This weekend, Hans and I did something that we don’t do far enough of — we took a day-long road trip. With some much to see in our region, we took advantage of a schedule free weekend and made plans to meet up in Worthington (a suburb of Columbus, Ohio) with our long time friends Erin and Brian. (You may remember them from various food adventures over the years here on the blog!) But after Tuesday’s paczki post, I couldn’t leave Cleveland without an early morning visit to Michael Angelo’s Bakery for some quality pastry for my transplanted Northeastern Ohioan gal pal.
After a quick two hour drive (the time flew by as we flew down I-71), greetings via hugs and paczki thank yous and a cup of joe at their beautiful house, we kicked off our Worthington visit as all Saturday morning gatherings with friends should — with brunch. In our planning, Erin suggested a handful of restaurant options in the Northwest quadrant of Columbus. Hans picked The Worthington Inn, a spot Erin and Brian had been for dinner plenty of times, but never brunch.
The guys took advantage of the Bloody Mary Bar, featuring your choice of 15 specialty garnishes combined with locally produced Watershed Distillery vodka — so I knew it was going to be good! As for food, orders of the buckwheat crêpes (with house-smoked salmon, Boursin , micro cress, tomato and fresh fruit), the french toast special (with rum soaked apples, caramel and whipped cream) and two orders of the Eggs Benidicto (poached eggs, black bean cakes, avocado, tortilla, chorizo and Colorado & cilantro sauces) arrived and were happily consumed til our bellies were full. Combined with great service, we were pretty pleased with Erin’s suggestion and Hans’ selection!
After brunch, we had some time to wander around the Old Worthington shopping district. My eye took us to some really neat shops:
Swoonful gifts at Igloo Letterpress: Igloo’s known for their stationary products and services (including classes on-site) and I found myself lusting over the paper goods and all the gift offerings in their shop. I went home with the above pictured Ohio leather notepad holder — an early Valentine’s Day present to myself as my husband egged me on to purchase it that afternoon.
House Wine: A modern, super sleek wine shop, where they emphasize making wine buying fun, simple, and interactive. The spot featured price options for all budgets, wine knowledge for all levels and plenty of opportunities to enjoy ourselves on location with wine tastings and off site with suggestions on how to pair wines with cuisine at home. I imagine several CLE folks that I could spend hours with here!
RIDEhome: From their website, RIDEhome is “a Community Bike Shop focused on helping every family member enjoy the pleasure of riding a bicycle as much as we do… and offering a great cup of coffee as you linger in the store.” Can you see why I didn’t want to leave?! The cup of coffee I grabbed for the road was the perfect pour over, leaving us ready to roll out of town.
While meeting up with friends and exploring a new-to-us neighborhood was quite the unexpected adventure, we had a very specific reason for heading south this weekend. Click on over to my Instagram to meet the recent addition to our family — you’ll get to know him better on the blog soon!