September 2012

*This is the second post in our monthly Delicious Dublin blog series. 

Pumpkin pancakes with Tres Leche cream sauce and cinnamon walnut butter!

It has become clear to me that as soon as the calendar hits the first day of fall, pumpkin fever begins. From coffee to bread, pie to pasta, restaurants everywhere use this fall fruit in a variety of ways on their menus.

Sunny Street Café will “officially” (Facebook fans and Twitter followers know that the items are already available as of today) debut its own line of seasonal selections on Monday. The restaurant will offer Pumpkin Pancakes and Waffles topped with Tres Leche cream sauce and cinnamon walnut butter and Pumpkin Muffins with cream cheese frosting.

Located in the Kroger Shopping Center (7042 Hospital Drive), Sunny Street Café is open 7 days a week from 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Owners Asch and Kate Mikhail are very welcoming to each of their guests, and at least one of them can be found at the restaurant every day of the week!

Start your day with a Sunny Street breakfast! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Sunny Street’s Famous Hearty Breakfast – This is the best value on the menu! It includes two eggs any style served with a side of bacon, ham or sausage and choice of hash browns, grits or fresh fruit PLUS buttermilk pancakes!
  • Dinosaur Shaped Pancakes for the Kids – Choices are plain, blueberry, Oreo or chocolate chip. All kids meals are $3.99 and include a drink!

New Vegetarian Breakfast Quesadilla

  • NEW Vegetarian Breakfast Quesadilla – Scrambled eggs, black bean and corn salsa, tomatoes, red onions and jack cheese stuffed in a flour tortilla and grilled to a golden crisp.
  • One-of-a-Kind French Toast Crunch – Texas toast coated in a delicious blend of fresh granola, coconut and brown sugar then cooked to a delightful crunch
  • Stuffed Biscuits and Gravy – Fresh biscuits loaded with sausage, green peppers, onions and cheese and then smothered in Sunny Street’s house-made sausage gravy.
  • Homemade Corned Beef Hash – Chunks of corned beef, potatoes, onions and seasoning make ours famous! Served with two eggs any style and toast (Eric Clapton ordered this when he visited last month!)

And don’t forget to try Sunny Street’s All Natural Fruit Smoothies – Strawberry Banana, Blueberry, Jungle Crush, and Buckeye (boosts of Whey Protein, Ginseng, Multi-Vitamin, and Glucosamine can be added)– or a cup of Sunroast Premium Roast Coffee (made with 100% Arabica beans)! It’s the perfect accompaniment!

For lunch, try one (or several) of these dishes:

  • Black Angus Burgers (served on a grilled pretzel bun) – Choose from the Bistro Burger (several cheese choices), Bacon Cheddar Burger, Lost Highway Burger (topped with an over-medium egg) or Western Burger (complete with Vidalia onion ring).
  • NEW Grilled Veggie Flatbread –Sautéed spinach, roasted red peppers, onions, mushrooms, green peppers and black olives with feta cheese and a touch of balsamic vinaigrette served on a grilled flatbread

    Harvest Spinach Salad

  • NEW Too Cool Turkey – Thinly sliced turkey breast with cream cheese, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh spinach served on a chewy Telera roll.
  • Harvest Spinach Salad – Baby spinach with chopped walnuts, red onion, bacon bits, feta cheese and seasonal fruit
  • Buffalo Chicken Salad – This popular salad comes with crispy fried or char-grilled chicken tenders coated in Frank’s Hot Sauce atop a bed of tossed greens, sliced tomato, crispy tortilla strips, red onions, shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese.

Sunny Street Cafe

As a community-oriented business, Sunny Street Café often hosts fundraisers. On Friday, October 5, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. there will be an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake dinner with topping bar (M&M, sprinkles, flavored syrups, marshmallows, etc)! Food and services are being donated, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit a woman in need that has been fighting breast cancer.

Interested parties can also reserve the restaurant for special events (birthday parties, wedding anniversaries, graduation celebrations, tour groups, ect.). Sunny Street Café also caters boxed breakfast and lunches, and party platters of sandwiches and wraps, fresh fruit, signature salads, baked goods, hot coffee and bottled drinks to homes and offices.

Find Sunny Street Cafe on Facebook and Twitter!  Also, find more information here!

~ Post by Dawn

I’ve always been a fan of the theater – whether it’s a broadway production or a local show. I even worked for my University’s theater department as an undergrad. So, you can imagine my interest when I heard news of The Abbey Theater of Dublin and its fall season. The lineup (listed below) is perfect for a family outing and getting kids interested in the performing arts!

Performances are held in the Dublin Community Recreation Center (5600 Post Road). Tickets are available at the door before each show, at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, or by calling 614-410-4550. For most shows, tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children and seniors. Mark your calendars!


Ventriloquist and Comedienne Lynn Trefzger will bring a trunk full of comical characters to life during her performance on Saturday, October 6. The show starts at 11 a.m.

Children and adults alike will be amazed by the skillful antics of bubbleologist Geoff Akins! Geoff’s “Bubble Wonders” show will be held Saturday, October 13 at 11 a.m.

A Tangle of Tales

Internationally acclaimed Grey Seal Puppets entertain audiences with their renditions of “The Frog Prince”, “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”, and “The Three Little Pigs” on Saturday, October 21 at 2 p.m.

“Toddler Theater” starring the musically talented Marlene Metz will have kids singing and dancing. Catch the show on October 24, November 14, November 28 and December 5 at 10 a.m. *Tickets to this performance is $2 / child.


Magic Man Carroll Baker returns to the Abbey Theater on Saturday, November 3 (11 a.m.) to mystify audiences with his illusions.


Celebrate the Christmas season with a classic performance of “The Nutcracker” portrayed by the Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics. The show is scheduled for Saturday, December 1, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

A Christmas Carol

Jazz artist Dwight Lenox will delight music lovers with the songs of the season on Sunday, December 2, at 3 p.m.

The Abbey Theater will present the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, throughout December. Shows are December 6, 7, 8, 13,14 and 15 at 7 p.m.

For more information visit the City of Dublin’s website:

~ Post by Dawn

Animal encounters, pumpkin carving, and crafty creations… Celebrate the first days of fall with Jack Hanna and his animal friends at The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium during Jack Hanna’s Fall Fest this weekend! The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Jack Hanna signs autographs at Fall Fest

Hanna will be making special appearances at the Animals on Safari Stage on both Saturday and Sunday at 11:45 and 1:45 p.m. He will be joined by several of his animal friends, including “Air Bud” (yes, the one from the family films). Between performances, Hanna will sign autographs for guests.

For more family fun, head over to the Trades of Tradition Village (located in the Zoo’s Shores area) to see several artistic demonstrations, such as candle and soap making, blacksmithing, woodcarving, and quilting. Guests can even help the Zoo prepare for its upcoming Boo at the Zoo event by making scarecrows, and pick up a work of art created by the zoo’s residents at the Animal Enrichment Painting Sale.

A pumpkin carver at Fall Fest

A new addition to this year’s event is Jack Hanna’s Pumpkin Carving Championship at Conservation Pond. Nine culinary will compete to be crowned “Carving Champion”. The competition consists of three parts. For the first part, zoo guests will vote on the competitors’ pre-carved pumpkins. In the second part (Saturday from 11 – 3), competitors must carve a 3D-zoo themed piece, and in the final portion (Sundays from 10 – 2) carvings do not have to adhere to a specific theme.

Fans of the film How to Train Your Dragon can participate in the Fall Fest Seek-N-Find. Explore the zoo to learn more about the world of dragons and earn a chance to win prizes, including tickets to see the How To Train Your Dragon LIVE Spectacular at the Schottenstein Center in October.

And, of course, the weekend would not be complete without some animal activities! Catch your favorite critters bobbing for apples, meet a few up close at Jungle Jack’s Landing, or watch one of the zoo’s scheduled shows (Animals on Safari will start at 4 p.m and features over 100 exotic, barnyard, and domestic animals).

Other highlights during this weekend’s festivities are keeper talks (scheduled from 11:00 – 3:30), musical performances by Mike Cheatham and the Hastily Assembled Bluegrass Band, and entertainment by the Cowboy Magician. A Country Character Caravan and Character meet and greets are also scheduled each day.

Finally, if all of the activity is making you hungry, stop at one of the following for a specialty treat:

  • Village Coffee and Deli (Pumpkin lattes and cappuccinos)
  • Ice Cream & Fudge (Pumpkin fudge and ice cream)
  • Conservation Courtyard (Kettlecorn)
  • Tunnel and Lakeside Cart (Pumpkin flavored beer and hard cider)
  • Various carts (S’mores and caramel and candy apples)
  • Congo River Market Food Court (Soup and chili)

For more information on Jack Hanna’s Fall Fest, visit the Columbus Zoo website.

~ Post by Dawn

Dublin, Ohio received a HUGE, INTERNATIONAL honor today!

The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) announced that the city was a recipient of an  “IFEA World Festival & Event City” award during the 57th Annual IFEA Convention & Expo this afternoon. Dublin earned theJudges’ selection for Outstanding Global Entry in Under One Million Population Category.

City entries were judged by an international panel of industry experts in the only recognition program of its kind.  Each city entry was considered based upon a compilation of information including:

  • Community Overview
  • Community Festivals & Events
  • City / Government Support of Festivals & Events
  • Non-Governmental Community Support of Festivals & Events
  • Market Leveraging of the “Community Capital” Created by Festivals & Events

Other recipients in the “Under 1 Million Population” category were Hampyeong-gun, Jeonlanam-do, Korea; Grapevine, Texas; Campos do Jordão, São Paulo, Brazil; Maribor, Slovenia; Ballito-KwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China; and Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

Congratulations, Dublin!

To read the complete press release from the IFEA, click HERE!

Watch what makes Dublin an internationally award-winning city HERE!

~ Post by Dawn

It should come as no surprise that in a city where “Irish is an attitude”, St. Patrick’s Day is a BIG deal. Because of this, I feel it is only appropriate that I devote today’s blog to a countdown of sorts. You might not have realized it, but today is the halfway point to St. Patrick’s Day – that’s right; the Irish celebration is just 6 months away!

2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

Here in Dublin we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an array of activities. The most memorable is our St. Patrick’s Day Parade (named one of “America’s Best St. Patrick’s Day Parades” by U.S. News & World Report). The parade is about 1 mile long and features approximately 100 floats! Other highlights of the day include a pancake breakfast, the “Best Legs in a Kilt” contest, and a whole lot of musical entertainment and specials at area shops and restaurants!

The festivities will be held on March 16, 2013. Event information can be found on the City of Dublin’s website in the coming months. Mark your calendars, and plan a trip to experience St. Patrick’s Day the Dublin way!

~ Post by Dawn

Want to have a little variety in your weekend plans? Well, then, you’re in luck! Here’s the three things to do in Central Ohio tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday!

“Stream” rehearsal!

The Dublin Arts Council will host “Stream” on Friday and Saturday at 6:30. An “original, site-specific, outdoor contemporary dance project”, “Stream” will feature students from the University of Akron Dance Program and The Ohio State University Department of Dance. The 40 minute shows will take place on the Dublin Art Council grounds (7125 Riverside Dr. Dublin, OH), and available for online viewing at

Readers of Country Living magazine will enjoy the annual Country Living Fair at Ohio Village this weekend. Scheduled Friday – Sunday, the Country Living Fair will have more than 150 exhibitor booths featuring antiques, crafts, and collectibles. Other highlights include food tastings, cooking demonstrations, and a harvest market. Ticket prices range from $16 (one day admission) to $20 (weekend admission), and hours are 11:30 – 3:30 each day.

On Sunday, the Imaginating Dramatics Company will present a unique children’s performance of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Kelton House. The musical comedy will take place at 2:00, and it is a 200 Columbus Bicentennial Event. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. For reservations, call 614-464-2022.

~ Post by Dawn

Cranberry, mulled cider, and of course, pumpkin spice. For me, a season can be determined solely by sense of smell, and luckily, The Candle Lab agrees. That’s why the store has packed up its cherry blossom, sunflower, and strawberry jam candles and ushered in the fragrances of fall.

The Candle Lab began selling their natural, gourmet soy candles and custom home fragrances in 2006, and it’s easy to tell by their four locations that people love the shop’s 100 fragrances. An added bonus is that a candle from The Candle Lab burns cleanly and evenly for up to 60 hours! That’s thanks to the company’s specific formula of natural soy wax, cotton paper wicks, and pure fragrance oils.

The best part about The Candle Lab (besides its variety – hot cocoa? cake batter? Yes, please!) is that customers can be imaginative at the shop’s Fragrance Bar and blend their own favorite scents to create a truly custom candle. That’s right, if you have the urge to make a bacon + maple syrup (hm… sounds like breakfast in a jar!) candle, you can!

So, whether you’re looking for a gift for your coworkers, wedding or shower favors, or a special fundraiser, stop by The Candle Lab!

Q & A with Kristen (Manager of The Candle Lab – Powell)

1. What is the process for pouring your own candle?  

The first step is to smell through our 110+ individual scents and write down your favorites on a worksheet.  Once they have been chosen, we’ll work together to help narrow down that list to two or three scents that will be mixed together. Then, a container will be selected from one of the many options we offer, and we’ll have you sit down at the Fragrance Bar to blend the scents together to your liking.  Once blended, the oil is poured into the container with melted soy wax and stirred for 30 seconds.  After that, you will make a label for the bottom of the jar.  The candles take at least an hour to set, so that is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of the awesome shops, restaurants and attractions in downtown Powell!

2. What kind of parties / groups does The Candle Lab host?  

We host all kinds of events from birthday and bachelorette parties to bridal and baby showers.  We’ve had several great Girl Scout troops and corporate events with team-building activities as well.  

3. What is your favorite scent?  

Ah, the most popular question.  My personal favorite is Peppercorn – I tend to favor the spices over the florals or fruits, but it really does change seasonally.  I love Balsam Fir in the winter, Jade in the spring, Grapefruit in the summer and Nutmeg in the fall.

4. What is the best scent combination a customer has created?  

We see a lot of creativity come through our doors, that’s for sure!  Our most popular combinations are fruit mixes, but I’d have to say that the Georgia Peach + Chai Tea combo from a friendly Girl Scout was one of the best.

5. What is the most “interesting” candle you’ve made or seen a customer make?

I try to tell people that if it wouldn’t taste good in your mouth, it might not smell good to your nose, but we still get quite a few Bubblegum + Buckeye or Dark Chocolate + Cotton Candy.  They always seem pleased with the results, so that’s all that matters!

We look forward to pouring with you!

 ~ Post by Dawn

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