Thursday, August 28, 2008
Just hanging out
A good friend and I recently spent an utterly enjoyable evening in Bloomington. The timing was perfect, just days before this year's record crop of IU freshmen and their fellow students descended on the city.
A tasty (and affordable) meal was obtained from DeAngelo's, located on the east side of town near Third Street and College Mall Road. Beginning with the calamari, we then proceeded to split the entree of shrimp and crawfish Diavolo, both of which were heavenly! After the appetizer, 1/2 of the entree was more than enough for each of us, and they were nice enough to bring it out already separated. If you're lucky enough to be there on a Wednesday, take advantage of their 1/2 price wine offer.
Once our hunger was satisfied, we spent a couple of hours hanging out a local bookstore, browsing through discount books, current bestsellers and forgotten favorites from our childhood. Of course, Bloomington's got the standard Borders and Barnes & Noble chain stores and on campus, you'll find the IU Bookstore and TIS College Bookstore, but those in know will recommend that you explore the downtown area's unique, locally-owned bookstores for unexpected surprises. For example, at Caveat Emptor you'll find rare and interesting books at affordable prices just waiting to be discovered and be sure to check out Howard's Bookstore, where both the staff and the resident felines are friendly!
The evening was a great reminder that you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a great time - all you need is good friends, great food, and that uniquely B-town atmosphere!