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Petite Chou Bistro and Champagne Bar Restaurant Review

Petite Chou is a bistro-style restaurant in Clay Terrace, a spinoff of the popular Cafe Patachou. But while Patachou is a little more casual, Petite Chou has a classy, French-inspired style. Maybe it’s the “champagne bar” part that makes it feel so fancy. It actually felt like a little much for the girls’ night I […]

Mile Square Coffee Roastery Provides Global Coffee Tastes to Indianapolis

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#Indianapolis – Morning routines are a race to prepare yourself for the day’s tasks, everyone’s routine varies, but for some people one essential step in their routine involves fueling up with coffee. Simple, with a warm aroma and caffeinated, having a cup of Joe can mean the difference between a productive day and a groggy one. One […]

The Friendly Tavern: A Tavern Which Offers More Than Food and Drink to Its Customers

#ZionsvilleIN – Scott Barnes stands on a stairway in The Friendly Tavern, dressed in business-casual wear, he’s been catching up with patrons and helping with everyday restaurant functions. “We’re just like any place you can stop at and eat on the way here, but I think what makes us different is that we’re all about people,” […]

The Best Gluten Free Pizza in Indianapolis

My family has been eating gluten free for more than eight years now. That used to mean dining exclusively at home, but in the last few years, the Indianapolis restaurant scene has become incredibly friendly to food allergies, gluten specifically. We can order burgers on a gluten free bun at Scotty’s Brewhouse and Red Robin, […]

Mashcraft Brewery in Greenwood has Won the Hearts of Local Beer Lovers

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#GreenwoodIN – Mashcraft Brewery in Greenwood opened after many months of anticipation in my house. My husband not only loves real hand crafted beer, but he also brews his own. To say he is a connoisseur would be an understatement. He is all IPA all the time. Suffice it to say he was looking forward to another brewery, […]

Mallow Run Winery Charms Visitors Year Round

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#BargersvilleIN – Indiana is home to over 73 wineries- did you know that? Many people do not and the ones that do are loyal and repeat customers. From wine trails to increased attention from the tourism industry, Indiana wineries are a destination and not a side note. Mallow Run Winery is nestled along the beautiful western […]

7 Tips for Navigating Holiday Craft Shows

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#Indianapolis — Now that the countdown of weeks until Christmas is in the single digits, ’tis the season for holiday craft shows in Central Indiana. Between now and  early December, you can find a craft show — or several — every weekend. One plus of holiday bazaars is that you can get unique gifts and decor […]

Microsoft Store Hosts Halo Game Midnight Launch

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Update: On Monday night 78 people gathered at the Microsoft Store at the Fashion Mall at Keystone to participate in the “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” midnight launch party. It was a launch party filed with music, cosplayers (an activity where people dress up as their favorite characters), food and drink, and games. Allowing attendees to […]

First Friday Artist Feature: Michael Helsley at the Gallery 924

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#Indianapolis –  Gray clouds loom over the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Gallery 924 on a mid-afternoon in November. The streets are deserted, the rain is steadily beating the pavement, and the wind is relentless. But inside the gallery stands Michael Helsley, an Indianapolis artist putting together the finishing touches on his instillation.  Helsley stands in the […]

5 Reasons Woodland Bowl Is the Perfect Entertainment for Any Occasion

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#Indianapolis – One of my favorite activities to do with friends or family is bowling, and Woodland Bowl is one of the best in Indianapolis. I contend bowling is the perfect go-to entertainment for just about any reason. It makes for a fun date, especially if one of you is better than the other and […]

Spirit and Place Festival Prepares to Take City on Journey

#Indianapolis – Each November, Indianapolis is treated to an award winning festival that is like no other. The Spirit and Place Festival is 10 days of unique programming, presentations, and activities that revolve around a common theme or interest. This year, the theme is “Journey”. The festival opens on Friday, November 7, 2014 and will host […]

Don Gusto P.J. Serves Up the Torta (Mexican Sandwiches)

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#Indianapolis – I made a new friend a few months ago, she’s a mom from my daughter’s preschool. We bonded on the playground one day while discussing local wineries (we both love Mallow Run), frozen alcoholic beverages and Puerto Rico. Her husband is Puerto Rican and I’ve been to Puerto Rico. Conversations about travel turned […]

Stamp Art Exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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#Indianapolis – The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis may be known for bringing in large, well-publicized exhibits like the recent Terra Cotta Warriors, but just as often, they host smaller exhibits without much fanfare. A new such exhibit popped up at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis this fall, and it’s one that’s getting visitor’s stamp of […]

LEGO KidsFest Builds Up in Indy November 7 – 9

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#Indianapolis – Perhaps one of the most highly anticipated family events of the year, LEGO KidsFest builds it’s way into the Indiana Convention Center this weekend. November 7th – 9th, parents will travel from neighboring states with their kids to Indianapolis to join Indy area families for the national LEGO convention, LEGO KidsFest. The three […]

Milktooth Wins Hearts and Minds in Fletcher Place and Beyond

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#IndianapolisIN –  Several months ago I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the interior of a space on Virginia Avenue in the heart of Fletcher Place in Indianapolis. At that time the building, a former auto repair shop, had recently been acquired by local culinary talents Jonathan and Ashley Brooks. On that particularly […]

Taxman Brewing Co in Bargersville

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  #Bargersville–  You might not think of Johnson County, let alone Bargersville, as a hub of cultural activity- but you would be wrong. Not only is Indiana busting at the seams with breweries (as of this writing there are 96 active breweries in Indiana) but Central Indiana is becoming a destination for brews and food […]

3 Great Record Stores to Visit in Indianapolis

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#Indianapolis – Thanks to smart phones, iPods and other digital devices purchasing media is just a download away – music, movies and books are at our fingertips thanks to devices which inhabit our pockets. If one was to purchase physical copies of music they might venture to Target, Walmart or Best Buy. But most retail outlets […]

Asaka Restaurant Provides Authentic Japanese Taste to Indianapolis

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#Indianapolis – Asaka Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar has been on my radar for a while. A mutual friend had tipped me off about the restaurant being “the most authentic Japanese restaurant she had ever been too.” She is Japanese so I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to have authentic Japanese cuisine. I can’t say […]

7th Annual Monumental Marathon Staged for Saturday

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#Indianapolis – Seven years ago, the first Monumental Marathon took place in Indianapolis. 3,500 runners took part in that inaugural race on November 1, 2008. By the 2013 race, that number had grown to 13,500. This week’s marathon is already sold out, and only a few spaces for the half marathon and 5k remain. In seven years, […]

Microsoft Store Hosting Family Fitness Day Oct. 30

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#Indianapolis — What’s one way to combat the thousands of calories you and your kids will likely consume on Halloween? The Microsoft Store at The Fashion Mall at Keystone in Indianapolis has a family-friendly suggestion: #FitnessDayIndy, which will take place on Thursday, October 30. The Microsoft Store at Keystone at the Crossing — and at stores across […]