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Living the Nom Life in Ohio with @Nom_Life

Rikki Teeters

Our favorite Ohio Foodie Instagram is @Nom_Life! They know of the best places to find the most delicious food all over Ohio! Their Insta page features thousands of top notch Ohio noms. We were fortunate enough to interview Ewa & Jeromy about their Life of Noms!

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Question 1: What are your favorite restaurnts in Ohio's biggest cities - Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati?

Cleveland

If we're in Cleveland, we're getting dim sum whether we want to or not (we always want to). It's a family tradition to gather at least 10 relatives and set up base at either Bo Loong, Li Wah or Emperor's Palace on a Sunday afternoon. When ordering off the rolling carts, be sure to get: ha gao (shrimp dumplings), sui mai (pork dumplings), sticky rice with meat filling, cheung fun (various meat fillings wrapped in rice noddle), dan ta (egg tart), and cha siu bao (BBQ pork bun). These are some recommendations, but really, you should give everything a try. The great part about dim sum is that it’s all small portions (like Chinese tapas). You'd also be remiss if you didn't order a dish of beef ho fun.

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Columbus

Columbus is an eclectic place for food with a lot of different options. A fun way to spend a weekend night with friends is at Gogi on Bethel Road. If you've ever had Korean BBQ, you know that this the experience is just as much about having fun as it is about the food. We recommend ordering one of their 3 meat combos (or more, depending on how big your group is). When they bring it out, you get to cook the food on a grill, which is built right into the table! You get a bunch of side dishes, called banchan, with each combo, so the variety is there. You can never go wrong with the steamed egg or spicy beef soup either. Next, you’ll want to order copious amounts of soju. Enough to take a group shot every 10 minutes.

After dinner, you should hit up The Voice Karaoke Bar (near OSU campus) to keep the good times rolling.

Cincinnati

Our favorite spot in Cincy is Sotto , no question about it. This Italian restaurant is located right downtown and features one of our favorite dishes ever (more on that later). When you get inside, and go down into the basement for the dining room, you’ll find a very dim light atmosphere. You get the vibe that this is a classy joint. However, you’ll be pleasantly surprised as it is quite lively. The menu itself focuses on simple, rustic Italian fare. However, the spotlight dish is the truffle pasta. The perfect amount of truffle flavor drapes the pristine cooked pasta to create the ultimate umami flavor for your lucky mouth. This was better than some of the truffle dishes we had in Italy, no joke! We’re not sure if this dish is always on the menu, so you’ll want to check beforehand.

Image via SottoCincinnati.com

Image via SottoCincinnati.com

Question 2: What is your favorite type of cuisine and where is your favorite local place to eat it?

We both grew up with, and love all kinds of Asian food. For Ewa, Japanese food is a must. Tensuke Market is our favorite anytime spot in Columbus. This spot is a Japanese grocery store/restaurant hybrid. They offer tasty Japanese street meals such as udon, curry rice and yakitori. However, where they really shine is the sushi. They share a fish plug with Akai Hana (the neighboring Japanese restaurant which they also own). The fish is high-quality and affordable — 2 things that go really well together.

For Jeromy, his favorite hangover cure meal is Arirang , a Korean grocery store with a little restaurant in the back (sensing a trend yet?). You’ll get a bunch of banchan with your meal and you can do some grocery shopping after! What makes that even better? That their soups are only $6.99.

Must Try Item

At Tensuke -- Any of the sushi rolls, nigiri or sashimi. You can customize your order at the sushi window, or grab a pre-made pack to go. Another bomb dish is their tonkatsu curry over rice. At Arirang, their top dish is the Yuk Gae Jang (spicy beef and vegetable soup).

Question 3: What is your favorite dish & Where can we find it in Ohio?

You could sneak into Jeromy’s dad’s house and see if he’d make you his famous Chinese style spare ribs. But, if you’re not down for that, our next favorite dish is Shrimp Paste Ong Choy (xia jong ong choy). This is a very simple dish, but might not be for everyone -- The shrimp paste flavor can be overwhelming to some. It’s Ong Choy (a kind of Chinese vegetable), sauteed in shrimp paste and garlic. They serve it at most sit-down Chinese restaurants, even if you don’t see it on the menu. Just be sure to drink a bunch of tea and eat some mints after, because your breathe will be kickin’.

Question 4: How did you get the idea to start Nom_Life?

Our lives have always centered around food. Jeromy's family owned a restaurant and Ewa's father has worked in the food industry for over 25 years. We even met while working at Ho Wah Chinese restaurant in Cleveland (shout out!) Growing up, both of us knew how much blood, sweat and tears go into the restaurant business. But it’s all worth it because food is something that brings people together. Whether it's a first date, a family gathering or a group of old friends getting together -- the meal may be temporary, but the moment can become a favorite memory.

We originally started the Nom Life IG for fun. There wasn’t really a greater goal, other than to showcase the food that we love and to highlight places that we frequented. As our follower base grew, we started using the platform to encourage people to try new places or dishes that may be outside of their comfort zone. Hopefully, they create a great memory by visiting the spots that we feature!

What has been your favorite part of the Nom_Life journey?

Our favorite part of the Nom Life journey has definitely been the people. We’ve been lucky to meet so many talented chefs, bartenders and people in the food industry. These people help to shape the culinary scene in Columbus and in the other cities we visit. We can feel the passion and dedication these people put in their work, and we appreciate their drive.In addition, our followers have been our biggest inspiration. It’s really rewarding to have such an active following who we can engage with and share (or receive) restaurant and food recommendations. We love and appreciate everyone who follows us. It is incredibly exciting when someone posts a picture or tags us in a photo of a restaurant they tried because they saw it on our page.

Why do you enjoy exploring Ohio?

The best part of exploring Ohio are the surprises. When people picture Ohio, they imagine flat farmland as far as the eye can see. While it’s true that this covers most of the state, the hidden gems are what make the exploration worth it. Taking a trip to the newly renovated Edgewater Park in Cleveland (which you previously saw a fish die in the water at), you’re surprised by how beautiful of a little beach it is now. Or, walking through any of the state's’ Metro Parks, you’ll be surprised at how expansive the sprawling forests are. How about visiting The Wilds in Zanesville and being surprised that the largest wildlife conservation center in North America is right in our backyard? Seriously, you get to drive right up to the rhinos!

Follow @Nom_Life on Instagram to Explore Ohio's delicious noms with E&J!

Swensons: Ohio's Best Cheeseburgers

Rikki Teeters

We always take extra time to explore the local Ohio communities when we are in town for a Popup Shop! During our recent trip to Akron, we visited the famous Swensons! They are popular for their special cheeseburgers called the Galley Boy. OMG! These burgers were amazing! They even had plenty of options for vegetarians (which we always appreciate). Swensons stays true to their roots with their classic Drive-in Diner design and servers on skates! We loved our Swensons experience and will be back soon.

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150+ Women-led Businesses in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

Acupuncture

Stacey A Kent. Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine - Columbus, OH http://staceyakent.com

Art

Gray Haus Studios - Bay Village, OH http://www.grayhausstudios.com

Trina Ross - Pickerington, OH https://www.facebook.com/trrpaintings?hc_location=ufi

Little Mugshots - Columbus, OH https://www.littlemugshots.com/

Artique Gallery - Middletown, OH http://artiqueframing.com

Automotive

Alternative Auto Care - Columbus, OH www.alternativeautocare.com

Beauty

State of Face Makeup Artistry - Columbus, OH http://www.stateofface.com

BCS Beauty Distributor - Hilliard, OH http://www.bcsbeautydistributors.com

Lucky 13 Salon - Clintonville, OH lucky13salon.com

Behavioral Support

Unified Solutions Behavioral Support, LLC - Cuyahoga Falls, OH www.usbehavioralsupport.com

Bloggers

Girl About Columbus - Columbus, OH www.girlaboutcolumbus.com

The Eco-Friendly Family - Cincinnati, OH http://theecofriendlyfamily.com

Business

Enhancements To Your Workplace, Inc. - Middletown, OH http://www.enhancementstoyourworkplaceinc.com/ 

Improv Edge - Powell, OH www.ImprovEdge.com

Cleaning Service (Eco-Friendly)

Green Sweep - Hudson, OH https://www.facebook.com/Green-Sweep-309162745856554/

Community

Girls on the Run Greater Cincinnati - Cincinnati, OH http://www.gotrcincinnati.org

Way Finding Women - Cincinnati, OH http://www.wayfindingwomen.com

The Campfire Experience - Columbus, OH www.thecampfireexperience.com

Handmade Toledo - Toledo, OH www.handmadetoledo.com

Gild Collective - Cincinnati, OH www.gildcollective.com/

Girl Develop It - Cincinnati, OH https://www.girldevelopit.com/chapters/cincinnati

Kingswell - Middletown, OH http://www.kingswell.us

Custom Window Treatments

JMittman Designs - Columbus, OH https://www.facebook.com/EndocrinologyAssociates/?fref=ts

Design

Ward Company Designs - Cincinnati, OH http://www.wardcompanydesigns.com/

Education

Focus Tutoring and Educational Services - Columbus, OH http://www.focusohio.net/

Renegade Learning LLC - Cincinnati, OH http://www.renegadelearning.com/

Employment Services

Acloche Professional Staffing - Columbus, OH http://www.acloche.com/

Event Venue

The Windamere - Middletown, OH https://www.thewindamere.com/

Farm

Meadow Rise Farm - Bellville, OH https://www.facebook.com/meadowrisefarm/

Fashion / Jewelry

Tatum Bradley & Co. - Warren, OH http://www.etsy.com/shop/TatumBradleyCo

Finola Jewelry - Cincinnati, OH - https://fino.la/

Origami Owl-Carla New, Independent Designer - Columbus, OH https://carlanew.origamiowl.com/

Spoilers Diffuser Jewelry - Beverly, OH http://spoilersdiffuserjewelry.com

Film & Video Production

Little Sprig Productions - Cincinnati, OH http://littlesprig.com/

Fitness

Brickhouse Cardio Club - Gahanna, OH http://brickhousecardiogahanna.com/

Floral / Weddings

Passiflora Studio - Marietta, OH www.passiflorastudio.com/

Dew Drop Flower Shoppe - Seville, OH https://www.dewdropflowershoppe.com/

Sheri Strebelow Floral Design - Medina, OH https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sheri-Strebelow-Floral-Design/1502033586759942

Food, Drinks and Sweets

Straight Shot Coffee - Middletown, OH www.sshotcoffee.com

The Joyful Table - Mansfield, OH http://thejoyfultable.net

Sweet Mary's Bakery, Ltd - Akron, OH http://www.sweetmarysbakery.com

Ridiculously Good Salsa - Columbus, OH www.rgoodsalsa.com

Al's Delicious Popcorn - Columbus, OH http://www.alspopcorn.com

Mockingbird's Cafe - Middletownd, OH https://www.facebook.com/mockingbirdscoffee/

Triple Moon Coffee Company - Middletown, OH https://www.facebook.com/triplemooncoffee/

The Original Sub Shop & Deli - Toledo, OH www.originalsub.com

Sugar Bomb Confections - Cleveland, OH http://sugarbomb216.com/

Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes - Avon Lake, OH www.kelseyelizabethcakes.com/

Floured Apron - Aurora, OH www.flouredapron.com

Sugar Lumps Cake Supply - Circleville, OH https://www.facebook.com/sugarlumpscakesupply/

Pink Peppercorn Catering - Elyria, OH http://pinkpeppercorncatering.com/

Bexley Coffee Shop - Bexley, OH https://www.facebook.com/TheBexleyCoffeeShop/

College Hill Coffee Company - Cincinnati, OH http://www.collegehillcoffeeco.com

Sitwell's Coffee House - Cincinnati, OH https://www.facebook.com/pg/sitwells.coffeehouse/about/?ref=page_internal

Donnas Gourmet Cookies - Cincinnati, OH www.donnasgourmetcookies.com

Polka Dot Cupcakery - Columbus, OH www.polkadotcupcakery.com

SweetPanda - Grove City, OH http://sweetpanda.webs.com/

Challah Food Truck - Columbus, OH https://www.facebook.com/ChallahFoodTruck/

Ice Cream Joy - Lakewood, OH http://www.iScreamJoy.com/

Street Pops - Cincinnati, OH http://streetpops.com/

Caribbean Jerks Island Bar & Grill - Lewis Center, OH www.caribbeanjerks.com

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams - Columbus, OH www.jenis.com

West Central Wine - Middletown, OH http://www.westcentralwine.com

Garden

Urban Digs Design & Garden, LLC - Columbus, OH http://www.gosmith.com/pro/2917604

Graphic Design

Pixel Salon - Cleveland, OHhttp://www.pixelsalondesign.com/

Greeting Cards

Erica DiPaolo Designs - Columbus, OH https://www.etsy.com/people/ericadipaolodesigns

Healthcare

Multimedia in Healthcare - Cincinnati, OH www.go2mih.com

The Better You Clinic & SpaCincinnati, OH http://thebetteryouclinic.com/about.html

Endocrinology Associates, Inc - Columbus, OH https://endocrinology-associates.com/

American Institute of Alternative Medicine - Columbus, OH http://www.aiam.edu/

Michele R Krohn-Harper DC CCN Inc - Dublin, OH https://www.facebook.com/Michele-R-Krohn-Harper-DC-CCN-Inc-146282342156423/

Law

Hochscheid & Associates, LLC - Cincinnati, OH www.hochscheidlaw.com

Raenell Nagel, Nagel Law LLC - Columbus, OH https://www.facebook.com/nagellawllc/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

Nancy L. Holland, Attorney at Law - Akron, OH https://www.facebook.com/nancy.h.attorney/

Attorney Carol MB Conlan - Columbus, OH https://www.linkedin.com/in/carol-conlan-37299279

Lisa M. Tome Attorney at Law - Columbus, OH http://tomeohiodefense.com/

Letterpress / Book Binding

Igloo Letterpress - Worthington, OH http://iglooletterpress.com/

Life Coaching

Fearless Family Life Coaching - Middletown, OH https://www.facebook.com/SylviaMcIntoshFamilyLifeCoach/

Magazine

Green Child Magazine - Cincinnati, OH http://www.greenchildmagazine.com/

Clutch MOV - Marietta, OH www.clutchmov.com

Maker Space for Food & Drink

The Commissary - Columbus, OH http://thecommissarycolumbus.com/

Marketing / Branding

Encompass Media Group - Columbus, OH http://www.emgmediainc.com/

B Markowitz Communications - Columbus, OH http://www.bmarkowitz.com/

Little Birdie Branding - Granville, OH www.littlebirdie-branding.com

TENFOLD - Columbus, OH http://www.tenfoldbrand.com/

Marketing / Web Development

Verve Creative - Columbus, OH www.vervecreative.com

Gifted Communications - Columbus, OH http://gifted-communications.com

Massage

Essentially Balanced, LLC - Bexley, OH http://www.essentiallybalancedmassage.com/

Embody: Therapeutic Massage & Yoga, LLC - Columbus, OH https://m.facebook.com/embody.therapeutic.massage.yoga/?hc_location=ufi

Mediation Services

Partners in Mediation, Inc. - Cincinnati, OH partnersinmediation.com

Music

Guitar Lessons by Debbie De Steno - Bowling Green, OH http://debbiedesteno.weebly.com/

Parties / Event Decor

Surprise Modern Party + Cocktail Goods - Columbus, OH www.surprisemodernparty.com/

Pet Care

Fur Star Pet Care - Columbus, OH www.furstarpetcare.com

Happy Paws Home Care - Cincinnati, OH http://www.happypawscare.com/

Just Like Home Dog Sitting - Columbus, OH https://www.facebook.com/pg/justllikehomedogsitting/about/?ref=page_internal

Jan's Pet Care - Grove City, OH https://www.facebook.com/pg/JansPetCare/about/?ref=page_internal

SitCinnati Pet Care - Cincinnati, OH https://www.facebook.com/SITcinnatipetcare/

Photo Organization

Pixelwinx - Columbus, OH http://www.pixelwinx.com/

Photography

The New Studio / You See Photography, Inc. - Loveland, OH www.thenewstudio.net

Little Adventure Columbus - Columbus, OH www.adventuresawaitphoto.com@littleadvcbus

Amy Ann Photography - Columbus, OH www.amyannphoto.com

Lala Lu - Columbus, OH http://lalaluphotog.wixsite.com/artisticphotography/newborn

Jennifer Elizabeth Photography - Cleveland, OH http://www.jenelizabethphoto.com/

Jessican Love Photography - Columbus, OH http://www.jessicalovephotography.com/

Cemoment Photography - Columbus, OH www.cemomentphotography.com

Christina Paolucci Photography - Columbus, OH www.christinapaolucci.com

Erica Kay Photography - Columbus, OH http://www.ericakayphotography.com/

ArtHeart + Soul - Columbus, OH www.heartplussoul.com/

L.A.R Weddings - Youngstown, OH http://larweddings.com/

Shutter Girls Photography LLC - Middletown, OH https://www.facebook.com/ShutterGirlsPhotography16/

Podcast Series / Production Co

Dayton Writers Movement / Unwritten Podcast - Dayton, OH www.daytonwritersmovement.com

Real Estate

Torchlight Pass - Middletown, OH http://www.torchlightpass.com/

Core Ohio Realty - Columbus, OH http://lori.coreohio.com

Kathy & Karen (K2 Team) Real Estate - Cincinnati, OH https://www.facebook.com/K2Cincy/

Preferred Properties Real Estate ServicesGrove City, OHwww.preferredpropertiesres.com

Restaurant / Food Industry

Chef-Consultant Two-Top Consulting - Columbus, OH https://www.facebook.com/2topconsulting/

Retail

SoulCraft: A Fair Trade Store - Middletown, OH https://www.facebook.com/SoulCraftFairTrade/

Centerville Knit & Crochet - Centerville, OH https://www.centervilleknits.com/

Miss Selby's Soap - Beavercreek, OH https://www.facebook.com/missselbyssoap/

AromaSoy Candles - Brunswick, OH www.aromasoycandles.etsy.com

Society - Middletown, OH https://www.facebook.com/shopohiosociety/

EHAH - Columbus, OH https://www.etsy.com/shop/ehahbeanies

Wit & Whimzy - Marietta, OH www.witnwhimzy.com

Silver Linings - Marietta, OH www.silverliningsohio.com

Twisted Sisters - Marietta, OH www.twistedsistersboutique.com

Lucca Laser Workshop - Cincinnati, OH www.luccaworkshop.com/

Totem Supply Co - Chillicothe, OH www.totemsupplyco.com/

Natterdoodle - Columbus, OH www.natterdoodle.com/

Lovely Grain Studio - Columbus, OH www.etsy.com/shop/LovelyGrainStudio

Explorer Chick - Cincinnati, OH www.explorerchick.com

The Direction - Columbus, OH www.shopthedirection.com/

Daisy Mae Designs - Columbus, OH www.etsy.com/shop/DaisyMaeDesignsShop

The Boutique Truck - Columbus, OH www.theboutiquetruck.com

Wholly Craft - Columbus, OH http://www.whollycraft.com/

Red Giraffe Designs - Columbus, OH http://www.redgiraffedesigns.com/

Tautum Bradley Co. - Warren, OH https://www.etsy.com/shop/TatumBradleyCo

Boozy Bakes - Columbus, OH www.boozybakesohio.com

ONE SIX FIVE - Jewelry Columbus, OH www.onesixfivejewelry.com

lGeo Supply Co. - Columbus, OH https://www.etsy.com/shop/GeoSupplyCo

Juniper Claire Designs - Miamisburg, OH https://www.facebook.com/juniperclairedesigns/

Goddess Blessed - Lakewood, OH http://blog.goddessblessedinc.com/

Pebby For Evee - Columbus, OH www.mypebbyforevee.com/

Linda's Other Life - Cleveland, OH www.lindasotherlife.com

Girl's Best Trend - Lakewood, OH www.girlsbesttrend.com

Planthropy - Columbus, OH www.planthropy.co

Olive Tree-  Columbus, OH http://www.olivetreeoh.com/

Hank Yarn - Cincinnati, OH http://shop.hankyarn.com/

Swan Maiden Soap - Cincinnati, OH http://swanmaidensoap.blogspot.com/

Dancing Bee Farms - Gambier, OH https://www.etsy.com/shop/DancingBeeFarms

Teri Ann's - Marietta, OH www.terianns.com/

Ohio Explored - Cincinnati, OH www.ohioexplored.com

Blessed Be Spiritual Shop - Grove City, OH https://www.facebook.com/Blessedbespiritualshop/

Haus of Heathers - Columbus, OH www.hausofheathers.com

Swan Maiden Soap, LLC - Cincinnati, OH facebook.com/swanmaidensoap

1214 Central Store - Middletown, OH https://www.facebook.com/1214CentralStore/

Household Words, LLC - New Philadelphia, OHhttps://www.etsy.com/shop/HouseHoldWords

Senior Moving Services

A Moving Experience LLC - Columbus, OH http://amovingexperiencecolumbus.com/

Spa

Bella Capelli Salone & Day Spa - Hilliard, OH http://www.bellacapellisalone.com/

Tea

Tehku Tea - Dublin, OH https://www.facebook.com/TehKuTea/@inggrie.wijaya

Technology / Big Data

Super-h, LLC - Cincinnati, OH Superhindex.com

Theater

The Nest Theatre - Columbus, OH http://nesttheatre.com@thenesttheatre

Travel

The Manini Experience - Columbus, OH http://themaniniexperience.com/

Vision Care / Retail

Vision One Optical - Upper Arlington, OH www.vision1optical.com

The Lens Butler - Northwest, OH www.thelensbutler.com

Web Development/Non-profit Consulting

Noe Ideas - Cincinnati, OH www.noeideas.com

Wedding / Event Planning

Emilie Duncan Event Planning - Powell, OH http://www.emilieduncan.com/

Yoga Studio

Haven - Middletown, OH http://havencollectiveyoga.com/

Grace Tree Yoga & Growth Studio - Cincinnati, OH www.gracetreestudio.com/

Blue Hen Yoga - Akron, OH https://www.facebook.com/blue.hen.yoga/

Ubuntu Wellness, LLC - Chardon, OH www.ubuntuwellnessohio.com

26 Powerful Photos From The Women's March on Cincinnati

Rikki Teeters

We were lucky enough to march along side our sister's and brother's in Cincinnati this weekend. On Saturday over 30,000 Ohioans gathered in cities across Ohio including Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, and Chillicothe. That doesn't include the thousands of people who marched at the Columbus Sister March the previous weekend. Women and men showed up to make their voices heard. As one woman at the march told us, "Revolution is in the air". We left the march feeling empowered, connected, and ready to change the world! Here are 26 Photos From The Women's March On Cincinnati (along with photos we took during the beautiful event).

An Autumn Stroll Through the Village of Mariemont

Rikki Teeters

We have lived near the Village of Mariemont in Ohio for the past 5 years. Every time we drive through it, it makes us smile. From the beautiful German architecture on The Mariemont Strand to the tree lined streets, this lovely little village is worth exploring soon! Make sure to stop in at the Mariemont Theater for a independent film or grab lunch at the Dilly Cafe!

This village is even more beautiful in the Fall! We just had to take a stroll through Mariemont to enjoy Ohio's nature and snap some shots with our phones! 

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