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“Curiose Geschichte” And “Glückes Genughat”: Bexley Scenes From Childhood

Slice a banana in half lengthwise, top it with chopped peanuts and a dollop of pastel-tinted mayonnaise, and you’ve created one of my favorite dishes: the banana nut salad from the Willard Restaurant, a fixture of the Bexley, Ohio community … Continue reading

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Cross My Heart, You’ll Love The New Cover To Cover

Arlington Avenue was my 12-year-old self’s paradise. There, I found a place of supreme delight. At Cross My Heart,  Jet, Sue and Susan’s retail shop for counted thread patterns and supplies, the walls were lined with rows upon rows of … Continue reading

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Dublin’s Twelve Elves Make This A “Nollaig Shona Dhuit!”

When I found Penny on the Irish Fairy Doors Trail in July, I was a mess. If one last option didn’t solve my medical mystery, I worried that my “Rocky Road to Dublin” would lead to the ospidéal.  Petting the Belleek … Continue reading

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Work Downtown? Buy A Bag Every Day!

It was once known as the nation’s great “nickel lunch” — a meal and a dessert all in one, packed in a distinctive bag that was carefully folded so that its precious contents wouldn’t escape.  In fact, the luscious golden … Continue reading

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This Royal-Watching Joules-Wearer Was On Tenterhooks To Visit Otterburn Mill

You might recognize it as Hogwarts from the first two Harry Potter films, or as Brancaster Castle, the home of Downton Abbey’s Lady Edith Crawley and her husband, Bertie Pelham, the Marquess of Hexham. But to Northumbrians, it’s better known … Continue reading

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Skål! I Found A Place That Has A Two-Dollar Breakfast And A Swedish Carriage Cushion!

Do you know what turns my stomach? Shelling out too much money at restaurants. So when I found cheap eats in a Scandinavian setting, I raised a box of Dryck Lingon in celebration at one of central Ohio’s newest stores: … Continue reading

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Covering Compost Cookies to Candy Couture In 24,021 New York City Steps

When the first Saturday morning in December dawns, you may like to be nestled all snug in your bed, but I much prefer hitting the pavement for another now-legendary 15-hour visit to New York City. The once-bleary-eyed novice in All … Continue reading

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