Road Trip Part I: Columbus, Ohio

Hello, friends!  I’m still here.  Between work, events and vacation, June was an absolute whirlwind.  Our vacation started June 20th, and 13 days, 2,944 miles (and one blowout, a new set of brakes and a replaced wheel bearing) later, our trip came to a close.  We spent a few days recuperating, but now that we’re officially back into the swing of things, I think it’s time we catch up.

The next few posts will recap some of the cities we visited and the food we ate, then I’m hoping to provide some tips for eating vegan while traveling.  New recipes and perhaps even a giveaway are on the horizon as well–so let’s get started, shall we?

Our vacation started as a trip to Pennsylvania to spend quality time with Erik’s parents and attend his family reunion, but it quickly morphed into a full-fledged road trip that took us to a number of cities, reunited us with old friends and provided Erik the opportunity to show me around some of his childhood stomping grounds.

We loaded up the car and hit the road for our first stop:  Columbus, Ohio.

Vitamix on Vacation You know you’re vegan when taking your Vitamix with you on vacation is a must, right?

We stayed the first night in Columbus with one of Erik’s old roommates.  He is a professor at OSU, so we took a brief tour around the campus the next morning–it’s massive, and the landscaping is beautiful with lots of lush greenery and ponds. OSU Before leaving Columbus, we made a stop at Pattycake Bakery, a cute and all-vegan bakery just down the road from OSU.  I was so excited to find this place!  The folks inside were incredibly nice and helpful.  And just look at the selection! Pattycake Bakery - Columbus, Ohio We snagged a sweet Raspberry Almond Cutout Cookie, a decadent Lovely Lemon Cupcake and a marvelous Marry Me Blueberry Muffin for the road.  The cupcake and muffin were so large they lasted several days.  I’m a sucker for anything lemon, but all three items were baked perfection.

Raspberry Almond Cutout Cookie, Lovely Lemon Cupcake & Merry Me Blueberry Muffin from Pattycake Bakery. I hope you’ll get the chance to try some of the delicious treats from Pattycake Bakery.  It is located at 3009 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio.  If you can’t make it in person, no worries, you can purchase many of the goodies online.

Next stop:  Lancaster, Pennsylvania!

What exciting plans do you have for the summer?


  1. says

    I think it’s awesome that you took your Vitamix on the road with you! I’ve never done that before, but I wouldn’t put it past me. I can’t wait to see what you found along the way. How great to discover an all-vegan bakery at Pattycake Bakery. I’ll keep that in mind if I’m ever in Ohio! Isn’t it lovely to be home again? As fun as it is to travel, it always feels good to be back in your own familiar zone again.

    • says

      As soon as we knew we were driving, we knew the Vitamix was going along with us. It helped ensure we got a good start to our day each morning, which was even more important to me while traveling, but we also used the Vitamix to introduce his family to a lot of easy-to-make, nutritious foods.

      I had such a wonderful time, but yes, is so nice to be back in our city, our home, our bed, our kitchen, etc. (and to not be living out of a suitcase!). :)

  2. Jaymie says

    Like Cadry, I think it’s awesome you took your Vitamix with you, too. It wouldn’t have occurred to me to do that! The box from Pattycake looks so tempting. They wouldn’t have even lasted several hours with me around! (: Can’t wait to read about the rest of your trip. I’m glad you had a good vacation. Welcome home.

    • says

      Thanks, Jaymie! It was so nice taking the Vitamix along with us so we could easily enjoy a smoothie most mornings (and use it to make other meals). The treats from Pattycake were tempting indeed–it took a little willpower to make them last!

  3. says

    It really pays a lot to know good people with every place you go to. And bringing a vitamix is a very good idea. Why haven’t I think of that before? but at least now I know what to include on my list the next time I travel and by the way the pattycake bakery sure looks very cute. I’m sure even kids will love this place.

  4. Courtney says

    If ever you’re in Columbus again, youll have to stop at this bar called Hal & Al’s. It’s this great place about 10 minutes away from campus and downtown near the German village. Everything is vegan and absolutely delicious. They have lots of great bar foods. It’s awesome.

    • says

      I don’t know when, but With Erik’s parents living out East, I’m sure we will be driving through Columbus again at some point. Thanks for the suggestion…I just took a gander at their menu online and it looks like a place we’d enjoy!


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