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Locavorism…it’s not as dirty as it sounds

A “locavore” is someone who chooses to only eat foods produced locally – usually within a 100-mile radius, if you like round numbers. If fact, Athens residents can easily subscribe to a 30-mile meal plan. I haven’t been to any city where actually living by this is rule is easier than Athens. Maybe San Francisco, but the percentage of stores and restaurants – not to mention the world-class farmers market – that offer local products is much higher here than in the Golden City.

Here is a nice map detailing a handful of these spots. I know there are more, so please add your favorite locavore-friendly establishments to the map and keep the movement going!



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Best Beer in Town

One of the first bars I was told when I moved here that I had to check out in Athens was Jackie O’s. I’ve been going there pretty regularly and haven’t been disappointed yet.

The place is a nice bar with good food (try the fish and chips) and great beer, most of which is brewed on-location.

Recently, I had the good fortune to take a tour of the facility and interview the joint’s brewmaster, Brad. I found that Brad, or B.C. as he’s more familiarly called, has got a pretty sweet job. The OU alumnus (he majored in creative writing, for all you aspiring brewmasters out there) gets to make delicious and intriguing recipes all day.

The bar has been a fixture of Athens’ annual ‘Ohio Brew Week,’ during which home-brewers from all over the state converge on the city to show off their best craft beers. Jackie O’s and its brewmaster have been featured on, a site that, well, rates beers (as well as reports on all things beer).

Needless to say, Jackie O’s is a gem. Athens is lucky to have it around and so am I. So get out, get down, drink some good beer and support some great people making even better beer.

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The Unanswerables

These days, many people immediately jump to Google or Bing for their Web searching needs. These sites are fantastic, I’ll be the first to admit. But I came across this list of “unanswerable questions” compiled by Ask, or Ask Jeeves.

According to this BBC article, the site compiled the list based on over 1.1 billion questions asked over the past decade. Most are predictable, but some are not – I love the “Did Tony Soprano die?”Ask Jeeves gave a minimal attempt to answer each one but left the floor open to comments. It’s worth a look.

So in the same spirit, I’d like to offer a few of my ‘Athens Unanswerables:’

1. What is the University saying about its students’ level of fitness if they installed escalators in place of just three flights of stairs in Baker Center?

2. If Thursday is the new Friday, and Monday is the new Sunday, do we need to have classes anymore?

3. If a paw paw tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

4. How many hours will I have to spend on my thesis?

If you have answers to these, or your own Athens Unanswerables, please share.

Maybe we will unearth some universal truth.

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