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Rosendale’s

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Rosendales

Here in Columbus, we have one famous area called “short north art district”. The area has a long history that began in the 1980s. Today it has both commercial and residential area, incredible boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pubs, clubs, Arena district, the Convention Center, the North Market area, and parks.

Living close by this area, makes us passed by “short north” quite often and once I began to notice one new restaurant that is always full of people inside. One day we made a reservation there, called Rosendales. They claim that, Head chef and owner, Richard Rosendale, strongly emphasizes in using the highest quality meats and seafood available, the freshest fruits and vegetables with a focus on American regional ingredients in season, and cooked perfectly from the source.

Chef Rosendales is the youngest member and also the 2008 team captain of the five-person United States Culinary Olympic Team. He was one of only five chefs who represented US in the 2004 World culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany. In his thirteen years of professional experience, Chef Rosendale has earned more than forty national and international medals. Also, he has been featured on several TV Food Network Specials.

I personally, always love to experience a tasting menu while I got chance to pay a visit to an upscale restaurant. We order 5 course tasting menu here and our experience from the amuse of salmon with basil oil, ahi tuna and crab wrap all the way to the dessert ( lemon curd, crushed raspberry and almond streusel, with ginger ice cream above and cover with toasted meringue) was absolutely divine. The presentation of every single dish was beautiful and very artistic without distracting the flavor of main ingredient. This is beyond our expectation, since rarely, we could find any great culinary here in Columbus that can be compared to big cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York. So, hey…for those of you that claim yourselves as a Columbus’ foodie, you need to stop by here and give it a try.

Rosendale’s

793 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 298-1601

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Balthazar

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This place has been very popular for both New Yorkers and tourists for the past couple years. Balthazar (a typical of French restaurant in So-ho neighborhood) will make you feel like you are in Paris. It has a lovely decoration, high ceiling and deco lighting inside. The warm and friendly atmosphere adds the value of the food it self. But, it doesn’t meant that my review will be biased affected by their cool interior and friendly ambiance.

Our brunch at Balthazar was absolutely a fantastic experience. Egg benedict was absolutely to die for. A warm and thick hollandaise sauce just tasted perfect eating with Canadian ham and poached egg. I had pan-fried potatoes that were served with a caramelized onion mash to go with my egg benedict. While I happened to taste what A had, scrambled eggs in puff pastry served with wild mushroom and asparagus. The scramble eggs were seasoned well, fluffy and very yummy. It was just a lovely combination between the egg, pastry, mushroom and asparagus. Another dish we had was beef stroganoff with buttered noodles. They used tenderloin steak beef quality that is a mouth watering.

I would love to come back here and try their extensive dinner menu. And another suggestion for you who don’t have enough time to sit down and enjoy a great meal at Balthazar, you can definitely stop by their bakery which is located next door. Expect for a long line! This should give you an idea how popular Balthazar is.

Balthazar
80 Spring St (between Broadway & Crosby St)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-1414

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North Star

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Just recently I found a new American restaurant that I might categorize it as a cafe. It has an interesting concept for a city like Columbus. The menu is small, simple, uncomplicated but everything made from fresh, natural, organic and local ingredients. I love this place for its cleanliness, coziness and minimalist concept. Having a small patio in the corner of the restaurant offers you the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine outside, especially during the spring or summer.

First, they take your order and give you a number, then you can find a place to sit. While waiting for the food to come, you can grab magazines provided by the restaurant. If you order coffee, there is a self-serve coffee with some different varieties you can choose including a “swiss water process” coffee which I think is nice since not many places offer this kind of coffee.

I came here on weekend, when they served breakfast brunch until 3pm. The crowd consists of many different people (single, family with kids, trendy and gay couples). I love the atmosphere as well as the food. For starter, we had home fried potatoes (called Yukon Potatoes). For entree, I tried the Cloud Nine Pancakes made with riccota cheese to make the pancakes even fluffier, served with fresh banana, real butter and warm ohio maple syrup (since then this became my best pancake in town). My husband, A, had fresh home made biscuit with egg and cheese plus bacon on the side. And do not forget to order their famous home made ginger ale that turns out to be really refreshing on a sunny day like now. I saw that many people were enjoying their drinks, blueberry smoothies, fresh squeeze orange juice ,and fresh carrot juice. Too bad, I had no space left in my stomach to order another drink, maybe next time….

North Star
951 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43201
(614) 298-9999

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Hello world!

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Hello world!

Ever since I moved to United States, my passion about food and traveling had been becoming more and more intense. In US, there are plenty kinds of food from all over the world, ranging from the least expensive to the most expensive one. In fact, I am married to someone who is not a typical foodie at all thus I am now in the process of converting him to become one. Lately, he starts putting into practice how to enjoy eating gastronomic food. And I put my hope high wishing that someday he will turn into a real foodie, so that we have a culinary tour around the world without worrying that someone won’t benefit of it. I am not claiming myself as a professional foodie, other than just an amateur who simply has an ardent interest in food. I always become very enthusiastic when talking about food. I enjoy cooking and consuming food (and wine).

Not everyone is keen on traveling due to various reasons, including the time and money spent on the vacation trip. On the contrary, I greatly enjoy traveling for the opportunities to explore the world, to taste local food, to meet new people, to experience and to learn other cultures, and so on. Most importantly, traveling helps us explore and discover our hidden qualities like determination and leadership, as modern life tends to minimize our requirements to employ them. Ironically, we travel the globe with the purpose of discovering what we have always owned within us. Among all the places that I have visited before, Bora Bora is my most favorite destination, which is officially rated as one of the world’s most beautiful blue lagoons. I highly recommend this place for those who love beach. And finally as one of my next objectives, I intend to go backpacking with my husband, exploring Eastern and Western Europe.

O yeah, I should mention previously that I grew up in Indonesia. Some of you may ask, “ Where on the earth is Indonesia ?” but wait, now I have a question for you, “Do you know where Bali is?”. I am pretty sure that most of you know this place but maybe you don’t know that Bali is a part of Indonesia. Yeah it occurred quite often to me when people asked me where I am from. Apparently they know about Bali, but not about Indonesia. Even some of them think that Bali is a country.

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