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Winter Fun

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Broccoli, potato, basil, and red onion casserole

So far we’ve had a shockingly mild winter, so heading south hasn’t been necessary. Unfortunately, our usual Ohio snow and misery are likely waiting for us in February. If you’re unable to flee to warmer climes, there are a couple of things you can do to stay warm and happy.

Fire up your stove with some great recipes from the UA Library’s (now defunct) Holiday Happiness Cookbooks. Former Upper Arlingtonian Betty Rosbottom has also just released a new soup cookbook, and we have many other wintry cookbooks to help tide you over.

Find some great books with NoveList Plus. NoveList Plus will recommend authors and titles based on your favorites. Many readers might prefer light and cozy mysteries in the winter, but if you really want to take your mind of the weather, may I suggest some intense science fiction? This will make the snow and ice seem like a minor problem.

If you’re feeling bold, you can also go outside. Our Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center provides guidance and information on skiing, snowboarding, bird watching, and much more. The Columbus Metroparks offer winter hiking and other outdoor activities if you don’t want to strike out on your own.  

Lost Restaurants of Columbus Ohio

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Columbus has had a succession of notable restaurants that are now gone. A bowl of olives, a carafe of red wine and a basket of rustic bread slices on a table with a cream-colored clothSome are remembered for their cuisine (Marzetti’s and their salad dressings); some for association with a famous Columbus personage (Woody Hayes and the Kon Tiki); some for their ambience (The Clock and their sixteen billiards tables with a bar brought in from Chicago); and some for the chefs whose careers were launched (Carolyn Clacomb at [Harmut] Handke’s). 

There are many engrossing stories of these and other historic Columbus restaurants in a new little book called Lost Restaurants of Columbus Ohio by Doug Motz and Christine Hayes. The book includes Diners, Neighborhood Haunts, Downtown Favorites, Lavish Dining, Themed Restaurants and Chains, as well as a handful of recipes from these establishments. The authors, who have Columbus roots, have carefully researched each restaurant. They describe where each restaurant was located and what is in that location now. 

From soup to nuts you'll enjoy this pleasant look at bygone popular Columbus restaurants.  

The book is available in the Reference Department of the Upper Arlington Public Library where you will always find it on the shelf, or you may check it out from the Tremont, Lane and Miller Park branches of the library system.  

Cover of book titled Lost Restaurants of Columbus Ohio with four snapshots, yellow lettering on navy elliptical