My birthday was on Friday. It was a milestone birthday, so I stretched the festivities out over several days. Several really delicious days.

No birthday is complete without a meal at Skillet. My potato and stinky cheese omelet with coffee was the perfect kind of comfort food to kick off a few days of partying.

Here's what else I ate. And drank.


Birthday happy hour at Little Palace! First up, Moscow Mule.

I couldn't resist ordering the Suffering Bastard, a holdover from the Columbus' beloved kitschy-tiki destination, the Kahiki.

Oh, and this gorgeous beer, too.

Had a slice of the Margherita Pizza.

And some poutine.


Midway through my birthday festivities, I was lucky to be able to try a soon-to-be-released sandwich from Commonwealth Sandwich Bar. We're featuring the Into the Woods sandwich in our August issue.

It's got seared wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, local goat's cheese fondue and black pepper tomato jam on an Eleni Christina baguette. Oh, and my special-edition version came with shaved black truffles. Mmm.


I enjoyed a lovely family meal at Giorgio in Clintonville, partly to celebrate my birthday and partly to celebrate my brother's graduation from Ohio State. I toasted him with a Strawberry and Pepper Martini.

Giorgio was doing a special $20 three-course menu to celebrate the restaurant's third anniversary, so that's what I ordered. First course: Caponata, with chopped eggplant, celery, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, capers and pine nuts.

Second course: Lemon Pesto Pasta Salad, with orzo, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and spinach tossed in lemon basil pesto.

Third course: Tuscan Salmon, topped with artichokes, fennel, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh dill, lemon and asparagus and served over orzo.


Also part of my birthday week tour was a party at Mouton to celebrate their recent writeup in Nylon magazine. Here's a terribly lit photo of the Spring Forward, made with Watershed Gin, Pimm's No. 1, ginger beer and cucumber, orange and lime slices.


And, finally, cocktails at The Rossi. The lovely Nicolene mixed us up lots of neat drinks, including a tasty concoction called the Gin Dandy made with dandelion bitters.

Then everyone at the table settled on the Siberian as our favorite drink of the night. It is Oyo Vodka, coconut milk and jalapeno-basil simple syrup. Let me tell you, those things add up to something special and delicious.

We were so enamored that I made everyone take photos of their Siberians and send them to me.

We got the best seat in the house, at the circular table right underneath the Rossi's fabulous chandelier. Perfect end to a perfect birthday week.