|Seymour, the dentist, and Audrey|
What’s on my Spotify
My current Spotify playlist is named Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint Lattes. Here’s my top tracks right now:
I first heard this song on a Spotify Discover Weekly playlist and thought yea, that’s cool. But then I heard it on 105.7 The X and got it stuck in my head. That same day, I went for a drive down to Hillsboro, Ohio and proceeded to listen to that song, oh, 6 times during that car ride.
The lyrics resonate with me right now in my life and I love the banjo part after the verses. The lyrics seem to describe the singer’s desire to improve his relationship and to not let their fights consume them or make them into something they know they are not. Like he sings with such a raw desire. It’s beautiful how he realizes what they are turning into and begs that they don’t become that monster. Such simple but elegant lyrics.
“There must be something in the water/ And there must be something about your daughter/ She said our love ain’t nothing but a monster/ Our love ain’t nothing but a monster/ With 2 heads”
“I hope to God I’ll love you longer/ If only I could live forever/ If only I could hold you longer”
Sweater Weather by Taylor Phelan, originally by The Neighbourhood
I heard this song also on a “we think you’d like this” Spotify playlist and recognized the lyrics of course. I like this version a lot because it’s slower and he articulates the lyrics more than The Neighbourhood. I recommend signing along to this version in your car when stuck in traffic. I don’t know who Taylor Phelan is because I don’t watch much of The Voice, but I can appreciate a good
Remember this song? Yeah. I was listening to the radio and something reminded me of this song and I re-fell in love with it. It’s so 2004. What a perfect song when you just want to admit that you had a bad day and things aren’t always perfect.
I’m not a hipster but liking this song helps me pretend I am. They don’t seem to be a well-known band yet but are still making cool music. I admit the title of this song caught my attention before the actual music did. But I do think it’s well produced. It has a young Taylor Swift vibe to it. I like when she sings “But I’m only lonely when I’m drunk.”
Halloween Costumes Over the Years
(Because I don’t know what I want to go as this year. I made a Pinterest board of ideas I like, but I still don’t know)
The next year, we went Trick-or-Treating (as juniors in high school) as Leaf Blowers.
|Freshman year of college|
|Cereal killer again in 2010|
|Carving a pumpkin in 2010|
|Junior year of college|
|Decades group costume|
|Halloween party junior year|
|Being a hippie|
|Going as a horse during senior year|
|Ceiling Fan (not me.)|
|Becky showing us an apple|
|Reaching for the best apple. Never settle.|
|Me: “I found an apple in this apple tree”|
|How do you like them apples?|
Saturday, Becky and I went apple picking at Cherry Hawk Farm in Marysville.
I’d only been apple picking out in Granville and that was back in college so I was long overdue to pick apples and was excited to try a new apple orchard.
We chose Cherry Hawk because it wasn’t too far away, had good online reviews and was close to Dublin.
Cherry Hawk is pretty far out in the country but not a bad drive.
They have a gravel parking area and a little check-in tent where you can buy one large bag for $15, two medium bags for $15 or four small bags for $15. It’s $15 no matter what.
When we went, they had three different types of apples that were ready to be picked.
- Yellow Delicious
They were also making homemade apple butter over a big copper kettle pot. We chatted with the folks making the apple butter and I got to stir the pot for a little bit. They said there was over 22 gallons of apple cider in the apple butter!
I brought my nice camera along and so we took some cute pictures of us enjoying the apple orchard. I forgot how much I enjoy taking pictures with my Nikon. I need to use it more and continue taking photographs.
|Becky admiring an apple|
|America’s Next Top Apple Picker Model|
Fox in the snow
|Ham and cheese croissant|
One of the best coffee shops/ brunch spots in all of Columbus is Fox in the Snow. With 296 Yelp reviews and nearly 5 stars, clearly I’m not the only one who stands by this statement.
|To-go coffee in the morning|
|Dark roast coffee|
|Nom nom nom|
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Valentinos perfecting recipe(s) for food truck success
Monday October 26, 2015 12:41 PM
Clara Valentino of Johnstown quit her corporate marketing career to pursue her culinary dream by teaming up with her father to open up a food truck called Buster Mac’s.
Working together is nothing new for this father and daughter duo.
Clara worked in his catering business for more than 10 years, sometimes standing on a milk crate just to reach the counter.
“We work good together,” said her father, Rocco Valentino. “I’m the creative brain behind the food and she talks to people and does the sales and marketing.”
Rocco Valentino, has been in the culinary industry for more than 40 years. He grew up in Reynoldsburg, studied at the culinary school in Hyde Park in New York City, worked at the Granville Inn and most recently was the chef at Pastaria at North Market in Columbus.
While Clara Valentino was at home with her newly born son, Leo, and 7-year-old daughter, Ellen, she called her father with the idea of operating a food truck.
“For about 10 years, we’d always talked about opening a restaurant, but the moment was never right,” Clara Valentino said.
“Now, things are oddly falling into place. Our business plan was approved, we got the loan with no problem and everyone has been so supportive of us.”
Within a week of that initial phone call, Rocco Valentino was on board and bringing her different menu ideas. Clara Valentino left her career in marketing at Thirty One Gifts to focus on the food truck.
“It was scary at first, but it’s one of those things where you don’t know until you try,” she said. “I’m pretty confident we’ll be OK. No other food truck is doing what we’re doing right now.”
The father and daughter duo invited 50 of their closest family and friends to a tasting survey where guests tried Buster Mac’s food and filled out a six-page survey, commenting on taste, presentation and value.
“Everyone loved the food and gave us really positive feedback,” Clara Valentino said.
“We didn’t have to make a lot of modifications to the menu,” she said. “It was fun to watch my dad be creative and make his own menu.”
The truck was bought in Indiana and actually used to be a restaurant supply truck.
A friend of Clara Valentino helped her with the exterior graphic design and a builder in Galloway, Ohio installed the kitchen equipment.
The truck was ready to go Oct. 5, just in time for their first event Oct. 9 at the Food Fort in downtown Columbus.
The name “Buster Mac’s” comes from a silly song Rocco Valentino used to sing to Clara when she was little.
“We were brainstorming names for the truck, like thinking of old streets we’d lived on, when I sang that little jingle and he was like ‘Shut up, that’s so perfect,’ ” Clara Valentino said.
The Valentinos are working hard to locally source all their ingredients. They get all their meats from A’mays’ing Meats in Johnstown. The meat has no hormones, no antibiotics and Rocco Valentino hand-patties all the burgers. Their cheeses come from Troyer Cheese in Millersburg, Ohio.
The Valentinos said the food truck community has welcomed them with open arms and they have even been asked to join the Central Ohio Food Truck Association.
“I was starstruck when they asked us,” Clara Valentino said. “I’m so amazed at how much input everyone has given us and how willing people are to help.”
When people visit Buster Mac’s, to beat the lines they can order their food online in advance and pick up their orders when they arrive at the truck.
So far, the Valentinos are booked through November and hope to participate in the Columbus Food Truck Festival next year and cater weddings in the future.
You can catch the Buster Mac’s food truck from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at Thirty One Gifts, 3425 Morse Crossing, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Innovate New Albany, 8000 Walton Parkway.
To see Buster Mac’s full menu and where they will be, go to bustermacs.com; or call 614-585-3169.