Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Ohio, Here We Come!

Lordy, have we been busy. I will post about the fabulous trip to Vegas as soon as I have time, but who knows when that will be.

Tomorrow, we leave for Ohio. We'll spend the first half of the week in Toledo and the second half in Columbus. It promises to be a whirlwind trip and we even had to cut out our trip to Cedar Point, due to time constraints. Very disappointing.

But the focus of the trip will be family and friends. Too many to count and can't wait to see them all and give them a big ol' hug.

And, of course, we'll have to hit up our favorite Toledo eateries. Beirut for the best Middle Eastern ever. I can already taste the Lebanese garlic bread (so garlicky it burns your mouth) and baba ghanouj, which is like no other I've ever tasted--smoky, tangy, and sweet. I don't care what else I have--fatoush, hummus, tabbouleh, whatever, it's all good, just as long as I have the first two. They would actually be a part of my "last meal."

Beirut Toledo

Hopefully I'll also have time to go to Tiger Bakery for more Middle Eastern food to take home, including their delicious bright pink pickled "stuff." (I'm not sure what is pickled, just that it's delicious. I think they're probably turnips).

Tiger Bakery Toledo

We also have to hit Kotobuki, my absolute favorite sushi place of all time. Not only do they have the best sushi (even better than Sushi Den or Sushi Sasa in Denver!), but they are only place I've ever found that serves Goma-ae (other than Sushi Sasa who doesn't do it as well): cold, boiled spinach with a sesame sauce. It is seriously out of this world. It would be part of my last meal too.


And, of course, there's the incomparable Dennis, the owner, known for his food and good looks. I haven't met a female customer yet that doesn't have a crush on him!

We'll hit up Tony Packo's for some original Pickles and Peppers to take home. We're on our last jar right now and need to stock up. I may have to ship some, actually.

Tony Packo's pickles

And, last but not least, all the Bell's Oberon we can drink. Why, oh why, in the land of good beer, can we not get this in Colorado? Are they afraid it may be too much competition?

Bell's Oberon

Watch out, Ohio, here we come!