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A Diller, a Dollar, a Visit to The Thirsty Scholar

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When The Thirsty Scholar first opened at the corner of 16th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, I assumed it was a bar. I was only partly correct. It’s actually a coffee, beer and wine bar. Tuesday through Friday, The Thirsty Scholar opens at 8:00 a.m. It’s a little too late for the typical rush hour crowd, […]

Long’s Bakery Donut Buying Rules

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Long’s Bakery and its oh-so-right-but-oh-so-wrong-for-you array of donuts is one of those things that is ingrained as a sense memory for me. I can, on command, recall the sweet smell, the soft and sugary texture, even the taste of a Long’s donut. The fact that I came to know Long’s through Sunday morning donuts at church […]

Downtown Indy Stay-cation with Tweens & Teens

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If there is one thing kids love (at least my kids), it’s Spring Break. If there is one thing kids hate, it’s staying home for Spring Break. While Central Indiana doesn’t have much to offer in the way of sand and surf, there are several things for the tween and teen set that make a […]

Indianapolis Ranked #1 for Downtown Living

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Livability.com recently ranked Indianapolis as the #1 city to live in when in comes to downtown dwelling. The criteria used by the website included: Good entertainment options Well-planned design Unique architecture Green spaces Walkability Moving from suburbia to downtown has been a dream of mine (and my husband’s) for several years, especially since our daughter […]

3 Great Places to Watch March Madness

Although Indiana's favorite teams aren't in the tourney this year, you can still count on March Madness to run high among the state's basketball fans.

“Everywhere else, it’s just basketball…but this is Indiana!” I’m not sure who was the first to say that, but if you’ve been in Indiana during the month of March, you understand. In the great Hoosier state, basketball is practically a religion and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, affectionately know as “March Madness,” is the greatest […]

Two en-Thai-cing Dishes: Swasadée & An At-Home Thai Meal

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Sawasadée Thai Cuisine & Restaurant is my top pick when it comes to Thai food on the Northside of Indy. The service is fast and the atmosphere is perfect for a lunch date with friends or dinner with the family. The menu is full of choices and the portions are ample (especially at dinner). I […]

Sister, Sister: Two Girls, Two Suburbs, One Night on the Town

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My family is from southern Indiana. I grew up in the toe of Indiana’s boot, but my sister and I both ended up Central Indiana. We live less than 20 miles apart, in north side suburbs, and mostly touch base whenever we’re in our homewtown. Recently, we’ve both been making an effort to get together […]

Nostalgia in the Food Court: Root Beer Stand at Circle Center Mall

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There was a root beer stand in my hometown called Frost Top. Like root beer stands in every hometown, you could order from your car and have food delivered along with a frosty mug of draft root beer. If you’ve never tried draft root beer, you’ve never tried root beer before. It’s a part of […]

Restaurant Week Up North at Northside Nights

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Indianapolis has one of the best restaurant scenes of any city that I’ve ever visited. With a great scope of ethnic cuisine choices and endless pizzerias, amazing breweries and national chains, we have it all right here! With as many restaurants as we have, it’s no wonder that this city has several restaurant weeks to […]

Local Dining Treasures: 10 Must-Order Menu Items

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There is no shortage of amazing restaurants in Indianapolis. Over the years, I’ve cultivated a few favorite menu items from each local restaurant. I know there is so much out there, I should really be exploring new food and restaurants instead of constantly ordering the same thing. But our favorites are just so good and […]

Get your Mardi Gras on at B’s Po Boy

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After what seems like the longest February in the history of the modern world, March is upon us. And it brings with it the Christian season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras — Fat Tuesday — is the day of gluttonous celebration before Lent begins. If you’re in Indianapolis and you want […]

Crepe Guys Brings a Touch of France to the Northeast Side

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Started by a father and son duo in 1990, Crepe Guys offers a taste of French cuisine and international flavors in a fast and casual environment. A little over three months ago they moved to the Northeast side of Indy near Castleton Mall and business seems to be doing pretty well. I’m a huge crepe […]

A Sweet Treat for Graeter’s Ice Cream Fans

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Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, the ever popular Graeter’s Ice Cream is opening shop right here in Indy. With the grand opening set for February 10, this sweet treat will be available just in time for Valentine’s Day. Founded in 1870 by Bavarian immigrants Regina and Louis “Charlie” Graeter, Graeter’s ice cream is made with heavy […]

Black Plum Café Gains Popularity in Westfield

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Nestled in a quaint little house at 303 E Main St. in Westfield, IN, the Black Plum Café and Bakery is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat that features fresh, chef-created breakfast and lunch items. Come in for a cup of their organic coffee and make yourself comfortable in the lounge nook. […]

Hearthside Suppers at Conner Prairie

Take a trip back in time and discover what dinner looked like in the early 1800s at one of Conner Prairie’s Hearthside Suppers. Now in their 31st year, Hearthside invites guests to share in a traditional 19th-century feast at the Conner household. Hearthside Suppers: IMAX from LODGE DESIGN on Vimeo. The evening begins with one […]

Best Places In Indy to Watch the Big Game

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Latitude 39 : Their state of the art HD Sports Theater is the second best thing to actually being at the game. With a 12 ft jumbotron and 13 HD TV’s broadcasting the game in HD in a 180 seat theater, you really can’t get much closer to the action. 4016 E 82nd St, Indianapolis, […]

Spice Box Review: A New Way of Doing Indian

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I’ve always been somewhat ambivalent towards Indian food. But if my first experience at Spice Box was any indication of what to expect from the rest of the menu, then I can easily see how this place could become addictive. It would be fair to say it was unlike any Indian food I’ve had before. […]

Exchange Indy Brings Kinfolk Together

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Gathering around a table and sharing a well-cooked meal is one of the fastest ways to warm my heart. Whether you’re dining with family, friends, or new acquaintances, sharing a meal creates an opportunity to feel welcomed and a part of something special. It creates a natural platform for conversation and way to engage with […]

Ringing in my 24th year at Cooper’s Hawk

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Today I turned 24 years young and was taken to a celebratory luncheon at the elegant Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant. Let me just say that it was the most d-e-licious lunch I’ve had the pleasure of eating in a looong time. The restaurant has a rustic vibe with its wine barrels and and exposed […]

Serenade Jazz Orchestra’s Big Band Holiday Show at the Jazz Kitchen

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The Jazz Kitchen is the place to be Wednesday, as The Serenade Jazz Orchestra’s Big Band Holiday Show offers a unique, Big Band interpretation of classic holiday melodies. The performance starts around 7 p.m. and tickets are $10, so it you might want to arrive in time to still get a good seat. It’s a […]

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