Friday, October 8, 2010

Today, I'm happy I live in Ohio. There, I said it.

It's not everyday that I feel like I love living in Ohio. But sometimes, a sense of comfort and pride comes over me when I say I'm truly from the midwest. I love having four seasons. Hello, autumn.
I love sitting at my favorite coffee shop, being able to see this:
sitting here:

I can sit here as long as I want, and know I am not bothering anyone. I love feeling safe here. Night and day. These two gentlemen are not only protectors, but the best companions around.

I love being from a town that is centrally located and small (though it is much more posh than it used to be). It's a small town in the heart of a big up and coming city. My most recent treasure found in the city is this place:

Honestly, it's the Big Little Palace. I love this place. Branden and I especially enjoy their brussel sprouts pizza with pancetta and their Avery white beer... mmm..

I love that my best friend came home this week and no matter what city she and I are in, I still get an overwhelming sense of comfort and bliss.
a wine induced kind of love in this picture.

On my nights in, I love cooking with B. He makes me look like a good cook because he is an amazing cook.

I love driving to Appalacia with a car full of this:

I want to take a minute and write some "reviews" about a couple restaurants that Branden and I have recently visited. One: Third & Hollywood
Located: On Third and Hollywood (clever)
Owned by the same people who own Northstar Cafe, well, ta-da: It was simply delicious.
First: beer- I got the Victory Golden Monkey.. so good!

Our nice waitress Carrie was good at selling me that drink.
Second: Appetizer. We split the guacamole and pimento dip plate with fresh tortilla chips
You could tell that both dips were freshly made, and the tortilla chips were fresh and crunchy as well. Branden liked the pimento dip more than me, but it was a stellar appetizer.
Main course: I've been jonesing for a good burger for a while now. Enter: The best burger I've had in years..

(the stuff that looks like a pile of crap is ACTUALLY balsamic onions)
This burger was simply heavenly. It was so juicy and full of flavor. On the side: Roasted peppers with goat cheese... how could that not be perfect?

Overall: A wonderful experience. Everything tasted great and the wait staff was certainly friendly. We are going back again soon.

Another new restaurant...well, chain rather. Jason's Deli aka my new favorite deli.
I made my own sandwich on herb foccacia with smoked turkey, avocado slices, yellow mustard, pesto and basil with pinenuts, tomatoes, spinach, onions and mild peppers.
This chain is amazingly fresh and you can be totally healthy there! Next time I go, I'm definitely
going to hit up their salad bar.

I love nights like this:

Day drives

this snack!!

My most prized possession (okay, it's up there) vintage yellow chair from retag it. I love finding things for apartments and this is my golden ticket/chair. I want this chair forever.

I love old cameras... and one day I hope to have them lined all around my house. So, I love this camera.

this ;-) for all intense love purposes.

la fin.

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