All posts by Karen L. Zickes

Ye Olde Durty Bird makes its mark downtown

I have continued to make an effort to head downtown with the kids more often during all times of the year. However, we still love “Summer in the City”. There’s something about walking the streets and seeing all the people out and about in Hensville, Uptown, down by the river, or somewhere in between. As

INKY’S Italian remains a Toledo icon

As you know, this month we’re celebrating the exciting 25th anniversary of Toledo Area Parent. In honor of this occasion, I thought I’d reminisce and return to my very first Food Fight from January 2007. In a society of easy come, easy go it’s with even more unbridled enthusiasm that my first Food Fight is

New Twist on an Ancient Roll

Not long ago my teenage daughter came home raving about this cool new sushi place called FUSIAN that she had been to with friends. She finally convinced me and we ventured out for family dinner one Saturday night. Rock-n-Roll It is bright, contemporary and minimalistic in décor with lime green as the accent color. I

Quaint Meets Hipster In Downtown Sylvania

Chandler Café has been a downtown Sylvania staple for the past decade. While I’ve met friends for lunch at this upscale cafe, I had never really thought about stopping in with my kids until a friend asked “Why haven’t you taken the kids there yet?” Perhaps it’s because I thought maybe it wouldn’t be a

First fast casual pizza business comes to Toledo

You may recall my pizza posse, I have referred to them from time to time. We’re just a group of friends who have an insatiable appetite for the Italian pie, and we enjoy experiencing the varied pizza places around town. There is something unique about each of them, and the newest kid on the block,