This spring break, take a chance to explore the city of Columbus

by the Journalism II Staff

FOOD

By Ben Rigney-Carroll, ’21, Sydney Moore, ’22 and Ty Frederick, ’22

Photos by Ben Rigney-Carroll and Sydney Moore

Condado

Taco restaurant Condado is located at 2977 North High St., just outside the downtown area. Condado is lively; with upbeat music, good lighting, and murals on all the walls. The whole restaurant provides an energetic feel. Service is quick and system of checkbox menus is intuitive and unique. As a taco shop, Condado offers a selection of original tacos and the option to make your own from their long list of ingredients. However, its best flavors come from making your own creations from the 48 available shells, proteins, and toppings. Tacos are sold individually and cost between $3 and $5 per taco. The dips are a few dollars each and drinks will be $1-3. A few tacos, chips, two dips and a drink will the total between $10 and $20. Considering both the quality of the ingredients and the volume of food you get for you money, Condado is best with friends and well worth the price.

Brassica

Now located on Lane Avenue, as well as in the Short North, Brassica provides a creative and healthy twist on Mediterranean food. By allowing customers to create their own meals, Brassica is a fun lunch experience whilst containing healthy and fresh ingredients. Customers are given a choice of two bases: a salad or a pita sandwich. Toppings consist of pickled vegetables, choice of meat and choice of six unique sauces. Brassica also provides additional sides like fries and falafel balls. Customers can choose from a wide variety of drink including old fashioned sodas and “minty” lemonade. A salad or sandwich with toppings and a drink generally remain under or around $20. Adding an extra serving of meat is an additional $3. Although more expensive than most self-serve restaurants, Brassica meals provide a healthy alternative while still remaining a quick and easy meal for almost any time of day.

North Market

“Thirty-five Distinct Personalities, one Incredible Place,” reads a sign near one of the entrances to the Columbus North Market, located on 59 Spruce St. The North Market hosts vendors from cultures oceans and seas away, while also expanding Ohio’s local cuisine. From Hot Chicken Takeover, selling spicy fried chicken with white bread,
to Bretzel, with an assortment of soft pretzels and sauces, to Lan Việt Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine, with steaming fresh Phở bowls and Bánh Mì, to Pistacia Vera, with various French pastries and sweets, and everything in between, there is always something for everyone at the North Market. One can dine upstairs, which boasts an overhead view of the entire market complex. For those not looking to dine in, options such as Omega Bakery and North Market Spices sell food that can be taken to-go. The prices of these foods depend on which restaurant one chooses to buy from. While the sheer amount of restaurants put together can create a grand labyrinthian feel, maps posted around the facility can help one navigate this rich cultural hub of central Ohio.

Sweet Carrot

Located o of 5th Avenue on Grandview is Sweet Carrot, a colorful and kid-friendly restaurant. Customers can come in and read the menu as
they wait in line. It is decorated with pastel colors that create a relaxing and minimalist environment for customers. Once their meals are ordered, customers seat themselves until their food is ready. The menu is barbecue-style with staples like cornbread, mac and cheese, salads, soups and sandwiches. The sandwich bread can be sweet bread or corn bread with a choice of pork, brisket, or turkey for the meat. For drinks, Sweet Carrot provides a choice of old-fashioned sodas. Most meals remain under $20. Sweet Carrot strives to separate themselves from the average barbecue place by making their meals neat and colorful.

Light Bulb Cafe

Light Bulb Asian Cafe, a small Asian café at the center of Kingsdale Shopping Center, provides a casual but rewarding dining atmosphere. Students looking for a reasonably priced sit-down meal will find Light Bulb a good option for lunch out with a group of friends, a date or even a family dinner. Light Bulb serves a variety of traditional American Chinese food and a selection of bubble teas in light bulb shaped glasses. Portion sizes are large, but expect to pay between $15 and $30 per person.

ENTERTAINMENT

by Noah Mizer, ’21 and Alexa Roberts ’22

Movie Review: On the Basis of Sex

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s landmark 1972 court case, Moritz v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, has officially arrived on the big screen with the 2018 release of “On the Basis of Sex.” Although the movie’s plot centers around a tax code that prevents a bachelor from receiving tax benefits for taking on a caretaker role, Ginsburg’s background takes front and center, tracing her progression from a student at Harvard Law and Columbia to her time as a professor at Rutgers University Law School.

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Through time jumps, the movie contrasts the concept of feminism in Ginsburg’s generation to that of the generation of her daughter, Jane. But this contrast does not always contribute to the overarching story and feels rather forced. Moreover, the filmmakers make a point of showing the relationship Ginsburg has with her husband but compared to her accomplishments as a lawyer, the domestic aspects of her life are unnecessary, and distracting, addition to the film.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the movie is the authentic depiction of the 1950s and 1960s, concerning the treatment of women. The film explores how cultural change was received amongst the older generations compared to the younger generations. The scenes during Ginsburg’s first influential court case are inspiring. It’s unconventional to see gender roles challenged in courts, especially in legal dramas.

While the movie includes parts of Ginsburg’s life that don’t necessarily drive the plot or display how she worked to achieve her goals, it provides a lens through which the feminist movement can be viewed. It’s a reminder of the change in our own society and how far we have come from the social standards of the 1950s when gender-based and race-based discrimination was more prevalent and entrenched than they are today.

Album Review: When my Heart Felt Volcanic

Following their 2012 debut EP I Don’t Like Being Honest, Utah-based indie pop group The Aces released their first full-length album, When My Heart Felt Volcanic on April 6, 2018. The album provides a creative spin on the classic bubblegum pop often associated with girl groups.

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The vocals of lead singer Cristal Ramirez, while delicate and drawn out, contribute to the group’s youthful and upbeat sound. Songs like “Stay” and “Stuck” draw nostalgic parallels to the pop music of the 1980s.

But When My Heart Felt Volcanic, as a whole, seems to be rather formulaic. Some songs on the album sound too similar to others as if The Aces were too fearful to deviate from what they know. All of the songs have a similar synthetic beat. But a few standout hits on the album, like “Bad Love” and “Hurricane,” highlight their potential as a young band with a growing fanbase who all hope for a strong follow-up album.

The Aces are scheduled to play at the A&R Music Bar on March 8. Tickets can be purchased at TicketMaster for $13 each plus a service charge.

SHOPPING

Columbus may not be a shopping hub like New York or Paris, but there certainly are hidden gems sprinkled across the city.

by Olivia Smith, ’20

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The Short North hosts brick walls with different paintings near the popular arch. Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons/PostDLF

Staying in Columbus limits the possibilities to take advantage of spring break sunshine. Regardless, the city contains shops with all types of attractions to occupy the students staying in Columbus for spring break 2019. The Short North is a great place to walk around and shop on a nice day because of its variety of stores. Many enjoy the graffiti and wall art seems to be on every blank brick wall. There are modern clothing stores like the women’s boutique Ladybird. There are also vintage clothing stores like Smartypants Vintage which gives o a homey feel. The Short North welcomes all ages with its range of prices and different kinds of shops. The store Cub Shrub contains unique and high quality children’s apparel, gifts and toys.

 

The outdoor mall of Easton contains a fountain that is replaced by a tree during the holiday season. Photo by Olivia Smith

Easton Town Center includes premier shopping along with a pedestrian-friendly outdoor area. This mall contains over 190 stores spread out over an outside shopping area and an indoor mall. Many Columbus locals spend full days here because of its surplus of stores, especially compared to Polaris or Tuttle. The fountain at Easton is a popular area for relaxing on one of the benches and enjoying the atmosphere. Whether shopping is a major hobby or just a task of necessity, you’ll find enjoyment at Easton’s unique and popular local spots.

 

The second floor of The Red Stable is filled with unique paintings specific to Ohio. Photo by Olivia Smith

 

Students can also spend warm days at the shops of German Village. The Red Stable is a two-story shop located in a remodeled 46-year-old stable. It’s situated across the street from the Iconic restaurant Schmidt’s. The upstairs level contains Ohio paintings and handmade souvenirs. The Red Stable features local vendors and artists who create rare art and gifts for any taste.

GET MOVING

Interactive fun that gets everyone on their feet

by Ben Rigney-Carroll, ’21 and Ayah Elsheikh, ’20

Photo by Ben Rigney-Carroll

Vertical Adventures, at 6513 Kingsmill Ct., is an indoor rock climbing facility in Worthington. While it is a 20-minute drive from UA, it’s well worth it. The facility is spacious and clean, offering over 100 routes for experienced climbers and a number of auto-belay setups for the less experienced. Climbing gear can be rented in-house. A waiver is required to enter the gym and can easily be filled out online or at the facility. Notably, those under 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 or over. For students, a day pass, harness and shoes will cost $23 per person. Because climbing is tiring, students should also bring healthy snacks like protein bars and fruit and take breaks to avoid burning out.

The Chiller Ice Rink at 3600 Chiller Ln. is for anyone looking for a more icy alternative to the spring weather. Grabbing skates and getting on the ice is a smooth process, and with friends, it can be enjoyable as well. The experience includes a snack bar to grab food and refreshments. Students who want to go skating with friends but don’t know how to skate can start at the Chiller, as they o er lessons for anyone of any age. In addition, spectators can enjoy both hockey and figure skating events at the facility. For those who are not look- ing for commitment, the ice skating experience costs between $7 and $10 depending on age and time of skating.

 

Tucked into a repurposed downtown warehouse, Pins Mechanical Company is an ideal hangout and dinner spot. Featuring all things retro, the place is constantly buzzing with energy. The smells of different foods are everywhere and the beeps, whirrs and clicks of pinball machines become white noise, broken by the occasional crash of pins from the bowling alley. Located at 141 N 4th St., every square inch of Pins has something different to explore. There are dozens of pinball machines and ping pong tables. The main room boasts eight full-sized candlepin bowling lanes. On the patio there is cup pong, foosball, giant Jenga, and spots for up to four different food trucks at a time. The food trucks at Pins are kept in a constant revolving door with an average of ten unique trucks every two weeks, so regulars never try the same food twice. Because Pins is also a bar, those under the age of 21 should keep in mind that they are not allowed in after 8 p.m.

 

Photo Courtesy of Catherine Dolbow

Breakout Columbus offers a unique experience for friends and family looking for a collaborative adventure. Located at 835 Grandview Ave., Breakout Columbus is only a few minutes away for those living in Upper Arlington. Groups of two-to-eight players are put in a room in which they are given a limited amount of time to strategically find their way out. Every escape room has interactive puzzles, riddles and clues that match a theme like “Museum Heist,” “The Kidnapping” and “Island Escape.” Tickets are $25 per player and spots must be booked in advance on their website. Although offered for all ages, individuals under 14 are required to have a parent or guardian present.

SITES TO SEE

Arlingtonian recommends sites for a quiet afternoon

by Sofia Imitola, ’21

The Columbus Museum of Art has something for everyone. For history bu s and activists, it has the Back of the Bus exhibition, which, according to the Columbus Museum of Art website, showcases drawings from Floyd Cooper’s “Powerful Children’s Book Illustrations” that show the famous story of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat. Also, for people who wouldn’t normally choose to spend their Sunday afternoons at a museum, they have the Wonder Room. As stated in the Columbus Museum of Art website, the Wonder Room “is an experimental, one of a kind gallery” that exhibits textile-based works of art in creative and colorful ways. On weekdays, student admission is 9 dollars but Sunday general admission is free.

The Franklin Park Conservatory, a botanical garden located at 1777 E Broad St., will be beginning one of its most popular attractions, Blooms and Butterflies, just in time for spring break. The Conservatory releases hundreds of butterflies in the Paci c Island Water Gardens, allowing people to immerse themselves in the wilderness all while indoors. The Franklin Park Conservatory offers much more to explore for students with and without a love for nature and art. General admission is 19 dollars.