January 15th, 2014
Love Notes

Eh, Close Enough: Bloggers’ Attempts at Recreating our Recipes


The internet is a wondrous world of information and perspective, striking visuals and videos of cats jumping at their own reflections. Sprinkled among the infinite possibilities for insight – filled with personal opinion, advice and observations – are blogs.

A number of these blogs focus on navigating the world of food. A select few blogs have focused on our food, their authors allocating time and energy into replicating items they’ve enjoyed at Northstar Cafe or Third & Hollywood. That’s pretty awesome. It is only the most impactful of food experiences that inspires one to recreate something in a home kitchen. Flavors, textures and presentation need to be both memorable and highly enjoyable in order to spur this kind of excitement. So thanks, bloggers! And without further ado, please enjoy the work some of the more valiant attempts at recipe replication. You gave it a fair shot, guys.

Blog: Lolly’s Sweet & Savory Treats
Take on: House-Made Ginger Ale
Excerpt: “Without a doubt, though, my favorite creation from Northstar is their fresh ginger ale. I first laid my lips on this sweet nectar two summers ago and I was never the same after that moment. It was a magnificent fusion of spicy ginger, tart lime juice, and a hint of refreshing mint. Pure genius.”

Blog: Micki Current (“a photography and lifestyle blog”)
Take on: Shooting Star
Excerpt: “Our favorite restaurant is Northstar Cafe, hands down, and one of my favorite drinks to order is their Shooting Star. I made my own version of it at home and wanted to share the recipe.”

Blog: The Kitchn (More like a full-blown website, and an expansive resource for kitchen tips, recipes, etc.)
Take on: Northstar Burger
Excerpt: “Even before we’d been to the Northstar Cafe in Columbus, Ohio, we’d heard about their veggie burgers. “They are unlike any other veggie burger you’ve ever had,” we were promised by both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. We’ll give you one guess what we ordered when we finally made it to the restaurant ourselves!”

Blog: Dispatch Kitchen (incorporated within the Columbus Dispatch’s website)
Take on: Northstar Burger
Excerpt: “Northstar Cafe, which has three Columbus locations, has mastered its veggie burger. The restaurant’s version includes beets, which give it both the red color associated with ground meat and a wonderful earthy flavor.”

Blog: A Couple Bites
Take on: Northstar Burger
Excerpt: ”A couple years ago Keith and I moved to Columbus, Ohio and stumbled upon a restaurant in the Short North district that soon became one of our favorites – Northstar Café. We ate at this restaurant for two years, and I am not lying when I say that we liked everything we ate at this restaurant. With gourmet food made with local ingredients in a casual atmosphere, it was the perfect place to enjoy any meal. One of our favorite menu items was the Northstar Burger…”

Blog: Choosing Healthy
Take on: Vegan versions of Buddha Bowl & Big Burrito 
Excerpt: “Here in town we have a great restaurant called Northstar Cafe. It has been my go-to place for healthy, fresh, creative vegetarian food for the last 5 years or so.”

Blog: CBGeneva (Lifestyle blog representing Crate & Barrel’s Geneva, IL store)
Take on: Wild Rice Salad
Excerpt:  ”When I saw a picture of @CBColumbus’s lunch a few weeks ago, I was instantly intrigued. Next to this gorgeous, delicious looking burger was a rice salad. Not your typical side for a beef patty sandwiched between a bun. My food CSI instincts started to kick in to decipher what made up this rice concoction. I was able to pick out the wild rice, parsley and almonds but wanted the exact recipe. I needed to make this salad!”

Blog: Turntable Kitchen
Take on: Northstar Burger
Excerpt: “This past Christmas, Matt and I happened upon a little slice of awesomeness in Columbus, Ohio called The Northstar Cafe… Surprisingly, the most famous dish of the restaurant is a vegetarian burger made with beets, brown rice and black beans. Now, I know that it has taken me a long time to come to terms with beets, and even start to appreciate them. But if there was any one dish that would make a person change their mind about these veggies, this burger would be it.”

Blog: Mag-Pies & More
Take on: Big Burrito and Cloud 9 Pancakes (via the Kitchn)
Excerpt: “I have never had a breakfast burrito, or any burrito for that matter, that even compares to Northstar’s. I would eat anything in this burrito on its own, but the combination of ingredients together is so delicious!”

Blog: Sweet Peas and Pumpkins (Jessica, the author of this blog, featured Northstar Cafe in Gourmet’s picks for “Top 10 Healthy Restaurants” earlier this year.)
Take on: Northstar Burger
Excerpt:  ”This recipe is my attempt at veggie burger nirvana. Northstar clearly uses beets in their burger, because not only do they taste like a regular burger, they look like one too, with the red beets substituting for red meat.”

Blog: Heather Homemade
Take on: Guacamole
Excerpt: “This recipe is a recreation of guac from one of our favorite restaurant hang-outs in Columbus, which we already miss. Everything there was perfect, consistent and delicious.”

2 responses to Eh, Close Enough: Bloggers’ Attempts at Recreating our Recipes

  1. Wow, it was great to re-visit some of these, and discover others that I hadn’t seen. I remember reading the Dispatch recipe when it was first printed. Its amazing how the recipes can seem MORE complicated when people try to recreate them (Simplicity & Efficiency, anyone?)

    My favorite part about “The Kitchn” is the comments section, where people can write that either they once were, or their significant other once was, a staff member, and it totally has ______ in it.

  2. I once made guacamole on my own and used avocado chunks instead of mashing it all together. Somehow, I wasn’t included in this article.

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