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10 Swell Events in Btown for September, 2015

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Hillbilly Haiku September in Bloomington comes in like a lion and out like an even bigger, more socialized lion. When our city's population doubles in size as the IU students come back, so does the list of events. Add to that the fact that fall is arguably the most gorgeous season here, and you can understand why narrowing down the list of September events was challenging. But here are ten events that will make you fall in love with Bloomington all over again. For all events in September, see our Events Cale …

Bloomington PRIDE Summerfest

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Bloomington PRIDE Summerfest It may surprise you to know that Saturday, August 29 will only be the second annual celebration of Bloomington PRIDE Summerfest, our fair city's summer LGBTQ pride festival. But you might already know that the PRIDE Film Festival has been going on for 12 years now every January, so we've had pride for many years. But Summerfest is different. It's a free, day-long block party with fringe events leading up to it all week. Last year's was epic, with 1,700 attendees of all ages, backgrounds, a …

Staff Picks - Best Burgers in Btown

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Quaff On Anybody who knows food knows about the James Beard Foundation, a culinary program that inspires and recognizes the top chefs in the country through annual awards. Bloomington is lucky enough to have two JBF award nominated chefs in Dave Tallent and Daniel Orr. And now, we have a burger that has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation! Quaff On! recently won the Better Burger Project, a nation-wide program that challenged chefs to make a better burger (appropriate name, right?) using a …

Travel writers photograph their experience of Bloomington

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#TMSBloomington Tracy Antonioli thesuitcasescholar This past week, we were fortunate to host the 2015 Travel Media Showcase right here in Bloomington. It took more than a year to plan this conference, where more than 100 travel writers and tourism professionals met to talk about various destinations around the world, and tour every corner of Bloomington. There's nothing cooler than seeing a city through the eyes of a first-time visitor. So we wanted to make sure we documented their experiences by inviting them to post on Instagram using #TMSB …

Tips and Tricks for New Hoosiers

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Sample Gates This blog post is written by Katie Maibach, our summer intern from Indiana University. As the fall approaches and summer draws to an end, I will be entering my final year at IU. From my first visit to the campus one sunny spring day, I knew Bloomington would be a wonderful place to call home. As a fresh batch of Hoosiers enter their first year, here are some helpful tips and ideas to keep in mind to make the most out of your new home. 1. Invite your parents or friends from another school c …

Chef David Tallent to highlight Indiana specialties at James Beard dinner

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Chef Dave Tallent Reprinted from the Herald-Times with permission by Carol Kugler Chef David Tallent was busy sharpening his knives Monday afternoon while the rest of the staff at Restaurant Tallent was preparing for dinner rush. However, Tallent wasn't planning to be there to greet patrons, and he won't be at his restaurant this week. Instead, he and four other Hoosier chefs and an Indiana bartender are heading to New York City for a special dinner Thursday at the James Beard House. The dinner was …

A World of Food in Bloomington

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Samira Chances are that if you ask a local to describe Bloomington's food scene, they would say "diverse and delicious" and point you in the direction of 4th Street. Though that street is home to many incredible restaurants, you will find great international food in any part of town. Travel the world with your taste buds from the comfort of Monroe County! But let's talk specifics...exactly how many different countries are represented here? Afghanistan If you've never experienced Afghan cuisine,  …

Labor Day Weekend 2015

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Food Truck Friday Three-day weekends are rare and beautiful things. Make the most of the upcoming Labor Day weekend with a mini-vacation. Allow me to humbly suggest the top 10 reasons to come to Bloomington for Labor Day weekend: 10. Food Truck Friday Food Truck Friday is a weekly event that has taken Bloomington by storm. The parking lot of the Chocolate Moose fills with a huge variety of food trucks, from The Tamale Cart to Bea's Soda Bar and much more. There's live music and it's free to attend, with tons  …

How to be a happy grad student in Bloomington

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Sample Gates with pansies Indiana University is a great school in so many academic fields, so grad students come from all over the country and the world. Many of you might not know that your new home city is just as fabulous as your new school. As an IU graduate alum (SPEA represent), I learned some things about making the most of my time here in Bloomington -- and fell in love with the city so much that I'm still here! Here are some of my tips to help you get the most out of IU and Bloomington. 1. Wells Library isn't  …

Cafe Pizzaria: A slice of Bloomington life since 1953

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Cafe Pizzaria by Kurt Christian for the Herald-Times (reprinted with permission) There is a great war in Bloomington, where the lines are clearly sliced and competition has risen from within. Even though corporate giants like Pizza Hut have their ties to this city and even this restaurant, Cafe Pizzaria has stood with distinction as the first restaurant in Bloomington to specialize in pizza. It's a 61-year-old establishment with simple beginnings. In 1953, what was then known as simply "The Pizzaria"  …

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