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Buckeye Beat Arts & Life for the OSU Community

MARCHING TO SUCCESS:

TBDBITL Goes Viral

December 2013


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In This Issue Buckeye Bites By the Dozen 3 Review: El Camalito

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Pride of the Buckeyes

Famous Faces

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Reminiscing with Radnor Getting Goosebumps

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Columbus’ Own The Song Birds

The Scoop Game On!

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Food Truck Frenzy Reviewing Local Food Trucks

Story by Chelsea Savage Photo by Matthew Lovett

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By the Dozen

donut shop located right under a bar sounds like a no brainer, right? Located at 1716 N. High St. underneath The Big Bar & Grill, The Little Donut Shop is the latest opening for the group that owns Big Bar, The Little Bar and The Little Barbershop. “We thought it would work down here on High Street. There are other places you can get donuts, but nothing quite like this. It’s a little bit more interesting, a little more fun. It’s something you don’t see all the time, and we thought there was a niche for it,” said Todd Ciardelli, one of the group’s managers. The Little Donut Shop opened Sept. 21, debuting about 15 flavor concoctions including maple bacon, strawberry shortcake and a classic vanilla. Mark LaHue, a third-year in finance and manager of the shop, says the Little Donut Shop is different from some of its competitors.

Check out: Milky Way Raspberry Lemonade Buckeye Maple Bacon “We have everything fresh, we don’t make a ton for the whole day. We have them ready. Every hour and a half we’re making more,” LaHue said. Since its debut, LaHue said the shop has had some struggles with its location, but overall has done well and has received a positive response from customers so far. “I think a lot of people don’t know we’re here. Some people are confused. They think we took over Big

Bar but it’s really been picking up and we’ve had a good, steady stream of people,” LaHue said. Laura Roccaforte, a fourth-year in speech and hearing science, said she thinks the Little Donut Shop will be successful. “It’s a fantastic idea, I think it’ll get a lot of business, especially being right next to the bar,” Roccaforte said. Pete Darouxis, manager of Buckeye Donuts, located at 1998 N. High St., said he thinks the Little Donut Shop is not “gonna last more than a month.” “I think for the first few weeks, there’s gonna be a lot of people over there out of curiosity, but then I think all of our regular customers will start coming back and (the Little Donut Shop) won’t last,” Darouxis said. The Little Donut Shop is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The donuts are $1 each, a half dozen is $5 and a dozen is $8.

El Comalito Grade: BReview and photo by Matthew Lovett The Mexican-style food truck inspires two feelings: excitement and suspicion. Whether you end up following through with a purchase is truly up to which feeling you hold more, the latter feeling clearly questioning the quality of the food from a vehicle. I personally get excited. Especially when one of these particular mobile eateries, El Comalito, moved right into my neck of the woods (it’s in closer proximity than just my woods, I can literally see the truck from my porch). El Comalito’s fare is largely to be expected, similar to that of trucks and restaurants of the like, including big chain cousin Chipotle. The choice comes down to how you want your pile of vegetables, sauce and meat/ protein wrapped: taco, burrito, quesadilla, tostada or torta, all of which are arguably the same meal, nuanced by the tortilla’s position. This spot distinguishes itself from the competition by offering a breakfast menu, which is conveniently served all day. This menu mirrors that of the aforementioned with slight alterations, generally adding eggs to the mix. I chose my first El Comalito meal from this menu: it was one of

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237 King Ave., in front of Viking Premium Beverages.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily

the day’s specials for $5. El Comalito Sandwich was basic in composition: carnitas (pork), eggs, avocado and jalapeno aioli were mashed between two toasted pieces of bread. Sounds like craveable, ultra-savory breakfast food, right? Unfortunately, it did not prove to be as aperitive as its ingredients would imply. The carnitas were a tad bland, the avocado seemed to be only a dense filler. The taste of fried egg was the strongest, which I suppose made the sandwich a fitting item for the breakfast menu.

I knew from trusted word of mouth this could not have been a signifier for all of El Comalito’s offerings. Going back, I went for a barbacoa (beef) burrito ($6, which is about as expensive as it gets here) with all of the fixings: lettuce, tomato, cheese, rice, beans and sour cream. Saucing it up with one of their several, help-yourself bowls of varying spiciness, the experience was a 180 from the breakfast meal. The meat was exactly how you would fantasize it to be — tender and flavorful — and all of its toppings introduced themselves nicely without being overbearing. Admittedly, this is sort of superfluous in discussing burritos, but one of these from El Comalito is truly what the body craves. This stand clearly excels in the traditional realm, and consumers should consider this when going. Regardless, as is standard with food trucks, it is cheap eats and ought to be pursued as such (you get what you pay for).


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From viral videos to a ‘Today Show’ Appearance, TBDBITL’s halftime shows attract national attention

Pride of the Buckeyes Story by Elizabeth Tzagournis Photos by Ritika Shah

After Michael Jackson’s mother called the director and two consecutive halftime shows went viral, it seems the Ohio State Marching Band might be starting a streak to rival that of the undefeated football team. A BuckeyeTV video of a Michael Jackson tribute halftime show during the OSU football game against Iowa Oct. 19 had more than 7.8 million views as of Wednesday evening, and a YouTube video of the “Hollywood Blockbusters” halftime show during a game against Penn State Saturday had more then 8.7 million. With all the attention it’s getting, the band, often referred to as “The Best Damn Band in the Land,” appeared on NBC’s “TODAY Show” Wednesday and has been fielding calls from media around the world, OSU Marching Band director Jon Waters said. Katherine Jackson, the late Michael Jackson’s mother, contacted Waters Oct. 24 to thank the band for its tribute to her son, Waters said. “She was very gracious (and) wanted me to thank the band members and said that on several occasions,” he said. “She was very impressed by the performance of the band and extended the congratulations and thanks of the whole family for our performance.” Waters said the attention benefits the entire university. “This has given us global outreach and that is a wonderful opportunity for us and our university and for our great students,” Waters said. “(If) that inspires some fifth grade or some fourth (grade) kid to say to his or her mom, ‘Hey, I’d like to play in the band someday,’ then we’ve done our job. We’ve inspired the next generation of musicians and I think that’s a great thing.”

An OSU trumpet player marches during a halftime show

Marching Band member Garry Kupfner poses with his sousaphone.

TBDBITL performs their tribute to Michael Jackson

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