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How to be a happy grad student in Bloomington

Posted in: The IU Student Perspective Comments

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

Posted in: Wine & Culinary Comments

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"  …

10 Sure Bets in Btown for August, 2015

Posted in: Arts & Culture Comments

Seussical the Musical If you ask me, there isn't a consensus in this world about when summer really ends. Even though backpacks already line the store shelves and the little ones are going back to school in early August, there are still many of us who will cling to those final unbearably hot days in August like The Long Night is approaching (I haven't even read Game of Thrones, but my wife has the audiobook and won't stop talking about it). So getting off my soapbox, here are ten summery events in August that will …

Staff Picks - Ice Cream Dreaminess

Posted in: Family Fun Comments

Hartzell's It's the hot and steamy time of year, those sometime cruel days of July and August when temperatures hit the 90's often. It's great for swimming, or finding some indoor activities in the AC (like free museums and shopping), but it's also a great time for eating lots and lots of cool and creamy ice cream desserts! Bloomington has some great dessert places of course, but all those options can be overwhelming. (Overwhelmed by dessert choices - life is hard!) So this month, I asked our staff to sha …

Desserts for special diets

Posted in: Wine & Culinary Comments

Hartzell's Ice Cream Sure, we'd all like to be able to eat all the sugar and wheat and whatnot that the world has to offer, but some folks have dietary restrictions and we think that's cool. This week I took on the selfless task of seeking out local desserts that cater to people whose diets make eating out a little harder. If you know of other places or special desserts, please leave your suggestions in the comments! Hartzell's Ice Cream This is a delicious, locally owned ice cream shop with every flavor and trea …

The 5 Best Gluten-Free Dishes in Bloomington

Posted in: Wine & Culinary Comments

Irish Lion Vegetarian Gluten-Free When you're a food enthusiast living with dietary restrictions, eating out can put a serious damper on your appetite. In so many restaurants, the only safe bet is the house salad (hold the croutons and the bacon), which gets old pretty quickly. Luckily, being the accommodating and food-centric town that Bloomington is, having one or more restrictions doesn't mean you have to sacrifice flavor to eat safely for your condition or lifestyle. It was tough to narrow it down, since there are so m …

4th Of July in Btown - Vegetarian Style

Posted in: Wine & Culinary Comments

Upland Brewery Vegetarian Sandwich This weekend we will celebrate our independence by lighting off fireworks, hanging out at the beach, and eating (too much) food. With a holiday so focused on American favorites like burgers and hot dogs, how do you celebrate as a vegetarian? Actually, it's pretty easy. Here are some ideas for great meat-free American eats in Bloomington: Crazy Horse, Opie Taylor's, and Trojan Horse all have fantastic black bean burgers. Try the Seitan Tenderloin at Upland Brewery for a vegan take on the …

Fourth of July Weekend in Bloomington

Posted in: Family Fun Comments

The Vallures Celebrate the birth of our nation at these events across the city! Save some money on your trip to Bloomington with these special hotel offers. 4th of July Weekend at Paynetown SRA (Monroe Lake) July 2-4 Indiana's largest lake has events for all ages planned throughout the holiday weekend, including nature activities, crafts, and more. 4th of July Weekend with Mat Alano-Martin at the Comedy Attic July 2-4 The co-founder of the Limestone Comedy Festival brings a comedic style that bridges t …

Staff Picks - Outdoor Fun in the Sun

Posted in: Family Fun Comments

Firetower Hoosier National Forest It is officially summer, which means that Bloomington is busting with tons of fun things to do outside. From lounging at the pool to hiking in the woods, there are probably a hundred places to get outside and enjoy the warm temperatures and natural beauty of the area. Our staff is pretty active so I asked the team to name their favorite places to get outside, so we can all meet up and sweat together! View of the Hoosier National Forest from the firetower. Abby - I like to take my dogs  …

Local support for a Bloomington treasure

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Rosie and Harold Treasure Chest Hobbies This is a guest blog post written by Courtney Packard, Media Director at Blueline Media Productions. Treasure Chest Hobbies (located at 122 S College Ave) truly is a local treasure. The humble hobby store is nestled in the heart of downtown Bloomington and has been part of the community for the past 30 years. Opened in 1982 and operated by Harold and Rosie Evans (married 65 years this August!), Treasure Chest Hobbies boasts an array of hobby toys including model trains, RC cars and planes, a …

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