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Category - Wine & Culinary

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Valentine's Day might have become a bit commercialized, but it isn't all about teddy bears and delicious chocolate. It's a chance to shower your loved one with the attention they deserve. Or if you're single, it's a chance to shower yourself with delicious chocolate. But if your honey deserves a... Read More

Monday, December 21, 2015

When the weather gets chilly in Bloomington, we migrate from our beloved restaurant patios to cozy coffee shops and cafés. In a lot of places this might be a depressing change of scenery, but every December I get excited to spend time bundled up and drinking coffee in some of my favorite spots.... Read More

Friday, December 11, 2015

2015 has been a big year, and you deserve a memorable New Year's Eve and a fun start to 2016. We'll keep track of all the NYE events around town right here. Make sure to call ahead to any restaurants you may be planning to go to, because some are closing to give their staff a break. Tom Brady The... Read More

Monday, November 9, 2015

If you're looking for a restaurant to have your Thanksgiving feast at, we did the research for you. Here are all the restaurants in town that we know will be open on Thanksgiving. But be sure to call ahead to check about availability! And on Friday, head downtown for the Canopy of Lights when Santa... Read More

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Let's get one thing clear: there's nothing wrong with getting the same beer every time you go to your favorite brewery. I'm guilty of that (Bad Elmer's Porter from Upland, please). But sometimes it's good to branch out. So I talked to brewers at Bloomington's local breweries and asked them about... Read More

Monday, August 17, 2015

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... Read More

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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 4 th 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... Read More

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