And now for something completely different: There are just two kinds of cereal to be found at Chez Fox — an organic knockoff of Cheerios and powdered baby oatmeal. My poor 5-year-old feels he’s being deprived due to my absolute refusal to buy bright-colored, sugary cereals. In a moment of weakness or mom-guilt or whatever you want to call it, I took him to Cereal City off Dupont Road for a rare treat. Cereal City is a buffet of every kid’s favorite commercial cereals and a fun way for kids to try varieties their mean moms don’t buy as well as mix and match different flavors, thanks to an all you can eat option. It’s kind of a hike for my family but worth it every now and then for a fun novelty that wins me some cool mom points. Cereal City is open all day long, so if you by chance get a craving for, say, Fruity Pebbles at 2 p.m., you’re in luck. The hours seem to vary seasonally so like Cereal City on Facebook for updates or call (260) 444-5647 before telling the kids where you’re taking them. 1533 West Dupont Road.
I’m over the moon about all the new grocery stores coming to town — I love options. I spotted an Earth Fare while in Fairlawn, Ohio, a few weeks ago and went on a fact-finding mission. I was thrilled when I stepped into the store, and all of you who wish we had a Whole Foods in town will be, too. Earth Fare’s “Food Philosophy” includes banning products that contain high-fructose corn syrup, artificial fats/colors/flavors/preservatives/sweeteners, antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones and no bleached or bromated flour. They strive to provide a selection of items that come from within 100 miles of each store and to support family-owned or artisan-operated producers when possible. In addition to the quality of their food, they offer a reward program called Tomato Bank and a savings app to make shopping more efficient and valuable. Their selection of personal care and beauty products did not disappoint this product junkie. I left the store with a full bag as well as some fresh-pressed ginger shots (zing!) from the juice and smoothie bar. Earth Fare will be opening soon at 704 East Dupont Road, 46825. Check out the website, sign up for the mailing list and download the app for iPhone or Android to get (and stay) in the know. www.earthfare.com.
THE SUNKEN GARDENS, HUNTINGTON
If you’re looking for a breathtaking spot for a stroll or picnic, get thee to The Sunken Gardens in Huntington. This charming landmark was created from the remnants of an abandoned stone quarry in the 1920s but later fell into disrepair. In the mid-1960s, the city of Huntington restored the gardens to their original resplendence, and I’m so thrilled they did. The Sunken Gardens are incredibly romantic and so picturesque. This delightful slice of the world features an enchanting U-shaped fish pond, stone stairways, fieldstone footbridges, flowers, trees and other plantings. I’d like to divorce my husband just so we can get remarried on these lovely grounds. I’ll settle for a few picnics instead. If you take children on your mini road trip, don’t miss the nearby playground, army tank and fighter jet. The Sunken Gardens are located at 1200 West Park Drive, Huntington.
While you’re in Huntington, check out the new location for Antiqology (previously featured in this column) at 401 N. Jefferson. The vintage and antique wares are fun to shop, and the gourmet craft soda bar is impressive. The store is open Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m.-7 p.m. (260) 200-1065. www.antiqology.com.