Mother’s Day is quickly approaching – Sunday, May 12th this year. Have you planned to make Mom’s day extra special this year? Here are some great tips for local brunch ideas and great specials for Mom. Please call ahead for reservations as locations sell out quickly!

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Columbus Marriott Northwest: Elegant Mother’s Day Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Assorted Salads, Shrimp Cocktail, Crab Claws, Poached Salmon, Quiche, Omelets and Waffles made to order, Carving station, Assorted Pastries and Chocolates. 5605 Blazer Parkway. 614/791-1000. www.ColumbusMarriottNorthwest.com

Crowne Plaza Hotel: Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with Omelet and Crepe station, Carving station, Wide array of Breakfast and Dinner Entrees, Fresh Salads and Baked Goods, Special Kids Buffet, Scrumptious Dessert Bar.$28.95 Adults, $14.95 children 6-13. 600 Metro Place North. 614/760-7939 www.Crowneplaza.com/dublinoh

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Free admission for Mom on Mother’s Day with a paid admission for their child or grandchild. 9990 Riverside Drive.614/ 645-3400. www.columbuszoo.org

Golf Club of Dublin: Elegant Brunch served at two seatings: 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Enjoy Prime Rib, Shrimp Cocktail, Grilled Salmon, Duck Tenderloin, Fresh fruit, Belgian Waffles, French toast, delicious desserts and more. 5 years and under are free, $9.95 for ages 6-12, $21.95 for 13 and older. 5805 Eiterman Road. 614/792-3825. www.golfclubofdublin.com

Ha penny Bridge Imports: In honor of their 30th anniversary, spend $30 for Mom and receive a free gift! 75 South High Street. 614/889-9615. www.hapennybridgeimports.com

La Scala Italian Bistro: Mother’s Day Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., regular menu will be available all day. Enjoy assorted garden salads, breakfast favorites, homemade sausage and peppers, homemade ravioli, chicken Milanese, Penne pasta ala Vodka, assorted sides and desserts. Adults $22.95, Children under 10 $13.95. 4199 West Dublin-Granville Road. 614/889-9431. www.LaScalaItalianBistro.com

Matt the Miller’s Tavern: Special Mother’s Day Brunch menu from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., regular menu service in the evening. $24.95 Adults. 6725 Avery-Muirfield Drive. 614/799-9100. www.mtmtavern.com

Mezzo Italian Dublin: Special Brunch menu will be available from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. Exclusively created for Mother’s Day, Mezzo will feature a selection of breakfast fare, salads and Italian entrees including items such as ricotta pancake cannolis, fried green tomato eggs benedict, and eggplant “aubergine”. 12 West Bridge Street. 614/889-6100. www.mezzoitalian.com

Tehku Tea: Irish Mother’s Day Brunch and Afternoon Tea. Seatings are available at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 55 South High Street. 614/761-3808. www.tehku.com

The Venue at Corazon: Family Brunch Buffet with a Complimentary Flower for Mom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $24.95 Adults, $9.95 children ages 3-11. 7155 Corazon Drive. 614/504-5240. www.theVenueatCorazon.com

Whole Foods: Special Mother’s Day Brunch available from 10 a.m.-2p.m. $25 Adults, $12 Children. 3670 West Dublin-Granville Road. 614/760-5556. www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Woodhouse Spa: Treat your Mom to an escape – right in Historic Dublin. Special Mother’s Day Spa packages are available. 19 North High Street. 614/790-8822. www.woodhousecolumbus.com

For more ideas, visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website: www.IrishisanAttitude.com

* This post was written by International Team Captain Nick Price and is published as part of a series of Captain’s Blogs on www.presidentscup.com. To view the original posts, click here.

The Presidents Cup with Field of Corn in Dublin, Ohio

The Presidents Cup with Field of Corn in Dublin, Ohio

Greetings again from sunny Florida. With the first major championship of the year in the books, we can now look forward to THE PLAYERS Championship.

Obviously, the Masters was such a great week for the prospective members of the International Team with all the good performances, particularly with Adam winning, but also Jason Day playing really well, and it was nice to also see Angel Cabrera play so well. Angel is an explosive player, to say the least, although he hasn’t recently featured on the Presidents Cup International standings. He’s always a player you pay attention to, but his Masters performance certainly helped his chances of making the team. Angel is one of those guys who can bring a lot to the team room. Any player who can fire like he can, and play like he did down the stretch at Augusta National on a Sunday – like Adam and Jason also – well, there were very few mistakes and amongst the three of them.  You could see they all really wanted to win. It wasn’t a question of who was going to lose it or not, it was who was going to win – and that’s the kind of attitude I look for as captain.

I’ve also been paying attention to Marc Leishman. He’s been around that mid-teen number on the International Team standings for the whole of this year, and I’ve watched him play a little bit on television, but I haven’t watched him in person. He’s got a wonderful attitude. I really like how calm and relaxed he is. There’s not very much at fault with his game. With a little more experience, he would have had a really good shot at the title on Sunday at the Masters.

Tim Clark has started to play so much better after his injury, and we saw him in the mix at Augusta National. He’s a little bulldog. He’s a tough competitor, and I’d love for him to be on the Team. Major championships are where the true form of players always comes out. The fact that we had several international players perform so well at the year’s first major shows me that there is a lot of determination in the potential members of the Team.

My last meeting with prospective team members was at Doral during the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, but since then I’ve been spending quite a bit of time down here in the West Palm Beach area with Ernie Els, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen. I’ve also spent some time with Branden Grace. We’ve been chatting a lot about Presidents Cup plans and sharing ideas.

My next trip is a visit to Muirfield Village Golf Club at the end of May for the Memorial Tournament. In the meantime, I’m starting to pay more attention to the Official World Golf Ranking and starting to look for players who make moves up the rankings week to week. This is the time when a guy who may not have been on my radar early in the year begins to play well. The next four or five months are going to be critical for who my picks are going to be.

The school year is winding down, the trees are blooming and it looks like the warm temperatures are here to stay – finally! Enjoy the warm weather this spring or summer by booking a trip to Dublin through our Columbus Zoo/COSI Family Getaway Package.

Big Boa Falls at Zoombezi Bay Water Park

Big Boa Falls at Zoombezi Bay Water Park

The package is an affordable way for the whole family to discover the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (#1 Zoo in America, USA Travel Guide), COSI (#1 Science Center in the nation, Parents Magazine), Zoombezi Bay Water Park, the Ohio History Center, Columbus Clippers Baseball and more at discounted prices! Here’s how it works:

When you check in to one of our participating Dublin hotels, you can purchase discounted tickets (up to a 26% savings) to favorite area attractions like:

  • The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
  • Zoombezi Bay Water Park (opening 5/18)
  • COSI

When you check in, you will also receive a kid’s activity sheet with coupons to area attractions, restaurants and shops such as:

Columbus Clippers, Ohio History Center, The Candle Lab, Our CupCakery, Graeter’s, Sisters Sweet Shoppe, Sunny Street Café, The Dublin Village Tavern, Menchie’s and 1 Stop Bead Shop.

Finally, those participating in the package have the opportunity to win a 2014 Columbus Zoo Membership! All you have to do is turn in the form from the kids activity sheet and drop it in the designated box at the Dublin Visitor Information Center.

Sun, savings, science and more await you and your family in Dublin this spring and summer. Book your Columbus Zoo/COSI Family Getaway today!

Contact the Dublin CVB if you have any questions at 800-245-8387.

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This post was written by U.S. Captain Fred Couples as is published as a part of a series of Captain’s Blogs on www.presidentscup.com. To view the original posts, click here.

The Presidents CupAs it does every April, being at Augusta National Golf Club for The Masters inspired me to play some great golf during the week. I seem to find a comfort zone there each year, which has allowed me to contend into my 50s. I hope to continue to play the Masters for many years to come and can’t wait to tee it up next year, as I relish each and every opportunity to compete in one of the world’s great sporting events.

In Augusta, it was great to see and play with many of the players that I have captained in the last two Presidents Cups, as well as several players who I expect to play their way onto the U.S. Team for the first time in 2013. I played a practice round with Tiger, and also got an up-close look at Dustin Johnson in the first two rounds.

Congratulations to Adam Scott, who moved to No. 1 in The Presidents Cup International Team standings in claiming the first Green Jacket for Australia. Adam is a classy player and individual, and his Masters victory will add to the buildup of The Presidents Cup as the event draws near.

The world also got a view of the future in Augusta, as 14-year-old Guan Tianlang of China wowed us all with his skill, demeanor and poise. I’m certain sometime in the near future, The Presidents Cup International roster will have a representative from China as the game continues to flourish in that part of the world.

While my team that gathers at Muirfield Village Golf Club this fall will most likely have several Presidents Cup rookies, you will also see players that have been staples of Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup teams for years. Every captain is different in terms of his approach to a team’s makeup, but relying on veteran leadership has been a successful formula for me in leading the team in the last two playings. I want our young players to relax, have fun and be comfortable with their pairings, and our veteran players have certainly helped in that process.

I look forward to monitoring the U.S. Team standings in the coming weeks and months in anticipation of what should be a great Presidents Cup at Jack’s place in October.

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St. Patrick’s Day might be 12 days away (yes, we’ve been counting), but there’s a party going on in Historic Dublin this Thursday! The inaugural Jig Thursday (a reboot of Sláinte Thursday) kicks off at 6 p.m. on March 7 and will take place the first Thursday of the month throughout the year. A number of Irish-inspired activities are scheduled during the evening, including:

Other features of the event include fare from local food trucks, trolley rides (from 6 to 8 p.m.), store sales and a special walk led by Olde Town Ghost Tours.

For more information, visit the Historic Dublin Business Association website at www.historicdublin.org or contact Brenda Kocak at Brenda@modernmalespas.com.

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Thanks to a partnership between the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Dublin, Dublin City Schools and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine, our city has added another prestigious sporting event  (one of the largest ever) to our roster for next year! On July 18-24, 2013, Jerome High School will host 1,500 youth and prep football players from across the United States for the invitation-only 2013 Football University Top Gun Camp. There will be two separate camps – one for middle school and one for high school students.

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The event is expected to attract attendees from across the United States, Canada and Europe and will generate an estimated 5,000 room nights for area hotels. Dublin Scioto High School will also host Football University’s 2013 regional camp on June 7-9, 2013.

Rich McGuinness, President and Founder of All American Games, a sports marketing company that owns and produces the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Football University, said that Dublin was chosen over numerous other locations across the country because of the city’s “facilities, passion and its past history of hosting world-class events”. Last year’s event was held in Williamsburg, Virginia.

For more information about this exciting event, visit http://www.footballuniversity.org.

Our Cupcakery’s Storefront!

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

I discovered Our Cupcakery during my first visit to Dublin a couple of years ago. My mom, sister, and I were on the hunt for an after-lunch treat. Greeted by the scent of fresh-baked goodies and a friendly staff member, it was that first visit that solidified my love of Our Cupcakery’s Triple Chocolate cupcake. In this post, I have the pleasure of sharing my fondness for one of Historic Dublin’s sweet spots.

A family business, Our Cupcakery is owned by Linda and Tom Kick. Their daughter, Laura (who just got married – congratulations, by the way!) is the wedding consultant. Suzie, Anne, Andrew, Lean and Annette make up the rest of the culinary team. The shop is located at 16 N High Street in Historic Dublin.

A Holiday Favorite – Gingerbread Houses!

At the moment, the Our Cupcakery staff is hard at work taking orders and making gingerbread houses and cookies for the holidays. You can purchase a Farm House (about a 12” square) and Gingerbread Cookies for $89.95 or a Manor Home (13” x 8” x 14” H) and Gingerbread Cookies for $139.95. Custom designed houses are also available. *Orders placed by tomorrow, November 1, receive an additional dozen of gingerbread cookies. 

Tip: Our Cupcakery’s seasonal treat is a Pumpkin Caramel cupcake. It is available through Thanksgiving.

Hands down, one of the most unique aspects of Our Cupcakery is their Cupcake Bar, where customers can build their own cupcake (or sugar cookie). You get to choose the type of cake you want and then top it with your favorite icing and decorations (sprinkles, crushed Oreos, gummy worms, ect.). The decorated treats are then priced according to weight. The average price is about $3.00, but there have been attempts to beat the 11.4-ounce cupcake record.

If you’d rather keep things simple, Our Cupcakery has a selection of “grab and go” cupcakes available in mini, regular, and king-size. Daily flavors include vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, dark chocolate, almond, lemon, orange creamsicle, strawberry, and gluten-free chocolate and vanilla with your choice of chocolate or vanilla buttercream icing. Prices range from $1.75 to $3.95 each. *Call ahead for orders larger than 1 dozen.

Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes!

I’d suggest trying at least one of the favorites:

The Buckeye – Chocolate cake with ganache filling and iced with peanut butter cream.

Triple Chocolate – Dark Chocolate cake with ganache filling and chocolate butter cream icing. *My personal favorite!

Lovin’ Lemon – Lemon cake filled with lemon curd and topped with lemon butter cream.

Dulce de Leche – Vanilla cake filled with caramel butter cream topped with vanilla butter cream and a drizzle of caramel.

A Beautiful Birthday Cake!

In addition to their can’t-miss cupcakes, Our Cupcakery also specializes in beautiful and distinctive cakes that are perfect for weddings, reunions and anniversaries. The shop was chosen as a 2012 Best of Weddings pick by The Knot.

Our Cupcakery is available for children and adult gatherings. The shop serves as a venue for birthday and tea parties, Girl Scout classes, group experiences, and girlfriends’ getaways on a regular basis.

If you’ve ever been interested in improving your own baking and decorating skills, Our Cupcakery also offers seasonal classes.

Fall 2012 Classes:

Seasonal Cupcake Decorating— Monday, December 3rd, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Fabulous Fondant Cake —Monday, November 5th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Family Ginger Bread House Workshop —Friday, November 30th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Cinnamon Yeast Rolls—Monday, November 12th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Holiday Sugar Cookies —Monday, December 10th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

So the next time you’re in Historic Dublin and have a craving for something sweet, stop by Our Cupcakery for a fresh-baked treat. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed!

Our Cupcakery is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and after hours by appointment. For more information, visit their website, www.OurCupcakery.com, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter (@OurCupcakery) for daily updates.   

~ Post by Dawn