Monday, January 20, 2014

The Olive Tree Cafe

Written By:  Dani Livelsberger
Photographer: Andrew Livelsberger

Have you ever watched a food travel show and envied the five-star treatment that the host gets from the executive chefs and restaurant owners?

At The Olive Tree, I felt like this kind of VIP.  When my husband and I arrived, we received a warm welcome.  The restaurant is a hidden gem in a strip mall; however, once inside the sights and scents make you forget the store front. 

Based on the reviews I had read, I knew to order the Tree-o appetizer.  The house made hummus made me sing!  A silky smooth texture with a nutty finish.   The stuffed grape leaves were so fresh and full of flavor that my husband and I fought over the last one.  

During our delightful meal, the owner came by and welcomed us as if we were related.  He asked us if it was our first visit and we replied yes, his smile lit up the room.  He told us some history and even introduced some other diners.  We not only felt welcome but we felt as if we belonged.

The delightful meal was perfect from the outstanding seafood soup to the delicate baklava.  The service, the ambiance, and the food provided the five star experience that I only thought you could get as a celebrity or food critic.  It is evident that the staff appreciates every patron and considers everyone family.

So whether it's date night, a family celebration, or you are just craving some Mediterranean treats.  The Olive Tree will not let you down.  They know that dining out should be more than just about great food.  Enjoy!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Jeffrey Mansion

Jeffrey Park is the home to Jeffrey Mansion.  This wonderful area is under the jurisdiction of the Bexley Parks and Recreation Department.

The building itself is magnificent and the surrounding ground are filled with hiking trails in the woods, fields for picnicing, playgrounds for the little ones, tennis and basketball courts.

Main entrance and front of the mansion

It is a great place for families to have a great time.  You'll be able to see from the images below that this is one place you will not want to miss.

Rear of the mansion

Quiet spots with benches can be found all around.

Pathways between the different levels of the mansion grounds.

Just one of the many trails.  Beautiful colors can be seen in the fall.

A gazebo at the front of the park grounds.