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Tales from the Trails Blog

  • The View Tavern

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

    Alt TextThe neighborhood bar The View Tavern is just that, a quaint around the corner restaurant/bar. Its home is in an historic building originally established in 1954 as the Parkview Tavern. It was later renamed The View Tavern. Known for 35 cent wings and amazing burgers people call this bar their home base when gathering friends or family for a night on the town.

    Locals flock to indulge on the drinks and meal specials. Most notably is their famous Becky Burger, named after the owner Becky Ullrey, a burger with grilled onions, barbecue sauce, bacon, and Swiss and American cheese. This top notch burger won the #1 spot in the Northern Indiana Tourism Commission Burger Wars in 2014. Most recently, the owner and chef named another burger after the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit. Neighbors to the restaurant as well as frequent patrons the namesake The Homicide Burger was paying homage to the aforementioned police unit. The big burger is deck out in pepper jack cheese, bacon, jalapenos and relish and has a killer kick to it. Build Your Own Burger is available too at The View. Written by Lindsey Skeen Photo Credit: Visit Indiana

    The View is a hot spot to revel in their drink specials. Most notably their loaded Bloody Marys are not for the fainthearted, they are loaded to the brim with delicious onion, olives, celery, and shrimp! It is rumored to have the tastiest and coldest beer in town. (The best little bars always do!)

    This salt of the earth restaurant and bar is a great way to experience all walks of life and burgers. Be sure to check out the Facebook Page for their popular daily specials. Hit the juke box for some classic tunes and enjoy the food and company.

    The View Tavern is located 515 E Jefferson Blvd, South Bend, IN 46617 Phone: (574) 288-8439. The View Tavern is on Indiana Foodways Alliances Burger, Brews, and Dogs, Just Cruisin, and Soup, Salad & Sandwich Trails.

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  • A Hawaiian Sweet Stop

    Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    Kukui's Shaved Ice is definitely one of kind in Shipshewana. Visiting this snack shop I wasn't sure what to expect because I love shaved ice and snow cones are my favorite. However, Cindy shared with me that the term is shave ice not shaved ice even though her name bears the latter. Her story is quite inspiring to the entrepreneur spirit in me.

    Cindy and her husband went on a Hawaiian vacation and they visited the popular shave ice business called JoJo's Shave Ice. They enjoyed the sweet treat so much that she had a revelation she must bring the business concept back to Shipshewana. There wasn't a place in Northeast Indiana that had the concept, so taking a leap of faith she and her husband opened the business named Kukui's. The namesake is after the popular tree nut call the Kukui nut. The Hawaiian ritual of using the Kukui nut and making into a lei is very standard practice.

    The History of shave ice is quite interesting. It actually originated in Yokohama, Japan in the 1869. By the 1920's it was a popular snack item sold in stores. Japanese migrant workers brought the shave ice (that's no d) concept to Hawaii via migrant workers. They would cool off after a long days work in the hot temperatures. Using their machetes, they would shave flakes off of large blocks of ice. Using different juices, they pour it on top of the shavings and sold the sweet treat on Sundays since it was the immigrants only day off. Shave ice went commercial when migrant workers left the plantations and decided to open a family-run grocery store.

    So what's the difference between snow cones and shave ice? It is all in how the ice is molded, frozen, stored and subsequently shaved. In Hawaii they call in shave ice. Snow Cones are known for the crunchy, hard, ice pellets with the syrup drippings that fall to the bottom. Authentic Hawaiian Shave is fine, super fluffy, and soft as snow. How to they get it so fluffy? The type of ice is a solid block, then it is spun across a razor sharp blade resulting in sweet snow appearance.

    Toppings are essential to this cold delicious treat. Kukui's has many different syrup flavor offerings to include banana, lychee, passion fruit, coffee, coconut and so many more. On the bottom of the treat, order Azuki nuts or Macadamia nuts. Top it off with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, or sweet cream. So many flavor combinations and possibilities. Kukui's has recipes to make your favorite flavor combinations such as the Purplesauras REX, a mixture of grape and pink bubblegum flavors. Make sure to study the menu before ordering because the menu has 25 single flavors and 32 or more flavor combinations.

    Kukui's has more than just shave ice, they sell traditional Hawaiian pulled pork sandwiches and other food items bearing either a Hawaiian name or recipe. KuKui's is on Indiana Foodways Alliance's Sweet Temptations, BBQ, and Savor the Flavor Trails. Kukui's is located at 125 1/2 Harrison St. (Behind Alta's Place) Shipshewana, Indiana 46565 Phone: 260-768-4383

    By Lindsey Skeen

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  • A little zing from Zing

    Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2016

    Alt TextZing Japanese Fusion is a quiet little spot in downtown Mishawaka, Indiana. Nestled amongst the downtown buildings, it holds the corner spot boasting outside seating. The atmosphere is pretty low key, while upbeat pop music plays in the background. Most of the restaurant has a great streetscape view. The natural lighting adds to the relaxing atmosphere too.

    Zing offers many different hibachi, sushi, specialty rolls, Japanese, and other small plate options that even the most finicky person's appetite will be satisfied. The menu is expansive and totes intriguing names for their specialty roll offerings. Spider Roll, Ninja Roll, Caterpillar Roll, Pink Angel Roll, Rock & Roll, and Dragon Roll to name a few.

    We opted for the Mango Roll and the Rock & Roll. The presentation was off the hook amazing! The Mango Madness included Tuna, Shrimp, and Avocado with Mango sauce topped with thin slices of mango. The blend of sweetness from the mango and the kick from the Wasabi is a perfect pairing. The Rock & Roll is Shrimp Tempura, avocado & cucumber, wrapped with soy paper, topped with spicy salmon. It was so delish. They definitely have their recipe for the Shrimp Tempura just right and the spicy salmon won my palate over again and again with each bite. It had my taste buds rocking and rolling for the next one!

    Not sure what to order and want a variety? I hear the Bento Box Lunch option is a great way to enjoy Zing for a quick lunch. The next time I visit Zing, I'm ordering the Hibachi entrees. All include a ginger salad, soup, Hibachi vegetables, Hibachi shrimp & rice. Zing also offers large variety of sake and tea options too. Online ordering is available for dinner, follow this link

    Zing was named one of the Top 10 Best Sushi Restaurant in South Bend/Mishawaka Area by Midwest Living Magazine. Zing is on Indiana Foodway Alliance's Savor the Flavor and Here Fishy, Fishy Trails.

    Zing Japanese Fusion is located at 206 N Main St. Mishawaka, IN 46544 Tel: 574-259-8888

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  • More Tails for the Trails:

    9/8/16 - French Cuisine in Northern Indiana
    9/7/16 - Sweet Treats on Highway 120 at the Next Door Neighbor Deil & Bakery
    8/29/16 - Cafe Navarre
    8/19/16 - Sand and Snow.....And Everywhere In Between
    6/2/16 - Bub's Burger's and Ice Cream