Columbus, Columbus

As many of you know, I have been in Ohio for the past few weeks.  I thought I would share with you a few of the things I have been getting into while in Columbus – hopefully this will help to prove that Columbus is an awesome city!

I am amazed at how much has changed since I’ve lived here in 2002 – 2007.  I am also a little amazed that I have as many ties to this city still.  One of the first things I wanted to do, besides seeing my friends, was to cut my hair.  I was done with it.  It was down to my lower back, I had split ends and I needed a fresh start.  I called up my old hair stylist, Kate, and was surprised that she still had the same number – Yippy!

Kate is a hair genus. I can’t tell you how much I love her.  She just knows my hair.  It was funny when I met her, although I don’t know if she know’s this story.  I was talking my mom into paying for me to get a cut – I was poor and in my twenties.  I walked into a salon and was a little nervous about who I might have cut my hair.  No one looked like they would do a terrible job, but I was afraid it would be a little too vanilla for my taste.

Then, the front door of the salon opens and in walks a goddess.  I was in awe and I thought to myself, “she is going to cut my hair.”  She did and it was the best cut is had in my life.  To this day, whenever I’m in Columbus, and can manage to squeeze in a hair cut, I call her up.  Here’s a photo of my new do.  I think I cut about 14 inches off.  If you’d like to check her out, she is working at Nutur Salon in Grandview.  You can also send me a message and I’ll pass along her contact details. My new hair

After I had some friends over for dinner, I realized I needed to hit up my friends’ bar.  They own the Shrunken Head and can I tell you how much that place rocks?  They have done a lot with it since they took over the joint a few years back.  We ended up going on Honky Tonk night (I think that’s what it’s called) which falls on Friday night. We somehow ended up winning an apple pie.  I swear it wasn’t rigged.  Although I am a little in awe about how the gentlemen who picked out the winning ticket, literally from his hat, took off the hat without spilling any of the tickets.  I think there was some voodoo magic in there somewhere.

Paddle from Hawaii
Paddle from Hawaii

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If you are looking for a cool place to hangout in the heart of the city with a great vibe and cheap drinks – definitely hit this place up.  Not only do they have great live music but it also has a low-key chill vibe afterwards so you can sit around chatting with friends, and maybe that cute guy (or girl) sitting next to you.  Here are some photos, but they honestly don’t do the place justice.  Go check it out!  Happiest Hour is 5PM – 6PM with 75 cent well drinks, shots and draft.  (WHAT?!?!?)  Then normal Happy hour kicks in. I’m not sure when Karaoke night is yet, but when I do find out, you will most definitely see me there.

Leave a secret
Leave a secret

Another cool low-key watering hole we went to is Carabar.  It has been SO LONG since I’ve been to this place.  Bonus, it’s within walking distance from my friend’s house.  Okay, when I say walking distance, I mean that in New York standards, not Ohio – sorry!  They have $2 PBR mugs until 8PM, so really you can’t go wrong.  Plus, you can hangout in a hip place without feeling like you are the oldest person there.  The ages range, but at least it’s not all Campus kids chugging 40s.  Sorry if you like that scene, I don’t mean to offend, I’m just a little too old for campus hangouts.

Can we talk about the new section in Easton?  When did that happen?!  I didn’t even think there was space there to build and then all of the sudden I come back after a few years away and the shopping has pretty much doubled (okay, okay, not really all the sudden since I’ve been gone for a few years).  We went to a Tex-Mex place which apparently hails from Austin.  I’m all about keeping Austin weird, but I have to be honest – this place could go back to Texas and keep it weird there.

Hey now, don’t be mad at me for saying so.  I was born and raised in Texas – at least for some of my younger years.  I remember good Tex Mex and I honestly believe if there isn’t fried ice cream on the menu then it’s not true Tex Mex.  I might be a little skewed in my thinking with this one, but hey, I lived there when I was 7.  All I cared about was the ice cream.  Still, it seemed to be only okay from what I remember good Tex Mex being.  I’ll have to check out the other places in the area and report back.

I was lucky because it just happened that one of my friends, Adam James, a very talented musician, was heading through Columbus just days after I arrived.  We decided to meet for breakfast. Unfortunately, the place I chose was not the best – google, you steered me wrong!  I did however, end up grabbing breakfast/brunch at a few place with my mom which I highly recommend.  The first is Cap City Dinner.  Can I tell you how much I love the cinnamon buns?!?!  SOOOO GOOD.  I swear I end up ordering breakfast just to eat the cinnamon rolls and bring most of my brunch home in a doggy bag.  They are that good.

My mom and I also hit up First Watch.  The place is good.  Not super special or super delicious but a good breakfast spot when you just want an omelet.  After breakfast we walked over to the Book Loft and my oh my, it is a book lovers paradise!  There are 32 rooms full of books.  You honestly will get lost.  They probably need to have maps at the door of this place.  If you are looking for anything specific, then make sure you ask where to find it.  I wanted to grab a notebook and there was no way I was going to find it if I didn’t ask first.

The Book Loft - awesome bookstore with both used and new books.
The Book Loft – awesome bookstore with both used and new books.

 

So there you have it, besides hosting a few dinner parties and catching up with friends, those are the places I’ve visited so far.  I’ll keep you updated with other places I discover or rediscover while I’m still in Ohio.  I’ll be based here about another 3 months after my next trip.  Chicago > Salt Lake > NorCal > Reno > NOLA – here I come!

Thanks for reading!
Meandering Mason

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