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My 15 Minutes of Fame are Up.

Posted by CMH Gourmand on January 11, 2009

I was in Columbus Alive. Thanks John Ross.

CMH Gourmand in Columbus Alive

Here is the backstory. There is an unwritten code among Columbus Food bloggers and many of the food writers (I do both), we avoid being photographed to maintain our covert status. In my case the anti-photography stance goes deeper, I have had a smile impairment since I was a child. A camera appears and my ability to smile disappears, sometimes I can pull off a smirk, but no more. This has been the bane of my ex-girlfriends and my mom.

When John contacted me about the story, I explained that like rock stars requesting only green M&M’s, I needed to obscure my face. The result may have been the longest photography shoot in Alive history. Thanks to Jodi Miller for an exceptional job with the shot, I am sure she took at least 50 photos.

The photo with the margarita was taken at Aztecas.

I was also on a panel for the first Columbus Underground Podcast. Thanks Walker Evans.

Columbus Underground Podcast 1

The ultra cool Kelly Stevelt-Kaser and uber urban savvy Dawon Hawkins teamed with me and Walker to talk urban development, transportation, the local arts scene, new restaurants, festivals, fashion and such. You hear some cross-podination in Columbus Foodcast; Walker appears in Episode 30 (Another 48 Hours in Columbus).

This is what happens when the camera comes out.


me again

5 Responses to “My 15 Minutes of Fame are Up.”

  1. Erik said

    Is that Jim, or Alton Brown?

  2. Hollie said

    Nice article in Alive…love the photo!

  3. Amanda said

    That’s awesome!! Congrats 🙂

  4. Great article…and even if we couldn’t see you smile, you’re eyes seem to be smiling in your interview photo :)Nice!

  5. Rebecca B. said

    Very interesting-I didn’t know that this was your life outside of work (which is really nice). Very impressed. I like eating out too but not as much as you do! Have you ever tried Middle Eastern food? If not, there is a restaurant on Cleveland Ave by Rt 161 called Lazeeza. They have a website- You should try it sometime-it’s pretty good and moderately priced. Much better that Firdous and Aladdin’s in my opinion (not because I know the owner-trying to be objective as possible). Hope you try it and like it!

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