Things Jackie Mantey Loves

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From the February 28, 2013 edition

Reporter Jackie Mantey tells us a few of her favorite things

“House of Cards”

I spent an entire day of my weeklong Staycation watching the first season of this Netflix original series about a crooked politician (Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood) out to exact revenge on those who denied him the promised position of Secretary of State. The plot is as haunting as it is sexy, and Robin Wright is positively delicious as Claire, Underwood’s enigmatic wife.

Lollia hand crème

A friend gave me Lollia’s peony and white lily hand crème as a Christmas gift. I’ll be buying my own $24 tube as soon as I run out of this batch. The shea butter lotion makes my hands feel like they belong to someone on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” but what slays me is how the scent is intense and beautiful but also very subtle. Find the line at Thread on Grandview boutique.

Super Sundays at the Wex

Once every season the arts center offers free admission to its exhibitions. This go-round it’s from 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3. Go. Also, grab a coffee and lunch at Heirloom in the Wex’s basement beforehand.

Da Levee

This casual Cajun place in the Short North is a sleeper hit. The food is fast, inexpensive and delicious (I love the Lucky 7 Chowder: shrimp, corn and carrots swimming in a sea of rice), and I look forward to visiting for happy hour sometime soon in the newly renovated bar area the restaurant opened last week.

“Fun Home,” by Alison Bechdel

If I hadn’t already been a fan of this writer/artist for making famous the Bechdel Test, a strategy used to identify gender bias in fictional works of art, her graphic novel autobiography “Fun Home” would have made me one. The story explores her relationship with her closeted gay father and his suicide. Bechdel will be in town this week at Otterbein’s Riley Auditorium for a discussion on her work at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5. See you there.

Celebrate Local’s new location

The green storefront and interior design is so clever (I expect no less from a team that included local artists Adam Brouillette, Tim Lai and Eliza Ho). It’s certain to attract customers to the Ohio-made-only store’s new bigger and better Easton location. Check it out at the grand re-opening this Friday through Sunday.