Things We Love: Picks from Johnny DiLoretto

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Johnny DiLoretto, local media personality and performer,is the host of the Not So Late Show at ShadowboxLive's Backstage Bistro. The live talk show, which features comedy and interviews with the city's best and brightest,will close out its first season on Thursday, Oct. 27 before coming back in January. Visit shadowboxlive.org to purchase tickets or for more information. Here are a few things he loves.

We have one of the best publicradio stations here in Columbus: WCBE 90.5 FM. Celebrating60 years, it's a broadcasting institution.Iwill listen to NPRall day. Until, of course,I start hearing bluegrass music. When you hear bluegrass you know you've been listening too long. It's like before cable, when you'd watch TV until4 a.m. and they played the national anthem before going off the air.But, seriously, as someone who's a bit of a newshound, I feel the level of journalism on publicradio iselevated. The tone of the coverage is one of overarchingrationality. Some might call it "the liberal media." I call it therational media.

These things are the greatest. They're little, infinitely adaptable ovoids of protein. I love them cooked all the different ways, but I'm especially fond of perfectly cooked sunny side up eggs. Personally,I think I've found the perfect method for achieving gently cooked-through whites and still-creamy yolks. Only problem is we love going out for breakfast and Idon't know where to go to find lovingly and properly cookedsunny side up eggs. I always end up just ordering them over easy because they're less likely to screw them up that way.

I love it all. But if I had to whittle it down to one preferred drink, it'd be whiskey - either Wild Turkey Rye 101 or bourbon. I like the sting and the proof. To quote Cary Grant in"The Philadelphia Story," I have a "deep and gorgeous thirst," so I don't need a whiskey that's too easy to drink.

Everyone seems to think Columbus is a greatrestaurant town. I don't think so. At least not yet anyway. We're getting there, but I see way too many interchangeable menus and overpriced variations of the same things. Besides, we're still always behind the coasts. The best places are the tiny, hyper-ethnic joints often tucked away inside specialty groceries. The satisfaction-to-priceratiois hard to beat: low prices, big flavor payoffs.Right now, I like the humble littlerestaurant inside La Michoacana grocery on SawmillRoad.

Every couple weeks I Google shark attacks. I guess I have a juvenile fascination with the drama of the attack, coupled with a genuine fear of and honest curiosity about the animal. We do a semi-regular segment on the Not So Late Show called Shark Attack Segue, where we do some shark trivia or talk to a shark attack survivor. Some people have told me I should cut it, because in Columbus we're landlocked and in absolutely zero danger from sharks. But I look at it as foresight. Eventually, if we can't stop global warming, the Midwest's going to become the new East Coast. And then we'll have the bestrestaurant scene in the country.