Best Easter Brunch Spots

Easter Brunch

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Sticking with yesterday’s Easter theme, I am inclined to write about arguably my favorite part of Easter, and no it’s not losing the Easter Egg hunt to my cousins. No, my favorite part of Easter is the absolutely fantastic brunch that has become a modern day tradition. Yes lather up those Eggs Benedicts with Hollandaise sauce because Jon has an appetite that needs filled. Whether it is the aforementioned Eggs Benny, the prime rib at the buffet, or those tiny little “not quite crab cakes, but they pretty much are” that make me go “nom nom nom,” I simply can’t get enough of this Spring Thanksgiving mid-morning feast. With that said, unless you have a traditional go to, or belong to one of the numerous country clubs around Columbus, you might be wondering, “Where in the world should I go for my mid-morning bingefest?” Well fear not, Columbus Underground has you covered, and we’re going to rank our favorite ideas on their list.

 

 

prime rib

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5. Cameron’s American Bistro

A Cameron Mitchell staple located at 2185 West Dublin-Granville Road, their Easter special makes hungry tummies everywhere jump with joy.

Hot menu items: Short Rib, Lake Erie Walleye, Caramelized Bacon Omelet

Hours: 10 am – close

 

4. J Gilbert’s Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood

Just read Columbus Undergrounds description:

Located at 1 East Campus View Blvd. in Worthington, J. Gilbert’s is the quintessential steak house. This Easter, they will offer a 3-course prix fixe menu for $39 per diner. The first course is a choice between Caesar Salad, Baby Greens, Wedge Salad, and Maryland Crab Bisque. For the main course, guests can choose from Seared Georges Bank Sea Scallops, 14 oz. Bone-in Pork Chop, Joyce Farms Mesquite Grilled Chicken, Maple Plank Roasted Salmon, and New Zealand Lamb Rack, among other dishes. Dessert options are Vanilla Bean Crème Brulée, Chocolate Velvet Cake, Cheesecake, and Berries & Cream. Easter Brunch will be served from 11am – 8pm. – Columbus Underground

3. The Crest Gastropub

Located at 2855 Indianola Avenue, The Crest looks to fill your stomach with some serious fixings.

Hot menu items: Perfect steamed eggs served with prosciutto and Lucky Cat bread, Leg of Lamb accompanied by braised tatsoi and swiss chard

Hours: 9am-3pm

The boathouse at confluence park

A view from The Boat House
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2. The Boat House at Confluence Park

Admittedly The Boat House gets a big jump as it has one of the best views in the city, that alone coupled with food of the brunch variety gets a A+ in our book. Check them out at 679 West Spring Street

Hot menu items: Prime rib, fresh crab legs, smoked salmon and a chocolate fountain.

Hours: 10 am – 4 pm

1. Lindey’s

How can you argue with Lindey’s? Actually If I were to have an argument with Lindey’s it would probably go something like, “Hey Lindey’s! I bet you didn’t know tha…” “yes…yes I did know that we serve a fantastic brunch.” Check out Lindey’s in German Village at 169 East Beck Street.

Hot menu items: Banana Foster Bread Pudding, Lobster Benedict, prime rib and ham carving stations

Hours: 10 am – 4 pm

Have a wonderful Easter everyone, we hope you have great time spent with the family, and fill your bellies with blissful brunch delights!

 

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Easter Bears and Treats

Easter Upper Arlington

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For those celebrating, or just those who have small children who are fiending for chocolate, then most know that Easter is coming up this Sunday. The holiday is rich with tradition, and typically many families get together to celebrate with each other. Typically country clubs will be packed for brunch and children — along with some adults — will go on family Easter egg hunts.

For those of you who wish to take part in a community Easter Egg hunt, Upper Arlington will be hosting the Easter Candy Hunt this Saturday, April 19 at 10:00 am in Thompson park. The hunt will be divided by age group, so don’t worry about the 9 year old taking all the 4 year old’s candy (I’m looking at you Carolyn Costin — except you were younger than me, but don’t you think I haven’t forgotten!) The hunt is reserved for children ages 9 and younger, and don’t forget to bring an Easter basket, and a positive attitude! There is no contingency for weather, so if it does get ugly out there — hopefully it won’t, we’ve been through enough Mr. Winter you cruel, cruel frosty dude — you can call 614-583-5345 to see if the hunt is still on.

Easter Bear

Come see the Easter bear
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For those as confused as I am about rabbits laying eggs and dying them, fear not, for I have the power of Wikipedia. Apparently the dying of eggs took place long before the Christian tradition was around. Ancient Egyptians would often dye eggs and place them in the tombs of their dead — it’s a little less warm and fuzzy than our current Easter traditions. The dying of the eggs was adopted by the Christians, who would typically dye eggs red to symbolize the blood of Christ, with the egg symbolizing Resurrection. This concludes “The More You Know,” with The McVey Team.

Have a fantastic Easter, and happy hunting to all the kiddos out there!

 

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UA Picks Parade Theme and Grand Marshal

Upper Arlington ParadeIn light of our April Fools joke that made it’s way around Upper Arlington — and also to other parts of the state/country — we would like to bring you some awesome news about the UPCOMING 4th of July Parade. The Civic Association has decided on a theme and on a Grand Marshal for this years parade.

 

ua 4th of july

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The theme for this years 4th of July Parade is “YoU Are a Grand Old Flag,” which is a take on the song composed by George M. Cohan in 1906. I’m not entirely sure how the theme will be implemented, but I can only assume we are going to see some floats with some really “grand old flags.” As for the bigger news, this years Grand Marshal is retired Upper Arlington teacher, Bill Richards. The Civic Association provided some background on Mr. Richards:

- Bill taught in Upper Arlington for 28 years at Wickliffe, Barrington, and Hastings, where he founded the program honoring veterans on Veteran’s Day every year.

- In addition for teaching at Upper Arlington, Bill served two tours in Vietnam during his time in the U.S. Navy (1969-1972). Both Bill and his wife, Bobbi are children of World War II veterans.

- As gifts from former UA students Bill has received two flags flown with troops in Iraq, a flag from a unit in Afghanistan, and a flag that had been flown over the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor in honor of Hastings.

I know Bill is a favorite among many former students, and I’m sure many people will be thrilled to see him as Grand Marshal. With the snow yesterday, the 4th seems far away, but it really is only a few short months until the red white and blue comes parading down Northwest Blvd.

 

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Kitchen Remodeling with House Logic

kitchen updates

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It’s no secret that one of the most appreciated room in a house is the kitchen. It’s where every major family meal will be cooked, it’s a place of comfort, and can be a favorite room for some. The kitchen also — for whatever reason — always seems to be a natural congregating spot for get together’s, whether it’s convenient or not.

Personally, I’ve always had aspirations for a flat top grill in the kitchen, for those nights when red meat come calling my name. Whatever your kitchen fantasies, house logic has come up with some tips and tricks to always keep your kitchen looking fresh and updated.

 

Kitchen Remodeling

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1. Make white the primary color

Even though most central Ohioan’s hate the color white right now, because it has just plastered our lawns in an unwelcome manner, House Logic argues that white never goes out of style, and therefore, should be the dominant color of your kitchen. Because of white’s reflective properties, it brightens up the room, and can make small kitchens feel bigger, and large kitchens feel even bigger. If you want to jazz it up with some pastel coloring, go for it! Just remember to keep the dominant color white.

2. Keep it hardwood

House Logic presents a startling statistic that most home buyers would pay upwards of $2,000 more for a hardwood kitchen.  House Logic argues that humans have an affinity for hardwood and it’s just going to make your kitchen that much better.

Credit: A Lo and Behold Life

Credit: A Lo and Behold Life

3. Shaker Cabinets, marble counters and subway backsplash

The simple, straight-lined nature of Shaker cabinets is something that has been proven to never go out of style. Carrara marble apparently has a brilliant white color that goes well with white kitchens, but also contrasts with kitchens of other colors. House Logic says that Subway tile for the backsplash is the way to go. It’d be hard to argue against this, Subway tile is subtle, and believe us when we say, we have seen some outrageous backsplashes when showing houses.

4. Ergonomic Design

House Logic says that you want to make your kitchen unique, a waste-high oven might just be the attribute that gets your house sold before the neighbors. Or perhaps it is that flattop grill. Varied counter top heights might also be the way to go.

5. Smart storage

The biggest thing with storage is finding ways to make your cabinet space work for you. If you can figure out how to get the most out of your cabinets, then you’re not going to have to use counter space for storage.

 

Check out the whole list here!

 

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Around Columbus

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend, as the weather was just spectacular. Maybe you had some friends over for a grill session. Maybe you made your way down to The Shoe to see The Ohio State Buckeyes take on The Ohio State Buckeyes in the annual spring football game. Or maybe if you’re like me, you took the chickens and ducks out of your garage, put them in the yard, watched The Masters (congrats to Bubba Watson on winning his 2nd Masters in 3 years) outside and then ended it by playing kickball with the neighborhood kids. Whatever you did, I hope it was a blast.

Speaking of golf, the weather is finally beginning to turn, which means that patrons of the game will surely be hitting the links soon. I’m going to try and compile a list of some great golf courses around the capital city that are both fun and affordable. I know I would’ve liked to know that even though Phoenix is located on a land fill, it’s still an absolutely awesome course, and it has a great view of the Columbus skyline. So watch for our course list coming soon.

Trevor ThompsonThad Adds One More

Thad Matta added another player to his roster. Trevor Thompson, a Virginia Tech transfer will bring his 6’11 frame to Columbus. Though, as of now, he will have to sit out a year per the NCAA, it does fill the void that will be left by Amir Williams, Trey McDonald, and Anthony Lee (Temple transfer) when they depart after next season. My bet is Matta was none to pleased with his front court this season and does not want another year like this in the future.

 

downtown zoo

Concept art for a new zoo attraction

New Zoo

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium unveiled plans for a new downtown attraction. The proposed plan would be a multilevel attraction that would take attendees through a rainforest setting. Columbus Underground has the whole story, and it looks to be a pretty awesome idea, that hopefully will come to fruition sometime in the near future.

 

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A Tradition Unlike Any Other

The  MastersA Tradition unlike any other officially kicked off yesterday. The Master’s Tournament started with some gorgeous weather and some great golf. This years tournament set a record for the number of first timers in the field — maybe they were trying to add a little more appeal after Tiger dropped out. After perusing the internet I found an awesome article by Business Insider giving some inside facts about The Masters that are probably unknown to most of the fans watching. Take a look at some of my favorites below.

 

1. Food and beverage prices are absurdly low

I wish the Memorial would take a look at how Augusta National does things, because not only are all food items below $3 but the most expensive imported beer you can buy is $4. Oh, and another thing, it’s against the rules to tip — it already sounds like a magical place.

2. This will not become a cellphone golf course!

Unlike the memorial where you can step away and use your phone, cellphones are strictly prohibited at Augusta, this leads to an unusual anachronism in today’s “go, go, go” society: people standing in lines to use payphones.

The Masters

Amen Corner

3. Tickets for The Masters are also reasonably priced.

Tickets go for $250 for a whole weekend of golf. What’s the catch? You have to apply for the next year’s tournament immediately following the current year’s, and then you have to win a lottery. Don’t think about selling these bad boys either, as people have been known for getting arrested for scalping Masters tickets.

4. The course is closed all summer.

Not a bunch to write about here, but Augusta National is kept closed all summer in order to keep is pristine condition. It’s pretty wild that the 300 members of Augusta can’t enjoy a good round of golf during the in-season.

5. There are 4 minutes of commercials allowed per hour during The Masters broadcast.

Just like it should be for television everywhere.

 

You can read the whole article here.

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Where are all the listings?

There is a shortage of homes on the market throughout Central Ohio.

Agent after agent is complaining that they have approved ready to go buyers but can find nothing to show them.  For any of you out there that are considering selling your home that means now is the time to get the sign in the yard, the home on the MLS and get it sold.

Buyers, be prepared to pay close to or even above asking price.  Quality homes in desirable areas are selling in hours, meaning the seller has no incentive to look at a low offer or terms that they don’t like.  Get pre-qualified by a reputable lender and have your ducks lined up so you can move quickly once you are in contract.

The market is coming back and it is coming back strong.  Take advantage of it and get your house listed now.  Message us for all your questions and real estate needs.