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  • Matteo's Ristorante Italiano

    Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015 — By Admin

    Matteo's40 North 9th Street Noblesville IN 46060 Phone: 317.774.9771 Fax: 317.774.9781

    Manifico!! This word is the perfect description for my dining experience at Matteos Ristorante. Locally owned by Matteo DiRosa and Emily Herner in Noblesiville, Indiana, this was my first time visiting Matteos and will not be my last. When I walked in to Matteos, I was greeted by Cathy a long time employee, with a smiling and welcoming attitude. She began by sitting me at a quaint table that was situated in the restaurant filled with black and white traditional Italian photos and old Hollywood stars. These pictures were all handpicked by Matteo. Emily, Matteos wife, chose the artwork above all of the black and whites. The artwork was intriguing as it was meant to be a conversational piece for the guests. Matteo stopped by my table and shared with me that he tries to use local produce and most menu items can be made gluten free for those needing that option. To start I was served fresh baked bread, soft in the middle, with an amazing crunch on the outside. The dipping oil called Laboma is olive oil infused with garlic, sundried tomatoes, capers and hint of crushed red pepper. I couldnt get enough of this zesty oil that made my mouth water for more. But as most do, I didnt want to stuff myself with bread before the salad and main course. I ordered the penne chopped salad with cucumber and tomato tossed with a Dijon Balsamic Vingairette Dressing. The cucumbers mixed with the penne was a nice twist to the chopped salad. On a cold winters day it reminded me of summer. I decided on the TORTELLINI MATTEOS which is cheese stuffed tortellini in a parmesan cream sauce with ham, mushrooms and onion. When it arrived, it looked just like it tasted, UNBELIEVABLE. The rich cream sauce mixed with the savory combination of the mushrooms, onions and ham were a perfect match. It was the best tortellini Ive tasted and it was clear the recipe was crafted for the finest palate. I was pleasantly stuffed as the portion was very generous so I had to bring part of the entrée home with me. It was no surprise that it tasted just as good warmed up as it did for lunch. If you want an authentic Italian experience I highly recommend Matteos, you wont be disappointed. The atmosphere, service and food was superbo!

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  • Wine, Wine Anytime at Wildcat Creek Winery!

    Posted on Friday, February 13, 2015 — By Admin

    Wildcat Creek Winery Nestled along a tree surround road, lies Greater Lafayettes only winery. Established in 2009, Wildcat Creek Winery is a locally owned and operated winery. Only selling their wines directly at the winery, Wildcat Creek has received numerous awards across the state of Indiana and across the nation. Rick and Kathy Black had dreamed about opening a winery for numerous years. They competed in amateur winey contests and searched for the perfect location for a very long time. Finally, they found the current home to the winery and absolutely fell in love with the property. The property is just one mile off of I65, perfect location for any person driving by wanting to make a quick stop.

    Their most recently released wine, Harvest Cranberry, was released in honor of their 5th anniversary in fall of 2014. This wine is a fruity wine that has an enticing aroma, is a deep red color and is flavored with fresh American cranberries. It is the perfect balance of fruit and sweet!

    Another wine that really stood out to me was Aunt Minnies Cherry Tree wine. Cherry pie in a glass. They served this wine with three little chocolate chips. I was advised to drink a taste of the wine, and then eat a chocolate chip before taking another sip. Those flavors really exploded after consuming the chocolate! It was also recommended to purchase a bottle of the wine and try substituting the water in brownies with the wine. I will definitely have to try that recipe alteration sometime soon!

    Wildcat Creek employs many Purdue University students to work at the winery. Students working in nutrition sciences sometimes take an interested in wine making. This partnership is a benefit both to the winery and to the Purdue community.

    I walked away from the experience with a bottle of their award winning Steuben. In 2012, the Steuben won the 2012 Indiana-grown American Wine of the Year. This wine by far stood out to me as a crisp blush wine with strawberry and cranberry flavors and aroma.

    Wildcat Creek Winery is the perfect place to expand your wine-drinking pallet. You can stop by for a quick glass, or sit outside and enjoy a bottle together with your sweetheart or friends. Their wines have pleased many over their short life and will continue to do so for many years to come.

    -This blog was shared by Rachel Blankenship.

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  • Attention! Attention! Read all about it! World-class craft beers brewed at Lafayette Brewing Company!

    Posted on Friday, February 13, 2015 — By Admin

    Lafayette Brewing Company Fish and Chips Downtown Lafayette is home to many unique family owned restaurants. Located right on Main Street next to the Lafayette Theatre is a microbrewery owned and operated by high school sweethearts Greg and Nancy Eming. Lafayette Brewing Company opened its doors in September 1993. Locals and regulars may refer to it as The Brew Co or LBC. LBC has a family dining room, a bar, and an upstairs party venue. The upstairs hosts many private parties, comedy events, and the occasional local band or dance group. Local entertainment seen upstairs in the past few months has included One Size Fits All an improv comedy, James Moon and the Third Floor Invention a local band, and Capn Dangerous a local DJ. The upstairs also features a pizza kitchen that is a favorite to the Brew Crew members.

    Let me tell you about the main attraction, the beer. All of the beer on tap is brewed right in house at the Brew Co. Typically 12 beers are featured at any given time. Four flagship beers are always on tap and are definite favorites. They include the Black Angus Oatmeal Stout, Star City Lager, Tippecanoe Common Ale and the 85. Something really unique about my personal favorite beer, the stout, is that it is made with 10% oatmeal. Currently featured on tap are many darker beers, as it is wintertime. Something really to get excited about is the cask conditioned beers that are featured at LBC for limited times. Most recently was the Dastardly Dark with added vanilla beans and cocoa nibs put on cask. A cask beer is one that is fermented for a second time in the vessel it is served in. The results of a cask-conditioned beer are more creamy and smooth. All of those flavors are combined beautifully to create a sweet and delicious unique beer. Amongst all of the hype around the beer, taking a look at the food menu is really important when dining at the Brew Co. The menu is in the form of a newspaper. The centerfold features the food selections. From large salads, to unique sandwiches to burgers, the menu has a little something for every palate. My personal recommendation is a sandwich called the Chicken Meltdown. Layered between two jalapeno cornbread pieces are chicken, bacon and lots of homemade beer-BQ! It was quite the explosion of flavors. Other regular favorites include the queso covered chicken nachos, and a large platter of fish and chips. They also offer three different seasoning to be put on the fries including ranch, parmesan and cajun.

    Lafayette Brewing Company is one of the most welcoming places downtown. The staff ensures that every guests leaves with great experiences. All of the servers and bartenders are extremely knowledgeable about each and every beer on tap at all times. They will work with you to find the perfect beer for each and every person, over the age of 21 of course. Next time go out to eat, try supporting the local economy by visiting the Lafayette Brewing Company. Whether you are brining your young family or a group of 20 friends, the Brew Co has something for everyone.

    -This blog was shared by Rachel Blackenship.

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  • Greensburg's It's Your Dime Combines Coffee Bar and Consignment Shopping for Unique Experience

    Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2014 — By Admin

    Located on the south side of the Courthouse Square this new store has become a main attraction for Greensburg and the county!

    Once inside, your eyes are overwhelmed by the beautiful varieties of furniture,house wares, and seasonally adjusted home decorations. You smell the fresh aromas of five different flavored coffees constantly being brewed. You see the smiles of young and old as they take their first sips of specialty beverages such as The Funky Monkey, The Peppermint Paddy, and the best hot chocolate around.

    Shawn and Brian, the co-owners, delight with tales about growing up in Maine and the historical stories of Indiana that few have ever heard. Cindy, Grace, Mary and Terri will help you to find whatever special gift or treasure youve come to obtain. And, of course, the Blue Swordfish eagerly awaits just that right person to come and take him home.

    Items available for purchase by the public are constantly changing and you never want to leave thinking that youll come back tomorrow to purchase that unique gift that someone takes home later in the day. Call ahead because some Friday nights find local musicians entertaining happy customers who drink and explore new items that have arrived in the last week.

    Its You Dime is a treat that you deserve to experience!

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  • Lumpy's Cafe of Cambridge City

    Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014 — By Admin

    Lumpys Café is a favorite spot for Cambridge City locals and there really is a great reason why. Known for their enormous breaded tenderloin and friendly atmosphere, you may forget that you are not in your hometown. The range of options to choose from is wonderful and you will make sure to find something to satisfy your hunger. Lumpys has been family owned since 2002 and dont be surprised if you are waited on by the owners, George and Nancy or a family member. In fact, it was their daughter who told me that some of the must try items on their menu are the breaded tenderloin, The Pony Shoe and the Pot Belly Breakfast. The breaded tenderloin lived up to all of the hype. Hand cut and breaded, the tenderloin made the bun look small. I also had to try this great sandwich that didnt sound like a sandwich at all. Normal sandwiches have a top and bottom bun but the Pony Shoe requires a fork. Texas coast on the bottom, hamburger patty and covered in fries and cheese sauce. Im not sure that I would have ordered this before but I promise that the Pony Shoe will be ordered again. Finally, was the Silver Dollar Special which consisted of eggs, bacon, sausage and 3 silver dollar cakes. Breakfast is always my go to meal and this comfort food was great!

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  • Lafayette-West Lafayette, Two Great Cities, One Great University!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — By Admin

    Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Just an hour north of Indianapolis and two hours south of Chicago, off of Interstate 65, the Lafayette-West Lafayette area has something for everyone! While you are in town enjoying one of our great Indiana Foodways Alliance Restaurants please be sure to check out some of our wonderful attractions such as:

    Wolf Park Columbian Park and Zoo Tippecanoe Battlefield and Museum Prophetstown State Park and Historic Prophetstown Several art galleries and The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette 9 Area Golf Courses Two Micro Breweries and a Winery A variety of nightlife activities A vibrant Downtown Purdue University And So much more! For a listing and more information on things to do visit our website at:

    For those of you that find more things than you can do in one day, there are 30 different lodging facilities not including several campgrounds, waiting to welcome you home for one night or multiple nights! For a listing please visit:

    For more information on the Lafayette-West Lafayette area, contact the Lafayette-West Lafayette Convention & Visitors Bureau at: 301 Frontage Road Lafayette, IN 47905 765-447-9999 or 1-800-872-6648

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  • Folkies Tavern

    Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — By Admin

    In 1942 Bernard Folk built a sturdy little building near the river in Marion, Indian. The upper level of the building contained three apartments and a barber shop.

    The first level housed the new Folkies Tavern. The cozy little pub provided drinks and sandwiches to the downtown businessmen. Attorneys, shop owners, and factory workers gathered to discuss the news of the war raging across the Pacific.

    Today the sturdy little building still stands near the river in Marion. The Barbers pole still hangs on the front corner, and Folkies Tavern is still a cozy little pub providing drinks and sandwiches to the downtown businessmen, and womenJ. Step inside Folkies today and you will find attorneys, shop owners, and construction workers gathered around the bar discussing world news and local events.

    Steve Schrader, the current owner of Folkies, is proud of role Folkies plays in the community. A downtown bar and grill is more than a place to eat and drink. It is a place for people to come together. And Folkies has been the meeting place for a long time. Many businesses have come and gone over the past 65 years, but Folkies has remained. It is one of the few constants in the downtown business district.

    Though Folkies is a constant, some things about the operation have changed with the times. The original menu of pub grub (sandwiches and fried food) has expanded to include salads and daily meal specials. The patio is a popular option on summer evenings. Steaks and burgers are sometimes prepared on the outdoor grill.

    Folkies Crab Races are the most popular entertainment option in town on Wednesday evenings. The weekly races are held on a large round board. Several tables are pushed together, and patrons gather round to root on the tiny contenders. Race fans purchase crabs for $1 each and win a prize if their crab wins. When the bell sounds, the lid containing the crabs is lifted and they race from the center of the board to a ring near the edge. The first crab to get two claws over the line wins! Some weeks the crabs face the obstacles of the Space Crab course maneuvering around holes representing craters. The train track course is even more treacherous with a mini locomotive running round the track that the crabs must cross to win. Everyone is a winner at Folkies Crab Races as proceeds from the event benefits local charities.

    Folkies is definitely more than a place to eat and drink. It is a downtown landmark that continues to bring people together.

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  • Sandra D's Italian Garden

    Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — By Admin

    DeKalb County's only Five Star Restaurant. Sandra Ds offers fine dining in a casual garden setting. Certified Chef, Bentley Dillinger makes all of the outstanding salad dressings and sauces, as well as warm fragrant breadsticks and flatbreads to go with hand-cut-steaks, authentic, Italian specialties and seafood dishes offered on a seasonal basis. Homemade soups and desserts round out the menu.

    Full bar available in a non-smoking environment. Reservations are also accepted.

    Sandra D's is located at 1330 S. Main St. in Auburn, In. 46706 and can be reached at 260-927-7282 or you can visit their website at for more information.

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  • Highpoint Orchard

    Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — By Admin

    Nothing says country like a trip to the orchard in the fall and Highpoint Orchard and Winery in Greensburg, Indiana has all the bases covered for a complete day in the country. You can start with a wagon ride through the orchard, stop in the café for lunch, shop a bit in the gift shop, and leave a moment to sample some of the wine in the restored historic barn.

    Located on historic Pleaks Hill, which is the highest point in the county, Highpoint Orchard and Winery affords the visitor amazing views of the orchards, Upland Reservoir, and the beautiful countryside. To get into the spirit of the country, take a wagon ride through the orchard where you can see where more than thirty-five varieties of apples, peaches, and Asian pears are grown.

    Head back to the Apple Barn for a delectable lunch in the café. The chicken salad croissant is sure to please with its fresh grapes, celery and pecans. Also a hit is the Orchard Salad made with mixed greens, seasonal fruit (and they have a great source), pecans, cranraisins, against the feta cheese and raspberry vinaigrette it is favorite for a good reason. Two items not to be missed on the menu is the fresh baked bread, pair it with the soup of the day and any fall chill will be a distant memory.

    The apple caramel nut pie is what dreams are made of, well mine anyway. Starting with the made from scratch crust, layers of fresh apples, nuts, and seasonings, it will be dancing in your mouth. The crust is one of the best pie crusts I have ever had, sorry mom. The light crust, golden crisp on the edges and not soggy on the bottom is a tough balance to hit, but they do.

    After your lunch stroll through the gift shop where you can purchase fruit fresh from the orchard, fresh made pies or frozen, or one of their sauces. They also carry cookbooks and apple related items.

    Before you head home, stop by the Old Mill Barn and relax a bit in one of the front porch rockers before heading to the basement of the restored 1850s barn to sample some of the Highpoint Winery selections. A wonderful selection of fruit wines for your perusal and purchase make a great take home memory of your visit.

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  • Historic Broadway Tavern

    Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — By Admin

    Please pass the Persimmon Pudding&..say that three times and you must be eating at the Historic Broadway Tavern.

    Just down the street from the Historic Broadway fountain in downtown Madison, Indiana is the Historic Broadway Tavern. It is in the same location it was 175 years ago, which makes it Indianas true Oldest Tavern. Now I am not looking to get in the middle of who really is, but I think I will side with the Broadway, after all, they are feeding me and also make some award winning ribs.

    The Historic Broadway Tavern has a great old time, comfortable feel as soon as you walk in. You can feel the history all around you and just wish the walls could talk; you would hear some amazing stories. From the bar area with the carved antique three sided bar with plenty of TVs for watching the game to the dinning section, broken into the different rooms to the outside patio which features live music during the season, you know you are at a place where friends gather and new friends are made over great food and drinks. The menu is varied, offering everything from pasta to steaks to ribs; you will find something to please everyone in your group.

    Signature dishes include the award winning tender hickory smoked pork Baby Back Ribs with Larrys homemade sweet BBQ Sauce and the Persimmon Pudding. If John Wilkes Booth (who really did stay at the tavern) had dined on the Ribs he never would have left and found his way into history.

    Now if Ribs arent your thing, the prime rib special on Friday and Saturday night or the Chicken Marcela will get the bases covered in a tasty way. The Prime Rib is served with their homemade horseradish sauce and the Chicken Marcela, which is a house favorite, is served with fresh mushrooms and a creamy Marcela wine sauce.

    But do not miss the Persimmon Pudding! The Persimmon Pudding, which echoes a bread pudding will surprise and delight you. If this is the only time you ever eat a persimmon, you will be hooked. The award winning, customer pleasing, Food Guru hooking dessert is more than a pudding. It is an argument ending, happiness bringing square on a plate. The pudding is owner Libbys moms recipe which is made by Libbys sister, Kathy at the tavern. The pudding is award winning, and has won at the Mitchell Persimmon Festival, which has been held for over 60 years now so they know a good persimmon pudding when they judge one.

    When you visit Madison, Indiana be sure to take a walk through history and enjoy a great meal at the Historic Broadway Tavern, you never know, you might run into the ghost who roams the halls looking for his lost love, but you do know you will enjoy some fine food in a great setting.

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