Tales from the Trails Blog

  • 10 Ways to Love

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 — By Admin

    Good's Candy Company in Anderson offers a pure, lovers' red, heart box in a 1lb, 1 1/2lb, and 5lb full of Chocolates. The Pink Cheetah is a Good's Candy most popular heart box selections. Order chocolate covered strawberries on the go February 13th and 14th, we recommend ordering ahead to get what you like, when you like.

    Martinsville Candy Kitchen is one of the oldest business in Morgan County. Buy your sweetie hand crafted candy canes! Peppermint or Cinnamon Flavored, it is a tradition in Indiana!

    Edible Candy Heart Boxes are the rage at Confection Delights in Danville. From edible heart boxes to chocolate covered strawberries they are the one stop shop for Valentine's Day.

    At Pea-fections in Vincennes - Cheesecakes, Tortes, and Cookies are the sweetest temptations at the stop! Order between now and Valentine's Day for your a special gift.

    Hand-painted Chocolates from Ghyslain Chocolatier in Winchester are exquisite gifts. They offer truffles and variety of handmade gourmet chocolates packaged in various gift boxes. The leather window gift box is a little something for now and storage for later.

    McCord Candies in Lafayette has hand-crafted candies, chocolates, and candy fruit slices are the way to your sweeties heart. Satisfy your truffle craving with tiramisu, caramel, Irish crème and other scrumptious flavors. Take your love to the store to share a phosphate, soda, or shake!

    Winzerwald Winery  Chocolate Lovers Weekend At Winzerwald Winery. Serving artisan chocolates crafted by Stephen Libs Fine Chocolates of Evansville. Dry or Sweet Wine Pairing with Double dipped dark chocolate coffee beans, semi-dark burgundy foil wrapped hearts, milk chocolate covered red grapes and white chocolate pecan supremes. Save $1 on all featured wines.

    Wildcat Creek Winery  Galentines Day at Wildcat Winery  Bring your favorite Gal Pal for wine pairing at Wildcat Creek Wines with Wolf's Fine Chocolates! Purchase your ticket at the winery for only $15! Ticket includes: Entry to this private event, tasting of 6 wines paired with 6 chocolates. An exclusively designed box of Wolf's Fine Chocolates. 20% discount on items in our retail shop (excludes wine & consignment items). Purchase light snacks and wine after tasting while browsing the retail shop! It's a girl thing!!

    Sharlettes Fudgery and Candies - Fudge can be the route to your loved ones heart. More than just a candy store in Portland! They offer specialty gifts, food, bulk candies and specialize in more than 40 fudge flavors. It is the perfect place to pick up last minute gifts for Valentine's Day or any occasion.

    LaSalle Grill in South Bend is the place to celebrate every day of the week with their extraordinary daily specials. Book your reservations for Valentine's Day or any special occasion. The atmosphere and delicious food will make your day with your loved ones especially divine. www.lasallegrill.com

    Blog by Lindsey Skeen

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  • Beverage Heaven and a Side of Fries

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2016 — By Admin

    Alt TextRecently, I stopped by Igloo Frozen Custard to experience what I heard was a delicious custard and Lafayette tradition, first hand. My business colleague and I had no idea what was in store for us! We were greeted by Owners, Bill and Kathy Lodde. The ambience is bright and cherry atmosphere is bright and welcoming with the diner feel. In the warmer months, order from the walk up window then eat outside. We really could get a sense of community when Bill was preparing orders for a group of local teachers lunch. He has them ready and waiting, so they dont waste their precious lunch time.

    The story of the Igloo Frozen Custard goes back to 1932, when Florence and Charles Kirkhoff opened The Original Frozen Custard near Columbian Park, also in Lafayette. Then, in 1998, the 3rd generation decided to branch off and Bill and Kathy Lodde decided to open their version as the Igloo and now have two Igloo locations. Now Bill and Kathy's sons are starting to get involved in the family business, making this a 4th generation family business. The custard recipe at the Igloo, is the same frozen custard recipe made by Bill's grandfather, father and brother at the Original Frozen Custard. The Igloo makes 16 different flavors of custard daily, changing some seasonally and all are made in-house. Hand-dipped flavors include, mint chocolate chip, birthday cake, blue moon, and the staples; vanilla and chocolate. They also feature holiday and seasonal flavors such as pumpkin, peppermint, cinnamon, apple cider sorbet and more! Your taste buds will be begging for more!

    Beverage Heaven...  They are known not just for their frozen custard but also their fruit drinks and flavored sodas. I think we tasted every drink on the menu! I must admit I'm a sucker for a good fountain drink or flavored beverage. All of the simple syrups they use are made in-house. They use the best vanilla extract Bill can get his hands on for all the vanilla flavored drinks. I would have to say, my favorite, one I'd never tried before, was the marshmallow soda. It was the perfect fusion of Coca-Cola and a little bit of sweetness with the marshmallow flavoring. I can't believe this was my first one! Igloo's Fruit Beverage called "fruit drink" is "Pop's secret tropical blend". All made fresh with real juices. It is oh so sweet with a side of tang! This recipe has been around for 4 generations as well. Buy by the cup or gallon. It is a perfect party drink too. If I lived in Lafayette this would be my PDRD (Proper Drink Run Drink).

    Igloo Frozen Custard Treats were the biggest treat of the day. We sampled the cheesecake on a stick and a myriad of their novelty treats but seriously, if you like cinnamon and are visiting in the fall or winter when they have cinnamon custard, order the Snickerdoodle Sandwich as known as the "snickwich" OMG! I couldn't stop. A huge Snickerdoodle cookie that sandwiches cinnamon custard and frozen perfectly together. Periodically, but more in the Autumn Season, they offer a Granny Smith Sundae. Apples, crushed snickers and vanilla custard, Wow. Who knew that combination would taste so divine?

    My travel companion and I decided we needed something to soak up all the treats so we tried the chicken tenders. Real chicken not pressed meat, cut into tenders. Very tasty and it made me remember my youth. We also tried the Nacho Coney fries. THE BEST TOPPED FRIES I HAVE EVER EATEN, No Really!!!! The Coney Sauce I couldn't put my finger on exactly all the spices and that's because it is another secret family recipe. Bill has a knack for that and the Coney Fries. I took some Coney Sauce home so my husband could try it. He is a fry connoisseur and let's just say he was so impressed with the sauce that we went back that weekend so he could order his own. I suggest trying the burgers too. They are reminiscent of the old-fashion burgers from the mid-century.

    There are so many choices when visiting Igloo at either location in Tippecanoe County. Bring your appetite big or small there is something for everyone at The Igloo Frozen Custard. Igloo has two locations Igloo Frozen Custard 1817 Troxel Dr, Lafayette, IN 47909 and 4909 Tazer Dr, Lafayette, IN 47905 Lafayette, IN 47905. Both are featured on The Sweet Temptations, Ice Scream You Scream, and Just Cruisin' Trails.

    Blog Written by: Lindsey Skeen

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  • Fireside Cafe

    Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 — By Admin

    Alt TextOwners Marsha Gill-Dunker and Corey Dunker returned to Coreys hometown of Shipshewana and followed their dream of owning a restaurant. Their dream became a reality two years ago when they opened Fireside Cafe inside Yoder's Shopping Center. They are known for their Applewood slow-smoked in-house meats and beans (Corey does the smoking) and a variety of made-from-scratch recipes.

    As I walked into the restaurant, the first thing that hit me was the extensive ice cream counter (28 flavors) and the smell of homemade waffle cones. I also couldnt help notice the homemade fudge and cookies, ice cream floats and milkshakes/malts. All I can say is, be sure to save room for dessert!

    Everything looked good on the menu, so I asked to sample some of their signature lunch and dinner dishes. I first tried the Southwest Chicken Quesadilla with smoked chicken, cheese, black beans & roasted corn. It was served with their delicious homemade roasted corn and smoked black beans salsa. I next tried their Three Sliders Platter that included the Smoked Turkey Club, Chopped Brisket, and the Pulled Pork. It also came with their broccoli salad side and a corn muffin. You can definitely taste the smoked-flavor in all three sandwiches, and I could eat a bowl full of the broccoli salad. It has broccoli, onion, dried cranberries and a yummy vinegar-based sweet dressing that they sell for carry-out.

    Finally, I tried the Fireside Melt with smoked turkey & ham, bacon, cheese, onion, and their Dijon sauce. I also sampled the potato salad, macaroni and cheese and smoked-baked beans. Im typically not a big fan of potato salad, but theirs is more like the texture of a baked potato and I liked it a lot. All of their sides are excellent and I think really make the meal special. So much that they should consider adding a Sides Only platter to the menu!

    Fireside serves breakfast (all-day), lunch and dinner, and they offer a convenient drive-thru for pickup on the go. They also offer catering and a private event room for meetings or social gatherings. You can tell the restaurant is a labor of love for this family, and I look forward to visiting again next time Im in Shipshewana.

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  • A Step Back in Time

    Posted on Monday, November 7, 2016 — By Admin

    Alt TextCrossroads Café located inside the Topeka Pharmacy is something out of a movie set in the golden days. Capturing history in one restaurant dating back to 1956. The Café has an Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain that's been a part of the pharmacy for 60 plus years. The actual soda fountain has been in Topeka from the beginning and has been passed down to each owner of Topeka Pharmacy.

    Back in the day this was the hang out spot of the local teens. They would grab a soda or treat while listening to their tunes on their hot rods. Farmers would come in to shoot the breeze with their long time pals while townie folks came in for it all. The café is actually attached to the Topeka Pharmacy. It is a one stop shop per say. Drop off your prescription and treat yourself to homecooking or a delicious banana splits. The café has a tiny kitchen and six seats with four soda foundation spigots. Additional seating is available in dining area.

    Crossroads Café's menu features breakfast, lunch, and sweet treats. Some of the menu items are named after former employees or customer's favorite foods. We suggest The Justin Sandwich, named after an employee who worked in the pharmacy and ordered his own spin on a breakfast. (Choice of 2 meats, served with Egg and Cheese on your choice of bread.) Daily Lunch Specials are available too, featuring a wide variety of food from Amish recipes to soup and sandwiches.

    Another favorite are the rolls, they are the only fresh baked rolls in Topeka. (They are a hot item (no pun intended) with the locals.) The Aaron Burger, name after a local hardware store employee, is a chicken breast, topped with bacon Swiss cheese, lettuce, pickle, tomato mayo on a fresh baked croissant. LaVerda Lehman, manager, shared that they pride themselves on using the freshest produce, dairy, and meat products from the local Amish farmers.

    Sweet treats are a must when visiting Topeka Pharmacy or Crossroads Café. Order the Syrup Zombie, a patron favorite. Loaded with Butter Pecan Ice Cream topped with butterscotch syrup, vanilla ice cream chocolate syrup, chocolate ice cream topped with marshmallow cream and finished with nuts and a cherry! It is a zombie syrup apocalypse for sure!

    But don't forget the pie!! Sugar Cream Pie, a local and Hoosier favorite, is very a popular at Crossroads Café. It is a family affair for LaVerda. Her mother makes all the pies daily for the restaurant. Have the fresh, locally made pie a-la-mode or by itself. Either way, grab a cup of coffee because it's some of the best!

    The local Amish staff are the crown jewels of the establishment offering friendly top notch service and smiles. In conjunction with the Pharmacy the menu at Crossroads offers nutritional information on each menu item. This is part of a Healthy Options Initiative designed by their on-staff Dietitian. Crossroads Café is featured on IFA's Ice Cream for Ice Cream, Hoosier Pie, and Soup, Salad, and Sandwich Trails. Located at 101 North Main Street Topeka, IN 46571 www.indianafoodways.com

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  • The Little Red House with Big Italian Taste

    Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 — By Admin

    Iannarelli's is a family owned Italian restaurant located in Howe, Indiana in LaGrange County. Terry and Joyce Iannarelli have owned the restaurant for 14 years. The restaurants home is a quaint historic home built in 1845 and decked out in red with white detail. It stands out in this little town clearly as something special. As their surname suggests the Iannarellis are in fact Italian with bloodline one generation to Italy. Always having an entrepreneurial spirit Terry and Joyce started out by owning an Ice Cream Parlor. As the economy changed, their business declined too, so they closed the Ice Cream Parlor and decided to go back to their roots of Italy.

    When first opening the restaurant they knew they had to perfect the secret family red sauce recipe. A perfect red sauce is key to a successful Italian restaurant. Using the family's secret recipe passed down from generations to generations. Now when Terry's mother comes to visit she sneaks into the kitchen and performs her own little taste test. She has memorized the recipe and she can tell if a pinch of spice is needed here or there just by a small taste.

    Iannarelli's uses the freshest vegetables and even have the locals bringing them produce from their own gardens. Daily they will find bags of produce hung on the knob of the restaurant door. We loved that story they shared with us. The locals share the garden wealth per say.

    We had the opportunity to try several menu items while visiting Iannarelli's Italian Restaurant. First, we sampled Grandma's Pizza, named after, you guessed it, Grandma! It is the real Italian deal with olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese, tomato, and a four blend cheese. Voted Best Pizza in LaGrange County, it is rich in flavor and crunchy in all the right places. The pizza topping choices are endless. Choose from the traditional menu options or create your own.

    The entire menu is an Italian lovers dream, not just offering pizza, it features flatbreads, soups, fish, chicken, pasta, and other traditional favorites. The Shrimp D' Angelo is a pasta dish made up of angel hair, olive oil, garlic, Italian spices and parmesan cheese. Chicken is an option too if seafood isn't a favorite. One of the most popular and a signature dish is the Lasagna. Layered with ricotta, four blend cheese, parmesan cheese and, of course, the secret family recipe meat sauce. We couldn't decide which item was our favorite, as each one appealed to our appetites and taste buds. We topped the day off with their tiramisu and a cannoli. In true Italian fashion, they both were homemade and simply divine!

    The restaurant's tag line is The little red house with the Big Italian Taste. That statement is nothing short of an understatement. Good authentic, Italian food is hard to find in Indiana. Their authentic recipes passed down from generation to generation are noted in each entrée, pizza, and dessert.

    Iannarelli's offers weekly specials that includes a buffet, so be sure to check out their website or Facebook page for specific specials. Iannarelli's is member of Indiana Foodways Alliance and featured on the Italian and Pizza Trails. 405 Third Street, Howe, IN 46746 260-562-2500 www.Iannarellisllc.com

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  • Fresh Local Produce at Wea Creek Orchard

    Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2016 — By Admin

    Wea Creek Orchard Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not head to Wea Creek Orchard in Lafayette, IN and pick some fresh peaches, nectarines, apples, pumpkins, enjoy a wagon ride, purchase some honey or apple butter, jams and jellies, etc.? Youll have loads of fun!

    Wea Creek Orchard is a 7th generation family farm, started in 1829. Originally, a livestock and row crop farm, it is now home to around 2000 fruit trees! The current owner, moved here in 2007 and started planting trees about 200-400 at a time. Now they farm 72 acres total but 17 acres of that are made up of specialty crops. They selected dwarf tree varieties as they knew they wanted to make this a U-pick orchard and it makes it easier to get to the fruit, especially for young children as the fruit is lower to the ground. In addition to the orchard they have two barns on site, one built in 1870 that they rent for special events such as weddings from April to November and one built in 1880 that houses their market. They have an average of about 30 weddings a year in the barn and even has their own wedding planner to help you plan your big day for no additional charge!

    A day at the orchard is loads of fun for the whole family! All ages enjoy learning where their food comes from, how it is grown and getting to collect your own fruit, right from the trees. Kids spend time scouring the pumpkin patch for just the perfect pumpkin for their jack o lantern. Take a wagon ride around the orchard to scope out just where you want to go and to learn all about what is available there. Learn about honey and how important bees are to the trees. Pick up some hedge apples for fun or a gourd for your fall decorations. Lots of fun can be had, spending a day at the orchard. After youve picked out the best produce, dont forget to swing by the market and pick up some apple butter, apple cider, jams, jellies, salsa, barbeque sauce and more to get you through the winter!

    A variety of fruit is available at the orchard! This year they have Pixie Crunch apples (were told these are so good, they may replace Honey Crisp! Even better, they are a Purdue variety!), Gala apples, Blonde apples (these have become my personal favorites, taste a bit like a pear, I think), Dande Red apples , Mollie Delicious apples (so sweet, its like biting into sugar), Kane apples, Golden Delicious Apples, Fuji apples, Ruby John apples (these almost look purple!), nectarines and peaches. Theyve just started some Cherry Trees so look for those in the coming years.

    Wea Creek Orchard is open seasonally July-October on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (check their website or call for hours before you go!) and is located at 5618 S. 200 E. on the south side of Lafayette. We hope you will visit and have a wonderful time!

    Blog written by Ashley Gregory

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  • IFA Apple Fall Fun

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2016 — By Admin

    Indiana Foodways Alliance has their Top 5 Orchards for Apple, Pumpkins and fall goodies to quench your fall fever.

    McClures Orchard and The Apple Dumplin Inn

    McClures Orchard in Peru, IN gives apple lovers the chance to experience everything from wine tasting, apple dumplings, apple picking, hard cider and more. Sampling the award winning wines and hard cider is a must do this fall. With more than 16 different kinds of hard cider you are sure to find your personal favorite. 5054 N. US 31 Peru, Indiana 46970 Peru, Indiana 46970 (765) 985-9000 http://www.mccluresorchard.com/apple-dumplin-inn.html

    Beasley's Orchard

    It's a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown This popular orchard is participating in the National Celebration of 50 years of Charlie Brown with their annual corn maze featuring Snoopy and Charlie Brown. This family friendly orchard sells apples, pumpkins and scores of other fresh produce and goodies from May until October. The award winning fresh pressed apple cider and caramel apples are a must try while experiencing the corn maze designed by Brett Herbst. 2304 East Main Street Danville, IN 46122 (317) 745-4876 http://www.beasleys-orchard.com/

    Wea Creek Orchard

    Produce galore at this North Central Indiana Orchard, selling peaches, apples and nectarines from July - October. In later fall, pumpkins and honey are abound in their market. Ride a wagon to the u-pick pumpkin patch located on the family-owned farm dating back to the 1855. Biscuit, the dog, and his furry friends will greet you on your journey. Be sure to check out Biscuits blog. 5618 S. 200 East Lafayette, IN 47909 www.weacreekorchard.com (765) 807-6142

    Apple of his Eye Orchard

    Not just for apple picking, this small locally owned orchard in Madison County, IN has an apple cinnamon donut recipe made with help from the Pillsbury Company. Producing a unique twist to traditional apple butter, they make their apple butter with chunks rather than the traditional dark and pasty consistency. Offering 27 different apple varieties, the Pixie Crunch is the newest variety of apples. This hard to find variety is full of zesty, sweet and tart flavor blends. 3185 S. 300 E. Anderson, Indiana. (765) 378-6265 http://www.appleofhiseyeorchard.com/

    Highpoint Orchard

    Pack a picnic, buy lunch, or snack on a u-pick apple while taking in the breathtaking picturesque views from one of the highest points in the county. The historic 18 acre orchard has 20 different varieties of apples, peaches or Asian pears. The most unique apples available are the Mustu, empire, zefstar, and mollies. Be prepared to sample and buy their signature jams, relish and butters all homemade and sold in their gift shop! The Café is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday until 2pm. 3321 Old US Highway 421 Greensburg, IN 47240 (812) 663-4534 http://www.highpointorchard.com/

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  • The View Tavern

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 — By Admin

    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 — By Admin

    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 www.kukuis.com

    By Lindsey Skeen

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  • A little zing from Zing

    Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2016 — By Admin

    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 https://orders.imenu360.us/zingjapanesefusion/

    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 http://www.zingmishawaka.com/

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  • A Few of My Favorite Things -

    Posted on Monday, September 12, 2016 — By Admin

    Alt TextI was smitten with this little restaurant in South Bend called Moser's Café. This Austrian café overflows with charm. It is local favorite and I understand why people come from miles away to take in the schnitzels galore.

    I met with owner Werner Moser, an Austrian native, who moved to the United States in 1988 to follow his dream. He grew up in Bad Hofastein, Austria, a small town in the Austrian Alp, and his family owned a Bed and Breakfast. Werner's dream was to own a restaurant. In 1982, Werner moved to the United States and began his journey of fulfilling his dream. In 1999, Werner opened Moser's Michigan Street Cafe and Catering, then in 2006, changed the name to Moser's Austrian Café to focus on Austrian and German Cuisine.

    The old brick building is filled with Austrian/German décor representing different eras. The wood flooring accented with the interior brick walls is the perfect background as the waitresses are serving in their Lederhosen and Bundhosen. Upstairs is a quaint bar area for special events and guest overflow and the front patio area is perfect for an autumn lunch outside.

    Schnitzel and Stiegel are number one choices on the menu. Stiegel Beer which is an Austrian Beer is served on tap at Mosers Café. They actually are the #1 seller of Stiegel Beer (Stiegl is a pilsner imported from Salzburg, Austria) in America! Can you believe that, a restaurant in the tiny town of New Carlisle is #1! Wow Congrats!

    Lets start by saying whether in a pork tenderloin sandwich or a schnitzel I love pork! It is my favorite kind of meat so ordering from Moser's menu was going to be a task in itself. Schnitzels are abound on this menu. After reading every description I decided on the BRIESCHNITIZEL. A schnitzel topped with brie, walnuts and cranberry sauce. My taste buds were on full alert. The sweetness of the cranberry sauce and earthiness of the brie and walnuts were a perfect topping to the juicy, hand-breaded, pork filet. I should mention that all Schnitzels are served with Spaetzle or German Potato Salad and Red Cabbage. The sides are really authentic Austrian/German cuisine. Their menu, of course, has more than just schnitzels, check it out here. Next time you find yourself traveling around St. Joseph County in Northern Indiana stop at Moser's Café and experience a little Austrian/German Cuisine in Indiana.

    Moser's Austrain Café is on Indiana Foodways Alliance's Savor the Flavor and Tenderloin Trails. Moser's Austrian Café 201 E. Michigan St. New Carlisle, IN 46552 http://www.mosersaustriancafe.com/

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  • Run, walk, bike, drive or boat to Coody Brown's Lakeside Grill in Wolcottville, IN!

    Posted on Friday, September 9, 2016 — By Admin

    Coody Brown's Blue Gill

    Coody Brown's Lakeside Grill is located between Witmer and Weslter Lakes in LaGrange County. If you love fish, be sure this place is on your bucket list! Enjoy boating on the lakes and just pull up when you get hungry. We are told the gas pump located next to Coody's is the only place to fill up on the lake, so why not fill up your tank while youre at it too! There is a wide variety of food to choose from including salads, burgers, chicken strips, pizza, specialty sandwiches, of course seafood and more!

    After debating on the menu for a bit, we landed on the Blue Gill. If you like fish at all, get the Blue Gill! It was fantastic! There was a lot of food but it was very light and not greasy at all even though it is deep fried. The fish was moist and fluffy just as it should be! It was served with wonderfully crispy fries, creamy coleslaw and regular or Cajun tarter on the side (get the Cajun! Its sweet with just a slight kick, not spicy at all!). I cant wait to return to get this dish again, but there were so many other things on the menu we saw and heard were great! Some examples are the Prime Rib Grinder, Taco Chili Salad, Buffalo Burger, Broasted Chicken, Fish and Chips and the Salmon. The Prime Rib Grinder really intrigued us! It's description on the menu was "shaved prime rib with grilled onions and mushrooms topped with Swiss cheese and served au jus on a toasted sub roll.", are we in Philadelphia? Sounds similar to a Philly Cheese Steak, which they also have on the menu. Only difference is peppers vs. mushrooms it seems. Either way...YUM!

    While this is mainly a bar, they do have a family dining area so families and friends of all ages can come enjoy a meal together. Although, locals did tell us, this is the place to come when you turn 21... they do have a fully stocked, large bar area. Live music, DJ or Karaoke available several times throughout the week too. If you have a group and are planning to visit Coody Brown's, especially during the summer months, be sure to call ahead, it can be quite busy. No wonder, with food this good!

    Enjoy!

    Blog written by Ashley Gregory

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  • French Cuisine in Northern Indiana

    Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2016 — By Admin

    http://www.indianafoodways.com/content/Sorin's.pngEtes-vous un amoureux de la cuisine française. Have you always dreamed of visiting the Eiffel tower and strolling down the Champs-Élysées but budget wont allow it? Let your palate do the traveling for you and experience French Cuisine in Northern Indiana. The French restaurant, Sorin's, located inside the Morris Inn on Notre Dame's Campus, is the place to unplug, gather friends for conversation, and dine on exquisite, French cuisine.

    Breakfast is a daily option 6:30 AM  10:30 AM featuring traditional French Breakfast to include flatbreads and crepes in addition to the Midwestern plates with hearty eggs, meats, and skillets. Brunch is a popular on Sundays from 11 AM  to 2PM. Order the fabulous Sous Vide Veal, their Chef uses the Sous Vide technique cooking the veal to perfection. Or if fish is your preference, the Dover Sole Meunière is one of their most popular dishes, pan-seared filet of sole, lemon brown butter foam, lemon supreme, Parmesan roasted asparagus, confit of fingerling potatoes.

    Sorin's hosts their Wine Academy Dinner proudly featuring pairings from wineries with Notre Dame Connections. A five-course meal is perfectly matched with that months featured vintner and a representative from the winery. Executive Chef, Patrick Dahms, will also present and discuss his menu. The receptions is from 6 - 6:30PM and Dinner begins at 6:30 PM. Monday, August 29th: Gordian Knot Wednesday, October 12th: Gallo Monday, November 7th: Renato Ratti Sunday, November 20th: Nolet Distillery  Spirits Dinner Monday, December 12th: Louis Martini Prices include meal and wine pairings, but do not include tax and gratuity. Call 574-631-2020 to make a reservation or register online. https://notredame-web.ungerboeck.com/coe/coe_p1_all.aspx?oc=10&cc=MIEVENTS

    Sorin's is featured on Indiana Foodways Alliance's Savor The Flavor, A Cut Above, and Rise N Shine Culinary Trails. Sorin's 130 Morris Inn, Notre Dame, IN 46556 Reservations can be made online or by calling 574-631-2020. Complimentary valet parking when dining at Morris Inn.

    Blog written by Lindsey Skeen Photo Credit: Sorin's

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  • Sweet Treats on Highway 120 at the Next Door Neighbor Deil & Bakery

    Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 — By Admin

    Next Door Neighbor Deli and Bakery Fresh Fruit Pies

    Driving down a rural part of the highway, your stomach starts growling. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, you see a sign for a bakery and decide to stop for a sweet treat. Walking in the door you are greeted with waves of delicious scents coming from the kitchen, warm cinnamon, sugar, fresh fruit and more. You just can't wait to see what is displayed in the lovely cases. You're so curious you feel like a small child and just want to press your face up against the glass to see if you can taste it! The room is a cheery, calming yellow and the colorful vintage metal tables and chairs take you back to your grandmother's kitchen. Where are we you ask? The Next Door Neighbor Deli & Bakery in Middlebury, IN just off of IN hwy 120.

    Gerald and Deb Lee own this friendly bakery and say it all started with a fruit cake 29 years ago! Deb made fruit cake in their home and they became so popular they decided to open a store front too! While the fruit cake is available year round, they are also known for many other sweet treats. We highly recommend the Cashew Butter Bar! It has a butter cookie crust, with a cream cheese and cashew filling. Reminded us of a Gooey Butter Cake but not quite as sweet. It was amazing! We couldn't resist the smell of the cinnamon rolls and we weren't disappointed there either& they brown the butter and use real vanilla for the frosting which gives it a wonderful caramel flavor. The cinnamon rolls are huge and could for sure be shared too! We didn't get a chance to try them on this trip, but their fresh fruit pies looked almost too good to eat. Made with real fruit, that is in season, piled high in a cooked crusted and then mixed with a thickened fruit glaze. They also had a large variety of pies on display including Strawberry Rhubarb, Rhubarb Sour Cream, Caramel apple Walnut, Peach, Blueberry and more! They carry 16 different varieties of pies not including the four seasonal fresh fruit pies! Our mouth was watering! We are told that they also have mincemeat pie around the holidays. Ever wonder what's in a Mincemeat Pie? Deb was kind enough to tell us! It includes a Beef Roast that is cooked slowly, spices, rum (everything is better with rum right?), raisins, apples, pecans and cherries. Hmmm... maybe we will have to try this one this year!

    We recommend stopping here for a sweet treat if you are ever in the area. Feel like you need a meal before the treat? They are open for breakfast and lunch and have a variety of sandwiches and salads. Be sure to check out their website: www.FruitCakesByDeb.com to order your fruitcake year round!

    Happy Eating!

    Blog written by Ashley Gregory

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  • Cafe Navarre

    Posted on Monday, August 29, 2016 — By Admin

    Café Navarre in South Bend, Indiana is busting at the seams with historical elegance located in the heart of downtown South Bend. The building brings Old World Architectural Style with modern day touches to the renovated old historic bank building. This restaurant has a posh vibe and serves up farm to table dishes using Spanish, French and Italian influences countered with an American twist. The contrast menu of seafood, steak and pork entrée options mixed with their presentation makes Café Navarre a must stop.

    For starters, order their Mushroom Soup, the creamy base with the rustic wild mushroom blend is the perfect way to begin your experience. The Amish Chicken is a shoe-in, prepared with green tea, miso, and broken jasmine rice. Café Navarre is popular place for the after work cocktail stop, boasting names such as Prohibition Refugee, Water Lily, Apparition and Bada Bing. (Click for Café Navarres complete cocktail list)

    Whether a townie, passerby, or in town for the big game, the locally owned Café Navarre is a sure win for your taste buds. Popular for the entire family Café Navarre offers family style dining but be sure to plan ahead for this option as it requires 72 hour notice.

    Café Navarre is highlighted on several Indiana Foodways Alliances Culinary Trails such as Savor the Flavor, Here Fishy, Fishy, and A Cut Above Trails. For more information on Indiana Foodways Alliance please visit www.indianafoodways.com Café Navarre is located at 101 N Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601 (574) 968-8101 www.cafenavarre.col/

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  • Sand and Snow.....And Everywhere In Between

    Posted on Friday, August 19, 2016 — By Admin

    We recently hosted Karyn Locke from www.sandorsnow.com for a FAM tour to both the Northern, Central and Southern parts of Indiana.

    Read all about her adventures below!

    https://www.sandandorsnow.com/2016/08/eating-my-way-through-the-midwest-perry-county-indiana/

    https://www.sandandorsnow.com/2016/08/eating-my-way-through-the-midwest-columbus-indiana/

    https://www.sandandorsnow.com/2016/06/eating-way-around-northern-indiana-part-4-anderson-madison-county/

    https://www.sandandorsnow.com/2016/07/eating-way-around-northern-indiana-part-5-randolph-county-jay-county/ https://www.sandandorsnow.com/2016/06/eating-my-way-around-northern-indiana-part-3-hendricks-and-hamilton-counties/

    https://www.sandandorsnow.com/2016/05/eating-my-way-around-northern-indiana-part-2-miami-county-and-west-lafayette/

    https://www.sandandorsnow.com/2016/05/eating-way-northern-indiana-shipshewanna-south-bend/

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