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Category - Wine & Culinary

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Eating out with little ones can be stressful, especially on vacation when you want to try a local restaurant but don’t know if it’s kid friendly. You go into a place because they have mac-n-cheese on the menu, only to discover it’s made with goat cheese and roasted peppers. That sounds tasty to... Read More

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lee Fields and the Expressions You’d be hard pressed to find another singer who’s ever worked as hard as Fields, a man who’s been making soul and funk anthems since 1969. Lee Fields and the Expressions bring some soul to B-town on March 1. Indiana Heritage Quilt Show The Indiana Heritage Quilt... Read More

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall is finally here and the event calendar is filling up! From events around campus, to the arts, and family fun, there is something for everyone in Bloomington, this fall. First Thursdays at IU Fall is a great time for festivals in Bloomington. This year the contemporary arts and humanities at... Read More

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

There are over 100 independent restaurants in Bloomington so the options for lunch are endless. We've decided to narrow down some quick and affordable eats near campus to help you decide. Laughing Planet - California style burritos, salads, and soups Nick's English Hut - Bloomington icon with pizza... Read More

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

August is a month of split personalities. It starts out a little quieter, still missing those IU students, and folks trying to cram in a few more fun activities during summer vacation. Then it ends with an influx of energetic students and more action throughout the campus and city. Throughout the... Read More

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Taste of Bloomington is a one-day culinary extravaganza, with tons of food, drinks, music, kids' activities, and socializing in the heart of downtown. Head to Showers Plaza on June 18, but not before you read these expert tips from seasoned Taste attendee Laura Newton. 10. Parking doesn't have... Read More

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Experiencing IU basketball in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is one of the most exciting and intense sporting events in the known universe. The passion you feel from the players, coaches, and other fans will give you goosebumps. But tickets are hard to come by, and when the team is playing on the road,... Read More

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

In a foodie town like Bloomington, St. Patrick's Day mostly means one thing: good food and drinks. Since it's happening over spring break here (IU and all the schools pretty much take it at the same time), there will be ample downtown parking and shorter wait times at restaurants. We love our IU... Read More

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