February 2013


Our Cupcakery*This is a guest post written by Valerie of Columbus on the Cheap

After a long, cold winter, spring should be coming soon, and I’m sure you’re ready to get out of the house with your kids. Unfortunately, spring in Ohio usually means lots of rain, so you’ll need some fun indoor activities to jump into after your winter hibernation. Here are a few suggestions:

The Dublin Community Recreation Center is home to the Abbey Theatre, fun events like the Leprechaun Hunt on March 14, and the DRCR indoor pool. You don’t have to be a member to participate in the activities, and discounted fees are available to Dublin city residents. The pool only costs $4 for non-resident kids and $3 for residents ($8 and $4 for adults, respectively) and is great for exercise and fun. There’s also a Teen lounge if your older ones need a break from family time.

Whole Foods Dublin has several events every month for kids and families, including Kid’s Klub, Half Pints Club, and Mom & Me classes. Fees are nominal, if any.

Michael’s on W. Dublin Granville Road offers a Kids Club every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. where kids can do weekly craft projects for just $2.

Home Depot and Lowe’s both offer Building Clinics for kids on various Saturdays to help teach your kids about safety and building (*schedule varies by location).

The Gateway Film Center hosts a Hoot Family Film Series on the last Saturday of the month featuring crafts, short films, music by the Shazzbots and more for donation of canned goods.

Don’t miss the Eggs, Paws, and Claws at the Columbus Zoo on March 29 and 30, 2013. Also, save money with an annual zoo membership which includes parking and fun events like this.

Just want to take the kids for a sweet treat? Our Cupcakery in downtown Dublin has a build your own cupcake bar where you can select a cupcake and decorate it with frosting and toppings. The price is just $1/oz, with the average price being $3.

Rainy or cold spring weather is no excuse to stay cooped up in the house when there are plenty of activities around the city.  Check out Columbus on the Cheap for more free and cheap events in Columbus or the Dublin Convention & Visitors Center website.

~ Post by Valerie

The Kosmic Karma

The Kosmic Karma

I love pizza. Seriously. I eat it minimum of 2 times a week, and that’s why I couldn’t wait any longer to cover Mellow Mushroom for our Delicious Dublin series.

This groovy chain opened its doors in Dublin (6505 Dublin Center Drive) last March, and since then it has gained a loyal following that can’t seem to get enough of the Mushroom’s gourmet pies and hippie-esque decor.

Try one of their nine unique local items such as:

  • The Marley – Pesto base, mozzarella, sausage links, jerk chicken and onions
  • The Hey Dude – Ranch base, mozzarella, chicken, Applewood smoked bacon, jalepenos, cheddar and a Buffalo swirl
  • The Meatball Ricotta – Red sauce, mozzarella, sliced meatballs, ricotta cheese, sliced onions and basil

Or stick with a favorite speciality pizza like:

  • The Kosmic Karma – Red sauce base with feta and mozzarella cheeses, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and Roma tomatoes with a pesto swirl
  • Red Skin Potato Pie – Olive oil and garlic base with sliced roasted red potatoes, Applewood smoked bacon, carmelized onions, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses garnished with chives then drizzled with sour cream and spicy Ranch dressing
  • Bayou Blue – Spicy bleu cheese base topped with all natural grilled shrimp and Andouille sausage covered in mozzarella cheese and garnished with chives

You can also get a gluten-free crust or treat yourself to one of the restaurant’s salads, huge hoagies, calzones or mouthwatering “munchies” (try the pretzels with garlic butter and parmesan). For those looking for a craft brew, the Mushroom also has you covered with their Beer Club.

Learn more by visiting www.mellowmushroom.com or www.facebook.com/MellowMushroomDublin.

Have a good weekend!

~ Post by Dawn

*This post was written by U.S. Captain Fred Couples and was initially published on presidentscup.com on February 15, 2013. To view the original post, click here.

Muirfield Village Golf Club - the site of the 2013 Presidents Cup!

Muirfield Village Golf Club – the site of the 2013 Presidents Cup!

Hello from LA!  It’s fitting that my first blog for the 2013 Presidents Cup is coming to you from the Northern Trust Open, one of my favorite golf tournaments to play in, and one of my first chances of the year to see a lot of the guys who are going to be working to make the U.S. Team over the next several months.

This is one of our top-three courses on TOUR, in my opinion.  It’s right up there with TPC Sawgrass and Muirfield Village Golf Club as my all-time favorites.

I’ve only played one event so far this season – the Champions Tour event in Hualalai – so I’m a bit rusty, but I’m still very excited to be teeing it up at Riviera for the 31st time.  I found out the other day that I’ve now played in this event more than any other player in history.  That’s really hard to believe, and it’s hard to hear that without feeling old!  I’m paired with Bubba Watson and Lee Westwood for the first two days; Bubba was probably 4 years old when I played the Northern Trust Open for the very first time.

As far as The Presidents Cup goes…wow, what a start to the season for my U.S. guys.  Dustin, Tiger, Phil and Brandt have all kicked off 2013 with wins and are right at the top of the U.S. Team standings.  And then you’ve got rookie Russell Henley winning right out of the gates to get his name on the list and veteran Brian Gay outlasting the field at Humana, so he’s just outside the top 20.  I’m in between being thrilled about all of these guys playing so well and really nervous about how I’m possibly going to narrow it down to two captain’s picks in September.  If things keep going this way – and I hope they do – I’m going to have a lot of great players to choose from.  A good problem to have, for sure.

I saw that Nick Price wrote in his first blog that he’s already picked out his team’s clothes.  Nick is a pretty organized guy anyway, and as a “rookie” captain, he’s probably even more buttoned up.  I’m sure you’re not surprised to find out that I’m not quite that far along in the process!  But don’t worry…the U.S. Team won’t have to wear hand-me-downs or anything.  We’ll keep you posted on how things are coming together in the next month or two.

Until then, thanks for your support of the U.S. Team and The Presidents Cup.  I’m really looking forward to October, and I hope you are too.

A frog float in the St. Patrick's Day parade!

A frog float in the St. Patrick’s Day parade!

In case you hadn’t noticed, St. Patrick’s Day is just 27 days away, and in Dublin, Ohio, the city where Irish is an attitude, this holiday is a BIG deal! You see, in 2012, Dublin, Ohio’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was actually recognized by Orbitz as one of the “Top 10 Spots to Get in the Irish Spirit on St. Patrick’s Day”, and about 20,000 people attend the festivities.

This year, the City of Dublin, Ohio, will hold its St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 16. To start your day, have a hearty meal at the Lion’s Club Breakfast at Sells Middle School (food is served from 7 – 11 a.m.). The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Then, head over to Metro Center for an Inflation Celebration (9:30 a.m.) and watch the giant parade balloons come alive before your eyes! Next, get in the groove while listening to the Hooligans. The band will play at the Review Stand on Bridge Street near Indian Run Elementary.  Finally, the self-proclaimed “greenest, grandest parade”, led by the 2013 Grand Leprechaun, Cap Clagg, will kick off at Metro Center and continue through Historic Dublin. The spectacle features more than 100 floats* showing off their Irish attitude!

*To participate in the parade, apply on the City of Dublin website by Friday, February 22.

For more information, including a map of the parade route, road closure information, volunteer form and more, visit the City of Dublin website or call 614-410-4545.

We hope to see you in March! Visit www.IrishIsAnAttitude.com for more things to do in Dublin!

~ Post by Dawn

Polar Plunge Participants - G. Jones

Polar Plunge Participants – G. Jones

The weather might be chilly this weekend, but it’s the ideal time to show your support at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s 11th annual Polar Plunge on Saturday. During this event, Over hundreds of  participants will take jump into an oversized swimming pool full of ice-cold water to raise funds for Special Olympics Ohio. A donation will also be made to the Polar Bear Conservation Fund on behalf of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for hosting the event. At 2 p.m., a Post Plunge Party will be held at Polar Frontier for all event participants and their guests courtesy of Roosters. Other activities during the day include: a costume party (1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) and polar bear keeper talk (2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.).

If you’re not taking the Plunge and still would like to back a great cause, click here to sign up as Too Chicken to Plunge and support your favorite Zoo plunger!

Have a nice weekend!

~ Post by Dawn

Our Cupcakery's Valentine's Cupcake box!

Our Cupcakery’s Valentine’s Cupcake box!

We’re just one day away from what some consider the most romantic day of the year! If you have yet to find the perfect gift for your special someone, I’d like to offer a simple piece of advice – you can never go wrong with sweets – and here in Dublin, Ohio, we have a number of shops with Valentine’s Day deals. So, if you’re looking to do things a little different this year, visit one of these local businesses for a special, sweet treat:

1. Our Cupcakery is offering a Valentine’s box (regular or king-size) containing a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter filling and chocolate buttercream, a vanilla cupcake with raspberry filling and signature buttercream, a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese filling and dipped in ganache and a dark chocolate cupcake with ganache filling and raspberry buttercream!

2. Graeter’s has a Valentine’s Pack (available online) that includes pints of Black Cherry Chip, Mint Cookies & Cream, Cherry Chip, Vanilla, Strawberry and Black Raspberry Chip as well as a variety of chocolates in stores.

Valentine's sweets from Sisters!

Valentine’s sweets from Sisters!

3. The Sisters Sweet Shoppe has ripe, chocolate covered strawberries, frosted sugar cookies and decorated gift baskets and tins filled with gourmet chocolates, fruits and nuts.

4. Menchie’s is giving their Facebook friends a buy one get one free coupon to use tomorrow only.

5. Winans of Dublin features an assortment of chocolates (separate or in gift packs), coffees and their signature chocolate covered strawberries.

6. Jeni’s Valentine’s Day Collection has pints of Banana Cajeta, Double-Toasted Coconut, Guava Cloverton and Roxbury Road.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

For more information on things to do in Dublin, Ohio visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website at www.IrishIsAnAttitude.com.

~ Post by Dawn

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s probably time to decide (if you haven’t already) where to take your dinner date. Dublin, Ohio, has restaurants that suit all  tastes – whether you prefer an upscale bistro, casual pub or groovy pizzeria. Here are a few of our favorites:

Arancini from Mezzo Dublin

Arancini from Mezzo Dublin

1. La Scala – An elegant Italian bistro featuring handmade pastas, gourmet pizzas, prime steaks, seafood entrees and more. Enjoy a nightly happy hour in their martini lounge and  live music throughout the week.

2. Mezzo – A Historic Dublin restaurant offering modern Italian cuisine and a full wine list. Try the weekly prix-fixe menu while admiring the beautiful interiors. If the weather is warmer, take your pick of three outdoor patios.

3. Oscars – A restaurant and wine bar on the north end of Historic Dublin with a menu featuring gourmet pastas, steaks, seafood and more. Listen to regularly scheduled live entertainment and / or enjoy some fresh air while sitting on the outdoor patio.

Ahi Tuna Flatbread from Matt the Miller's

Ahi Tuna Flatbread from Matt the Miller’s

4. Matt the Miller’s – An eatery serving tavern classics with a twist  and an extensive beer / wine selection. Visit throughout the week for $5 appetizers and drink specials during happy hour.

5. Dublin Village Tavern – A Historic Dublin watering hole featuring home-made tavern fare in large portions. Treat yourself to an Irish Egg Roll, Irish Car Bomb Brownie or a nice helping of Bangers & Mashed.

6. Mellow Mushroom – A funky pizzeria serving handmade pies (gluten-free available), hoagies, calzones and salads. Try The Marley, Hey Dude or other item unique to the Dublin / Polaris locations.

For more information on restaurants in Dublin, Ohio, visit www.IrishIsAnAttitude.com

~ Post by Dawn

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