On wintery days, I sometimes like to order summery dishes to convince myself that warm weather will eventually return. One of my favorites is a terrific version of that ultimate summertime sandwich, the BLT, offered year-round at Latitude 41.

Well, we had a good run. All through all those balmy November and December days, everybody kept asking when winter was going to get here. And when we hit 2012, suddenly, it was here. And I, for one, am already daydreaming about summertime after one day of walking around outside in the snow.

On days like today, I sometimes like to order summery dishes to convince myself that warm weather will eventually return. One of my favorites is a terrific version of that ultimate summertime sandwich, the BLT, offered year-round at Latitude 41.

The Bentons BLT ($6) is a simple collection of highest-quality ingredients, starting with thick, smoky bacon from Tennessee's Bentons Smoky Mountain Country Hams. Buzz about Bentons bacon in the culinary world hit near hysteria levels a few years back, and the stuff is still worth the hype. Along with the bacon, you get toasted bread slathered in a truffle aioli, crisp romaine and a juicy tomato slice (tomatoes in the winter is sacrilidge, I KNOW, but desperate times call for desperate measures).

I played a similar game of pretend over the long weekend at Katalina's Cafe Corner, downing a Mason jar full of their house-brewed raspberry ice tea even though there was snow on the ground outside. What are some of the foods that remind you of summertime?

Latitude 41

50 N. Third St., Downtown

614-233-7541

latitude41restaurant.com


Katalina's Cafe Corner

1105 Pennsylvania Ave., Victorian Village

614-294-2233

cafecornercolumbus.com