A British transplant currently living in Columbus Ohio whose addictions include black pepper, ginger, pumpkin, beets and marmite.

My favorite places in Columbus include Jeni’s, Northstar Cafe, Pistacia Vera, the North Market, Kihachi and anywhere owned by Liz Lessner.

My favorite food places in London are Wagamama, Roka, Paxton & Whitfield and Talad Thai.

My weaknesses include markets, especially farmers markets, eating, reading about food, buying books about food, listening to food programs on NPR and trying new restaurants, recipes and flavors.

Apart from food other interests include: rowing, cycling, environmental issues, geography, pilates, photography and films. This year I have been learning to play ice hockey. I am an avid recycler and novice composter and when I have time love to lie in my hammock with a good novel.

You can follow me on twitter @hungry_woolf

17 responses to “About

  1. I just found your blog – sorry for the delay – your reading list is great!!! Your entries are wonderful as well – Montreal and Moosewood are two places I have not been.


  2. Christine

    Wow! What a wonderful blog. If the geographical distance wasn’t so great, I would invite you down in a couple of months time to sample the veggies that I just planted in my garden this morning.
    Next project is fence to ensure the possums and kokatoos down harvest it all for me!

  3. Jerry Fogle

    Inigo now puts me on to your website about food. It seems we must latch on to “champagne”version Marmite, and Montreal. We’ve been to Moosewood, happily. Not so much Columbus.

  4. Justin Roberts

    Bertha. I see you like black pepper! You should get a copy of Christine McFadden’s “Pepper” (ISBN9781904573609). It’s great.

  5. karen lewis

    Hey lady
    I so enjoy your blog, wish I had more time in the day to try everything but it gives me something to aspire to and somewhere tasty to go on the web.
    Thanks, you are the bomb.

  6. Nicky


    I’m also a British (Liverpool) transplant living in Columbus. Just found your site through Restaurant Widow and I’m really enjoying it.

    Thanks so much,


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  9. I recently visited Lindey’s in beautiful German Village and I encourage you to try their new Bar Menu when you have the chance. The most expensive item on the menu is $5 (giant Kobe stuffed meatball), with several items costing just $1 (slice of pizza or kettle chips with cheese). In the middle ($3), the restaurant offers a mini burger with fries, fried calamari, and more.

    The bar menu is offered weekdays from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, with additional hours on Thursday (9 – 11 PM) and Friday & Saturday (10 PM to Midnight).

    During the weekday happy hour, wine and beer are half price, as well as any cocktail on the martini menu.

    I have tried the entire menu and think it’s great. The meatball is probably the best food value in Columbus right now – incredible!!

    I hope you have the chance to visit and review the new menu on your site.


    • hungrywoolf

      Sounds great – I have only been to Lindey’s for drinks so I will add it to my ‘places to go’ list. I also want to try the new Barrio restaurant and G Michaels.

  10. Ann Hornsey Mathis

    Hi Bethia, your mom just gave me this sites address. Wow you are very busy, with my favorite subject FOOD. If you haven’t you need to try Chicago cuisine. If your ever in my area be sure and call or email.

  11. Darnell


    I met you last night at the Slow Food event. Thanks for passing along information about your blog. What a pleasure to read! I have made reservations for G. Michael’s on Monday and plan to visit some of the taco stands soon. I will spread the word about your blog to friends (especially to British transplants!) Cheers, Darnell

  12. Molly

    Love your blog! I haven’t seen you post about Korean, so I wanted to let you in on a little restaurant find. There is an Asian grocery in the plaza just west of Bethel and Godown. There is a COSI and a Golden Delight bakery in the same plaza. In the rear of the Asian market there is what they call a “Korean Food Court”. One orders at the front cashier where there is a hand-written menu on the wall, then carries the receipt back to the counter of the little restaurant where the food is cooked to order. I tried the stir-fried spicy pork which was truly delicious: garlicy, spicy, a bit sweet with onions and carrots. It was served with the requisite Korean accompaniments: kimchee, turnips, and a little dish of what looked like tiny oil cured olives but turned out to be some kind of bean that had been soaked and was a bit sweet. The folks in the kitchen speak very little English, so what information I got was from the cashier in the front who was a bit shy about discussing the menu. After a bit of coaxing, however, he made a couple of recommendations for my next outing, including a beef bone soup. I’m moving out of the country soon, so I may only get back one more time, but it’s worth the trip.

    • hungrywoolf

      Molly, Thanks for the tip. It sounds intriguing. I think I have mentioned Diaspora in passing (that is where I usually go for Korean) and I have tried a couple of other Korean restaurants in town but not blogged about them. I will add it to my restaurant wish-list.

  13. LOVE your blog

    I was just in Cincy – lots of fun. great BBQ, fantastic ice cream and super nice people.



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