FOOD & DRINK

Recipe of the Month: Restaurant Bacon

Have you ever wondered how restaurants get their bacon to look so perfect, and why the bacon you make at home … well, isn’t? David Davenport with Bloomington Cooking School shares his secrets to picture-perfect bacon in April’s Recipe of the Month.

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The Fresh Fork: For the Weary And the Hate-to-Cook Crowd

BY SARA SHEIKH With made-to-order meals prepared just before pickup or delivery, The Fresh Fork offers hungry Bloomingtonians a locally owned meal planning service. The inspiration for founder Stacy Thompson’s vision was hearing people, over and over, say how difficult it is to prepare healthful meals. Thompson, 39, a local attorney, appreciated the business model [...]

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Cookbook by Army Wife Brings People Together

Author Lynn Wilson with her husband, Bob. Courtesy photo BY JANET MANDELSTAM Lynn Wilson knows firsthand the stresses that military families face — transfers every three years, no friends at the new post, deployments, separations. So in her 38 years as an Army wife, the Bloomington native made it her mission, “to get the families [...]

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New Competition for Sandwich Chains: Bloomingfoods Now Delivers!

A build-your-own sandwich from Bloomingfoods. Photo by Erin Stephenson BY CARMEN SIERING Customers walking into any one of the three Bloomingfoods locations at midday frequently encounter a bustling lunch crowd, and among the most popular menu items, says Operations Manager Paul Read, are the deli sandwiches. Now, thanks to a new delivery agreement with BtownMenus, [...]

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Darn Good Soup, a Well-Named Little Eatery

(top row, l-r) Potato leek, beef bourguignon, split pea with ham, lentil spinach, and chicken andouille gumbo. (bottom row, l-r) Chicken tortilla, triple roasted eggplant, chili, and cream of asparagus. Photo by Aubrey Dunnuck BY CHRISTINE BARBOUR Darn Good Soup, on the west side of the downtown Square, is like a Baskin-Robbins for the chowder [...]

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A Young Man’s Fascination with Bison Leads to Ranch Where Bison Now Roam

(l-r) Danielle Schafer, Zach Martin, Jennifer Karnes, and Marc Huffman. Photo by James Kellar   BY ROSIE PIGA PIZZO As a 20-year-old tinkering around on a ranch in Fortville, Indiana, Zach Martin found himself in “immediate awe” of bison. “They are majestic, huge, powerful animals,” says Martin. “It sticks with you, the awe moment.” It [...]

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Fine Dining

Photos by Aubrey Dunnuck     Pickled Carrots Chef Erika Yochum Feast Bakery Cafe  A fun little garnish for salads or tacos or a mezza plate. 1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds (or freshly picked, thin, baby carrots) Peel from one lemon 4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 1/2 cups water 1 [...]

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The Olive Leaf: A Place For Balsamic Vinegars, Olive Oils & Chocolates

BY SARA SHEIKH Much like a visit to a winery, visitors to The Olive Leaf are encouraged to sip the wares. The store is a tasting gallery where dozens of olive oils and balsamic vinegars are stored in stainless steel fustis, available on tap, and bottled on-site. “We change our unflavored oils every six months,” [...]

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Meet Gaurav Navin, IMU’S New Head Chef

IMU Senior Executive Chef Gaurav Navin. Photo by Stephen Sproull BY BARB BERGGOETZ As an executive chef, Gaurav Navin knows what it takes to manage lots of people, handle loads of produce, and serve thousands of meals. Educated in India in culinary and business schools, Navin has spent 17 years running large food service operations [...]

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Chocolate Is First Ingredient in LuckyGuy Bakery Brownies

Joni McGary, owner of LuckyGuy Bakery. Photo by Aubrey Dunnuck BY AUBREY DUNNUCK Have you spotted the LuckyGuy Bakery logo of a peg-legged rabbit? His name is Felix, which means “lucky” in Latin. Owner Joni McGary says while the slightly dark design is based on the lucky rabbit’s foot superstition, the business name was inspired [...]

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Manila Social Club: NY Celebrity Eatery Has B-town Roots

Björn DelaCruz with one of his famous Golden Cristal Ube Donuts. Photo by Maureen Drennan BY MIKE LEONARD Within the first year of opening the Manila Social Club, Filipino-born and Bloomington-raised Björn DelaCruz has seen rave reviews in The New York Times, The Village Voice and numerous other New York publications. All praise the restaurant, [...]

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Sobremesa Farm: A Permaculture Endeavor

Juan Carlos Arango (left) and Robert Frew in their hoop house. Photo by Aubrey Dunnuck BY MIKE LEONARD The barn at Sobremesa Farm. Photo by Aubrey Dunnuck There is simply not an adequate English translation for the Spanish word sobremesa, says Robert Frew, co-owner of Sobremesa Farm. “It’s a term that refers to the time [...]

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Bangkok Thai Cuisine: Fine Dining on B-town’s East Side

Som Tam (top) and wonton soup. Photo by Aubrey Dunnuck BY CHRISTINE BARBOUR The dining room at Bangkok Thai Cuisine is beautiful, dominated by the majestic wall of local limestone that says, “Indiana,” with every inch of its custom-carved beauty. But the menu takes you far from Bloomington with its exotic offerings of Pad Kee [...]

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Hop Jockeys: Sharing Passion For Craft Homebrew (Photo Gallery)

(l-r) Angela AuBuchon, Eric Blanton, Mike Baladi, Steve Bright, and John Fansler. Photo by Andrew Grodner BY CARMEN SIERING Finding craft beer in Bloomington isn’t difficult, but for some hardcore beer aficionados, the fact that you can purchase beer you love is no reason to stop crafting it yourself. Better yet is the ability to share that beer with other [...]

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Farmhouse Cafe and Tea Room: It’s Tricky to Find but Worth the Drive

The Farmhouse Cafe entrance and outdoor dining patio. Photo by Audrey Dunnuck BY AUBREY DUNNUCK It takes a bit of effort to find the Farmhouse Cafe and Tea Room, but those who persevere are rewarded with a scenic drive through the back roads of Brown County and a unique dining experience when they reach their [...]

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