, Island Spice Pork Tenderloin from Annie’s Eats, Minced Pork and Shiitake Noodles from Appetite for China, Shrimp and Grits with Bacon and Spinach from The Bacon Show, Bertolli Spring Pasta with Four Cheese Rosa from The Bad Girl’s Kitchen, Vietnamese-Style Spring Rolls from Bewitching Kitchen, Marinated Chicken with an Onion-Pepper-Almond Sauce from Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen, Bangers and Tatties Robin Sue’s Way from Big Red Kitchen, Tunisian-Inspired Braised Short Ribs from The Bitten Word, Baked Tilapia Enchiladas from Bread + Butter, Reuben Risotto from Burp! Recipes, Slow Cooker Pepper Steak and Open-Faced Texas Burgers from Cassie Craves…, Rosemary Brown Butter Soda Bread from Caviar and Codfish, Chopped Liver from Chefdruck Musings, Spicy Blood Orange Vinaigrette from ChiliCheeseFries.net, Old Bay Shrimp Pasta from chowmama, Chicken Satay Quesadillas with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce and Guacamole Omelette with Salsa and Spinach and Feta Quinoa Salad from Closet Cooking, Drunken Noodles from Coconut & Lime, Stuffed Mussels from Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once, Lighter General Tso’s Chicken from Cook Like a Champion, Grilled Halloumi Cheese with Zaa’tar and Roasted Red Pepper Coulis from Cook sister!, Baked Orzo with Fragrant Lamb from Cooking Claire,
5 Layer Chicken Enchiladas from Cooking During Stolen Moments,Garlicky Chicken Breasts from Cooking for Comfort, Greek Chicken with Everything Orzo from Cooking My Way to Happiness with Rachael Ray, Cornmeal Crusted Tilapia with Avocado Cream from Cooking with Cristine, Coq au Vin (French Chicken in Red Wine Sauce) from Culinspiration, Southwestern Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie from Cupcake Punk, Moroccan Spiced Couscous with Puy Lentils from Daily Musings, Greek Chicken Roulades and Creamy Orzo with Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes from The Days are Just Packed, Herbed Lamb Chops with Lentils from Dinner Diary, Brie and Caramelized Onion Stuffed Chicken from Dinners for a Year and Beyond, Japchae with Beef Bulgogi from Dishing Up Delights, Meatballs in Almond Sauce from Dulcedo, Grilled Soy Sauce Salmon on Garlic Spinach from East Meets West, Slow Roast Wild Boar Belly with Cider & Puy Lentils from eat like a girl, Cod Fish Cakes and Tartar Sauce from The English Kitchen, BLT’s with Caesar Mayo from evil chef mom, Pickapeppa Meatloaf from Fat Johnny’s Front Porch, Reuben Chowder from Food o’ del Mundo, Spicy Crab Stuffed Mushrooms from The Food Addicts, Bánh Cuon from Food for Four, Crockpot Nachos from Full Bellies, Happy Kids, Dijon Rosemary Chicken and Roasted Beet Salad with Horseradish Cream from Guilty Kitchen, Leek, Bacon and Feta Frittata from Jam and Clotted Cream, Tuscan Garlic Chicken and Mushroom Marsala Risotto from Joelen’s Culinary Adventures, Beef Cheek Ragu from Just Cook It, Corned Beef with Veggies and Horseradish Sauce from Kalyn’s Kitchen, Thai Meatballs with Peanut Sauce from Kathy’s Kitchen, Kimchi Stew from Kits Chow, Blue Cheese-Stuffed Chicken with Buffalo Sauce from The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch, Scallops in Champagne Cream Sauce with Truffle Salt from Life’s a Feast, Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders and Shrimp and Corn Chowder from Life’s Ambrosia, Tex-Mex Stuffed Shells from Lindsey’s Kitchen, Garlic Knots from Madame Menu, Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Creamy Dijon Sauce from Made by Melissa, Apple Cider and Spicy Mustard Roasted Pork from Madeline’s Adaptations, Quinoa Cakes with Ham, Onion and Chard from Meet Me in the Kitchen, Tinga from Mexico: Food, Drinks and More!, Moroccan-Inspired Chicken over Couscous from Missy’s Recipes, Sweet and Spicy Jibarito-Style Grilled Cheese from My Vegetable Blog, Lobster Rolls with Lemon Vinaigrette and Garlic Butter from Noble Pig, Chicken Marsala from One Couple’s Kitchen, Chicken Mole Poblano and Yucatan-Style Chicken, Lime and Orzo Soup from One Perfect Bite, Palak Paneer from Palate Desires, Roasted Vegetable & Toasted Orzo Soup from Patio Daddio BBQ, Mexican Chicken and “Rice” from Perrys’ Plate, Sundried Tomato Risotto and Murphy’s Hot Hamburger from The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Avocado and Poblano Pepper Omelette from Prijatno, Brothy Chinese Noodles from Rachel’s Bite, Pan Seared Scallops with Fettuccine in Bacon Fennel Cream Sauce from Rock Recipes, Minced Pork with Soba Noodles and Green Pea Hummus from Serious Eats, Ham and Cheese Pretzel Bites and Grilled Chicken Salad with Brie and Baby Spinach from Simply Satisfying, Chicken Mole Enchiladas from Splash of Gourmet, Chicken Scallopine with Saffron Cream Sauce from Stirring the Pot, Greek Baked Beans with Honey and Dill from Superspark, Northstar Cafe Veggie Burger from Sweet Peas and Pumpkins, Chicken Tequila Burgers from Taste & See, Asian-Style Salmon Cakes from Trader Joe’s Fan, “Fried” Cheese Sticks from Two Bites in Suburbia, Pasta Paella from Vanilla Bean, Roasted Pork Belly Banh Mi from Viet World Kitchen, Chicken Parmesan Burgers from Weeknight Gourmet, and Mexican Torta from Wives with Knives,

In sweet recipes, Three-Tone Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse Cups from Almost Bourdain, Salted Rocky Road Fudge from Always Order Desert, Oatmeal Raspberry Scones from Annie’s Eats, Coconut Cream Pie from Arctic Garden Studio, Raspberry and Oat Cookie Bars from Bake-a-holic, Cannoli Cakes from Bakers’ Banter, Tropical Pineapple Coconut Banana Smoothie from Baking Bites, Basic Brown Scones from Beach Eats, Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes from Big City Cooking, Quick Rice Krispy Cookies from Confessions of a City Eater, Balsamic Candied Pecans from Cook Like a Champion, Blueberry Blintzes from CookiePie, Chambord Strawberry Shortcakes from The Cooking Photographer, Brown Butter Waffles from Daydreamer Desserts, Butter Brickle Pecan Cookies from Eat at Home, Oatmeal Streusel Date Bars from Food for Hungry Soul, Banana Nut Buttermilk Waffles from Full Bellies, Happy Kids, Berry Yoghurt Bake from Half a Pot of Cream, Mini Cheesecakes with Fresh Berries from Healthy Indulgences, Carrot Pineapple Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting from Kara’s Kitchen Creations, Greek Yogurt Pancakes from Macheesmo, Ranger Cookies from Mom’s Fridge, Oatmeal Pancakes from The Recipe Swap, Sassy Maple-Sweet Potato Sandies from Sugar Plum, Tiramisu Pancakes from Vanilla Basil, and Liege Sugar Waffles from Whipped.

Hiatus

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Admin

Just going dark for a couple of weeks – I just really need to regroup and renew and rethink a few things, and need to take some time away from blogging do that. I’ll be back sometime soon, I hope. If you need to get in touch with me in the meantime, you can do so through email: columbusfoodie AT gmail DOT com

2009 Retrospective / A Look to 2010

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Admin, Holiday, Life

As is my tradition on the last day of the year, I take a few moments to evaluate how well I stuck to last year’s foodie resolutions,

- Be a lot more proactive about working on the blog. I’m so far behind right now (33 drafts in my folder right now, the events and menus haven’t been updated in like forever, etc) it’s not even funny. I need to devote as much time to the blog as if I were working.

Did horribly on this one – if anything, I’m even further in the hole – over 100 posts in my drafts folder. Lots of events I went to but never wrote about, reviews never posted, etc. I’ll try to salvage what I can, but a lot of it is hopelessly outdated now.

- Take better food photos, and learn how to use a DSLR camera. To this end, I’m starting back at CSCC in a few days to learn photography from the ground up.

I never did buy a DSLR camera (lack of employment keeps such luxuries out of reach), but I did indeed start back to CSCC, although not for photography. College has taken up much of my time for the last few months, and promises to do so for at least the next 2+ years.

- Take a foodie road trip to a nearby city (somewhere within driving distance, like Cincy or Cleveland, western PA, somewhere in Indiana, Kentucky or West Virginia) to check out their food scene and blog about it.

Did this one, sort of. I took a couple of trips to Athens, OH this past summer, and have posted about some of it, but still have a couple more restaurants I visited.

- Learn how to pressure can.

Nope, didn’t do this one.

- Cook at least one recipe from each of the cookbooks I own (who needs hundreds of cookbooks if you don’t use them?)

As if. Most new recipes I made this year were from the Internet or magazines.

- Work harder at cutting sugar out of my diet. Even though I lost almost 100 lbs this year, I know I could lose more (and break this damn plateau) if I ate less refined carbs/more protein. I want to make my health a priority and lose at least 50 lbs. this year.

Not nearly as successful with this one as I wanted. I lost about 15 lbs. this year. Better than gaining 15 lbs, right?

- Cover at least one local event per month for the blog.

I did at least one local event per month will all intentions of blogging about it, but never did get around to that part.

- Learn how to eat well on a limited budget.

I kind of had to do this, more out of necessity than desire.

- This summer, visit a local farm for a tour and blog about it.

Did this, never got around to blogging about it. It’s in that famous drafts forward, and somehow it seems wrong to blog about it when fresh veggies are months away. Thoughts?


So, that was last year….my goals for this coming year? Will be limited, that’s for sure. Being back in school means less time for things I love. But I do have a few hopes.

- Cooking time is at a premium, so I promise to make (on average) one new recipe a week.

- Still need to lose weight, and I know the key to that is to eat less carbs. I’m going to try to limit my consumption of refined carbs to one meal a day. Hopefully this will allow me to lose 50 lbs. in the next year.

- One of the Christmas gifts I got were brioche roll pans. I want to learn how to make brioche. And foccacia.

- I got a pizza oven this past year. I resolve to make time to use it at least twice a month once it gets warm enough to safely do so. Will probably use it more than that, but that’s the minimum goal I’m setting for myself.

- I want to make a batch of cheese from scratch this year. I may be something as simple as homemade ricotta, but I do want to give it a try.

Those goals are definitely within reach for me. What are your foodie goals for 2010?