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Category - Wine & Culinary

Friday, July 24, 2015

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... Read More

Friday, July 17, 2015

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... Read More

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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... Read More

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

As a college town, it's true that our resident population dips over the summer. There's slightly less traffic, shorter waits at restaurants, and a significant drop in red Solo cup sales. There are also tons of events that locals and tourists just can't wait for. You're going to love this list of... Read More

Thursday, May 14, 2015

In anticipation of Cardinal Spirits' official Deck Grand Opening Party this Saturday May 16 from noon until midnight, I met with co-owner Adam Quirk to ask him a few questions about why Bloomington's first and only distillery is so great. Also, I'll take any excuse to visit Cardinal Spirits. We sat... Read More

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Patio Season should be a city-wide holiday here in Bloomington. On a sunny, overcast, or even mildly sprinkly day, you can't walk a few steps downtown without seeing people out on restaurant patios. I can't even count how many times I've heard my... Read More

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Bloomington is a food focused town, with over 100 independent restaurants in the area covering cuisine types from international to down-home cooking to gourmet. But it's also a great place to drink too! After all, this is a college town, so there are plenty of local establishments that serve up... Read More

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

It's Craft Beer Week in Bloomington, which might sound unnecessary since you can get amazing craft beer here year round. But this week is special . All week, you can hit up local breweries along the Bloomington Ale Trail to try their special new brews and get your passport stamped to win a prize!... Read More

Monday, March 9, 2015

*Updated 3/20/2017 Guest post by Jeff Mease, co-founder and CEO of the Bloomington Brewing Co It was 1993 and most folks in Indiana had never heard of "craft beer". We had opened our restaurant, Lennie's, about four years earlier and we really enjoyed promoting interesting and unusual beers. At that... Read More

Friday, February 6, 2015

Ah, mon amore, ce restaurant est romantique! For those who don't speak French (and I don't either - thank you Google translator) this month's blog is all about romantic date restaurants. We can't get around it: February 14 th is just around the corner and that just brings all the hearts and flowers... Read More