President Obama is making a speech tomorrow at 2 p.m. in German Village's Schiller Park. I know he's a busy guy, but since he's coming all this way, I have a couple ideas for how he should spend a few extra hours in my neighborhood.


German Village



Mr. President, you picked a great spot. Schiller Park is full of beautiful gardens and ponds and statuary. I recommend bringing Bo along, because a dog-less person in Schiller Park can feel kind of left out. If you need a jog, the inside path is .6 miles, and the perimeter of the park is .8.

With your exercise done, pick up a new book at the Book Loft. With 32 winding rooms full to the gills with books, you can certainly give the Secret Service a scare - it's easy to get lost in there! On the top shelf in most rooms is a huge assortment of puzzles. You might find a great souvenir.

You might need a little pick-me-up after all that, and there is no shortage of great coffee shops in German Village. Stroll down 3rd Street, past some beautifully restored homes built by German immigrants in the 1840s-1910s, to Pistacia Vera. Not only is their coffee great (a custom house blend roasted by Columbus' own Cafe Brioso) but the pastries are hard to pass up, too. The rye croissant with berry-Chambord jam is my recommendation.


Pistacia Vera



If you've got time for dinner, you've got a full range of options. The calamari and mussels are G. Michael's are incredible - the onion soup at Lindey's is outstanding, a big corned beef sandwich from Katzingers is never a bad idea (just ask President Clinton) and John McCain couldn't pass up a brat and kraut from Schmidt's Sausage Haus. Of course, if you've got a big appetite, you might want to face off with the Thurmanator burger at Thurman Cafe





And by no means can you leave Columbus without a scoop of Jeni's Ice Cream. Luckily, there's a Jeni's shop at Whittier and Mohawk. If you're lucky, you might find a scoop of White House Cherry.