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March 2015 Edition

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Great Columbus Takeout

Don't feel like dining in? No problem. We've got 65 ways to enjoy a restaurant-quality meal on the go.

Great Columbus Takeout: West

Westgate Thai

Thai | If you really want to show your friends you know how to find a great hidden gem, take them to Westgate Thai. It's a four-table spot you'd never know was there by the looks of its Sullivant Avenue ethnic grocery (Westgate Thai Import Market) exterior. But inside is some of the best, and cheapest, Thai you'll find in Columbus. Order like a pro and get the Khao Kaphrao Khai Dao...

Great Columbus Takeout: South

Kolache Republic

Czech | There are few menus more perfectly adapted to takeout than Kolache Republic's; their bierocks and breakfast kolaches amount to full savory meals baked into golden buns, and the sweet kolaches, which can be ordered by the dozens if called in ahead, are offered in a wide variety of flavors that make for a winning alternative to the usual office donuts. Their kielbasa and cheddar kolaches look like adult sized...

Great Columbus Takeout: Northwest

Sun Tong Luck Asian Cuisine

Chinese | Co-owner Helena Louie is all smiles ready to take your order behind a Formica counter, the only barrier between the kitchen and the linoleum-tiled dining room at Sun Tong Luck on Bethel Road. Ask for the Spicy Garlic Tofu ($5.75 half order, $8 full), and she'll tell you they use a high-quality, GMO-free tofu. Get an order of Chicken Sui Mai ($3 for $3.05), and she'll mention these open...

Great Columbus Takeout: Northeast

Moy's Chinese Restaurant

Chinese | For 25 years, husband-and-wife team Pok and Berlina Moy have been dishing Chinese cuisine from their tiny Campus restaurant-a gem among the city's ethnic eateries to those in the know. Pok is a versatile chef, particularly skilled in Sichuan traditions (think spicy, garlicky food). His string bean dishes are excellent; the chicken is always tender, and the tofu-some of the best...

Great Columbus Takeout: East

Pita House Restaurant

Middle Eastern | File this under hidden gems because the fresh, vibrant and inexpensive Middle Eastern food at under-the-radar Pita House is pretty unbeatable. Its sparse strip mall digs, however, are very beatable. That's why there's a constant stream of to-go sacks being packed for in-the-know locals. They're digging top-notch kubeh (aka...

Great Columbus Takeout: Central

Cravings Carryout Cafe

Soup & Sandwiches |There's some kind of magic involved in Matt and Lindsey Tewanger's brioche. You might say the same for anything with that much butter, but it's what really makes their sandwiches stand out. Soft and flaky, it's the perfect sandwich book-end, especially in the savory Breakfast Roll ($8) and the Cravings Club ($8). Sandwiches come tightly...

Television's 'Judge Judy' staying in session

NEW YORK (AP) - Daytime television's most popular personality, "Judge Judy" Sheindlin, has extended her contract for three years and will keep her court in session into 2020.

Dolce&Gabbana pay sentimental tribute to mothers in Milan

MILAN (AP) - Model Bianca Balta won applause of approval as she walked down the Dolce&Gabbana runway in an advanced stage of pregnancy. It was part of the designing duo's early Mother's Day present to women, a collection dedicated to moms.

Dolce&Gabbana pay sentimental tribute to mothers in Milan

MILAN (AP) - Model Bianca Balta won applause of approval as she walked down the Dolce&Gabbana runway in an advanced stage of pregnancy. It was part of the designing duo's early Mother's Day present to women, a collection dedicated to mom.

Will Smith's 'Focus' tops box office with $19.1 million

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Smith's con-man caper "Focus" dethroned "Fifty Shades of Grey" at the box office, but the film's modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star.

As Spock, Leonard Nimoy gave a character enduring life

NEW YORK (AP) - It's no exaggeration to say Leonard Nimoy was perfect for the role that defined his career. His lean, almost sepulchral frame seemed otherworldly. His long, solemn face reflected wisdom summoned from somewhere deep within.

Review: Kirby strikes gold in 'Rainbow Curse'

Nintendo's Kirby is just a pink sphere with feet, arms, eyes and a mouth. He doesn't appear to pose much of a threat - instead, he looks like a wad of bubble gum that, at worst, you might have to peel off the sole of your shoe.

Inside Nada's festive design in the Arena District

Before Nada opened in the Arena District, Crave got a quick tour of the space with owner David Falk. He pointed out a few intentional design touches. Knowing them has made dining at Nada more fun, so I'm going to share a few with you now.

New cable show offers sex in a box as therapy

NEW YORK (AP) - A relationship therapy TV show that premieres Friday gives most participating couples the same prescription: Go into a modular, windowless room onstage and have sex while the studio audience waits until they're done. Not surprisingly, "Sex Box" has attracted some negative attention.

New cable show offers sex in a box as therapy

NEW YORK (AP) - A relationship therapy TV show that premieres Friday gives most participating couples the same prescription: Go into a modular, windowless room onstage and have sex while the studio audience waits until they're done. Not surprisingly, "Sex Box" has attracted some negative attention.

Inside Wolf's Ridge Brewing's Downtown taproom

In late January, Wolf's Ridge opened its new taproom behind its Downtown restaurant, giving new brewer Chris Davison 20 new tap lines with which to play. We caught up with Davison to talk the expanded beer list and bar snacks offered in the new space.

Guide: The city's best African eateries

In the world of the culinary curious, there is a continent's worth of food traditions that stand apart-a final frontier of dining that, for many routine consumers of sushi and pho, dosas and arepas, still seems a bit far out. It's a cuisine too hard to find an entry point into, too obscure to get a handle on.

Road Trip: Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood

The transformation of an infamous Cincinnati crime zone into one of the hippest dining strips in Ohio is an amazing narrative. It's a tale of accidental architectural preservation through abandonment and neglect. It's a saga of recapturing an all-but-forgotten past to design a better future. It's the story of Over-the-Rhine.

Review: Smith, Robbie pour on the charm in sharp 'Focus'

If the mark of a good con artist is that he or she makes you think you know exactly what's going on - when of course you haven't a clue - that's also the mark of a good con-artist movie, isn't it? To make you feel like you totally get what's about to happen - "Oh yeah, I've seen this in tons of movies," you think - and then, boom. That's not what happens at all. See, you lost your focus for a second.

Review: Smith, Robbie pour on the charm in sharp 'Focus'

If the mark of a good con artist is that he or she makes you think you know exactly what's going on - when of course you haven't a clue - that's also the mark of a good con-artist movie, isn't it? To make you feel like you totally get what's about to happen - "Oh yeah, I've seen this in tons of movies," you think - and then, boom. That's not what happens at all. See, you lost your focus for a second.

Breakfast: Inside Sammy's Bagels

It's like bagel magic: Fill out a form online, and the next morning a tightly stapled brown paper bag is delivered to your front door. Stuck to it is a white sheet of paper announcing the contents: a baker's dozen of assorted fresh bagels, from egg to everything, marbled rye to cinnamon crunch.

Regular: Dining at Gallo's Tap Room

When Jose Martinez walks into Gallo's Tap Room, he's immediately greeted by friends, bartenders and other regulars who sit at the bar. It's just like the sitcom "Cheers," he jokes-everybody here knows his name.

Watchdog files complaint over lawmaker's travel spending

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government watchdog group on Wednesday asked congressional investigators to examine whether Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock violated House ethics rules by using taxpayer and campaign funds for private air travel.

Review: Moore invigorates dark, messy 'Maps to the Stars'

"Maps to the Stars" is such a deliriously perfect title for a Hollywood send-up that it's amazing it hasn't been used in that form before. The tritest of all exercises in voyeuristic celebrity worship, that flimsy fold-up guide to the homes of actors and actresses represents the ultimate divide between the "haves" and "have-nots."

Correction: Oscars-Enigma Machines story

NATICK, Mass. (AP) - In a story Feb. 25 about the Museum of World War II, The Associated Press, relying on information from the museum's founder, erroneously reported that it is the only one in the country where patrons can use Nazi-era Enigma coding machines to encrypt and decrypt messages. At least one other museum, the National Cryptologic Museum, lets visitors use similar machines.

Burberry hosts starry show at London Fashion Week

LONDON (AP) - London Fashion Week rolled out the big guns Monday, with British design powerhouse Burberry hosting the glitziest catwalk show of the season. Hunter, the maker of the classic Wellington boots, evoked wild Scottish countryside with indoor waterfalls, while Christopher Kane seduced with clothes featuring nude life drawings.

Burberry hosts starry show at London Fashion Week

LONDON (AP) - London Fashion Week rolled out the big guns Monday, with British design powerhouse Burberry hosting the glitziest catwalk show of the season. Hunter, the maker of the classic Wellington boots, evoked wild Scottish countryside with indoor waterfalls, while Christopher Kane seduced with clothes featuring nude life drawings.

Man convicted in deaths of 'American Sniper' author, friend

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis.

Man convicted in deaths of 'American Sniper' author, friend

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the "American Sniper" author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis.

Marcus Samuelsson: Dad prepared him for race in kitchen

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Growing up in Sweden, chef Marcus Samuelsson learned many lessons that would follow him into the kitchen as an adult, from how to smoke mackerel to the best technique for forming meatballs. But the one that may have stuck with him the most came from his father and was about skin color, not culinary skill.

Soprano taking her Bruennhilde on the road

Like a Valkyrie swooping down from her mountaintop, soprano Christine Goerke is poised to descend on America's opera houses - but instead of wearing a set of wings on her shoulders, she's carrying the role of a lifetime.

Burberry hosts starry show at London Fashion Week

LONDON (AP) - London Fashion Week rolled out the big guns Monday, with British design powerhouse Burberry hosting the glitziest catwalk show of the season. Hunter, the maker of the classic Wellington boots, evoked wild Scottish countryside with indoor waterfalls, while Christopher Kane seduced with clothes featuring nude life drawings.

The Commissary: Designed for chefs, open to the community

Not long after The Commissary opened, two chefs sat in a break room area akin to a living room with soft seating, a decorative rug and coffee table. With a wall of cookbooks behind them, they conferred, sharing ideas for an upcoming collaboration dinner.

Crave Calendar: Spring foodie events

March

4 First Wednesday Wine Dinner

The Worthington Inn

On the first Wednesday of every month, The Worthington Inn offers a four-course dinner with wine pairings. Advance tickets are $65 per person. worthingtoninn.com

4 Wednesday Originals

Participating Dine Originals restaurants

Columbus restaurants offer special dining experiences the first Wednesday of...

Profile: Can The Crest owners spark a social change?

The head of A&R Creative Group, Ali Alshahal, has a knack for turning dicey spaces into dining destinations. He transformed a dive bar into a hipster haven, a known Campus drug spot into a bar and arcade and a rundown convenience store into an airy market. Up next: Prove an urban farm can be sustainable, continue to grow his concepts and transform dining out into a catalyst for social change.

Trend: Toast at Dan the Baker and Alchemy

We get the derision around the topic of artisanal toast. How can you turn something so homey into a food fad? Then we took a bite of Dan the Baker's sunflower flax topped with fresh almond butter and maple sugar served at his Toast Bar in Grandview. Sure, we get the arguments that it's a bit twee, but we can't deny it's a great way for bread bakers to showcase their wares.

Q&A: German brewmaster Robert Makein of Hofbrauhaus Columbus

Robert Makein grew up 4,000 miles from Columbus in Dusseldorf, Germany, where breweries and beer gardens are institutions comparable to churches and city halls. As the Hofbrauhaus Columbus brewmaster puts it: "You don't really need to explain to anyone what Hofbrauhaus is in Germany."

Hoof Hearted brewpub, second Crest location opening this year

The minds behind A&R Creative group, including restaurants like The Crest and The Market Italian Village, announced two new restaurant projects today: a brewpub in partnership with local brewery Hoof Hearted, and a second location of their flagship restaurant The Crest. Both are set to open this year.

Shelters Bring People Home, for Now

At Faith Mission's emergency shelters for homeless people, every imaginable space is being used to house one, two, three more people who might otherwise spend the night in the brutal elements of a Midwestern winter. Meet some of the people who call Faith Mission's shelters home, at least for the time being, and the people working to get them back on track.

From the editor: You just might like it

I almost got in a fight over toast. Not an actual slice of toast, but the topic of toast as a trend. An old friend-one who typically shares my intrigue for quirky food trends-didn't even want to hear about it.

Dish: Three twists on an affogato

We'd like to thank the culinary matchmaker who introduced ice cream to a hot shot of espresso. Affogato is a perfect marriage-a beautiful compromise between hot and cold, bitter and sweet.

CraveWorthy: Bitters from The Bitter Wife

Last year, bartender Mykie Marks turned over a bottle of mass-produced bitters to find artificial flavoring in the list of ingredients. That got her thinking: How hard could it be to craft bitters with real fruits and herbs? "It's really not difficult," says Marks, founder of The Bitter Wife. "It just takes patience." In her creative line of homemade bitters-with flavors including Coffee Pecan and Black Pepper Vanilla-you'll find only natural ingredients. "I think it makes everything taste so...

Burberry, Hunter, Kane lead London fashion shows

LONDON (AP) - London Fashion Week rolled out the big guns Monday, with British design powerhouse Burberry hosting the glitziest catwalk show of the season. Hunter, the maker of the classic Wellington boots, evoked wild Scottish countryside with indoor waterfalls, while Christopher Kane seduced with clothes featuring nude life drawings.

Meatless Monday: Veggie Platter at Lalibela

More and more, I have to ask myself: Where can I get good, simple, straightforward food that will fill my stomach and please my palate? And Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant and Bar is always near the top of that mental list. There's no sugar-coating at Lalibela, which is part of its charm.

Correction: Bobbi Kristina Brown story

ATLANTA (AP) - In a Feb. 22 story about Bobbi Kristina Brown, The Associated Press reported erroneously where Brown has been hospitalized. Police said Brown was first taken to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, Georgia, after she was found unresponsive Jan. 31. She is now being treated at Emory University Hospital.

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