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The Graeter’s Ice Cream Truck debuted in Columbus this summer. For many people this is not news, Graeter’s has been in Columbus since 1988 with over a dozen locations throughout the city and plenty of half-gallons available in stores. However, I think this is worth noting for a few reasons. First for a company which has been around since 1870, a mobile operation is downright new-fangled (maybe it was peer pressure from the youngsters from Schmidt’s who have only been around since the 1880’s).
The truck has stayed busy out on the town most days of the week and hitting special events and festivals on the weekends. It is a perfect way for the company to expand brand awareness and grow on site catering.
The menu is simple, a scaled down version with a limited number of flavors available in cones, cups, sundaes and milkshakes.
A nice feature to the truck is a large video screen which shows videos of how the ice cream is made and other information about Graeter’s, it is a good way to pass the time and learn while waiting for a scoop.
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For the uninitiated, an Aebelskiver is essentially a pancake ball of Nordic/Danish origin prepared in a specially-cast iron pan and traditionally served with either powdered sugar or fruit preserves.
That may make one wonder what in the world an “Aebelskabel” is, as in Alice’s Aebelskabels, a food truck that has been offering Danish aebelskivers to diners in the Columbus area since the summer of 2015.
One need only read the family story of food truck owner Hilary Meilen, which is conveniently posted alongside the truck’s ordering window, to learn of the colorful story behind the spelling. The tale details her grandmother (and the food truck’s namesake) Alice’s journey to the west coast during the earlier part of the 20th century and her marriage into a Danish family in the Solvang, California area (the self-proclaimed “Danish Capital of America.”) The “Aebelskabel” turns out to be her family’s phonetic mispronunciation of this Danish staple.
Regardless of pronunciation or spelling, Alice’s expands on the traditional preparations (generally the sweeter variations) by offering specialty savory renditions such as prosciutto and swiss, pizza, and pepper jack. Side garnishes such as powdered sugar, maple syrup and fruit preserves are available as well, either sprinkled on top of the aebelskivers or off to the side per your preference.
Uniform to all preparations was the pancake ball itself. Using a longtime family recipe, Hilary makes your aebelskivers to order. These lovely golden-brown spheroids provide a nicely crispy exterior and an airy pillow of fried dough blanketing whatever fillings you might have ordered stuffed within. The best bet here is to go with your mood (sweet or savory) and you’ll more likely than not get something quite enjoyable.
(Note: originally posted in the “The 614ortyniner” blog.)
2141 Indianola Ave (corner of Norwich) by Tree of Life Church, parking in rear lot
Thursday-Friday 7am-1pm, Saturday 8am-1pm
Phone: (614) 715-0906
Perched just north of OSU Campus, Early Bird Food Truck serves beignets (regular and filled), donuts, hand pies (they go quick), One Line Coffee and in the near future, perhaps a French style ham and cheese sandwich. The beignets can be dusted with powdered or cinnamon sugar. Fillings include custard, nutella, peanut butter and more. The menu is small, the concept is simple and for early risers, that simplicity can make the early morning rise that much easier. Owner Libby Glover is an accomplished and trained baker who managed the bakery at Hills Market in the past and has been a frequent farmers market purveyor.
One my survey run I tried a variety of beignets. They were great – fresh with great flavor, just take the first bite of a filled beignet very carefully – or you may lose some filling. You can enjoy your food on site at a few tables under a tree or take them to go and see how long you can go before you start to eat your goodies in the car.
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One part inspiration and one part lucky break lead husband and wife Paul and Leslie Humphrey to launch their mobile creperie earlier this month. They were inspired by their European honeymoon and then opportunity found them in the form of some friends offering up a crepe cart logo they had been working on. Although they hadn’t had any experience in the food industry, they decided to take the plunge and try and offer people the same experience they enjoyed during their time in Europe.
Leslie’s can currently be found at Pearl Alley market on Tuesdays and Fridays, on Broad street near Third on Monday and Wednesday for Breakfast and Lunch and on Third Thursday evenings on 5th Avenue in Grandview outside the Twisted Vine. They have lots of plans for other locations and events so, check their Facebook page for up to date locations and hours.
Leslie’s offers a choice of sweet and savory crepes, as well as Illy coffee. The crepes are left on the grill longer than at other creperies resulting in a crispier crepe. We tried two of their savory offerings: the feta, egg and spinach and the new vegetarian crepe.
The crepes are substantial and made a filing lunch. The spinach, feta and egg was our favorite: a crispy crepe with the salty kick of feta, fresh spinach leaves and cooked to order scrambled egg. Doesn’t it look good?
The vegetarian was similar to a quesadilla, with black bean salsa, sour cream and grated cheese. I suggested melting the cheese more and having some optional hot sauce and Paul was very receptive to the feedback. He admitted that they were still working out some of the kinks and tweaking their menu.
We’re looking forward to a return visit to try the sweet crepes.