Did you know that CbusFoodBloggers consists of over 30 different bloggers/instagrammers? Some of us you may already
stalk follow, and others you haven’t yet had the chance to meet! In an effort to help our readers get to know us and the bloggers behind our group, we’ve decided to do a monthly interview highlighting one of our members. To kick things off, we have Mandi Cohen from Cohen Places!
- How did you become a food blogger? What is the theme of your blog/IG?
My husband and I moved to Columbus for jobs and we knew nothing about the area. We had never even been to Ohio! With no family, network, or frame of reference we were able to make Columbus feel like home by exploring. Those first few months were filled with us finding new places to try…often from me following local bloggers! That time I will always look back on with fond memories because that’s when we fell in love with Columbus. When my friends who had been basically born and raised here started asking me for suggestions on where to go…I had the thought I could start a blog myself!
My blog is focused on getting out of your comfort zone, and opening yourself up to the amazing things around you. And most of the time, the amazing-ness I share is food!
- What is your favorite thing to cook for yourself or others?
I RARELY cook. I’m very lucky that I have a husband who enjoys cooking, and he definitely takes the lead on that in our home. However, I just bought fellow food blogger Taylor Rigg’s cookbook and I’ve been doing those recipes and loving them!
- What makes the Columbus food scene great? Or what would you change?
I think what makes it great is the variety. I especially like how each area of Columbus (Victorian Village, Grandview, Short North, German Village, etc.) each has its own vibe and personality. And a lot of the food reflects that as well. The size of Columbus allows there to be a diverse array of options, but not feel too overwhelming. I never run out of places I want to try!
- What restaurant(s) is at the top of your “must try” list?
Without a doubt Momo Ghar. I had seen pictures of their dumplings pop up in my Instagram newsfeed here and there and kept my eye on it. Then Yelp Columbus named it the #1 place to eat in the city on its Top Places to Eat in Columbus 2016 list. I can’t wait to try it out—hopefully soon!
- What’s (and where) the most memorable meal/dish you had recently?
The spicy chicken sandwich from Rockmill Tavern. While the entire experience at Rockmill Tavern was stellar, this sandwich stands out. The spicy honey butter they put on it is simply dreamy and it’s the type of sandwich where each bite makes you sad because you are getting closer to finishing it….it’s that good.
- Give us the inside scoop — what’s your favorite happy hour, hole in the wall, or hidden gem in Columbus?
I’m not sure how hidden it is but Dan the Baker is one of my absolute favorite spots in town. It may be hard to find, and in an unassuming area, but inside is the most delicious breakfast you can imagine. I find their “toast flights” super fun to try. You can pair three slices of different house made breads, with three of their spreads. They always have different ones rotating through, so no matter when you go you’ll have a different experience!
- What is your favorite locally made food product?
As someone with a major sweet tooth, I gotta say Ohiyo Chocolate. You haven’t TRULY tasted chocolate until you’ve had one of these bars. Mike (the owner and founder) puts so much care and attention into his flavors. They are out of this world.
- Some of us are not full-time food bloggers. If you are not, what is your “real” job?
My “real” job is that I do Marketing and Communications for the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State!
- Tell us an interesting fact about yourself!
I am a BIG musical theater fan. You can find me at work listening to my Broadway musical playlist every Thursday. 🙂
Erin, the Spiffy Cookie