1st Travels of 2015

Columbus Food Adventures

This past weekend I finally traveled somewhere. I say finally since I truly hadn’t been anywhere since November if you can imagine. Yes, there are much worse things in life to have to contend with but by the time the new year rolled around, I was definitely itching to see surroundings other than my current ones.

While my destination wasn’t nearly as special OR glamorous OR warm as my first travels of last year (click here if you forget where they were), I still had fun. Sometimes there is nothing better than being able to get away if just for the weekend, stay somewhere new, and feast on some delicious food finds.

We spent a fun and very cold 48 hours in the Ohio state capital of Columbus. While I’ve been to Cleveland multiple times and spent a fun overnight in the charming small town of Chagrin Falls, and enjoyed seeing the beautiful fall colors on display at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, I had never been anywhere else in the state. Between the fact that I could go away for 2 nights and not have to take time off from work and was able to stay for free at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Columbus thanks to Marriott points, it seemed like a perfect destination. So here’s in a nutshell all that I did:

There was delicious Cuban food consisting of tostones, mariquitas and a Cubano (the Plantain Cafe in the downtown is absolutely delightful and with excellent food)

Plantain Cafe Columbus

There were small plates later that night at the Flat Iron diner (the building’s design was exactly like that of the famous Flat Iron building in New York City

Flat Iron Diner Columbus

There was a hockey game at the Nationwide Arena where I saw my hometown team of the Philadelphia Flyers give away a huge lead to the Columbus Blue Jackets

Nationwide Arena

There was a terrific food tour in which I feasted on a bevy of delicious eats

Columbus Food Adventures

There was also some pretty cool street art in the city’s Short North neighborhood

Columbus Food Adventures

And then there was the beautiful Ohio Statehouse-seriously, how stunning is that cupola?

Visiting the Ohio Statehouse

And the best part of it all? Buckeye macarons from the awesome patisserie Pistachia Vera…well, I’m only semi-kidding here. (If you don’t know what buckeyes are, click here)

Pistachia Vera

All in all, I had a really neat time in Columbus (minus the horrific wind chills and cold temperatures) and already look forward to going back…just in warmer weather.

Have you traveled anywhere in 2015 yet?

More in this series!

1st Travels of 2014

1st Travels of 2013

1st Travels of 2012

1st Travels of 2011

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    Lust For The World
    February 18, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    No traveling for just 3 months is hard on us too! I usually start planning a trip as soon as I get back, it’s such a habit. Traveling is so addictive. I have never been to Columbus, but the food looks great! It is so cold here in Philadelphia, cannot wait to get away.

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      February 22, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      It seems so trivial and yet when you think you haven’t been anywhere in months, it’s so sad (in a first world kind of problem!). But yes, once you’ve had that “taste” you definitely want to keep enjoying it. It was really a cute city. Midwestern cities definitely get a bum rap but to me I found lots of neat and interesting places, just wish I would have had more time! I did’t know you lived in Philly, that’s my hometown. All I can say that for how cold it is in Philly, it’s always colder here in Pittsburgh! Hope you get to get away soon!

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    Columbus Food Adventures-Short North Food Tour - The Red Headed Traveler
    February 19, 2015 at 10:33 am

    […] first thing you want to do in a new city is go on a food tour. And this is exactly how it was on my recent visit to Ohio’s capital city of Columbus. Sure, we had tickets to a Blue Jackets hockey game and […]

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    February 28, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Looks like you enjoyed a lot of good food on this trip!

    I haven’t travelled anywhere in 2015 yet, but I’m looking forward to upcoming travels and as soon as those are all paid for, I’ll be planning and saving for the next trip as per usual.
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      March 1, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      Good food has definitely become one one of my requisites when I travel these days 🙂 I hear you on the cycle, plan, book, travel-rinse and repeat!

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