17 Sep 2014

Date #79: Guest Blogger! Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Brunch + Flight + Tour

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Hi again, it’s me Alphonso. About a year ago I guest blogged about what was probably my most epic date ever! Without further ado… 
this week’s cheap & creative $20Date is…

 Brunch + Tour!

*disclaimer: brunch is NOT included in the $20 total*

What: Wolf’s Ridge – Restaurant and Brewery
Where: 215 N 4th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
When: Tu–Th 10:30a–11p, F 10:30a–12a, Sa 10a–12a, Su 10a–10p, M Closed
Website: wolfsridgebrewing.com

For awhile now, I had noticed this cool looking restaurant on 4th Street as I whizzed by on my daily commute.  The huge windows made me feel as if I too were part of a fancy, exclusive club. You can notice the beauty from outside, but it’s better to admire its beauty up close. I did my research on this place, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, to see what it was all about. Their website is on point and I found out through their website that it’s a brewery and a restaurant. Also, they give free tours of the brewery every Saturday at noon #somuchwin. After reading this, I just HAD to go. I made my reservations online through their cool app for 11:45 AM just to be safe and get there before the noon tour, but they were cool with me eating at my leisure and going on a tour after. I was pumped! But I just needed an accomplice…

$20Dates1My date this time was actually my fellow Social Worker cohort that I graduated with at The Ohio State University turned good friend (Random fact of the day: I was totes crushing on her throughout our senior year). We were both warmly greeted as we walked through the door. (Everyone was so nice & warm throughout our experience there!) The two of us were served the cutest brunch plates I’ve ever personally seen in my life. Our server asked us how the food was then our hostess checked up on us a couple times and even told us that Bob would be over to take us on our tour. The whole time I’m like, “Stahp it…you’re too kind!”

After we were finished eating, Bob came over & took us below to show us where their future tap room would be, then he took us to where they brew their beers while he explained the process. I asked a little about their beers and Bob said that I could get a flight of 5/9 of their flavors. The lady and I opted to actually get all 9.$20Dates

WP_20140823_026Our bartender, Andrew, said he could pour us each of the 9 beers and pour us our favorite as our 10th drink but right then I wondered what a suicide would taste like. I asked Andrew if it that was possible, he said yes and mixed all 9 drinks. Later, I asked him if we could name the drink after me and he jokingly said he could do that off the books. As a reply, I said that I would send people in and tell them to ask for a “Fonz.” {So ask for a “Fonz” next time you see Andrew there. 😉 } When Nicole & I came back at a later time, Andrew greeted me with, “Welcome back Alphonso.” That’s when I was officially sold on this place, the staff is amazing. I’ve been recommending it to my friends ever since then, and I highly recommend it to you.


Total: $16 Flight + FREE tour + $4 tip= $20
[brunch = $20 by itself, but oh-so worth it!]

Happy Dating,


17 Jun 2014

Date Idea THIS WEEKEND: Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival

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What: Great music + delicious food + local artisans + many more activities!
Where:  Creekside Park & Plaza – 123 Mill Street in Gahanna
When: Friday 6/20 (5p-11p), Saturday 6/21 (11a-11p) & Sunday 6/22 (12p-6p)
Cost: $5 (children under 12 FREE)
Discounts: Military with ID – Free / Sunday 12-1:30 – Free with donation of nonperishable food item / Pre-sale (until 6/18) $12 weekend wristbands @  the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau (167 Mill St.) / AAA Gahanna $1 off coupon / Use the #2014CBJF hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest – random drawing for free wristbands


cbjf2webRob & I spent time at the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival last year & had such a great time. We enjoyed awesome blues & jazz + delicious grub under the summer evening sky – perfect $20SummerDate! Mark your calendars for this fun festival this weekend! AND if you’re a whiskey fan, there’s a new event Saturday from 2-5pBourbon & Whiskey Tasting with “Whiskey Pete” :)

Happy Dating & we’ll see you in Gahanna this weekend!


17 Jun 2014

Baby Love

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The past several months have been a whirlwind for Rob & I – who knew pregnancy, changing jobs & multiple house projects would make the seasons pass by quickly?? 😉 Now a new season called parenthood has begun for Rob & I and we cannot be happier!

Welcome Baby Leo, born 5/28/14 at 7:05pm, weighing 8lbs 14 oz, measuring 20.5 inches and bearing Rob’s eyes and my nose. We have delighted in this new season of baby love and are looking forward to watching him grow and develop (but not too fast!) :)





This summer will be a refreshed season of $20Dates with Rob & I (sometimes + baby) and $20BabyDates with Leo & I :)

Happy Dating,


14 Feb 2014

<3 <3 <3

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Oh hello romance, today is your big day! 😉

If you’re like Rob & I and you’re still trying to think of ideas to celebrate with your boo, bff or group of friends, check out the wonderful Tania’s blog, Tania Explores Columbus. She’s compiled a great list of ideas for the weekend!

Also, I was sent an article from money.co.uk with great ideas for not breaking the bank this weekend. Thanks Ella for sending this my way!

And just for fun, this is a walk down Jess  & Rob’s Valentine’s Day memory lane…



2010 – our first official Valentine’s Day together :)


2011 – Friend-Love Day!


2012 – Indoor Picnic :)


2013 – Hocking Hills retreat with no picture. So this is a week after 😉 

Much Love & Happy Valentine’s Day,


08 Dec 2013

Season of Rest

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Hi $20Daters!

We’ve missed you!

As some of you might have noticed, I haven’t been around too much lately. The craziness of life finally caught up to me with a new job I started mid-September + finding out some really cool/awesome/amazing news around that same exact time…


Baby Buscemi will be making a debut in May 2014!

Rob & I are super excited :) And with all the excitement, we naturally went into a season of rest. And boy did we need some R & R! We won’t be gone for long though. Hang with us and keep an eye out for fun $20Dates in the near future (and some sweet date opportunities as well). ALSO, this would be a perfect time for anyone who has a secret desire to guest post – hint hint nudge nudge 😉

In the meantime, have a wonderful Christmas season <3

Happy Dating,

Jess & Rob