Posture, pastimes and sweaty palms. You’ve got enough to think about when it comes to that first date. Grab the breath freshener and make that first move. Crave’s got your back with these themed food and drink combinations sure to make a memorable first impression or refresh your regular date night.
Nailing down an authoritative definition of the boundaries of the Middle East is nearly impossible. But just about everyone can agree it’s vast—perhaps as large as Europe—and it encompasses many distinct countries and traditions. And yet, in the U.S., the national cuisines and culinary variations of the region are often overlooked and instead packaged for consumption as a singular entity known as either Middle Eastern or Mediterranean food.
Ramen—it’s a confusing subject. And it’s all the more confusing because it’s hard to understand why it is confusing in the first place. It’s just noodles, broth and toppings, isn’t it? How hard could it be? But Japanese chefs spent decades learning to perfect it. It’s also something packaged in freeze-dried bricks and sold for three for 99 cents. As I said, confusing. Clearly the current American ramen craze aspires to reach the Japanese chef-crafted approach. I’ve sampled top-notch ramen in Japan; local contenders aren’t quite a match for the real thing, falling slightly short on technique and proper ingredients. Nonetheless, there are good bowls of ramen to be found in Columbus, sometimes in unexpected places.
Cocktail shrubs have been around for more than 400 years, so it’s no surprise there’s no single method for prepping these piquant infusions of produce, sugar and vinegar. Three area bartenders share their preferred methods for achieving the best result.
Which fruits do you (and don’t you) muddle in an old-fashioned? How do you temper the brandy in a sidecar? Just how much absinthe goes into a Sazerac? If you’ve ever marveled at the history surrounding tried-and-true cocktails, you’re not alone. We tapped some of the most studious bartenders across Columbus to get to the bottom of these questions and the secrets that elevate a classic from memorable to unforgettable.