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Saturday Feb 28, 2009
Emeril at the Grill, Sur La Table, Columbus - Courtesy

Emeril at the Grill, Sur La Table, Columbus - Courtesy

I was first shocked, then bemused and then ecstatic. 70 year old Ellen Basinki the Judge’s wife in Cleveland, bashed burglars off her home by whacking a Lagasse saucepan. Good for her. And good for Emeril too who quickly sent her a new set of cookware.

My passion for cooking sees me checking out Sur La Table’s events calendar here in Columbus for cookery programs. Its become a habit now to do at least one class each month. I am fond of learning new tricks and the broad range of skills and cuisines that are taught here are wonderful. Emeril’s largess made me scour the cookery schedule if the famed cook was featured in the near future.

Sure enough on June 23 Mike McCauley, our amiable instructor was doing the Grilling Inspired by Emeril’s New Grilling Book. It sounded a very good deal to me where I’d learn to kick my grilling up a few notches at the hands-on class inspired by Emeril Lagasse’s new book “Emeril at the Grill.”

Sur La Table as you might well know is a premier Kitchen Store that holds regular cooking programs to provide you with the opportunity to become a celebrity in your own kitchen. The menu too appears great – Grilled Fajita Panini with Chipotle Mayonnaise, Grilled Swordfish Kabobs with Fresh Herb Pesto Sauce, New York Strip with Stilton Walnut Butter, Watercress-Avocado-Mango Salad, Grilled Banana Splits.

Just about a quarter hour’s drive from my apartment in downtown Columbus, Sur La Table at New Bond Street is more than a hobby. Well known instructors from every region besides internationally renowned chefs come over to share their secrets. March 10th has me scheduled to attend the hands-on Healthy Cooking: Wok And Steaming class, yet again by Mike McCauley. Some things are life’s truest delights.

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Columbus Celebrates : Gallery Hop & German Oktoberfest

Tuesday Sep 2, 2008
Columbus - The Place to Be

Discover Columbus - Picture Courtesy

Columbus, capital of Ohio is one of U S’s widely known cities. Located bang in the center of the state it sits at the confluence of two rivers, Scioto and Olentangy. The Alum Creek, Big Walnut Creek and Darby Creek streams run through the metro areas. Referred to as the Cap city or even Arch city because of the metal arches all over the Short North avenue, its a place thats pleasantly foliaged. Ed Lentz in his book “ Columbus – The Making of a City “, states that, “ it is an endlessly interesting place…something of a mirror of America”. This in fact neatly sums up the city.

The relatively flat topography gets inherent relief through seizable differences in its elevation, as much as from the numerous ravines along the rivers and creeks creating interesting variations to the landscape. Greenery is reinforced with trees like maple, oak, walnut, poplar, hickory, cottonwood and of course buckeye that help you breathe easy through the warm and humid summers here. Named as a Great Garden City with over 60 community gardens providing manicured spaces, there is much more beyond the natural terrain of this lovely city.

Step out for Rural Pleasures

Scenic Hayden Falls in Columbus - Picture Courtesy

Diversity is a way of life here, beginning with its multi-graphed mix of races and complimented by a strong and diverse economy. All this gets reflected in the blithe celebration of life in all its disparate vivacity. Even a casual glance at the events calendar showcases the variety of attractions and festivals that marks out the open hearted sense of enjoyment that Columbusites believe in. Fairs and festivals are aplenty in Columbus. The wonderful convergence of urban, semiurban and rural areas cutting across its diverse population turns it into a typical American city.

Annual Festivities include the Columbus Arts Festival, Jazz and Ribs Festival, the ComFest, Hot Times Festival and culminates with the larger than life Ohio State Fair – the largest fair in US. Summers are a time for gallivanting around the many organized festivities that attract thousands of visitors from everywhere. You have the trendy Park Street Festival, Rose Festival, Latino Festival, Juneteenth Celebrations and the Origins Game Fair. Besides all this, Columbus also hosts many conventions in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. September has the famous German Festival come alive with the annual Oktoberfest celebrations featuring authentic German food, beer, music, and crafts.

Arch City Triumps

Arch City Triumphs - Picture Courtesy

The Short North hosts the monthly “Gallery Hop” attracting visitors to the neighborhood’s art galleries that stay open to the public until late night. Street musicians liven up the affair adding to the atmosphere. Events lined up for September are as unique as the spirit of the people here who welcome everyone with inbred hospitality. You will relish the free fresh tomato juice at the five-day Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival that besides exhibiting some great tomatoes features pony rides and a parade. Its a great way to start your sojourn in Columbus if you are going to be here for the late summer.

Lots more is on the festive platter. Enjoy a soulful evening of heartfelt songs to the twanging of an acoustic guitar at Music in the Atrium or go down to the river front for the free spectacular displays. Downtown will be aglow during WaterFire, a string of wood-fueled bonfires in the river in downtown Columbus. WaterFire will be held during a concert by Arnett Howard, part of the opening night celebration of German Village Oktoberfest, also set along the riverfront and Genoa Park. Its a perfect setting to bid summer adieu and with tourists having turned this into a ritual you might just like to book yourself in a nearby hotel. Check out the Downtown Columbus hotel site and look for all things that would suit you best.

Summer time festivites - Jazz and the Rib Fest

Summer Jazz and Rib Fest - Picture Courtesy

Several other events are bound to make you enjoy your time here. For one, the astounding Disney musical score The Lion King is on all through September at the Ohio Theater. If you’ve missed it perchance, then here’s a real treat. The Columbus Food & Wine Affair and German Village Oktoberfest are going to be a riot on the senses with people going wild experimenting and enjoying delectable cuisine while sampling liqueurs and wines. Not to be missed is the ongoing Greek Food Music & Dance Festival slated until end September. So when you’ve done the Columbus landmark monuments, museums and parks, and are still craving for ethnic flavors walk around the inner neighborhoods and enjoy the true taste of America. Named after the great explorer Christopher Columbus, the revitalized city showcases its past and present effortlessly.

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