Congratulations! You finally made it to Friday! The day we've all been waiting for.. am I right? I don't know about you, but I'm so excited for the weekend because...
1. It's my 5 Year Anniversary with my man-friend and;
2. I'm promoting my first special discount to all my AWESOME followers.
I hope you have a sweet tooth because you're in for a delightful treat. This past Wednesday, Coppa Gelato in Westerville had it's GRAND OPENING and I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Linda Davis, Founder and Owner of Coppa Gelato LLC, on her exciting experience of opening her first Gelateria.
She's a former Realtor turned Gelato Master, how cool is that? Can I please be this woman? Her smile is infectious, her personality lights up a room, and her gelato is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
So how did Linda get started?
"...Well, baking actually runs in my family, but I went to Italy and studied under Maria Coassin from Maniago, Fruilli, Italy and was also taught by world famous gelato master, Stefano Tarquino from Bologna Italy," stated Linda.
Linda wanted the full experience of making gelato and not just creating a recipe for it. She then attended school at Penn State University which is known to have the largest educational program in the world of culinary arts. All famous industry leaders travel to this school from around the world to learn the secrets of ice-cream making! It almost sounds like a secret society.
To name a few students who attended, you may know:
Jeni's Splendid Ice-Creams, Baskin Robbins, Ben & Jerry's, Nestle, Haagen-Daaz, Hershey, Dairy Queen, Dreyer's, and many more.
Columbus Living: So Linda, what's your favorite flavor?
Linda: Ohhhh! That's easy -- the pistachio for sure. The nuts are imported from Sicily, Italy and it's absolutely delicious. It's true Italian Pistachio. Have you had some? (laughing about it)
Hola Personas Columbus!
¿Cómo están ustedes? Are you ready for tacos, gorditos, baleadas, tlayudas, and horchatas? Let me guess.. the only food you recognized in that sentence was taco, right? It's okay; there's no need to feel embarrassed because just the other day I would have said the same. I'll be honest and say, I'm a picky eater, I rarely try new foods, and I have the taste palate of a five year old. Does this sound like you? If it does, it's time to expand your taste buds! Come join me on my taco food truck tour with Columbus Food Adventures.
I sampled dishes from five different food trucks along with a cinnamon nutmeg drink, called horchata. It tasted exactly like the leftover milk you get from eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The tour lasted three hours and completed with a stop at La Plaza Tapatia which is local to the Latino community for groceries and authentic ingredients which is unique to their cuisines.
"The most unusual sounding trucks are typically the most good" - Andy Dehus
Andy was my food truck tour guide and he provided great knowledge on the food truck scene, culture, and ingredients of each dish we sampled. His style and approach is very laid-back and one can tell he just really loves good food and wants to share the experience. Previously, he's done food reviews for Crave and has been featured multiple times in 614 Magazine which I found to be really cool.
Happy Tuesday Columbus!
If you've read my recent posts, you'll notice that I have been obsessed with non-traditional work-outs and today I'm happy to share my first aerial yoga experience with you all. This past Sunday, I attended the Aerial Flow Level 1 class where I was able to challenge my body in a new area of exercise. I was able to test my body's flexibility along with getting close and personal with the free flowing fabric. The hammocks have been tested to hold 1,000 pounds and allow students to transition into various balance and strength poses. Yoga is meant for all shapes and sizes so don't be scared to try it.
"Build a relationship with your fabric" - Rachel, Yoga Instructor
What is Aerial Flow?
Aerial Flow combines elements of vinyasa yoga and aerial dance. These classes take traditional yoga poses and incorporate the aid and support of the aerial hammock to allow greater stability and ease throughout one's practice.
We started the class with warm-up exercises and then transitioned into more difficult poses throughout the session. If you think yoga is easy, think again! Yoga requires core muscle strength and patience. If you get to a difficult pose, don't give up, inhale, exhale, and try it again.
As I was transitioning between various poses, I was instructed to take off my socks to achieve a better grip on the fabric. You can start off wearing socks if you'd like, but don't be scared to go bare foot. Have fun and get intimate with the fabric. The entire exercise requires you to trust your body and the fabric. After a few poses, you'll feel comfortable in no time.
I'm back! I just got back from Orlando, FL on Friday and all I've been thinking about is Columbus Living. On July 3rd, I received more than 15,000+ views! That is so amazing and I appreciate all the love and support from friends and fellow Columbus Bloggers. Thank you!
I want this blog to continue to be resourceful to Columbus natives and those who are visiting so I decided to tackle my next venture - Rock Climbing. I'm beyond excited to share my rock climbing experience with you all because I had so much fun and I received a great work-out. This past week, I told myself that I was going to start doing activities I want to do each day. Why? Because it's important to make time for yourself and while I was on vacation I came to the realization that I don't do enough in my day (not just work, but activities I want to do). So this weekend, I attended the North Market Ohio Wine Festival along with going rock climbing at Vertical Adventures.
Happy 4th of July, Columbus!
Oh say! can you see,
By the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed,
At the twilight’s last gleaming;
Whose broad stripes and bright stars…
It’s 4th of July! & it only feels right to sing the national anthem on this beautiful day. Today, I want to talk about where you’re from or “Where I’m From” because…
It’s not just a brand,
It’s a lifestyle,
It’s who you are,
And it is what makes you, you!
When we talk about home or where we’re from there’s a sense of pride, am I right? We associate our hometowns with sports teams, local food spots, high school friends, but most importantly our experiences (which shape who we are). I am so excited to talk about an emerging t-shirt brand that exemplifies just that. So let’s get into the good stuff.
Where I’m From… is an authentic t-shirt company based in Columbus, OH founded by Ryan Napier (26) and Andrew VanderLind (25). Both Andrew and Ryan are native Ohioans and have tremendous pride for the place they call home. They created “Where I’m From” based on local pride and passion for Ohio. Soon after, they began brainstorming and all of sudden the ideas started flooding.
Columbus Living: It seems like making local t-shirts these days are extremely popular. What makes your t-shirts so different?
Where I’m From: There are some great companies out there, but we wanted to differentiate ourselves in three main ways.
1. We use the highest quality materials in everything we do. As of July 8th, 100% of our shirts will be made from custom fabric, sewed custom for us here in America.
2. We focus on providing both men and women specific styles and designs. Many companies in the space do not put effort into their women’s lines nor do they offer women’s apparel.
3. We represent the places you are from and stick to that brand identity. From city to state, to country, we offer a variety of Tees that can show off your pride in a trendy, fun way.
“…Every shirt is made with respect, originality and a little flair. We celebrate the places that have shaped you into who you are today and honor that pride and heritage with the highest quality materials and attention to detail.” – Where I’m From
My name is Morgan Pelt, founder and lifestyle blogger behind Columbus Living – a blog dedicated to sharing stories about local businesses, events and entrepreneurs. I grew up in Columbus and as a creative outlet; I like to share my adventures and experiences through writing, photography and social media. It's time to discover new places, try new food, and meet new people. Let's go!