Columbus is a city full of fantastic restaurants! Jon and I both love eating out and trying new food! Here are some of my (our, I assume he would agree) restaurant picks for a romantic Valentine’s day dinner.
Due Amici – A sleek and modern restaurant in downtown Columbus that features high quality, Italian dishes. With exposed brick walls and crisp white interior design, Due Amici is perfect for a date night.
Hyde Park (Downtown) – If you are looking to splurge this Valentine’s day, Hyde Park boasts the BEST steaks in Columbus! The restaurant’s design is very stylish and romantic, full of rich colors and textures.
Martini Modern Italian – A Cameron Mitchell restaurant that specializes in Italian dishes in a sophisticated and energetic atmosphere.
Lindey’s – An upper east side, New York style bistro in Columbus’ German Village neighborhood. Lindey’s is an elegant and chic restaurant with a menu ranging from steaks to pasta.
M – OK, I saved the absolute BEST for last. If you are looking to go all out, skip next month’s rent, M is the winner! When you walk through the doors, you are transported to a hip, South Beach restaurant that is beyond beautiful. M is the most gorgeous Cameron Mitchell restaurant, and more beautiful in the city. Not to mention, the food, American-Pacific cuisine, is on a whole other category. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
Hard to narrow down this list to a few, but these are my picks for most romantic in Columbus!
On a cold Ohio day, is there anything more enjoyable than brewing a delicious cup of coffee and snuggling up on the couch to read a fun book on entertaining? In my opinion, no. So, to no surprise, that is exactly what I did this afternoon! I picked up Lisa Vanderpump’s book Simply Divine: A Guide to Easy, Elegant and Affordable Entertaining, and read it on this snowy Columbus day.
Lisa Vanderpump is a restauranteur, columnist and TV star. Her book is loaded with wonderful and elegant recipes, dinner party advice and a little more insight into the opulent life of “Pinky.” Vanderpump’s book includes tips on table setting, floral arranging, preparing/presenting food and advice on being a gracious host. Simply Divine is filled with glamorous pictures of Lisa, her adorable Pomeranian Giggy, and of course mouthwatering photos of her recipes!
The book’s layout really appealed to me. Simply Divine starts out with some detail of Vanderpump’s world and background, while incorporating elegant entertaining advice she has learned throughout her years in the restaurant business. After the first few opening chapters, Vanderpump shares her delicious recipes, arranging them it in a unique way. Rather than dividing the book by course (such as breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert), Simply Divine grouped recipes by mood: cozy, sexy, impressive, sunny and lazy. I don’t know about you, but my feelings definitely affect what I feel like eating and cooking! On a snowy day like today, I LOVE how easy it is for me to assess at my mood, LAZY, and flip to chapter eight to find complementary meal ideas.
Simply Divine is simply Vanderfabulous! If you are looking for a book filled with tips on being a gracious hostess, go pick up Simply Divine! You are sure to learn new decorating ideas, dinner party recipes and ways to become a more elegant YOU. I definitely recommend this book to women of all ages and I look forward to sharing it’s advice with friends and family.
Every Christmas eve my family and I get dressed up and go to a fabulous restaurant. Our trend for the last few years has been steakhouses! In keeping with our tradition, we went to Mitchell’s Steakhouse in downtown Columbus for our 2011 dinner.
The architecture alone makes the restaurant feel extra special. Its towering ceilings are painted exquisitely, while modern touches around the bar make the steakhouse feel current.
Now to the food review!
On the night my family and I went, I selected the 3 course meal:
1. To start, I chose the chop chop salad. It was AMAZIING (as always)! The salad was loaded with dates, corn and delicious goat cheese! You could make the salad its own meal with the addition of soup or an appetizer.
2. For the main course, I had a 7 oz Filet Mignon. I prefer my steaks pink in the center so I got it medium…it melted in my mouth! Sometimes I will ask for my steaks to by medium plus, making it in between medium and medium well (learned that tip in a cooking class at Sur La Table).
3. My side was sweet potato casserole, with an emphasis on sweet!! WARNING: Stay away from this side if you do not have a sweet tooth. The casserole was topped (maybe an inch thick) with crumbled brown sugar. I pushed a lot of it off, but as the name indicated, the topping was pretty sugary.
4. The grand finale of my mouth watering meal was dessert! I mean honestly, how could I resist? After finding a little extra room in my stomach, I ordered the divine chocolate cake with raspberry cream cheese frosting. If the name alone doesn’t make you want to indulge, the presentation definitely will! The cake was extremely moist and accompanied with chocolate bark, in case you were not in a chocolate coma already. It was absolutely fabulous! A perfect ending to a decadent meal.
Overall, my experience at Mitchell’s was (and as it has always been) outstanding. You can not beat the impeccable service, excellent steaks or classic feel that is Mitchell’s Steakhouse. If you are looking for a wonderful date night or special dinner, I highly recommend making a reservation at Mitchell’s Steakhouse.